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Mayor Proposes Ambitious Streetcar Project for Brooklyn-Queens

Feb 07, 16 Mayor Proposes Ambitious Streetcar Project for Brooklyn-Queens

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At an expected cost of 2.5 billion, the newly proposed Brooklyn-Queens streetcar plan is the most ambitious to date urban engineering project of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. The line, which was announced in the mayor’s State of the City speech last week, will travel along the East River waterfront for 16 scenic miles. It will be part of the roads already in use, and will flow along with the regular automobile traffic. The location is key: the area which will be served by the streetcar is undergoing rapid development, and it is relatively far from traditional subway lines. The price tag is another selling point, as it is substantially lower than building a new underground subway line. There will be some bumps along the way to a functioning streetcar system, as Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development acknowledged that there are “some significant engineering challenges when you are putting a modern system like this in a very old city.” “The old transportation system was a hub-and-spoke approach, where people went into Manhattan for work and came back out,” Ms. Glen said. “This is about mapping transit to the future of New...

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Dry Harbor Rehab Upgrading Cardio-Pulmonary Program

Feb 04, 16 Dry Harbor Rehab Upgrading Cardio-Pulmonary Program

Posted by in All, Health

Conveniently located in Middle Village, New York, Dry Harbor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center is a state-of-the-art facility which has been delivering excellent nursing care for more than 30 years. Today Dry Harbor is upgrading their Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, a program which includes a team of full-time specialists in their fields. Under the leadership of its Medical Director, Vincent Rappa, MD, the cardio-pulmonary department has succeeded in lowering the re-admission rate of the patients under the care of department. The three major divisions of the facility offer care on long-term and short-term basis. The departments, Rehab, Nursing and Nutrition, work together to insure that residents get the best possible care. The seven-day program includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Dry Harbor’s pulmonary and cardiac patients also receive cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, vestibular exercises, and oxygen saturation monitoring. Patients in the care of the staff at Dry Harbor receive other amenities which make their stay pleasant and enjoyable. Among those services, which are offered at no extra charge, are flowers upon admission, a complimentary set of clothes, a bouquet of flowers when being admitted and a 32-inch smart TV with internet. For more information about Dry Harbor Nursing Home visit their Facebook page; and to find third party reviews of the facility, turn to...

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Sanders Challenges Clinton to a Brooklyn Debate

Feb 02, 16 Sanders Challenges Clinton to a Brooklyn Debate

Posted by in All, Politics

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the two front runners in the Democratic bid to win their party’s nomination, already have a series of debates scheduled for the campaign. Coming up is a debate in New Hampshire this week; a debate in Wisconsin on February 11; and a third in March in Florida. Presumably Clinton checked her appointment book and saw time for at least one more debate, and challenged Sanders to meet her in Flint, Michigan as a way to keep the nation’s eyes on the contaminated water crisis in that Midwestern city. That debate would be scheduled for early March, right before the Michigan primary on March 8. Sanders’ answer: We’ll be there, but only if Clinton agrees to another debate in Brooklyn. Brooklyn has meaning for both candidates. Sanders is a native; growing up in Midwood and attending Brooklyn College for one year. Clinton chose to put her national campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn. No particular reason was given for the Clinton Brooklyn challenge. We can only speculate that as a strong ‘blue’ state and the newest ‘hipster capital,’ winning New York State and the City would give either campaign a big boost....

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Uber Snowed Out by Jonas

Jan 24, 16 Uber Snowed Out by Jonas

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  Now we know there is one thing that can stop Uber in New York, and that is a blizzard of historical proportions. Because of the dangerous road conditions throughout the eastern seaboard due to Winter Storm Jonas, Uber has decided to halt their service from Saturday in New York City and in New Jersey. The announcement of the suspension of Uber’s service came in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a travel ban. Beginning on Saturday afternoon Uber customers received a message on their apps that service was temporarily halted due to the hazardous road conditions caused by the blizzard. During past storms Uber has been criticized for price gauging with exorbitant surcharges because of the bad weather. This year, before Jonas arrived, Uber had come to an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to limit prices during the bad weather. It is not known what that price limit was, and it is a moot point anyway, since there is no service anyway. Service from Uber has also been halted in Lancaster and Harrisburg,...

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Four Muslims Claim Discrimination in Lawsuit Against American Airlines

Jan 19, 16 Four Muslims Claim Discrimination in Lawsuit Against American Airlines

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Four Muslim men from Brighton Beach have filed a $9 million lawsuit against American Airlines, saying then were wrongfully kicked off a flight from Toronto to New York. The four were among a group of six friends who traveled together to Toronto in December. Two of the friends, Shan Anand and Faimul Alam, claim they paid an additional $75 to change their flight so that the six could all come home together on the same American Airlines flight. The plaintiffs stated in the court documents that were filed on Monday in Brooklyn federal court, that a flight attendant removed them from the plane because the captain said he felt uncomfortable by their appearance. The four men stated that they “incurred great emotional and psychological harm from the discrimination and mistreatment” they...

