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Seven amazing ferry trips for the perfect day off

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The weekend is approaching and it is the time to come up with plans for the rest. What about getting out of the city for a day? Well, luckily for you, the new NYC Ferries could help you to spend the day in a really fun and unforgettable way. So, forget about subway trains or planes and enjoy the day off on the water.

To spend the day with your friends, go right to Pier 13. You could appreciate the wonderful city view over the horizon while savoring the refreshing cocktails. If you prefer active rest, there is a possibility to rent a kayak or another watercraft. More than 20 local food trucks alongside the pier would not leave you hungry.

Fans of marine life could choose of the seasonal sightseeing cruises to take a look at humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins and other sea inhabitants.

The Governor Island opened the summer season at the beginning of May and now is pleased to welcome everyone who wants to run away from the busy stuffy city. Whether you prefer bike riding, rock climbing or lovely picnic, any activity is a great way to get rid of the stress after a long work week. Moreover, during the whole summer there would be a wide range of events and festivals.

If you are tired of wasting time in hot and smelly subway trains, you could take a ferry and take a trip to Rockaway beach enjoying the fresh wind and adorable sea landscapes. Some sunbathing and walking will charge you with energy.

Are you a total foodie? Well, you just have to visit the East River State Park. More than 100 vendors set up the food market every Saturday.

Brooklyn Bridge Park suggests a variety of entertainments to keep you busy enough for the whole day. It includes the sports area, different water activities, green fields and certainly beach. Apart from this, the park hosts a wide range of special events during spring and summer seasons.

Although NYC has a lot of its own sunny beaches, it never hurts to try something different, for instance, Sandy Hook, NJ. Do not miss your chance to relax on the Jersey Shore.

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Man hit by falling debris at Brooklyn subway station

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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) — A man was hit by falling debris on the platform of a Brooklyn subway station on Wednesday afternoon.

EMS crews responded to the scene at Borough Hall around 3:30 p.m. and the commuter was treated at the scene.

Officials say a 10 x 10 section fell 25 feet, hitting the man in his shoulder and causing minor injuries.

A shower of plaster and tiles shattered onto the platform, disrupting the evening commute. MTA crews cleared bags of it after poking at the ceiling to make sure riders below were safe.

It is one of the busiest stations in the system, and also one of the oldest.

“It’s like stepping back in time,” said rider Sean Kiley. “When I come onto the subway I can picture that this all looked very nice in 1960, 1970.”

Kiley, from Ireland, has been in New York for about a year. He says the city’s subway system stands out and not in a good way.

“I’ve been to London a lot and I can see the comparison,” he said. “The tube in London compared to the subway in New York, it’s just a better quality. It badly needs investment.”

“This just reinforces my desire to get the funding we need to totally modernize all of our stations,” said Transit Authority President Andy Byford.

Byford has a plan to modernize the system. The problem is the price tag and how to pay for it.

Internal estimates say it’ll cost $19 billion in the first five years alone.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants a new revenue source identified by the state. Governor Cuomo who controls the MTA, says he wants to pay for it through congestion pricing, a proposal that’s hitting some road blocks in Albany.

“This incident just steels my resolve to get the money that New York City transit needs to modernize this system and to prevent this type of thing from happening,” said Byford.

He said an initial survey shows the incident may have been caused by water damage.

Crews will survey the entire station overnight. It is not clear whether the work will impact the morning commute.

“We have structural engineers on site, we have operational people, and we’re now assessing the status of the rest of that ceiling and what you can see the team doing downstairs now is they are deliberately poking the ceiling to bring down any remaining loose material,” Byford said.

The incident caused delays on several subway lines, including the 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains.

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LIRR Weekend Parking Guide

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LIRR STATIONS WITH UNRESTRICTED WEEKEND PARKING

Unrestricted parking refers to any lot that is open to both residents and non-residents on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of residency. Parking spaces may, however, require a daily parking fee.  

Note: Stations with an asterisk* may require a parking permit in some of the lots

Babylon Branch

  • Babylon*
  • Lindenhurst
  • Copiague
  • Amityville*
  • Massapequa Park
  • Massapequa
  • Seaford
  • Wantagh
  • Bellmore
  • Merrick
  • Freeport
  • Baldwin

City Zone Stations

  • Kew Gardens

Far Rockaway Branch Stations

  • Far Rockaway
  • Lawrence*
  • Cedarhurst*
  • Woodmere
  • Hewlett
  • Gibson*
  • Valley Stream*
  • Rosedale*
  • Laurelton

Hempstead Branch Stations

  • Hempstead
  • Country Life Press*
  • Floral Park*
  • Bellerose*
  • Queens Village

Long Beach Branch Stations

  • Long Beach*
  • Oceanside
  • East Rockaway*
  • Centre Avenue*
  • Lynbrook

Montauk Branch Stations

  • Montauk
  • Amagansett
  • East Hampton
  • Bridgehampton
  • Southampton
  • Hampton Bays
  • Westhampton
  • Speonk
  • Mastic-Shirley
  • Bellport
  • Patchogue*
  • Sayville
  • Oakdale
  • Great River
  • Islip
  • Bay Shore*

Oyster Bay Branch Stations

  • Oyster Bay
  • Locust Valley
  • Glen Cove
  • Glen Street
  • Sea Cliff
  • Glen Head
  • Greenvale*
  • Roslyn
  • Albertson
  • East Williston*

Port Jefferson Branch Stations

  • Port Jefferson
  • Stony Brook
  • St James
  • Smithtown
  • Kings Park
  • Northport
  • Greenlawn
  • Huntington*
  • Cold Spring Harbor
  • Syosset
  • Hicksville
  • Westbury
  • Carle Place
  • Mineola
  • Merillon Avenue*
  • New Hyde Park *

Port Washington Branch Stations

  • Port Washington
  • Manhasset
  • Little Neck
  • Douglaston
  • Broadway
  • Flushing/Main Street

Ronkonkoma Branch Stations

  • Greenport
  • Southold
  • Mattituck
  • Yaphank
  • Medford
  • Ronkonkoma
  • Central Islip
  • Brentwood
  • Deer Park
  • Wyandanch*
  • Farmingdale
  • Bethpage

West Hempstead Branch Stations

  • West Hempstead
  • Lakeview
  • Malverne*
  • Westwood

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Q train conductor punched in head at Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100

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Frank Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises and was hospitalized in stable condition.

A Q train conductor was hospitalized after getting sucker punched while on the job Tuesday, according to police and the transit union.

An unidentified man believed to be in his 30s or 40s struck the conductor, Frank Sbano, 60, after Sbano’s Brighton Beach-bound train arrived at the Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100 and an NYPD spokesman.

“I was just nailed in the head. I have no idea why,” Sbano, of Staten Island, told the union. “I was looking to make sure everyone was getting on and off and the next thing I knew, I got nailed.”

Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises on his head and was transported in stable condition to Kings County Hospital, where he was awaiting a CT scan.

TWU Local 100 president Tony Utano said it was just the latest in a spate of MTA worker assaults. He called for the authority to launch a voluntary body camera program for train crews in order to help police catch riders who assault workers.

“This will help authorities identify, arrest and prosecute those who are responsible for these attacks,” Utano said in a statement. “Cameras must only be used as a deterrent to criminal assaults and for evidence gathering when an assault occurs and never for worker surveillance.”

It was not immediately clear why the attack took place and no arrests have been made, the police spokesman said.

MTA chairman Joseph Lhota pledged to work to keep workers safe. The MTA did not provide statistics on worker-related assaults.

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