Industrials Sector

  • Voice Choices

    March 5, 2014
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    August 28, 2013
  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    JetBlue Refuses To Let Hindu Man Board Flight During Ramadan, Concerned About His "Disposition"

    Air travel has become such a nightmare that it's hard to muster any surprise about the hassles and indignities travelers face on a regular basis. Excruciatingly long lines, invasive pat downs, awkward luggage inspections, delays, cancelations--and, oh yeah, racial profiling--are all pretty much ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Green Cab Invasion: Court Upholds Outer Borough Hail Plan

    It's two o'clock in the morning on a Saturday night in Astoria. You've just left the bar with your friends and, because of the way the world works, the N/R/Q trains are running every hour and you just missed it. You try to hail a cab back to East Williamsburg, but to no avail, since, you know, you'r ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 24, 2013


    A Greenspan is a greenspan is a greenspan

  • Voice Choices

    April 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    NLRB Rules School Bus Strike Legal

    The National Labor Relations Board announced earlier this morning that the Amalgamated Transit Union's school bus strike is indeed lawful. A group of 20 bus companies filed a charge with the NLRB arguing that the ATU Local Union 1181 violated NLRB regulations when its bus drivers and matrons went o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Carnival Reverses Their Ban On Drag Customers

    Yesterday, I wrote about how Carnival advised patrons who'd paid for a "Drag Stars at Sea" cruise, which will feature drag performers, that they are not to dress in drag or they will be kicked off the boat with no refund! The reason? They don't want to upset the children!!!! After some backlash ov ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 24, 2012
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    October 12, 2012

    Pedro Estrada Gets Last Word In Feud With Andrew Cuomo: "Guilty." Former Senator Faces 43 Years In Prison

    Governor Andrew Cuomo and Disgraced former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada have had a fairly touchy relationship -- the gov accused Espada of being a criminal back when he was attorney general, and Espada charged that Cuomo was just an overzealous prosecutor on a witch hunt. Today, as the ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 10, 2012
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    October 3, 2012

    JetBlue Uses America's Hatred Of Politicians For Publicity Stunt; Offers To Ship Disgruntled Voters Overseas

    How's this for a PR stunt: you know that obnoxious friend of yours (or perhaps your overly Conservative mother -- hi mom!) who always says that, "if (insert politicians name here) wins the election, I'm moving to Canada?" Well, Queens-based JetBlue airlines wants to make that happen -- but they want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    It's the Post Office Customers Who Are Now Going Postal Now!

    It used to be that post office workers were stereotypically accused of going "postal" and turning batshit psycho out of sheer boredom. But the mail tables have turned! At my post office yesterday, there was a long line of old-school types who wanted to actually land-mail something, and because thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Michael Provenzano, HPD Official, and Four Others Busted For Bribery in City Construction Contracts

    A pretty good government corruption story out of the federal prosecutors' office in Brooklyn: The director of construction at the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development has been arrested for taking annual $10,000 bribes over 5 years to provide inside information to contractors seeki ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 9, 2012


    Take a walk on the High Line

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Car Service Horror Story

    When going out of town, I usually book a car service to the airport just to make sure I get there, since a cab isn't always a possibility. But even with the definite car booking, you'd have more luck hailing a yak these days.

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Airspace Over Zuccotti Wasn't Closed During Raid -- At Least, Not Officially By NYPD

    The Columbia Journalism Review ran a story today asserting that the NYPD did not close airspace above Zuccotti Park to news choppers during the raid. That intel has been widely reported and was originally tweeted by Reuters social media guru Anthony De Rosa: Erika Fry at CJR found that the NYPD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2011

    Wilson Ramos, MLB Catcher, Rescued From Kidnappers; Top Mexican Official Killed in Helicopter Crash; Solyndra Emails Released

    ​Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was rescued yesterday after being abducted outside his home in Venezuela. Ramos was living in Valencia, a town outside of Caracas, during the MLB offseason and was held in a mountainous region while his captors demanded a ransom. ESPN reports "the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Qwikster, Netflix's New DVD by Mail Service, Has Some Problems (See: Pot-Smoking Muppet)

    ​Qwikster! Have you heard of it? If you haven't, it's Netflix's new attempt to break its mail-in DVD service away from its online streaming Netflix Instant service, and, along with having a verifiably ridiculous name, it has other problems as well. For one, the @Qwikster Twitter account is cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Stun Guns, the Latest in Travel Chic: Two Found in Man's Luggage at JFK

    Hours of airport fun!​In a bizarre coincidence (some might even call it a "trend"), the New York Post notes that a mere two days after a stun gun was discovered in the back pocket of seat 9B of a JetBlue flight that had landed at Newark, two stun guns were found at JFK, this time in the luggag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Breaking: Famous Chefs Have More Money Than You Do, Don't Really Cook

    The real O.G.​Chefs like to complain about culinary school grads who view working in a kitchen as a brief pit stop on the way to televised celebrity, product endorsements, and global jet-setting. But sometimes, the media makes it difficult to blame them.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    L Train Suspended in Both Directions After Person Jumps in Tracks at Union Square

    ​We're hearing reports of a person jumping in front of an L train at Union Square around 11:30 this morning. There's now police activity at 14th Street shutting down L train service in both directions -- per an MTA Service notice: "There is no train service in both directions from the Bedford ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Big French Plane Hits Small American Plane at JFK

    On Monday night an Air France Airbus A380, the biggest passenger plane in use, knocked into a much smaller Comair CRJ 700 Regional Jet at John F. Kennedy International Airport, spinning the tiny thing almost 90-degrees, but injuring no one, NBC New York reports. A minor event when all was said and d ... More >>

  • Theater

    April 6, 2011

    Hello Again Has Lofty Ambitions

    The Transport Group takes a musical revival site-specific

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2011

    Will Smith Quite Persnickety When It Comes to Planes

    ​Will Smith refused to board an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Manchester the other day because there were no first- or business-class seats. Instead, he chartered a plane for 10,000 pounds, or about $17,000 -- for a flight that takes less than an hour. Will! How precious of you. The Mirror qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    East River Ferry Coming This Spring

    ​The Economic Development Corporation of New York has agreed to a contract that will provide a year-round ferry service in the East River, moving people between Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, WNYC reports. New York Waterway's BillyBey Ferry Company will charge either $3.00 or $5.50 depending ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 26, 2011
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    December 30, 2010

    Thanks to the Blizzard, FreshDirect Donated a Ton of Food to City Harvest

    City Harvest​Well, here's a little smidge of silver lining attached to an otherwise gray cloud of un-plowed streets and disabled subway lines: according to City Harvest's Facebook page, FreshDirect donated 72,000 pounds food to the organization after Sunday night's blizzard brought business up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Cargo Bombs Might Have Gone Off Over U.S. East Coast, Apparently

    ​In announcements of near misses that we are most certainly glad of (but also, to be honest, look upon with a certain dose of cynicism, because you never know who's angling for what), Scotland Yard has issued a statement saying that the toner-cartridge bomb discovered on a cargo plane in Brita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Bowled-Over Bowlmor Construction Workers Get Gutterball Paychecks

    ​Bowlmor Lanes -- the Union Square bowling alley/nightclub -- is under fire today from a New York City carpenters union accusing the hotspot of "[desecrating] the American way of life." How? By hiring contractors who've allegedly bilked workers building their planned 90,000-square-foot Times Squar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Report: Cabbies Get Bigger Tips on Credit Card Fares

    In 2007, when they started installing credit-card readers in cabs, YellowCabNYC found some drivers resistant to the change. A commenter said, "I get yelled at 3 out of the 4 times for using credit card" even when notifying the driver in advance. The hacks may have been conflating the readers with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    City Cabs May Get Spy Cameras

    EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation claims the surveillance cameras it has affixed to the outside of its vehicles have saved the company half a million dollars by showing its drivers' lack of culpability in accidents. Cabs companies around the world either installing cameras or asking for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Keeping Cubicle Inhabitants From Getting Fat

    It's no google, where they recently had a cooking contest for employees judged by the likes of Marcus Samuelsson and Martha Stewart and have been know to bring in Ferran Adria for a chat, but it sounds nice too, if also a bit creepy and controlling. FreshDirect has launched a "Smart Eating at the Of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Queens Consoled: Annoying Kids Share Your Shitty Trains

    A New York Observer article portrays concerns about the coming end of W train service in Queens as essentially the mewling of hipsters. "The nightlife of Astoria's 20-somethings is at risk," writes Leigh Kamping-Carder in "Dude, Where's My W?" The author quotes writers, photographers and filmmakers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    TLC Says Drivers Won't Lose on New Green Fleet Plan

