Get $5 Rides For Via 5th Birthday!

Via is going back to 2013 giving $5 rides when they first hit the road for there 5th Year Anniversary. The promotion is only for rides in Manhattan until Friday.

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Using The Bathroom Can Be A Problem For Hire Drivers In NYC

You already know the number of Via, Uber, Lyft and black car drivers in the city are multiplying rapidly every single year. Many drivers are working  24/7 . If they’re driving in the wee hours of the morning, where do they find a bathroom when everything’s closed? This makes it very difficult for drivers. Drivers say the case underscores just how rough it can be for Uber, Lyft and other for-hire drivers when you have to go. There are fewer than 20 designated “FHV relief stands” in Manhattan where those drivers can park for up to hour to take care of their business. Drivers want the Department of Transportation to change signs allowing drivers to relieve themselves but they have to count on the mercy of businesses that welcome them, like El Barrio Car Service on East 116th Street in East Harlem.

 

 

 

Study Says Kids Should Spend A Maximum Of Two Hours On Electronic Devices

The American Heart Association issued a new warning on the potential health dangers of too much screen time for kids. Eight to 18-year-olds on average spend more than seven hours a day looking at screens. That includes phones, computers and video games. The association recommends children have no more than two hours of recreational screen time each day. Dr. Tara Narula joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the new guidelines.

Phase 2 Of The Second Avenue Subway May Be Completed By 2027

It may take another ten years before we see the second avenue subway makes it way northbound from 96th street, according to The Daily News.  It took about a century to get the 2nd Avenue Subway completed up to 96th Street and those in East Harlem will have to wait about 11 years to see the trains running up to 125th Street. The estimated $6 billion second phase will include new stations at 106th Street, 116th Street and a connection to the 125th Street Lexington Station.Groundbreaking should happen early next year and we can all expect full service on the east side by 2029 if all goes according to plan.

Summer Streets Returns To NYC: Free Play On Park Avenue

Summer Streets are back on for the first three Saturdays in August between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are open to the public to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. This is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space.

 

 

A Wardrobe Stylist To The Stars Finds A New Place But Not Exactly

 

Since 1978, her successful business has been the go-to source for numerous clients — costume designers, stylists, photographers, artists, and fashion designers — who come from the world of film. For the past 10 years, Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing, a film, TV and Broadway fixture for nearly 40 years, has been ensconced in a 6,200-square-foot showroom at Queens Plaza in Long Island City.

A new landlord increased the rent 26%, to more than $100,000 annually. Now due to Long Island City’s changing landscape and whopping rents, Uffner has had no choice but to search elsewhere for a new space to house her massive collection, which lived in a 6,300 square foot loft located at 30-10 41st Ave. She has since now found a new location at 42-24 Orchard Street, about 2-3 blocks away but as is in most cases these days in any development area, she says “our lease comes with a caveat,  a one year demolition clause.” She has a long road ahead opening wardrobe cartons and making sure clothing is racked correctly. Helen says “It’s been a challenging journey but the new location is coming along! Couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends, in and out of our industry”

Though the city’s film and TV production business is booming, the industry’s growth has somehow overlooked the wardrobe business.  

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/311446114-video 

That’s me Channeling the different Fashion Genres :  Check out the video on Youtube:  A Brief History of Black Men’s Fashion.

Disney Announced Plans To Move ABC’s New York Headquarters To The West Village

Disney has purchased the rights to develop Trinity’s property in The West Village section of New York City. The property will be the new site of Disney’s New York operations. Under a transaction valued at $650 million, Disney will acquire the rights to develop the 4 Hudson Square site for 99 years.

In a release Disney says the project will create thousands of jobs during the development and construction of the site. When finished it will serve as the new home for much of ABC’s production in New York, including Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View and WABC-TV (Eyewitness News) Good Morning America will stay at its current location in Times Square.

http://abc7ny.com/video/embed/?pid=3734037

DOT To Set Aside Parking Spaces For Car Share Services In NYC

The city is pushing out a new pilot program that will set aside hundreds of dedicated parking spaces for car share services.The 309 spots will be located in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.    The city hopes the two-year pilot will help to ease the traffic congestion and improve air quality.  Starting June 4, Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar vehicles will be available, with signs marking the exact locations.

Meet The Voice Behind The ‘Laurel’ Or ‘Yanny’ Recording

If you’ve spent any time on the Internet this past week, you’ve probably heard and then argued over a certain viral sound clip. But for Broadway and television actor Jay Aubrey Jones, he hears himself. Jones did some voice work for Vocabulary.com, recording more than 36,000 words for the website in 2007, including saying the word, “Laurel.” And apparently, that is the source audio for the “Laurel, Yanny” viral clip that’s been driving the Internet crazy.

“When I first heard this recording, it was on Wednesday morning on television, and I was putting myself together, and I did not recognize my voice at all,” Jones tells Weekend Edition Sunday’s LuLu Garcia-Navarro.

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After receiving several phone calls, texts and emails from a producer at Vocabulary.com and other friends, Jones says, “They explained that it was my voice that has been creating this brouhaha for want of a better word.” Jones says he actually hears the word, “Laurel,” when he listens to the clip of his voice, but a friend of his “swore up and down that all she heard was ‘Yanny.’ ”