So the MTA is talking about raising fares -- again. Not by some middling amount, but by 12 percent across the board in 2015.
For New York City bus and subway riders we're talking about a jump of 25 cents per trip, to $2.75 one way using a MetroCard. For Long Island Rail Road or Metro North commuters, the hike would be far steeper, providing it extends system wide again.
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New beginnings are often followed by as many opportunities to succeed as chances to fail. Nothing underscores that in NYC more than Gotham's newest Dynamic Duo: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
In his first month in office, de Blasio sealed Mark-Viverito's rise, exhorted the virtues of a "national urban consensus," challenged the feds to help him save beleaguered...Read more »
Mayor Bill de Blasio is ramping up the hard sell for his signature prekindergarten program as it clashes head-on in Albany with a rival statewide plan championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But Cuomo still has the better case.
At a news conference Wednesday, de Blasio got tough:
The city can't afford to waste time, he said. Kids who are behind by third grade have only limited chances...Read more »
On July 11, 1997, after putting her three children to bed, a 23-year-old Richmond Hill mother was awakened with a knife to her throat. There, with her babies sleeping next door, she was raped.
It happened again a few months later, this time to a 24-year-old in the same neighborhood. She was asleep in her apartment a block from where the first assault occurred when she, too, felt a knife to...Read more »
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded with Washington yesterday for emergency help to keep Brooklyn's long-troubled hospital network alive.
Send money -- now! -- they told the feds.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services should comply -- with some conditions attached to ensure the patient's full rehabilitation.
There's no doubt Brooklyn needs urgent help....Read more »
They will finally come head to head on Sunday -- or will they?
Of course, I'm talking about Mayor Bill de Blasio and Charles G. Hogg, better known as Staten Island Chuck. The mayor has not responded to requests from the Staten Island Zoo on whether he will attend its annual Groundhog Day event to pay his first official call on the weather-predicting rodent.
Maybe the mayor is a tad...Read more »
You can’t call Bill de Blasio a mayor of small ideas. He told his fellow mayors in Washington last week that he sees the outlines of a national progressive movement taking shape — driven not by a paralyzed Congress but by the resurgence of American cities.
Cities, he thinks, should be citadels of shared prosperity and shared opportunity — societies willing to tackle and fix the root...Read more »
Every New Year's Day growing up, I would watch the "The Honeymooners" TV marathon. What struck me most was the relationship between the Cramdens and their upstairs neighbors, the Nortons.
I grew up in a house on Staten Island, so the idea of friends living upstairs (as opposed to a few blocks away) was exciting. When I was 20 and moved to my first Manhattan apartment building -- a five-story...Read more »
A 51-year-old man arrested for attempted burglary was found dead in an apparent suicide in his jail cell at the Upper East Side's 19th Precinct station house Sunday morning, police said.
Edward Soto, of 1111 Boynton Ave. in the Soundview area of the Bronx, had apparently hanged himself, according to a police source. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead....Read more »
Is there a doctor in the house? Long Island College Hospital -- an ailing ward of SUNY Downstate Medical Center -- is hemorrhaging $13 million a month.
The state university system wants to shutter the place, but a Supreme Court justice in Brooklyn says no.
It's time to make a deal.
Two plausible rescue plans are on the table. Neither plan calls for a full-scale resuscitation that...Read more »