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A Great Big City โ€” New York City News, History, and Events

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The iconic "Charging Bull" statue has become recognized worldwide as a symbol of New York, but it was originally an illegal art installation that was dropped in the middle of the street on December 15, 1989. ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ‚
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 93 years ago on June 26, 1927 โ€” The Coney Island Cyclone wooden roller coaster opens to the public <figure class='photo center'><img src='https://img.agreatbigcity.com/postcard-featuring-the-cyclone-via-boston-public-library-slash-the-tichnor-brothers-collection.jpg'><figcaption>Postcard featuring The Cyclone via Boston Public Library / The Tichnor Brothers Collection</figcaption></figure> 51 years ago on June 28, 1969 โ€” Tensions between police and the gay community boil over into a revolt during an overnight raid on the Stonewall Inn 37 years ago on June 28, 1983 โ€” Eight men are arrested in a $1.5 million gold heist 3 years ago on June 30, 2017 โ€” A doctor opens fire at Bronx-Lebanon hospital, killing one and wounding six 21 years ago on July 1, 1999 โ€” Area code 646 launches in Manhattan to supplement 212 and 917 numbers 34 years ago on July 3, 1986 โ€” The opening ceremony of Liberty Weekend begins four days of celebrations around the Statue of Liberty's 100th anniversary and reopening after an extensive renovation <figure class='video center'><iframe width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/00l8CNcDo9U' frameborder='0' allow='accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture' allowfullscreen></iframe></figure> 4 years ago on July 3, 2016 โ€” A tourist steps on an explosive device in Central Park โ€” If you have any information or photos from that day, contact NYPD CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (1-800-577-8477), via text message at CRIMES (274637), or via online form. 2 years ago on July 4, 2018 โ€” A woman climbs the Statue of Liberty pedestal, causing Liberty Island to be evacuated and canceling many midday Fourth of July tours AGBC history: 3 years ago โ€” Would $123 Convince You to Bike to Work? โ€” Wednesday, June 28 8 years ago โ€” The NYPD's Newest Helicopter Focuses on Spotting Terrorism โ€” Friday, June 29 8 years ago โ€” Occupy Wall Street - June 28th, 6PM โ€” Friday, June 29 9 years ago โ€” Blimp Race on the Hudson โ€” Monday, July 4 1 year ago โ€” A Great Big City Will No Longer Publish to Facebook โ€” Friday, July 5 9 years ago โ€” Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus detected in New York City โ€” Thursday, July 7 A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Every evening, just before sundown, A Great Big City checks the Empire State Building's lighting schedule and sends out a notification if the tower's lighting will be lit in special colors for a holiday or celebration. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Mullaly Park โ€” 1015 RIVER AVENUE, the Bronx โ€” 15 acre park in West Concourse, Bronx, named for newspaperman John Mullaly, who also helped found the New York Park Association in 1881. Today's fact about New York Here's something you may not have known about New York: There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 103ยฐF on July 3, 1966 Record Low: 52ยฐF on June 29, 1888 AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Overcast, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere โ€” Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 123 years ago on June 15, 1897 โ€” A fire sweeps through Ellis Island's wood buildings 136 years ago on June 16, 1884 โ€” America's first roller coaster opens in Coney Island 72 years ago on June 16, 1948 โ€” Australian adventurer Ben Carlin and his wife Elinore launch their amphibious jeep into New York Bay in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe 67 years ago on June 22, 1953 โ€” The Hollow Nickel Case 45 years ago on June 24, 1975 โ€” Eastern Air Flight 66 crashes on approach at JFK Airport, killing 113 people 101 years ago on June 26, 1919 โ€” The first issue of the Illustrated Daily News is published, which would become the modern-day New York Daily News Manhattanhenge Photography Tips and Viewing Locations A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: It also automatically checks MTA data before morning rush hour and sends out notifications if there are delays on any subway lines, LIRR or MetroNorth trains, and bridges and tunnels. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Michel Triangle โ€” Clay Av bet. E 171 St and Claremont Pkwy, the Bronx โ€” Michel Triangle is bounded by Clay Avenue, Webster Avenue, and East 165th Street. The road that is now Clay Avenue, between 164th and 167th Streets, was part of the old General Staats Morris' racetrack that had been laid out in 1750 and survived through the mid-1800s. Did you know? Here's something you may not have known about New York: The largest class of Staten Island Ferry can carry 6,000 passengers Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 98ยฐF on June 19, 1994 Record Low: 48ยฐF on June 18, 1950 Weather for the week ahead: Possible light rain on Sunday and Tuesday. AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Overcast, TuneIn Radio, RadioPublic, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere โ€” Manhattanhenge music: Anonymous420
[Coronavirus monologue โ€” 7 northeast states form a joint committee to evaluate ending social distancing] Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 116 years ago on April 8, 1904 โ€” Longacre Square is renamed 'Times Square' 107 years ago on April 9, 1913 โ€” The first game is played at Ebbets Field 154 years ago on April 10, 1866 โ€” The ASPCA is founded in New York City, becoming the oldest animal welfare organization in the United States 59 years ago on April 11, 1961 โ€” Bob Dylan plays in Greenwich Village for the first time 115 years ago on April 12, 1905 โ€” The Hippodrome Theatre opens 103 years ago on April 12, 1917 โ€” The Bijou Theatre opens on 45th Street at Broadway 38 years ago on April 12, 1982 โ€” Three CBS employees are killed after encountering a gunman abducting a woman on the top of the Pier 92 parking garage 17 years ago on April 13, 2003 โ€” Subway tokens are phased out and replaced by the MetroCard 2 years ago on April 14, 2018 โ€” David Buckel, a prominent gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate, sets himself on fire in Prospect Park 9 years ago on April 16, 2011 โ€” Area code 929 enters service 1 year ago on April 17, 2019 โ€” A man was taken into custody after attempting to enter St. Patrick's Cathedral with cans of gasoline 14 years ago on April 18, 2006 โ€” Roosevelt Island Tram suffers mechanical problems, trapping 69 people in two tram cars in the air for seven hours A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Every evening, just before sundown, A Great Big City checks the Empire State Building's lighting schedule and sends out a notification if the tower's lighting will be lit in special colors for a holiday or celebration. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Ionia Avenue Forest โ€” A very densely-forested triangle at the southern end of Staten Island New York Fact Here's something you may not have known about New York: NYCHA, the New York City Housing Authority, oversees 325 housing developments citywide comprised of 2,418 buildings that house 400,000 New Yorkers Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 92ยฐF on April 16, 2002 Record Low: 22ยฐF on April 12, 1874 AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or RadioPublic, TuneIn Radio, Player FM, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere โ€” Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 69 years ago on March 29, 1951 โ€” The 'Mad Bomber' begins his largest streak of attacks, planting a series of explosive devices in public spaces across New York 111 years ago on March 30, 1909 โ€” The Queensboro Bridge opens to traffic April 1 in History: Greenwich Village Chase after Bleecker Street Armed Robbery March 24 in History: Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Rapid Transit System on "Tunnel Day" 5 years ago on April 2, 2015 โ€” Two women are arrested in Jamaica, Queens for planning terrorist bombings 161 years ago on April 4, 1859 โ€” The Civil War anthem 'Dixie' debuts in New York as part of a blackface minstrel show 87 years ago on April 4, 1933 โ€” The USS Akron, one of history's largest airships, crashes into the ocean off the coast of New Jersey, killing 73 and leaving three survivors <figure class='photo center'><img src='https://img.agreatbigcity.com/uss-akron-flying-over-the-southern-end-of-manhattan-island-new-york-city-circa-1931-1933-via-us-naval-history-and-heritage-command.jpg'><figcaption>USS Akron flying over the southern end of Manhattan Island, New York City, circa 1931-1933 via U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command</figcaption></figure> 53 years ago on April 4, 1967 โ€” Martin Luther King Jr. delivers a speech at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights titled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" โ€” Hear the full audio of the speech. 47 years ago on April 4, 1973 โ€” The twin towers of the World Trade Center officially open, becoming the tallest buildings in the world โ˜ฎ๏ธ A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Every evening, just before sundown, A Great Big City checks the Empire State Building's lighting schedule and sends out a notification if the tower's lighting will be lit in special colors for a holiday or celebration. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Haffen Park โ€” 1750 BURKE AVENUE, the Bronx โ€” Named after Louis F. Haffen, first Borough President of the Bronx. In 1996 Haffen Park received new modular play equipment (including slides, clatter bridges, and ladders), safety surfacing and paving. In 2006, a $1.2 million reconstruction project included the installation of a new synthetic turf field for both baseball and soccer, and a refurbished ballfield fence. Did you know? Here's something you may not have known about New York: You can take a free training course from the Department of Health to learn the right words to say to someone suffering with mental distress or substance abuse Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 86ยฐF on March 29, 1945 Record Low: 10ยฐF on March 29, 1923 Weather for the week ahead: Light rain throughout the week. AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Player FM, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. [Coronavirus monologue] 53 years ago on March 26, 1967 โ€” Thousands of people gathered at Central Park's Sheep Meadow on Easter Sunday for one of the first hippie "be-ins" of the 1960s 5 years ago on March 26, 2015 โ€” A gas explosion and fire destroys three buildings at Second Ave and St. Marks 57 years ago on March 28, 1963 โ€” Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' Premieres in New York at the Palace Theater on Broadway 35 years ago on March 31, 1985 โ€” The First WrestleMania is held at Madison Square Garden, featuring Mr. T and Hulk Hogan March 21 in History: Charles Lindbergh Receives the Medal of Honor in 1928 March 23 in History: Elisha Otis Installs First Passenger Elevator March 27 in History: The Disappearing House March 28 in History: Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' Premieres in New York A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Our fireworks page monitors the city's announcements of upcoming fireworks, lists them on our site, and automatically sends out a notification just before the fireworks begin, so that you can watch the show or prepare your pet for the upcoming sounds of explosions. Visit agreatbigcity.com/fireworks to see the full calendar and follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Estella Diggs Park โ€” 3436 3 AVENUE, the Bronx โ€” Formerly known as Rocks and Roots Park, the park was named after Estella Diggs, the first African-American woman to represent the Bronx in the NY State Assembly. Did you know? Here's something you may not have known about New York: If the NYC population was spread out at the same density as Wyoming, it would cover nearly half of the lower 48 states Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 84ยฐF on March 21, 1921 Record Low: 10ยฐF on March 21, 1885 Weather for the week ahead: Rain on Monday through Friday. AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio, Spotify, RadioPublic, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere โ€” Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com โ€” Monologue music: ๏ผ ๏ฝˆ๏ฝ๏ฝ”๏ฝŒ๏ฝ‰๏ฝŽ๏ฝ…๏ผŽ๏ฝ‡๏ฝ๏ฝ– by Anonymous420
