IN A NEW YORK MINUTE BY John Tully THE LOS ANGELES SUN
JUNE 17 2004
Being a vocal, loyal fan of the Redskins, Bullets and Redsox at an upstate New York boarding school didn’t go over too well with the lads. He hated their teams right back, as any good D.C.- loving boy would but he was badly outnumbered. The Big Apple’s teams and in turn, the city had been his nemesis for years and moving to the coast only strengthened that rivalry.
He used to fly People Express in and out of Newark and it was hell. The bus to Port Authority and the cruise to Canal Street was always a fun adventure but he had absolutely revelled in not being a Newyorker.
Seventeen years and a minute later he fell hard.
Can you blame him?
Every polish waitress, every Ecuadorian launderer,
Indian Cabdriver, downtown hipster, bodega owner and Yankee Stadium attendee treated him like a king.
The smell of burnt pretzels and Sabrett hot dogs with cars whizzing/honking by; a beautiful day in Central Park and the sun going down right exactly over the West Village. Thirty Irish bars in ten square blocks, thousands of great restaurants and a subway that works.
He gave in.
Seventeen years later he fell in love with a city that never sleeps and it was all over. But it wasn’t until he flew back to the coast that evening that he choked-up when he figured it out:
this was a truly great town that had been attacked; it’s heart broken just two and a half years before.
Just when he had lost faith in pretty much all of mankind, this good, noble, wounded yet resilient city had given him some hope that America could still be great.
A possibly fatal stabbing on the north side of Stanton St. between Attorney and Ridge on the Lower East Side of Manhattan may have cost the life of a male victim. It’s unclear if he survived after sustaining multiple stab wounds.
The incident took place at approximately 3:30 am and the constant sound of a police helicopter with it’s search lights on full blast looking for the perpetrator(s) could be heard for almost an hour in the surrounding neighborhood.
It’s unclear what precipitated the attack or if any suspect is now in custody. Ofc. Allen of the NYPD remarked: “I don’t think he’s going to make it”
The attack happened in the exact same block where 3 people were shot last fall (2010).
As part of his EYEBEAM residency in NYC, Aram Bartholl created “Dead Drops,” an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space where USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space.
This is an interesting project that is the intersection of street art and technology, using public space as a way to communicate in a specific way with others.
Bartholl goes on to say “Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures.”
Gov. Chris Christie will decide the fate of the Hudson River tunnel within the next few days
TRENTON — New Jersey’s governor is expected to take at least another day before announcing whether the nation’s largest public works project will continue or die.
Gov. Chris Christie is considering whether to restart a Hudson River rail tunnel project that he killed because of escalating costs. However, the nation’s transportation secretary pressed Christie to reconsider.
The governor objects to the state being on the hook for potential cost overruns and wants someone else to help pick up the tab.The federal government and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are each contributing $3 billion.
New Jersey’s share is $2.7 billion plus the overruns.If Christie kills the project, he could use some of the money to replenish the state’s broke Transportation Trust Fund.
Busy Saturday Night on First Avenue Turns Into a Nightmare; At Least Four Hurt
By John Tully
The New York Herald Sun
September 5, 2010 3:30 am
A possibly fatal accident involving a taxi, pedestrians and at least one bicyclist happened early this morning at the intersection of First Avenue and Third St. in New York City’s busy East Village.
According to one witness, a woman riding a bicycle was struck by the SUV-type taxicab, which ended up crashing through the window of The Bean coffee shop on that corner.
The victim was apparently trapped for some time under the vehicle and is now in critical condition at the hospital.
Jeremy Tanner with WPIX Channel 11 in New York is reporting that one victim, identity unknown has now been pronounced dead. Four others including the driver of the Taxi and his passenger are at Bellevue hospital.
The victim of the Taxi crash who was in the worst condition is now recovering from a broken neck and leg.
He did survive and the other 4 people involved in the incident are also recovering from their assorted injuries.
The owners of more than 3,200 apartment buildings in New York City reached an agreement on a new labor contract with the union that represents about 30,000 doormen, porters, janitors and building superintendents, averting a strike that was due to begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The talks went right to the wire, as they often have in the past, with the union resisting the owners’ demands for cuts in health care and other benefits. In the end, the owners agreed to a new four-year contract that includes a total pay increase of nearly 10 percent and no significant cuts in benefits for the workers, an official with the union, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, said at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Representatives of the owners had negotiated with union officials for several days leading up to the expiration of a four-year contract. The main points of contention had been the owners’ demand that the workers share some of the cost of their medical and dental benefits.
A strike would have disrupted the daily routines of hundreds of thousands of middle-class residents from upper Broadway to Brownsville, as well as affluent owners of Park Avenue penthouses. Along with picket lines in front of many of their homes, they would be confronted with the loss of the people who sign for their packages, carry their luggage and let the pizza deliverers and dog walkers into the building. Residents of many buildings have been asked to volunteer to pitch in to sort the mail, announce visitors by intercom, operate elevators and haul garbage to the curb if necessary. Continue reading Deal Reached That Averts a Walkout by Doormen