funny...just right after it’s announced in NYC that Amazon is opening its next HQ there, BOOM!!! WEATHER NAILS THE AREA!!! funny, because the ’people’ and other officials who were left in the dark worried, questioned about the massive tax breaks while the ’INFRASTRUCTURE - SUBWAY SYSTEMS’ and more need hundreds of millions if not $1 Billion to take care of...BOOM!!! FREAK WEATHER STORM WHOPPING 6 INCHES LITERALLY CRIPPLES THE AREA...coincidental?? uh huh....
Amazon Next Door: What Does It Mean for Brooklyn?
The multibillion-dollar investment will have an impact on jobs, housing, transportation and more
By MICHAEL STAHL - November 15, 2018
Since Amazon announced that half of its second headquarters is coming to Long Island City—with the other half landing in Crystal City, Va.—opinions on the development ranging from jubilant to outraged have flooded the zeitgeist. In Queens, the news has raised concerns about everything from the state’s generous tax incentives to rising housing costs to overcrowded transit systems.
But what the mayor and governor hailed as a blessing was seen as a burden by many local officials, who felt the deal was imposed on them without their consent. “The community’s response? Outrage,” read a tweet from newly elected U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will represent sections of the borough that abut Long Island City.
The Daily News postulated that the revenue generated locally by Amazon could chip away at the $1 billion Mayor de Blasio recently said the city would need from the federal government to complete the BQX.
“I strongly urge the city, state and Amazon to rethink the approach here so that the community has input and we can decide what is best for our neighborhoods,” Espinal said.
In New York, a way forward is more complicated: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the deal as a General Project Plan (GPP), a special genre of development that doesn’t need to go through a state or city vote. So instead, some New York legislators are drafting new laws aimed at preventing as much bloodletting in the next bidding war. And others are trying to find a legal way to challenge the GPP retroactively.
The New York Area Was Nearly Paralyzed by 6 Inches of Snow. What Went Wrong?
By Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Winnie Hu and Patrick McGeehan
Nov. 16, 2018
Thousands of commuters were stranded outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, the busiest bus station in the country, after more than 1,100 scheduled buses were canceled. The line of people stretched a full city block.
The upper level of the George Washington Bridge — one of the busiest bridges in the world — turned into a parking lot after an icy 20-vehicle crash, with drivers abandoning their cars.
Buses were forced off the roads in New Jersey, so children had to spend the night at school, sleeping on gym mats until their parents were able to rescue them in the morning.
The New York region was all but paralyzed by an early winter storm that led to recriminations and second-guessing Friday about what exactly went wrong. Even grizzled commuters said they had never endured such a meltdown, venting their fury at those in charge of running buses and trains and clearing highways.
The storm was unexpected but not especially powerful. As a result, the havoc that unfolded in New York City and beyond appeared to highlight the fragility of the region’s transportation system, showing how aging infrastructure has become increasingly unreliable, from the subway to buses to commuters railroads and train and bus stations.
“The system doesn’t have any slack in a crisis,” said Mitchell L. Moss, the director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. “We’re not really equipped to handle a breakdown in one part when it has to be absorbed by other parts of the transportation system.”