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Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Bill Thompson (D)

by Veronica Volk
Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson

Edwin Martinez1, flickr

This isn’t former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s first rodeo.  Four years ago he ran against and lost to Mayor Bloomberg by 4.6 percent, but this race has been different altogether.  Last time around it was his adamant stance on term limits that lit a fire under his campaign; in this race he may not have such a clear rallying point. 

Morning Brief: July 28

by Jeff Coltin
Citi Bikes

Phil Roemer, flickr

That rumor mill wheel keeps turning for Citi Bike.  But the Times reports that the bike share system is reaching a deal for a new operator, and that could mean expansion into Queens, north in Manhattan, and east in Brooklyn.  Bronx biking will be but a dream for even longer.

WEATHER

Morning Brief: July 28

by Jeff Coltin
Citi Bikes

Phil Roemer, flickr

That rumor mill wheel keeps turning for Citi Bike.  But the Times reports that the bike share system is reaching a deal for a new operator, and that could mean expansion into Queens, north in Manhattan, and east in Brooklyn.  Bronx biking will be but a dream for even longer.

WEATHER

Ride Sharing App Launches in NYC

by Associated Press
Lyft car.

Alfredo Mendez, flickr

The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft says it is starting limited service in New York City after reaching agreement with state and city officials to resolve regulatory issues.
 
New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services say the company agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start its city service Friday night with commercial drivers only.
 
Lyft also says it will suspend operations in Buffalo and Rochester Aug.

Bronx Museum Celebrates Immigrants

by Rebecca Lewis
Dr. Annecy Baez in front of Sarah Sze's Triple Point (Planetarium)

Rebecca Lewis, WFUV

Dr. Annecy Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx during the 1970s. She said she liked hearing the stories of the people she lived with and even took a Jewish literature class in high school, which she loved. But she said she couldn't find stories that she could connect to.

Protesters: Fire NYPD Commissioner Bratton

by Associated Press
NYPD William Bratton.

Wikimedia

A group of demonstrators is calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton.

   The group, known as "New Yorkers Against Bratton," held a small protest Monday outside City Hall.

   Protesters said Bratton needs to be fired after the death of a Staten Island man in police custody.

   The NYPD did not immediately respond to a comment request.

   Eric Garner died Thursday after he was arrested for selling loose cigarettes.

LIRR Strike Averted

by Associated Press, Frank Eltman, Rachelle Blidner
LIRR train

Marc Flores, flickr

A tentative deal was reached Thursday that averts a strike by workers at the nation's largest commuter railroad, a top union negotiator said.

 Anthony Simon told The Associated Press about the tentative agreement with the Long Island Rail Road.

Morning Brief: July 16

by Jeff Coltin
Madison Square Park

Jeffrey Zeldman, flickr

Yesterday’s planned performance of the New York Philharmonic at Van Cortlandt Park was rained out, but for those still looking for a bit of piano in the park can find it at Madison Square Park in Manhattan tonight.  Famed French jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson plays in a quartet there from 7-8:30.  Admission is free.

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