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Ticket to Ride New York



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Ticket to Ride: New York is the brand new scaled down card drafting and network building board game from the iconic TtR franchise. Designed by Alan R. Moon and published by Days of Wonder, Ticket to Ride: New York is specifically designed to take around 15 – 20 minutes to play for 2 – 4 players. Whilst set collection mechanics remain the iconic trains are out, being replaced by taxis. However, what has all these changes done to the gameplay? Let’s find out!

For those familiar with the franchise the gameplay isn’t going to be new. The aim of spending sets of cards to claim routes, to complete destination tickets, for points is still present. The biggest change is the vast reduction of the map, the available spaces to place pieces and individual players’ supplies. At the offset of the game each player will get 15 taxis, not train carriages, in their player color, two transportation cards (train cards of old) and two destination tickets.

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On a turn a player can do one of three actions: draw transportation cards, claim a route or draw destination tickets. When drawing additional transportation cards players can choose two cards from the top of the deck, two regular cards from a display of 5 face up available cards or a single face up Taxi. The purpose of these transportation are to claim the routes on the board. For example, a red route on the board that has three spaces between two locations can be claimed by turning in 3 red transportation cards. Taxis are wild cards and can be used as any color, hence only getting one when openly drawing them.

Some of the routes on the board are grey in color, but there are no grey transportation cards. These routes can be claimed with a set of any individual color, with the amount matching the lengths route. Being a smaller board there are routes of lengths 1, 2, 3 and 4, far from the long 8 part routes seen on other Ticket to Ride boards. Scoring is all done at the end of the game, unlike other variants, with routes gaining points based on length; 1, 2, 4 and 7 points respectively. This helps the speed of the game, while it does lengthen the scoring phase it conversely doesn’t see people checking their scores and doubling the workload.

Destination tickets, of which players must keep at least one of the two they are dealt at the start of the game, highlight two locations which players need to connect. Whilst the exact route doesn’t matter between the locations if the player claims routes to connect the locations they’ll score an indicated number of points. Fail to do so and you’ll be losing the same number of points, so watch out for others blocking you. On a turn the active player can choose to draw an additional two destination cards, again keeping at least one of them, to give them more route objectives. Try not to do this too late on to avoid being unable to finish the destination tickets and losing points in the process.

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In Ticket to Ride New York there is an additional way to score and that is by claiming routes that connect to Tourist Attractions. Each of these are labelled with a “1” on the board, to indicate how many points are awarded. Each of these locations can only be scored once by each player but they can still add up fast. Play continues with each player taking one action until one player gets down to having only two taxis left. At this point, each player gets one final turn. Noticing when this might occur can be key to finishing destination cards so pay attention to what others are doing. Once the final turn has been taken it is time to add up the points earnt from claimed routes, destination cards and linking to Tourist Attraction locations. The winner is whomever has the most points.

Ticket to Ride New York is an extremely short variant in comparison to the rest of the series. At the full player count of 4 players, even with brand new players, you’ll rarely see a game go past the 25-minute mark, even with plenty of questioning. At the other end of the spectrum a game can be speeded through in just over 10 minutes by fans of the series, though commonly the 15-minute mark is more accurate with setup and teardown included.

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A number of people have issues with the luck aspects to the Ticket to Ride series. Alas, the same luck of the draw is present in Ticket to Ride New York, so if this is a major issue for you in a main games then it’ll continue to be in this filler. Conversely, if it is only a slight niggle or something that you don’t mind, the shortened game length does alleviate some of the problem. Effectively, getting players less invested via a shorter game length results in players not getting quite so annoyed when an opponent gets lucky. Far from a solution to a problem but as the potential frustration is lessened players do seem to be more accepting of the game.

Despite the fact that New York has a subway, that could have matched up with the trains the series is known for, using taxis was perfect. Taxis are that iconic type of transportation for the Big Apple, in particular the yellow ones, and it isn’t the first time that a different mode of transport has made it into Ticket to Ride (boats were present in Rails & Sails). It will be interesting to see what Days of Wonder does in the future, if they deem the sales of Ticket to Ride New York to be successful, with this mini-series, given the wealth of opportunities for cities around the world.

