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Earlier this month, I found Scratch in another writer's to-read pile. I was immediately drawn to the names on the cover: Leslie Jamison, Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, and Jonathan Franzen. Then I read what the cover illustration’s little black pen said: “Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living.” I had just graduated from college, and felt lost as to what my next career move would be. The book was a...
We've been warning you for awhile now that subway fares would be increasing this year, but now it's pretty much official: Prices will be increasing across the board, on everything from the base fare to unlimited cards. The New York Post reports: "MTA officials are backing the hiking of the MetroCard’s base fare and increasing the bonuses on pay-per-ride cards in March—rather than keeping the fare the same and ditching the bonuses," as had been...
The New York Times reports that prices are set to rise on subway and bus fares starting in March of 2015. Which, you know, it's not like we ever know what to do with our masses of disposable income anyway, so it might as well go to as smoothly run an organization as the MTA anyway, right? Uh, right. Sure. Absolutely.  Anyway. While the exact details of the fare hike are yet to be determined, the Times reports that there...
We've been watching the horizon for an MTA fare hike for a few weeks now, and we're getting a little nervous. As it stands, the agency needs to double the amount of funding it's been able to lay hands on for its $32 billion capital campaign. If they need to borrow that money, subway fares could go up by as much as 15 percent. Proposals to raise or institute bridge tolls across the five...

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