The Bronx skated to a hard-fought victory this week when the City Council voted to transform the hulking Kingsbridge Armory -- empty for the last 17 years -- into a national ice sports center with nine skating rinks and a 5,000-seat hockey arena.
We hope it moves the Bronx renaissance into high gear.
Scheduled to open in 2017, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center will provide the Bronx...Read more »
The recent derailment of a Manhattan-bound passenger train that killed four people and injured more than 70 appears to have been caused by fatigue. The engineer has said he slipped into "a daze" and neglected to apply the brakes as the train approached a curve at deadly speed.
To sleep researchers, this sounds like an episode of "microsleep," commonly referred to as "highway...Read more »
Talk about a bumpy ride. Mayor Michael Bloomberg initially wanted to introduce the Nissan NV200 -- the "Taxi of Tomorrow" -- with a grand flourish in October. It never happened.
A judge slammed on the brakes with a decision that the mayor had exceeded his authority when he designated one distinctive cab to dominate the city's fleet. The mayor can only set technical specifications...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's support for affordable housing is critical to New York City's future, but not just because it would mean stable rents and mortgages for low- and moderate-income families.
It is also a critical tool to help homeless people get back on their feet and to save the lives of domestic violence survivors and their families in need of stable, long-term housing.
Survivors...Read more »
There's just one more thing Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't want you to have before he leaves office -- those plastic foam containers that keep your takeout toasty warm and your coffee piping hot.
He probably won't get his way. His bill to ban plastic foam containers has been watered down in City Council.
Still, it's a welcome step forward.
Plastic foam food containers are a problem...Read more »
In a few weeks, he will vacate the office he's held for 12 years. Term limits have finally caught up with him. Although he must be given credit for many notable accomplishments, more than a few people will be glad to see him go.
Yes, it's time to say goodbye to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Growing up, Markowitz never had it easy. He dragged himself to night classes at...Read more »
There's one single rule in the brutal knockout game: An attacker aims to render a victim unconscious with a single sucker punch.
With attacks from Milwaukee to Paterson to New York City -- where at least 10 people have been victimized -- the so-called knockout game has become the latest fear-inducing news story in our city. Several deaths also have been linked to it nationwide, according to...Read more »
Most New Yorkers have a grueling daily commute. Our travel times are among the nation's worst, averaging from 52 to 69 minutes on public transit. And riders in the outer boroughs face an especially harrowing ordeal.
Jammed trains, long rides and buses that can only inch their way through congealed traffic are all part of the deal.
But there's a plausible answer to the problem.
New...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio drove home two vital points Thursday with his savvy appointment of Bill Bratton to a return engagement as the city's police commissioner.
First, he signaled to doubters that he believes a strong public safety record is key to the city's future -- and that without it, New York cannot fully thrive.
Second, he showed he's not necessarily the ideologue some New...Read more »
With an ironclad commitment to human equality and a magnetic talent for leadership, Nelson Mandela helped crush South Africa's apartheid laws and lead his country through a stunning transition.
An irrepressible force for justice, he died Thursday in South Africa at age 95. The former South African president was hospitalized on June 8 for a lung infection. He was taken home to Johannesburg...Read more »