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NYC Subway hit with delays, again
As Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo continue to bicker over the faltering NYC subway, the system was hit with another major round of delays this morning, the New York Times reported. Signal problems caused delays on over a dozen lines Monday morning.
Delays on the subway have skyrocketed to over 75,000 times per month in the last few years, and signal problems are the key reason for them. This is largely due to the fact that parts of the system date back to the 1930s.
“This week we couldn’t even make it through Monday morning without the subways breaking down,” John Raskin, the executive director of the Riders Alliance, said in a statement. “Governor Cuomo has said he’s responsible for fixing the subway, but he hasn’t said how, or when, or with what funding. Subway riders leave for work in the morning not knowing if or when they will arrive.”
NJ Landlords offer ride-sharing to attract prospective tenants
In order to attract tenants to office buildings in areas that aren’t necessarily well connected, landlords are offering credits or subsidies for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, the Wall Street Journal reports. In many cases, these subsidies offer workers an easy connection to the nearby trains or other forms of public transportation, and it is also allowing developers to save on building parking spaces, which are becoming increasingly expensive, according to the WSJ.
Ian Schrager calls One World Trade Center a “missed opportunity”
Just ahead of the opening his hotel at 215 Chrystie Street, prolific NYC developer Ian Schrager has decided to weigh in on One World Trade Center’s design, and he’s not pleased. He told Dezeen that he thought SOM’s design for the 1,776-foot tower was a “missed opportunity,” and that the site presented a “wonderful opportunity to do something really great.”
Looming L train shutdown shifts NYC real estate landscape
As the L train shutdown gets closer, residents along the line are choosing to move to areas that have multiple transit options, DNAinfo reports. Among the residents DNAinfo interviewed, some chose Downtown Brooklyn because of its transit options, and others chose the Lower East Side due to it being more bike and walking friendly. Others are moving to the Upper East Side after the opening of the Second Avenue subway, and brokers in Bushwick are finding the need to offer more perks to get tenants to live off the L line.