Category Archives: New York City

Bus Service In New York City Needs More Attention

The city comptroller’s office released a report stating that the quality of bus service is being neglected.

On any given day, the buses in the five boroughs of New York City carry more than two million people each day—more than the combined numbers of people who use the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, PATH and Metro-North. However, despite the fact that a lot more people rely on New York City’s buses, the quality of service is not given first priority.

New York City’s buses have a lot of problems. For example, buses operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority travel at an average speed of 8 miles per hour, which is very slow. Bus service is generally not as reliable as it should be. Many of the routes do not reflect commuting patterns. Where there should be bus service, or more reliable bus service, there is none. Buses operate differently at different times of the day and night. This is bad for commuters who have to use buses during times when bus service isn’t that frequent.

Throughout the past 8 years, the amount of people using buses has declined, especially in Manhattan. People are more likely to choose subways over buses. However, there are many areas throughout the five boroughs where there are no subways nearby, and the most convenient and practical option is to utilize a bus.

Surprisingly, there is more job growth in the boroughs outside of Manhattan, though many of the neighborhoods with the most jobs available have the least bus routes and/or the most unreliable bus routes.

All kinds of people board buses, though the majority of people who use buses tend to be from more vulnerable demographics. For example, people who use buses tend to be old, poor, foreign born and from minority groups. This is one of the reasons why the problems with the buses are not given first priority.

The Second Avenue subway station cost $4.4 billion dollars to build. If this feat could be done, then it is definitely within the realm of possibility for bus service to improve and for new lines to be created.

New York City Might Start Using a Dockless Bike Sharing Program

It is possible that there will be a new bike sharing program in New York City. Department of Transportation officials have looked into various dockless bike sharing systems. They have been asking companies that operate such dockless bike sharing systems how they can use their services in New York City. This is a challenge to Citi Bike, which until now has had a monopoly on the bike sharing program in New York City.

The Department of Transportation has said in a statement that they are indeed looking at various other options for the city’s bike sharing program. However, they said, they are mainly looking at ways they can expand the Citi Bike bike sharing program that they already have.

The company that operates the city’s current bike sharing program is Motivate. Theoretically, Motivate can also develop their own dockless bike sharing program. Motivate does not want any competition from other companies from outside the city. However, the Department of Transportation has been talking to other companies for almost a year while also talking with Motivate in order to find a way to expand the current bike sharing program.

A dockless bike sharing program will offer many benefits that a regular bike sharing program does not have. Residents will be able to find bikes from their smartphone. In addition, the program will not take up the parking space that a regular bike sharing program takes up. However, there are advantages that a dockless bike sharing program does not have. Indeed, cities that have been using a dockless bike sharing program, such as Washington, DC, have faced some problems with their bike sharing program. For example, there is a concern that people will just leave bikes wherever they feel like leaving them.

Huffington Posts Names New York City Most Walkable City in US

Huffington Post has named New York City the best city in the United States to live without a car, although they say that the city is still behind many European cities. Across the nation, young people are driving 25 percent fewer miles while riding 40 percent more miles on public transportation.

Fordham Heights

New York City gets top scores for walkability. Topping the list of most walkable neighborhoods in New York City was Fordham Heights in the Bronx. This neighborhood of 50,000 residents especially receives high scores as most residents can walk to a restaurant or bar within five minutes since the neighborhood has 21 of them.

Bowery

If residents prefer to use public transportation, then they may want to consider living in the Bowery neighborhood of Manhattan. Residents have access to numerous bus routes along with access to Grand Street and Second Avenue subway lines along with nearby access to many other lines.

Lenox Hill

Residents who would rather bike to work may want to consider living in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. This neighborhood has many businesses dedicated to bike storage along with tenants being able to rent bikes from the city’s Citibike program at more than 15 locations.

There are numerous reasons that young people are choosing to live without automobiles. Many are finding that they just do not want the large payments while others are foregoing their automobile as a way to take better care of the earth. The city plans on encouraging residents to continue living without cars by increasing the number of bike lanes along with the number of public transportation options.

New York City Education Department Looking To Diversify Community School District 1

New York City is a highly diverse city, ethnically, socioeconomically and racially. Its public schools are no exception. However, there are different concentrations of races and ethnicities in the school. This is considered to show negative social disparities. Opponents of the current conditions say that racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity strengthens schools and communities.

The New York City Education Department has specifically set its sights on lower Manhattan’s public schools, taking note of how unequal the distributions of people are in those districts. A new policy will be put into place in order to racially and socioeconomically diversify the schools in Community School District 1.