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Coronavirus Info for NYC โ€” Westchester resident tests positive for coronavirus, becoming second New York case NYC looks at new idea to fix the BQE: An $11B tunnel through Brooklyn 26 years ago on March 1, 1994 โ€” A Lebanese-born man fires two handguns at a van of Jewish students on the Brooklyn Bridge, killing one and wounding three 97 years ago on March 5, 1923 โ€” "Human Fly" Harry F. Young falls to his death while climbing the Hotel Martinique as part of a movie promotion Upcoming Events: Mar 8 โ€“ Daylight Saving Time begins Mar 9 โ€“ Full Moon (Worm Moon) Supermoon Mar 9 โ€“ First night of Purim Mar 9 โ€“ Hindu festival of Holi Mar 17 โ€“ St. Patrick's Day Mar 19 โ€“ March Equinox 50 years ago on March 6, 1970 โ€” The Weather Underground townhouse explodes while the terrorist organization is constructing a bomb 12 years ago on March 6, 2008 โ€” A unsolved mystery that stands out in modern New York history: An IED explodes outside the Times Square Army recruitment office 3 years ago on March 7, 2017 โ€” The 'Fearless Girl' statue is placed at Bowling Green, facing the famous Wall Street Bull statue 61 years ago on March 9, 1959 โ€” The Barbie doll debuts at the American International Toy Fair in New York 287 years ago on March 12, 1733 โ€” Bowling Green Park is established as the city's first official park 6 years ago on March 12, 2014 โ€” A natural gas explosion levels two five-story buildings on Park Avenue Stories from AGBC History: 9 years ago โ€” What's happening with Admirals Row? โ€” Friday, March 4 9 years ago โ€” The TLC releases the results of their Taxi of Tomorrow survey โ€” Friday, March 4 3 years ago โ€” Caught on Live Video: ABC 7 Reporter Approached by Man in Mask on Lower East Side โ€” Saturday, March 4 3 years ago โ€” Not Real Yet - Don't Get Fooled by These Trump Internment Camp Signs โ€” Monday, March 6 3 years ago โ€” FDNY Debuts New Tethered Drone with Infrared Camera โ€” Tuesday, March 7 A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Our fireworks page monitors the city's announcements of upcoming fireworks, lists them on our site, and automatically sends out a notification just before the fireworks begin, so that you can watch the show or prepare your pet for the upcoming sounds of explosions. Visit agreatbigcity.com/fireworks to see the full calendar and follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day New Lots / Dumont Triangle โ€” A possible competitor for smallest park, this traffic island features just one tree and no grass, with paving stones surrounding the tree. Parks Events Astronomy: The Full Moon โ€” Date: March 8, 2020 The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City parks are the perfect place to stargaze and explore the night sky. Concert Calendar Celine Dion is playing Barclays Center on Thursday, March 5th at 7pm. Dermot Kennedy with SYML is playing Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, March 5th at 8pm. 070 Shake (16+, Rescheduled from October 9, 2019) are playing Webster Hall on Thursday, March 5th at 9pm. Jane Birkin is playing Beacon Theatre on Friday, March 6th at 8pm. Fabolous with Funkmaster Flex is playing Apollo Theater on Friday, March 6th at 8pm. bbno$ is playing Bowery Ballroom on Friday, March 6th at 8pm. Silversun Pickups with The New Regime is playing Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 6th at 8pm. Omarion with Bow Wow and Ying Yang Twins and Soulja Boy and The Millenium are playing The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, March 6th at 8pm. Celine Dion is playing Prudential Center on Saturday, March 7th at 7pm. Steve Hackett is playing Bergen Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 7th at 8pm. Moein is playing Manhattan Center on Saturday, March 7th at 9pm. bbno$ is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, March 7th at 9pm. Tchami is playing Terminal 5 on Saturday, March 7th at 9pm. Celine Dion is playing Prudential Center on Sunday, March 8th at 7pm. The Brothers (Allman Brothers Band 50th Anniversary) are playing Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 10th at 8pm. Dashboard Confessional with The Get Up Kids is playing Webster Hall on Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. Today's fact about New York Here's something you may not have known about New York: Residents or businesses can order posters, decals, and signs to properly label recycling bins and list items that are recyclable Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 77ยฐF on March 9, 2016 Record Low: 3ยฐF on March 5, 1872 Weather for the week ahead: Light rain Friday AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio, Pocket Casts, Overcast, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere โ€” Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com โ€” Upcoming Events music: 'The Job Next Door' by Anonymous420
Passengers Aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship Test Negative for New Coronavirus โ€” AGBC Health page tracking the coronavirus Gunman Who Allegedly Ambushed Cops Due in Court as Tension Between NYPD, Elected Officials Escalates 64 years ago on February 8, 1956 โ€” Eastern Air Flight 663 swerves to avoid an oncoming aircraft and crashes near Jones Beach, killing all 84 people on board 78 years ago on February 9, 1942 โ€” The SS Normandie catches fire and capsizes into the Hudson River 52 years ago on February 11, 1968 โ€” Madison Square Garden opens on the site of the old Pennsylvania Station Back in April 2019 on Episode 19 of the podcast, I first talked about the possibility of a tower rising above Macy's in Herald Square, and this week, the speculation of the tower moved closer to reality as the retail giant revealed new architectural renderings of a 900ft tower planned to be built on top of the classic Midtown store. Upcoming Events: February 10: Tu Bโ€™Shevat ๐ŸŒฑ, a minor Jewish holiday celebrating the planting of new trees February 12: Lincoln's Birthday, in recognition of the 16th President's birth in 1809 February 14: Valentine's Day ๐Ÿ’– February 15: Susan B. Anthony Day, celebrating a pioneer in securing women's right to vote February 17: Washington's Birthday, in recognition of the 1st President's birth in 1732 9 years ago on February 11, 2011 โ€” Maksim Gelman begins a killing spree spanning two boroughs, killing four people and injuring five 15 years ago on February 12, 2005 โ€” "The Gates" open in Central Park 45 years ago on February 13, 1975 โ€” A three-alarm fire burns in the World Trade Center North Tower for three hours A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Every evening, just before sundown, A Great Big City checks the Empire State Building's lighting schedule and sends out a notification if the tower's lighting will be lit in special colors for a holiday or celebration. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Barretto Point Park โ€” Located on the East River waterfront in Hunts Point in the Bronx, with facilities for fishing, boating, volleyball, basketball, a playground, and even a floating public pool that is made out of a barge and floats off the coast of Barretto Point Park! Parks Events Bronx Winterfest โ€” Date: February 15, 2020 Join NYC Parks for a day of family fun at the 10th annual Bronx Winterfest at Brady Playground in Bronx Park. This free, family-friendly event will include winter sports, dance performances, games, prizes, and much more! Activities include winter sports, workshops, dance performances, arts and crafts,... Concert Calendar This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: The Lumineers with Mt. Joy is playing Barclays Center on Thursday, February 13th at 7pm. Marc Anthony is playing Madison Square Garden on Thursday, February 13th at 8pm. Tove Lo with Alma is playing Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, February 13th at 8pm. The Lumineers with Mt. Joy is playing Barclays Center on Friday, February 14th at 7pm. Eagles: Hotel California Tour is playing Madison Square Garden on Friday, February 14th at 8pm. Bell Biv DeVoe with Monica and Fantasia and a Night of Love and Xscap3 are playing Prudential Center on Friday, February 14th at 8pm. Josh Groban is playing Radio City Music Hall on Friday, February 14th at 8pm. Falling in Reverse with Escape The Fate and The Word Alive are playing Webster Hall on Saturday, February 15th at 6pm. Eagles: Hotel California Tour is playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm. Marc Anthony is playing Prudential Center on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm. Maxwell with Mase and Musiq and En Vogue and The Dream are playing Barclays Center on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm. El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico with Tito Nieves and Jerry Rivera are playing Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm. Ween is playing Terminal 5 on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm. Lil Tjay: Pop Smoke with The BK Drip and Polo G and Melii and Fivio Foriegn are playing Kings Theatre on Sunday, February 16th at 8pm. Eagles: Hotel California Tour is playing Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, February 18th at 7pm. Post Malone with Swae Lee is playing Prudential Center on Tuesday, February 18th at 8pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. Today's fact about New York 95% of the city's water supply is delivered via gravity since it is stored in reservoirs at higher elevations upstate Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 73ยฐF on February 15, 1949 Record Low: -8ยฐF on February 15, 1943 Weather for the week ahead: Light rain today through Thursday. AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Overcast, Player FM, TuneIn Radio, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere โ€” Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com โ€” Upcoming Events music: 'The Job Next Door' by Anonymous420
Coronavirus Info for NYC 175 years ago on January 29, 1845 โ€” 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe is first published in the New-York Evening Mirror 63 years ago on February 1, 1957 โ€” Northeast Air Flight 823 crashes on Rikers Island after takeoff at LaGuardia, killing 20 and injuring 78 28 years ago on February 4, 1992 โ€” Area code 917 is introduced, originally used only for cell phones 4 years ago on February 5, 2016 โ€” A crane working at 60 Hudson Street collapses on Worth Street, killing one and injuring three โ€” Read more about the life of David Wichs, who was killed in the collapse. 56 years ago on February 7, 1964 โ€” The Beatles land at JFK Airport, beginning the British Invasion in American music culture 24 years ago on February 7, 1996 โ€” The Concorde makes its final commercial flight from JFK Airport to London, ending the era of supersonic travel 7 years ago on February 8, 2013 โ€” Winter Storm Nemo hits NYC โ€” Winter Storm Nemo hits NYC 4 years ago โ€” Zika Virus in NYC: Links and Information 8 years ago โ€” A cannonball is discovered on Governors Island 2 years ago โ€” Vintage New York Travel Tips Featured in a 1977 Newspaper โ€” AGBC News Episode 8: The Beatles Meet NY, Empty Skyscrapers, and Travel Tips from 1977 A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: It also automatically checks MTA data before morning rush hour and sends out notifications if there are delays on any subway lines, LIRR or MetroNorth trains, and bridges and tunnels. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Benjamin Gladstone Square โ€” Hoe Ave., Westchster Ave., W. Farms Rd., the Bronx โ€” Named for Benjamin Gladstone (1897-1935), a New York City native who represented the Bronx's Fifth Assembly District in the New York State Legislature. Concert Calendar Here's the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: Cold War Kids is playing Webster Hall on Tuesday, February 4th at 8pm. Cold War Kids is playing Webster Hall on Wednesday, February 5th at 8pm. Dijon is playing Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm. Poppy with VOWWS is playing Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm. Rex Orange County is playing Radio City Music Hall on Friday, February 7th at 8pm. Amber Liu is playing Terminal 5 on Friday, February 7th at 8pm. Mayer Hawthorne is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, February 7th at 9pm. Apollo Music Cafe is playing Apollo Theater on Friday, February 7th at 10pm. Oprah with Michelle Obama is playing Barclays Center on Saturday, February 8th at 9am. Thrice with mewithoutYou is playing Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, February 8th at 7pm. Rex Orange County is playing Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, February 8th at 8pm. Michael Kiwanuka with Sammy Brue is playing Terminal 5 on Saturday, February 8th at 8pm. J.I. Prince is playing SOB's on Saturday, February 8th at 8pm. Apollo Music Cafe is playing Apollo Theater on Saturday, February 8th at 10pm. Rynx is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, February 8th at 10pm. J.I. Prince is playing SOB's on Sunday, February 9th at 7pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. Learn about New York Here's something you may not have known about New York: 1.8 million New Yorkers benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps families and individuals supplement the cost of their diet with nutritious foods Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 70ยฐF on February 5, 1991 Record Low: -6ยฐF on February 5, 1918 Weather for the week ahead: Rain tomorrow through next Friday. AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Pocket Casts, Overcast, TuneIn Radio, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. 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11 years ago on January 15, 2009 โ€” Captain Sullenberger lands USAir Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, an event that would become known as the Miracle on the Hudson 19 years ago on January 17, 2001 โ€” A 2.4 magnitude earthquake strikes the Upper East Side of Manhattan 63 years ago on January 21, 1957 โ€” The Mad Bomber is arrested after planting at least 33 bombs that injured 15 people 50 years ago on January 22, 1970 โ€” The first Boeing 747 enters commercial service on a Pan Am route from JFK Airport to London Heathrow 15 years ago on January 23, 2005 โ€” The FDNY suffers "Black Sunday" when three firefighters are killed are four are injured in two separate fires โ€” Fatal fires break out in Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx early Monday โ€” one victim likely murdered before blaze 105 years ago on January 25, 1915 โ€” Alexander Graham Bell places the first transcontinental long-distance telephone call from New York to San Francisco 2 years ago โ€” Gov. Cuomo Pledges State Funds to Re-Open Statue of Liberty โ€” Sunday, January 21 2 years ago โ€” January 24 in History: Fraunces Tavern Bombing Kills Four โ€” Wednesday, January 24 1 year ago โ€” Survey Says: Bring on the Marijuana, But None For Me, Thanks โ€” Thursday, January 24 A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Every evening, just before sundown, A Great Big City checks the Empire State Building's lighting schedule and sends out a notification if the tower's lighting will be lit in special colors for a holiday or celebration. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Church Triangle Parks Events Lunar New Year: 21st New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival Lunar New Year Celebration Dragon Dance audio via KrisNM on Flickr Concert Calendar This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: Teddy Swims is playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday, January 25th at 7pm. Mat Kearney is playing New York Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday, January 25th at 7pm. Billy Joel is playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. LAUNDRY DAY is playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. Goose is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, January 25th at 9pm. Itzy - Band is playing Kings Theatre on Sunday, January 26th at 8pm. Lauren Alaina is playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday, January 27th at 8pm. Phora is playing Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, January 28th at 7pm. Stray Kids is playing The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, January 29th at 6pm. Ali Gatie is playing Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, January 29th at 7pm. Iann Dior with Landon Cube are playing Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday, January 29th at 8pm. Heilung is playing Webster Hall on Wednesday, January 29th at 8pm. The Wood Brothers with Kat Wright is playing Webster Hall on Thursday, January 30th at 7pm. Loud Records 25th Anniversary with Wu Tang Clan , Big Pun tribute, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep and more are playing Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, January 30th at 8pm. The Wood Brothers with Kat Wright is playing Webster Hall on Friday, January 31st at 7pm. George Dalaras is playing Apollo Theater on Friday, January 31st at 8pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. Today's fact about New York Here's something you may not have known about New York: Ward's Point in Tottenville, Staten Island is the southernmost point of both New York City and New York State Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 72ยฐF on January 26, 1950 Record Low: -6ยฐF on January 24, 1882 Weather for the week ahead: Rain on Saturday. AGBC Weather Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Player FM, Spotify, Podcast Addict, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit our podcast site to see show notes and extra links for each episode. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere โ€” Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com