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Lifestyle Trends for 2016

Jan 14, 16 Lifestyle Trends for 2016

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What kind of lifestyle accessories are hitting the shelves in 2016? What are the “must-haves” for the new year? These days, anyone who is anyone who is anyone can snap a great picture for one main reason: “no one is making a bad camera anymore,” according to Chris Gampat, author of The Photoblographer. Indeed, even those who don’t own a camera but are just snapping moments in time with a phone can get a pretty good shot; the only things you need are a) the desire to do so and b) a creative vision. Thus, cameras are one of the lifestyle accessories one needs in 2016. What else? Taking a look at the most recent CES Conference we find the following: cars – there have been quite a few cool new advancements in car technology. One of these is the vehicle function controls on the Band 2 fitness wearable (brought to us by Microsoft in conjunction with Volvo).   Ford, Amazon and Echo have done something similar providing the consumer with the capacity to unlock their vehicle from inside their home. Next up is the portable Apple watch charger from Griffin as well as the Magsafe converter for Apple’s new MacBook USB-C charger. In addition, if you are busy making a pie but still need control of your mobile device (heaven forbid you should be “out of control” for even two minutes) thanks to the Bixi gesture sensing accessory, this is no longer an issue. Finally, with the legalization of medical marijuana in many places throughout the nation, according to Adam Greenblatt, co-founder of the medical marijuana clinic Santé Cannabis, “the difference should be that people with a prescription should get cost coverage for that marijuana, and they should not be paying whatever excise or syntax is applied to the recreational consumer.” In other words, their quality of life will be enhanced by being able to get the marijuana through a legal source and not having to pay unreasonable prices. Each year we get more...

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David Lichtenstein’s Lightstone Group and the Gowanus Apartment Lottery

Jan 12, 16 David Lichtenstein’s Lightstone Group and the Gowanus Apartment Lottery

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The Gowanus apartment lottery attracted way more bidders than units available. This shouldn’t have come as such a great surprise since the price was right and the location, most sought-after. But deciding to purchase the land to on which to build this property was not only a risk for David Lichstenstein, CEO and founder of The Lightstone Group, but a pricey one. “You must spend money to make money,” might have been an infamous quote many centuries ago when uttered by Titus Maccius Plautus, but the sentiment still reigns true today. Thus individuals such as Lichtenstein, (along with other real estate investors) at the nadir or the housing market started, “snapping up foreclosures at bargain prices betting they could rent them for a tidy profit, and sell them for a tidy profit.” A risk it was, but as Frank Warren taught us when he said “be wise enough not to be reckless, but brave enough to take risks,” to succeed, these have to be calculated ones. And when David Lichtenstein’s firm bought out substantial amounts of land it was because its leader was “convinced it would yield better returns for his New York firm.” While the Lightstone Group was not alone in this move, there were still many who avoided engaging in the risk, since at the time it seemed “unlikely to pay off quickly.” It was just the hedge funds and real estate investors with an appetite for success and not afraid to take risks, that did. And it seems this action paid off in many cases. One such example is the building at the Gowanus Canal. The 86 affordable apartments located at Gowanus’ 365 Bond Street were entered into a lottery sale led by the Lightstone Group. Eighty-six might not seem such a small number, but it’s all relative; with 56,000 applicants, the popularity and attractiveness of these units suddenly appears to be a very elusive thing. Prices of the units are actually extremely reasonable and thus very sought-after: a studio would...

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Vladislav Doronin Makes it to Top 20 Power Player List

Jan 12, 16 Vladislav Doronin Makes it to Top 20 Power Player List

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Who are New York City’s power players? Which real estate business men and women are making the most noise in the City? In this article we read about a few of the main players for 2015, one of whom is Vladislav Doronin of Moscow-based Capital Group. Making it to the list of ‘Top 20 biggest power players in New York City real estate,’ each year is no easy feat. In 2014 the region’s real estate business escalated by 21 percent and in the first quarter of 2015, sales reached $10.1 billion so there is a lot of money to be made for those who are successful. Vladislav Doronin has been heading Capital Group since he launched it back in 1991; in addition, just last year he became majority owner of the Aman Group. Who else is making the real estate news in New York City? According to an article in The New York Post, founder of Paris Forino Interior Design, Paris Forino, has been “thrust into the spotlight as one of New York’s most sought-after interior designers.” Her firm has only been in business since 2012, but lack of time has not prevented her from becoming one New York real estate businesswomen to be watched this year. DBOX founding partner, Matthew Bannister, has also been a part of some very impressive projects in the real estate industry. Since the launch of his firm back in 1996, he has participated in the creation of “the Emmy-winning film presentation of an imagined One World Trade Center; devised a stunning homage to New York for 432 Park Avenue; and green-screened preconstruction video fly-throughs of the New York by Gehry building.” Others who have been included in this list along with Vladislav Doronin, Paris Forino and Matthew Bannister include: Norman Foster (of Foster & Partners), Saif Sumaida and Amit Khurana (of Sumaida + Khurana), Soo K. Chan (of SCDA Architects), Annabelle Selldorf (of Selldorf Architects), Veronica Mainetti (of Sorgente Group of Americda), Robert Reffkin (of Compass), Jamie Drake...

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