It’s a simple thing, really. Humans have been doing it for thousands of years, around campfires, on paper, through the magic of electromagnetic waves and vacuum tubes, and now across the boundless expanse of cyberspace. Technology has shrunk our planet, allowing more of us to talk with one another, but no matter how sophisticated the communication device, the essence of storytelling remains the same. I consider it an honor to be your storyteller, to be your eyes and ears on the street, and I aim to transport you to the action.
My own story starts in New Jersey. I was born in Paterson and raised in Jersey City. After interning at WCBS 880, I graduated from New York University in 1995 and went to work at WRKL radio in Rockland County. I moved on to Associated Press Radio and NBC Mutual in New York City before returning to WCBS.
Every morning as I sit in my car and write my script, I remind myself of one thing- my job is to tell you a story, a clear, concise, accurate story.
Whether you’re listening to your radio or your computer, we’re really still just sitting around that old campfire.
Just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge is a village full of ghosts and goblins and a rich part of New York’s history.
Susan and Martin Sher of New City are among those on their fifth day without power. There are no utility trucks in their neighborhood, just one orange cone near some downed wires.
Rockland County’s problems have been growing for some time.
45 boxes of Louis Armstrong recordings, letters, and videos have been donated to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens by the late Gösta Hägglöf of Stockholm, Sweden.
As police in Wyckoff search for a sexual predator who attacked a woman Tuesday night, they are warning women to be on alert, saying, the best protection against being the next victim is the knowledge that it could be you.
Clarkstown Police are looking into claims that students riding a bus to New York City for a cruise on homecoming night became violently ill because of drinking.
There were 17 people were on board the bus. Six people were injured, though none of the injuries are considered to be life threatening.
An environmental group says that if the Indian Point nuclear plant suffered an accident like the one in Japan, the consequences could be worse.
If tranquility on the train is what you seek – an escape from inconsiderate cell phone shouters and blabbing, blathering bozos – Metro-North hears you loud and clear.
Brooklyn Grange is a 40,000 square foot rooftop farm in Long Island City, whrere they grow things like the white icicle radish.
As the Tappan Zee Bridge gets pushed to the front of the line for replacement construction projects, many are left wondering what will happen to the old deteriorating bridge.
Rockland County residents know the road to cheap gas leads down south to New Jersey.
When a few career criminals were deported to Albania a few years ago, residents of the Todt Hill section of Staten Island thought the days of the “Ninja Burglar” were over. Now they have a new worry.
The cost of a new Tappan Zee Bridge has been shaved to $5.2 billion by focusing solely on the bridge, a federal agency said Tuesday. That means no mass transit – rail or dedicated bus lanes – at this point.
With special permission from the state, Greenburgh and Elmsford work crews have been clearing debris that’s been clogging the Saw Mill River for years.
The commuter railroad had advised riders earlier Monday to anticipate delays, but they say things are going well “so far.”
“We saw the connection between the family meal and an umbrella of protective factors,” said school health coordinator Carrie Steindorff. “It protects against drug use… It is also is a protective factor against obesity.”
$90,000 won’t buy you much of an apartment in Manhattan, but it can get you a lighthouse in New York Bay.
Police said organized gangs of thieves have been snatching expensive electronics from unlocked cars and in other instances stealing luxury vehicles.
Money is tight. Times are tough. You need help. But where to turn? How about the New York Public Library’s Money Matters program?
The Times Square Alliance says it’s intended to simplify and de-clutter — and create a unified identity for the heart of Times Square.
Last Thurday, a 10-year-old boy told police that, as he was walking home from school around 3:15 p.m., a man tried to lure him to a vehicle.
A family of black bears — a mother and three cubs — seem to be regular customers at the Pomona restaurant on Route 202.
Alexander Hamilton’s stately yellow and white federal style country estate has been refurbished and now stands at 141st Street and Saint Nicholas Park.
Chronic flooding along the rivers in Westchester County has towns and villages fed up.
For old timers, Hoboken University Medical Center will forever be St. Mary’s Hospital. Soon, it may be nothing at all. Gov. Christie Christie has now pledged state help to keep that from happening.
The 99-unit Highlands at Rye apartment building remains dark and a strong odor of oil permeates the air after a fuel tank ruptured during the flooding spilling an estimated 2,000 gallons of oil.
