(NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Billions of dollars in planned upgrades to the transit system — including modernized signals, new subway cars and elevators at dozens of stations — will be frozen indefinitely due to financial fallout from the pandemic, THE CITY has learned. MTA officials are expected to reveal Wednesday that a 60-day hold on “capital projects” that was … Read more (NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

The Secret Recipe for Dynamite Urban Parks

New York’s Bryant Park was once an outdoor drug market. Now it is a textbook for flourishing public spaces. In the 1980s, Bryant Park was an uninviting place, according to essentially every observer. It was rundown, and visibility was poor. The only vibrant thing about it was the drug trade. Its reopening in 1992 and … Read more The Secret Recipe for Dynamite Urban Parks

Here’s How Much New York City Is Skewing America’s Coronavirus Numbers

The thirteen New York City area counties of Queens, Kings, Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, New York, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, Richmond, Bergen, and Union have 351,044 confirmed coronavirus cases, roughly 28 percent of the U.S.’s total of 1,244,119. These counties also account for 23,921 coronavirus deaths, roughly 32 percent of America’s total 74,844 deaths (these numbers … Read more Here’s How Much New York City Is Skewing America’s Coronavirus Numbers

New York City’s underbelly

Crime and subway ridership have both dropped off dramatically in New York City amid the coronavirus shutdown. Yet the subways may be becoming more dangerous. Fires are on the rise in the subway system, as are train cars crowded with sleeping homeless people and their bedding and belongings. On April 16, a homeless man stabbed … Read more New York City’s underbelly

New York MTA Forbade Employees from Protecting Themselves by Wearing Masks

Last week, I pointed out a recent report that blamed much of the spread of COVID-19 in New York City on the subway system. Recently, I’ve collected a series of memos suggesting that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is specifically culpable in this spread. During the 2012 influenza epidemic, the MTA issued a policy … Read more New York MTA Forbade Employees from Protecting Themselves by Wearing Masks

Why Are Transit Systems Still Running?

Sit‐​down restaurants and bars have been shut down. Public officials are discouraging or even forbidding people from doing “unnecessary travel,” even if it is to visit a second home where they might be able to socially distance themselves better than in their first, more urban home. All sorts of other rules are being passed, all … Read more Why Are Transit Systems Still Running?

The Lockdown Is Loosening Whether Government Likes It Or Not

It is the American people, not the government who will decide when this lockdown is over. And they are getting closer to that decision. New York City has been on lockdown for about a month. Up until this past week the effect has been stark and nearly universal. Most mornings, weather permitting, I sit in … Read more The Lockdown Is Loosening Whether Government Likes It Or Not

The End of New York (NYC)

Will the pandemic push America’s greatest city over the edge? For over two centuries, New York has been the predominant urban center in North America. It remains the primary locale for the arts, culture, finance, and media, and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. It has also served as the incubator of the … Read more The End of New York (NYC)

New York City has liabilities equaling $63,100 per taxpayer, worst in U.S.

Among the 75 most populous cities in the U.S., New York City ranks last for the state of its finances, having $63,100 in liabilities per taxpayer, according to a Truth in Accounting (TIA) analysis of municipal data released last month. The nonprofit group, which promotes financial transparency in government, gave New York City a grade … Read more New York City has liabilities equaling $63,100 per taxpayer, worst in U.S.

De Blasio’s Domino’s outrage sums up why businesses are fleeing NYC

  Price Panic: NYC Mayor De Blasio puts Domino’s on blast for NYE pizza cost   Mayor de Blasio’s batty attention has for the moment lighted upon Domino’s Pizza, which sold pies to New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square for $30 each, roughly double its usual excellent price of about $15 for a large … Read more De Blasio’s Domino’s outrage sums up why businesses are fleeing NYC