Ticket to Ride New York is designed to be a small footprint, short game and it delivers on both fronts. Within minutes you’re in the midst of a game and before long the winner is crowned, yet the set collection and route building choices from the series are still present. The destination tickets aren’t as long spanning, due to the limitation of the board, and that is one thing missing that I enjoy about the “full” experience. However, for the ease of getting the game to the table, Ticket to Ride New York is comfortably staying in my collection.


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Cars significantly more dangerous than guns in New York, new data shows




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New York is the safest big city in the country — unless you’re near a car..

Motor vehicles are significantly deadlier than guns in New York, new NYPD data shows.

Crashes involving cars, vans, trucks and buses killed 111 people on city streets during the first six months of 2019, public data shows.

During the same period, 61 people died in shootings, the NYPD says. Those shootings account for 45% of the city’s 135 homicides during 2019′s first half. Police say the city is on a path to have the lowest number of murders since 1950, and that gun deaths over the full year will be 25% down from 2018.

Motor vehicles are also deadlier than guns in car-loving major metros like Los Angeles, Houston and San Diego, data shows.
But in New York, where only one in four residents commute via motor vehicle, data shows that the city has done a much better job of curbing gun violence in recent years than traffic deaths.

For decades, bullets killed more New Yorkers than traffic crashes. Just a decadea go — in 2009 — bullets killed 367 New Yorkers, and motor vehicle crashes killed 324.

But that dynamic flipped in 2012 when the city saw a 22% drop in gun-related homicides. That year, 241 people were killed by bullets, and 278 in traffic crashes.
Since then, 2015 was the only year in which more New Yorkers killed each other with guns than motor vehicles — but it was close: 236 people were killed by guns, and 234 by traffic crashes.

Mayor de Blasio’s administration has presided over historic lows for both homicides and traffic deaths.
Still, as fatal crashes have risen this year — including 15 cyclist deaths to date — street safety advocates have pressured de Blasio to treat car-related deaths as a public health crisis.

Some argue that the mayor’s Vision Zero program, which aims to curb traffic fatalities, is falling flat.

“The safety improvements we’ve seen during the first five years of Vision Zero, while impressive, were achieved without disrupting the car-dominant status quo on our streets,” said Joe Cutrufo, spokesman for street safety group Transportation Alternatives.

“Decades of bad decisions have left us with a stubborn and unfortunate car culture that yields four traffic deaths every single week,” Cutrufo said. “Enough is enough. We can have safer streets if we want them, but it’s going to require bold leadership and the resolve to put the automobile in its proper place.”

De Blasio has repeatedly defended his record on improving traffic safety and curbing crime, but many critics have chided him for kowtowing to community groups who do not want to give up parking spots for street redesigns.

“One death – no matter the cause – is always one too many,” said de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein. “As the mayor has said repeatedly, we won’t stop until we have reached Vision Zero on our streets.”


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ConEd Faces Heat After Times Square Goes Dark




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It lasted all of five hours — and hit just the spot on New York’s power system to take out the lights in Times Square, force the evacuation of Madison Square Garden in the middle of a Jennifer Lopez concert and bring parts of the city’s subway system to a screeching halt.

The Saturday evening blackout on Consolidated Edison Inc.’s grid — extending from about Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River and from the 40s to 72nd Street — was so widespread that it took out much of Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, Rockefeller Center and the lower reaches of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Now ConEd, already under fire because of other mechanical breakdowns in recent years, is facing renewed calls to overhaul its network.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cut short a presidential campaign trip to Iowa and Governor Andrew Cuomo went on television to demand answers from “Mr. ConEd” himself.

Cuomo, expressing frustration over what he described as repeated failures on ConEd’s system, said in an interview with ABC News that he was sending his “top power team” to investigate the incident. He noted that Saturday’s outage took hours to resolve when the utility had said it would take one to two. It struck at 6.47 p.m. Saturday, lasted until about midnight and affected almost 73,000 customers.

“If they don’t give me an answer quickly, I’m going to go to ConEd headquarters,” he said. “If I don’t get a firm answer forthwith, I’ll go speak to Mr. ConEd myself.”
De Blasio, meanwhile, called on city agencies to “get to the bottom” of the incident.

