Scott Simone

'Leave our tips alone!' Waitresses reject Hollywood actresses' plea to end tip credits

Last month, 16 Hollywood actresses — including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Fonda and Natalie Portman — penned a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging him to support a higher minimum wage for workers who rely on tips in New York. “Women deserve to earn a fair base wage so that the...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:00 AM

What's the deal with NYC's exploding manhole covers?

Two separate manhole explosions rattled the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Monday in similar incidents. While scary to bystanders, it’s a regular longstanding occurrence across the city. In all likelihood, there were at least three other incidents involving manholes that day, based on...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

Despite growing push, New York balks at safe injection sites

Late last month, the New York Times published a plea to public health officials and policymakers around the country: Let cities open safe injection facilities. It was just the latest voice in a growing chorus — which includes American Medical Association, The International Narcotics Control...

Friday, March 9, 2018, 4:40 PM

Psychological factors are driving the Bitcoin bubble

The value of the so-called cryptocurrency market, according to experts, has one intrinsic driver: human psychology. This psychological factor driving the cryptocurrency market can be broken into two separate vehicles. The first is the fear of missing out, colloquially known as FOMO. When the...

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 5:00 AM

Off the rails: What’s going on with all these deadly train crashes?

In a literal sense, railway safety seems to be off track across the country, as three fatal train accidents have captured the media spotlight in as many months. First, in December, there was an Amtrak train that derailed in Washington State as it took a corner at more than twice the speed limit,...

Friday, February 23, 2018, 2:05 PM

Racial disparity persists in NYC marijuana arrests

While 60 million Americans are living where marijuana is legal, New Yorkers are still being busted at record rates, according to newly released figures, with the city's minority population bearing the brunt of arrests. Police data, first obtained and released by WNYC, showed that the NYPD...

Monday, February 5, 2018, 5:00 AM