The New York City subway system has hit a tipping point. As ridership and delays increase, the MTA does not currently have a long-term plan in place to fix the deep-rooted issues that plague service across the city's 22 subway lines. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo and the MTA Board released an updated version of the authority's five-year capital plan. The plan allocates $14.5 billion toward the subways, which includes ample funding for expansion projects—like a cool $1.735 billion towards the full-length extension of the Second Avenue Subway. But, as the New York Times points out, there is no major increase in funding for a remedy to one of the key problems that's afflicting the subway: the outdated, archaic signaling system. The updated plan directly reflects a focus by Cuomo on building shiny, new pieces of infrastructure that attracts headlines rather than necessary-but-ugly work that could drastically improve service for the five million–plus people who rely on the subway system every day. What's more, the MTA is incredibly bad at constructing these kinds of buzzworthy transit infrastructure projects in a cost-efficient manner. Look at nearly any other city with a sprawling rapid transit system and you'll find that Gotham spends way, way more on expanding its subway. Blogger Alon Levy did God's work in 2011 when he documented to cost-per-kilometer of nearly 20 massive transit infrastructure projects from cities across the world. He used the three latest major proj
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park, an outdoor film series will give New Yorkers yet another reason to visit the urban oasis this summer. Summer Movies under the Stars, which is being presented by the Brooklyn Borough President, Prospect Park Alliance and Nitehawk Cinema, will present free film screenings on Prospect Park’s Long Meadow North. The evenings will feature live musical entertainment followed by a family-friendly film. Each film was chosen specifically to highlight park themes such as the Prospect Park Zoo, summer camps, Little League Baseball, flora and fauna. “What better way to celebrate 150 years of memories in Brooklyn’s backyard than making a few more under the stars with family and friends? Our exciting run of summer movies, paired with an equally exciting lineup of live entertainment, is a can’t-miss ticket for fun, and best of all, that ticket is free! I’m looking forward to joining my friends from the Alliance and Nitehawk Cinema in welcoming Brooklynites and visitors to enjoy these screenings,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams said in a statement. All live entertainment will start at 7pm with the films beginning shortly after sundown at Long Meadow North, closet to the Grand Army Plaza entrance at Eastern Parkway. Check out the full lineup below. Wednesday, July 19 - The NeverEnding StoryLive entertainment by DJ Jane Elizabeth spinning a1980s music set Wednesday, July 26 - The SandlotLive entertainment by Doo Wop bandWedn
Seaside Heights, NJ, home to one of the best beaches with a boardwalk, finally has a new roller coaster. You know it from, yes, TV show Jersey Shore, but beach lovers were genuinely devastated when it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy back in October 2012. (You’ve seen the photos of it submerged underwater.) quintanomedia" data-width-class="" /> Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/quintanomedia RECOMMENDED: See the full guide to New Jersey The former Jet Star coaster has been replaced with the Hydrus, a ride with a seven-story drop and three inversions worthy of the best amusement parks. This one is located on the beach instead of over the water like the original. It opened in early May after just five months of construction, but replacing the entire pier it’s located on was another story—that’s been under construction for five years. Still, it’s worth making the two-hour drive for a weekend getaway DTS. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on the L train shutdown to fix Sandy damage here in NYC.
Cheap eats food festival Taste of Times Square is coming to everyone's favorite intersection/plaza/destination on Monday, June 5 from 5 to 9pm. More than 50 restaurants (though, sadly, not the Nuts 4 Nuts guy, though we imagine he won't be far) will take over 46th Street between Broadway and Tenth Avenue, offering $1 to $6 bites. In addition to beloved spots such as Mighty Quinn’s and Wafels & Dinges, you can grab food from your favorite Times Square staples, including Applebee's, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, Planet Hollywood and more. Music includes blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin, George Gee Swing Orchestra and Baby Soda Jazz Band. For more details visit the event's website. Here's the full restaurant lineup for the Tastes of Times Square: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Barbetta Restaurant Bareburger Becco, Blue Fin Bourbon Street Bar and Grille Brooklyn Ball Factory Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Buca Di Beppo, Buffalo Wild Wings Burger and Lobster Carmine's Chevys Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar Dim Sum Palace Dos Caminos E&E Grill House Fashion Bar & Restaurant Foundry Kitchen and Bar Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse Gabriela’s Taqueria Guy's American Kitchen & Bar Hard Rock Cafe Havana Central Heartland Brewery and Chophouse Hourglass Tavern & Bettibar The House of Brews Ice & Vice Joe Allen Restaurant John's of Times Square Junior’s La Pulperia Le Rivage Lillie’s Victorian Establishment Meson Sevilla Mighty Quinn’s
Judging by the not-so-sunny weather forecast predicted for Memorial Day Weekend, you might not want to go swimming. But thanks to a few hotels in the city with open-to-the-public pools, at least it’s an option. RECOMMENDED: Memorial Day in NYC guide Earlier this month, the Beach at Dream Downtown and the William Vale announced that folks can cop day-passes to their pristine pools during Memorial Day weekend. A few others—including the McCarren Hotel—are also ready for you to make a splash. Here's the pricing breakdown for each one. Good luck working on your tan! Beach at Dream DowntownDay passes start at $65. William Vale - PASSES SOLD OUT Weekend Terrace Lounge Chair $45 Accommodates 1 personWeekend Terrace Daybed $100 Accommodates up to 2 peopleWeekend Pergola $200 Accommodates up to 3 peopleWeekend Day Bed $375 Accommodates up to 4 peopleWeekend Cabana $550 Accommodates up to 6 people McCarren HotelDay Pass: $65Single Day Bed: $175Day Bed for two (with a $50 F&B credit): $375 The James New York Opens to the public at 3pm on Saturday. Best of all, there's no cover. Le Parker Meridien Day-passes are $150.