The schools are generally segregated based upon factors such as race and socioeconomic status. For example, in the 2016-2017 school year, the the student body of East Village Community School on East 12th Street was 58% White. Meanwhile the student body at Public School 15 the Robert Clemente School consisted of 4 White children out of 178 children.

People who live in the school district can choose where they want their children to go to school. Parents must send in applications for their chosen schools. In 2016, 40% of parents who sent in kindergarten and prekindergarten applications only listed one choice on their applications. When schools fill up, there are usually lotteries for seats.

According to the New York State Education Department’s new policy, people who meet certain criteria will be given first priority for 67% of the seats in kindergarten and prekindergarten. Children must meet at least one or more of these criteria. Here are the three categories that children must fall into in order to be streamlined into priority seating:

• They must live in temporary housing.
• They qualify for reduced price or free lunch.
• They are learning English.

The other 33% of kindergarten and prekindergarten placings will be given to children who do not fall under any of those categories.

New York City Helps Fast Food Workers to Receive Fair Treatment

New York City is the nation’s largest city and it is also a leading metropolitan area in terms of establishing progressive guidelines. One area that New York City has worked hard to change has to do with the minimum wage rate. Each state can set their own minimum wage rate as long as it doesn’t go below the federal requirement of $7.25.

In 2017, New York had become the first U.S. city to require fast food companies to schedule workers at least 2-weeks in advance and to pay them extra for any changes in the schedule in the event that they arise. This law also requires that fast food restaurants give their employees at least 11 hours off between shifts and that they offer part-time employees additional work before they allow other people to take an open position. While these changes will not take place until later in 2017; they certainly have altered the fast food industry and how they manage and pay their employees.

This piece of legislation is a major breakthrough in the struggle for minimum wage equality and rates. This has been an ongoing issue that has plagued the nation for years. People who work in fast food simply want to make more money to improve their quality of life.

The city of New York is sympathetic toward the plight of fast food workers. If not, the legislation would not be going into effect. In short, this legislation will help to keep people out of poverty and it will also help to ease the city’s funding of people on assistance.

The minimum wage rate in New York City is $13.50 an hour. However, this rate is not very high when you consider the cost of living for that city. However, the rate is competitive enough to help people to keep a basic roof over their heads. New York City is hopeful that this new law regarding restaurant fast food workers will help to make the system better for fast food workers within city limits. More information about these changes are available on Reuters.

New York: The City that should be Quiet

In a New York Times article, it was reported that the city of New York never shuts up. This is a whimsical take on the phrase: “the city that never sleeps”. Apparently, many people do not always like the fast life and constant movement that the city offers to resident. Lately, a lot of these individuals have been voicing their concerns over this issue.

One New York resident stated that their right to peace and quiet has been violated. This resident lives in the Upper East Side of the city. He said that the noise problem has been an ongoing issue for a few years. Many residents share his view.

The fact is that 10 million people live in and around the greater New York City area. With so many people constantly out on the street at all times of the day and night; it is kind of hard to get any peace and quiet at all.

Traffic is always a problem in New York. Millions of people hit the roads every day the congestion rarely (if ever) slows down or stops. Millions of cars produce lots of noise. Trucks roaring down the street, school bus motors can be heard from August to May and the humming of buses add to the noise pollution as well.

There are hundreds of thousands of people talking on the streets at any given time. Some of these people are yelling and screaming at each other or for no reason at all. Then there are vendors, car stereo music, construction work noises and the whistles from traffic cops guiding cars through the area. New York is a noisy place and this way of life is not going to change any time soon.

The city council is trying to change this situation by enforcing noise ordinances. However, these ordinances are great for collecting extra revenue but not for keeping the city quiet. Hopefully, New Yorkers will get the message and cut out the ruckus. If not, the city will never shut up and go to sleep and continue on doing what it does best – that is making a lot of noise and keeping people up.

Prepare For Success With Success Academy

Opening in 2006, Success Academy is a network of charter schools, devoted to preparing New York students for success in higher education and in life. It is a school that is similar to other “no excuses” charter schools. The students are called scholars and they must wear uniforms each day. Though Success Academy is different in the focus of it’s content and how it is taught.

 

Success Academy is a very hands on learning environment. They feel that at the core of learning is doing. With the more hands on approach scholars receive 80 minutes of instruction where the teacher is in front of the room per day. The rest of the day is spent divided into small groups getting more personalized instruction while doing a project that allows the scholars to get hands on with the material. They believe that every child has unlimited potential inside them to succeed, they just need the proper environment to grow and learn.

