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MetroFocus' features Wi-Fi plans for New York City

Thirteen, PBS

This week “MetroFocus” features Wi-Fi plans for New York City, Christie’s Huguette Clark Collection and “Empty Mansions” Author, Bill Dedman.

Reporter Rick Karr investigates New York City’s plan to provide free internet access across the city in an effort to bridge the digital divide. Karr meets a resident of a public housing project using one of the city-run Wi-Fi vans, talks to Andrew Rasiej, Chairman of NY Tech Meetup and talks via Skype from Columbia University’s Wi-Fi covered campus with Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

The announcement that the six winners of the federal government’s Rebuild by Design competition will receive $920 million to upgrade the coastlines of New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy grabbed the headlines. But CUNY Graduate School of Journalism associate professor Adam Glenn has a much smaller solution to help communities prepare for rising sea levels and future storms. He’s the founder and editor of AdaptNY, a CUNY project in partnership with Gotham Gazette and DocumentCloud that works to foster conversation and connect local residents to decision-makers.

When heiress Huguette Clark died in 2011 at the age of 104 she had been living in a New York hospital room for twenty years – by her own choice. she left behind an estate that included three huge apartments on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, and mansions in Connecticut and California filled with works of art and treasures. Paintings by Monet, Renoir and Degas were auctioned recently at Christie’s. This month the auction house will offer furniture, decorative arts and a Stradivarius violin from the Clark estate.

In a video from Christie’s, Andrew McVinish, Head of Private and Iconic Collections at Christie’s New York, previews a few of the treasures hidden away for decades in Clark’s unoccupied houses and apartments. NBC News investigative reporter Bill Dedman, who first reported Clark’s story and co-authored the best-seller Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, talks to “MetroFocus” host Rafael Pi Roman.

WLIW21 local production “MetroFocus” #441 – premiering in the New York metro area Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21 and Thursday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and at 10:30 p.m. on NJTV.

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