Industrials Sector

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    September 30, 2014

    How Some Illegal Taxi Drivers Are Fighting Back Against the Green Cab Program

    It was a busy night, two days before Christmas, and the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant were packed with shoppers. So Emmanuel* was out later than usual. He had just picked up one last fare from his corner in Bed-Stuy, which was usually a safe zone, but moments later he was pulled over by a Ford Econo ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Friendly Skies Flight Diversion Over Knee Defender an Airline First?

    The Knee Defender, a device marketed to airline passengers fed up with fellow fliers who hog their legroom by reclining, has been around for more than 10 years. But the low-tech gadget appears to have registered a first yesterday morning, when United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to C ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    MTA: The Metro-North New Haven Line is Out of Commission Until Further Notice

    Turns out those wires running above train tracks are really, really important. The Con Edison feeder that supplies power to the overhead wire on the Metro-North New Haven commuter rail line went dark yesterday, shutting down the entire train service. Until further notice, the MTA advises that anyone ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    J-Zone Vs. USPS (and LinkedIn and Russell Simmons)

    [Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] J-Zone has taken a break from his self-imposed exile from the rap world to ready his new album, Peter Pan Syndrome. The excellent project drops next week; befo ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Federal Transportation Department Shuts Down a Staten Island Bus Company After It Strands 53 Passengers in Virginia for 24 Hours

    Did you know that when Nietzche wrote all of history happens in circles, that we are eternally bound to repeat the past in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, he was referring to delinquent bus companies in Staten Island? Kidding. But also: The U.S. Department of Transportation shut down ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Dear R Train Riders: There's a Ferry Coming to the Rescue

    From now until the fall of 2014, MTA is severing the R train connection between Brooklyn and Manhattan for post-Sandy repairs. Despair not! There's a ferry service planned to reconnect commuters between the two boroughs, starting at 58th Street Pier by the Brooklyn Army Terminal and docking at Wall ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Officials to South Brooklynites: No Ferry (in Lieu of R Train) For You

    A few weeks ago, we learned that the R train required drawn-out help. Its purveyor into Manhattan--the Montague Tunnel--was still wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; the construction witnessed the worst flooding of any other tunnel in New York. As a result, the MTA announced it would close the tunnel for 14 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Boston Shutdown Snarls Penn Station

    With Boston in a full lock-down due to the ongoing manhunt for the surviving suspect in Monday's marathon bombings, travelers throughout the northeast found themselves facing delays and cancellations today.

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    March 5, 2013

    UPDATE: A Drone Flies in Brooklyn? Pilot Reports Unmanned Aircraft Sighting

    Cue the heavy drums and eerie science-fiction score. It looks like drones have already made their way to New York City skies, according to a CNN report. The pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet heading in to John F. Kennedy Airport for landing yesterday afternoon reported sighting a small unmanned ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Union Insists Mayor Holds Ultimate Power to End School Bus Strike

    Leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union hosted a town hall teleconference last night to clarify facts surrounding the school bus strike--facts that they argue have been distorted by the Bloomberg administration and the media. Last night's telephone town hall was held for the constituents of City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Parents of Special Needs Children Fed Up With DOE's Flawed School Bus Service

    By the time parents got their turn to testify at yesterday's City Council hearing on the city's problematic school bus service, lead officials from the Department of Education, such as Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, were long gone. "I'm just so disappointed that the [DOE] and the ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Dirty Housing Officials Convicted of Taking Bribes

    Two guilty pleas entered yesterday revealed rot inside the city's affordable-housing department. Luis Adorno, an inspections supervisor with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Michael Provenzano, the department's director of construction services, both confessed to taking b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2012

    When Will New York Get Its High-Speed Rail?

