When space is at a premium, doing something special sometimes meaning breaking norms and doing something different. For New York, that means closing down an extended section of Park Avenue and related streets from Central Park down to the Brooklyn Bridge and offering a “Summer Streets” initiative. Continue reading →
New York is a place like no other, and as such there’s different rules by which one should abide. I for one get really cranky when I get stuck behind slow walkers playing with their cellphones on the sidewalk, or a group of people four across keeping me from getting around them. Actually, I’d just prefer if I could sweep the sidewalks of people altogether sometimes, but that’s not practical. Instead, I pray people read books like the NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette. Continue reading →
New York City’s charm is in part forged by its history, and some of the older elements that march on with time. However, there’s a flip side to aging infrastructure, and that is that things are still in place long after their intended life, and have an increasing proclivity to breakdown or otherwise have problems. Continue reading →
After December’s derailment, the FRA promised a thorough investigation into Metro North to determine what problems existed at the agency and what should be done to fix it. In the intervening months, things haven’t particularly improved, as my previous posts have noted. The report came out, and it’s pretty damning. Continue reading →
New York has evolved quite a bit over the years, but it’s also remarkable some of what hasn’t changed. This documentary from the late 1940s shows the Big Apple in a different era, and it’s a pretty cool look at a pretty remarkable city. Enjoy!
One of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed attempts was to bring the Summer Olympics to New York in 2012. Other projects from that failed effort ultimately went ahead, but in the end the Olympics went elsewhere. Of course, with the Winter Olympics taking place this year in Sochi, Russia, a enterprising New York Times team of reporters and illustrators wondered: What if organizers attempted to construct venues appropriate for the Winter Olympics in The big Apple? Continue reading →
Commuting has been an experience from the get-go. I very much love my train rides overall; they’re generally quiet, uneventful, relaxing (who wants to drive in that traffic?) and I use the time for myself: To read, solve a few logic puzzles, or, best of all, nap. Of course, when things go wrong, it’s usually pretty bad, and last night was a doozy. Continue reading →