Even when all hope seems lost—there’s nothing like a free cheeseburger to raise morale. Shake Shack is celebrating the launch of their new iOS app by giving complimentary ShackBurgers to first-time downloaders. The offer is valid at all U.S. locations, with the exception of ballparks and airports, now through February 28th.
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Millennial homeowners—yes, they do exist—are a careful lot, according to Better Homes & Gardens’ ninth annual survey of trends in U.S. homeownership. For 85 percent of millennials (ages 22-39), The American Dream still includes home ownership, according to the survey, but they’re not necessarily willing to go into major debt to achieve it. Only half are willing to pay what it takes to get their ideal features and quality, and only 36 percent are willing to go into debt to afford it.
New Yorkers looking to stay connected at all times as they traverse the city are relying on its free public Wi-Fi network in droves, LinkNYC announced Wednesday on its one-year anniversary. As of January 4th, more than 1 million people have joined the service since it was installed in January 2016, and roughly 40,000 people sign up each week.
Construction deaths have been on the rise ever since the city entered into its current building boom. But a new study from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health titled “Deadly Skyline” shows just how dire the situation has become. Between 2011 and 2015, New York state construction worker fatalities jumped from 33 to 55, and of these, 25 were in NYC. Even more alarming is the fact that, during this time, safety inspections decreased from 2,722 to 1,966 and 90 percent of fatalities were the result of safety violations at construction sites.
After the Transport Workers Union and the MTA failed to reach a deal on Sunday night, the contracts for 44,000 subway and bus workers expired. But a tentative agreement was reached yesterday for a 28-month contract that stipulates a 2.5 wage increase over the first 26 months with a $500 bonus in the last two, higher than the two percent rate of inflation the MTA originally offered. Yesterday afternoon, TWU Local 100 president John Samuelson shook hands with outgoing MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast to close the deal, but it must still be ratified by the union and approved the MTA Board.
After the Transport Workers Union and the MTA failed to reach a deal last night, the contracts expired for 44,000 subway and bus workers who are demanding a higher pay raise than the two percent rate of inflation that the MTA is offering. In a statement, TWU Local 100 president John Samuelson said, “Our position will not change, and we will not settle this agreement unless management moves in a positive direction.” He called an emergency executive board session for today to discuss options for the rest of the week.
One woman’s plant filled bedroom. Image by 6sqft
Forget Scandinavian design—when it comes to décor, these days plants are all the rage. But you can’t just go buy any ol’ plant and plop it down in its flimsy plastic container and expect it to transform your place. There’s way more thought put into those gorgeous bohemian dens or chic minimalist lofts you stalk on Pinterest. The plants in those homes have probably been curated by an expert, which is why we hit up Brooklyn-based plant designer Lisa Muñoz of LeafandJune.com. The certified horticulturist and self-proclaimed “plant lady” shares some of her best styling tips.
Traffic fatalities in the city have dropped 23 percent since the start of the Vision Zero initiative in 2013, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. “Under Vision Zero, we have now seen traffic fatalities in our city decline for three straight years, strongly countering national trends,” he said in a news statement. The mayor asserted that 229 people died in traffic accidents last year, the fewest ever recorded.
As a reporter for the New York Times, Sarah Maslin Nir has made a career out of talking about the city, and one thing is clear: Nobody agrees on what’s best for what she calls our “unbelievable, throbbing metropolis.” But you’re not a New Yorker if you don’t love a good debate, and she’s about to get into it with some of the city’s most outspoken voices in a new conversation series called Only in New York. “Every person on the panel is a double take-inducing figure,” says the Harlem-born reporter who will moderate the talks. “They’ll make you look twice and think twice. It is a series of big personalities, and it’s gonna be weird and wonderful.”
