Once upon a time, above-ground street car lines rolled down many of Brooklyn’s streets. Today, they are all gone. But in his State of the City speech on Feburary 4, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio is going to throw his support to a proposal to build a modern street car that travels up the coast of Brooklyn and Queens, connecting the rapidly gentrifying Sunset Park neighborhood in South Brooklyn to the rapidly gentrifying Long Island City neighborhood in Queens. The street cars, reports The New York Times, would travel on street level with traffic. The main selling point is that the line will cost just $2.5 billion to build–much cheaper than a subway. Currently, Brooklyn and Queens are connected by just one subway line traveling north-south (though a others few hit parts of both boroughs), from an era where the idea of travel between those boroughs was much less imperative, and the subway system was geared toward taking people to and from Manhattan and nowhere else. Today, as … [Read more...] about Imagine This Streetcar Line Connecting Brooklyn And Queens
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Why all the fuss about another royal baby? History has taught us there’s much money to be made in a celebrity tot. And if the public’s fixation is any indicator, we can expect quite the “baby Sussex” effect. Meghan Markle, 37, and husband Prince Harry, 34–the celebrity duo also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex–welcomed their first child on Monday. Up until now, the couple had been quite private about the pregnancy, keeping mum about the due date, gender, and even where Markle might give birth. “We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz,” read the new parents’ official Instagram account. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their … [Read more...] about The royal baby … by the numbers
In collaboration with the shoe brand Melissa, New York-based designer Sebastian Errazuriz is getting a lot of attention for “12 Shoes for 12 Lovers:” a series of 12, 3-D printed shoe sculptures inspired by his former romantic relationships. advertisement advertisement The shoes themselves are beautiful and imaginative–one resembles a frozen splash of spilled milk, another has a green plastic army man affixed to the toe. But the whole conceit is casually misogynistic. Each shoe has been given a name based on its “muse,” one of the artist’s ex-girlfriends, and most of these play into reductive stereotypes of women: “The Virgin,” “Gold Digger,” “Hot Bitch,” “Cry Baby,” “Ice Queen,” “Honey.” The shoes are paired with mostly neck-down, naked photos of the woman, as well as stories about each affair. “She had a crazy body. We fucked. She cooked. She cleaned up,” … [Read more...] about Are These 3-D Printed Shoes Artistic Or Misogynistic?
As much as everyone hates air travel, for some people, the worst part is when you exit the airport. Cab fares, especially in New York City, can climb over $100. Ride-sharing companies’ rates aren’t much cheaper. advertisement The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the region’s three main airports, is working to reduce that financial burden—at least at LaGuardia Airport. It’s teaming with Via to set a $20 cap for shared rides within New York City, the two announced this morning. The program, called LGA Connect, is live now. Shared trips to Staten Island and the Bronx will cost a $20 flat rate, while travelers going to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens pay $15. LGA Connect “represents an opportunity for the public and private sectors to work together to introduce a solution that could meaningfully reduce congestion and expand access to a new form of public transit at New York City’s highly trafficked … [Read more...] about $15 fares from LaGuardia Airport? Yes, but there are a few catches