You can read it. You can decorate with it. You can use it to prop open a door. A multitasking coffee-table book is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And they’re easy to wrap, too! Here are a few of our favorites from 2013. Read More
In 1953, the old NYC Board of Transportation passed control of the municipal subway system, including all its assets, to the newly created New York City Transit Authority. Under late Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the ’60s, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was created. The Governor appointed four board members. The Mayor also appointed four and the rest by suburban county Executives. No one elected official controlled a majority of the votes. As a result, elected officials have historically taken credit when the MTA or any operating subsidiary such as New York City Transit would do a good job. Read More
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David Carr, media columnist for the Times, is set to teach a class at Boston University’s College of Communication in the new year. He will continue to write for the paper. (Boston Globe)
A product of the San Francisco-based mobile and tech accelerator AngelPad, Storefront, founded in 2012, connects property owners with businesses in the market for short-term retail space—a model that coincides nicely with a recent MTA initiative to bring “hip, small stores” into subway stations for temporary stays. It comes as no surprise, then, that Storefront and the MTA have—as of Monday—entered into an agreement. Read More
What Bill Bratton, the incoming police commissioner, and Anthony Shorris, the new first deputy mayor, have in common–beyond the tremendous scope of their new authority and years of experience–is one rather simple fact: they are both white men in a city where the majority of people are not. Read More
Theater lovers and Sex and the City fans, catch Cynthia Nixon and her daughter, Persephone Mozes, along with Fun Home playwright Lisa Kron, author and “media theorist” Douglas Rushkoff along with New America Foundation President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter (of The Atlantic having-it-all cover story fame) at the December Public Forum Drama Club’s presentation of The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder. Read More
“The Wait Is Over,” a sponsored Gothamist post about Nissan taxicabs trumpeted yesterday: “NYC’s New Cabs Have USB Chargers, Passenger Climate Control, Panoramic Glass Roofs.”
High tech cabs with phone chargers and a view? Sounds great to us. But after we got to the bottom of the post promoting Nissan’s #HailYes campaign, we wondered: where are these wondrous vehicles?
Well, only about 12 of the city’s 13,237 cabs are Nissan NV200s. But Nissan’s still pushing a giant #HailYes social media campaign. Read More
As I write this, I’m about to board a boat with “Lindsay Lohan’s thug,” a.k.a. Ray LeMoine, a guy whose recent press mentions range from face puncher to humanitarian to bar owner. Indeed, over the past few days, Mr. LeMoine has become a tabloid anti-celeb, and we’re on the run. Read More
Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.
On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs. Read More
The townhouse at 25 East 22nd Street has played host, over the years, to a number of bold-faced and progressive personages. On a Tuesday in the spring of 1897, the New York Times reported, the Women’s Executive Committee of the Board of Domestic Missions of the Reformed Church used the building to host an “Indian Tea” in honor of the Rev. Frank Hall Wright, a Choctaw who was conducting missionary work in Oklahoma. In the hall of the building, “stood a perfect model of an Indian tepee…filled…by the offerings of the hundreds of friends of the committee.”
The property was later home to George Nelson, an industrial designer and one of the founders of American modernism, and in 2004 it was bought for $9.3 million by David Chu, the founder of Nautica. Expanded and renovated in the years since, the building—which was last listed for $29.99 million by Carrie Chiang, Janet Wang and Richard Phan at Corcoran—has entered contract, according to Corcoran. Read More