Some schools are replacing detention with meditation, and science is backing them up. You might not expect to find inner peace inside a bustling elementary school, but a growing number of students in Baltimore are learning just that. Instead of punishing disruptive kids or sending them to the principal’s office, the Baltimore school has something called the Mindful Moment Room instead. They start each day with deep breathing, and if the kids misbehave, they’re not sent to the principal’s office, but to the meditation room. CBS Reporter Tony Dokoupil explains to us about the program from two brothers who grew up in the neighborhood to help cope and deal with major issues living in Baltimore. They hope they can implement there program in other schools.
The MTA is eliminating the Metro Card by 2022. It’s expected to be replaced by a tap card that could be linked to customers’ smartphones, and would be compatible with Metro-North and the Long Island Railroad. Tap technology is already used on PATH trains, as well as in the Washington Metro and London Underground. MetroCards were first introduced to the transit system in 1993: NY1
Amazon wants to build physical convenience stores where customers could grab produce, bread, milk, orange juice, and even meat — call it “instant” delivery! This is Amazon latest move to expand into groceries. The grocery stores represent Amazon’s latest move to disrupt brick-and-mortar food shopping that’s still dominated by traditional retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. While Amazon has dominated in e-commerce, convincing customers to shop online for everything from toiletries to electronics, it has yet to crack groceries—which most consumers still buy offline: LINK
The city is urging senior citizens and New Yorkers with disabilities to apply for the city’s rent freeze program. The program allows senior citizens over 62, and those over 18 with disabilities, who earn less than $50,000 a year to be exempt from future rent increases. Under this program, a property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and what you (the tenant) are responsible for paying at the frozen rate. The longer you are in the program, the greater the benefit. If you enter the program today, continue to renew and meet all eligibility requirements, the current amount you pay for rent today could be the same in 20 years. If you are a senior or a person with a disability, this website will provide you with all of the necessary information you need, including eligibility requirements, the application process, benefits, renewals and answers to frequently asked questions.
With less than three months to go before it’s set to open, the Second Avenue Subway has reached another milestone. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says test trains began running along the line between 63rd and 96th Street over the weekend. Below is YouTube footage taken from the publicly-accessible area of Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street. Under the first phase of the project, the Q train will be rerouted to Second Avenue and will run between 96th Street and Coney Island. The Second Avenue Subway is expected to start running with paying customers on December 31.
Google Express Online has expanded delivery service to NYC. In the company of such competitors as Amazon Prime Now, Postmates, and UberRush. Google Express lets users order products from multiple retailers on their mobile devices. The service promises two-day delivery. Merchants participating in Google Express include Costco, L’Occitane, PetSmart, Payless, Whole Food and more. The service is charging $95 for a yearlong membership, but shoppers can also pay per purchase, at a minimum of $4.99 per order. Google Express made its debut in 2013, and its expansion Wednesday includes states throughout the Northeast region. Previously, it limited East Coast deliveries to Boston and Washington, D.C.
The announcement comes just two days after a 41-year-old homeless man was arrested in Murray Hill for using a LinkNYC kiosk for self-pleasure. About several months ago, about 400 Link kiosks were installed throughout the city.
The kiosks swiftly became a target of complaints, with some residents ridiculing them as “the hangout spot” Web browsing will be disabled while LinkNYC works with the City and community to explore potential solutions for web browsing. Other tablet features — free phone calls, maps, device charging, and access to 311 and 911 — will continue to work as they did before, and you will continue to have access to LinkNYC’s superfast Wi-Fi.