AGBC collects a variety of links from across the internet and analyzes them to power our links page. Links are selected and ranked based on whether they are about New York and interesting enough to share. A few times per day, this same system also re-ranks the past few hours of news links and creates our top stories page. Taking that same idea and expanding it, here are the top stories about NYC for each month of 2019, along with a bit of follow-up to see how things have progressed since they were first published. January 2019 New York City's 2019 Women's March in Photos Not quite as large as the original 2017 Women's March, but still impactful enough to earn the highest-rated news story from January 2019. The third Women's March was actually two marches after one had split from the original organizing committee. Accusations of antisemitism against organizers of the national march led local organizations to split from the group based in Washington D.C. On January 19th, both an independent group, the Women's March Alliance, and the original national group held protest marches, one on the Upper West Side and one in downtown Manhattan at Foley Square. For 2020, the Women's March Alliance plans to march near Columbus Circle, but has not released a route as of yet, and the official local chapter of the national Women's March plans a rally in Foley Square. Both events are scheduled for January 18th. February 2019 Police detective killed by friendly fire in New York City A chaotic robbery at a T-Mobile store in Richmond Hill in Queens led to the first NYPD killed in the line of duty in nearly two years. The death of Detective Brian Simonsen brought increased focus to the case and revealed the many strange details of what would have been a typical store robbery. Most striking was the revelation that, although a bystander correctly told police that the man was robbing the store with a gun and forcing employees into a back room, in the aftermath of the police response and the shooting of the suspect, the gun was found to have been fake, and Simonsen had been accidentally shot and killed by fellow police officers. When the suspect emerged from the back room holding the realistic gun, officers retreated back outside, but the suspect not only raised the gun, but made movements as if he were firing it at officers. The seven officers at the scene then fired 42 shots within 11 seconds, striking the suspect eight times and hitting two officers. A second suspect, who had served as a lookout during the robbery, was captured several days later. Sergeant Matthew Gorman, who was also one of the first to respond to the robbery, was also hit in the hip by shots fired by other officers, but survived his injuries. In an interview with local news site The City in April 2019, the suspect said he was attempting to commit suicide by cop and he expressed that he wanted to tell the family of Detective Simonsen how sorry he was, although more recently, speaking to the NY Post from Rikers while awaiting trial, he stated that the robbery was meant as a prank and that he shouldn't be held responsible for the shootings of the officers. Although Detective Simonsen's death had been the first NYPD death in almost two years, tragedy would strike again in September 2019, when Detective Brian Mulkeen was accidentally shot and killed by fellow NYPD officers during a struggle with a suspect at the Edenwald NYCHA Houses in the Bronx. March 2019 Manhattan drivers near new era that may include $11.52 tolls The top story for March was about the congestion pricing plan, which was planned as part of the budget. Although the final toll price to charge vehicles entering Manhattan south of 60th Street hasn't been decided on, a prior study in 2017 by a state-appointed task force called for a $11.52 toll, which is being used as a baseline for what the new recommendation will actually be in 2020. The congestion pricing plan would go on to pass as part of the state budget on April 1, 2019 despite the pricing not yet being finalized. Under the current plan, pricing and enforcement systems will be studied throughout 2020 and announced at the end of the year. With details still up in the air, the earliest that congestion pricing could take effect would be 2021, but it remains to be seen how many legal challenges the various parts of the system will face, including potential last-minute lawsuits similar to those that delayed the 14th Street busway for three months this year. When congestion pricing does take effect, the funds will be used to improve the entire MTA system and install bus and bike lanes citywide. If the timeline holds true, New York will be the first city in the United States to implement congestion pricing, following world cities like Singapore, London, and Stockholm. April 2019 Toll hike makes Verrazzanoโ€“Narrows Bridge most expensive in country While the congestion pricing plan made headlines in March 2019 when it was finalized in the state budget, another toll jumped into the spotlight by April 2019, when the Verrazzano Bridge became the most expensive toll bridge in the country. Depending on your discounts and payment methods, may pay a variety of prices to cross, but the most expensive crossing, a Staten Island-bound non-E-ZPass trip, increased $2 and hit $19 on April 1st, 2019. If you're looking to cross the bridge on a budget, you can get a discount for using an E-ZPass, which will bring the price down to $12.24, and if you're a Staten Island resident, you can further chop away at the price by showing proof of residency to get a $5.50 price, or if three or more people can carpool together in a Staten Island-registered vehicle, the price drops to $3.40. The MTA-maintained bridge had daily traffic of more than 202,000 daily crossings in 2016, down from an all-time high of 219,000 in 2001, and in 2017, tolls on the bridge totaled about $417 million per year. May 2019 Brooklyn, Queens neighborhoods top list of fastest growing rental markets With May 1st being the time when New York leases traditionally expired, it's no surprise that the top story for May was about rental prices. Real estate site StreetEasy outlined their report in which housing sales were dropping while the rental market was growing, especially in Brooklyn and Queens. StreetEasy saw the biggest rental growth in the most expensive neighborhoods, which they theorized may be because people who want to live in those desirable neighborhoods are more willing to rent as sales prices have been increasing three times more quickly than rentals. Given the different rates of price increases between rentals and sales, an expensive rental may still be the smartest choice once all the costs of owning an apartment are factored in. Even with Amazon canceling plans to move to Long Island City, that neighborhood remained in the greatest demand in Queens, with Dumbo taking the priciest spot in Brooklyn. Although May 1st is no longer official the city's Moving Day, the middle of the summer is still a difficult time to change apartments, so if you're looking for a new place, consider trudging through the snow-filled streets when the lower number of renters means you'll have more bargaining power when signing a new lease! June 2019 Even Without Amazon, Rents Spike in Northwest Queens Like I said, during the summer, a city's mind turns towards real estate, and for June, real estate site Mansion Global looked at data from Douglas Elliman and Citi Habitats focused on the high end of rentals in the city. Like the StreetEasy report, Douglas Elliman found luxury rents rising in Long Island City despite Amazon's decision to cancel HQ2. Long Island City will continue to grow with or without Amazon, and the new luxury buildings rising up in the former industrial neighborhood are finding tenants willing to make it the most expensive neighborhood in Queens. Luxury rentals in Manhattan stayed the same year-over-year, with the Soho and Tribeca area remaining the priciest, with a median monthly rent of $6,150, and Dumbo the priciest in Brooklyn, with a median rent of $5,100. July 2019 NY House Dems call on city to bail out thousands of cab drivers suffering because of taxi medallion โ€˜crisisโ€™ As the summer moved on, the top story for July highlighted the ongoing crisis hitting yellow cab drivers, who are being impacted by ride-share companies while being left with large investments in pricey taxi medallions and business expenses. In July 2019, the Daily News covered a letter signed by 10 U.S. Congressmembers from New York who asked the city council's newly-formed Taxi Medallion Sale Prices Task Force to ensure assistance for taxi drivers and medallion owners who were suffering from a weakening medallion market and predatory lending. The letter came after a New York Times report on the hardships faced by taxi drivers, including mounting debt that led some drivers to suicide. The city was eyed as a source of assistance after the report showed more than a decade of artificially-inflated medallion prices and the city's $855 million earned from selling medallions directly and by collecting taxes on medallion sales. After an influx of mostly-unregulated ride-share companies flooded the market, prices of medallions dropped, leaving medallion owners in debt on an asset that had been sold as a sure-fire investment. For reference, taxi medallions peaked at a price of $1 million in 2013, but none of have for more than $500,000 since 2018. August 2019 NYPD officer shoots self in head in Queens home, ninth suicide of city cop this year After July's story highlighting the risk of suicide among taxi drivers, in August a similar threat was revealed among NYPD officers, when an off-duty officer took his own life, becoming the ninth officer to die by suicide in 2019. Robert Echeverria was a 25-year member of the NYPD, and his death turned the conversation toward an epidemic of officer suicides that needed special attention. Accord
Starting off with a bit more busway news this week: In a study released by Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants [PDF link], the 14th Street busway has improved travel times on multiple modes of transit by evaluating a variety of data sources, including the Department of Transportation, independent traffic counting, and Citibike data. M14 A and D bus weekday ridership is up 24% compared to last year, and transit times between Third Avenue and Eighth Avenue are faster by 36%, making the crosstown bus ride 5.3 minutes faster. Although the criticisms of the busway before it was even implemented were that the surrounding streets would become parking lots, the data shows that travel time on the surrounding crosstown streets stayed the same or increased by an average of one and a half minutes during weekday rush hours, with the biggest total increase found on 17th Street, the first crosstown street to the north of 14th that isn't broken up by Union Square. By comparison, travel times on the next-closest two-way crosstown streets, 23rd to the north and Houston to the south, showed a variety of increases and decreases in total travel times compared to October last year. On the Avenues, only minuscule changes were seen in drive times, with speeds actually increasing significantly during morning rush hours. The preliminary report released by Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants is the first of seven scheduled reports, with the final report on the project set to be released in Spring 2021. In the span of just 16 hours, four people were struck and killed by drivers across the city. In Manhattan, a 26-year-old woman was struck at a crosswalk in SoHo by a box truck driving in reverse, a man in Hell's Kitchen was struck and killed by a sanitation truck driver, an 85-year-old man was killed in Sunset Park by a truck driver, and a 57-year-old man was struck by three drivers separate and killed in Park Slope. According to Streetsblog.org, that brings the total number killed by drivers this year to 214, an 8% increase over 2018. In response, Mayor de Blasio stated that the NYPD will be deploying extra officers citywide to increase truck enforcement. The news sadly coincides with bicyclist Daniel Cammerman being struck and killed by the driver of a school bus on the 96th Street Central Park transverse on December 18th and the Brooklyn Supreme Court handing down a $43 million ruling this week in the case of a young girl struck and seriously injured by the driver of a school bus in 2017. Now is the time to focus on avoiding the flu this winter. The measles outbreak was a rare occurrence that was confined to small communities and mostly young children who hadn't yet been vaccinated, and only a few hundred people were affected, but different types of flu viruses take hold each year and flu vaccines must be built to properly address the flu strains that will be most prominent during each flu season. Data from the New York Department of Health shows that flu activity in New York City is already at a high level and there has been a 48% increase in hospitalizations statewide due to influenza. Within the city, there have been a total of 2,028 cases since the flu season began in October, with the past week showing a sharp increase of nearly 1,000 new cases within a week. The number of total cases is much higher at this point in the season than it has been in previous years. Given the early arrival of flu season, it's important to get a flu shot as quickly as possible, and it is a vital step for young children and older adults, especially anyone with heart disease, diabetes, asthma, lung disease, liver disease, or those who are pregnant. Just like the measles vaccine, everyone should receive a flu shot to avoid potentially spreading the disease to someone else in the city who may have a more compromised immune system. To find flu vaccinations across the city, use the NYC.gov Health Map at nyc.gov/flu or visit your neighborhood pharmacy, hospital, or clinic and ask if they administer flu shots. And please, everyone, wash your hands and cover your mouth by coughing or sneezing into your elbow! It's one of the easiest most impactful actions you can take to stop the spread of disease, and everyone holding the subway pole after you will be thankful. 