Inside the Box
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ceremonial ride on the No. 7 train last Friday to the line’s future stop at 34th Street and 11th Avenue was premature. The No. 7 line doesn’t add up until $500 million more is found to build the promised intermediate station at 10th Avenue and 41st Street.
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Federal Hurricane Sandy relief funds are dedicating $185 million to the newest installment of Amtrak’s Gateway project: an 800-foot-long concrete box on the West Side. How is Superstorm Sandy relevant to this underground structure, you might ask? Good question.
A group of scientists at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently released the first comprehensive study of the microbiological makeup of the New York City subway system. Their finding? The air underground contains pretty much the same amount of human skin microbes (and other stuff) as the air outside.
The study Read More
At a press conference late in the night, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New Yorkers in the metropolitan area will have their public transit fares waved for the rest of the week. Of course, traveling into Lower Manhattan won’t be easy for Thursday, at least, where no subways are currently scheduled to travel.
“As a further encouragement to have people take mass transit, which is coming online piece by piece,” Mr. Cuomo began, citing the intensive traffic congestion problems plaguing Manhattan earlier today. “I am declaring a transportation emergency and authorizing the MTA to waive fares…through the end of the week, Thursday and Friday. So commuter rails, subways and buses.”
Chart-topping songwriter and producer Amund Bjørklun must have thought that the ClockTower building at 1 Main Street in Dumbo was irreplaceable.
Mr. Bjørklund, half of the duo that is Norwegian hit-factory Espionage, just bought a $1.7 million loft in the building with his impossibly lovely wife, former model Sunniva.
Alex Bell, a native New Yorker and electrical engineering student at Columbia, was tired of waiting for the subway.
So he invented Subway Arrival, an iPhone app that tracks users as they enter and exit the underground. It notices when they lose signal, then reappear somewhere far away. By matching cell phone base Read More
Starting this week New Yorkers with iPhones will be able to pay for subways, trains and taxis using Visa’s paywave program.
Users just slip their iPhones into a special case that contains a secure memory card. While it’s Apple only for now, this technology could be ported to any phone with a memory Read More