The air in New York City is pretty damn polluted, to say the least. Despite legislation aimed at curbing airborne pollutants and greenhouse gases, the health of residents in cities across the country is regularly put at risk by ground-level ozone (read: smog), and New York is no exception. A report published earlier this month from Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group detailed just how bad air pollution is in the city. It shows that the tristate area had 92 days of "elevated smog pollution" in 2015, which is just seven days shy of the Washington metropolitan area for the most in the northeast. Granted, the smog in New York is a drop in the bucket compared to that of southern California—Los Angeles saw 213 days of heavy smog during 2015. According to the report, ground-level ozone brings about a whole host of health risks, ranging from coughing to an inflammation that is like "a sunburn on the inside of the lungs." So, if you'd like to try and prevent a good old-fashioned lung sunburn, maybe consider taking a walk instead of calling an Uber.
It’s not a meth lab, but it’s the next best thing. This July, a Breaking Bad–themed pop-up cocktail bar will arrive in NYC. Literally rolling into town, ABQ bar is housed in an RV that will be parked somewhere in the city. Upon entering the RV, up to 30 guests are met with hazmat suit–clad bartenders for the first drink. But you have to delve into molecular chemistry to get to your next beverages: You’ll get a manual breaking down the chemical formula, er, recipes for two DIY drinks. RECOMMENDED: Find more cocktails in NYC First up is Saul’s C2H6O, which is not ethanol but a semi-frozen cocktail made with rum, pink peppercorn, rose hip and dry ice. You’ll use the nitrogen cavitation process to dissolve the cells of the ingredients before serving it in a beaker. It’s actually more complicated than it sounds, but it’ll be delicious. There’s also the Blue Flynn cocktail, which changes color as you alter its acidity. There are suspended glass bowls and tubing through which you pump rum and strawberry flavors to create the tastiest pH level possible. The RV, which has already had successful tours in London and Paris, will be parked in our city for a few months, and it sounds even better than the Breaking Bad coffee shop and Breaking Bad restaurant. The Walter White experience will cost from $45 to $49, and there are already more than 3,000 people on the waiting list (tickets have not yet been released). Sign up now, and don’t forget to take a selfie with the pink teddy bear w
Happy Memorial Day weekend! The long-awaited, unofficial start to summer in New York is finally here, and we want to make sure you don't blow it. If you haven't made plans for the three-day weekend ahead, don't panic! RECOMMENDED: Memorial Day in NYC guide Forgo the scramble and follow our lead with our list of awesome last-minute things to do for Memorial Day weekend. From a zipling adventures corse to parties on the beach, here's how to start the warm-weather season on a good note. Don't forget to dedicate some time to honor our fallen troops during the parade, too. Party on a new rooftop The reliable club space Good Room kicks off its biweekly rooftop residency at Dobbin St with a dope day of dancing and drinking. Chill out to beats by Holy Ghost!, JDH and Dave P while enjoying the view and pizzas from Roberta’s. Get tickets here before they sell out! Attend a massive BBQ Enter the mother of all summer barbecues, hosted by NYC Hot Sauce Expo producers Food Karma. Join chefs like George Motz and Michael Yapi as they flare up hot dogs, porchetta, portobello burgers and more. Witness the gooey spectacle of the grilled-cheese-sandwich competition, and burn away your senses at the hot sauce pavilion. Grab craft beers and ciders and even some ice cream to balance out the hot stuff. ...or an awesome free-entry pig roast This Memorial Day, House of Yes is heading to the park for its new day-long summer party series. (The green space is only three blocks away from the Bu
While you’re enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend by tanning in Central Park or downing some sort of summer-y cocktail, make sure to hit up one of the many locations of Bareburger for a free patty on Sunday. From 3pm to 6pm, the prolific chain will be giving away its Standard beef burger (Colby cheese, caramelized onions, dill pickles, special sauce) or Farmstead veggie burger (sweet-potato-wild-rice patty, green hummus, tomatoes, baby kale, avocado basil dressing, collard green wrap) completely gratis for National Burger Day. Sure the timing is little linner-y, but you’ll need something to soak up all those frosés.
Not everything is doom and gloom in rapidly decaying Penn Station these days. Sure, commuters may have to deal with unexpected “water features” and constant, massive delays, but at least they have a new bar to escape the upcoming “summer of agony.” Spiritual home of spinach in a cup and chia yogurt, Pret A Manger, officially opens its largest location in the country today inside the subterranean transit hub. Not only will the new location offer the standard fare of sandwiches, salads and coffee, but the 5,968 square-foot space will also contain the country’s first-ever Pret Bar. Hope you like to drunk eat tuna half-sandwiches! “We are always looking for new ways to better serve our customers. Our baristas make thousands of coffees every day for our customers, so we thought, why not offer beer and wine too? This space in Penn Station was the perfect opportunity to do so – it is our largest US shop, and third in Penn Station. Our Penn Station customers have shown us that they love our food on the go, and we’re confident a beer pairs pretty well with a mac & cheese or a Buffalo Chicken Hot Wrap too” says Jo Brett, Pret US President. The new Pret Bar has seating for 12 and will serve a variety of wine, beer and kombucha on tap. The wine list will offer a selection of wines from California, New Zealand and Italy and will change seasonally. Beers will be bottled and draft, domestics and imports. Photograph: Courtesy Pret A Manger