“We’re going to look at this very carefully, not only depend on Con Edison, but we’re going to make sure there’s a very careful review of what happened,” the mayor said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday from Chicago. “We don’t ever want to see it happen again.”

The power failure struck on the anniversary of the historic 1977 blackout that led to widespread looting and other crimes across New York City. And it peeled back disparities between old technology and new: halted subways meant a $2.75 fare ballooned to a $57 Uber primed to surge pricing.


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Judge approves new Weinstein legal team led by #MeToo critic





A judge gave Harvey Weinstein the green light Thursday to shake up his defense team yet again — this time a mere two months before the disgraced movie mogul whose case inspired the #MeToo movement is due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges.

One lawyer had already bolted amid public backlash. Now Jose Baez, known for representing high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony, is out after saying he and Weinstein just can’t get along. Donna Rotunno, a #MeToo critic specializing in defending men accused of sexual misconduct, and Damon Cheronis are in.

The judge, James Burke, approved the swap after questioning Weinstein to ensure it was what he wanted and getting the new lawyers to promise they won’t seek to delay the trial from its scheduled Sept. 9 start.

Baez signaled last month that he wanted to leave the case, telling Burke in a letter that Weinstein had tarnished their relationship by communicating only through other lawyers and by failing to abide by a fee agreement.

Weinstein engaged in behavior that made representing him “unreasonably difficult to carry out effectively” and insisted on taking actions “with which I have fundamental disagreements,” Baez wrote.

Bounding out of the courtroom Thursday after getting sprung from the case, Baez said: “I feel like I won the lottery. Just kidding.”

Weinstein responded through his spokesman, saying: “With a lawyer like Donna Rotunno, I feel like I’m the one who won the lottery.”

Rotunno has espoused a philosophy that the #MeToo movement, spurred by revelations about Weinstein’s alleged behavior, is overblown and that women are “responsible for the choices they make.”

“I chose to represent Harvey Weinstein because I think these are the types of cases that lawyers that do what I do live for,” Rotunno said outside the courthouse after the hearing.

“It gives us an opportunity to have a forum to speak what we believe, and I believe that the facts and evidence in this case are actually very favorable to Mr. Weinstein.”

Gloria Allred, who represents one of the accusers in the criminal case, offered a different perspective, saying: “I agree that women are responsible for their own choices, but when will Mr. Weinstein be held responsible for his?”

Rotunno and Cheronis practice in Chicago.

They join three New York City lawyers: Arthur Aidala, whose clients have included rapper 50 Cent and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz; Diana Fabi Samson; and Barry Kamins, who as a judge oversaw New York City’s criminal courts.

The lawyers and prosecutors said they’ll work out a schedule for exchanging witness lists and for prosecutors to turn over evidence, such as emails from Weinstein’s movie studio that pertain to potential witnesses.

Baez is the latest defection from what was once seen as a modern version of O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” of attorneys. Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan left in May amid backlash about his involvement.

Sullivan’s involvement in the case drew protests from some students and faculty members on the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus. Buildings were defaced with graffiti that included the slogans “Down w Sullivan!”, “Your Silence is Violence” and “Whose Side Are You On?”

Thursday’s hearing on the lawyer switch played out in open court, but two conversations among the judge and lawyers happened in secrecy.

After approving Baez’s request to withdraw from the case, Burke called him to the bench for a one-on-one chat that lasted about five minutes with no court reporter to transcribe the conversation.

Later, he called all the lawyers to the bench for a 10-minute discussion of how they’ll proceed when it comes time for jury selection. Again, there was no court reporter to make a record of the conversation.

Aidala appeared perturbed by what he called the judge’s “extended private conversation” with Baez. He asked whether he could also approach the bench, but Burke waved him off.

Weinstein, 67, is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He denies the allegations, has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.

Baez and Sullivan started representing Weinstein in January, when the former movie producer overhauled his legal team for the first time. That happened after his original lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, lost a hard-fought bid to get the case thrown out.

Pamela Robillard Mackey, who represented Kobe Bryant in his 2003 Colorado sexual assault case, and ex-Manhattan prosecutor Duncan Levin were also hired in January and have since left.


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