    With news last week of the first major high speed rail project receiving the green light in California, transportation aficionados were ecstatic at the prospects of the project, especially as China continues to pump them out like hot cakes. But, from a New York perspective, our competitors on the We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    South Bronxites Sue FreshDirect, City For Ducking Asthma Risk Study

    When the city Industrial Development Agency voted back in February to give FreshDirect $128 million in tax breaks and other goodies to move their shipping headquarters from Queens to the Bronx, local residents who were peeved at the prospect of a fleet of produce-laden trucks idling all night -- in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2012

    Judge Pauses Bloomberg's "Livery Cab" Plan, Outer Boroughs Must Suffer

    Contrary to popular belief, there are people that live outside of Manhattan. The hustle and bustle of New York City is not limited to one island; actually, almost 80 percent of New Yorkers live in the outer boroughs (probably because they cannot afford its real estate horrors). And, if tax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    LIRR: Smooth Operator or Rife With Problems?

    The Long Island Rail Road isn't just fraught with fraud: Looks like the MTA's plan to hook up the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal might be delayed a third time, the New York Post reports. What this means? The long-awaited, $7 billion connection wouldn't be complete until 2019, four years after the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2012

    New York City's New Boro Taxis Are Green -- Apple Green, That Is

    It's not lime green, not key lime pie green, not sea-foam green, nor is it chartreuse. Nope. The city's new taxi for upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, unveiled this morning, is apple green. The mayor's office emphasized this specific shade of green at a press conference at City Hall this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Mayoral Hopeful John Liu Goes After City's Management of Staten Island Ferry Boats, Says Money is Being Wasted on Problematic Fleet

    City Comptroller John Liu took a trip to Staten Island today to criticize the city's management of new ferry boats that he says have been chronically out of service and have wasted taxpayers' dollars. The announcement was a chance for Liu, who is expected to run for mayor in 2013, to get his name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    With OWS Support, Advocates Plan Rally to Protest Post Office Closures

    In the age of who-uses-paper-for-anything-ever-anymore, there's one casualty in New York City that has activists from across the five boroughs up in arms: the post offices. This month, a group of advocates are rallying together to bring attention to the United States Postal Service's plan to poten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2012

    Bloomberg and Diaz Jr. Write Op-Ed In Favor of Fresh Direct's Move To The Bronx

    ​Mayor Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. weighed in on the Fresh Direct controversy stewing in the Bronx in a New York Daily News op-ed Sunday. Writing in favor of Fresh Direct's move to the South Bronx the two politicians tried to assuage critics' fears over the damage the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    City Panel Votes to Approve $128 Million FreshDirect Payoff (liveblog)

    Last Tuesday, the city Industrial Development Agency announced that it and several other city and state bodies planned to hand over $128 million in grants, tax credits, and assorted vouchers to FreshDirect, which would use the cash to move its headquarters to the Bronx waterfront ... all the way fro ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Some People Are Not Happy With FreshDirect's Move to the Bronx

    It started as a take-that-New-Jersey story -- but now it's become not-in-my-backyard. Ah, land use battles in New York City! The central character in this debate is FreshDirect, the online grocer looking for a new home, having outgrown its location in Queens. Last week, news broke that the compan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2011

    Prepare For Major Postal Service Cuts

    ​The United States Postal Service--that thing that puts L.L. Bean catalogs in your mailbox--is preparing to make massive cuts that will go into effect next spring. The changes will amount to around $3 billion worth of savings for the USPS and only mark the start of what is going to be a long c ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Ryanair Finally Adds Standard Porn Amenities

    The Ryanair cabin, where you'll be watching porn. ​Ryanair, "bus of the sky," preferred travel mode of student backpackers and tightfisted Europeans, is adding some new in-flight entertainment. Porn. Now, you can sit next to a skeevy old man and watch him watch porn while you fly. Another bonu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters; Suit Not Dismissed

    Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>

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    August 7, 2011

    United States Postal Service, Like United States, is Broke

    It was either Cliff or Newman, and I chose Cliff. Deal with it.​The U.S. Postal Service reported a $3.1 billion quarterly loss on Friday and, at its current financial decline, won't be able to make the $5.5 billion payment for its retirement fund due next month. Politico reports that unless Co ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    U.S. Postal Service May Cut More Than 30 NYC Post Offices to Save Money

    ​Today in things we don't really worry about until we order something from Amazon, the Post Office, which lost $8 billion last year, is considering closing 1 in 10 retail outlets and is studying 3,653 local offices, branches, and stations throughout the U.S., many of which could be replaced by ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    U.S. Postal Service Tries to Stay Relevant by Increasing Social Media Presence

    The 2012 Cherry Blossom Centennial Stamp​Yesterday, the dying government institution that is the United States Postal Service made one last attempt at staying relevant by offering sneak-peeks of new 2012 stamps over Facebook and Twitter. They will post a new stamp every weekday for some undete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Drivers and Politicians Lobby Senate to Pass Livery Cab Bill

    Esther Zuckerman​A collation that included City Council members, yellow cab taxi drivers and the president of Livery Base Owners gathered on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to ask the State Senate to pass a bill that allows livery cab drivers to make pick-ups in the outer boroughs and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Postal Service Rather Insensitive About Hipster Attachment to 11211 Zip Code

    ​As Joe pointed out last week, certain Williamsburg residents are now being informed by mail that they will be losing their 11211 zip code. This is a big deal, because even though almost no one actually gets mail anymore these days, except for horrible junk mail we don't want anyway, zip codes ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Williamsburg Hipsters Robbed of Prestigious 11211 Zip Code

    ​A letter from the U.S. Postal Service informed Williamsburg residents -- hipsters and real people alike -- that the zip code designating the Bedford Avenue gentrification haven will switch from 11211 to "the sadly less palindromic 11249," as one resident put it to Gothamist. The reasoning act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Lance Armstrong and His Accusers: Processing the Unthinkable

    Lance Armstrong, flanked by two guys accusing him of nothing. Yet.​During Lance Armstrong's recent comeback, the Voice kept a fairly close eye on him. Despite what some commenters seemed to believe, we actually have admired the man and his incredible cycling exploits. For years, of course, Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    9/11 Flight Numbers Will Be Retired Forever

    ​United Continental will "permanently retire" flight numbers 93 and 175, Bloomberg reports, in honor of the flights hijacked on September 11, 2011. Over the past decade, the numbers have not been in use, but an error earlier this week caused them to pop up again, much to the chagrin of pilots' ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Frank Console, 49, Just Too Frank: Locked Up for Making Lunatic Death Threats

    ​In one of the noisier, and sadder, cries for help heard in a long time, 49-year-old Brooklynite Frank Console was nabbed after making a series of death threats against various state and local politicians and the Staten Island cops. Calling by phone to 911 from the St. George Ferry Terminal on ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Charles Schumer Proposes No-Ride List for Trains

    ​It's been a busy couple days in train news, what with the PATH and Second Avenue subway tunnel breaches, plus that mishap on the PATH that injured 30. There's also a new call from Senator Charles Schumer to increase rail security, which comes after reports that Osama Bin Laden may have been p ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Livery Cabs Should Be Able to Pick Up Passengers Already

    ​Livery cabs are often the great savior of the drunken Brooklynite struggling to trek their way home. Like Jay-Z said, New York has its "yellow cab, gypsy cab, dollar cab" (holler back), and there should be no reason not to try them all, right? The thing is, they're not legal to take. New York ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Get 'Giant Electrical Outlet' to Plug Into

    ​We've come a long way, people. At one point we thought the world was flat! Now cruise ships docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get to plug into a giant electrical outlet instead of spreading their diesel fumes into Red Hook. It's taken two years of "plug negotiations" (not the offic ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Virgin Galactic is Accepting Applications for Astronauts; We Applied