30 years ago on December 15, 1989 โ€” Arturo Di Modica's 7,100 pound bronze 'Charging Bull' statue is secretly installed overnight near the New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree as a gift to the people of NYC Christmas and Hanukkah are on the way, and our list of tree and menorah lightings at agreatbigcity.com/christmas or agreatbigcity.com/hanukkah has the times and dates of 50 lighting ceremonies across the city! You can sort the list by holiday and past events are still listed, so that you can find a local Christmas tree to visit and keep track of public menorah lightings for each day of Hanukkah. If you don't see your local event on the list, drop us a note and we'll put the info up, whether it's the Rockefeller Center tree or just a neighborhood gathering to hang homemade ornaments on an evergreen in the local park! 48 years ago on December 26, 1971 โ€” Members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War occupy the Statue of Liberty for 42 hours to draw attention to the ongoing war 35 years ago on December 22, 1984 โ€” Bernhard Goetz shoots four men on a subway car, seriously wounding them during what was either a panhandling or robbery attempt 8 years ago โ€” A Very Shepherd Christmas - Stories From Jean Shepherd's New York City Radio Show โ€” Shepherd hosted a late-night show on WOR for 21 years, and each night was packed with the same storytelling and clever insights that became the inspiration for 'A Christmas Story'. While his voice has become ingrained in Christmas pop culture as the narrator of 'A Christmas Story', the recordings of his radio career from 1956-1977 paint a raw, impressionistic vision of New York City life. When Christmas came around each year, Shep would retell some of the various anecdotes that would be gathered together into 'A Christmas Story', some of which had recently been published in Playboy magazine and some of which made their debut on his radio show. A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Every evening, just before sundown, A Great Big City checks the Empire State Building's lighting schedule and sends out a notification if the tower's lighting will be lit in special colors for a holiday or celebration. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Franz Sigel Park Parks Events Lighting of the Largest Menorah in Brooklyn Lighting of the World's Largest Menorah in Manhattan Christmas Eve Caroling Concert Calendar This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: Yo La Tengo is playing Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, December 22nd at 7pm. A KANYE WEST OPERA - MARY is playing David Geffen Hall on Sunday, December 22nd at 8pm. Yo La Tengo is playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday, December 23rd at 7pm. Yo La Tengo is playing Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, December 24th at 7pm. Yo La Tengo is playing Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, December 25th at 7pm. Yo La Tengo is playing Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, December 26th at 7pm. Dave East is playing PlayStation Theater on Thursday, December 26th at 9pm. Yo La Tengo is playing Bowery Ballroom on Friday, December 27th at 7pm. PNB Rock (16+, Rescheduled from October 20, 2019) are playing Brooklyn Steel on Friday, December 27th at 8pm. Oliver Heldens is playing Schimanski on Friday, December 27th at 9pm. The Disco Biscuits is playing PlayStation Theater on Friday, December 27th at 9pm. Gogol Bordello with Dub Trio is playing Webster Hall on Saturday, December 28th at 6pm. Phish is playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 28th at 7pm. Yo La Tengo is playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, December 28th at 7pm. The Allman Betts Band is playing Beacon Theatre on Saturday, December 28th at 8pm. NERO is playing Schimanski on Saturday, December 28th at 9pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. Today's fact about New York Here's something you may not have known about New York: There have been 7 versions of the Times Square New Years Eve Ball: One made in 1907, 1920, 1955, 1995, 1999, 2007, and 2008 Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 72ยฐF on December 24, 2015 Record Low: -4ยฐF on December 20, 1942 Weather for the week ahead: No major precipitation throughout the week. Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. 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Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. A moment of remembrance this week for Alelia Murphy, who I mentioned back in July on Episode 30 of the podcast when she celebrated her birthday as the oldest living American. The Harlem resident died at the end of November at the age of 114 years, 140 days old. Ms. Murphy was born in North Carolina in 1905 and has lived in Harlem since the 1920s. Her funeral was held December 6th at the United House of Prayer for all People church on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The previous oldest American, Lessie Brown, died in January 2019. According to the Gerontology Research Group, the oldest living American is now Hester Ford, born just one month after Ms. Murphy in 1905. According to the records of the Gerontology Research Group, the oldest known New Yorker was Susannah Mushatt Jones, who was born in 1899 and lived 116 years, 311 days until her death in 2016 at a senior home in Brooklyn. In Uber's end-of-year report, the Empire State Building topped the list of most Ubered-to locations worldwide, with 1WTC coming in second place. โ€” Transportation reporter Aaron Gordon wrote on Jalopnik that the Empire State Building is within a 10 minute walk of nearly every single subway line, PATH trains, MetroNorth, and the LIRR. At the World Trade Center, the second-most Ubered-to location worldwide, 12 subway lines and the PATH train stop nearby. Other proposals, like City Council Speaker Corey Johnson trying to convince Mayor de Blasio to duplicate the 14th Street busway in Midtown streets on 34th or 42nd Street would also help replace the caravan of crosstown Ubers with city buses that could alleviate the gridlock near the Empire State Building. According to the DOT's 2019 Mobility Report, on 34th, 42nd, and 57th Streets, over 50% of the traffic is composed of taxis and rideshare vehicles, and traffic speeds in Midtown are 30% slower compared to the rest of Manhattan south of 59th, with vehicles creeping along at just 4.9 mph. Christmas tree lightings are already happening! So check out the AGBC list of tree and menorah lightings at agreatbigcity.com/christmas or agreatbigcity.com/hanukkah, where there are currently 41 lightings across the city. If you don't see your local event on the list, drop us a note and we'll put the info up, whether it's the Rockefeller Center tree or just a neighborhood gathering to hang homemade ornaments on an evergreen in the local park! 5 years ago on December 5, 2014 โ€” Korean Air Flight 86 is forced to return to the gate at JFK Airport after Korean Air vice president Heather Cho throws a temper tantrum over the serving of in-flight macadamia nuts Back in Episode 49 we covered the closing of Ellis Island in 1954 and how the brick buildings were almost torn down to make way for a futuristic city designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but 119 years ago on December 17, 1900, A new Ellis Island processing center opens after a fire destroyed the original wood buildings 25 years ago on December 7, 1994 โ€” Howard Stern and a passing motorist save a man threatening to jump from the George Washington Bridge 40 years ago on December 2, 1979 โ€” Elvita Adams attempts to jump from the Empire State Building, but is saved after hitting a ledge 20 feet below 1 year ago on December 10, 2018 โ€” The 'Fearless Girl' statue is relocated from Bowling Green to a permanent location outside the New York Stock Exchange building 30 years ago on December 15, 1989 โ€” Arturo Di Modica's 7,100 pound bronze 'Charging Bull' statue is secretly installed overnight near the New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree as a gift to the people of NYC A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: It also automatically checks MTA data before morning rush hour and sends out notifications if there are delays on any subway lines, LIRR or MetroNorth trains, and bridges and tunnels. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Haviland Playground โ€” Haviland Ave., Watson Ave. bet. Virginia Ave. and Pugsley Ave., the Bronx โ€” Set on land that was part of Pugsley Farm and named for earlier landowners Joseph and Mary Haviland. Serves as the playground for adjacent I.S. 125. Parks Events Check out our list of Christmas tree and menorah lightings across the city for some of this week's upcoming tree lightings, since most of them are placed in public parks! And now let's check in with our robot friend for the concert calendar: Concert Calendar This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: Summer Walker with Melii is playing Terminal 5 on Sunday, December 8th at 8pm. Dimash Qudaibergen is playing Barclays Center on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm. Angele with Angel is playing Webster Hall on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm. Holiday Cheer for WFUV Benefit Concert: Mavis Staples with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats is playing Beacon Theatre on Tuesday, December 10th at 8pm. CAAMP with Savannah Conley is playing Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday, December 10th at 8pm. Billy Joel is playing Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, December 11th at 8pm. Idina Menzel is playing Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium on Wednesday, December 11th at 8pm. CAAMP is playing Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, December 11th at 8pm. Anuel AA is playing Barclays Center on Thursday, December 12th at 8pm. DaBaby is playing Terminal 5 on Thursday, December 12th at 8pm. Omar Apollo is playing Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, December 12th at 8pm. Jingle Ball with Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, and more are playing Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 13th at 7pm. HennyPalooza is playing Barclays Center on Friday, December 13th at 8pm. Lindsey Stirling is playing New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 13th at 8pm. Live from Here with Chris Thile is playing The Town Hall on Saturday, December 14th at 5pm. Tyler Childers with Liz Cooper & The Stampede is playing Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, December 14th at 9pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. New York Fact Here's something you may not have known about New York: The Port Authority of NY and NJ oversees a "port district" area that is loosely defined as a 25-mile radius around the Statue of Liberty Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 75ยฐF on December 7, 1998 Record Low: 3ยฐF on December 10, 1876 Weather for the week ahead: Rain on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio, Player FM, Podcast Addict, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. 