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Scooters at your service

Transportation | For-hire electric scooters have arrived in many U.S. cities, and not everyone is happy about it
by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 1/31/19, 10:40 am

Remember fun? Your nostalgic childhood memories probably involve some sort of toy on wheels: Big Wheels, roller skates, wagons, skateboards. The latest craze is scooters—for adults.

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K-9s in Times Square

Cities | A peek behind the curtain at New York City’s security preparations for New Year’s Eve
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/01/19, 05:54 pm

A New York moment:

A rainy New Year’s Eve in Times Square went without a hitch thanks to tight New York Police Department security. We likely will never know the full extent of the NYPD’s security operation for this celebration that brings tens of thousands of people to Times Square each year, but at a press conference the department’s leaders shared a peek at how they do their work.

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Prime subsidies

New York | Local outrage over the Amazon deal in New York, and scientific delight over termite pyramids in Brazil
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/21/18, 12:17 pm

A New York moment:

All the buzz in New York at the moment concerns the new Amazon headquarters coming here with a promise of about 25,000 jobs. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Gov. Andrew Cuomo, typically archenemies, showed a united front supporting the deal. But they seemed surprised by the level of anger from the community about it—people who feel the transit system is already overloaded, who don’t like how much money taxpayers will shell out for the deal, or who just don’t like Amazon. 

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