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NYC Dedicating Parking Spots For Carshare Vehicles Only

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New York City is rolling out a new transportation option.

The Department of Transportation is launching a two-year carshare pilot program citywide.

It designates 309 parking spaces for carshare companies that give members short-term access to a car. That number includes 285 spots reserved for Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare vehicles on streets in certain neighborhoods and municipal park lots.

Zipcar will also be allowed to park at 25 spaces at certain public housing spots.

Users will be able to access the cars from those spots as of June 4, officials said.
The city hopes convenient access to cars will help cut down on the number of vehicles on the road, improve air quality and reduce congestion.

A study on carsharing by the Mineta Transportation Institute found that “an increasing body of empirical evidence supports that carsharing is an effective tool to reduce auto ownership… U.S. and Canadian data reveal that each carsharing vehicle removes between five and 20 cars from the roads.”

“For every vehicle in a carshare program, up to 20 households can forgo the need to own a car, fighting congestion and making our air cleaner,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We’re also bringing more carshare options to NYCHA residents to help them get around, so we can continue building the fairest big city in America.”

De Blasio said the goal is to reduce the overall number of cars in the city.

“If we don’t reduce the number of cars, we’re all screwed,” he said.

“We have targeted two kinds of neighborhoods where we think the pilot could really have a positive effect. First, in transit-rich neighborhoods where cars are only driven occasionally, we think inexpensive and convenient carshare could encourage owners to sell their car or not buy a new one, thereby freeing up more parking for drivers who need it,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “And in less-transit dense neighborhoods, carshare could add a travel option for car-free households or those who may now find car ownership unaffordable. Either way, we encourage New Yorkers to give carshare a try and let us know what they think.”

As part of the pilot program, the spots will be designated in the following neighborhoods:

Bronx

  • Parkchester

Brooklyn

  • Boerum Hill
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Cobble Hill – Carroll Gardens
  • East Williamsburg
  • Park Slope
  • Red Hook
  • Williamsburg

Queens

  • Eastern Rockaways
  • Jackson Heights
  • Jamaica

Manhattan

  • East Harlem
  • Hamilton Heights
  • Morningside Heights

The pilot program also dedicates 55 parking spaces 17 municipal facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens:

Bronx: Belmont Avenue; White Plains Road; Jerome & 190 Street

Brooklyn: Avenue M; Bensonhurst #1 & #2; Brighton Beach; Grant Avenue; Sheepshead Bay #1 & #2

Queens: Broadway & 31 Street; Far Rockaway #2; Ditmars; Queens Village; Queens Borough Hall; Steinway #2; Sunnyside

The NYCHA sites include:

Bronx (Two spaces each):

  • East 152nd St-Courtland Ave
  • Davidson Houses
  • Marble Hill Houses
  • Randall Balcom Houses
  • Throggs Neck Addition

Brooklyn:

  • Belmont Sutter Houses (2 spaces)
  • Cypress Hills Houses (2 spaces)
  • Fiorentino Plaza (3 spaces)
  • Glenmore Plaza (3 spaces)
  • Marlboro Houses (2 spaces)
  • Pink Houses (2 spaces)

“Studies have shown that owning a car in New York City right now is about $9,000 a year, with car payments, insurance, maintenance, as well as the hassles of parking, potential tickets – all the inconveniences of owning a car here,” said Trottenberg. “The carshare prices can range from $8 to $15, $70-120 per day. So if you used a car, let’s say, four hours a week twice a month to run errands or visit family outside the city, you could be spending in the ballpark of about $1,500 a year, as opposed to the $9,000 for owning a car full-time.”

As CBS2’s Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, the ridesharing companies are getting a great deal during the pilot, paying $765 — total — as a licensing fee for the spots. That put the mayor on the defensive.

“I want to emphasize that, one, this is not the permanent model, this is just the initial test with a small number of spaces,” de Blasio said, adding that if the model works, it will be expanded aggressively.

The mayor said he believes in ridesharing so much that when he leaves office, he is not going to purchase a car, Kramer reported. He plans to move back to his home in Park Slope and use mass transit and carsharing.

Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/05/31/nyc-carshare-only-parking-spots/

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These are 4 best restaurants in NY

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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

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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

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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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