Amtrak will soon offer more weekend service options between Boston and New York, the railroad company announced Thursday. Those who take Amtrak’s Acela Express service will have more departure times to choose from on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, beginning April 8. For Saturdays, the first Amtrak Acela train will leave Boston’s South Station at 6:10 a.m., reaching New York at 9:45 a.m., according to Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert.
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Signed into law Tuesday, the program dedicates 600 vehicle spaces—300 on-street and 300 off-street—throughout the five boroughs to companies such as ZipCar, Car2Go and Hertz. It is intended to encourage car-sharing in order to reduce the number of privately-owned vehicles in the city, thereby easing pollution and traffic.
Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, former head of Chase Manhattan and patriarch of one of the most famous and influential American families, died on Monday, a family spokesman said. He was 101.
One of the few remaining links to the “gilded” era of robber barons, he was the son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., who developed New York’s Rockefeller Center, and was the last living grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and the family dynasty. He also embodied an era when globe-trotting bank chiefs worked with the world’s most powerful politicians.
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There is a movement afoot to make permanent a bronze statue of a little girl staring down a bronze statue of a very large charging bull in the Financial District. In addition to two online petitions, local elected officials are also pushing to keep the work in place. The 50-inch “Fearless Girl,” which now has its own Twitter page and hashtag, was installed on March 7, to coincide with International Women’s Day. It was commissioned by asset management company State Street Global Advisors in an effort to address the need for more women on corporate boards.
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We all have our favorite neighborhood bars, after-work bars and fancy bars. But when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, it’s all about finding a proper Irish bar and the right crowd to celebrate with. Ride-sharing company Lyft just released their driver data (based on pick-ups and drop-offs) on where the action is on St. Patty’s. The busiest neighborhoods are no surprise—Murray Hill, Lower East Side, East Village and Williamsburg—while the most popular bars are a mix of well-known tourist spots and neighborhood gems.
Even on the sunniest day, a dark cloud lingers. It is the veil of exhaust and stench of garbage that hovers over northern Bushwick. Osiris Arias and his wife, Marina, have endured it since they moved to the Brooklyn neighborhood in 1995, and it has only gotten worse, they say. The source of their problem stands a few hundred feet from their home: a waste transfer station.
Three neighborhoods in three boroughs take in nearly 80 percent of the city’s trash, about 40,000 tons a day. They are located in the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and North Brooklyn. There are no waste transfer stations in Manhattan, despite the fact that the borough produces 40 percent of the city’s garbage.
Brooklyn’s own restaurant week is back to help you make budget-friendly discoveries of new hidden gems or try a popular hotspot. Dine in Brooklyn returns Monday, March 20, through Thursday, March 30, with three ways to save on meals. Take a leisurely two-course lunch that’ll set you back just $15, or seem like a high roller by treating bae to a three-course dinner for $28 (per person), and make a date for weekend brunch for only $12.
Leon Keith nearly lost his three-family home in the Bronx in 2012, after becoming ensnared in a high-profile Ponzi scheme. He credits the foreclosure prevention services operated by the Legal Aid Society helping him in court and in obtaining a loan modification that enabled him to pay his mortgage. “They [Legal Aid] stuck to a plan and never gave up,” said Keith a 72-year-old retired postal worker. “They said they wouldn’t abandon me if I wanted to keep fighting…and, eventually, we all came to an amiable agreement.” But now the network of foreclosure prevention programs that helped Keith faces a financial crisis of its own. Funding for the services will end on September 30.
Think you could’ve helped unite the United States? You can try your hand at informal diplomacy by taking a seat at first lady Dolley Madison’s dinner table — which has gotten some 21st-century updates. The interactive table is the showpiece of Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibit of the New-York Historical Society’s upcoming Center for Women’s History, a first-ever museum and educational center dedicated exclusively to women’s role and contributions.
Fine arts require fine drinks, and The Met now has a tea house worthy of sharing its historic halls. Tea Drunk at The Met, an outpost of the East Village’s popular Chinese teahouse, is now open on the balcony overlooking the museum’s Great Hall. Surrounded by antique Asian ceramics (a preview of the new exhibit Age of Empires coming next month), you can take part in an authentic Gong Fu-style tea ceremony, a delicate ritual that emerged in medieval China over 1,000 years ago.
