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14:46, 21 December 2017

New York Today: New York Today: The Year in (Good) News

New York Nowadays: New York Nowadays: The Year in (Excellent) News


Very good morning on this sunny-but-nippy winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

Nicely, 2017 is coming to a close, and for several it is been a hard year.

Hurricanes have destroyed communities, politicians are a every day supply of anxiety, and commuting in New York City has never been worse.

But it wasn’t all gloomy in 2017, especially in our wonderful city. To brighten your outlook for the coming year, here are just a couple of of the nice, reaffirming items that happened right here in the past 12 months.

January.We got a new subway line. In the very first main expansion to the technique in more than 50 years, the Second Avenue line opened to smiles, selfies and tears of joy.

February.We’re a city of “decent human beings.” When hate crimes spiked about the nation following the election, our city wasn’t immune. But when an individual scribbled anti-Semitic graffiti on an uptown 1 train, New Yorkers stepped in to clean it up.

March. A moment of girl energy. The “Fearless Girl” statue was installed on Wall Street on the eve of International Women’s Day, brining a touch of whimsy to the “Charging Bull” statue and inspiring debate.

April.We got our funds back. In a late-evening budget deal, Congress allocated income to reimburse the city for security fees for protecting Trump Tower.

Could. A new ferry launched. The Rockaway line, the first of six new ferry routes, set off on its maiden voyage. With the subway in disarray, it was a vibrant spot for commuters, who pushed ferry ridership numbers above expectations.

Two of the city’s new ferries at a terminal in Rockaway.CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times

June.We live in a city of heroes. Following a man fell onto the subway tracks on the Upper West Side, a ballet dancer leapt down to save him. The act of derring-do came significantly less than a month after an illustrator jumped onto the tracks to save a fallen man on the Decrease East Side.

July. The “summer of hell” wasn’t so bad. Eight weeks of repairs about Penn Station have been supposed to make this summer time nightmarish for commuters. Then, it turned out quite manageable — some great even came of it.

August.For 157 minutes, the city paused and came with each other. Bathed in the yellow light from the solar eclipse, we stopped operating, shared our glasses and participated in a communal expertise.

People gathered to watch the eclipse in Theodore Roosevelt Park on the Upper West Side.CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Occasions

September.More bikes in a lot more places. CitiBike started expanding to 140 new places in Upper Manhattan, Central Brooklyn and Astoria and Lengthy Island City, Queens.

October. We’re now cost-free to dance. The 91-year-old Cabaret Law, which had banned dancing in most venues, was repealed by the City Council.

The dance floor at Bossa Nova Civic Club in Bushwick, Brooklyn, following the ban was lifted.CreditHolly Pickett for The New York Instances

November. Our leaders promised a friendlier police force. Mayor Bill de Blasio began an work to make police officers nicer by means of engagement and self-examination.

December.Our city is safer, and fairer. The murder price is likely to be below 300 this year, breaking the record low of 328 murders in 2014, even though the quantity of folks stop and frisked has dropped 98 % because 2011.

What is the best piece of good news you heard this year — private or otherwise? Let us know in the comments.

Here’s what else is happening:


In climate news today, there’s both great and undesirable.

The undesirable: It’s quite cold. The higher is close to 39, but it will feel beneath freeing for most of the day.

The excellent: The sun will be out and shining.

The mercury jumps into the 50s tomorrow, but rain enters the forecast.

In the News

The Instances looked closely at 30 days of subway delays, and located that the decision to scale back routine work on the program resulted in its worst year given that the 1970s. [New York Instances]

Workers at the Wall Street station.CreditChang W. Lee/The New York Occasions

Carmen Fariña will retire from her position as the chancellor of New York City schools in the coming months. [New York Occasions]

The two most strong Democratic county organizations, in the Bronx and in Queens, have backed the Manhattan city councilman Corey Johnson in the race to become the next City Council speaker. [New York Occasions]

Investigators hired by the KIPP charter school network identified no evidence of sexual misconduct by two accused teachers at a single of its city schools. [New York Occasions]

