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Kathleen Horan

Reporter, WNYC News

Kathleen Horan appears in the following:

Food Coops: The Not-So-Happy Marriage of Organic Produce and Politics

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

WNYC

In Brooklyn, the Park Slope Coop voted 1005 to 653 not to move forward on a controversial proposal to ban products from Israel Tuesday night.

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Taxi Industry Skittish About Proposed Rule Changes

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Taxi and Limousine Commission held its first public hearing on Thursday about proposed rule changes in the taxi industry as the city’s five borough taxi legislation comes to fruition and street hail permits begin to be sold in June.

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Iconic Bowery Store Closes After More Than 25 Years

Friday, March 09, 2012

Billy’s Antiques, the offbeat shop located under the big tent on the corner of Bowery and Houston is having a final goodbye party this weekend.

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The Next New York Cabs? For the Outer Boroughs, City Eyes Green Cabs

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Photo Illustration: John Keefe/WNYC. Original image courtesy of bsabarnowl/flickr

( New York, NY -- Kathleen Horan, WNYC) It ain’t easy being green. But in a few months New Yorkers could be hailing an emerald, lime or chartreuse cab.

The city is moving ahead with its plan to sell street hail livery permits that allow livery cars to accept street hails in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Part of the plan: the cabs have to be noticeably different from other taxis.

The TLC rules state the cabs “must be painted” what’s called “Street Hail Livery [color to be designated]” — and it can’t be yellow.

[To vote on what color you like, click here. )

Though TLC officials say they have not yet settled on a color, insiders say it’s been narrowed down to green.

“From my understanding, it’s going to be ‘livery green,’” said Guy Palumbo, former executive director of the Livery Roundtable.

Green has become the likely choice through a process of elimination, according to Livery Base Owners Association spokeswoman Cira Angeles.

“Blue to a certain degree is associated with the police, red with emergency vehicles. Finally someone mentioned green, and it sounded like a pretty good idea when it comes to identifying the car,” she said. “I, personally, love green.”

Other than color, street hail liveries will look and act like yellow medallion taxis. They’ll have roof lights, credit card readers, meters and partitions.

But street hail liveries can only pick up in the outer boroughs and in Manhattan north of West 110th street and East 96th. Airports are also excluded.

The yellow taxi hasn’t always been painted its signature color. Cabs could be found in an array of hues until the City Council passed a bill in 1968 that prohibited non-medallion cabs or liveries from using typical cab colors of yellow, orange, red or gold— differentiating them from medallion cabs.

In 1970, the city made yellow the official color of the medallion cab.

Yellow was the easiest color to differentiate long distance and not a lot of regular cars on the road were painted that color, according to professor GrahamRussell Gao Hodges, author of the book Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cab Driver.

He said now the livery industry has come “full circle,” ready to enter a more legitimate world and be painted its own distinctive color.”

The TLC is expected to announce the color sometime this spring before the draft rules are finalized and the sale of the first 6,000 livery permits begins in June.

Livery passengers have differing opinions about what color the TLC should settle on.

Bronx resident Mario Robles favors dark blue, the color of many New York professional sports teams.

“Green is OK, but me, personally, I don’t think it professional,” he said. “I’ve seen green cabs in other cities, I don’t think of it as a New York color.”

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New Borough Taxis to Be Painted Green, Insiders Say

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The city is moving ahead with its plan to sell street hail livery permits that allow livery cars to accept street hails in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Part of the plan: the cabs have to be noticeably different from other taxis.

TELL US: What shade of green best suits livery cabs?

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TLC Budget to Increase As Medallion Sale and Livery Permit Plan Gets Underway This Summer

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

WNYC

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is proposing a budget increase of $20 million in the next fiscal year to cover the cost of providing grants for purchasers of street hail livery permits that are wheelchair accessible.

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Farmers Aim to Make Fruitful Connections at City Expo

Sunday, March 04, 2012

WNYC

Farmers in the state hoping to tap into the New York City market will connect with retail, restaurant and others food service industry at the Farm to City Expo on Tuesday at the Javits Center.

 

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Pilot Program to Replace Taxi TVs With iPads Gets Green Light

Thursday, March 01, 2012

WNYC

The Taxi and Limousine Commission on Thursday approved a pilot program to remove TV screens from the back of 30 cabs and replace them with iPads or other tablets.

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Coney Island: Version 2.0

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WNYC

As spring nears, Coney Island is preparing for another season. Luna Park, the amusement park at Coney Island, is looking to fill 100 more positions than last year at the park and in the concession stands.

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NYC to Challenge Taxi Accessibility Order

Monday, February 27, 2012

WNYC

City lawyers are heading to court Tuesday seeking an appeal of a judge's order that the Taxi and Limousine Commission must submit a long term-plan for wheelchair accessibility.

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Mourners at Ramarley Graham Funeral Demand Justice

Saturday, February 18, 2012

WNYC

The funeral for Ramarley Graham, the 18-year-old, unarmed Bronx man shot by a police officer who said he thought Graham had a gun, was both a celebration of a young life cut short and also a call to action.

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As Journalism Changes, Danger Remains

Friday, February 17, 2012

WNYC

The recent death of a New York Times correspondent is a reminder of the risks journalists take to get the story. By one count, 46 journalists were killed last year as a direct result of their work - many in the Middle East.

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What We're Reading: Reporter's Round-Up

Friday, February 17, 2012

See what general assignment reporter Kathleen Horan is reading today.

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For the Love Of Lin: Inside the Knicks Viewing Party

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WNYC

The Linsanity is likely to continue, as the Knicks won their seventh straight game with Jeremy Lin playing. Several gathered in Chinatown to watch the Knicks beat the Kings 100-85.

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What We're Reading: Reporter's Round-Up

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

See what general assignment reporter Kathleen Horan is reading today.

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A Farewell to Whitney Houston: A Look at Staging a Private Funeral for a Public Figure

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

WNYC

Planning a funeral can be a stressful and painful time for a family, but a funeral for someone famous has added challenges for family, church and the funeral home responsible — from VIP mourners to dealing with the media.

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What We're Reading: Reporter's Round-Up

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

See what general assignment reporter Kathleen Horan is reading this morning.

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NJ Hometown Remembers Whitney Houston

Monday, February 13, 2012

WNYC

Pop star Whitney Houston's funeral service will be held Saturday in the New Jersey church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.

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What We're Reading: Reporter's Round-Up

Monday, February 13, 2012

See what general assignment reporter Kathleen Horan is reading this morning.

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City Makes it Easier to Reuse Old Rags

Sunday, February 12, 2012

WNYC

Discarded textiles, such as clothes and towels, represent more than 7 percent of the city's waste stream. But there's been an effort underway to decrease the amount thrown away.

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