New ferry line connects Long Island City to Lower East Side in 32 minutes

By Mark Hallum City officials celebrated the launch of a new ferry line from the Lower East Side Wednesday morning that will connect the Manhattan enclave and Wall Street with Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza State Park in a 32-minute trip from end to end. Cameron Clark, the senior vice president of NYC Ferry, told […]

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Sklarz pushing Barnwell in Democratic primary

By Mark Hallum As transgender activist Melissa Sklarz campaigns to challenge freshman state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth), she looks at the diversity of her district in search of universal concerns and values. Improved, fairer property taxes for seniors, more reliable public transportation and better health care are priorities for Sklarz in the Sept. 13 Democratic […]

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Sunnyside rallies against DOT’s bike lane proposal

By Mark Hallum Nearly 100 people rallied beneath the 46th Street station of the No. 7 train last week to oppose bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues in Sunnyside and Woodside. The July 25 rally came days after the announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio that he would set aside community opposition and instruct […]

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MTA fires back at Nixon, Ramos over safety claims

By Mark Hallum The MTA is firing back at a trio of politicians after they claimed last week that about half of the No. 7 trains in service had failed safety inspections of their wheels. Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon and state Senate hopeful Jessica Ramos, alongside City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) contended […]

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Transit advocates urge state candidates to adopt initiatives

By Mark Hallum Transit advocates are pushing for a set of agenda items to be adopted by candidates running for state office that will improve roads and fix the ailing public transportation system in the city. Up to eight organizations signed on to the call for political hopefuls and incumbents to get on board with […]

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