What was Mayor Bill de Blasio undertaking in Iowa this week? Selling his vision for the Democratic Party. [New York Instances]

Mayor Bill de Blasio in Iowa on Tuesday.CreditCharlie Neibergall/Linked Press

Federal prosecutors are charging a Staten Island lawyer with utilizing “Mafia-style tactics” in bullying campaigns against political enemies. [New York Occasions]

A lady who has struggled with homelessness serenaded those at her Brooklyn shelter for the mentally ill, turning fellow residents into fans. [New York Times]

In the historical Manhattan neighborhood of Murray Hill, new towers are increasing and bringing younger residents along with them. [New York Occasions]

Johnny Fox, the sword-swallowing showman who ran the Freakatorium, El Museo Loco, on the Decrease East Side, died at 64. [New York Instances]

After spending 3 decades in prison for a rape and robbery that he did not commit, a Brooklyn man was exonerated following an investigation proved his innocence. [New York Post]

The Brooklyn district attorney presented over $750,000 in restitution checks to 5 electricians who were owed spend following their employer pleaded guilty to grand larceny charges final month. [Brooklyn Day-to-day Eagle]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Why I Quit Driving

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up These days

Make Music Winter brings a lot more than a dozen musical parades to public spaces across the 5 boroughs. Occasions and places vary. [Totally free]

Join the Gaits Soundscape, an immersive “soundwalk” in which participants put on portable speakers and develop whimsical music with their methods, beginning at Gansevoort Plaza below the Higher Line. 5:30 p.m. [Free]

Celebrate the winter solstice by helping to construct a reflective sculpture with National Museum of Mathematics at the Flatiron Public Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan. six p.m. [Totally free]

Children can take pleasure in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a household-friendly vacation musical, at the Secret Theater in Lengthy Island City, Queens. 7 p.m. [Rates differ, tickets right here]

See “Immigrant Jam,” a comedy show “to celebrate becoming from someplace else,” at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. 7:30 p.m. [$7]

… Or check out “Elton John vs. Billy Joel: The Dueling Piano Vacation Christmas Show,” a singalong comedy performance at the new Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen. eight p.m. [$9]

Rangers vs. Devils, 7 p.m. (MSG). Islanders host Ducks, 7 p.m. (MSG+). Knicks host Celtics, eight p.m. (TNT).

Alternate-side parking remains in impact until Dec. 25.

For much more events, see The New York Times’s Arts &amp Entertainment guide.

And Ultimately…

Searching on the vibrant side.CreditMark Makela for The New York Instances

This year has also been good to some New York These days readers.

We asked you to send in the very best news you heard in 2017. Here’s what a handful of of you reported.

“After several years of attempting and numerous heart-wrenching miscarriages, the second-ideal news of 2017 was finding out I was pregnant. The best news of 2017 was finding out my child girl was healthful. Holding her in my arms for the 1st time was a really life-altering and magical encounter.”

— Diana Trautner, 37, Brooklyn

“On March 25, 2017, I randomly reconnected with the son of a family members pal I hadn’t observed in 15 years. He had been my very first kiss, at my uncle’s wedding, when we had been both nine. We fell in love at age 24, and program to move in together when my lease is up. We’re staying in the city, of course.”

— Susannah Schaff, 25, Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

“Both of my daughters got married to excellent guys within 3 months of every other and each weddingswere integrated in the Sunday New York Occasions!”

— Adria Rolnik, 61, West Orange, N.J.

“As my 50th birthday approaches, 10 of my Swarthmore College buddies came together to pledge $50,000 to the nonprofit I run, FAN4Kids, which teaches fitness and nutrition in New York City public schools. Wonderful.”

— Robert Oliver, 49, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

“In June 2017, I moved back to New York from Chicago, where I had been living on my personal. It took living 1,000 miles from residence to recognize the value of family members, friends, and New York bagels.”

— Maria McCrann, 23, Selden, Extended Island

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Published at Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:00:27 +0000

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