When: Wednesday, June 22, 12:30 P.M., City Hall Steps
What: Candidate for Public Advocate Andrew Rasiej announces his plan to create low-cost Wireless Access ( WIFI) for all New Yorkers.
Please join Andrew Rasiej and his supporters on the steps of City Hall as he describes his plan, when elected Public Advocate, to provide free or low-cost wifi access for anyone in New York. Participants are asked to arrive early if possible so as to clear security and to get signs and stickers.
Rasiej has said that one of his first moves as Public Advocate would be to follow Philadelphia and San Francisco in ensuring that New Yorkers have ready access to the internet via wifi. It will be interesting to hear how he plans to do this. Certainly, his initiative is essential to bridging the digital divide, as broadband access costs upward of 50 dollars a month for most residents.
Please come, even if only for a few minutes.
Trains: R, 6, W
So the conductorless L train debuted at 12:01 AM this morning. As a regular L train rider, I'm a less than pleased. According to the Daily News I'm not the only one.
Straphangers and transit employees gave the MTA a big thumbs-down yesterday as the conductorless L train rolled down the tracks on its maiden voyage.
"It's very terrifying," said Cynthia Delgado, 32, of Williamsburg, who boarded the Manhattan-bound L train at the Bedford St. station with her 4-year-old son, Angel. "With two human beings, at least you have someone who could be in control if something goes wrong," she said.
Some TA employees agreed, saying the one-person operation - which is slated to be expanded to all hours on the 24-station line by the end of the year - isn't safe.
Why the L? The L has enough problems as it is. Of course, it's common knowledge that the MTA hates hipsters. I guess we get to be their guinea pigs. Thanks. read more »
Volume 75, Number 4 | June 15- 21, 2005
Organizational meeting on downzoning and landmarking on the Lower East Side
By David Katz
People, politicians and community organizations who have been active in zoning and landmarking issues on the Lower East Side have been invited to an educational forum at the Clayton Gallery, 161 Essex St., on Mon., June 20 at 6 p.m.
"This will not be a rally," emphasized organizer and gallery owner Clayton Patterson. "It is strictly an informational meeting in which groups involved in the struggle to preserve our communities will speak, and in which the politicians who have shown up at their rallies will also be invited to comment, and state what they think can be done about the situation."
Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which is spearheading the movement for downzoning the Far West Village to prevent out-of-scale construction from destroying the character of the neighborhood, will speak about the lessons learned there, and how they can be applied to the East Village. Richard Kusack, of The Committee for Zoning Inaction, will address "Trojan horse zoning," the bait-and-switch process by which developers misuse or misrepresent their projects as community facilities and dormitories in order to erect hotels and luxury housing; also invited are representatives from L.O.C.O; the Ludlow-Orchard Community Organization, who have been involved in the fight against the construction of a 24-story luxury hotel directly opposite a proposed 15-story luxury condominium on Orchard St. between Houston and Stanton Sts.; the East Village Community Coalition, involved in the fight to preserve St. BrigidÂ¹s church and annex on Avenue B and the old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St.; and representatives from 4 E. Third St., 47 East Third St. and 81 E. Third St., sites of recent protests over such issues as overdevelopment and construction not conforming with Buildings Department guidelines. read more »
The 9th Precinct held it's Bar Owners Meeting last week on Wednesday, June 15 2005 at the precinct HQ on Ave C.
The main message from this meeting was get ready for more underage stings. The bars with the most complaints will receive the brunt of these stings. Deputy Inspector James McCarthy read out a list of the top offenders with Morrissey Park coming in #1 for the most complaints received. Also on his list were Tony Montoya, Sutra, New Blue, and the 11th Street Bar. None of the establishments were represented at this meeting.
There were quite a few bar in attendance though. Here's a list of those who showed up.
Sin Sin, Sophie's, Boxcar, Anatomy, Hifi, Zum Schneider, Baraza, Esperanto, Fusion, Mamas, Ace, Climax, Cinema Classics, Starlight, Bar On A, Satellite, Otto's Shrunken Head, Rue B, Max, JP Wards, Lucy's and of course, yours truly from Raven.
Lt. Ed Winski started the meeting. He spoke about what he wants us to do if a fight breaks out in our places. "Don't throw both parties out in the street. Keep one party in the and call the cops."
Bars serving under 21 is becoming a big problem. If the 9th precinct gets a complaint about a bar they will send in a sting operation. These operations usually involve an underage cadet who looks older than 21. Serve these cadets without IDing them and you get a fat violation.
Winski spoke about MARCH raids, the multi agency raids that are used on bars that receive too many complaints and do nothing to correct the problems. He said that the precinct will pick 5 or 6 bars to on a Friday or Saturday night. read more »
Some time back, led by Barbara Boxer, there was a campaign to write oil companies to urge them to take a stand against oil drilling in ANWR. The idea was to urge oil companies to publically say that they will not bid for contracts in ANWR and threatening boycott of any company that does. In essence it is a way to try and prevent drilling even if Congress approves.
I will give Shell Oil credit. At least they have responded. No other oil company has responded to those who wrote them on this issue. However, Shell definitely is NOT taking the right stand. I think we need to respond to their response telling them that their stand is unacceptable. Here is the letter I got from Shell Oil in response to my letter to them:
Although Shell has no current exploration and production plans for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Shell supports exploration and development on public lands, including lands such as ANWR, subject to appropriate environmental and land use regulations to ensure that industry's footprint is minimized and that biological resources and the environment are protected. Any future Shell decision with regard to ANWR will be guided by our evaluation of any acreage that may eventually be made available for lease and a positive assessment at that time that leasing and development activity can be done without significant adverse impact on the environment. read more »