Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by New York Today ByAlexandra S. Levine June 6, 2018 Good morning on this mild Wednesday. When I sit down to write New York Today, rarely do I feel like Carrie Bradshaw. (How could she afford that apartment or shoe collection as a freelance writer?) But there are some New Yorkers who do relate to “Sex and the City” — and some who will go so far as to say that the show, which premiered 20 years ago today, is the reason they moved here. Margaret Abrams is one of them. Ms. Abrams, 28, who is from Florida, remembers watching the show on VHS tapes when she was home sick from school. “Everywhere Carrie went was so chic,” Ms. Abrams said. “The city seemed so glamorous, and it was somewhere I really had to move.” And so she buried herself in Candace Bushnell novels and began … [Read more...] about New York Today: ‘Sex and the City’ and Our City
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The former police chief in Elmwood Park, N.J., vividly remembers the moment 30 years ago when the gates at the railroad crossing on the edge of town lowered on the bus carrying his son and his classmates on a field trip. Suddenly, they were trapped on the tracks, with a train bearing down. “The fathers got out and started trying to push the rails off the bus so it could move,” the former chief, Don Ingrasselino, recalled. “We were all shouting at the bus driver to move, move. She was finally able to get out of there, but I still think about how many kids could have died that day.” Through the decades, Mr. Ingrasselino would respond as a police officer and chief to a number of tragedies at the crossing, where Midland Avenue intersects with New Jersey Transit tracks at a sharp angle through his Bergen County town. “It’s not even an accident waiting to happen,” said Mr. Ingrasselino, who retired in 2012. “It’s an accident that’s … [Read more...] about In New York Area, Points Where Train and Tragedy Are Likely to Intersect
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJennifer Steinhauer Oct. 18, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump may well be one of the few New York leaders liked by the heartland of America. Yet his growing unpopularity elsewhere may not only fuel a Democratic resurgence in November — it may be the very thing that propels more New Yorkers into power. If the Democrats retake the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, New York would play a larger role in Washington than it has in a generation. Representative Jerrold L. Nadler would head the powerful House Judiciary Committee, charged with investigations into Mr. Trump’s administration. Representative Eliot L. Engel would become chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Nita M. Lowey would take the helm of the House Appropriations Committee — … [Read more...] about Will Trump Make New York Democrats the New Lords of Capitol Hill?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Supported by Peter Ciaccia prepared for his last marathon as its race director, using a prerace course inspection as a vehicle to reminisce. ByKevin Armstrong Nov. 2, 2018 From his perch, riding through Brooklyn on a black bicycle, Peter Ciaccia noticed things that only someone with his experience and, more to the point, his responsibilities, would notice. A dumpster needed to be moved from 94th Street in Bay Ridge. Dedicated “no parking” signs were not up yet, and he wondered when they would. It was two weeks before Sunday’s New York City Marathon, and Mr. Ciaccia’s last as the race director. It was time for the annual spot check of the 26.2-mile course. Dressed in layered clothing to combat high winds and temperatures in the low 40s, he advanced in a 10-person peloton composed of New York Road Runners staff … [Read more...] about Last Time Around: New York City Marathon Chief Takes Measure of a Long Journey
[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] Elaine Vespermann waited on the corner for his lead. Only when Preston Martin charged across six lanes of rush-hour traffic did she follow behind him. He waved at cars to keep them at bay. He watched over her until she reached the other side of the street. After too many close calls, Ms. Vespermann, 38, a babysitter, does not like to cross by herself anymore. “He helps, always,” she said. “It’s very hard every day. There are too many cars and the people are crazy sometimes.” New York City’s increasingly frenetic streetscape has become a gauntlet for pedestrians forced to traverse multiple traffic lanes, weave around blocked intersections and sidestep bicycles and scooters whizzing by — all before the light turns from green to red. It is Mr. Martin’s job to make sure no one gets run over. While school crossing guards have long shepherded children across the … [Read more...] about How Perilous Is New York City Traffic? Now There are Crossing Guards for Grown-Ups
This feature originally appeared as “The Young and the Homeless” in the September, 1987 issue of New York Woman, and appears here with the author’s permission. There is a subculture of the homeless in this city whose membership is growing at an alarming rate. Like their more familiar elderly counterparts, they live off the city’s excesses—unwanted canned food, jangling change, and the short shrift of fleeting compassion. They refute popular notions that say they’re simply an inchoate mass of social fallout: a group of aging deadbeats, unbalanced addicts, hoboes, and bag ladies, who choose, out of some maniacal independence, a life on the street. A trip into New York’s netherworld reveals a wholly different and disturbing truth. Beneath the filth and wasted hopes, behind the vacant eyes and apparent stupor, often these are young people. Young people, in their 20s and 30s, who may be the saddest of all those on the street—with all their … [Read more...] about What It Meant To Be Young And Homeless In Old New York