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?
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In 2015 The Guardian named Cork's Mary Harris, or “Mother Jones”, among the world's all-time top ten revolutionaries – alongside the likes of Che Guevara, Robespierre, Trotsky and Gandhi. But who was Mother Jones, asks Robert Hume, and what made her such a threat?It’s ‘Mother Jones Day’ today, October 12 — well, if you happen to be living in Illinois, where you may also have savoured last Sunday’s Mother Jones Foundation dinner.Here in Ireland, Cork City Council declared August 1 as ‘Mother Jones Day’, to commemorate her baptism in 1837 at St Mary’s Cathedral. The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival is held shortly afterwards in Shandon, where a plaque is dedicated to her in John Redmond Street.Irish roots“I was born in the city of Cork, Ireland... My people were poor”, wrote Mary in her autobiography.Her family had migrated from the country parish of Inchigeelagh in search of work.She grew up in the lanes and … [Read more...] about Mary Harris: The Cork girl who grew up to become ‘the most dangerous woman in America’
New York is the capital of diversity. More than 800 different languages and dialects are spoken across the Five Boroughs and, with such a broad spectrum of backgrounds, the fusion of cultures is inevitable. For foodies that means joints and festivals — such as Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg — that bring together cuisine from unlikely destinations. Hit one of these five restaurants for a New York take on fusion food. Shalom Japan South Williamsburg is home to one of the largest Jewish populations outside Israel — around 70,000 people. While traditional delis and restaurants are easy to come across, one spot has combined the unlikely bedfellows of Jewish and Japanese flavours to become the neighbourhood’s buzziest restaurant. Owned and run by Sawako Okochi and native New Yorker Aaron Israel, Shalom Japan bills itself as “authentically inauthentic”. Its dishes are creative without ever feeling so out there that you’ll want to leave room for … [Read more...] about 5 of the best fusion restaurants in New York
When we think of a day trip from London, places like Bath and Brighton spring to mind – but have you ever considered New York City for a day trip? With Norwegian Air’s announcement that they now have a day return trip from London to New York, FairFX has rounded up the best speed trip destinations around the world you can visit for a day and still have at least seven hours in your chosen locale. In fact, flying to Marrakesh in Morocco for a day is £49 cheaper than a peak day return train ticket from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston. Whether you fancy lying on a tropical beach in the Bahamas or taking a dip in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, these destinations are sure to indulge your wanderlust. 1. Marrakesh, Morocco Flight time: 3hrs 30 min each way Cost of return flights: £289 Time in city: 9 hrs 25 mins This bustling, vibrant city is the perfect day trip. Wander around the souks of Medina – the seemingly endless maze of markets and find hidden … [Read more...] about 11 long-haul destinations you can fly to for a day
IN PICTURES: The 57 women battling to be crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee The Rose of Tralee International Festival is as quintessentially Irish as the rain, Guinness and going to Mass on a Sunday and it all kicks off on Friday August 17, 2018. To launch our gallery of photos of all 57 women competing in this year’s competition click on the logo in the bottom left corner of the photograph above or on the link, also above. 2018 ROSE BIOGRAPHIESABU DHABI ROSE – SARA KATE MANGANMy name is Sara Kate Mangan, I am 26-years old, and honoured to represent Abu Dhabi in the Rose of Tralee Festival. At the age of 18 I moved to Liverpool to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. After three fun filled years living in the city of The Beatles, a leap of faith took me even further afield from my humble Mayo roots to Abu Dhabi. What an adventure it has been. I am a dedicated and caring nurse working in the state of the art Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi where we provide exceptional … [Read more...] about IN PICTURES: Meet all 57 women hoping to be crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee