The disaster allows a phone company to provide inferior service at a higher cost
We've been hearing whispers of this for months, but today New Yorkers' ability to tweet in transit expanded dramatically. Governor Cuomo has formally announced that 30 subway stations are getting wireless voice and data service, putting the grand total of stations with WiFi capability at 36. "This ... More >>
While regular New Yorkers get waxed with ever-increasing parking fines, big corporations often get a pass from the city, Comptroller John Liu says in a report released today. The city has failed to collect more than $9 million in fines from these companies. A Department of Finance official disputed ... More >>
Good news, New York file sharers! Verizon has apparently decided to protect your privacy, despite demands that the internet service provider ID subscribers suspected of copyright infringement. And the company's decision -- as well as other recent developments intellectual property realm -- might ... More >>
Subway fares might be going up, The MTA's capital plan might be funded by debt, and the city's mass transit lines might be overrun by rats but hey, commuting in New York might not be all bad. Boingo and Transit Wireless will start hooking up wifi in the city's subway stations over the next five yea ... More >>
A 'power list' for the rest of us
For many Occupy Wall Street Day of Action participants, the highlight of the evening was a series of "bat signal" pro-OWS messages projected on a building bearing Verizon's name. Yesterday, the Voice's Steven Thrasher wrote about the series of Occupy Wall Street related messages on a build ... More >>
Well, the much anticipated (or feared) cell service on subways is here, at least on certain subway platforms around New York City and, some are reporting, even in the friggin' tunnel. As of today, the cell pilot is live at the A, C, E at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street; the L at Eighth Avenue a ... More >>
Striking Verizon employees confront workers on a pole on Alexander Avenue in the BronxAs the Verizon strike enters its fifth day, we've come across various picket lines near Verizon buildings, here in the East Village and around the city. But what we hadn't witnessed until today was a scene w ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanYou could hear the blaring of car and air horns from two blocks away as Verizon employees continued their strike for a third day on 13th Street and Second Avenue, after the company and workers failed to come to terms on a contract early Sunday morning. The East Village's recep ... More >>
SCAB!Forty-five thousand union workers for Verizon went on strike across the Eastern seaboard at midnight last night after labor negotiations faltered. Communications Workers America says that Verizon is demanding "more than 100 concessions from workers regarding health care, pensions and wor ... More >>
Strange bedfellows.And lo, one crappy service provider acquires another. AT&T announced today that it's buying T-Mobile USA for $39 billion from Deutsche Telekom. If the two companies fully merge, the deal will give AT&T another 46.5 million customers in America, pushing it way past Veriz ... More >>
After I pulled a lamp cord out of the wall the other night, my computer modem mysteriously stopped working. I called Verizon. (My phone still worked, somehow.) An annoying automated voice asked me a million questions, and I dutifully answered them. Finally, I got an actual person on the ... More >>
"I was there . . . at Le Poisson Rouge . . . in 2011." The utopian dance club Paradise Garage, ruled by legendary DJ Larry Levan with a velvet fist from 1977 to 1987, is perhaps the mother of all Aw Dude You Missed It NYC nightlife spots, its reputation among dance-music fiends undiminished a ... More >>
• There is a "historic winter storm" headed across the U.S. that meteorologists predict will last through Wednesday and impact a third of the U.S. population, primarily in the Midwest and the South. New York may get an ice storm (currently a "snow to wintry mix" is predicted for Tuesday). B ... More >>
Nearly a year later, the Fela! Broadway musical is raging on, thanks to some combination of rapturous reviews, Jay-Z's largesse, and inspired stunts like a new remix contest inviting you to have your way with the cast recording of "I.T.T.," a/k/a "International Thief Thief," which in its orig ... More >>
Or...not so much.Like the mystical Fountain of Youth, or magical unicorn horn dust, or pots of gold at the end of rainbows, the Verizon iPhone remains one of those entities that would be oh-so-wonderful, 'twere it ever to be. Unfortunately, even though as many as half of current Apple/iPhone ... More >>
Via NBC New York, here's footage of what was apparently the world's largest dodgeball game ever, which took place last night at the 69th Armory. You remember the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, when they invade Normandy?
Us mortals are driven insane by the endless hours we spend on the phone with Verizon tech support, trying in vain to get our cable fixed. Not M.I.A. According to a recent Q A with Rolling Stone the singer, whose record as-yet-untitled third record comes out this summer, extracted payback from ... More >>
AOL is now Aol, and has lost its Running Man logo because "he represents the communications products and that's not the whole new AOL," says Aol's Maureen Sullivan. The Running Man is rumored to drowning his sorrows with Mr. Zip.
City government and citizen vigilantes wage a losing battle against Clear Channel and illegal ads
Verizon has reached an agreement with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represent about 65,000 Verizon employees in the Northeastern United States. The settlement, which replaces a contract that expired Saturday, now goes for ratifi ... More >>
A coalition of non-profits and elected officials are banding together in an effort to delay the vote that would award Verizon a new cable franchise for the five boroughs. Though they welcome the competition Verizon would bring with its FiOS to a cable market dominated by Time Warner and Cablevision, ... More >>
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Behold the possibilities of a Burton-Daffy's collaboration. Daffy's texted us. Yes, we are actually signed up to receive messages from the thrifty store. Two weeks ago they alerted us to their new patent leather shoes. Yesterday, we got word of some Italian leather sandals. The New Jersey-based cha ... More >>
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