Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
While the mayor has been busy locking down as many new initiatives as possible in his final months in office—a $20 billion waterfront rebuilding plan here, a stair-building push there—he has not been neglecting things on the home front.
The New York Times reports that Bloomberg has been busy spiffing up his townhouse on East 79th Street, a project that will span some of the last few months of his term. Presumably, the mayor wants to make sure that he has a decent place to putter around after leaving office. He may have many other manses—the townhouse in London, the estate in the Hamptons, his vacation homes in Colorado and Bermuda—but re-gilding his Manhattan home base is clearly a top priority.
Every knowledge-based institution, whether government, business or nonprofit, engages in a fierce battle for top talent. As deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding for New York City and chief executive officer of Bloomberg LP, I’ve seen firsthand that the better the people, the better the institution. That is why I find recent criticisms of Read More
The waning months of Mayor Bloomberg’s reign are expected to be marked by a series of high-powered departures, as one official after another jumps ship before the mayor leaves office. The latest is Bloomberg stalwart and Dan Doctoroff protégée Seth Pinsky, who is stepping down from the Economic Development Corporation to take a private sector gig with RXR Realty, as the agency announced today. Kyle Kimball, who is currently the agency’s executive director, will succeed him.
I’ve purchased a bike-share pass, but my bike does not move.
You have to pedal.
Where is the motor?
There is no motor. One of the goals of the bike-share program is to reduce noise and pollution.
Wouldn’t it create jobs if the bike-share program hired employees to pedal clients to their destinations?
You have to pedal yourself. There’s no way around it.
rock paper scissor
Actress Shannon Richardson, best known as the pregnant Texas woman who allegedly tried to poison Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama and frame her third husband for doing so, has racked up a considerable resume in the entertainment industry.
The 5’9″ mother of five, according to her CV, attributes her numerous roles Read More
The Blue Bike Invasion
Looks like a pencil is mightier than a $73 million system.
The city’s new emergency response system crashed for 12 minutes on Wednesday, it’s first day of use.
At 4:21 p.m., respondents stood by as hundreds of computer screens abruptly went dark, the Daily News reported.
Telephone operators began scribbling emergency messages onto slips Read More
Have no fear, the bike condom is almost here!
New Yorkers have always worried about the germs that infest modes of public transportation. With the launch of the Citi Bike program, people have something new over which to fret.
Enter the bike condom. Originally created for Read More
By the time Anne Pierre and her sons arrived at 199 Amboy Street, it was after midnight. The heat of the unusually warm April day had all but drained away, but there was a mellowness to the air, a contrast to the sharp, cold spring nights that had come before. From the outside, the red-brick building looked clean and well-maintained, though the darkness made it difficult to tell for sure. In Ms. Pierre’s experience, the exteriors of homeless shelters were poor predictors of conditions inside.
Late though it was, the family’s arrival at the Brownsville shelter marked the somewhat triumphant culmination of a bureaucratic odyssey that had started two days earlier, when Ms. Pierre had reapplied for shelter at the family intake center in the Bronx. It was only somewhat triumphant in that 199 Amboy was just a 10-day placement, the latest in a string of temporary housing assignments that had become the norm since the family lost its eligibility for shelter in February. But as it turned out, 199 Amboy was the nicest place Ms. Pierre and the two boys stayed since entering the shelter system in June 2012.
As 9-year-old Jordan described their arrival, “When we saw it, we was shocked. It was nice. It was decent.”
Decent is the kind of good-enough existence that has seemed to elude the family for the last 10 months. But it felt potentially within reach again when they fell asleep that night at a little after 1 a.m., relieved if still wary, with the alarm set for 6 a.m.—the preparations necessary for the school day ahead as uncompromising as the dawn.
Like many other families who have recently swelled the ranks of the city’s homeless population, routine has taken on an almost talismanic significance for Ms. Pierre and her boys. They live an approximation of a life that involved, until recently, an apartment of their own—a two-bedroom on Legion Street rented for four years with the help of a Section 8 voucher. Ms. Pierre paid $350 of the $1,100 rent until a recurrent mold problem disqualified the apartment.
skip the salt
While the cover story of this week’s Observer describes the plight of homeless families, the problem is growing among individuals as well.
On the Bowery last Friday, a man who gave his name only as Jay was cleaning his white Nike sneakers with a toothbrush. He had just stayed at The Bowery Mission Read More
From big soda to big, err, sodium, Nanny Bloomberg usually pulls no punches when it comes to New Yorkers’ health. And while a string of aggressive P.R. campaigns may have failed to halt our chain-smoking, Sprite-guzzling lifestyles, if nothing else, they have provided us with some terrifying subway ads.
These ads include smokers with gruesomely amputated fingers, fat oozing out of soda bottles and sobbing babies born to teen mothers bemoaning their hypothetical lack of high school educations. Help us, Doctor Zizmor!