New York City is a place where attitude and strong opinions are in the DNA. New Yorkers might not agree on much, but there is one thing on which millions of them do agree: the subway is a mess. Trains are packed, breakdowns and delays are routine, some say it's gone off the rails. After an actual derailment last year injured more than 40 people, the governor declared a state of emergency. When it first opened more than a century ago, the New York City subway was considered a feat of American engineering, now it's another example of the country's ailing infrastructure. Luckily, there's a man with a plan, an Englishman in New York who proposes the city's largest infrastructure expenditure since the 1950s. More on that in a moment. First, if you have never ridden the sprawling New York City subway, welcome aboard. When the trains are moving, there's no better way to get around New York City, than on the subway. These 400-ton behemoths crisscross the underbelly of the city, zipping … [Read more...] about Why has the New York City subway gone off the rails?
The beleaguered New York City subway system has been facing days of flooding in underground stations after a spring downpour. The heavy rains from earlier in the week - which was accompanied by snow and heavy rain across the northeast region - sent a river flowing through some stations, even on higher ground on the island of Manhattan. The official Twitter account for the New York City subway system said on Monday morning: "As happens during heavy storms like today’s, water is entering some stations from the street. We’re sending emergency maintenance teams and customer service staff to locations where they’re needed". The flooding was so severe in parts of midtown and northern neighbourhoods like Hamilton Heights that trains were skipping those stops and entire portions of lines were re-routed for a period of time, causing delays system-wide much to residents' chagrin. True to form, city dwellers were quick to call on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo … [Read more...] about Flooding continues in New York City subway stations after downpour
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
Daniel Day-Lewis may be a multi-Oscar winning actor – but he’s also a “hero”. The 60-year-old actor has defied peer pressure and shunned modern technology to continue communicating via a flip phone. Clearly not in need of apps, emojis or podcasts, Day-Lewis was spotted casually using the retro device while riding the subway in New York. The momentous occasion was captured by journalist Karen Han who sent the Internet wild when she shared the image alongside the caption: “Daniel Day-Lewis is on my train and casually just looking at his flip phone.” Fans couldn’t believe their eyes and set about trying to decipher what the make of phone is and what Day-Lewis was looking at, while others questioned whether the self-proclaimed method actor was simply getting into character for a role set in the early 2000s. One Twitter user posted: “1. holy f****** s*** 2. my man out here using a damn Razr in the year 2018?” … [Read more...] about ‘Hero’ Daniel Day-Lewis uses flip phone on New York subway
WaterWorld is one of North Staffordshire's most famous attractions and since 1999 it has welcomed more than 7.5 million visitors. But why does the Festival Park attraction continue to be so popular? It might be something to do with the number of impressive slides, the great range of pools, or its fantastic toddler facilities. WaterWorld is truly a day out suitable for all the family, and it's only set to get better if exciting developments go ahead. Even local celebrities Eddie Hall and Rachel Shenton have come out as fans. Here's all you need to know if you're thinking about visiting... What rides and attractions are there at WaterWorld? There are 30 different rides and activities at WaterWorld, but these are the major ones you’re going to want to try: Space Bowl Throw yourself down the short flume, spin around the space bowl and plunge into a deep vat of water. You must be a strong swimmer to ride. The Nucleus Billed as a ‘water rollercoaster’, The Nucleus propels … [Read more...] about WaterWorld: rides, opening times, parking, prices, vouchers and photos