All posts in October 2021

Fall Means Community

This episode marks the 10th season of AudioFiles! In our first episode, we hear the latest on small businesses and community projects coming out of the pandemic. We’re joined later on by food policy specialists to help us understand the historic increase in SNAP benefits, and a community gardening expert on “activist gardening.”

Also in this episode:

  • 1. Reporter Hannah Fullmer follows DeVaughn as she uses her newly renovated bookmobile to serve her community—bringing books and better representation to her neighborhood.

  • 2. Denny Jacob reports on how the market is attracting vendors from the Bronx and beyond.

  • 3. Reporter Olivia Bensimon spoke to drivers outside City Hall on their second week of a 24/7 picket about their debt and what would happen if the City doesn’t find a way to support them.

  • 4. Reporter Hannah Fullmer talks with 45th St. Composter Victoria Costa about the future of the group.

  • 5. Yessenia Moreno covers the 4th annual Brooklyn Brujeria Festival, an event honoring diasporic music, dance and spirituality in Latinx culture.

  • 6. Angela Palumbo reports on how some NYC students have opted to commute to classes to avoid living in the most expensive city.

Host: Jared Wright

Lead Producer: Sarah Molano

Associate Producer: Aaron Tremper

Reporting by Denny Jacob, Hannah Fullmer, Vanessa Ague, Angela Palumbo, Olivia Bensimon, and Yessenia Moreno

Engineer: Chad Bernhard

Guest: Gil Lopez, Alexina Cather, and Dr. Charles Platkin

Editors: Kalli Anderson and Maggie Freleng

Music by Aaron Tremper, Victor Guerrero and Clark Adomaitus

Photo by Yessenia Moreno

Check out our reporting on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/newmarkjschool/sets/audio-fiies-2021

NYC Students Commuting As City Rent Soars

According to a recent report by rental assistance company Zumper, New York City is officially the most expensive place to live in the country. Due to consistently high living costs, some NYC students have opted to commute to classes to avoid living in the most expensive city. These commutes are long and expensive, but these students are saving money in the long run. Angela Palumbo reports.

Reporting by Angela Palumbo
Photo by David Klein

Bronx Bound Books Hits the Road

LaTanya DeVaughn says, “Every neighborhood deserves a bookstore, even for just one day.” That’s why she created Bronx Bound Books, a bookstore on wheels. Reporter Hannah Fullmer follows DeVaughn as she uses her newly renovated bookmobile to serve her community—bringing books and better representation to her neighborhood.

Music by Clark Adomaitus

Reporting and Photo by Hannah Fullmer

Queens Composters Worry for their Future

When the city suspended its curbside composting program, local groups across the city stepped up to pick up the slack. The 45th Street Composters in Queens started collecting compost at an empty lot in their neighborhood that they lease from the landowner for just $1. With curbside composting returning, the group is worried about what happens next. Reporter Hannah Fullmer talks with 45th St. Composter Victoria Costa about the future of the group.

Reporting and Photo by Hannah Fullmer

Brooklyn Celebrates it’s 4th Annual Brujeria Festival

On Saturday, hundreds gathered under the Manhattan Bridge, at Dumbo Archway, for the 4th annual Brooklyn Brujeria Festival. It’s an event honoring diasporic music, dance and spirituality in Latinx culture.

Yessenia Moreno reports.

Reporting and Photo by Yessenia Moreno

The Bronx Welcomes a New Pop Up Market

The Riverdale POP-UP Market started as a way to help small businesses in the Bronx recover and grow despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Things have improved in the borough since last year, but there’s still a long way to go. One bright spot has been the number of entrepreneurs that have started new businesses since then. Denny Jacob reports on how the market is attracting vendors from the Bronx and beyond.

Music by Aaron Tremper and Victor Guerrero

Reporting and Photo by Denny Jacob

Taxi Drivers Plead With City For Medallion Debt Relief

Yellow cab drivers led by the New York City Taxi Workers Alliance have been protesting outside City Hall for over two weeks, demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio adopt their alternative plan for medallion debt relief. Drivers say the city artificially inflated the price of the medallion over the years, and by allowing ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft to flood the streets, effectively left them to drown in their debt. Reporter Olivia Bensimon spoke to drivers outside City Hall on their second week of a 24/7 picket about their debt and what would happen if the City doesn’t find a way to support them.

Music Credits: “Where’s Me Breesh” by Victor Guerrero

Reported by Olivia Bensimon