Margot Adler en Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block She had three apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn't sick.<p>It's just one of many curiosities about Clark, the late heiress to the fortune of copper magnate Sen. Andrew Williams Clark. For years, even friends and family thought she was living on Fifth Avenue. Her lavish gifts to her nurse prompted a police investigation. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Margot Adler 42831 at Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers Skyscrapers are a hallmark of large cities. Modern engineering makes it possible to erect something as tall as the Empire State Building on a very small footprint. Although developers love these buildings, in New York — the city of skyscrapers — residents have been <a href="" target="_blank">upset at the shadows they cast</a> over public spaces like Central Park.<p>Journalist Warren St. John first noticed the shadows when he took his daughter to a playground near Central Park's southern border on sunny, blue-skied fall day. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Margot Adler 39265 at New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Margot Adler 37819 at On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades Beer makers Guinness and Sam Adams withdrew sponsorship from New York and Boston's St. Patrick Day parades, respectively, over the exclusion of openly gay, lesbian and transgender participants. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Margot Adler 36836 at A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="">eliminate all wild mute swans there by 2025</a> has drawn protests and petitions on all sides. While some see elegant white birds gliding across the water, others see a dangerous aggressor destroying the local ecosystem.<p>According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the swans — which don't honk but make hoarse, froglike grunts — are not native, and they destroy and attack native species. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Margot Adler 36449 at A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. One of the world's most beloved books is <em>The Little Prince</em> by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.<p>If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Margot Adler 33493 at Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 33406 at New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.<p>Gov. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 33106 at Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City I've always wondered what it would have been like to be at the White House in 1829 when President Andrew Jackson was inaugurated. He threw open the White House to the public and some 20,000 people stomped through, apparently causing a rowdy mob scene.<p>So I was intrigued with the fact that New York's new progressive mayor, Bill de Blasio, planned to open Gracie Mansion to the public this past Sunday. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:12:00 +0000 Margot Adler 32258 at Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, <a href="">Museum</a> and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.<p>The museum was created by three filmmakers: Alex Kalman and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie. Josh Safdie says the idea grew out of a combination of frustration and storytelling. The filmmakers would tell each other amazing tales of what they had seen and found, and the others would want proof. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Margot Adler 32035 at Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task At the end of this month, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. Assessing Bloomberg's legacy, a man who went from Republican to Independent, is not a simple thing to do. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and even globally.<p>But at the same time, many New Yorkers found him arrogant and insensitive to the poor. It's a vein that was tapped successfully by Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who described New York as a city of haves and have nots. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Margot Adler 31806 at Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task Now You Can Buy Your Occupy Wall Street Poster From Wal-Mart Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And finally this hour, an unlikely twist in the story of Occupy Wall Street. For the past several years, the movement has critiqued everything from the structure of banking to low wage pay. Well, now, you can own a part of Occupy. It's a large panoramic poster of protesters camped out in New York's Zuccotti Park. And as NPR's Margot Adler reports, you can only buy it online at Wal-Mart.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: The publisher of the poster is Lieberman's, a wholesale supplier of art posters. Wal-Mart is selling it online in two sizes for about 52 and $42. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Margot Adler 31114 at Investigation Of New York Train Derailment Continues Transportation officials are investigating what caused a Metro-North Railroad passenger train to derail along the Hudson River in New York on Sunday morning. The crash left four dead and injured dozens more. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:42:00 +0000 Margot Adler 30088 at New York's Next Mayor Tries New Tactic To Get Feedback Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>New Yorkers have a new way to deliver messages to their newly elected mayor, Bill de Blasio. It's a tent, a huge, translucent one on Canal Street called The Talking Transition Tent. More than 11,000 people have wandered through it so far, and it's become a kind of 21st-century soapbox, as NPR's Margot Adler reports.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: In front of the tent is a huge, illuminated arrow that changes colors, and the word talk is spelled out in large, black milk crates with sparkling lights. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Margot Adler 29562 at New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21 New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:37:00 +0000 Margot Adler 29372 at Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations A year and half ago, Baruch Herzfeld, an entrepreneur in New York City, had a novel idea: connect immigrants in the U.S. with radio stations in their home country using nothing more than a cheap cellphone.<p>The result is <a href="">ZenoRadio</a>.<p>ZenoRadio employee Atif Enin, who's from Egypt, points to a list of countries, each with a U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Margot Adler 29140 at Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know.<p>This first store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, has minimalist decor: gray soft seats, charcoals, chestnut browns. Teavana teas line one wall. Beakers filled with colored liquids greet you at the entrance.<p>The cococaramel sea salt tea latte is delicious, but at 350 calories it's not an everyday drink. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Margot Adler 28158 at Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso Imagine buying a genuine Pablo Picasso painting valued at $1 million — and paying only $135.<p>That's the prize if you win the "<a href="">1 Picasso for 100 Euros</a>" raffle Sotheby's is currently putting on. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 27753 at Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage The sexting scandal surrounding former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has been fodder for comedians, punsters and those who love double entendres. Now it's the source material for a play, <em>The Weiner Monologues</em>, coming to off-off-Broadway's Access Theatre Nov. 6 through Nov. 10.