Higher taxes for wealthy New Yorkers? Higher taxes on booze? A commuter tax?
These are some of the suggestions that the city's Independent Budget Office offered Wednesday as part of its Budget Options report, which provides ideas on how to balance the city's finances.
Although Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will inherit a balanced budget from Michael Bloomberg, IBO director Ronnie Lowenstein...Read more »
One year after their first strike action, some city fast food workers are today expected to again walk off their jobs in a continued push for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize without retaliation.
New York is one of now 100 cities participating in the push to goad fast food companies to hike pay and improve the working conditions for cashiers, cooks, food prep workers and supervisors.
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Time-pressed New Yorkers still want their food fast. But, increasingly, they want it fresher, better and healthier.
While the number of Burger Kings dropped from 92 in 2008 to 83 this year and Wendy’s went from 50 to 43 in the same period, salad joints are growing, according to a report issued by the Center for an Urban Future. Chop’t jumped from eight locations last year to 11 this year....Read more »
The city is still runnin' on Dunkin'.
Dunkin' Donuts, which added 39 outlets for a total of 515 throughout the city, topped the "State of the Chains" list as the most ubiquitous chain store for the sixth straight year, according to the annual report issued by the Center for an Urban Future.
But chain store growth citywide slowed to a .5% increase from 2012 to 2013, with the...Read more »
When you factor in take-out food, New Yorkers eat out more often than anyone else in the country, according to a new Zagat survey. About 58% of lunches and dinners are prepared outside our NYC kitchens, compared to 47% of such meals nationally.
We spend handsomely for all those prepared-elsewhere suppers. NYC Zagateers reported paying an average of $48.56 per person for dinner (vs. $40.53...Read more »
It could be weeks before investigators can conclusively determine the cause of the Saturday car crash that killed "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, the star's friend and business partner, according to source at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
On Monday, the Department announced that while it was continuing to solicit information about the fiery crash that...Read more »
Many moms and dads are not-so-secretly hoping that their gay sons and lesbian daughters will "put a ring on it" this holiday season.
Welcome to equality: the land where families and friends think nothing of urging you to the altar and inquiring about your reproductive intentions.
Gay New Yorkers who felt "demoralized by the lack of respect are finally blooming and blossoming,"...Read more »
UPDATED 4:40 P.M.: The Los Angeles coroner has requested the dental records of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery crash involving Rodas's red Porsche Carrera GT Saturday afternoon in Valencia, Santa Clarita.
The two bodies recovered from the wreckage "are not visually identifiable," explained Los Angeles County Coroner...Read more »
The stock market and luxury housing construction aren't the only things on the upswing in the Big Apple: so is hunger, according to a new report issued by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
"While the wealthy have better gourmet food than ever, one in six of our neighbors is struggling against hunger," said Joel Berg, the coalition's executive director, in a statement.
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City Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. has introduced legislation to drop the name of the recently deceased former New York Mayor from the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.”
The Bridge’s moniker was lengthened in 2011 to honor the three-term mayor, who died in Feb. 1 at the age of 88.
The legislation from the outgoing Queens councilmember calls for Koch’s named to be dropped from the 59th...Read more »