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Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. The ridership on crosstown buses at 14th Street has increased to more than 32,000 daily riders, an increase over last year's 26,000 daily riders, and now the city is looking at increasing service along the route. Now that buses are moving faster thanks to the clear streets and the installation of bus loading platforms, some are beginning to need to hold at bus stops to avoid getting ahead of schedule. The 14th Street buses will also be getting on-board camera systems that photograph any bus lane blockers and send that info to the Department of Transportation. Any scofflaws caught blocking buses by those on-board cameras or street-mounted cameras will be subject to fines. These are the same on-board cameras that made a dramatic debut recently when the Transit Authority posted a video on social media showing the bus camera zapping a delivery truck out of the bus lane. Although there haven't been any reports of disintegrating delivery vans, the cameras have been operating on the M15 and B44 Select Bus routes. Good and bad news for any holiday shoppers hoping for some traffic relief in Midtown this holiday season: City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said the success of the 14th Street busway should lead the city to expand the program to similar streets like 34th and 42nd, but Mayor de Blasio's view is still that instituting busways on other streets would be a premature move before the 14th street pilot program has completed. The current busway pilot program is scheduled to last 18 months, after which the DOT will examine the results and decide whether the program will continue. Midtown bus riders may still be stuck behind empty Ubers on 34th Street, but visitors to Rockefeller Center will get a bit more breathing room. The city announced on November 22nd that, beginning Friday, November 29th, movable barriers will be installed to close streets around Rockefeller Center and add more pedestrian space during the holiday season. The plan is to completely close 49th and 50th Streets from Fifth to Sixth beginning in the afternoon until midnight, when most shoppers and visitors will be in the area. Along Fifth Avenue from 48th to 52nd, a lane of the road on each side will be reclaimed for pedestrian traffic with movable barriers. On Sixth Avenue, a similar barrier setup will take over one lane of traffic, but only when the NYPD and DOT observers see that crowds are growing and more pedestrian space is needed. According to State Senator Brad Hoylman, the Rockefeller Center area attracts 125 million visitors during the holiday season. When news of the potential street closure plan leaked at the end of October, Mayor de Blasio emphasized that it had not yet been approved by City Hall and that someone at the DOT may have accidentally or intentionally leaked it "trying to further their own agenda". The plan will take effect the day after Thanksgiving. You may notice one problem when you combine the previous two stories: In response to news of the Rockefeller Center street closures, Transit Authority head Andy Byford released a short statement criticizing what he called a unilateral decision by the city that will slow down buses in the Rockefeller Center area since they are not given priority in the current plan. Fifth Avenue is a major north-south route for buses, and it remains to be seen how the four-block narrowing of the street will impact traffic or transit times. This week, the Port Authority announced this week that they hope to use autonomous vehicle technology to more closely space their buses through the Lincoln Tunnel. While they plan realistically wouldn't eliminating drivers, the technology would allow the buses to drive close to each other and maintain a higher speed by closely monitoring the surrounding environment and avoiding collisions with greater accuracy than a human driver. Today's podcast is brought to you by City Survival: The AGBC Holiday Gift Guide โ€” Whether it's a tiny replica of a fire escape to hang on your wall or a gadget that may one day help you escape a stalled subway train, find all your gifts this year through our Gift Guide at agreatbigcity.com/gift-guide and your purchases will financially benefit AGBC. Coming up November 28th, the 93rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade will fly 16 giant balloons from 77th Street to 34th Street, with new giant balloons this year of Astronaut Snoopy, Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, a new Spongebob Squarepants design featuring Gary the snail, and the reappearance of Smokey the Bear, but those new balloons will hopefully stop to pay their respects to some of their fallen comrades. Over the 93 years of Macy's parades, there have been three major balloon crashes: 26 years ago in 1993 โ€” The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade knocks down a streetlight in Columbus Circle, injuring a child and an off-duty police officer 22 years ago in 1997 โ€” Four are injured, two seriously, when a Cat in the Hat balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade knocks down a streetlight on Central Park West โ€” Hear more about the Corey Lidle plane crash on Episode 44 of the podcast 14 years ago in 2005 โ€” Two are injured when an M&M balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade knocks down a streetlight in Times Square Safety limits are now set on where balloons may only fly if sustained winds are below 23mph and gusts are below 34mph. For this Thanksgiving, the winds are predicted to be in the 20mph range, so it remains to be seen if high winds may ground the balloons this year. No matter what happens to this year's Macy's balloons, it won't be as exciting as the parade's end from 1927 to 1932, when parade balloons were simply launched into the sky after the parade, where the helium-filled balloons would rise into the air and Macy's predicted they would deflate and land, so they attached a note that offered a $100 reward to anyone who returned the balloon's remains. The tradition ended, however, when one of the loose balloons finally ended up getting stuck on the wing of an airplane and sent the plane into a tailspin. 13 years ago on November 25, 2006 โ€” Sean Bell is shot and killed by police in a controversial shooting that raised protests over how police handled the encounter and whether anyone in Bell's bachelor party was actually armed โ€” Sean Bell is shot and killed by police in a controversial shooting that raised protests over how police handled the encounter and whether anyone in Bell's bachelor party was actually armed. Upon leaving the bachelor party at a strip club, undercover police testified that they heard one of Bell's friends say he was going to get a gun, so police, who were outside the club investigating possible prostitution at the location, drew their guns and fired on the group, killing Bell and severely injuring two others. The NYPD response hinged on whether a gun was mentioned or displayed, with witnesses saying no one in the bachelor party mentioned a gun and none being found at the scene. Mayor Bloomberg called the shooting unacceptable and said it looked like a case of excessive force, with five officers firing a total of 50 shots, hitting Bell four times, Trent Benefield three times, and Joseph Guzman 19 times. Protests took place comparing Bell's death to similar police shootings of unarmed men and protesters called for the officers to be held accountable. Three of the five officers involved in the shooting were indicted and went before a judge in a bench trial where all charges were dropped on April 25, 2008. Despite their acquittal, all officers and their commanding officer were fired or forced to resign by 2012. Liverpool Street from 94th to 101st Ave in Jamaica, Queens was named in honor of Sean Bell on what would have been his 27th birthday. 109 years ago on November 27, 1910 โ€” The original Penn Station opens to the public, with an estimated 100,000 visitors on the first day โ€” The original Penn Station opens to the public, with an estimated 100,000 visitors on the first day The city operated a bit differently in those days, with the New York Times noting the increase in pedestrians on a Sunday in the "usually very quiet" area in Midtown between Penn Station and Times Square, and that the crowds were "impressed with the lack of confusion" at Penn Station on opening day. One aspect of the opening day report did seem all too familiar: The new station caused a notable increase in subway passengers at both the Times Square and 33rd Street stations, causing passengers to question why there had not been extra capacity added to the Seventh Avenue cross-town trolley. The increase in train traffic also relocated a large number of support personnel to the city, with many settling in southeast Queens near the newly-constructed Sunnyside train yards. This increased the population of Long Island City by at least 2,000. The original above-ground structure of Penn Station would remain until 1963, when it had fallen into disrepair and was torn down and replaced with Madison Square Garden. The loss of what was once an architectural wonder led to the formation of the Landmarks Preservation Commission that would save Grand Central Terminal from a similar fate just two years later. Today, the Moynihan Train Hall near Penn Station is being renovated into a modern version of what Penn Station once was. The new train station will service Amtrak and LIRR customers and feature a soaring glass atrium ceiling about the size of Grand Central's main hall. A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happen
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. If you're one of the 26,000 people who visit the Wall Street Bull on a typical day, you may soon need to ask for a different set of directions. Back in April 2018, when it was announced that the Fearless Girl statue was going to be moved from Bowling Green to outside the New York Stock Exchange, there were also rumblings of a possible move for the Charging Bull statue. The Bull is one of the city's most popular and iconic attractions, but its location in the middle of Broadway has long caused a dangerous situation, with onlookers standing inches away from the taxis and tour buses that travel down Broadway. A small pedestrian area added along the border of Bowling Green plaza has not helped, and concrete barriers are still necessary along the border of the plaza to prevent the multiple lanes of traffic from hitting visitors to the statue. A year after the city moved Fearless Girl, the mayor's office has confirmed that the Wall Street Bull will be moving out of Bowling Green and into the plaza outside the NYSE, where visitors can more safely gather around the iconic statue. Tourists may be asking for directions to the Bull for quite a long time, as Google Maps currently still shows the Fearless Girl statue as being located in Bowling Green, despite being moved to the Stock Exchange a year ago in November 2018. If you're a fan of the Bull, be prepared for its 30th anniversary, coming up on December 15th, when the Bull was first dropped off in front of the Stock Exchange in what sculptor Arturo Di Modica called a gift to the people of New York that was meant to represent the strength and power of the American people. Despite initially placing the Bull in front of the Stock Exchange, Di Modica is no fan of the statue being relocated there again. Although no final placement has been announced, Di Modica was also critical of the placement of the Fearless Girl near his statue, and would likely fight having the statues placed facing each other again. The Parks Department does not purchase art to display in city parks, so in a unique arrangement, the Bull is technically still owned by Di Modica, but has also long outlasted the one-year limit that pieces of art are typically granted to be displayed in public parks. This unofficial arrangement over the statue's ownership will likely cause further confusion if the sculptor disagrees with the city's plans to relocate the statue. Checking in with the 14th Street busway, the Department of Transportation will be installing new bus-boarding platforms along 14th Street from now through December 2019. These are snap-together plastic islands that allow faster boarding of buses without taking up sidewalk space. The plastic platform extends out from the bus shelter and prevents vehicles from being able to block the bus stop and allows the bus to continue along the route without pausing to merge back into traffic. This, combined with the all-door boarding of the Select Bus Service allows faster bus stops with more room for passengers while exiting or waiting for the bus. Each platform will take about six days to install and will temporarily close the bus stop at that location, but the DOT will stagger the installations so that the nearest surrounding bus stops remain in service. The busway itself just passed one month in operation after a series of lawsuits delayed its opening. Both city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and Transit Authority president Andy Byford have publicly praised the results of the busway and see it as a template for possible busways in other parts of the city where traffic has slowed buses to a crawl. The 14th Street busway program is expected to last 18 months, after which the DOT will examine the results and decide whether the program will continue. If you're elsewhere in the city and can't catch one of the frequent 14th Street buses, soon you'll be able to flag down a truly unique taxi option. This week, the Taxi and Limo Commission added the 2019 Tesla Model 3 as an approved vehicle to be converted into a city taxi. The electric cars have a minimum range of 220 miles, but excel in city driving as they don't waste energy while stopped in traffic. During the Taxi of Tomorrow competition, part of the complaint against the winning Nissan NV200 was the cost of maintenance, another area where Teslas would shine, as they have no required maintenance. According to Allan Fromberg of the TLC, there are already Teslas operating as for-hire vehicles in the city, but none have gotten the full taxi treatment yet. Any potential Model 3s that will be used as city taxis will receive the same makeover as all other vehicles, from the yellow paint job to the clear partition and roof-mounted lights. It would be up to the taxi company using the Model 3 to figure out how and when to recharge the car, as Tesla explicitly prohibits taxi and rideshare vehicles from using its Supercharger network, which is the fastest way to recharge a Tesla vehicle. Taxi operators would instead need to install high-power electric hookups at their garages, much like companies install private gas pumps to refuel their fleets of vehicles. Coming up November 28th, the 93rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade will feature 16 giant balloons, 40 smaller balloons and inflatables, 26 floats, 1,200 performers, 11 marching bands, and more than 1,000 clowns. New giant balloons this year are Astronaut Snoopy, Green Eggs and Ham, a new Spongebob Squarepants design featuring Gary the snail, and the reappearance of Smokey the Bear. If you've ever followed AGBC during the Thanksgiving season, you may know that this is also the season for the AGBC Thanksgiving Parade โ€” a page on our site that takes all 93 years of balloons and jumbles their names into a wacky new lineup. Let's hit the randomizer and see what ideas we come up with for this year's AGBC parade: Visit agreatbigcity.com/thanksgiving to shuffle the list and generate your own funny balloon names. Where else will you see the Buzz Rugrats balloon, How to Train Your Santa Claus, and Mama and Papa Doughboy? Only in a hypothetical AGBC parade, of course! 