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Hoboken Hasn’t Had a Traffic Death in 4 Years. What’s It Doing Right?

Hoboken Hasn’t Had a Traffic Death in 4 Years. What’s It Doing Right?

Every product is independently selected by editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.It’s not quite the prairie, but Hoboken feels downright roomy. Wander down the wide, busy sidewalks of Washington Street, the city’s main strip, past the poke joints and (so-so) bagel shops, or through the unusually narrow side streets that run east and west, and one thing becomes clear. Specifically, oncoming traffic. A pedestrian doesn’t have to play the same perilous game of New York City crosswalk chicken, where you squint through the windows of a massive metal box to...

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Paying for jobs: How cities end up spending millions for corporate incentives

Paying for jobs: How cities end up spending millions for corporate incentives

Filed under:Are economic development megadeals like Foxconn and Amazon worth the price—and the risk?Are economic development megadeals worth the price—and the risk? With cities trying to outbid each other for , it’s worth examining potential cautionary tales.the recent Foxconn deal in Wisconsin, a blockbuster, multibillion-dollar investment in bringing more manufacturing to the state, is indicative of the sad state of big-ticket economic development deals, and even more tragic in light of the cheaper, more effective options available.“Cities feel like there’s no alternative,” says Greg...

March 12, 2018
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The Panic Attack of New York’s Power Brokers

The Panic Attack of New York’s Power Brokers

Every product is independently selected by editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.This article was featured in , New York’s reading recommendation newsletter. to get it nightly.One late-August morning, I met former New York governor Eliot Spitzer at that will one day house Facebook offices, investment funds, and the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer. I found him at the base of an unfinished skyscraper, where a marketing banner draped across the scaffolding read RESET EXPECTATIONS.Spitzer was wearing a mask, a green gingham shirt, and bookish horn-rimmed glasses....

October 13, 2020
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L.A. Doesn’t Need to Save Every Unremarkable Little Building

L.A. Doesn’t Need to Save Every Unremarkable Little Building

Every product is independently selected by editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.As Sunset Boulevard curves towards downtown Los Angeles, Taix French Restaurant sticks out like an anomaly amid the strip malls, a single-story green-and-cream French chateau festooned with gabled roofs, half-timbering, and clinker bricks. At a meeting of L.A.’s cultural-heritage commission last month, two historians dramatically recounted these Francophone flourishes in great detail, emphasizing French pronunciations like porte-cochère, and noting that, in addition to this...

January 26, 2021
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Cuomo’s Plan to Put 4,000 Cops in NYC Restaurants Is Dangerous

Cuomo’s Plan to Put 4,000 Cops in NYC Restaurants Is Dangerous

Filed under:Nothing says health and safety like heavily armed city employees notorious for not wearing masks.For the past few months, New York City has permitted diners to spill out of restaurants and onto curbs, transforming as restaurants try to stay afloat. Winter is coming, however, and there’s only so much of the year when most New Yorkers can comfortably sit outdoors, even under tents and heat lamps.But indoor dining is, clinically speaking, . Over the past six months, virologists have repeatedly demonstrated how efficiently COVID-19 leaps across tables when maskless people laugh and...

September 4, 2020
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Caltrans owns 163 empty homes around Pasadena. Homeless families want to live in them.

Caltrans owns 163 empty homes around Pasadena. Homeless families want to live in them.

Filed under:Protestors have taken over 11 homes in El Sereno: “The community has to take matters into their own hands”The number of state-owned homes in occupied by protestors trying to draw attention to the region’s severe housing affordability crisis has grown to nearly a dozen.The protesters, who are calling their movement , are now living in 11 of the estimated that are owned by CalTrans in the area. They have demanded that public officials use these homes and other publicly-owned vacant properties to shelter people immediately, especially as the threat of a global pandemic looms.Over...

March 16, 2020
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Here’s a Handsome Solution to New York’s Bike-Parking Crisis

Here’s a Handsome Solution to New York’s Bike-Parking Crisis

Every product is independently selected by editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.Shabazz Stuart has done the math. New York City might be in the midst of a pandemic-fed bike boom — cyclist counts over the East River were in November 2020 than one year before — but there’s barely anywhere to park those bikes. That creates huge barriers in a city where reports having had a bike stolen. “If we want to achieve 30 percent mode-share on bikes and scooters, we have to take parking seriously,” Stuart tells Curbed. “There are three million free parking spaces for...

February 12, 2021
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‘Mostly Hard Times’: How the City’s Few Jazz Clubs are Hanging On, Barely

‘Mostly Hard Times’: How the City’s Few Jazz Clubs are Hanging On, Barely

It’s been a lifetime since places like the Three Deuces, Club Carousel, and the Downbeat , and in the time since, the number of clubs maintaining New York’s status as the gigging, beating heart of the jazz world had dwindled to a resilient core — even before the pandemic put the city’s most prominent live art on pause. With the closure of the Jazz Standard announced this week, the community has lost another gem: a large but charismatic venue considered a prestige destination for artists and audiences alike, one with top-dollar pay drawing top-tier talent like the Maria Schneider...

December 4, 2020
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Hester Street Fair Is Getting Kicked Out of the Seward Park Co-Op

Hester Street Fair Is Getting Kicked Out of the Seward Park Co-Op

Every product is independently selected by editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission.On summer and early fall weekends, an empty concrete lot behind the Seward Park Co-ops echoes with R&B jams as New Yorkers amble through, buying anything from Argentinian-style empanadas to vintage advertising prints. It’s been that way since 2010, when the Hester Street Fair made its debut on the Lower East Side, building its reputation as a place to find local artists and vendors. But 2020, when the market somehow managed a COVID-safe, socially distanced season,...

March 19, 2021
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How L.A.’s Richest Neighborhood Tried to Stop a Black Lives Matter Protest

How L.A.’s Richest Neighborhood Tried to Stop a Black Lives Matter Protest

The twisting, mansion-lined roads in the L.A. hills had been relatively quiet as tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets in the flats below after George Floyd was killed by police officers on May 25. But it’s getting louder in .On a recent Friday, Three 6 Mafia’s “,” UGK’s “,” and YG and Nipsey Hussle’s “” blasted from the speakers of an SUV parked at the end of a driveway. The trunk door was left open, and the beats and lyrics spilled out loud enough for neighbors and customers buying açai bowls and picking up dry cleaning at the nearby Glen Centre, a tile-roofed,...

June 25, 2020
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