FAQ NYC: The most New York you can put in your ear

We aim to be the New Yorkest podcast in and about the city that everything seems to come back to—exploring how things actually work for the characters who make it here and the many more who don’t quite make it.

Each week, hosts Christina Greer and Harry Siegel talk with and about the smartest and most interesting people in the city, digging into what’s happening now, how we got here and where we’re going next.

We’re supported by a grant from Civil and listeners like you, and hosted at the McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research at NYU.


Dr. Christina Greer Co-Host

“This would be hilarious if it wasn’t our democracy at stake.”

I’m a political scientist and professor at Fordham University, author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream, and interested in all things cities and Black politics.  I’m  currently researching the history of the African Americans who’ve run for president, as well as another book on the history of transportation and Black Americans.

I grew up reading Sweet Valley High, going to miscellaneous summer camps, and watching copious amounts of television, so that I practically have a PhD. in black sitcoms.

Harry Siegel Co-Host

“Walked from 30 Rock to Times Sq without finding one place to buy a newspaper and sad as hell about what happened to our city, and its papers .”

I’m a fifth generation New Yorker raising third generation Brooklynites, and an aspiring semi-pro crank.

On the side, I’m a senior editor at the Daily Beast, columnist at the Daily News and adjunct journalism professor at Brooklyn College.
Before that I’ve been a columnist at the Village Voice, a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan a senior editor at POLITICO (back when they was house style), editor in chief of New York Press, the opinion page editor of The New York Sun, and around, if you know what I mean.

Alex Brook Lynn Producer

“A lifer in a city of hustlers and lost souls”

Alex is a filmmaker and multi-media journalist living on the isle of Manhatta. After cycling through several of NYC’s specialized high schools she went on to get her degree in city politics from the prestigious FFM, alma mater of the late, great, Al Smith.

She has written and produced multi media content for The Daily Beast, Gawker, Deadspin, Vice, The New York Daily News, The New York Press.

She runs an art gallery out of her tenement apartment called Thirst, and sleeps next to a running police scanner.