61 years ago on November 10, 1958 โ€” New York jeweler Harry Winston donates the Hope Diamond to the Museum of Natural History by mailing it to Washington D.C. via registered mail 50 years ago on November 10, 1969 โ€” Sesame Street debuts on public television after an earlier test period in July when episodes were shown to preschoolers in Philadelphia and NYC 212 years ago on November 11, 1807 โ€” Washington Irving gives New York the name "Gotham", which means "goat's town" Bill de Blasio finally called it quits after attempting a Presidential run back in September, but this week former Mayor Bloomberg indicated that he may take another swing at the campaign, himself! Bloomberg has toyed with the possibility of running for President over the years, but seemed to declare his most serious effort for the upcoming 2020 election. While he has not officially declared his candidacy, this week Bloomberg filed paperwork to appear on the Alabama ballot, which had an early deadline candidates must meet, and is in the process of filing in Arkansas and is listed as a potential candidate by the Michigan Department of State. According to various reports from people close to Bloomberg, he has not made a final decision, and will soon announce his intentions. In a statement, top advisor Howard Wolfson stated that this was not a campaign announcement, but that Bloomberg was increasingly concerned that the current field of Democratic candidates are not well positioned to defeat Donald Trump. Neither Bloomberg nor Wolfson provided any specific criticisms on policies or candidates that they find troubling, earlier in October, Bloomberg had reportedly only considered entering the Presidential race if front-runner Joe Biden dropped out. With Bloomberg's recent filing of paperwork in Alabama, the latest Quinnipiac poll was only able to ask the final half of those surveyed about a potential Bloomberg Presidential run, and although the sample size is only 636 potential New Hampshire Democratic voters, the results are certainly less than encouraging: Of the 636 surveyed, 54% responded that they would definitely not vote for Bloomberg in the Democratic primary. Among the full 1,134 likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, Joe Biden still takes the top spot, but with only 20% of those surveyed choosing him if the primary were held today. In a separate question, 61% indicated they might change their mind on which candidate they'd vote for before the primary. In a November 8th poll by Morning Consult, Bloomberg faced high unfavorability numbers, but would fare about as well as Biden, Sanders, and Warren in a hypothetical match-up against Trump if the election were held today. 65 years ago on November 12, 1954 โ€” Ellis Island is closed after years of serving as a detention center after both World Wars 18 years ago on November 12, 2001 โ€” American Airlines Flight 587 crashes in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens on takeoff from JFK Airport, killing all 260 people aboard and five people on the ground In AGBC history: 2 years ago โ€” Hugo Boss Rooftop Features Massive Cologne Bottle โ€” Wednesday, November 8 8 years ago โ€” Occupy Wall Street - Evicted From Zuccotti Park by the NYPD โ€” Tuesday, November 15 3 years ago โ€” NY1 is Rebranded as "Spectrum News" โ€” Tuesday, November 15 A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New
Take a trip through the slimy, sickening side of the city and prepare yourself for A Great Big SCARE! It's ironically appropriate that the subway celebrates its birthday right around the spookiest time of year, as it prominently features in New Yorkers' nightmares. 115 years ago on October 27th, 1904, The original 28 subway stations opened, stretching from City Hall to 145th Street in Manhattan. From 1904 until 1948, the price for a subway ride was just 5ยข, a price range that's equivalent to about 92ยข in today's dollars. Instead, you'll be paying three times that amount for a ride today, in a 100-year-old system that is struggling to keep up with modern demand. Although the subway's on-time performance recently hit a six-year high, only 81% of trains arrive on time during a typical weekday, and the subway's previous on-time figures put it at the lowest among all major cities' transit systems. In 2017, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the New York transit system in an effort to revitalize the deteriorating subway and modernize its signal system. In an effort to avoid further increasing the subway fare, the MTA's $54 billion plan to improve the subway will rely on revenue from a congestion pricing toll on vehicles that enter Manhattan south of 61st Street. Vehicles entering central and southern Manhattan will be subject to a toll of around $12 for the privilege of sitting in traffic that has slowed to a crawl in recent years as rideshare drivers have flooded the streets, with speeds in Midtown in 2018 averaging just 4.7 mph. If streets lined with traffic and a subway running on ancient tracks make New York sound like the city for you, don't forget to pay at the door! Beginning January 2020, the cost of entering the city via bridge or tunnel will increase to $16 and the AirTrain ride to JFK Airport will increase to $7.75. If you've finally paid your toll to get into the city, good luck finding a place to stay! According to real estate site StreetEasy's data through August 2019, the prices of rentals are increasing while the prices of homes for sale are decreasing. The median asking price for a one-bedroom in Manhattan jumped 7.5% year-over-year, adding $233 to the monthly rent. If you end up looking at apartments more in your price range, the horrors continue. According to bedbugregistry.com, there have been 4,490 reports of bedbugs across the city, including a report from October 26th of a traveler who woke up from a lovely sleep in room 1622 of a hotel in Midtown only to find a bedbug crawling on his pillow. The hotel refused to believe him until he capture a live bug in a sandwich bag and showed it to the hotel staff. If you think you're safe from bedbugs if you don't stay in a Midtown hotel, consider the tale of a resident in Long Island City, who ordered a bed frame and headboard online, only to open the package and find bedbugs inside. When New Yorkers glance up to see air conditioners precariously hanging from every apartment window, a pedestrian's mind turns to tragedy, picturing their inevitable death after one of those menacing sheet metal boxes breaks free from its windowsill. If the air conditioner plummets toward you, will those days at the gym give you the nimble speed to heroically jump out of its path? In the past 30 years, there have been only a handful of documented air conditioner drops, despite millions of New Yorkers propping their A/Cs up on the hopes that the power cord will support the full weight of the machine if it ever tears loose. While you allow the fear of falling machinery to fade from your mind, consider a report from 2008 that showed the increased energy usage of air conditioning during the summer directly contributes to up to 1,000 deaths annually in the eastern United States. Without sustainable forms of energy, power-hungry air conditioning units put extra demand on coal-burning power plants, increasing ozone levels and fine particulate matter in the air, all of which will only get worse as climate change increases the frequency and duration of summer heat waves. New York is a world-class city that will survive far into the future, or at least some parts will survive. As the earth's climate changes and sea levels begin to rise, more and more of the city's shoreline will be regularly inundated with water, eroding the city's most valuable infrastructure. Water levels around New York have already risen more than one foot since 1900, and the rate of sea level rise is only increasing. By 2100, the waters around New York will rise from between 18 inches to over four feet, due to damage that has already been done to the planet. On a map from FloodHelpNY that uses FEMA data to estimate future flood-prone areas, water is seen flooding coastal areas across the city as water levels rise, putting areas like Long Island City, the Rockaways, and both JFK and LaGuardia Airport at risk. In Manhattan, the appropriately-named Canal Street will become a canal once again, pouring water directly into the Hudson Tunnel entrance, and in Brooklyn, the sea will wash over Red Hook and swell the waters of the Gowanus up into the surrounding neighborhood. New data shows that the elevation data used to calculate the impact that sea level rise will have on coastal cities was actually using satellite data that measured the heights of trees and buildings, mistaking them for the ground level, so much more low-lying land will be inundated with water than previously estimated. And all of that water is just on a good day, not when a 100-year flood hits the city. Seven years ago on October 29, 2012, the city saw how intensified natural disasters can bring an unprepared the city to its knees. When Superstorm Sandy hit the city, sweeping corrosive ocean water into basements, power stations, and subway tunnels, the city suffered a $30 billion impact, and one still felt seven years later as subway repairs continue and residents struggle to rebuild their homes. โ€” Hurricane Sandy hits New York City, causing a five-day blackout across downtown Manhattan and damage to infrastructure across the city, on Long Island, and in New Jersey And now let's see what haunted happenings our robot friend has found for this Halloween night: Dead & Company is playing Madison Square Garden on Thursday, October 31st at 7pm. Flatbush Zombies is playing Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, October 31st at 8pm. Dead & Company is playing Madison Square Garden on Friday, November 1st at 7pm. Blues Traveler is playing Beacon Theatre on Friday, November 1st at 8pm. King Princess with Girlpool is playing Terminal 5 on Friday, November 1st at 8pm. Live from Here With Chris Thile with Gregory Alan Isakov is playing The Town Hall on Saturday, November 2nd at 5pm. Mumiy Troll is playing Webster Hall on Saturday, November 2nd at 6pm. Super Freestyle Explosion with Stevie B and Expose and GEORGE LAMOND and Lisa Lisa are playing Prudential Center on Saturday, November 2nd at 7pm. Marc Anthony is playing Barclays Center on Saturday, November 2nd at 8pm. The Fab Faux is playing Beacon Theatre on Saturday, November 2nd at 8pm. Rosanne Cash with Ry Cooder is playing Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium on Saturday, November 2nd at 8pm. King Princess with Girlpool is playing Terminal 5 on Saturday, November 2nd at 8pm. Leslie Odom Jr. is playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday, November 4th at 7pm. Clairo (16+ Event) is playing Brooklyn Steel on Monday, November 4th at 8pm. Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul are playing Beacon Theatre on Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm. Clairo (16+ Event) is playing Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday, November 6th at 8pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. Here's something you may not have known about New York: According to a 2014 study, there are approximately 2 million rats living in New York City. The common brown rat not only carries a wide variety of diseases and viruses that is spread via saliva, urine, and rat droppings, but microscopic fleas also catch a ride on rats and carry diseases like the bubonic plague, typhus, and spotted fever. Although an adult rat weighs about as much as a can of soda, they can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter and jump three feet in the air. Park of the Day Visit the former home of the king of horror, Edgar Allen Poe, at Poe Park in the Bronx, on Grand Concourse at 192nd. The poet rented the home from 1846 to 1849, just before his early death at the age of 40. Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 84ยฐF on November 1, 1950 Record Low: 23ยฐF on November 5, 1879 Weather for the week ahead: Light rain throughout the week. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere Concert Calendar music: 'La beautรฉ dans les gouttes de sueur qui perlent sur ton front' by Dancefloor is Lava Feature music: 'Abyss' by Demoiselle Dรถner โ€” 'Hello Michael !' by Loyalty Freak Music โ€” 'Monster Parade' by Loyalty Freak Music โ€” 'Insomnia at the bottom of the river' by Soft and Furious
Last week I walked you through the history of the Guggenheim Museum to mark its 60th anniversary on October 21, 1959, and this week I wanted to point you to a podcast by 99% Invisible, a design and architecture podcast, which worked with the Guggenheim to produce a special audio walkthrough that talks about the history of the building and some of the art that has been displayed in the museum over the years. For instance, you may not have known that Frank Lloyd Wright initially intended for museum attendees to ride an elevator to the top of the building and experience the museum's exhibitions from top to bottom. Learn more about the Guggenheim at 99pi.org and listen to episode 375 of 99% Invisible while you tour the museum. โ€” The Guggenheim Museum Opens on the Upper East Side A few more details this week on the observation deck at Hudson Yards that we talked about in Episode 13 of the podcast: The deck is the glass triangle jutting off the southeast corner of 30 Hudson Yards that the surrounding neighborhood lovingly referred to as a bird beak! The observation deck is called New York Edge and will be the highest observation deck in the western hemisphere at 1,131 feet above street level, surpassing both the observation deck at 1WTC and the former Sears Tower, but still falling far short of overseas marvels like Shenzhen's Ping An International Finance Centre's observation deck that is 700 feet higher. The most striking aspect is the glass floor section at the center of the triangle, offering a view straight down the side of 30 Hudson Yards. Walking to the tip of the triangle-shaped deck will offer views across the entire city, from the new skyscrapers lining Billionaire's Row, full views of the Empire State Building, and a look down the western side of Manhattan all the way to 1WTC. The deck won't open until March 2020, but tickets are already on sale at an introductory price of $36/person for a specific time or $56/person for a daily pass. If you're a New York resident, you can receive a few more dollars off the list price. Both prices are comparable to what you'll pay to rise above the city at One World Observatory or the Empire State Building's observation decks. โ€” Living with a view like that doesn't come without a hefty price tag, either! In PropertyShark's latest data, Hudson Yards ranked as the most expensive neighborhood, pushed to the top by a slew of expensive new sales in newly-opened buildings. For the third quarter of 2019, Hudson Yards sailed past Tribeca to post a median sale price of $5 millionย โ€” more than twice Tribeca's $2.4 millionย median price for the same time period. Since PropertyShark's ranking of expensive neighborhoods is based on real estate transactions that closed during each quarter, neighborhoods can jump up the list quite drastically, as was seen in this report when the Lower East Side made an appearance