At the end of June, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the MTA. The announcement came just a week after he appointed Joe Lhota as chairman of the authority and came with an order for an emergency plan within 30 days. On Tuesday, Lhota announced the first version of that plan, chock-full of details that could bring some relief to straphangers who have endured a year filled with subway delays, derailments, fires and other infuriating incidents. The plan isn't cheap. Its estimated cost exceeds $800 million, and precisely where those funds will come from is not yet clear. There is a lot to unpack in the plan—Lhota tried his best to do so on Tuesday during a press conference that lasted nearly an hour. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming repairs, restructuring and reorganization of the system that schleps more than five million New Yorkers across the city each and every day. The plan is broken up into two phases Fixing the subway isn't going to be accomplished overnight. Bringing the system into the 21st century could be a decades-long process, but Lhota's plan outlines a set of 30 immediate changes and upgrades that he aims to complete in the next year. The first phase of the plan addresses the "key drivers of 79 percent of the major incidents" on the subway. The second phase is not so clear-cut—it will tackle long-term solutions and promises to incorporate winning ideas from the MTA's Genius Transit Challenge, which will award three $
The weather may be in a state of flux, but taking a free fitness class in the great outdoors sounds way better than heading to the gym after work. Every Wednesday, between now and August 30, Gothamites will be able to join in on a mix of classes ranging from yoga, pilates and body sculpting. This series is part of a partnership between the Garment District Alliance and MOMENTUM Wellness Group called Broadway Sweat. Classes will be taking place at 6pm on Broadway between 36th and 37th Streets. Photograph: Courtesy Alexandre Ayer/Garment District Alliance All ages are welcome, and yoga mats will be provided. As an added treat, free lemonade will also be available from noon-2pm at 37th Street & Broadway. For a list of classes make sure to check out the full schedule here.
When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday. RECOMMENDED: Free things to do in NYC guide Movies Under the Stars: Singin’ in the RainHead to a Lower East Side baseball field for a splendid, wide-open screening of a musical classic. Delight in the outsize grandeur of old Hollywood at this screening of the 1952 favorite, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and the gone-too-soon Debbie Reynolds. Corlears Hook Park, baseball field, FDR Dr between Cherry and Jackson Sts (212-639-9675, nycgovparks.org). Thu 27 8:30–11:30pm. Passport ThursdaysQueens Museum honors its borough at this music and film fest held under the Unisphere. This week features Egyptian-music and -dance ensemble Zikrayat and a screening of the Sudanese documentary The Longest Kiss. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Grand Central Pkwy to Van Wyck Expwy between Roosevelt Ave and Robinson Pkway, Queens (718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org). Thu 27 through Aug 17 7–10pm. Coney Island Fireworks Don’t bother with Orlando. Coney Island serves free, sensational fireworks every Friday night through September 1st. Grab a frank and get yourself a comfortable spot on the boardwalk to celebrate the end of the work-week every week. Coney Island Bo
1. Feel like a kid again at The Jim Henson Exhibit. The permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image has more than 47 puppet characters. 2. Play trivia and Golden Girls Bingo at Q.E.D. tonight! Prizes will be handed out, and costumes are highly encouraged. 3. Attend the Midsummer’s Night Dream Penthouse Party to see stunning panoramic rooftop views from 230 Fifth in midtown. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Starting this Saturday, Brooklynites will have a brand-new option when it comes to sky high rooftop pools. The brand-new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is officially opening the gorgeous 1 Rooftop Pool to the public this weekend with two official kick-off parties. On Saturday, guests can enjoy a Santorini-themed Beach Party with music by Chloe Caillet and E.B. Sollis. Sunday’s party will have a “Lime and Kotch” theme with reggae and funk music courtesy of Damon DeGraff and Gabija. Located on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, 1 Rooftop offers wine, beer, cocktails and a menu of seasonal bites from Chef Michael Oliver. The pool itself is open to the public from Monday to Friday after 6pm at the discretion of the host based on reservations. A minimum spend applies starting at $75 per person. The pool (and its to-die-for view of Lower Manhattan) will also be opened to the public for themed pool parties taking place on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. The minimum spend during those times will start at $200 per person.