When master chocolatier Jacques Torres announced he was bringing a chocolate museum to Manhattan, we had our doubts. Last summer’s Museum of Ice Cream was an interactive art gallery rather than a historic exploration of the frozen treat, while the Museum of Feelings was little more than a pine-scented Instagram funhouse. Turns out you can be educational and delicious. Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience is now open inside Torres’ 350 Hudson Street shop in Soho. Six months in the making, the museum takes visitors through the origins of chocolate and how it’s made.
Whenever there’s a chance for a moment of peace in this city, New Yorkers know to take it. This week, Grand Central is making your commute a little less stressful with a pop-up Japanese zen garden in Vanderbilt Hall, part of the station’s annual Japan Week taking place March 8-10.
When art meets science and technology, kids do more than just learn—they’re inspired to think in new ways. That’s the premise of ARTech, a free indoor science and technology-themed playground open now through April 29 at 451-459 West 14th Street. Created in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts and New York Hall of Science, the two month-long pop-up of interactive activities, installations and workshops aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, programmers and engineers ages four and up.
It’s not even officially spring yet (that’ll be March 20) but the food trucks are already circling. NYC Food Truck Festival will be first out of the gate on March 12, organized by the Upper West Side’s excellent weekend flea market Grand Bazaar NYC. Eighteen food trucks including Gorilla Cheese, Neapolitan Pizza and Big D’s Grub Truck will join more than 100 vendors at 100 W. 77th St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the menu are lobster sandwiches, empanadas, stuffed French toast and barbecue.
In this post-election world that continues to divide the nation, drawing protests and striking fear into many people, taking a step back—and a deep breath—can be an extremely lofty goal. New Yorkers can attempt to turn that towering aspiration into a reality on March 19, when “Above the Clouds” mass meditation takes place in the western hemisphere’s tallest building.
A stiff wind squeezes a draft through the bedroom window. The radiator is ice-cold. The building super says there’s nothing he can do to help. There have been more than 146,000 complaints from New Yorkers about lack of heat and hot water in their buildings during the fall and winter months, according to city data. Some housing advocates say many of the complaints stem from rapacious landlords trying to force low-income tenants out of their homes. Tenants who chose to do battle with their landlords can seek justice in the New York City Housing Court. But providing the court tangible proof of a frigid apartment is a daunting task.
On the heels of Donald Trump proposing a $54 billion increase in the nation’s defense budget, he is expected announce his “big” infrastructure spending plan as well. Trump said during a meeting with the National Governors Association on Monday that he would talk about his infrastructure budget in his first address to Congress Tuesday night. In addition to pointing out infrastructure issues more broadly, Trump also blasted his hometown’s tunnels. “Our highways, our bridges, are unsafe,” he said. “Our tunnels, we have tunnels in New York where the tiles are on the ceiling, and you see many tiles missing. And I say to myself, every time I drive through, I say, ‘I wonder how many people are hurt or injured when they are driving at 40, 50 mph through a tunnel and a tile falls off.”
The last guest will check out of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at noon on Wednesday, and the Manhattan landmark will not host another for an indefinite amount of time. To those who’ve sought respite and spirits at the hotel’s mainstays—Peacock Alley, Bull & Bear and Sir Harry’s—the hotel’s treasured food and beverage manager since 2005, Frank Caiafa, bequeaths more than 800 cocktail recipes and tutorials in his Waldorf Astoria Bar Book.
February is too frigid to fantasize about the Rockaways’ wide white-sand beaches, but the playground peninsula is hot for a different reason: its expanding housing market. A series of housing developments are planned or under construction in this region of Queens. Unlike the single-family homes that the Rockaways are best known for, these modern residences are vertical and promise to bring new life to areas that have missed out on a revival that’s brought hip shops and eateries to the 11-mile-long barrier reef.
Rush hour traffic is as predictable as the sun setting at night for New Yorkers, but drivers might be shocked to find out how many hours tick away while they’re stuck behind the wheel. On average, New York City drivers spend 89 hours a year in traffic, making it the third most congested city in the world, according to a recent global traffic study by INRIX. Los Angeles earned bragging rights as the most congested city on the planet, with drivers spending an average of 104 hours a year in traffic. Coming in at number two was Moscow, with 91 hours spent in traffic annually.