After the divisive presidential campaign and the many other tumultuous events of 2016, the New York Public Library this week unveiled a campaign that aims to bring people together through a shared love of reading. “It’s a therapeutic way to be more open with each other around how they’re feeling and how they’re affected to help us move on,” said Christopher Platt, chief branch officer of the NYPL. Readers are encouraged to share their books via social media outlets using #ReadersUnite. The response so far has been enormous, with public libraries and school libraries, book lovers, bookstores and authors sharing their books du jour.
As of Monday, January 9, New Yorkers will be able to receive cellphone service and Wi-Fi at most underground stations in the city, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. The cellphone launch, which includes coverage from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, is one year ahead of schedule. The Wi-Fi installation was completed two years early. The MTA entered into a 27-year partnership with Transit Wireless on the $300 million project that was installed without any additional costs to city taxpayers or straphangers, the governor’s office said.
Minuscule and blood-sucking, bed bugs are a growing public health problem in the United States. And they are a big problem in New York City and Philadelphia. Both ranked among the worst cities in the nation for bed bugs, according to an annual list by pest control company Orkin that was released Tuesday. Orkin ranked the top 50 bed bug cities, with New York City coming in at number 4.
We all spend several idle minutes—sometimes hours—daily waiting for the train or the bus on the way to and from work. Reading, listening to music or a favorite podcast can help you stay occupied, but there’s another way to optimize your time in transit. From stretching on the subway platform to meditating while you ride, here’s how to stay active during these (inactive) moments.
The opening of the Second Avenue subway was MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast’s final achievement in the 25 years he has worked for the organization. The chairman announced on Monday he is retiring from public service in a joint statement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Prendergast expressed special pride for the Herculean effort to secure a January ribbon cutting for the century-old project. “[It] was a crowning achievement for the MTA and I’m proud to have been a part of such a historic moment,” he said.
A former Carnegie Deli dishwasher-turned-restaurateur is doubling down on his offer to buy the iconic eatery and save it from closing on December 31. “Buying the Carnegie Deli would be a dream come true for me. I would be able to save all those jobs, and preserve New York history. This is the best deli in the world,” Sammy Mussovic told Page Six.
Bicyclists are as much a part of New York City as tourists in Times Square. Proof of that can be found in new data released Thursday by the mayor’s office. Ridership for New York’s bike-sharing program Citi Bike reached nearly 14 million trips in 2016, recording its third-straight year of growth. The number of trips was about 40 percent higher than in 2015, good for about 4 million more rides.
Around the world, all eyes will turn to Times Square, if only for 10 seconds. The tourist destination has become synonymous with New Year’s Eve. But its world-famous, 10-second countdown, complete with a crystal-studded ball, star-studded performances and plenty of confetti and bubbly, isn’t the best place to ring in the new year. It’s not second or third best either. Personal finance site WalletHub crunched the numbers, and ranked New York City 38th among the nation’s 100 biggest cities based on price of party tickets, food and drink, hotel costs and walkability scores.
A Midtown eatery, frequented by celebrities, tourists and ordinary New Yorkers alike, will serve its famous 1-pound sandwiches for last time this week. The Carnegie Deli, so named for its proximity to the renowned music hall, will close the doors of its original location on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 55th Street on Saturday.
For many Americans, the holidays mean something beyond giving and receiving gifts: They mean traveling to visit loved ones (or possibly to avoid them). This holiday season, AAA expects a record number of travelers — more than 103 million — on America’s roads and rails, in the skies and on the seas. That’s 1.5 million, or 1.5 percent, more than 2015. “Rising incomes and continued low gas prices should make for a joyous holiday travel season,” AAA president and CEO Marshall Doney.
Gowanus doesn’t welcome bargain hunters anymore, it seems. The up-and-coming Brooklyn neighborhood, where the local canal remains a superfund site, has rocketed to spot 14 of the city’s 50 most expensive neighborhoods, according to Property Shark’s final quarterly report for 2016. At this year’s end, the median sales price of homes in Gowanus rose by 68 percent—the largest gain of any area on the list.