    ​On the Virgin careers website, Virgin Galactic has posted a want ad for Astronauts. They have three positions to fill, and we have sent in our application for consideration. They informed us via auto-reply email that if they feel we are an appropriate candidate, we will be asked to interview. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    U.S. Travelers Will No Longer Be Able to Travel With Their Favorite Large Ink Cartridges

    A tampered-with large ink cartridge.​Well, this is going to put a damper on things. According to the latest air cargo security regulations (following reports of suspicious packages found on UPS planes en route from Yemen to Chicago, which turned out to contain explosives), airline passengers w ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Surprise! New York Area Airports Still Suck

    ​In a groundbreaking new report [pdf], the U.S. Department of Transportation's Inspector General has discovered that flight delays at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports remain terrible and make New Yorkers -- and, indirectly, people throughout the rest of the country (yes, we're t ... More >>

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    April 24, 2009

    Special Fresh Direct Discount! 58% Off Their Fine for Idling Trucks Less

    Online grocery delivery service FreshDirect must pay a $50,000 fine for the pollutants its idling trucks spew on New York streets, the state Attorney General's office announced today. It could have been worse. The state is knocking $70,000 off of the $120,000 fine it originally assessed, so long as ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Toll Brothers Pulling a Fast One in Gowanus?

    Never trust a landlord, even if you're a powerful community board. Gowanus Lounge has learned that Community Board 6, which had given conditional approval on February 11 to Toll Brothers' condo project on the Gowanus, thinks they've been swindled. Toll Brothers received the approval on the condition ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    11 Con Ed Supes Were "On It" (The Take), Arrested

    11 Con Ed supervisors were arrested yesterday for taking kickbacks from a contractor. In exchange for these bribes from an unnamed construction company, Federal prosecutors say, the supervisors approved invoices for work that was never performed or done without any reason except to enrich the conspi ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    John Galt, 3 Men Charged in Deutsche Bank Fire; City Gets Off

    It was suggested this summer that DA Robert Morgenthau would charge the city for negligence in last year's Deutsche Bank fire that killed two firemen. But according to the Times, the DA instead made a deal whereby the city will create a "new civilian division" to oversee high-rise construction where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Office Holiday Parties Down, Says Shaken Office Party Supplier

    FreshDirect At The Office, the B2B arm of the grocery delivery company, really wants to supply office parties with everything "from gourmet platters like fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil... to decadent dessert, snacks and pantry supplies." So they are at least as disappointed as many of you will b ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    Cruise Ships and the Art of Piracy

    The Times today notes that cruise lines are bolstering their revenue with on-ship art auctions that tend to take advantage of passengers who don’t really understand what they’re buying. Jori Finkel’s fine piece goes into detail about some accusations against Park West Gallery, a company that m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    War On Terror, Inc.

    If you haven’t heard of L-3 Communications, you’re not alone. The company, which is located just a few blocks from the United Nations headquarters, didn’t even exist ten years ago. Today, it’s the sixth-largest defense contractor in the nation, with billions of dollars in federal contracts t ... More >>

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    August 8, 2007

    Hellish Commute Part II: The MTA's Evening Update

    The MTA issued the following service update as of 3:45 p.m.: Due to severe flooding throughout the subway system earlier today, there are still extensive delays on some subway lines. We are working to restore full service to all the affected subway lines. Customers are advised when at all possible ... More >>

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    December 30, 2005

    Losing Their Lunch: School Food Plan Hits New Snag

    The food system that serves New York City's 1.1 million schoolchildren took another blow Friday—only the latest in the 18 months since the Department of Education launched a new plan to have just three delivery companies distribute food to schools in all five boroughs. The company that handled ... More >>

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    December 16, 2005

    A Strike -- Partially

    Transport Workers Union officials voted to strike this morning - but limited their initial walkout to two private bus lines which serve southeast Queens -- and even that work stoppage isn't slated to begin until this evening. The decision to shut down the bus lines first represents a delicate tap da ... More >>

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