Flood waters are long gone, but it is still a struggle in part of Little Falls.
Commuters are paying as much as 50 percent more to cross bridges and tunnels as the Port Authority’s controversial toll and fare hikes took effect.
You’ve got a friend in Rye if you’re getting along in years at SPRYE – Staying Put in Rye and Environs.
They’re loyal and dependable guardians and protectors, just like the veterans whom they serve – America’s Vet Dogs.
The story of 9/11 is filled with horrible death and destruction, but also amazing stories of survival.
Hurricane Irene stormed through New Jersey last Sunday, but her after-effects are still very much being felt.
It’s been nearly a week since Hurricane Irene ravaged New York City’s northern suburbs, and it’s still quite obvious to anyone who goes up and down the streets.
Mary Fetchet, co-founder of Voices of September 11th, is relieved that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but doesn’t want to dwell on it. Her 24-year-old son Brad was killed on 9/11.
In the old days, you might’ve had to wait to make your purchase, but you’d never be forced into a line that went out the door. Now, the “Cake Boss” admits he’s a victim of his own success.
Some political rivals are a world apart on the issues, but these two are physically ten feet apart in real life.
Since opening in 2009, the Apple store in Greenwhich has been the victim of five larcenies and burglaries.
A 200-kilometer mega-marathon relay race fundraiser starting in Brooklyn and ending in the Catskills kicks off this week.
Although no official confirmation has been made, residents of a gated community in northwest Greenwich claim to have seen a mountain lion.
Ben Ulene, 15, of Scarsdale, really hit a home run, and he didn’t even have to swing a bat.
While her husband Richard is away, Courtney is holding down the fort back home with three young children, taking over his domestic duties. But now, with a little help from a local landscaper, she won’t have to worry about the weeds, mulch, shrubs and fertilizer anymore.
In an effort to return oysters to Raritan Bay, New York/New Jersey Baykeeper and Rutgers scientists have been mapping every inch of the coastline, looking for suitable locations for restoration of reefs.
In some ways, Hoboken is a victim of its own success. A thriving nightlife means healthy businesses and a robust tax base but there’s a price to be paid and it’s meausre in decibels.
Here we go. Football is back — with a vengeance. There are about 1,000 veterans, draft picks and undrafted rookies that need to be signed by the Jets, Giants and 30 other NFL clubs.
For the chronically unemployed – people recovering from the recession – where do they turn? An employment agency? A headhunter? The public library?
North Bergen orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lee Berger has designed the Ortho-tag, a chip programmed with patient information that can be scanned from outside the body with the wave of a wand.
New York City health officials hope to lift advisories at some area beaches forced to close due to a massive sewage spill in the Hudson River.
There have been 25 rabies cases in Westchester County this year – the most in the state.
For a moment, close your eyes and enter the world of someone who is blind.
Toxic paint is the scourge of New Jersey’s industrial past, when the largest auto plant in the United States was right in Mahwah.
According to credit rating agency Moody’s, school districts and municipalities in New York are already strained.
Stories From Main Street: Rockland Boy Restoring Historic Monsey Cemetery As Part Of Eagle Scout Project
Brian Negrin’s Eagle Scout project shows respect for those who came long before he did.
A couple of nights ago, when a bear wandered through the streets of Nyack, residents were not warned.
What’s the deal with all the road signs? It’s a questions being asked in Fair Haven and all across New Jersey these days.
Plenty of fights in Seaside Heights, N.J., have aired on MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” but none have resulted in quite as many arrests as this past holiday weekend.
Driving along the Merritt Parkway can sometimes feel like you’re entering an enchanted forest.
For the past few weeks, thieves have been prowling Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes overnight, stealing wallets, cameras, iPads and GPS units from unlocked cars.
A victim of the tax cap, the library was privately funded by the borough but there was a deficit and residents voted against increasing their taxes.
The budget approved in Connecticut is making a whole slew of things more expensive beginning Friday.
While travelers are hoping to beat the traffic, it’s estimated that 1.6 million cars will be on the Garden State Parkway Thursday, which is slightly fewer than what was expected Friday.
Entergy officials were stunned after a meeting last week with a top advisor to the governor. It was the first time a member of the governor’s staff told the plant operators face-to-face that Cuomo wants the Indian Point plant closed.
