November 22, 2017

Mayor de Blasio releases four-year financial plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio released New York City’s November Financial Plan Update for fiscal year 2018 and an updated four-year financial plan on Tuesday. City spending, which increased by $47 million in fiscal year 2018 and $59 million in fiscal year 2019, is entirely offset by $234 million in new savings this fiscal year and […]

November 21, 2017

Riders Alliance distributing kits to teach New Yorkers how to be transit activists

Just about every New Yorker has been there, stranded on a subway platform or train with their anger mounting at yet another delay. Now, Riders Alliance is encouraging those straphangers to make their frustrated voices heard all the way to Albany. The grassroots transit advocacy group on Monday began distributing thousands of its Subway Delay Action Kits […]

November 17, 2017

City issues request for proposals for plan to shutter Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio officially began the process of shuttering Rikers Island on Thursday by issuing a request for proposal to develop an action plan to close the controversial jail complex and find alternate solutions. “We have a moral obligation to close down Rikers Island and transition to a smaller, safer and fairer jail system,” the mayor […]

November 16, 2017

Your guide to this year’s Macy’s Christmas Windows

On Thursday, November 16, get ready to be wowed by Macy’s Christmas windows at Herald Square. Each year, Macy’s kicks off the holiday season by unveiling its iconic and magical Christmas window display for everyone to enjoy. During peak hours, the Herald Square location can have more than 10,000 people pass the windows. The theme […]

November 14, 2017

Looking back at 50 years of public art in NYC

The first pieces of public art began came along in 1967, at a time when the city — as many other cities at the time — was struggling with crime and budget deficits. “Mayor John Lindsay was keen on the idea of supporting the arts, supporting creative programming as a way of maintaining New York’s […]

November 13, 2017

Everything you need to know about the 2017 Rockefeller Center tree lighting

You might still have a bowl of leftover Halloween candy stashed in a cabinet. You probably don’t have a final guest list for Thanksgiving dinner. But winter is coming, sweet summer children, and with it comes Christmas in the city. Aside from Santa rounding up the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting […]

November 10, 2017

Join NYC’s community solar farm even if you can’t install your own panels

We’ve all heard how solar panels on your roof can help lower your electricity bills — and help the environment — but how can you get in on that if you rent an apartment or live somewhere that’s often in the shade? There is a solution: community solar farms. Environmental nonprofit Earth Day Initiative is bringing the first such […]

November 8, 2017

City announces first-of-its-kind crowdfunding program for female entrepreneurs

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that the city has partnered with to launch “WE Fund: Crowd,” described as “a first-of-its-kind city-led crowdfunding program to help women entrepreneurs access affordable capital and start businesses in New York City.” Through Kiva, which is a not-for-profit crowdfunding platform, female entrepreneurs can apply for crowdfunded loans of up […]

November 6, 2017

FIT launches affordable co-working space for up-and-coming designers

For the past five years, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Design Entrepreneurs has been helping up-and-coming fashion designers create the businesses of their dreams, from teaching them strategy, branding and financials and setting them up with industry mentors to giving them the chance to win $50,000 to $100,000 for their young companies. Now, FIT’s “mini MBA” program […]

November 3, 2017

DOT adding concrete barriers at 57 intersections along west side bike path

Photo via NYC DOT/Flickr Two days after Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck down the Hudson River Park Bikeway and killed eight people and wounded 12 others, the state and local Departments of Transportation began installing hundreds of concrete barriers along the bike path. The barriers will be placed at 57 pedestrian and vehicle intersections […]

November 2, 2017

Flatiron plaza’s winning holiday art installation is a cluster of reflective tubes

Imagine finding a spot where the noise of the city is isolated to reveal an eagle-eyed view of some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. Enter “Flatiron Reflection,” the winning installation of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District and Van Alen Institute’s fourth annual holiday design competition. Designed by Future Expansion, “Flatiron Reflection” consists […]

November 1, 2017

New initiative #ShopBleecker hopes to combat the historic street’s vacancy rates

Bleecker Street is one of New York City’s most historic and eclectic arteries. It housed clubs where Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix cut their teeth, inspired beatniks and, in the early 2000s, became what The New York Times called a “fashion theme park” as some of the industry’s heaviest hitters opened retail shops. Today, however, […]

October 31, 2017

Report says NYC subway is the most sustainable public transit system in North America

Though many people have their gripes with New York City’s public transportation system, a new study says it’s No. 1 in North America — at least when it comes to sustainability. New York City earned the top spot out of 23 United States and Canadian cities in the Sustainability Cities Mobility Index, a report out Monday by Arcadis, […]

October 30, 2017

De Blasio’s $145M investment in the Rockaways will help protect the area from future storms

With coastal storms and flooding set to become more common, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $145 million investment to help protect the Rockaways. The mayor made the announcement Sunday on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on New York City in 2012. The Rockaways in Queens were hit particularly hard, and the peninsula […]

October 27, 2017

Residential development has boomed in areas hit hardest by Sandy

It has been five years since Superstorm Sandy devastated homes and buildings across New York, and the city has been in the process of repairing itself ever since. Along with rebuilding the homes that were affected by the storm, new developments have continued to pop up in vulnerable flood zones. More than 85 percent of […]

October 26, 2017

Statue of Teddy Roosevelt outside Natural History Museum vandalized with red paint

Just weeks after activists staged an alternative tour of the American Museum of Natural History to call for its removal, among other things, the equestrian statue of Teddy Roosevelt was vandalized early Thursday morning. The base of the statue, which is maintained by the city’s Department of Parks and not the AMNH, was splattered with red paint […]

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October 23, 2017

Prospect Park will go permanently car-free starting January 2, 2018!

For walkers, joggers, and cyclists, Prospect Park will soon be a completely car-free refuge. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that the park will permanently become car-free, beginning January 2, 2018. Currently, Prospect Park’s East Drive is still open to cars during morning rush hour. Prospect Park previously went car-free this past summer. From […]

October 19, 2017

New York ranks #1 in energy efficiency, says new study

Image via Pexels Congratulations New York! You rank #1 in energy efficiency, according to a new study. You might be rolling your eyes at this news because of MTA issues, Penn Station problems, and other mass transportation debacles, but the state of New York ranked first overall—#1 for auto efficiency and #4 for energy efficiency […]

October 18, 2017

Ranking the top 50 ‘rattiest’ cities in the U.S.

Image via Wiki Commons Autumn is many people’s favorite season, but fall isn’t just all about picturesque pumpkin patches, apple cider, and cozy sweaters—it’s also a time for rat infestations. With the change in temperature comes an increase in vermin invasions, according to Orkin. The pest control company recently released a report detailing in which cities […]

October 17, 2017

Bay Ridge Avenue R subway stop reopens with a modernized station

The Bay Ridge Avenue train station that was once a dark and dreary stop along the R line has completed its six-month renovations, the MTA announced Friday. The 102-year-old station was closed in April so the agency could bring it into the modern age with countdown clocks at all three entrances, Wi-Fi, digital displays, USB ports […]

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