 

Parents are expected to be very hands on with their child’s learning. They are allowed to come in and observe their child’s class. Teachers stay in direct involvement with parents, providing continuous updates for the scholar’s progress. Parents are expected to make sure that their child’s homework is finished each night, as well as to read a book a night with their child. Parents are also expected to attend school events designed to showcase the success of their scholar. Success Academy knows that the home is a huge influence over how a child is going to do in school, and an environment that values education will help a scholar to achieve even more. The school also encourages parents to get involved with the school, being classroom helpers as well as being on the Parent Council and working with the community outreach programs.

New York Sports Fans Have Plenty to Cheer About

New York City is the cultural, economic, and entertainment capital of the country. Along with all of the things to do in the city, residents and other people have a lot of professional sports teams to cheer for in the area. At this time, there is plenty for sports fans in New York to be happy about.

 

In particular, one area of focus this time of the year is the NFL draft. Those that are fans of either the New York Giants or New York Jets will have a lot to be happy with. Both teams ended up having a good first and second day of the draft (http://www.bigblueview.com/2017/4/28/15477990/nfl-draft-2017-results-qb-davis-webb-to-new-york-giants-in-round-3).

 

The New York Giants had a good year last year, but clearly had some ares of improvement to focus on. One of the biggest wholes was at the tight end position, which they seem to have filled. The team ended up selecting Evan Engram out of Ole Miss University. Engram was considered one of the most talented tight ends in the draft. He has the ability to block for the run, but could also help to open up the passing game. The Giants also drafted a talented defensive lineman in David Tomlinson of Alabama and got great value in the third round by picking Davis Webb, a potential backup and long-term replacement for Eli Manning.

 

The Jets also had a good start to the draft. They got one of the top players in Jamal Adams, who is a safety out of LSU. They also drafted safety Marcus Maye. The combination of Adams and Maye should make the defense much better next year. The team also added to their offensive firepower by drafting Adarius Stewart, who is a wide receiver from Alabama and has the potential to be a great deep-ball threat.

 

New York City Unveils a New Bridge

A new bridge called the Kosciuszko Bridge was recently unveiled in New York City, and few motorists had the chance to test the bridge connecting Queens and Brooklyn. The bridge was unveiled by the New York governor Andrew Cuomo. During the opening ceremony, highly elected officials graced the occasion that had marching bands as well as a guard of honor. To grace the occasion fully, the New York Governor crossed the bridge with a 1932 Packard that belonged to the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This new bridge is not far away from the old Kosciuszko Bridge and has three lanes on each side.

 

This means that the old Kosciuszko Bridge will be demolished by the end of this year to allow the construction of modern bridges. While the first section of the project was expensive costing the city $550 million, the second phase is expected to cost around $220 million. The most interesting thing about the new bridge is that it’s the first cable-stayed bridge in the City of New York. In the past few years, the city of New York has embarked on the journey of replacing old infrastructure that was built in the early 1950s. The governor of New York said that the city had been relying on the legacy of their parents and this had to change.

 

Other projects that are expected to begin soon include the construction of new runways at the LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport. The governor of New York says that these two projects will act as a beginning of infrastructural development in the city. However, the official opening of the Kosciuszko Bridge is expected to happen later this month during the New York Harbor of Lights. The state of the art facility has being constructed using modern technology and even received federal funding.

 

 

Kanye West Visits Donald Trump In New York

The social media celebrity and rapper Kanye West entered Trump Tower on Tuesday. Reporters from many news outlets were there to observe the event in New York City. Their cameras captured him entering the lobby around 9:15. For this occasion, he went without the majority of his entourage. Notably absent was Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s wife. It has been said that the two are having marriage difficulty after she was robbed in Paris, and he suffered a nervous breakdown while on stage at one of his concerts.

 

Kanye headed upstairs to speak with Trump in private. After their time alone together, they emerged downstairs together around 9:55. Trump told reporters that he and Kanye were now buddies, and he felt that Kanye is a good man. He pointed at Kanye while doing so. They had a vibrant discussion about life and each other’s affairs.

 

The reporters then turned their attention to Kanye West and asked them a few questions. He stood with a big smile on his face though he kept his arms folded in an unopen posture. Kanye commented that he wished he could freeze this moment in time by taking a picture of it. From there, the two men parted ways. Trump told Kanye to take care of himself and to visit again soon.

 

Kanye failed to vote in the recent election, but he claims to have been a Trump supporter. He was hospitalized for more than a week not long ago due to sleep deprivation and exhaustion. You may read more about Kanye’s meeting with President-Elect Trump here.