at #8 on the list, jumping up eight places, after a number of units were sold at 250 South Street, a massive 72 story tower that grew along the waterfront at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Sales during the third quarter in that building alone had a median price of $1.6 million. While you're up on the new observation deck at Hudson Yards, bring a pair of binoculars and see if you can spot some new signage in Dumbo: The former glowing-red Watchtower sign that stood along the Brooklyn waterfront for nearly 50 years will now be replaced with a glowing-red Welcome sign. The architectural renderings show a slightly less ominous font than the Watchtower sign, but the new Welcome sign will still be displayed in bold letters and still feature the LED clock above the sign. The building was sold by the Jehovah's Witnesses for $340 million in 2016 and the new owners are redeveloping the site into a mixed-use complex named the Panorama, which will incorporate shopping and innovative outdoor public spaces. Interestingly, the website for the Panorama still features an earlier rendering of the replacement sign, where the word Panorama would be spelled out in a similar font to the Welcome sign which will now be installed. The Rockefeller Center ice rink recently opened, the Bryant Park rink will open in Winter Village after Halloween, but you may notice a difference at the Central Park rink this winter: After buildings along Riverside Boulevard removed the Trump name from their buildings, two ice-skating rinks in Central Park were some of the last remaining Trump branding in the city, but as skating began this year, the Trump name was covered over or replaced with a small footnote where there had previously been large red letters on the rink's walls. As the Washington Post reports, some of the signs have been amended with a small "Operated by the Trump Organization" note at the bottom, while the skate rental counter simply hung a tarp over the name. According to the Parks Department, the change was unexpected and was the decision of the Trump Organization, which will still run the rinks, but voluntarily decided to downplay their branding for the first time since the 1980s. Although the rinks are still officially named the Wollman and Lasker rinks, the branding is a result of Trump's real estate company aiding the city in completing the construction and renovation project in the 1980s. Skating at Wollman rink is open now at 62nd Street and costs between $12 and $19, and skating at Lasker rink at 110th Street opens on October 27th and costs $9. For a free option, head to Bryant Park or the Conservatory Water pond on the east side at 74th Street, where remote control boats float during the summer, but free ice skating is available once the ice freezes thick enough! If you're not ready to get in the winter mood and go ice skating just yet, keep an eye on our listing of Halloween events in the city! Coming up on Saturday, October 26: The Fort Greene Great PUPkin costume contest for dogs at 11am and the larger Fort Greene Halloween Festival from noon to 3pm. On Sunday, October 27: The Howl-o-Ween dog costume party in Riverside Park at 87th Street at noon. On Wednesday, October 30: The Halloween Pumpkin Floatilla in Central Park's Harlem Meer at 110th Street at 4pm. And on Halloween, the Riverside Park costume parade at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument at 89th Street at 3pm and the city's biggest party, the Village Halloween Parade at 7pm along Sixth Avenue in the West Village! Visit agreatbigcity.com/halloween for more info. 16 years ago on October 24, 2003 โ€” The Concorde makes its final commercial flight from JFK Airport to London, ending the era of supersonic travel 1 year ago on October 26, 2018 โ€” A suspect is taken into custody in Florida after mailing bombs to prominent critics of Donald Trump, including two to CNN's Columbus Circle headquarters and one to Robert De Niro in Tribeca 115 years ago on October 27, 1904 โ€” The original 28 subway stations open 56 years ago on October 28, 1963 โ€” Demolition begins on Penn Station, razing all above-ground structures to make way for Madison Square Garden despite outcry from architects and the public 7 years ago on October 29, 2012 โ€” Hurricane Sandy hits New York City, causing a five-day blackout across downtown Manhattan and damage to infrastructure across the city, on Long Island, and in New Jersey A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Our fireworks page monitors the city's announcements of upcoming fireworks, lists them on our site, and automatically sends out a notification just before the fireworks begin, so that you can watch the show or prepare your pet for the upcoming sounds of explosions. Visit agreatbigcity.com/fireworks to see the full calendar and follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Dunbar Playground Parks Events Halloween Fest 2019 โ€” Date: October 26, 2019 at 11am in Bushwick Inlet Park Halloween Pet Costume Party โ€” Date: October 26, 2019 at noon in Jackie Robinson Park Fort Totten Halloween Festival โ€” Date: October 26, 2019 at noon in Queens 40th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk + Fair โ€” Date: October 26, 2019 at noon in Prospect Park Halloween Harvest Festival โ€” Date: October 26, 2019 Movies Under the Stars - Shocktoberfest: Beetlejuice โ€” Date: October 26, 2019 Halloween Fest 2019: Beetlejuice โ€” Date: October 26, 2019 Mad. Sq. Dogs Howl-o-ween โ€” Date: October 27, 2019 Howl-o-ween โ€” Date: October 27, 2019 Riverside Park Howl-O-Ween Costume Party โ€” Date: October 27, 2019 Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla 2019 โ€” Date: October 30, 2019 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Night: Halloween Special โ€” Date: October 31, 2019 Concert Calendar This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: Power 105.1's Powerhouse with Migos, Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and more are playing Prudential Center on Saturday, October 26th at 7pm. Scotty Sire with Toddy Smith is playing Gramercy Theatre on Saturday, October 26th at 8pm. Bad Bunny is playing Prudential Center on Sunday, October 27th at 7pm. Still Woozy is playing Webster Hall on Sunday, October 27th at 8pm. Hiatus Kaiyote with Rich Medina is playing Brooklyn Steel on Monday, October 28th at 8pm. Melanie Martinez with Lauren Ruth Ward is playing Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday, October 29th at 8pm.
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. We've been following the 14th Street busway since it was first proposed, and after being blocked twice by legal complaints, the street has been swept free of cars and the buses have been roaming free for two weeks now. In a press release from the MTA, preliminary data shows that ridership is up and buses are moving faster along 14th Street. A cross-town trip from Third Avenue to Eighth Avenue will now take 10.6 minutes, compared to a 15 minute trip from last year. While collecting data on the Select Bus Service plan implemented along the M14 route, the MTA saw a jump in ridership, with 15% more people choosing to take the prioritized buses, and in the short time the 14th Street busway has been operating, the ridership has jumped again, topping 31,000 daily riders on an average weekday. The busway, which limits traffic on 14th Street from 6am to 10pm, is planned to last 18 months, after which the DOT will assess the impact it has had on bus transit and traffic in the surrounding area. โ€” Also this week, independent data analysis firm INRIX evaluated traffic data from the streets surrounding the 14th Street busway and found that there was no change in traffic speeds, and zero impact on traffic to the immediate north or south of 14th. The initial objections raise by local community groups claimed the busway would negatively impact nearby streets by pushing 14th Street's traffic into their neighborhoods, but the speed increase for 31,000 daily bus riders came at no expense to traffic, with differences in average speeds on surrounding streets never slowing more than a half a mile per hour. Here's how INRIX described the results: "The impact, or lack-there-of, may seem surprising but similar projects around the world have had similar results. The reallocation of space from vehicles to buses represents a far more efficient use of a limited public resource. Whereas one urban lane in congestion can move roughly 1,000 people an hour, a transit way can hit 25,000. As a result of this project, more people are getting where they need to be faster and more reliably." 53 years ago on October 17, 1966 โ€” 12 members of the FDNY are killed when a burning building collapses, becoming the largest single loss of life in FDNY history until the 9/11 attacks 18 years ago on October 24, 2001 โ€” A 14-story construction scaffolding and brick building faรงade collapses, killing five workers and seriously injuring 10 others in a courtyard at 215 Park Ave South near Union Square 54 years ago on October 18, 1965 โ€” Closing day of the NY World's Fair at Flushing Meadows Park โ€” Bowery Boys podcast 24 years ago on October 23, 1995 โ€” A Greenpeace activist piloting a "gas-powered parachute" flies a banner outside the UN building 88 years ago on October 24, 1931 โ€” The upper level of the George Washington Bridge is opened in a dedication ceremony, and opens to traffic the next day โ€” United States Marine Band conducted by Leonard Slatkin playing William Schuman's 1950 composition "George Washington Bridge" 60 years ago on October 21, 1959 โ€” The Guggenheim Museum Opens on the Upper East Side 136 years ago to October 22, 1883 โ€” The original Metropolitan Opera House opens Beginning October 18th through the 20th, you'll have the once-a-year opportunity to explore the city like never before when Open House New York brings you exclusive tours of the city's architectural masterpieces that are sometimes hidden from public view or pass by unnoticed the rest of the year. Visit ohny.org for the full schedule of events, some of which require advance registration, but most of which are open all day to the public. The choices range from brand-new developments like 277 Mott Street to historic homes like the Alice Austen House, built on Staten Island in the 1690s. Going beyond architecture, you can also tour special projects like a solar rooftop in Harlem and an urban farm run by Brooklyn Grange in Long Island City. Each site sets its own visitation hours, so visit ohny.org to plan out your weekend! And, if you're planning on marching in the Village Halloween Parade, you better be finishing up your costume soon! Halloween is less than two weeks away, and the city's biggest party will be stepping off Thursday, October 31st at 7pm at Sixth Avenue and Canal. The parade is unique because it lets anyone participate! If you wear a costume centered around this years theme of "Wild Thing", you'll be allowed to march is a special section of the parade, but anyone who shows up in a costume will become part of the parade, and usually more than 50,000 people show up! Visit halloween-nyc.com for full info, and if you haven't decided on a costume yet, visit the AGBC costume ideas generator at agreatbigcity.com/halloween-costumes where you can get funny New York-themed costume ideas like dressing up as a vintage traffic jam now that the 14th Street busway is open or strike fear in the heart of anyone who has walked the city streets by becoming the Starbucks Bathroom of Doom! A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Every evening, just before sundown, A Great Big City checks the Empire State Building's lighting schedule and sends out a notification if the tower's lighting will be lit in special colors for a holiday or celebration. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Crotona Park Parks Events 10th Annual Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park โ€” Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:00 a.m. โ€“ 2:00 p.m. Concert Calendar This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: The Misfits with Rancid and The Damned are playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Saturday, October 19th at 7pm. Mana is playing Barclays Center in Boerum Hill on Saturday, October 19th at 8pm. Steely Dan is playing Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Saturday, October 19th at 8pm. Benin International Musical is playing Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium in Hell's Kitchen / Midtown on Saturday, October 19th at 9pm. 85 South is playing Apollo Theater in Central Harlem on Sunday, October 20th at 5pm. 85 South is playing Apollo Theater in Central Harlem on Sunday, October 20th at 9pm. Tidal X with Alicia Keys is playing Barclays Center in Boerum Hill on Monday, October 21st at 8pm. Steely Dan is playing Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Monday, October 21st at 8pm. Charli XCX is playing Terminal 5 in Hell's Kitchen / Midtown on Monday, October 21st at 8pm. Charli XCX with Allie X is playing Terminal 5 in Hell's Kitchen / Midtown on Tuesday, October 22nd at 8pm. Steely Dan is playing Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Tuesday, October 22nd at 8pm. Dermot Kennedy with Talos is playing Kings Theatre in Ditmas Park / Flatbush on Tuesday, October 22nd at 8pm. Jessie Reyez is playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Wednesday, October 23rd at 8pm. Fantasia with Robin Thicke is playing The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Friday, October 25th at 7pm. Billy Joel is playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Friday, October 25th at 8pm. Alec Benjamin is playing Terminal 5 in Hell's Kitchen / Midtown on Friday, October 25th at 8pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. Today's fact about New York Here's something you may not have known about New York: In 2016, the MTA had 5,710 buses in its citywide fleet Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 88ยฐF on October 22, 1979 Record Low: 30ยฐF on October 19, 1940 Weather for the week ahead: Light rain on Sunday through Wednesday, with high temperatures rising to 67ยฐF next Friday. AGBC Weather Weather.gov forecast Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Pocket Casts, Spotify, Player FM, or listen to each episode on the podcast pages at agreatbigcity.com/podcast. 