Despite warnings that Monday’s commute would be “tough” in the wake of Hurricane Irene, the Metropolitan Transit Authority was looking pretty good early Monday, with most subways and buses back on track. Still, the MTA warned of less frequent service and longer waiting times.
New Yorkers prone to end-of-days theories must be having quite a week. First, a rare Earthquake evacuated office buildings across Manhattan, now Hurricane Irene — which may become the most powerful hurricane to hit the city since 1938 if conditions go the right, er, wrong way — is predicted to arrive in the Tri-State area on Sunday.
On Friday morning the hurricane weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already ordered evacuations of flood-prone areas, WNYC reported.
George Pataki may be looking to trade in the tired old “former governor” title for a bright and shiny new one: president. Rumor has it that this Saturday, Pataki will likely announce his presidential campaign at a Republican picnic fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa.
Over the next nine years, Markopolos and his small team of investigators went through what he describes as a “Twilight Zone” case, alerting the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to the fraud on five separate occasions, including in a 21-page document titled “The World’s Largest hedge Fund is a Fraud.”
But, the warnings fell on deaf ears, as the title of Markopolos’s 2010 book indicates: “No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller.” That is until the market collapsed and Madoff was forced to turn himself in in 2008.
Shortly afterward, Markopolos’s testimony helped restructure the SEC, which he says still needs a lot of work, along with the entire bank regulatory system. He’s been hailed as a “modern greek hero” by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, but he views his inability to bring Madoff to justice before the financial meltdown as more of a multi-billion dollar tragedy.
Markopolos, now a prominent private fraud investigator, is the subject of a documentary, “Chasing Madoff,” by filmmaker Jeff Prosserman. The will begin its theatrical run this Friday, Aug. 26, in New York City.
MetroFocus spoke with Markopolos about the film, his regrets, why financial regulators must be paid as well as Wall Street executives, his current career path and the psychology of the man he calls “a stone cold financial predator.”
PBS Food: a site where cooking shows, blogs and recipes from PBS and local stations across the country come together. From Julia Child to local restaurant reviews, PBS Food celebrates the iconic chefs and culinary treats you love from PBS. Enjoy a sneak preview of the site, featuring the new Fresh Tastes blog featuring Jenna Weber and Marc Matsumoto.
Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen: Chris Kimball and his test kitchen crew are back in their fourth season with the best regional home cooking in the country.
Airs Mondays at 7:30 p.m., beginning September 5.
Taste This!: Travel the country and sample regional cuisines with Chef Joe Ciminera, who explores cooking with natural organic food.
Airs Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
Rachel’s Favorite Food for Living: Rachel Allen delivers easy-to-make recipes and helpful tips for the time-strapped home cook.
Airs Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends: Thirteen celebrity chefs join Nick Stellino on the show’s 15th Anniversary to demonstrate easy-to-make recipes from around the world.
Airs Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Lidia’s Italy: Travel to Italy with chef Lidia Bastianich to explore elaborate food markets, fishing villages and farms and learn to prepare her favorite Italian meals at home.
Airs Mondays at 8 p.m.
Ciao Italia: Join host Mary Ann Esposito as she shares her signature Italian dishes on America’s longest running cooking show.
Airs weekdays at 1 p.m.
Forget Shake Shack burgers and momofuku’s spicy pork sausage. Back in the day (the day being the 19th century, in this case), turtle soup was the hot ticket item on the menu and oyster houses were as omnipresent and affordable as Gray’s Papayas.
Earlier this year, the New York Public Library began digitizing and transcribing more than 25,000 menus collected between 1899 and 1923 by menu archivist Miss Frank E. Buttolph for its, “What’s on the Menu?” project.
Heather Quinlan, director of “If These Knishes Could Talk: A New York Accent Film” discusses the film and the evolution of the New York accent.
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Liz Garbus is an award-winning documentary film director and producer and the co-founder of Moxie Firecracker Films, an independent documentary production company. Garbus has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards and her newest film, “There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane,” is airing on HBO’s Documentary Films Summer Series. The film examines one of the worst vehicle accidents in New York State History.
Garbus spoke with her longtime friend, Karen Duffy, the journalist, actor, model and bestselling author who goes by the moniker “Duff.”
Long Island’s agreeable weather, clean waters and fertile soil have made this narrow island the heart of New York’s agriculture industry. As a result, Long Island farmers are proud to offer residents a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, herbs, flowers and wine.
To increase the public’s awareness of Long Island’s unique agricultural offerings, the Long Island Farm Bureau is inviting residents to celebrate the local harvest at “Grown on Long Island Day” in Yaphank, L.I. on Aug. 5.
Masterpiece fans: if you’ve missed out on the Zen series (or just couldn’t get enough), all three episodes are now available to watch online! Vendetta, Cabal, and Ratking will be available through August 30.
Starring Rufus Sewell (Aurelio Zen), Caterina Murino (Tania Moretti), and Ed Stoppard (Vincenzo Fabri), Zen is based on the Aurelio Zen mysteries by Michael Dibdin.
Watch the series here:
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