Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled plans on Tuesday for the new station in the historic James A. Farley Post Office, adjacent to Penn Station. A developer-builder team, including Related Companies, Vornado Realty LP and Skanska AB, have been hired to redevelop the Farley Building into the Moynihan Train Hall, which will create a new 255,000-square-foot train hall to house passenger facilities for the Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak. “We’re going to rebuild the Long Island Rail Road concourses first,”...
NYC considers providing free lawyers to tenants facing eviction
It’s a familiar scene in New York City Housing Court: An attorney for a landlord argues his case while a tenant facing eviction stands silent, clutching a few documents. A majority of City Council members want to change that scenario. The council on Monday conducted a hearing on a proposed bill that would make New York the first city in the country to provide pro bono lawyers to any low-income residents facing eviction. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. testified at the hearing that...
Bruised boy dies; mom, boyfriend questioned: NYPD
Police are looking into the death of a 6-year-old Harlem boy, who had multiple bruises about his body head, investigators said Tuesday. Officers responded to a 911 call about an unconscious boy at a West 135 Street address, but arrived to find that the child had been taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital by his mother. The boy, later identified as Zymere Perkins, was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. Investigators were questioning the boy’s mother and her boyfriend, according to...
VIDEO: Could floating shipping containers work for student housing in NYC?
When college students arrive to the big city they often bring with them dreams of glamorous apartments, but they soon get hit the reality of a cramped dorm room covered by student loans or an awkward apartment shared with several strangers. Over in Denmark, where 40,000 beds are needed to accommodate an exploding student population, Kim Loudrup realized the enormity of the student housing shortage (inventory and affordability) and partnered with the country’s prodigal son Bjarke Ingels on a new, sustainable student housing design made from floating shipping containers. Called Urban Rigger , they hope this modular idea can extend to other waterfront cities and even solve other housing problems like the refugee crisis.
FDNY chief killed in Bronx explosion
Smoke still billowed from rubble five hours after an explosion at a house in the Bronx Tuesday killed an FDNY chief. Battalion Chief Michael Fahy, a 17-year veteran of the FDNY and a father of three, was killed in the blast by falling debris when a house at 304 W. 234th Street in Kingsbridge blew up just after 7:30 a.m. Earlier in the morning neighbors reported they smelled gas emanating from a private two-story home, prompting the fire department to come and evacuate the street.
Candidates live up to expectations of bitter presidential debate
Hillary Clinton shook hands with Donald Trump and then kicked off the first presidential debate between them by accusing her Republican opponent of proposing “Trumped-up trickle down” economic solutions. Clinton was given the first question of the debate and seized the opportunity to attack Trump’s position on the economy. Trump responded by promising to create 25 million jobs reducing taxes paid by businesses and renegotiating trade deals. He quickly pointed to jobs lost to China, Mexico and...
Clinton faces Trump in the make or break debate
The 45th President of the United States will be elected in 42 days, and the outcome of last night’s debate might be the best indication of who will win the 2016 election. Official poll numbers reflecting the impact of last night’s debate will not be out for a few days, but be assured that it will factor significantly in the candidates’ standings. Why is this first debate so important? Exposure, for one thing. Roughly one-third of Americans were expected to tune in last night. Hillary...
SEE IT: Students create films about cyberbullying for film competition
Students in New York City have a chance to share their experiences with cyberbullying thanks to funding from AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, a non-profit that works to end online and offline bullying in schools and workplace, according to the organization. To highlight the impact of cyberbullying during National Cyberbullying Prevention Month, students from Mythic Bridge, Stuyvesant High School and the Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School will shoot, edit and produce...
Tom Hanks crashes Central Park wedding
Is there anything more New York than a wedding in Central Park? How about one with a celebrity surprise guest? That's what happened to one couple this weekend, who were celebrating their nuptials at the Manhattan park. The newlyweds, Elisabeth and Ryan, were reportedly taking photos when the actor, dressed in running clothes, stopped by to congratulate them.
MTA launches LaGuardia Link shuttle
MTA launched a new service on Sunday for those trying to catch a flight at LaGuardia Airport. The new Q70 LaGuardia Link SBS will provide travelers and airport workers with access from Woodside and Jackson Heights to terminals B, C and D. The bus, which is clearly marked as a shuttle to the airport, according to the transportation advocacy groups that made the proposal last year, will link the airport with the E, F, M, R and 7 trains and LIRR. The last piece of the proposal the citywide...
Second Avenue Subway could be delayed, again
After 100 years of chatter surrounding a Second Avenue Subway, it’s no surprise that the MTA can’t seem to stop flip-flopping on whether or not the line will meet its December opening date. In April of 2015, the agency announced that Phase I was 82 percent complete and on schedule, but this past June, reports of construction snafus signaled what many felt was an inevitable delay. Read more at 6sqft...
Bipolar BU student missing in NYC for 8 days
A desperate search continues for 25-year-old Boston University grad student Zachary Camhi who went missing in New York City on Sept. 18. “Zac" is said to be an award-winning classical musician who speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. He suffers from bipolar disorder and needs medication which — along with his phone and his wallet —he did not have when him when he vanished.
Forty-four injured, three seriously, in Lincoln Tunnel bus crash
Two New Jersey Transit buses collided Monday morning in the Lincoln Tunnel leaving dozens injured and commuters stuck in traffic, reports said. The FDNY said 44 passengers were injured in the crash—of those 41 were considered minor and three serious. The driver of one bus was ticketed for an improper lane change, authorities said. A 127 line bus from Ridgefield to the Port Authority Bus Terminal rear-ended a bus on the 128 line from North Hudson Park in Fairview to the Port Authority, ABC7...
Possibly intoxicated woman falls to death from Midtown building roof: Police
A woman plummeted to her death early Sunday morning from the roof of her Midtown West apartment building after she may have been drinking, police sources said. Elena Gladkikh, 27, fell five stories from the building on 37th Street near 10th Avenue just before 9 a.m., police said. EMS rushed her to Bellevue, where she later succumbed to her injuries. Gladkikh, a Mary Kay beauty consultant, according to reports, may have been at a bar before the fall, police source said. The New York Post also...
Pair beat man with brass knuckles in Columbus Circle subway robbery: NYPD
Police are looking for two suspects who they say robbed and assaulted a man at the Columbus Circle subway station early Sunday morning using brass knuckles. The victim, 25, was inside the A train station at about 5 a.m. when he was approached by the suspects who knocked him to the ground, police said. They then punched and kicked the victim while he was on the floor. According to authorities, one of the suspects wore brass knuckles during the beating.