Category: Life

New York Will Finally Legalize E-Bikes And E-Scooters

After vetoing a bill that would legalize e-bikes and e-scooters late last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will legalize them this year if his budget is passed unscathed. Cuomo made the announcement on Tuesday during his annual budget address. “Let’s also in this budget ban single-use Styrofoam. Let’s expand e-bikes and e-scooters. And let’s make the fracking ban permanent once and for all,” Cuomo said, outlining a $33 billion push to fight climate change that stems from last year’s passage of a major climate bill. The language is very similar to the bill the governor vetoed, sponsored by ... Read more

State To Look Into Health Of Entire Community Following Closure Of Northport Middle School – CBS New York

NORTHPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Parents are praying for no confusion or chaos Thursday morning when a suburban school closes for the rest of the year. Prompted by the discovery of chemicals outside their school, hundreds of students and their teachers are being moved to new buildings, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Wednesday. Northport Middle School will close and all 660 students will be bused elsewhere. “There is a huge element of relief, but I think for a lot of us, there’s not a lot of winners here,” Parent Bill Blaney said. Blaney said the school district was at the center of ... Read more

Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton For Defamation Over ‘Russian Asset’ Remarks

The long-shot presidential candidate and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation months after Clinton said in a podcast interview that an unspecified 2020 Democratic presidential candidate is a “Russian asset.” Gabbard is seeking at least $50 million in damages. The lawsuit, filed in New York, claims Gabbard “put the country before herself” and risked the “end of her own political career” by endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary—an endorsement that Clinton hadn’t forgotten when she made the allegedly defamatory statements in October, the suit says. More than three years after Gabbard endorsed ... Read more

Stories from the Rainforest, Universal Love, Cumbancha Flamenca, Vegan Dinner — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/22-1/28)

WEDNESDAY 1/22 ☺ Good Girl @ Cantina Royal (58 N 3rd St), 6:30 pm, $7, a night of great stand up comedy!–not all humor will be clean, but it certainly will be good! Buy Tix♫ Drinking Bird // Thor Jensen @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St), 10pm, FREE, an hour’s worth of melodic melodies and improvised improvisations, perhaps with special guests, More Info♫ ESCAPE-ISM + Chyna Wyte @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 8pm, FREE, More Info♫ Algiers Live + Signing @ Rough Trade NYC (64 N 9th St), 7pm, $16-$24, Buy Tix THURSDAY 1/23 * What you need to know about National Grid’s ... Read more

Police Seek Man Accused Of Throwing Liquid On NYPD Traffic Officer – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for a man they say threw an unidentified liquid on a traffic officer before fleeing the scene at the end of last summer. The NYPD is looking for 30-year-old Joel Colon, described as 6-foot, 2-inches and weighing about 200 pounds. According to police, on Aug. 30, 2019, at 4:40 p.m. a 31-year-old NYPD agent was issuing a parking ticket at the corner of Walton Avenue and Fordham Road in the Bronx. Police allege Colon got out of the vehicle, threw liquid at the agent, and drove off. The traffic agent was taken to ... Read more

Wednesday 7 Train Problems Triggered A Claustrophobic Nightmare

7 train riders were forced to scramble for other options this morning after service was suspended following back to back problems with the Awkwafina-voiced subway line which runs from Flushing to Hudson Yards. At 8:46 a.m., the MTA tweeted that a train with mechanical problems near Grand Central-42 St. had caused service to halt in both directions. By 9:12 am, limited express service had resumed but then a report of smoke at 33 St-Rawson St. surfaced, adding further confusion. 7 trains are delayed in both directions because of a train with mechanical problems near Grand Central-42 St. — NYCT Subway ... Read more

Councilman Suggests New Office To Help Puerto Ricans Transition To Life In New York – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Historically, New York City has had the largest population of Puerto Ricans outside the island. Currently, there are around 700,000 Puerto Ricans living here. Many more are relocating after natural disasters. One local leader is hoping to make the transition easier. It seems like one hurdle after another: After fleeing their homes post-natural disaster, many Puerto Ricans find themselves lost trying to navigate New York City’s services as they try to make this new place home. That’s why City Council member Ritchie Torres says he’s proposing new legislation to create an office – a one stop ... Read more

Drivers Pay 4x More For Cell Phones Than Roads – Streetsblog USA

Drivers have never really paid the true costs of the roads they use — and our communities have always spent public dollars to subsidize our collective car dependence. But even the most informed bike/ped advocates might be surprised by just how little car owners pay into their local road maintenance fund when they pull up to the pump. Hint: they spend more on their cellphone bills. Turns out, drivers pony up an average of just $274.69 in gas tax per year, according to the infrastructure design firm HNTB. That’s a fraction of what it actually costs to maintain America’s autocentric road ... Read more

Madison Square Garden Hasn’t Paid NY Property Taxes In 37 Years. Will Cuomo Make It Permanent?

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest proposal to expand Penn Station is an overflowing grab bag of promises to commuters and city residents to improve what the governor called in his budget speech yesterday the station’s “seven levels of hell”. Cuomo is calling for 40 percent more train capacity, airier concourses and unspecified new development in a “cohesive transit-oriented district.” The plan also boasts an accordingly mammoth price tag: $8 billion to buy up an entire block of Midtown property, according to one estimate, most of which Cuomo hasn’t yet identified specific funds for beyond the idea of siphoning off future retail ... Read more

City Plans To Clone Roslindale’s Washington Street Bus Lane – StreetsblogMASS

The City of Boston is tweaking the details on plans to roll out a new southbound peak-hour bus lane on Washington Street in Roslindale this spring, roughly two years after a similar northbound bus lane debuted on the opposite side of the same street. A map of the proposed Washington Street rapid bus corridor from the GoBoston 2030 action plan. Courtesy of the City of Boston. In a presentation to WalkUP Roslindale, a neighborhood advocacy group, on the evening of January 14th, City of Boston transit planner Matt Moran outlined the city’s plans to designate Washington Street’s southbound curb lane ... Read more