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I-Team: 58% of WNY jobs beyond reach of public transit



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For Anna St. John, getting to and from work is anything but simple.

“I get on the bus in the morning at around about 7:30, I come home around about 11:30 at night,” she said.

St. John takes one bus from her Lackawanna apartment to downtown Buffalo, then another to the Town of Tonawanda where she works as a nanny.

“Sometimes I canʼt even catch the bus home,” she said. “It would be too late.”

In those cases, St. John calls a taxi — and she’s not alone, because studies show parts of Lackawanna are so starved for public transit that more people depend on cars than buses to get to work.

Itʼs becoming a critical issue as Buffaloʼs economy improves: how to connect people in the city who need jobs with companies that are hiring in the suburbs — but whose locations are sometimes beyond the reach of public transit.

“The harder it is to get to your job, the harder time youʼre gonna have keeping that job, or getting it in the first place,” said Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, a non-profit based in Buffalo.

PPG has studied the issue and recently found 58 percent of jobs in Western New York are beyond the reach of public transit.
“If you donʼt have a car, over half of the regionʼs jobs are just not available to you, so your job selection is really limited,” Magavern said.
That puts African-Americans like St. John at an even greater disadvantage, as statistics show unemployment people of color in Buffalo is more than double that of whites.

“The racial gaps in employment here are worse than they are nationwide,” he said.

Of the region’s five major employment centers – Downtown Buffalo, River Road in Tonawanda, Sweet Home Road in Amherst, Airport-Main-Wehrle-Transit in Amherst and Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga — one the downtown business district is located in the city, leaving many potential jobs hard to get to for those on the East and West sides of Buffalo.

“Itʼs a challenge, and we know that itʼs a challenge and itʼs something that we work on every day,” said Helen Tederous of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which run public transit in Western New York.
Tederous points to a recent University of Minnesota study that recently ranked the agency 22nd in the nation when it comes to connecting people with jobs. It’s an improvement from the year before, when the NFTA ranked 29th.

“Connecting people to jobs is our top priority, and we continuously work at making that as easy and as efficient as possible for the majority of people traveling,” Tederous said.

The NFTA, for example, does run bus lines to the GEICO factory at the Crosspoint business park in East Amherst. But according to Magavern’s study, it would take a GEICO employee living on Buffalo’s West Side 20 minutes to drive to the GEICO office in East Amherst. That same commute by bus would take nearly 80 minutes.
“So the good news is you can get there, the bad news is it takes so much longer by transit than it would by driving a car,” Magavern said.
Gabe Tyler takes a train and two buses to get from the Commodore Perry housing projects downtown to his job at this Williamsville nursing home.

He used to wake up at 3:30 each morning just to catch the bus, “because there wasn’t a timely connection between the bus and my job schedule.”

More than once, unreliable buses have made him late for work and drawn the ire of his bosses.

“They say, ‘If that bus came late, you should have gotten an earlier one,’” Tyler said. “But if [the buses] start at 7 or 6 in the morning, there is no earlier bus, you know?”

That’s why experts say the Tesla plant in South Buffalo is an example of a much easier way to solve this problem: instead of getting people to the jobs, companies should put the jobs where the people already live.

“Even more efficient, really, is bringing the jobs back to the urban core, where itʼs already developed, youʼve got the infrastructure, try to use some of those old buildings, and weʼre seeing more and more of that in Buffalo, which is the good news,” Magavern said.


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These are 4 best restaurants in NY




These are 4 best restaurants in NY

1 Eleven Madison Park

Manhattan, New York

elevenmadisonparkEleven Madison Park is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of New York City. The restaurant overlooks one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan, Madison Square Park, and sits at the base of a historic Art Deco building on the corner of 24th Street and Madison Avenue. Located here since 1998, it just underwent a full-scale renovation and redesign – during which the entire restaurant was moved to East Hampton for a summer-long pop-up, EMP Summer House.

The restaurant has been owned by Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara since 2011 and during that time it has evolved considerably, both in food and in experience. Today, the restaurant offers an eight to ten course menu in the main dining room, but guests can also visit the bar for a more abbreviated tasting menu, some light snacks, or simply for a cocktail or glass of wine.


2 Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Pocantico Hills, New York

bluehillfarmThe original Blue Hill restaurant, opened in 2000, is located in Greenwich Village, New York City. Hidden three steps below street level, the restaurant occupies a landmark “speakeasy” just off of Washington Square Park.

