Tag Archives: New York

Jersey City Joins New York City Bike Share Program

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Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop has announced that Brooklyn based Alta Bicycle Share has been awarded a contract to operate a bike share program in his city. Alta operates New York City’s 6,000 bicycle Citi Bike system and was the sole bidder for the Jersey City program. Bike share members in Jersey City will be […]

NYC’s Next Car Free Zone: Central Park Loop

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In the coming weeks, there will be a vote on a bill that will see the city of New York close the Central Park Loop to all automotive traffic for three months in a bid to determine the impact a car-free Central Park would have on NYC’s car, bike, and foot traffic. “Currently, the Central […]

NY Subways Still Dealing With Sandy Damage

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In the wake of the damage wrought to the New York and New Jersey subway systems by hurricane/superstorm Sandy in 2012, a new engineering report has surfaced recommending a extensive maintenance that will take individual tunnel tubes out of service for extended periods of time. That kind of report, really, is not good. While it’s […]

Pete Seeger Appears on the Colbert Report to Promote His New Book & Sing

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The legendary singer Pete Seeger was a guest on the Colbert Report last night; he performed and discussed his new book, Pete Seeger: In His Own Words. The volume chronicles his compelling personal history and decades of activism, from the civil rights movement and the red scare blacklists, to protesting war, fracking and the struggle to clean up the polluted Hudson River.

The American Dream is a Lie: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

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One of the most significant books published this year is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a gripping graphic novel reportage mix which skillfully exposes the extreme exploitation and poverty that flourishes on the disenfranchised burned out edges of our nation. This brutal compelling work is a collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, and the revolutionary cartoonist and foreign correspondent, Joe Sacco.

Promoting a Culture of Sharing: Free Mini Public Libraries

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There are few things more beautiful than a public library — a shared community space that encourages study, reading books and borrowing information — such fountains of free knowledge greatly improve our society and our world. Recently many small libraries have been springing up in somewhat unexpected places, from local public parks and urban sidewalks to city phone booths.

Ithaca Mayor Transforms His Official Parking Space into a Public Park

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During his first week as mayor of Ithaca, New York, Svante Myrick gave up his car so that he could walk to his job every day at City Hall. The newly elected 24-year-old official joined 15% of local residents in the city who already walk to work. And even though he does not need it, the mayor is still provided with a central downtown parking spot reserved for his official use. The progressive leader has decided to transform the private parking space into a tiny shared public park.

Happy Birthday Rachel Maddow

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Today is the 39th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Rachel Maddow. It has been a stellar year for the Bay Area native; in addition to many other accomplishments, Rachel’s first book has just been published. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is the handbook for our generation, deftly explaining how the military industrial complex devoured our country, and the simple measures we can all undertake to successfully turn our nation around.

My New Favorite Thing: “Up with Chris Hayes”

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Although this undoubtedly outs me an incredible geek, I must confess that I find few things more satisfying than smart well-informed political discussions which systematically dissect important difficult and complicated issues. My absolute new favorite thing this month is the weekend morning news program,”Up with Chris Hayes”. The engaging show focuses on politics, interviews, and thoughtful panel debates, which transcend the insipid mediocrity of most mainstream media.

Rachel Maddow and Gene Robinson Talk Occupy Wall Street

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Last night Rachel Maddow interviewed New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson about his perspective on the Occupy Wall Street movement. The two had a compelling conversation analyzing what this widespread growing activism could potentially mean for our country, and how radically the Occupy movement has already reframed our national discourse, as well as the questions that are being asked.

NY Foreclosure Mill Mocks Homeless Families with Halloween Party

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Just when you thought that corrupt corporate banks and foreclosure companies could not become any more depraved or sickening, we are once again unpleasantly surprised. Joe Nocera at the New York Times just published some appalling photos from the firm’s sadistic homeless-themed Halloween party last year; the images were sent to him by a former Baum worker. The old employee explained that the snapshots were a very accurate representation of the firm’s callous attitudes:

“There is this really cavalier attitude.It doesn’t matter that people are going to lose their homes.”

Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War

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On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Reverend asks “What happened to peace?” On that impossible day when the skyline of New York City collapsed on its southern tip – I watched from a rooftop across the East River – we entered an unexpectedly peaceful eye of the storm. We all fell toward the terrible […]