Free Roller Skating Party In Manhattan At The World’s Largest Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is building a temporary roller-skating rink in the nave of the cathedral to host a roller-skating party on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Skates will be provided and the whole thing is free of charge:  Free Roller Skating Party 

 

 

 

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NYC Streets To Be Renamed In Honoring Three Musicians

At 2018’s final New York City Council meeting, members voted to co-name streets in honor of the Notorious B.I.G., the Wu-Tang Clan, and folk musician Woody Guthrie. Once approved by the mayor, Brooklyn and Staten Island will see new street signs honoring the three musicians.

Altogether, the Council approved 164 co-namings this year—a small tribute to New Yorkers from all walks who contributed to the city’s cultural, economic and political life.

 

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The World’s Largest Cooperative Apartment Complex Opens In The Bronx 50 Years Ago

On December 11, 1968, New York City became home to the largest co-operative housing complex in the world, Co-op City. The idea was to build affordable housing, under New York’s Mitchell Lama Program, to lure middle-income New Yorkers to the city’s outskirts.  And it worked. When it opened 50 years ago, almost all of its more than 15,000 units were sold out. Jami Floyd and I take a look back at how the world’s largest co-operative housing experiment turned out. Have a listen!

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It Will Cost Your More To Ride In A Yellow Cab Come January!

It will cost riders $5.80 just to sit inside a cab. The so-called “congestion fee” was approved by  Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature and is meant to fund mass transit. But some taxi drivers fear the new fee will scare off passengers and hurt their bottom line. Yellow taxis also charge riders a $1 surcharge for rides between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and a 50 cent night fee from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. App-based ride hails like Uber and Lyft will be required to implement a $2.75 fee for regular trips and 75 cents for carpool trips. The higher $2.75 surcharge will also apply to the city’s green cabs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlem Man Wins Powerball Lottery Jackpot!

The New York Lottery on Wednesday revealed the identity of the winner of the state’s largest lotto jackpot in history. Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Bailey, a retired federal government employee from Harlem, Bailey bought the winning ticket at West Harlem Deli at 2040 5th Avenue and East 126th Street and matched all six numbers in the October 27 drawing. He said “A family member gave me the numbers over 25 years ago, and I faithfully play them,” 

Howard Thompson Of ‘Help Me Howard’ Signs Off PIX11

Howard Thompson made his first appearance on PIX11 in April, 1995 when it was called WPIX 11.  A little less than a month later, he became Help Me Howard, helping people across our area with problems large and small. Getting people refunds from landlords, realtors, car dealers and many others. He also helped viewers with life or death crises – people who were denied insurance benefits and needed transplants. Now, Howard decided he will leave TV news. After 38 years in the business, the last 23 years at PIX11. Here are some of “Help Me Howard” memorable moments.

Howard Thompson of ‘Help Me Howard’ signs off PIX11 after 23 years

 

Lord & Taylor Launching Store Closing Sale Today At It’s 5th Avenue Location

It’s the end of an era for a historic Manhattan department store, and that means shoppers can score some major deals. Lord and Taylor launched its store closing sale starting today at the flagship location on Fifth Avenue. The 104-year-old store is shutting down for good after the holidays, but it’s starting to say goodbye now. There are even plans to scale back the iconic holiday decor from six window displays to just two. The window displays will be dedicated to thanking New Yorkers for decades of loyal business.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Dropping The “Donuts” From It’s Name

Dunkin’ is dropping the donuts – The 68-year-old chain has toyed with the idea for a while. In 2006, it released a new motto – “America runs on Dunkin’ – that didn’t mention doughnuts. Last fall, it tested the “Dunkin'” logo on a new store in Pasadena, California; it has put the name on a few other stores since then. Doughnuts are still on the menu, but the company is renaming itself “Dunkin'” to reflect its increasing emphasis on coffee and other drinks. The name change will officially take place in January, when it will start appearing on napkins, boxes and signs at U.S. stores. The change will eventually be adopted by international stores.

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.