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PR- 080-04
April 13, 2004

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES NEW SPRING LINEUP FOR NYC TV

NYC TV 74 to Debut Eight New Spring Shows and Specials That Feature The Best of New York City and Opens the Window Into Municipal Government

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg tonight announced the 2004 Spring lineup for NYC TV at  Gracie Mansion.  NYC TV, the official television network of the City of New York, is debuting eight new shows and specials during its Spring Season, which starts this Friday, April 16th at 8pm.  The new programs for the Spring season are: "Blueprint: New York City," "What's Cooking at Gracie," "Block Party," "New York Voices," "Media City," "NYC Football," "The Drama Desk Awards," and "Shaping the City."  In February, NYC TV received four New York Emmy award nominations.

"No one ever thought municipal television could be entertaining - until NYC TV came along," said Mayor Bloomberg.  "In just nine months, NYC TV has already received four New York Emmy award nominations, seen its programming air on PBS and signed deals with Delta Airlines and E! Entertainment TV.  With this Spring Season, NYC TV adds more shows that are fun and informative."

"NYC TV continues to impress New Yorkers with its success," said the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Gino Menchini.  "The Spring Season adds more original programming that only NYC TV could create - from full access tours of City landmarks to opening up Gracie Mansion to all New Yorkers."

"New Yorkers are eager for more local content that goes beyond news and sports - and NYC TV is playing a major role filling that need," said Arick Wierson, the General Manager of NYC TV. "Moreover, cities across the country see NYC TV as the benchmark for running successful municipal television stations.  NYC TV is making an impact here in New York and shaping the way government-run television stations operate nationwide."

"NYC TV's Spring season has something for every New Yorker," said Seth Unger, NYC TV's Creative Director.  "Our new shows highlight the best of New York - our creativity, diversity and energy.  In only nine months, we've been able to change the way New Yorkers think about their municipal television station."

NYC TV's Spring Season includes eight new shows and specials and six original NYC TV shows with new episodes.  The new shows and specials are:

  • Blueprint: New York City - The best-kept secrets to the City's most famous and stunning landmarks are finally going public.  Blueprint is a brand new show that takes you inside and around buildings that have enchanted visitors and native New Yorkers alike.  NYC TV will take you inside City Hall, Gracie Mansion and other New York City landmarks.  Blueprint airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.

  • Block Party - From Williamsburg to New Dorp, Jackson Heights to Hunts Point, New York City is made up of neighborhoods and Block Party is a musical celebration of these neighborhoods.  Every episode is dedicated to an individual neighborhood or cluster of adjoining neighborhoods.  Block Party airs Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m.

  • What's Cooking at Gracie - Co-Hosts Julie Laipply and Jordan Barowitz visit the Gracie Mansion kitchen to check out what dishes are being prepared for upcoming events at New York's most historic landmark by head chef Feliberto Estévez (Fili).  During each episode, the team travels to a food market in one of the five boroughs to purchase special ingredients that highlight New York's diverse cuisines and cultures.  What's Cooking at Gracie airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

  • New York Voices - This season, NYC TV presents, in association with Channel Thirteen/WNET, select episodes of the Emmy award winning series New York Voices. Each episode of New York Voices contains strong, character-driven stories about real New Yorkers as well as intelligent conversation with authorities on a diverse array of topics. New York Voices airs Mondays at 8:00 p.m.

  • Media City - New York City is the Media Capital of the World.  In association with New York City's Center for Communications, NYC TV is proud to present "Media City," a one-hour show highlighting some of the most interesting conversations with leaders in film, television, publishing, advertising and music.  Media City airs Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

  • NYC Football - New York's Finest, Bravest and Strongest battle it out on the gridiron this spring on NYC TV.  In a partnership with the Regional News Network (RNN), NYC TV will air selected games from the 13-team National Public Safety Football League.  NYC Football airs at 9:00 p.m. on April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th and May 21st.

  • The Drama Desk Awards - The New York Theater Scene shines brightly on NYC TV.  In a partnership with the Drama Desk, NYC TV will air the 49th annual Drama Desk Awards, which celebrate excellence in all sectors of New York's theatre world.  The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 9:00 PM, at the LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center, and will be aired on NYC TV later that month.

  • Shaping The City - Ever wonder why or even how certain locations are chosen for certain buildings, parks, bridges and roadways? Well it's all part of the job of the City Planning Commission to make those determinations. Watch CPC Chair Amanda M. Burden and her team of 12 Planning Commissioners as they discuss and untangle complex issues, making decisions affecting the future of our great City. Shaping the City airs Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The other 6 original NYC TV shows with new episodes are:

  • Council 51 - Get a front row seat to the City Council on NYC TV.  Watch gavel-to-gavel coverage of City Council forums, town hall meetings, stated meetings, press conferences, celebrations and the weekly committee meetings that focus on subjects like health, education, public safety, transportation and consumer affairs.  Council 51 airs on NYC TV 74.

  • Access Mayor - Stay up to date with Mayor Bloomberg's daily events.  Access Mayor offers full coverage of Mayor Bloomberg's daily press conferences and announcements, ribbon cuttings, civic group meetings, bill signings and speeches. Access Mayor covers every event in its entirety, so there's no sound bites or editorializing. Access Mayor airs daily at 7pm.

  • Fashion in Focus, Season II - NYC TV went backstage during Fashion Week to get an inside look of this important New York City industry.  Fashion in Focus interviews industry heavyweights about the importance and challenges facing the fashion industry. Fashion in Focus, Season II airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.

  • New York Noise - Get an inside look at new and upcoming New York-based artists and labels as they showcase their music.  New York Noise airs Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.

  • New City Classics - Watch vintage documentaries, press conferences, and other timeless pieces from the City's Municipal Archives such as Jack Benny's visit with Mayor Lindsay or Mayor Koch taking questions from New Yorkers on his weekly radio show. City Classics airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m.

  • Tribeca Film Festival - This spring, NYC TV will air programming from the 3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place May 1st through 9th.  Tribeca Film Festival airs in May 2004.

Tonight's event at Gracie Mansion is supported in part by Red Bull, makers of the popular energy drink of the same name, and The Concept Farm, a media production company known for its work with ESPN, that is currently developing programming in conjunction with NYC TV. 

NYC TV is comprised of five channels, and is available in 1.8 million households in New York City, reaching all cable subscribers in the five boroughs. NYC TV's flagship channel, NYC TV 74, is dedicated to government affairs and original programming.  NYC TV also includes NYC TV 71, which broadcasts Off Track Betting (OTB) programming; NYC TV 73, which features leased time and OTB programming; CUNY TV 75, which broadcasts CUNY programming; and NYC TV 93, which broadcasts NYC TV's Digital Magazine which gives New Yorkers information about 311 (note: on Cablevision systems, the Digital Magazine can be seen on Channel 72).  To view the full broadcast schedule for NYC TV, please visit www.nyc.gov







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