In the decades since his 1989 documentary Roger & Me, which skewered corporate downsizing in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, Michael Moore has been one of the U.S.’s leading leftist culture warriors. He has explored and satirized major issues in books, TV shows and movies (including Fahrenheit 9/11, the highest-grossing film doc of all time)—but not, until now, on the American stage. This summer, Moore makes his Broadway debut in The Terms of My Surrender. “I’ve not done this,” he says. “For me that makes it thrilling—and dangerous.” We sat down with him after a recent rehearsal to discuss his solo show, which takes a hard look at the state of the union under Donald Trump. What made you want to do a theater piece? It’s what I always loved doing. I was writing and performing plays at five or six years old. My aunt married a guy on Staten Island, and we would drive here in the summer, and she took us to Broadway plays every year in the mid-to-late ’60s. We’d tell people back home in Flint that we “summered on Staten Island.” Of course no one knew what that meant. It sounded really luxurious! [Laughs] Did you do any theater in school?I always wanted to but I was scared in high school. Back in those days, you didn’t want to be known as a drama club person. Might have well have just hung a sign on yourself saying, not “Kick me,” but “Please beat the living hell outta me and leave me for dead along the side of the road.” But in 12th grade I tried out for the fall play and I got
The experience of using the subway system these days is one of abrupt stops, overcrowding and unnecessary delays. And no, we’re not talking about the highly publicized, slowly declining performance of the city’s trains. The subterranean world of confounding commuting truly begins at the gates of efficiency hell: the subway stairwell. Abandon hope of being on time, all ye who enter here. Your journey into the heart of tardiness has begun. RECOMMENDED: See more New York rants As millions of pedestrians course through New York’s streets every day, they form an iced-coffee-drinking river of constant movement. Unfortunately, that movement encounters a number of dams known as subway stairwells. At these pressure points, its flow is slowed to an aching halt by people who suddenly decide at that very moment, inside the tiniest of corridors full of rushing people, that they really have to check their goddamned phones. Imagine a midtown office employee out to get lunch. As the worker bee crosses 42nd Street to pick up a tiny cup of fruit from Pret a Manger, he suddenly stops halfway across the street, pauses for a second and thinks, You know, I should probably check my Twitter feed to see if there are any more hot takes on last night’s Game of Thrones episode. Then, as a wall of frustrated drivers blare their horns, the human obstacle slowly reaches into his backpack, pulls out his phone and searches for service. No, honey. You don’t get to do that. Just as any sane person would
Each week, we take two New Yorkers who swear they're totally undateable, and put our matchmaking skills to the test. Afterward, we find out what went well on their date, and what went horribly, horribly wrong. Why they're single:Chad: He’s too busy and not really looking for anything serious right now.Jules: She hasn’t been living in New York long and has found it hard to meet people. Ideal date:Chad: Cocktails at a rooftop bar overlooking the cityJules: Roaming around the city and popping into random dive bars THE DATE First impressionChad: “I thought she was cute and gave off a chill vibe. It seemed like we both just wanted to see what would happen and have an experience.”Jules: “When I first walked in, the manager told me that he’d gotten there half an hour early! I walked over and introduced myself. He seemed on the quiet side but nice.” ChemistryChad: “We had a great conversation. We laughed and talked about our similarities and differences. I got more of a friend vibe than a romantic one.”Jules: “The conversation moved along well, but it was clear we didn’t have much in common. I love travel and he doesn’t…. He said he didn’t see the point.” Awkward MomentChad: “She accidentally spilled red wine on her dress. I asked if she was okay, and she said she was good. But then, replaying the incident in my head, I started to laugh.”Jules: “He asked me if I wanted kids, which kind of took me aback. Then, before I could even answer, he said he hated them. I tried to
Finding a seat on the subway during rush hour is damn near impossible. Soon, such a feat will literally be impossible on cars across the system. MTA chairman Joe Lhota held a press conference on Tuesday to announce an emergency plan for fixing the New York City subway system. The plan included 30 action items that aim to tackle a wide range of issues that cause an estimated 79 percent of the delays across the system, the most intriguing of which is a pilot program to remove seats on select cars across two different lines. The program will strip seats out of train cars operating on the L line and the Manhattan Shuttle, which Lhota says will help increase capacity and reduce overcrowding. The cars in question will be painted a separate color and have other signage to let customers know that they are sans chairs. The initiative is inspired by a similar setup in place on some MBTA trains in Boston. There is not yet a time line for the rollout of the spacious cars, but Lhota did say that all of the action items detailed in the press conference will be delivered within a year. Until then, it's time to start cherishing a subway seat when you find one. Soon enough, New Yorkers will face yet another set of "standing room only" signs.