    The Taxi & Limousine Commission calls to explain that its new, environmentally-conscious taxi plan, described here earlier as a burden on cabbies, would save hybrid-driving hacks more than it would cost them. While fleet owners who buy hybrids would, under the plan, be allowed to charge cabbies $3 a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008
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    September 9, 2008

    Hybrids Coming, Says TLC; TS, Say Cab Owners

    The Times' City Room says taxis are about to go hybrid in a hurry. To meet the Taxi and Limousine Commission's October 1 deadline for 25-mpg, low-emission cabs -- which pretty much requires all new cabs be hybrids -- and a 2012 all-hybrid fleet, the city announced it has contracted with Ford, Chevro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2008

    NY State's Latest Electronic Voting Machine Debacle

    New York State's new voting machines are failing in mass, two years after a federally mandated deadline for installing the machines for access by the disabled, and eight years after the Florida election recount debacle. Wired's ThreatLevel blog reports that New York State found flaws in 50% of votin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2008

    Lesbian Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Against Caliente Cab Co.

    Call it a victory for fairness in Margaritaville. Khadijah Farmer, the lesbian patron who alleged that Caliente Cab Company ejected her from the restaurant because she appeared too masculine to use the women’s restroom, has settled her lawsuit against the West Village establishment. As part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    'Phoenix Lights': Don't Believe the Hype

    Here we go again. A new round of ‘Phoenix Lights’ has Arizona’s media going nutty, and Matt Drudge’s interest will only whip up the fervor. As a new formation of lights in the sky becomes the source of fascination in the Grand Canyon State, folks less given to jumping to alien conclusions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    'Prisoners of War Have More Rights' Than Stranded Airline Passengers

    The New York State Airline Passenger Bill of Rights seeks to save fliers from a recurrent travel nightmare: being stranded on a crammed airplane for hours— breathing stagnant air, with no food, no water and unsanitary bathrooms. But yesterday the Air Transport Association of America, a trade gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    NY's Airports Are Worse Than Most: Report

    Delays at New York's area airports not only hurt the city's standing in the global marketplace but also pollute nearby communities, according to a report by Comptroller Bill Thompson. In a new report, “Grounded: The Impact of Mounting Flight Delays on New York City’s Economy & Environment" T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2007

    How $2 Million Could Derail Open-Source Voting Machines in NY Elections

    These dinosaurs have got to go. But will the replacement voting machines be worse? By John DeSio A Long Island technology firm might just have the solution to bring fair elections, free from corporate greed and malicious manipulation, to New York State. And they’re willing to give it away for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    National Mobilization Against the War

    On Saturday, concerned patriots will take to the streets of eleven cities across the nation as part of United for Peace and Justice's National Day of Mobilization against the war. The New York march begins at 23rd Street, where people will gather starting at noon, and ends at Foley Square near City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2007

    Taking Credit for the Mets 7 Express Home from Shea

    Photos by WallyG via Flickr Woodward and Bernstein may have taken down the president. Michael Clancy, on the other hand, got Met fans express service home from Shea Stadium. In May, when I wrote about the inequality of train service to Shea as compared to the ride to Yankee Stadium, the MTA didn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Pedicab Smackdown: City Council Defies Bloomberg, Reins in 'Green Transport'

    Pedicabbers rode over the Brooklyn Bridge Friday, April 20. The Council's new law bans them from bike paths on city bridges. Photos by Sarah Ferguson Monday's vote in the City Council to sharply rein in the burgeoning pedicab industry was both predictable and dispiriting, given Mayor Bloomberg’ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2006

    9-11 Radio Firm to Test Post–9-11 System

    The collapse of the Twin Towers exposed flaws and limitations in emergency communications that the city has been looking ever since to correct. As part of that effort, City Hall announced Tuesday that in one of its most ambitious post–9-11 projects—the Citywide Mobile Wireless Network— ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    It's Off to Work They Go

    The Tranport Workers Union Local 100 instructed its members to go back to their posts in the New York City subway and bus system. Show up the next time you were scheduled to, the instructions say, and if you're supposed to be working now, "report immediately." The instructions continue: If Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2005

    Menu of Snags for School Food Plan

    School's out for the summer, but problems persist in the new system for delivering food to school cafeterias that the Bloomberg administration—on multimillion-dollar advice from the consultancy Accenture—implemented last fall. As the Voice reported back in April, the city's Department of ... More >>

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