New York City

MTA expresses frustrations, questions about new L train plan at emergency board meeting

An an MTA emergency board meeting on Tuesday, members of WSP, the main engineering consulting firm behind the original L train shutdown plan, pushed for the adoption of the new L train tunnel restoration plan, which they say would save 275,000 daily riders from having their lives disrupted. Some...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 5:16pm

Government shutdown causing concerns over TSA wait times, air travel safety

Though JFK and LaGuardia haven’t historically ranked as the best airports in the country, it seems neither Queens facility has seen TSA lines as extensive as those at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which gained national attention this week with reports of three-hour waits...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 3:55pm

IDNYC adds third gender X option, new 2019 card benefits

IDNYC launched four years ago, and the New York City municipal identification card has since provided residents with a non-driver’s license ID and free or discounted access to cultural institutions throughout the five boroughs. On the fourth anniversary, officials have announced some new...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 12:13pm

TWA Hotel donates lots of sand to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Jamaica Bay shoreline

More than six years on, New York City is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, but now, one restoration project in the works has received a special donation of sand for the Jamaica Bay shoreline. MCR and MORSE Development, the hotel operator behind the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, has donated 74,000...

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 3:42pm

Signal delays affected 92 percent of morning rush hours on MTA in 2018

Anyone who relies on the MTA to get around during rush hour has experienced a morning commute that didn’t go as smoothly planned, and a new report details just how common New York City subway delays are. More than 90 percent of all mornings in 2018 were plagued with signal problems that...

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 2:27pm

Government shutdown hits home in NYC

As President Donald Trump’s government shutdown continues, now officially the longest U.S. history, workers in New York City are feeling the effects, but people across the city are stepping up to help. American Federation of Government Employees, a union that represents more than 670,000...

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 4:46pm

De Blasio promises faster buses, expanded 3K, tenant protections at 2019 State of the City

An expansion of the NYC Ferry, a new Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, a plan to speed up MTA buses and free eyeglass for all pre-K and first graders were some of the promises Mayor Bill de Blasio made at his 2019 State of the City, reiterating his message to make New York the fairest big...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 5:34pm

Transit group wants NYC to have a Bike Mayor

Transit activists are calling on New York City to appoint a Bike Mayor to better represent the voice of those who cycle around the five boroughs in city government. Transportation Alternatives launched a petition this week demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio appoint someone for the role. “There...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 4:51pm

NYC Weather: Weekend could see some snow

Get ready to bundle up: New York City could see some snow this weekend.  New York City weather has been chilly, for sure, but it’s about to get even more wintry with a 50 percent chance of snow this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The flurries are expected to start...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:13am

NYC jail staff underreport number of serious inmate injuries

While the number of inmates in New York City jails has dropped since 2008, the number of injury reports concerning those in custody has skyrocketed, according to a new report. The Board of Correction recently released a report looking at serious injury reports in New York City jails and found that...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 4:54pm

NYC Council Member says city should be reimbursed for L train shutdown prep

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the full L train shutdown was unnecessary uprooted years of planning and preparation overnight, and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez is calling for the city to be reimbursed for all its effort. Rodriguez didn’t have the total for how much the city...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 2:44pm

NYPD closes sexual assault investigations into Mario Batali: Reports

Celebrity chef Mario Batali will reportedly not face charges after being accused of sexual assault by two women. The New York Police Department has closed the two investigations into Batali’s alleged misconduct, multiple outlets report. The NYPD declined to comment on the specifics of any...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 11:56am

De Blasio unveils plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers

Sitting in front of a banner that read, “Health care is a right,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan on Tuesday to provide health care to all New Yorkers through a new program called NYC Care. Through this initiative, the mayor said, every New York City resident will have a card...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:36pm

Brooklyn Public Library creates government shutdown reading list

Monday marked the 16th day of the government shutdown, but even though your trip to a national park may have been postponed, you can still explore federal lands and learn what exactly those government agencies do when they’re actually open thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library. A librarian...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 5:00pm

Many moved ahead of L train shutdown, but now a Williamsburg migration could be coming

Up until last Thursday, New Yorkers had been preparing to whether the storm of the L train shutdown for years. For some, the best way to deal with 15 months of no train service was to move. Dumbo Moving CEO Lior Rachmany says his company moved about 400 people out of areas served by the L train in...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 3:54pm

Seattle lawmakers warn how Amazon HQ2 will impact NYC

Seattle lawmakers painted a grim picture on Monday of how Amazon has morphed their city, warning New York officials to do more to protect New Yorkers from Amazon HQ2 in Queens and the possible “Seattle-ization” effect of the tech giant. “In 2012, right when Amazon consolidated [...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 3:23pm

SEE IT: New Yorkers bare it all for No Pants Subway Ride

Despite the freezing temperatures and recent snow fall, New Yorkers, along withtens of thousands of people in over 60 cities and 25 countries, took to the subway for the 16th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. Organized byImprov Everywhere — described as a"New York City-based comedy...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 1:39pm

L train renovation plan will still disrupt low-wage earning New Yorkers

If you have to commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan for your 9 to 5 job, you might be rejoicing at the news that the L train shutdown is no more. But for some low-income, hourly and service workers in the city, that same relief isn’t there. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the change, he...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 4:18pm

MTA warns against walking between subway cars after 7 deaths in 2018

Seven people died while walking or riding between New York City subway cars in 2018, according to the MTA, including four people in December alone — a jump from five total deaths in 2017. There were also five deaths from passengers going between subway cars in 2016. After 2018’s deadly...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 1:10pm

Reports of rape up, but overall NYC crime hit historic lows in 2018

Though overall New York City crime dropped to record-low numbers in 2018, reports of rape rose — a sign, according to the NYPD, not necessarily of more incidents, but of more people coming forward. Rape increased 22 percent in 2018, with 328 more rapes from that year reported than in 2017,...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 12:38pm