<p><strong>'Found Texts' (You Finish The Joke)</strong><p><em>The Weiner </em><em>Monologues</em> began a couple of years ago, when a group of very young actors, most just out of Hunter College, were taking a summer workshop in New York. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:07:00 +0000 Margot Adler 27609 at Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square I'm walking through Times Square, the crossroads of the world. Just when I reach the line for cheap Broadway tickets, I see it: a giant billboard with the word "capitalism" in bright white lights and the words "works for me!" in cursive below. There's a podium and two buttons where you can vote whether the statement is "true" or "false."<p>Peggy Demitrack, a tourist from Cleveland, is adamant when she pushes the "true" button. She says capitalism works for anyone who strives and educates themselves.<p>When asked whether she has money for retirement, she adds: "Something! Yes. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Margot Adler 26434 at Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square Fashion Designer Mark Jacobs To Leave Louis Vuitton Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And in other business news, Marc Jacobs is packing his bags. The fashion designer is leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years. He is expected to focus on an eventual IPO for his own Marc Jacobs brand.<p>NPR's Margot Adler reports.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: There was a sense of foreboding at Marc Jacob's spring fashion show in Paris. First, the music.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ADLER: Very funereal. Then black was the dominant color on the models on the runway. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Margot Adler 26274 at This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests On a gorgeous night, some 4,000 people, dressed all in white, have come to dine in a public, yet secret place in New York's Bryant Park.<p>They have come for <a href="">Diner en Blanc</a>, an unusual pop-up event that takes place in 20 countries. The guests eat in splendor at a location they only learn about minutes before they arrive. The thousands wave white napkins to signal the beginning of the event.<p>They arrived at 6:30 in the evening last Wednesday, carting white tables and chairs, china, food, wine glasses and cutlery. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Margot Adler 25634 at This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages By 10 a.m. Tuesday, several hundred people had already gathered in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to mark the second anniversary of the movement known as Occupy Wall Street.<p>With many people coming and going, heading for actions like a McDonald's protest or a march on Washington Square Park, it was difficult to assess actual numbers. Much like Occupy itself, groups changed and reformed all morning.<p>At 10:30 a.m., Sumumba Sobukwe, a spokesman for the group Occupy Evolve, mounted the Zuccotti Park steps for a news conference. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Margot Adler 25245 at The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages Good Work Comes Out Of The Sept. 11 Tragedies Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Over the last several years, a group of family members have created a movement to turn the anniversary into a national day of service. This year more than 30 million people will be involved, and they claim it's the largest day of service in the country. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:55:00 +0000 Margot Adler 24806 at 'Renaissance Garden' Highlights Medicinal Plants This summer, the New York Botanical Garden is featuring an exhibit called Wild Medicine: Healing Plants around the World. The most beautiful and interesting part is a small scale recreation of the 16th century Italian Renaissance Garden at Padua, the site of one of the earliest and most important medical schools. (This piece originally aired on Weekend Edition on July 6, 2013.) Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Margot Adler 22565 at Young People Push Back Against Gender Categories Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Americans are becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians and, in some cases, transgendered people. At the same time, a new generation of young people is challenging our understanding of gender.<p>They're calling for more fluid categories beyond just male and female, as NPR's Margot Adler explains.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: It began with a speaking event at Oberlin College in Ohio. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Margot Adler 21116 at Growing The Latest In 16th-Century Medicine The Renaissance Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, a re-creation of a 16th-century medicinal garden, is so lush and colorful, it takes only a stroll through to absorb its good medicine.<p>The garden, part of a summer exhibit called Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, is a small-scale model of the Italian Renaissance Garden in Padua, Italy, Europe's first botanical garden.<p>The landscape includes Mediterranean flowers in multiple colors, fountains and odd plants that many people have never seen, like the opium poppy, with its unusual seed pods. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Margot Adler 20378 at Growing The Latest In 16th-Century Medicine Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group Started in 1888 by suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, the National Council of Women of the United States still exists today in a small office near the United Nations.<p>On the organization's 125th anniversary, it teamed up with the University of Rochester to open an old safe painted with the words "Woman Suffrage Party." No one knew what was in the safe or when it had last been opened.<p>On the website of the University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Center, people were speculating all week about what might be in the safe. Would it be lists of secret members? Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margot Adler 19687 at Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group Disruptive Broadway Audiences Master Stage Whisper Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>There have been several incidents, even fights, during recent New York theater performances. An argument over a woman nosily unwrapping her Twizzlers, a man throwing a Web-browsing woman's cell phone across the theater. What is going on? Are audiences less well mannered today?<p>We sent NPR's Margot Adler to find out.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: I'm standing around the TKTS line on Broadway, where tourists and New Yorkers line up for lower priced tickets. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Margot Adler 18680 at Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam When I found out that one of my cousins — now 88 — had hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just like Anne Frank, it was a revelation. It made me want to know more about my cousin's life and story.<p>"I like to analyze what happens and to put it in writing; that gives you neatness in your head, and that is what I'm after," says my cousin, retired Judge Suzanne Hoogendijk. She was 87 at the time, and was talking about why she loved being a judge. Tue, 21 May 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Margot Adler 17298 at Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam