transit and transport

MTA Aging Ungracefully

. . . the system is aging faster than a portrait of Dorian Gray It appears that New York City’s transit system doesn’t measure up. Not to rider expectations or to other systems across the country and around the world. You don’t say. This non-shocking fact is illustrated pretty well by an article in today’s NYTimes about the lack of…

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politics and government

Bloomberg Bids GOP Bye-Bye

Oh, mini-mayor. *pats him on the head* People, people – all this fuss. Surely, this doesn’t come as a surprise. If it does – well, I don’t know what to tell you except I don’t know how that could be unless you were in a coma, or missing at sea when the man switched parties the first time. 

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life gotham-style

Overheard: Life Lessons

the time: 7:54 am the place: midway between Starbucks and home As I turned home after a coffee run this morning, I witnessed a scene that demonstrated a certain twisted urban charm. I realize not everyone will agree but possibly that’s why not everyone lives here.As I strolled along the street, I found mysefl following a few feet behind a mother and daughter who looked…

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politics and government, transit and transport

The Maddening Crowd

After talking about it in vague terms and setting the ground work for what I have no doubt will be a drama of epic proportions, mini-Mayor has proposed a $8 NYC ‘congestion fee’ plan to address the traffic problems in Manhattan.  Now, I know that people are going to be upset and cry foul and whine about how unfair it…

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politics and government

Dodging the Postal Bullet

No, not from the alleged AK-47s that urban myth tells us all postal workers have stashed in their lockers. I asked my mailman – who I shall call Huggy Bear – about this by the way. Huggy informs that this is not true. I don’t know whether he was denying the AK-47, the locker or both but he seemed sincere.…

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politics and government

New York as Nanny State

Boo! New York becomes first city to ban trans fats Look, I’ll grant you that trans fats are contributing factors in heart disease and other coronary problems and that by adding artificial trans fats, the situation is made even worse. I’ll support the idea of having restaurants make the nutritional information about their offering more readily available is a great…

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historical gotham

Ah, good times

230 years ago today, The Continental Army was forced to abandon Manhattan after the Battle of Fort Washington. The city became the British center of military operations in North America for the remainder of the Revolutionary War. What made me think of this today? A short stroll through the West Village wherein I heard a variety of British accents and…

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politics and government

The City Machine – Up Close

The City Machine – Up Close I started a company yesterday and in the pursuit of that goal, made my way to the New York State Supreme Court building where “The Paperwork” would be stamped and signed. The trip to the county clerk’s office was an admittedly quick adventure but an adventure nonetheless. Naturally, there was a bit of a…

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