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City Tries Closing Tunnel Lanes to Ease Accidents

Friday, August 01, 2008

If you can't get people to stop crossing against the light, then stop the cars from driving there instead.

That's the approach the city Department of Transportation will try out at the Park Avenue tunnel in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood.

The intersection of Park and 33rd Street ...

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Evicted Brooklyn Businesses Suffer

Friday, August 01, 2008

The 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn is finally having an impact, but for 57 percent of the small businesses it's not a good one. That's the finding of a survey by the Urban Justice Center and a grassroots group called FUREE. They say the wig ...

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Mothers Rail for Breastfeeding Rights

Friday, August 01, 2008

A band of mothers boarded the A train today with children and strollers in tow -- then began breastfeeding their infants and toddlers. The women were calling attention to what they say is a mother's right to nurse her baby when and where she wants ...

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City Set Energy Record in July, Con Ed Says

Friday, August 01, 2008

Con Ed says its customers set a record for monthly energy use in July. The utility supplied more than 6-million megawatt hours of electricity over its power grid last month.

That's nearly 1 percent more than the previous mark set in August 2005.

Con Ed says its ...

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City Restaurants Comply with Calorie Count Rules

Friday, August 01, 2008

Most city restaurants are complying with new rules requiring them to list calorie counts on their menus, according to state health officials.

City inspectors cited just nine restaurants for failing to post calorie counts in the first week after they began enforcing the rule on July ...

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Judges to Review Nuclear Plant Safety

Friday, August 01, 2008

Opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power station have scored a victory. A panel of judges has agreed to review some of their concerns about the plant's safety. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Months from now, the three judges of the Atomic Safety Licensing Board ...

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Queens Soldier Honored

Friday, August 01, 2008

The life of Staff Sergeant Alex Jimenez is being celebrated in Corona, Queens, where he grew up. Jimenez was kidnapped in Iraq with two other soldiers when his unit - the Second Brigade, Tenth Mountain Division - was ambushed. Yesterday mourners lined the streets of ...

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Youth Cricket League Underway in NYC

Friday, August 01, 2008

The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd are familiar sounds of summer, but on a field in Brooklyn, teenage boys are gathering to play a game that might not be so familiar: cricket.

The police department has organized a citywide youth league ...

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Two Wheels or Not, New Yorkers Enjoy New Bike Lane

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The new bike lane on part of Manhattan's Ninth Avenue is being used by more than just bike riders. WNYC's newsroom checked in on one of the city's pilot projects to make the streets more bike friendly.

In Chelsea, mothers pushing strollers, skateboarders, and even a ...

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Economic Cabinet to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Heads of 20 top state agencies will hold a town hall meeting in Queens this evening to get input from the public on how the sagging economy is affecting their lives.

The officials, part of state's Economic Security Cabinet, will hear from families, advocates, employers and ...

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Report Recommends Vocational Schools Overhaul

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has released a report that recommends a major overhaul of the city's 21 vocational schools. It says technical schools haven't been meeting industry demands for highly skilled employees, and have been seen as a dead end by students.

The report's recommendations include: integrating ...

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Forum Focuses on Alternative Energy for NYC

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The City Council is sponsoring a panel at Hunter College this morning on how to get New York City to use more alternative energy. Councilman Dan Garodnick says one idea is to have property owners form "Solar Empowerment Zones" that would be modeled on business ...

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New Paper Recycling Mill Opens on Staten Island

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The city will be sending a lot less of its recycling out of town. A newly expanded paper recycling mill has opened on Staten Island. The facility will convert waste paper and plastic into pizza boxes and other goods. Previously those recyclables had to be ...

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American Airlines Baggage System Back Up at JFK

Thursday, July 31, 2008

American Airlines' baggage handling system at Kennedy Airport is up and running again a day after a software glitch caused dozens of delays, some cancellations, and a luggage pileup at ticket counters.

American had canceled six flights scheduled to depart from JFK this morning.

The malfunction led ...

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Green Baker Wins Bike Award

Thursday, July 31, 2008

More than 50 companies applied, but it was the Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery that won the first Bike Friendly Business award today. General Manager Sarah Weeks-Dima says that her company's use of a bike delivery system between its shops in the East and West Villages ...

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Bloomberg Testifies to Congress About 9/11 Health

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified before Congress today in support of a bill that would create a program to treat workers and residents with long-term health problems caused by the 9/11 attacks. He noted that caring for those injured should be a national responsibility.

BLOOMBERG: Passing this ...

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Report: DEP Bad at Making Project Deadlines

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Department of Environmental Protection is blowing its deadlines on nearly two-thirds of the projects it supervises.

That's what an audit released today by Comptroller Bill Thompson finds. According to the audit, the city agency fails to perform sufficient oversight of jobs it awards in omnibus ...

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'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars ...

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Film, Food and Fun Celebrate Queens at Socrates Park

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Maybe a movie from southeast Asia about a mutant lizard sounds like it's been done before, but the 2006 film The Host, by director Bong Joon-ho, is one of the most popular films ever in South Korea. It will make an outdoor splash on the ...

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Paterson Calls for Emergency Legislative Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The buck stops here. That's Governor Paterson's message to New Yorkers concerning the state's fiscal crisis.

Paterson's July 29 Budget Speech

Paterson's July 30 Budget Update

PATERSON: It is time for New York and other governments to cut up our ...

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