With ceremonial shovels at the ready, officials gathered early this week to herald the start of work on a three-block-long, hurricane-proof, $185-million passenger-rail easement to nowhere.
Perhaps that's a bit harsh.
The hope is that this concrete box west of Penn Station in the Hudson rail yards will someday be a pathway for the Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains that serve Penn... » more
City council candidates in Texas Bruce MacNair and Bryan Studer did it.
It made international news when Marvic Feraren and Boyet Py did in the Philippines in May.
Mayoral hopefuls David DeLeshe and Lea Torres did it in April. But they had no choice; it's the law in Illinois, just like it is in England, Canada and many other places.
All these candidates decided elections by a coin... » more
'Leaning in" is all very well, but even in 2013, a working woman who gets pregnant can lose her job.
Yvette (who has not made her last name public) worked for a city supermarket for 11 years. When she was pregnant, she asked her supervisor if she could avoid heavy lifting. He instead assigned her to jobs with more heavy lifting than usual.
Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage and was... » more
Separated from lower Manhattan by five miles of water, Staten Island often feels like the neighbor no one invited to the blowout block party.
Last year, 52 million tourists visited New York City -- spreading around more than $36 billion among hotels, shops, restaurants, cabbies and theaters.
But while every tourist handbook on Earth up talks up the free Staten Island ferry ride from... » more
Bloomberg administration plans for a skyscraper build-out in the area called "Midtown East" took a welcome step forward last week. The city's Independent Budget Office said the upzoning -- in a 73-block area surrounding Grand Central Terminal -- would not jeopardize public projects like Hudson Yards on the West Side or the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
The city will need... » more
There's a blood shortage in New York City.
Actually, there's a blood shortage throughout the country, but the New York Blood Center describes the local shortage as "critical." Blood isn't just needed for people in terrible accidents; people undergoing routine surgeries need it, too.
Fortunately, the problem is relatively easy to fix. All people have to do is donate.
After... » more
I was convinced I'd hate the bike-share program.
In Paris last spring, I noticed the same kind of bike racks sprinkled throughout the city that are now parked in New York. I was amazed how many bike sharers on the Champs Élysées didn't wear helmets -- and returned to their homes safely with a fresh baguette. Renaults gave two-wheelers the right of way. Bikers stopped for pedestrians. Bike... » more
What were they thinking? In 1986 someone at the Port Authority sold a nonprofit organization the licensing rights to the World Trade Center name. The price was an unbelievably cheap 10 bucks -- and the rights have been worth millions.
The founder of the nonprofit, called the World Trade Centers Association, was a respected authority exec named Guy Tozzoli. He oversaw design and construction... » more
As I was riding the subway the other day, I looked up and saw an ad for a proprietary technical college. The ad was plainly targeting young New Yorkers who have finished high school without any concrete job skills.
According to the ad, their only hope of starting a career anytime soon was to enroll in this expensive program.
We are already starting to reflect on how New York City has... » more
The New York City office of public advocate needs to go away forever. But it's the beast that refuses to die -- a nagging and expensive nuisance.
Consider: The Board of Elections right now is preparing for an Oct. 1 citywide runoff for the Democratic nomination to the office -- pitting state Sen. Daniel Squadron of Brooklyn and Manhattan against Councilwoman Letitia James of Brooklyn, two... » more