New York City was built on big, bold ideas. The vision of past leaders kept New Yorkers in town and captured the imaginations of millions from around the world who came here to “make it.” In the Video Op-Ed above, Mara Gay, a native New Yorker who has reported on the streets of this city for seven years, questions where all that vision is today. She argues that New York’s current leaders need to bring big ambition and hustle to serve their residents. She supplies ideas of what vision could look like to a mayor whose reluctant homecoming offers dim hope for the city. New Yorkers, she says, deserve more. This isn’t just a New York story — it’s a trend in many cities around the world, where broad public programs are pushed aside for narrow corporate interests and where transformative polices are as hard to come by as affordable rents. … [Read more...] about New York City: Are We an Empire in Decline?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Supported by Peter Ciaccia prepared for his last marathon as its race director, using a prerace course inspection as a vehicle to reminisce. ByKevin Armstrong Nov. 2, 2018 From his perch, riding through Brooklyn on a black bicycle, Peter Ciaccia noticed things that only someone with his experience and, more to the point, his responsibilities, would notice. A dumpster needed to be moved from 94th Street in Bay Ridge. Dedicated “no parking” signs were not up yet, and he wondered when they would. It was two weeks before Sunday’s New York City Marathon, and Mr. Ciaccia’s last as the race director. It was time for the annual spot check of the 26.2-mile course. Dressed in layered clothing to combat high winds and temperatures in the low 40s, he advanced in a 10-person peloton composed of New York Road Runners staff … [Read more...] about Last Time Around: New York City Marathon Chief Takes Measure of a Long Journey
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper New York | Speed Cameras Will Surround Every New York City Public School Advertisement Supported by ByVivian Wang March 19, 2019 [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] ALBANY — The speed cameras that were installed around many New York City public schools several years ago seemed like an unqualified success: Traffic deaths near the cameras fell by more than half, and speeding was reduced by more than 60 percent. And yet, last summer, the cameras went dark, a casualty of partisan politicking in Albany and a potent reminder of the capital’s reputation for dysfunction. Now they are being revived, and then some: The newly Democratic-led State Legislature on Tuesday voted to renew and vastly expand the speed camera program, in a nearly fivefold increase that … [Read more...] about Speed Cameras Will Surround Every New York City Public School
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper New York | 1 in 5 Bus Riders in New York City Evade the Fare, Far Worse Than Elsewhere Advertisement Supported by ByEmma G. Fitzsimmons and Edgar Sandoval April 13, 2019 [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] The Q65 bus came to a stop along a residential block in Queens and a construction worker stepped onboard. He walked past the farebox without paying. The driver pushed the F5 button on his dashboard. At the next stop, an older woman with a cane climbed on and gave the driver a hearty wave. She, too, did not pay. Again the driver pressed F5. Over two and a half hours, the driver pressed F5 — the button that records fare evaders — at least 50 times, and there was still a half-hour left on his morning route. “It’s getting worse,” said … [Read more...] about 1 in 5 Bus Riders in New York City Evade the Fare, Far Worse Than Elsewhere
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper New York | A Ferry Subsidy of $24.75 a Ride? New York City’s Costs Are Ballooning Advertisement Supported by ByPatrick McGeehan April 17, 2019 [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] Four years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a plan to spend more than $325 million on a fleet of custom-built ferryboats and docks so that more of the city’s neighborhoods would have a better transit connection. But since then, the costs of starting up a ferry service that links all five boroughs have almost doubled from Mr. de Blasio’s original commitment, which has drawn criticism from transit advocates, elected officials and government watchdogs. One complaint is that the service caters mainly to higher-earning residents at a time when the subways are still in need … [Read more...] about A Ferry Subsidy of $24.75 a Ride? New York City’s Costs Are Ballooning