Statue Of Liberty Officially Reopens For July Fourth

Salazar Views Hurricane Sandy Damage On Tour Of Liberty IslandNEW YORK — Extravagant displays of Fourth of July fireworks lit up the skies around the nation, including a smiley face that gave a wink to about a million spectators in New York City, the Statue of Liberty reopened eight months after it was shuttered by Superstorm Sandy, and President Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence.

“They’re awesome,” said a beaming 10-year-old Johnny Deluca, of Melbourne, Fla., while watching the famed Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show in Manhattan with his parents Joe and Marie. Continue reading “Statue Of Liberty Officially Reopens For July Fourth”

NYC Heat Advisory For Monday, Tuesday As Temperatures Soar Into 90s

r-FIRE-HYDRANT-NEW-YORK-HEAT-large570By DNAinfo Staff

NEW YORK CITY — Temperatures soared to 90 degrees on Monday, as New Yorkers looked for ways to keep cool in the concrete jungle.

In East Harlem, locals beat the summer’s stifling heat at fire hydrants opened up by the FDNY.

Tony Leon, 30, who lives in the neighborhood, was surprised to find a hydrant trickling water onto 118th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Continue reading “NYC Heat Advisory For Monday, Tuesday As Temperatures Soar Into 90s”

Phone Charging Stations In NYC, Powered By Solar Panels, Debut Months After Sandy

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NEW YORK, June 18 (Reuters) – New York City unveiled the first of 25 free solar charging stations for mobile phones on Tuesday, installed in response to Superstorm Sandy, which wiped out power and forced residents to walk miles to charge their phones.

The Street Charge stations are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest answer to flaws in infrastructure and operations exposed by the historic storm that ripped into the East Coast in October 2012 and left about 900,000 New York City dwellers and millions of others in the region without power. Continue reading “Phone Charging Stations In NYC, Powered By Solar Panels, Debut Months After Sandy”

United Federation Of Teachers To Pick NYC Mayoral Candidate To Endorse

March To Protect Voting Rights On United Nations Human Rights DayThe delegates of the United Federation of Teachers gather Wednesday to endorse a mayoral candidate, and their leader vows to accomplish a feat that has eluded the union for 24 years: picking the winner.

“You don’t endorse to lose,” said union chief Michael Mulgrew, who made strengthening the union’s political apparatus a top priority after he was elected president in 2009. “We’re just in a whole different place.” Continue reading “United Federation Of Teachers To Pick NYC Mayoral Candidate To Endorse”

New York City Flooding: By 2050s, 800K NYers Could Be Living In Flood Zone

Superstorm Vulnerable GridNEW YORK — Officials say new projections show 800,000 New York City residents could be living in flood zone that would cover a quarter of the city’s land by the 2050s as rising seas and other effects of global warming take hold.

The number of 90-degree days in the city could double or even triple to echo what Birmingham, Ala., now has. And 8 percent of New York City’s coastline could flood just from high tides. Continue reading “New York City Flooding: By 2050s, 800K NYers Could Be Living In Flood Zone”

New York City Storm Preparedness Proposals Introduced In City Council

New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm SandyAfter months of mulling New York City’s response to Superstorm Sandy, lawmakers proposed Wednesday to require backup generators for traffic lights, a system to track everyone in shelters for people with medical problems and other changes in emergency response.

The City Council proposals also include planning for emergency bus and ferry service if subways go down, preparing to run shelters for long-term stays and planning to go door to door to find homebound people who need help. Other measures would call on the city administration to come up with plans to deal with post-storm fuel shortages and to help small businesses bounce back from disasters. Continue reading “New York City Storm Preparedness Proposals Introduced In City Council”

Cicadas’ New York City Visit Won’t Happen In 2013 After All

NC Daily LifeNew Yorkers have been anxious about the cicadas arrival for weeks. That loud buzz and all those omnipresent discarded shells. They’re scary! Biblical!

You can now breathe a sigh of relief. The cicadas aren’t coming to New York. At least according to several entomologists consulted by New York magazine’s Daily Intel. It turns out the dense urban design of the city has blocked the cicadas almost completely. At this point, the experts say, about 90 percent of the cicadas that will emerge have emerged — and few have been spotted in the Big Apple. Continue reading “Cicadas’ New York City Visit Won’t Happen In 2013 After All”

Postmates One-Hour Delivery Service Launches In New York

r-POSTMATES-DELIVERY-NEW-YORK-large570New Yorkers are accustomed to being able to get anything they want, whenever they want it. But a San Francisco startup has decided there’s room for improvement when it comes to convenience in the Big Apple.

Today, Postmates officially launched its one-hour delivery service for people living and working in the Flatiron District. The app allows users to select from a list of featured restaurants and stores in their area, and connects them with one of 50 couriers the company is currently contracting with in the area. Continue reading “Postmates One-Hour Delivery Service Launches In New York”