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A surprising development in the city's fight against billboard barges โ€” The company floating the LED billboards in the waters around Manhattan has thrown in the towel after new state regulations pushed them back 1,500 feet from the shoreline. The advertising company promoting the billboard boats has now settled with the city and agreed to be subject to a $100,000 fine if they operate within New York waters. The barge will be relocated to Florida, where the company set up a similar barge along the Miami shoreline in 2016. The agreement with the city ends both the company's six-month fight with the city and the challenge they raised to the state law. As of October 11th, the company's website has been replaced with a generic image saying the site is down for maintenance. According to a presentation acquired by Digiday in January 2019, the company was touting their Hudson River and East River coverage to advertisers at the rate of $55,000 for a 30 second looping at on the banner boats, and they referenced the city's plan to continue developing the shoreline and the city's ferry system as reasons to advertise on LED billboard barges. 86 years ago on October 10, 1933 โ€” A United Air Lines Boeing 247 from Newark, NJ exploded in what is believed to have been the first sabotage bombing of a commercial aircraft 56 years ago on October 14, 1963 โ€” A New York Airways helicopter crashes just after takeoff from Idlewild (JFK) Airport, killing all six people aboard Double-check your speed if you're on the West Side Highway after October 12th โ€” The city is dropping speeds from 35 to 30 mph on the West Side south of 59th Street beginning Saturday. The move comes as part of Vision Zero, a set of plans adopted by cities worldwide and introduced to New York by Mayor de Blasio in 2014. Vision Zero aims to eliminate pedestrian injuries and fatalities from vehicles, and the reduction in speed on the West Side Highway is meant to reduce the severity of vehicle impacts in areas south of 59th where the highway becomes street-level and pedestrians and cyclists frequently have to cross highway traffic at intersections, including busy areas like the Intrepid museum, Chelsea Piers, and Battery Park City. While drivers may rarely even have the opportunity to top 30 mph in rush hour traffic, the DOT will catch any drivers speeding using new speed cameras along the highway. If the area south of 59th Street sounds familiar, it's because it's the same area targeted by the upcoming congestion pricing plan, where a system of cameras will collect tolls on cars entering the area south of 61st Street. While vehicles staying on the FDR or West Side Highway will be exempt from congestion pricing, vehicles would also be monitored by cameras used for collecting tolls on vehicles exiting the West Side Highway once it reaches street level and begins exiting into the central business district south of 61st. The speed limits on all small streets within the city were dropped to 25 mph in November 2014. If you can't enjoy a low-speed drive on the West Side Highway and don't want to pay a congestion toll, consider a ride along the new 14th Street busway, which was finally able to open on October 3rd, and has been going swimmingly ever since. The street has been cleared of cars, leaving the buses to freely glide from stop to stop along 14th Street from Third Avenue to Ninth Avenue. Even though the implementation was delayed by three months by community groups, the first week of the busway seems to have had no noticeable impact on the surrounding streets. Bus riders on social media showed quiet, peaceful, and efficient rides during multiple times of day, with just a sparse few delivery trucks parked along the curb. It remains to be seen if the city's experiment with a busway can indeed increase the average speeds of buses on 14th Street while also not slowing down the surrounding area, but for right now, the first attempt at reorganizing 14th Street seems to be a success. I'll bring you the full Department of Transportation report once the trial period for the busway is complete. 16 years ago on October 15, 2003 โ€” A Staten Island ferry strikes a pier at St. George Terminal, S.I., killing 11 people and injuring 165 of the 1,500 passengers In A Great Big City history: We're currently watching the MTA's new busway on 14th Street, but 3 years ago the MTA Sends Test Trains Along the New Second Avenue Subway. Train aficionado DJ Hammers on Youtube caught a glimpse of empty subway cars through a stairway at 63rd and Lex that were being run on the new Second Avenue line. The test cars were loaded with large boxes, presumably to simulate the weight of a fully-loaded train. The Second Avenue line would open three months later in January 2017. 8 years ago we were looking at the Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park Preparing Their Skating Rinks, and both rinks are on schedule this year as well! Rockefeller Center's rink opens on Saturday, October 12th, with regular admission being $25 for adults and $15 for children under 11 years old, and the Bryant Park rink will open as part of their Winter Village on October 31st, with free admission. 2 years ago, the NTSB was working to track down the drone pilot who was responsible for a drone colliding with an Army helicopter. The Blackhawk helicopter was hovering at about 300 feet near Midland Beach in Staten Island when a DJI Phantom drone struck the helicopter's blade and window frame, which obliterated the drone but did lodge a piece of debris in the helicopter that the NTSB would use to identify the owner of the drone. When interviewed by the NTSB, the drone operator admitted that he was flying the drone outside of his visual range and was unaware of the helicopter's flight path. Data from the drone operator's controller showed the drone's flight from Dyker Beach Park out over the water, along the Coney Island shore, and then looping back over open water toward Staten Island. It was at that point that the drone hit the helicopter. โ€” Drone Pilot Interviewed After Collision with Army Helicopter A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: Our fireworks page monitors the city's announcements of upcoming fireworks, lists them on our site, and automatically sends out a notification just before the fireworks begin, so that you can watch the show or prepare your pet for the upcoming sounds of explosions. Visit agreatbigcity.com/fireworks to see the full calendar and follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts Park of the day Corporal Fischer Park โ€” Highbridge, Nelson Avenue at West 170th Street โ€” This park honors a New Yorker who enlisted in the United States Army and served in the 75th Joint Assault Signal Company of the Army Air Corps during World War II (1939-1945), Corporal Irwin A. Fischer. The park land is undeveloped and appears to be inaccessible due to a fence around the property, but it adds a nice bit of green to the corner. Nearby Corporal Irwin Fischer Place was previously known as Highbridge Street, Hennessy Place, and briefly James R. Murphy Place. Parks Events Pumpkin-picking at Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island โ€” Admission: $6, Saturdays and Sundays through October 26th from 11am to 5pm. Featuring hayrides, a hay maze, apple cider, s'mores, and of course a variety of pumpkins to choose from! The farm may be 200 years old, but it even features pumpkin chunkin with a huge bungee slingshot! Visit the link in the show notes to historicrichmondtown.org for directions and more info. Concert Calendar Here's the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: Wilco is playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Sunday, October 13th at 7pm. Sara Bareilles with Emily King is playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Sunday, October 13th at 8pm. Post Malone with Swae Lee is playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Monday, October 14th at 8pm. The Black Keys with Modest Mouse is playing Barclays Center in Boerum Hill on Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm. Post Malone is playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Tuesday, October 15th at 8pm. Steely Dan is playing Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Tuesday, October 15th at 8pm. Kacey Musgraves with Lucius is playing Radio City Music Hall in Midtown on Wednesday, October 16th at 8pm. Steely Dan is playing Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Wednesday, October 16th at 8pm. The Chainsmokers with 5 Seconds of Summer is playing Barclays Center in Boerum Hill on Thursday, October 17th at 7pm. Steely Dan is playing Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Friday, October 18th at 8pm. Moon Boots with Quantic is playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Friday, October 18th at 8pm. Mahalia with Jvck James is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in Williamsburg on Friday, October 18th at 9pm. The Misfits with Rancid and The Damned are playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Saturday, October 19th at 7pm. Mana is playing Barclays Center in Boerum Hill on Saturday, October 19th at 8pm. Steely Dan is playing Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Saturday, October 19th at 8pm. Benin Interna
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If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 9 years ago on October 4, 2010 โ€” ๐ŸŽ‰ A Great Big City is founded ๐ŸŽ‰ 99 years ago โ€” Two young women, Beverly Bayard and Lorline Davis, complete a cross-country walk from San Francisco to New York that took four and a half months 20 years ago on October 1, 1999 โ€” Area code 347 becomes active in NYC, adding to the area covered by 718 in the outer boroughs 44 years ago on October 6, 1975 โ€” Diana Nyad swims entirely around Manhattan in record time 19 years ago on October 8, 2000 โ€” Attackers attempt to firebomb a synagogue in Riverdale, Bronx 34 years ago on October 9, 1985 โ€” The 'Imagine' mosaic in Central Park's Strawberry Fields is dedicated to John Lennon on what would have been his 45th birthday 5 years ago on October 10, 2014 โ€” Construction of 432 Park Ave tops out at 1,398 feet, becoming the second-tallest building in NYC and 15th tallest in the world 13 years ago on October 11, 2006 โ€” A Yankees pitcher and his flight instructor were killed when their small single-engine plane crashed into an Upper East Side apartment building The housing market may be moving in your favor if you can afford to buy instead of rent your next apartment. According to real estate site StreetEasy's data through August 2019, the prices of rentals are increasing while the prices of homes for sale are decreasing. In fact, the median asking price for a one-bedroom in Manhattan jumped 7.5% over last year, tagging on $233 to the monthly rent. At the same time, sale prices in Manhattan dropped 4.5%, matching price levels from April 2015. Brooklyn and Queens didn't escape the trend, so your chances at home ownership in the outer boroughs are also increasing. Brooklyn sales prices dropped 2.4% and prices stayed level in Queens, both movements that are at odds with what had been steadily increasing prices. On the flip side, rental prices also jumped in Brooklyn and Queens, a move that should really have city residents comparing the math on paying a monthly rent versus paying a mortgage payment. A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. AGBC is more than just a news website: It also automatically checks MTA data before morning rush hour and sends out notifications if there are delays on any subway lines, LIRR or MetroNorth trains, and bridges and tunnels. Follow @agreatbigcity on social media to receive the alerts. Park of the day Brust Park โ€” One of the oldest parks in the section of Riverdale known as Fieldston, this property was acquired by the City through condemnation on December 30, 1882. Today, Brust Park is often used by Manhattan College students seeking refuge from their studies in the shade of the more than 15 types of trees found in the park. Parks Events 17th Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Fair โ€” Date: October 6, 2019 Concert Calendar This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week: Phil Collins is playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Sunday, October 6th at 8pm. Madonna is playing BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Boerum Hill on Sunday, October 6th at 8pm. Phil Collins is playing Madison Square Garden in Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Monday, October 7th at 8pm. Madonna is playing BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Boerum Hill on Monday, October 7th at 8pm. MercyMe with Crowder is playing Radio City Music Hall in Midtown on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm. Raphael is playing Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium in Hell's Kitchen / Midtown on Tuesday, October 8th at 8pm. Madonna (Rescheduled from 9/12) is playing BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Boerum Hill on Thursday, October 10th at 8pm. Bon Iver with Yo La Tengo is playing Barclays Center in Boerum Hill on Friday, October 11th at 7pm. Renaissance is playing The Town Hall in Midtown on Friday, October 11th at 8pm. America is playing St. George Theatre in St. George / Tompkinsville on Friday, October 11th at 8pm. Rolling Loud Festival (2 Day Pass) with Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, and more are playing Citi Field in North Corona / Flushing Meadows on Saturday, October 12th at 12pm. Chris Thile with Trey Anastasio is playing The Town Hall in Midtown on Saturday, October 12th at 5pm. Wilco is playing Radio City Music Hall in Midtown on Saturday, October 12th at 7pm. The Temptations with The Four Tops is playing New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 12th at 8pm. Madonna (Rescheduled from 9/14) is playing BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Boerum Hill on Saturday, October 12th at 8pm. slenderbodies is playing Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg on Saturday, October 12th at 9pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events. New York Fact Here's something you may not have known about New York: Times Square is the most-visited place in the world, with 360,000 visitors daily Weather The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 94ยฐF on October 5, 1941 Record Low: 35ยฐF on October 5, 1881 Weather for the week ahead: Light rain Sunday through Wednesday, with high temperatures dropping into the 60s Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. 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