New York's Democrat-controlled legislature worked into the night Sunday to wrap up work on a new state budget that includes new tolls on motorists driving into the busiest parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on plastic bags. The Senate and Assembly began voting on budget bills Sunday and hoped to finish their work on the $175.5 billion spending plan early Monday. In addition to new tolls and the bag ban, the budget calls for closing up to three yet-to-be-determined state prisons, eliminating cash bail for misdemeanor and non-violent felony arrests, a permanent, annual 2 percent cap on local property taxes, and another $1 billion for public education."This budget is probably the strongest progressive statement that we've made," Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Sunday as lawmakers worked through hours of debate and voting on the budget. "If you have big problems, it calls for big solutions."In an agreement reached earlier last week but not officially announced until Sunday, most … [Read more...] about New York approves statewide plastic bag ban
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PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:39 29 March 2019 Bethany Wales Denis Lloyd with his RAF training crew in 1940 Britain. Photo: Submitted Archant A historian from New York has issued a plea for help to track down the family of a Norfolk soldier killed in a failed Second World War mission. A photo from a 1941 German news paper of the plane wreck. Photo: SubmittedEdgar Frederick Drew, from Silfield, Wymondham, served as a pilot officer and gunner in the RAF and was one of four crew members killed when their plane crashed during a bombing mission to Karlsruhe, Germany, on August 25, 1941.American historian Iain Walker is the grandson of the Wymondham gunner’s crew mate Denis Lloyd, who was the sole survivor of the crash. Mr Walker has been looking into his grandfather’s past for more than a decade and said he was keen to share Mr Drew’s story with his relatives.He said: “As I got into this research deeper, I started to … [Read more...] about Can you help this New York historian track the family of a Norfolk soldier?
UK 27 March 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47717397 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The government has spent $15.9m (£12m) on a luxury apartment in New York for a British diplomat working to negotiate trade deals with the US.The … [Read more...] about UK buys £12m New York apartment for diplomat
It wasn’t until I’d finished my first Bon Fire Old Fashioned at the retro Clover Club in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, that I realised what I’d been missing out on. Manhattan has the lion’s share of dazzling rooftop bars and Insta-ready saloons but the cocktail scene in Brooklyn is just as accessible, convenient and, arguably, more rewarding. Need convincing? The streets empty out the further you get from Brooklyn Bridge and the vibe is a world apart from the shared illusion of good times with a view of the Empire State Building. There is little of the cut-and-paste about Brooklyn’s bars. And so much more to go around. So there I was in the company of whisky-drinking Chicago transplant Will Drucker, who has just launched a like-the-locals cocktail tour — remarkably the first of its kind in Brooklyn. At the Clover Club, named after the secret society that met at the former Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia from the 1880s, he talked me through … [Read more...] about Why you’ll find New York City’s best cocktails in Brooklyn
David Oliver USA TODAY Published 3:15 PM EDT Mar 18, 2019 "Hudson Yards has become the cultural center of Manhattan’s New West Side," the $25 billion urban complex's website notes − though it seems that depends on what one defines as New York culture. The new complex "is the largest real estate development" in the city since Rockefeller Center was built in the 1930s, according to the New York Transit Museum. It includes everything from condos to clothing stores to restaurants, as well as eye-catching installations, including a large spiral staircase dubbed the "Vessel," which includes 154 interconnecting flights of stairs. For all its ambition, the complex has its share of critics. "The physical space Hudson Yards has created is ostentatious and energizing, but the social space it has created is illusory and inauthentic," write infrastructure consultants Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar in Forbes. "A truly equitable space, one that … [Read more...] about Hudson Yards, New York City’s $25 billion complex, gets mixed reviews