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Cecilia Grant is not used to this. Ten years ago, when issues arose in her family, she made plans to relocate to Florida. Today, she considers that relocation one of the biggest mistakes of her life. When she returned to New York in the winter of 2013, rising rent prices and an unfriendly market made it difficult for her to secure a long-term lease. By December she was pushed into the city’s frayed network...
Sometimes justice is served—it just takes more than half of a year. On December 6, 2015, 30-year-old Victoria Nicodemus was struck and killed while walking on a Fort Greene sidewalk by 39-year-old driver Marlon Sewell. Sewell, at the time, said he had swerved to avoid a car and a bus, and that he was high from a carbon monoxide leak in his car. Despite the fact that video surveillance showed Sewell recklessly careening onto the sidewalk outside...
When East River Ferry Service began in 2011, it really did feel like a new era in New York City public transportation: taking advantage of our significant waterways, traveling by boat, feeling the air whip against my face, atop the water. This was city living. But the problem quickly became: It wasn't that practical. Making just six stops total—from the Financial District, along Brooklyn to Astoria, and finally back to Midtown—it didn't usually go where I was going. Then...
In 1975, New York City was on the brink-iest brink of bankruptcy. The State Supreme Court had filed a petition for bankruptcy; Mayor Beame's aids advocated to set aside cash for vital city services, like putting out fires, and police cars. Yes, that kind of a brink. It is therefore no wonder that the streets of 1970s New York were excessively riddled with potholes. Streets—let alone nicely paved ones—probably seemed good enough when the city...

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