UPDATED 12/4/13 at 3:25 P.M.: The engineer of the derailed Metro-North train "nodded" off just before the high-speed crash along a sharp, 30-mph curve in the Bronx that killed four people, a union representative said Tuesday.
The engineer, William Rockefeller, 46, "caught himself, but he caught himself too late," Anthony Bottalico, head of the union representing the Metro-North... » more
Nine years ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched an ambitious effort to reduce homelessness in New York by two-thirds over five years. His blueprint included more than 60 goals with timelines aimed at getting thousands of people off the streets and into permanent housing.
"We will continue our work until all New Yorkers have a place to call home," he promised at the time.
Unfortunately,... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he aims to win his fight for a new tax on top earners to fill a money pot for expanded pre-K programs — and intends to do so by April 1, when the new state fiscal year begins.
That’s especially interesting because for months, it has sounded highly unlikely that the governor and Legislature would agree to a new tax in what will be, for them, an election year.... » more
Not too long ago MTA officials were upset over a 2008 federal law ordering railroads such as Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road to install a high-tech system that would automatically stop runaway trains.
They said the expense -- around $900 million -- would gobble up money better spent on big-ticket public-transit expansion projects. They said the commuter railroads already had strong... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio charged forward yesterday with his plan to bring universal prekindergarten to New York City, naming six education experts to develop the program, and vowing he will win a fight in Albany to pay for it with higher taxes on the rich.
“I’m not ever going to be interested in bargaining against myself and this vision,” de Blasio said after reading to preschoolers at an... » more
In chef Michael Psilakis' hand: a sesame-rolled kristini, which is a savory Cretan breadstick infused with red wine and olive oil. "The first bite is sort of awkward, you just have to let it go, but by the time you get to the fourth bite, it's addictive."
He's right. But then again, Psilakis knows how to get to the heart of what's good about Greek food.
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The engineer who drove the Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx may have fallen asleep or "zoned out" just before the fatal crash, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.
William Rockefeller could not recall any of his actions until just before the derailment, said the source, who characterized the engineer as being "oblivious" to the fact that the train had built... » more
Investigators in the Bronx train derailment are poring over engineer William Rockefeller's every move before the crash - from his breakfast choice that morning to his actions seconds before the cars left the track.
Among the many mysteries investigators hope to solve is a crucial question: Why was the train barreling down the tracks at 82 mph — almost triple the 30 mph speed limit in that... » more
Kriss Kringle has been downsized, and not in a Chris Christie way.
After more than a century of bringing comfort and joy to the streets of New York, Sidewalk Santas have been given the boot by the Volunteers of America.
"The program was just not the most effective way of raising money," vice president Rachel Weinstein has said. Those willing to stand on a freezing cold street corner... » more
Now the question is why?
Why did a Sunday morning Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal roar into one of the system's most challenging curves at 82 miles per hour -- at a place where the Hudson River lies hard to the right, the Harlem River looms straight ahead and the speed limit is 30 mph?
Monday National Transportation Safety Board investigators provided disturbing... » more