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With about 30 percent of local greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation in New York City, officials are looking for the tech industry’s help in switching to electric vehicles as part of their bold climate goals. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced the latest NYCx moonshot challenge to develop a green transportation system using electric vehicles (EVs), which give off no tailpipe emissions and require less maintenance.

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Something else was missing from recent news that cost for reconstruction of the Bayonne Bridge has now grown between $350 to $400 million from $1.3 to between $1.65 and $1.7 billion. Ongoing work is two years behind schedule. This past fall was the 89th anniversary of the ground breaking for construction of the Bayonne Bridge. At that time, the New Jersey Transit Commission was making plans to also construct a transit connection between Staten Island and New Jersey. The concept was to extend the Staten Island Rapid Transit system across the Bayonne Bridge. It would connect with a new rapid transit line to run from Fort Lee New Jersey, adjacent to Hudson River south to Bergen Point in Bayonne. The Bayonne Bridge to Staten Island would be built with four lanes but with the capacity to add either three additional lanes for traffic or two additional lanes to support mass transportation.

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Car horns can seem like part of the New York soundtrack, and it’s not just your imagination. Drivers here honk at pedestrians more often than in any other state, according to a new report. Road rage doesn’t only extend to other cars, of course, but also to the thousands of pedestrians on New York City streets.

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How will the NYC Ferry fare with winter weather?

By Metro New York, Thu, December 14, 2017

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Now that winter seems to have New York City in its cold grip, you may be wondering how the weather is going to affect the NYC Ferry, which quickly became a popular alternative to the issue-plagued subway since its May launch. “Weather and precipitation are a big driver of whether people decide to take the ferry or not,” said Paul Lambson, head of rider success for NYC Ferry. “We’ve seen a little drop off.”

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Rendering of 370 Jay Street via NYU

A long-vacant MTA building has been given a tech-filled new life. New York University announced Wednesday that the school’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) has moved into 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, a site that was previously home to the headquarters of the New York City Transit Authority. The New York City Transit Authority, which became part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in 1968, created the headquarters and set up shop on Jay Street in 1953.

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Photo courtesy of Liberty Science Center

If there’s one scenario in which size matters, it’s when you’re trying to show the entire known universe on one screen. The big-deal opening of the year for science nerds is the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, now open at New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center. Located just 30 minutes from Lower Manhattan, the new planetarium is not only the largest in the country, it’s the fourth largest in the world.

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George Balanchine staged his first iconic performance of The Nutcracker in New York City back in 1954. His choreography rightly became the gold standard, but the city has changed since then.

Enter the Brooklyn Ballet, which has reinterpreted the holiday story to reflect its home into The Brooklyn Nutcracker, mixing the borough’s history as an old Dutch colony with contemporary Flatbush Avenue. “This production is very much attached to Brooklyn and its ethnic diversity,” says Brooklyn Ballet director and choreographer Lynn Parkerson.

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These days, cars from ride-hailing services are as common on New York City streets as those ubiquitous yellow taxis, and if you’ve ever wondered where exactly New Yorkers are taking those cars, we’re about to let the cat out of the bag. Lyft just released its third annual Lyftie Awards, a tally of the company’s most-popular drop-off locations across the country, which increased from 24 cities last year to 32 this year and including cities from Honolulu to here.

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Go on a holiday scavenger hunt in a miniature version of NYC

By Metro New York, Wed, December 6, 2017

Gulliver's Gate NYC, mini NYC model

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Gulliver’s Gate in Times Square packs the entire world into a series of room-size miniature scenes, and for its first holiday season there are some new surprises for eagle-eyed visitors. The Holiday Scavenger Hunt challenges visitors to find iconic characters and pop culture moments from Christmas stories and songs throughout the exhibit. Can you spot Santa lounging on the beach before his big night of delivering toys? How about The Grinch plotting to steal Christmas in Whoville?

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Here’s what you need to know to prepare for Santacon 2017

By Metro New York, Fri, December 1, 2017

Santacon, Times Square

Photo via Anthony Quintano/Flickr

Whether you would put the unofficial New York City holiday decidedly in the naughty or nice category, SantaCon 2017 is almost upon us and city residents should get prepared.

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