Emily Ladau was panicking. It was rush hour, and she was on her way to an event at the Strand Bookstore in New York City. She had just arrived at the Union Square subway station, which is a feat in itself. Ladau uses a wheelchair because she has Larsen syndrome, a congenital skeletal disorder, and since she lives in West Babylon on Long Island, she relies on functioning elevators on several train platforms before she can even get on the subway almost 40 miles away. First there's the Long Island Railroad that brings her into Manhattan, then there's the transfer at Penn Station to get on the subway. Merely arriving at Union Square is a kind of transit triumph. But as she wheeled to the elevator on the subway platform, she noticed a sign showing the elevator was broken. The online system that keeps track of out-of-service elevators didn't indicate there was a problem; she had checked twice during the course of her commute. But now that she was on the platform, the only elevator wasn't … [Read more...] about The New York City subway’s accessibility problem
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New York City is a place where attitude and strong opinions are in the DNA. New Yorkers might not agree on much, but there is one thing on which millions of them do agree: the subway is a mess. Trains are packed, breakdowns and delays are routine, some say it's gone off the rails. After an actual derailment last year injured more than 40 people, the governor declared a state of emergency. When it first opened more than a century ago, the New York City subway was considered a feat of American engineering, now it's another example of the country's ailing infrastructure. Luckily, there's a man with a plan, an Englishman in New York who proposes the city's largest infrastructure expenditure since the 1950s. More on that in a moment. First, if you have never ridden the sprawling New York City subway, welcome aboard. When the trains are moving, there's no better way to get around New York City, than on the subway. These 400-ton behemoths crisscross the underbelly of the city, zipping … [Read more...] about Why has the New York City subway gone off the rails?
With every election season comes the possibility of change. Political parties must make their cases to voters, and elected officials, no matter how long they’ve served, must again win the support of their constituents. And while incumbency is often a powerful advantage in New York, 2018 is already shaping up to see more turnover than in a typical year. It’s in this time of transition, with a new crop of fresh-faced candidates shaking things up, that we turn our attention to the many young individuals who are making their mark in New York City politics – and not just those seeking and winning elected office. Jamie Ansorge Counsel, Cozen O'Connor; Government Relations Adviser, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Political activism, Jamie Ansorge says, is “in my blood.” In high school, he campaigned for candidates on street corners outside Stuyvesant Town. In college, he marched against the war in Iraq. During law school, he spent time at the Occupy Wall … [Read more...] about The 2018 New York City 40 Under 40
Supported by N.Y. / Region By WINNIE HUMAY 4, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Julian Torres would see his friends in the Bronx more often if only it were easy to ride his bike over from northern Manhattan.It is not. The one time he tried, he went wheel-to-wheel with cars crossing the Harlem River on the squat, aging Madison Avenue Bridge, which does not have a separate bike lane. Drivers honked at him to get out of the way. He was unnerved.“It doesn’t seem far, but actually it is far,” said Mr. Torres, 17, who lives near the foot of the bridge in East Harlem. “It’s a hassle.”Now New York City officials want to make this crossing, and many others nearby, more welcoming to cyclists and pedestrians, in an effort to strengthen ties between historically underserved communities in northern Manhattan and the Bronx that are divided by the winding Harlem River. On Friday, the Transportation … [Read more...] about Making a New York City River More Inviting to Cross, by Foot and Bike
Supported by N.Y. / Region By EMMA G. FITZSIMMONSAPRIL 23, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Double-decker buses. Entering a bus from any door. Digital signs showing when the next bus will arrive.These are some of the improvements New York City’s long-suffering bus riders were promised on Monday as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a plan to turn around the sputtering bus system.The city’s buses have been plagued by sluggish service and declining ridership, even though the persistent problems have received less attention than the crisis facing the subways.In his first major initiative, Andy Byford, the new leader of the transit agency that operates the city’s subways and buses, released a plan to speed up buses. Advertisement Continue reading the main story “We know it’s the right thing to do, and now we really want to push on and make this plan a reality and get people … [Read more...] about At Long Last, a Plan to Fix New York City’s Buses