Monday, November 05, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Listen to the conversation with WNYC's Amy Eddings below.
(New York, NY) Just one week after Hurricane Sandy turned New York City's subway tunnels into something out of Waterworld, service is back up and running on almost every line. But how?
MTA chairman Joe Lhota told WNYC the credit belonged to the agency's employees. "The workers of the Transit Authority...I will tell you I've never seen a bunch of people work so hard to get the system back up and running."
And here's how they did it: "They've been cleaning [signals] by hand, literally," he said. "First you had to pump out the water, then you had to wipe down the mud that was left down there, then you had to literally wipe down the rail, and then fix each and every one of the switches by cleaning them and making sure there was no salt to prevent the electric conductivity."
Lhota said after that process, the MTA then powered up the system and ran test trains before resuming service.
"We're making progress every day," he said, adding that the rest of the lines would be operating "soon."
"That's our intent, to be able to...get the L later in the week, get the G later in the week, getting all the other trains later in the week. We want to get the #1 train eventually down to Rector Street, we'll try to do that by the middle of the week...inch by inch, rail by rail, we're going to get there," he said on WNYC radio.
Later in the conversation Lhota told WNYC's Amy Eddings -- who relies on the G train to get to work: "You'll get the G soon. Can't tell you exactly when, but you'll get the G real soon."
What probably will take a little longer: retooling New York city's infrastructure to withstand future floods. "There are some more substantive things that need to be done," said Lhota, and "not just for the subway system...it should be a concerted effort on the part of the city and the state and taking the best minds in the architectural world and the water mitigation world and figure out what exactly can we do to prevent this from happening again?"
Any effort to prevent flooding, he said, "It's not just going to be limited to the subways. It shouldn't be."
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
“I have missed my turnings on strange mountain roads in the early hours of the morning because I was too carried away by listening to someone…reading Poe stories.”
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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2. BBQ you should eat: Smoke Joint, Fort Greene
3. Music you should BUY: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
4. Short Stories You Should Read: Anything by Tim Kreider
5. What You Should Drink: Kings County Kentucky Bourbon
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
SELECTED SHORTS celebrates One Story Magazine’s tenth anniversary with three works by favorite authors.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program focusing on the mystery and allure of objects. In Steven Millhauser’s “In the Reign of Harad IV” a court miniaturist longs to create smaller and smaller worlds. Millhauser has commented on the fact that he moved from novels to short fiction—a reverse of the usual trend for authors—saying, “it’s as if the novel were a kind of preparation for the rigorous pleasures of the shorter form. For me, the shortness of a great story is part of its greatness.”
Monday, September 10, 2012
By Laura R. Walker : President & CEO, New York Public Radio
On September 10, 2012, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Veronica White, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Steve Levin and President & CEO of New York Public Radio Laura R. Walker took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The $12 million redevelopment of WNYC Transmitter Park includes an esplanade for passive recreation, and 1.6-acres of open space to provide residents and visitors with increased access to the Greenpoint waterfront. Laura Walker spoke about the significance of the site during the ceremonies. Below is a transcript of her remarks.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Ultimate acts in stories selected by Colum McCann, and a sharp-edged fantasy by Molly Giles).
Friday, August 17, 2012
David Rakoff, who died on August 9th, was a much-beloved member of the SELECTED SHORTS company and family. We wanted to do something to honor him this week. This preview of his reading of Dave Eggers’ “Your Mother and I,” which will be featured in a forthcoming broadcast, shows his great sweetness and humor. We miss him terribly.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
A look at the sometimes dark world of the Chilean poet and novelist Roberto Bolano (2666).