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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.

Governor Cuomo Taking "See How it Goes" Approach to Possible LIRR Strike

by Associated Press
LIRR Train.

ShellyS, Flickr

Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the Long Island Road.

   Unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.

   No talks were scheduled Tuesday between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. That's the agency that operates the LIRR.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the dispute.

Morning Brief: July 15

by Jeff Coltin
Van Cortlandt Park

Rich Mitchell, flickr

Bronxites (and anybody who wants, really), will be treated to some beautiful music from the New York Philharmonic in Van Cortlandt Park tonight—but only if the weather holds up.  A planned show for Central Park last night was rained out, so classical music fans will be praying for a dry evening.  If it happens, it’ll be 8-9:30.  Enter from Broadway, near 251st as the site is north of the ball fields.  Entrance is free.

 

WEATHER

Some NYC Officials Want to Cut Down on Evil Elmos

by Kris Venezia
Elmo Times Square.

Ed Yourdon, Flickr

Thousands of tourists pass through Manhattan's Times Square daily, and they are welcomed by tall buildings, flashy signs and bright lights. But those visiting the area are also greeted by Cookie Monster and SpongeBob SquarePants, and some New York City officials say these costumed characters aren't always welcoming.

Lawmakers met with the Times Square Alliance Wednesday morning to discuss concerns with these costumed characters in the popular tourist destination. 

New York City Museum Plans Adults-Only Sleepover

by Associated Press
American Museum of Natural History.

Wikimedia Commons

If you're not afraid of things that go bump in the night, an adults-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History may be for you.

   The New York City museum will have its first-ever sleepover adventure for adults 21 years old and up on Aug. 1.

   It's a far cry from the kiddie version.

   For one thing, the charge is $325 for museum members and $375 for non-members.

   A champagne reception, music and a 3-course dinner are on tap.

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