Category Archives: New York City

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.

 

NYC Spends As Much As $600 a Night per Homeless

New York City has ended up spending as much as $600 per night to provide housing for homeless families in Times Square, city’s prime location. As Daily News report, it is two times more expensive than rooms at Waldorf Astoria.

 

To fight rising homelessness, Mayor de Blasio decided to rely on commercial hotels to keep families off the streets. The total cost for housing these people in luxury hotels costs the city $400,000 each night. In November 2015 city’s Department of Homeless Services was booking slightly over 300 rooms a night, and now it has risen to over 2,000 rooms.

 

Thanks to the taxpayers, now almost 6,000 homeless stay at commercial hotel rooms in Times Square and around the city. The average hotel bill is nearly $200 a night. Some of the rooms are being booked at much higher prices. As reported, 800 rooms cost more than $400 a night, and 30 over $600.

 

While homeless should get help, many taxpayers may not be happy after release of this data. After all, paying several hundred a night is more about providing luxury rather than basic service. This may also indicate that the city is getting a bad deal. Why pay $600 a night when Waldorf Astoria, a symbol of luxury and high living, charges less than $400 for one-bedroom suites?

 

Since November 2015, New York City has spent more than $70 million to book 425,000 hotel rooms. Taxpayers need to start asking questions.

Burying a Highway in Rochester, NY

Many people lament the state of America’s cities. While there are many things that can deteriorate a city, the layout of a highway can perhaps bring about urban blight faster than anything else. The city of Rochester, New York certainly understands this principle. That is why Rochester committed over $23 million to fill in a highway that divided city. Constructed over 60 years ago, the highway was placed inside of a deep trench. The trench allowed commuters to rapidly leave the city and head for the suburbs without having to worry about neighborhood traffic in the city.

 

Placing the highway in a trench did double damage to the city over the course of 60 years. First, it prevented commuters from patronizing businesses in the city during daily commutes from suburban homes. Second, the trench intentionally divided the city in half. The highway and trench created a boundary that made it hard for neighborhoods to connect both socially and economically. Authorities in Rochester hope filling the trench and constructing a new highway through the city will strengthen neighborhoods and bring more businesses and homes into the downtown area.

 

Rochester is already seeing benefits from this ambitious project. For example, real estate located near the roads being built to replace the trench are selling for premium prices. People are eager to own homes, apartments, and businesses near the completed project. Hopefully, the project will be so much of a success other cities around America with rethink their own highways. What do you think?

 

 

 

The New York City You Never See

Well, I do have a mild infatuation with New York. I was briefly in the city for a wedding in Central Park and fell in love with the bustle and business of the city. Beyond that, I am a huge history buff. I like history that you can feel and see, that utter timeless battle scarred quality that places have after they have been through numerous historical events.

I recently read an article about the hidden places in New York and surrounding boroughs. I loved the article for the beautiful pictures and small tidbits of history that the writer of the article brought to the article. The author goes into detail on the specific streets to visit and their historical significance. Here are a few examples:

Minetta Street, Greenwich Village- besides being a beautiful place to take a stroll away from the bustle of city living, Minetta street has a very long history starting in the 17th century, when the area was farmland run by partially freed slaves. In the 9th century workers actually built the city streets over the brook that ran alongside the farmland. Minetta Street has a long, sordid history that is very interesting to read about.

Grace Court Alley, Brooklyn Heights- This historic street is home to some of the oldest architecture in the city. Named in 1847 after Grace Church, Grace Court is all original architecture. Some of the buildings still have the original hay cranes attached, and a beautiful horse carriage is housed at the end of the street.

You can read the entire article ,here, you will be glad you did. I hope this article inspired the inquisitive spirits to explore.

All Eyes Are On New York Wage Board After Testimony Of Workers

 

People all over the US are watching the New York Wage Board after testimony from minimum wage workers testified as to the difficulty of living off of their earnings stated UOL. Some told stories of not enough hours while others testified to being severely overworked in an attempt to survive. All told stories of going hungry to pay rent or buy needed medications.

Now the wait begins. Many feel that if the New York Wage Board does increase the minimum wage other cities and states will be more likely to do the same. The increase by a town will be the first of its kind and will set an important precedent. The leaders of Fight For 15 movement has said that it would use the precedence to bring the battle to other areas. It would be included in their strategic plans by concentrating on city and state legislation. Click here for more.

Opponents of the movement say that $15 an hour is unrealistic at this time even though it has become obvious that the minimum wage must increase to protect workers. Jonathan Wiston, who is an executive director of the New Your Communities for Change, other low paying industries, must be included. Some of those industries include retail, home health, and airport workers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says that it would be wrong to focus on just one industry when the need is as great in other sectors. He states that all workers should be able to earn enough to live off of and meet minimum rents, utilities and food. So for now all eyes are on New York and the verdict that could change the face of American Industries.

People all over the US are watching the New York Wage Board after testimony from minimum wage workers testified as to the difficulty of living off of their earnings. Some told stories of not enough hours while others testified to being severely overworked in an attempt to survive. All told stories of going hungry to pay rent or buy needed medications.

Now the wait begins. Many feel that if the New York Wage Board does increase the minimum wage other cities and states will be more likely to do the same. The increase by a town will be the first of its kind and will set an important precedent. The leaders of Fight For 15 movement has said that it would use the precedence to bring the battle to other areas. It would be included in their strategic plans by concentrating on city and state legislation.

Opponents of the movement say that $15 an hour is unrealistic at this time even though it has become obvious that the minimum wage must increase to protect workers. Jonathan Wiston, who is an executive director of the New Your Communities for Change, other low paying industries, must be included. Some of those industries include retail, home health, and airport workers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says that it would be wrong to focus on just one industry when the need is as great in other sectors. He states that all workers should be able to earn enough to live off of and meet minimum rents, utilities and food. So for now all eyes are on New York and the verdict that could change the face of American Industries.