Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

Steam-Powered New York

July 10, 2019

There are 100 miles of steam pipes under New York City’s streets, and many have been there since 1880. They currently serve about 2000 buildings.

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L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

April 4, 2019

L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

California food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson explored Big Apple foodways in the April 1 edition of the Los Angeles Times:

“My first culinary encounter was with pizza, a mysterious kind of baked tlayuda, covered in macerated tomatoes and milk coagulation, and occasionally smothered with a type of thinly sliced lap cheong called pepperoni. The odd dish, sometimes referred to as a pie, washed ashore from Naples some years ago. While the taste takes some getting used to, pizza can be enchanting when done properly.”

— “For cramped New York, an expanding dining scene,” Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times

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An Empty Vessel in the Big Apple

March 25, 2019

An Empty Vessel in the Big Apple

Hudson Yards has opened, a new office, upscale condo and luxury shopping development built over an active trainyard on New York’s West Side. The city and state chipped in $6 billion for the project, but maybe that’s not as bad as it sounds.

What is bad, undeniably, is the 150-foot-high, 16 storey, copper-covered selfie magnet looming over Hudson Yards plaza called Vessel. The structure, consisting of 154 flights of stairs, may be a perfect metaphor for New York: you keep climbing but get nowhere.

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Amazon: Escape From New York!

February 14, 2019

Amazon: Escape From New York!

In a corporate blog post on Valentine’s Day, Amazon announced it won’t build a publicly-subsidized headquarters campus in New York City after all. The Long Island City project was popular with local real estate developers and top politicians but elicited vocal protests from residents and unions as well as NY State Senator Mike Gianaris and celebrity Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Amazon intends to expand its planned Northern Virginia HQ2 instead. Maybe.

More:

“Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters,”

“Amazon pulls out of $3 billion deal to bring HQ2 to NYC,” Bob Fredericks, New  York Post

“Amazon won’t be building HQ2 in New York City after all,” Gaby Del Valle, Vox

“Why Amazon Bailed on Its New York Headquarters,” Josh Barro, New York Magazine

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jubilantly trumpets Amazon’s cancelled HQ2 plans,” Summer Meza, The Week

“Amazon’s Winning Streak Ends in New York,” Shira Ovide, Bloomberg

“Jeff Bezos Is Right at Home in the D.C. Swamp, but Amazon Might Have Bit Off More Than It Can Chew with the Big Apple,” Joel Kotkin, Daily Beast

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Displacement is not community development.

November 13, 2018

One reaction to Amazon’s pending HQ2/2 project in New York’s Long Island City.

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“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not thrilled about Amazon coming to Queens,” Melissa Locker, Fast Company

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NYC Hot Dog Stand License: $289,500. Per Year.

September 20, 2018

Licenses for a New York City hot dog stand can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. There are 3,100 hot dog stand licenses in New York City, and there’s a 20 year waiting list for them. The licenses, not the hot dogs.

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Update:

“‘Unjust and immoral’: street vendors call on New York City to issue more permits,” Erin Durkin, The Guardian

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The M.T.A. Workout

August 15, 2018

“Welcome to the new M.T.A.: Metropolitan Transit Athletics! Grab a towel, swipe your MetroCard, and get ready to sweat. Daily membership costs only $2.75.”

“The M.T.A. Workout,” a fitness plan by The New Yorker.

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Liberté, Fraternité, Mobilité!

July 17, 2018
Liberté, Fraternité, Mobilité!

 2018 Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, Washington Square, NYC

On July 15th the annual Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous toured the streets of New York, starting at Grant’s Tomb on Riverside Drive and cruising down to the Waverly Place side of Washington Square. Most vehicles were the Deux Chevaux (2CV) model, the beloved “parapluie sur quatre roues” (“umbrella on four wheels”). At the same time these fanciers of French cars were on the road, France was winning the World Cup. Quelle ironie!

2018 Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, NYC

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America

July 4, 2018

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side StoryRita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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NYC: In a Hurry? Get On a Bike.

May 22, 2018

NYC: In a Hurry? Get On a Bike.

” … a huge share of taxi and bike-share trips cover comparable distances in New York City. In 2014, nearly 34,000 trips were taken using the Citi Bike system per day, while more than 400,000 trips were made by taxi. About 55 percent of the taxi rides spanned less than two miles; so did the average bike-share trip.”

“On average, the researchers found that taxis hailed within range of a Citi Bike station were a slightly faster option than grabbing the rental bike. But when travel distances were shorter, and at times when roads were more likely to be congested, the difference in travel times dropped. On weekdays, more than half of trips shorter than 3 kilometers (about 1.8 miles) went as fast or faster on Citi Bike than in a cab. Citi Bike’s advantage is stronger as trips cover less distance: between 20 and 36 percent of weekday trips shorter than 2 kilometers (about 1.2 miles) went faster on rented spokes than in a backseat.”

— “In New York City, Bike Share Is Faster Than Cabs When It Matters,” Laura Bliss, CityLab

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