Blue Hill’s menu showcases local food and a wine list with producers who respect artisanal techniques. Ingredients come from nearby farms, including Blue Hill Farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a forty-five minute drive from New York City. Guests can choose from the four-course “Tasting Menu” or opt for the “Farmer’s Feast,” a six-course tasting inspired by the week’s harvest.

3 Cosme

Manhattan, New York

cosmenycCosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. Cosme’s beverage program focuses on artisanal spirits and mirrors its cuisine, letting the high quality ingredients shine.


4 Le Bernardin

Manhattan, New York

lebernardinnyThe restaurant holds several records in New York: it received its four-star review from The New York Times only three months after opening and is the only New York four star restaurant that has maintained its status of excellence for more than 20 years. Reviews have come in 1986, 1989, 1995, 2005, and most recently in 2012, with the same verdict: four stars.  Le Bernardin has received more James Beard Awards than any other restaurant in New York City. In 1998, Maguy Le Coze won the coveted James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant” in America, and in May 2003, the James Beard Foundation named Eric Ripert “Outstanding Chef.” In 2009, Le Bernardin was honored with the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Service.” The Michelin Guide, which made its New York debut in 2005, honored Chef Ripert and Le Bernardin with its highest rating of three stars in 2005 and each year thereafter, and the restaurant ranks 17 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The New York Zagat Guide has consistently recognized Le Bernardin as top rated in the category of “Best Food” and the 2011- 2016 editions awarded it a 29 food rating: the highest in New York City. In the 2012-2014, 2016 & 2017 Zagat Guides, Le Bernardin is named the Most Popular Restaurant in the city, and in the 2015–2017 guides, it’s also rated the city’s top restaurant for service. New York magazine also rated Le Bernardin #1 in its annual ranking of the 101 best restaurants in New York City in 2006. In his year-end dining feature, Frank Bruni of The New York Times selected Le Bernardin as the “Best Meal of 2008.” Most recently, for 2017 Le Bernardin was ranked #2 in the world and #1 in American on La Liste’s international list of 1,000 restaurants.


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Summer Solstice 2018: What You Need to Know About the Longest Day of the Year





The longest day of the year for people in the Northern Hemisphere — the summer solstice — is Thursday, June 21. It’s easy to forget that the first day of summer 2018 is actually a cosmic event. Here’s what you need to know:

When is the 2018 summer solstice?

The summer solstice’s exact moment is when the sun sits directly over the Tropic of Cancer (the 23.5° north latitude mark). This will take place at 6:07 a.m. ET/3:07 a.m. PT. (You can look up the time for your location here.)

What is the summer solstice?

The Earth’s axis — think of it as an invisible pole that the Earth spins on — is tilted rather than perfectly upright. This tilt always points the same direction. As the Earth orbits the sun, different parts of the planet receive more sunlight — thus our seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.

Following the winter solstice, the Northern Hemisphere begins to get more sunlight; the daytime and nighttime hours are nearly equal at the spring equinox, which takes place in March.

During the summer solstice, “the sun shines directly on the Northern Hemisphere and indirectly on the Southern Hemisphere,” NASA explains. Thus, anywhere north of the equator gets a peak amount of daylight (or a full day of sunlight if you’re at the Arctic Circle). And contrary to what some may think, the Earth is actually furthest from the sun in its orbit during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer season.

What about the Southern Hemisphere?

June 21 marks the 2018 winter solstice for people south of the equator. Residents of places like Australia will experience the year’s shortest day (and the start of winter).

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Driver with head full of racist tattoos gets into car accident with deliveryman on bike





A man with a head full of racist tattoos — including one that reads “AM A PSYCHOTIC NEO NAZI SERIAL KILLER SKIN HEAD FOREVER FOREVER” — got into a car accident with an Asian deliveryman on a bicycle in Brooklyn on Monday night, authorities said.

The heavily inked motorist was behind the wheel of a U-Haul cargo van when he collided with the rider aboard an electric bike on Broadway near Gerry Street, in front of the Food Bazaar Supermarket in Williamsburg, at about 9:30 p.m., authorities said.

Despite the man’s tats — which also included one that reads in all caps “I hate s–cs n—ers Indians Lebians women” — police said the crash appeared to be an accident and no charges were filed.

“I saw them take the guy (bicyclist) away. I think he was bleeding — middle-aged,” a witness said. “I think he was really injured.”

The bicyclist was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan in critical condition. He’s expected to survive.

The driver remained at the scene of the accident and answered questions from police.

The man — who declined to comment — passed a field sobriety test and has a clean criminal and driving record, law enforcement sources said. Neither his identity nor that of the victim was released.

by William Lopez

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