The story of 273 Dunkerhook Road in Paramus spans more than two centuries. It’s nearly as old as the U.S. Constitution.
Yonkers firefighter Tim Sullivan says you don’t have to run into a burning building to save somebody’s life. You can do it just by donating blood or bone marrow.
Mariano Rivera is a star pitcher with the New York Yankees. But in New Rochelle, he’s hit a home run.
About 15,000 customers in several suburban New York communities are being advised to boil their water due to the presence of high levels of coliform bacteria.
In Bergen County, there is a lifesaver – a safety net for the working poor: free medical care.
For years now, an abandoned home has been rotting and crumbling on Orientor Avenue, an exclusive neighborhood of multi-million dollar homes near the Long Island sound.
Mario Romain, a football alum, is part of a group suing to get the school a regulation field. He says it is amazing that the renovations could lead to the same mistake.
Police in Rye Brook are on the hunt for a pair of robbery suspects who they say are acting like cops.
One man who ended his career in Bergen County has ended up starting another one with his wife in Passaic County.
Wildlife officials say a mountain lion was hit and killed by a SUV in Milford and now officials are trying to determine if it’s the same big cat that has been seen roaming around Greenwich.
Three businesses went up in flames in Putnam County after a lightning bolt triggered a fire.
Police in Greenwich, Conn., more accustomed to sightings of wheeled Jaguars, are investigating reports that some type of big cat is roaming the wealthy town.
So, you’re waiting for a PATH train, sitting on a bench when all of a sudden, something enters your nasal passages and it’s not pleasant.
Beyond the historical account of that terrible day, the story of September 11 is about people.
Criminal background checks for school board members is now the law in New Jersey.
The plane that landed safely on the Hudson River more than two years ago is about to begin the slow journey to its final destination.
Once nycsolarmap.org is up and running, you’ll be able to enter your address and find out how much solar energy your roof could capture and how long it would take to see an economic benefit.
If you’re the metropolitan-yet-outdoorsy type, this might sound familiar.
The wave of the future is rolling down the streets of the Bergen County seat for those who commit moving violations.
Sarah Palin said she got goosebumps as she walked through the halls of Ellis Island where millions of immigrants passed through between 1892 and 1954.
It’s been just two weeks since Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of sexually attacking a hotel maid, and now another high-profile money man is accused of a surprisingly similar assault.
It’s your last chance to own some of the personal belongings of the world’s most notorious Ponzi schemer.
If you’re heading out to the Jersey shore this holiday weekend, one thing you won’t have to worry about is not having enough sand.
It’s a blending of musical styles and a melding of religious traditions and it’s all for a good cause.
Despite the rising costs of gasoline and airfare, millions of Americans are planning to hit the road this holiday weekend. Friday was getaway day for the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.
A 22-year-old Marine visiting Manhattan for the first time was struck and killed by a car while crossing 12th Avenue.
In the Hunterdon County borough of Hampton, you see rocking chairs on the front porch, American flags flying, and mailboxes mounted on old milk cans.
Stories From Main Street: Sprout Creek Farm Teaches Students Important Lessons Outside Of The Classroom
Just outside Poughkeepsie, Sprout Creek Farm is a unique place – an outdoor classroom full of kids.
Come Monday the city’s sweeping ban kicks in at parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas, like in Times Square.
Environmentalists are rallying in Washington, DC this weekend over a proposal to drill for oil and gas and create new sewage dump sites in the Atlantic Ocean.
Smokers will not be permitted to light up on Seaside Park’s beach, boardwalk, fishing piers and parks.
Wet weather continued to push through New York City and the rest of the Tri-State Area on Wednesday night, bringing the potential for flooding and a strain on the morning commute.
Battling allergies is a complicated fight, as one a local radio journalist knows about firsthand.
Budgets are tight across the Garden State, making consolidation of some of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities is inevitable, says state senator Robert Gordon.
New Jersey is considering changing rules that require municipalities and businesses to maintain waterfront access.
The fire siren will remain silent in Monsey. The emergency signal was turned off last month for a three month trial after residents complained about the noise.
At 84, great-grandmother Evelyn Malzberg from Jersey City is finally a college graduate after taking classes for 30 years.
Zoo Director Jim Breheny said she was found Wednesday morning in the garage of a local business and safely caught.