Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton has waded into New York City’s Uber debate, defending the ride-sharing app and arguing that it helps minority communities. The city is considering proposals to freeze the number of Uber licences, owing to overcrowding on roads and dwindling revenues for yellow cab drivers. Six drivers of yellow cabs have committed suicide in New York City in eight months, including a man who fatally shot himself outside City Hall after writing a long post on Facebook about the dire effects of the competition. But Mr Sharpton said Uber was a lifeline for minority communities, concentrated in the outskirts of the city. “They’re talking about putting a cap on Uber,” he wrote on Twitter over the weekend. “Do you know how difficult it is for black people to get a yellow cab in New York City? This isn’t about Uber. It’s about Us-ah. We need to stand up for us.” They’re talking about putting a cap on Uber, do … [Read more...] about Al Sharpton backs Uber in battle for New York City
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The first international edition of Art2Cure, has raised €100,000 from the sale of art that will be evenly split between artists and Parkinson’s research. The preview event at the famous Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City’s SoHo district was attended by the Crown Prince Guillaume and his wife Princess Stéphanie, as well as by the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and his husband Gauthier Destenay. On 21 May to 24 May 2018, around 400 people gathered at Ronald Feldman Gallery to discover works of art from six Luxembourgish artists and seven NYC based artists. The preview event attended by Luxembourg royalty, prime minister, as well as a suprise visit from actress Kathleen Turner, welcomed a record of 290 guests to an event that anticipated 280 people. 18 artworks from Luxembourg and New York City based artists, and some extraordinary pieces available from the Feldman Gallery’s own archive, were presented during the 2018 edition of Art2Cure, … [Read more...] about Science meets art in New York City
LONDON is experiencing a concerning rise in violent crime, with the Met investigating 55 murders since the start of the year. It meant, for the first time, that London's crime rate momentarily overtook that of New York in recent weeks... What is London's murder rate and when did it overtake New York? There have been 55 murders in London since January 2018, compared with 50 in New York. That puts London's murder rate at 0.65 per 100,000 people, compared to New York's 0.59, based on current data. While New York's murder rate decreased from the end of January, London's rose. Fifteen people were murdered in London in February, compared to 11 in the Big Apple. The number of London murders for March also beat New York's with 23 and 21 respectively - 13 of those in the UK capital coming in just 19 days. When the statistics are weighted for population, the rate of murders per 100,000 people was higher in London than in New York in February and March. The total number of London murders, … [Read more...] about What’s the London murder rate, when did it overtake New York and which city has the highest murder rate in the world?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is banning cars from entering Central Park this summer, and opting to return the roadways in the 800 acre park to pedestrians and cyclists. Mr de Blasio announced his decision Friday as a part of the city’s efforts to cut down on traffic accidents and air pollution in the park, which is America’s most-visited urban park. “This was not the purpose of this park, to be built for automobiles. Literally, it was built before there were automobiles,” Mr de Blasio told reporters. “It was built for people.” Read more A black man Trump falsely accused of rape has blasted his Charlottesvi The ban will take effect 27 June, opening up the roads to only the 42 million visitors who visit the park to enjoy its diverse set of attractions that include a zoo, boating lakes, event spaces, and a reservoir. The new ban expands a previous limitation on motor vehicles in the park from 2015, which cut off access to the loop drives … [Read more...] about New York City to ban cars in Central Park: ‘This was not its purpose — it was built before automobiles’
Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, said he will push for half-price subway and bus fares for residents living at or below the federal poverty line.Such proposals have gained momentum among advocates for the poor during the past year. Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat, supported the idea earlier this year as he proposed a millionaire’s tax that would raise $800 million for mass transit. The half-fares would cost the city about $250 million, de Blasio said.The program would help about 800,000 New Yorkers save as much as $726 a year, Johnson said. The money would come from rearranging spending proposed earlier this year by the mayor, and increased revenue projections, Johnson said. Eligibility would be determined according to the federal poverty limit, which qualifies families of four earning under $24,000 a year. About 22 percent of the city’s 8.6 million residents live in poverty, he said.“It invests in our economic activity in New York City … [Read more...] about New York City Council Speaker Seeks Half-Price Subway Rides for the Poor