In 2015 New York will begin work on LinkNYC, a project that replaces the aging and seldom used payphone system with futuristic glowing pillars called Links.
These Links will serve as Wi-Fi hubs that provide 24/7 free internet access at gigabit speeds. The connections will be encrypted and should be secure according to the press release: “We encourage you to continue to use end-to-end encryption, such as HTTPS, for any sensitive matters or data. The network will also prevent peer-to-peer security threats by eliminating the ability to communicate device to device.”
As if that wasn’t good enough, the Links also offer free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S., free mobile-device charging, and a touchscreen interface for accessing directions, city services, etc… They also provide easy access to 911 and 311.
Sounds expensive right? The whole system is ad-supported and will apparently cost tax-payers nothing. So presumably these Links will be bombarding you with ads day and night, but it’s not as if that’s not happening already right? All-in-all it may be a fair trade, assuming the ads are visual only and not overly intrusive. This new platform may prove seriously valuable for local advertisers and marketers.
“LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will bring the fastest available municipal Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers and visitors,” according to a press release from CityBridge and LinkNYC.
Up to up to 10,000 Link installtions are planning, though not all may offer free gigabit Wi-Fi.The first Links should be operational by the end of 2015.
Less than three weeks after a doctor who contracted Ebola in West Africa was admitted to Bellevue Hospital, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the city to be free of the deadly virus.
“It is a good feeling to hug a hero,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio after embracing Dr. Craig Spencer, one of the first of many hugs the doctor would receive throughout the press conference celebrating his release. The event was a victory lap for Mr. de Blasio and his administration for their response to Dr. Spencer’s symptoms, and an opportunity to celebrate those health workers who have traveled to West Africa to battle the disease.
“Dr. Spencer is Ebola-free, and New York City is Ebola-free,” the mayor said.
Dr. Spencer, 33, thanked the doctors and nurses at Bellevue, where he has been quarantined since coming down with a fever Oct. 23 after treating victims in Guinea. Upon returning, he visited several city businesses before becoming symptomatic and entering quarantine.
Today, he said he was a “living example” of how the protocols for health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients are effective—though there was no mention of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie’s controversial attempt to automatically quarantine any health worker returning from treating Ebola patients in Africa. Mr. Christie publicly clashed with a nurse who criticized her being quarantined at Newark airport. Later, Mr. Cuomo relaxed the rules pertaining to returning health workers. Neither Mr. Cuomo nor Mr. Christie were present at Tuesday’s press conference.
“Today I am healthy and no longer infectious,” Dr. Spencer said to applause from the mayor and health workers. “My early detection, reporting and now recovery from Ebola speaks to the effectiveness of the protocols that are in place for health staff returning from West Africa.”
Specifically, the company runs a greenhouse growing pesticide-free produce on the store’s roof, and that produce is sold in the Whole Foods itself. (To be clear, Gotham Greens has three rooftop farms/greenhouses in New York City, and it has plans to expand elsewhere. Its produce isn’t just sold in Whole Foods, either.)
But why grow on rooftops at all? Co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri pitched this kind of as part of a broader trend of new, sustainable farming methods.
“In cities we don’t have a lot of arable land. We don’t have a lot of fertile soil. But one vastly udnerutilized resource we do have is unused rooftop space,” he said…
It’s been 13 years since the 9/11 attacks and the World Trade Center has finally re-opened.
On Monday, Conde Nast started moving into One World Trade Center. They’llbe bringing in 2,300+ employees and setting up operations across 24 floors.
One World Trade Center stands at 1,776 feet and is currently the tallest building in the country and the western hemisphere. It’s 104 stories tall including a three-floor observatory that is to open this spring.
Steve Plate, director of construction, remarked “It’s a fantastic milestone. I was there that fateful day. And to see from where we started to where we are today, it’s truly a miracle.”
“I’m an engineer and I can add numbers and tell you ‘tallest, strongest’ and all this stuff,’ Plate said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the most beautiful building in the most beautiful city in the most beautiful region in the world.”
According to Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, One World Trade Center is “the safest class A office space any place…in the world.” He said that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security consulted on the building’s security.
Two years ago New York Road Runners was the object of intense public scorn for dragging its feet before canceling the annual New York City Marathon in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The running club is moving beyond this painful chapter by embracing its host city more than ever, with marketing slogans like “Get your New York on.” It is also emphasizing technology as it produces the first marathon with its new title sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services. Based in India, the information-technology conglomerate inked an eight-year deal with NYRR last year, helping the club erase a post-Sandy financial deficit on an operating budget of about $61 million. TCS succeeded Dutch financial firm ING.
“Between the combination of Sandy and then what happened in Boston [the 2013 bombings at that city’s marathon], we all appreciate to a whole other level the precious opportunity we have to run on these streets and to celebrate the city,” said Mary Wittenberg, chief executive of NYRR.
With the TCS New York City Marathon taking place on Nov. 2, the new partners are eager to show that Sandy is in the rearview mirror—though not forgotten—and that what defines the race now is its high-tech features.
This week, the partners will unveil the first of these initiatives. Among them are four digital clocks at a souped-up finish line that will track the running times of the four waves of runners, an upgrade from a clock that simply tracked the first wave’s finish times.
Reports of the first Ebola case in New York City have included a detail that could cause anxiety for small business owners. Craig Spencer the 33-year-old doctor recently returned from working with Ebola patients in Guinea, visited a Brooklyn bowling alley before he became aware of his symptoms.
Spencer’s health is obviously the primary concern, but the effects on businesses that come into potential contact (however briefly) with the disease are worth noting. Gutter, the bowling alley visited by Spencer, plans to reopen quickly. Other businesses have struggled.
Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal, a family-owned business in Akron, has been closed since Oct. 16, after a Dallas nurse who had contracted the virus spent three hours in the shop looking for a wedding dress. Hazmat cleaning and decontamination has been performed, but despite this precaution the owner said her shop would remain closed until Nov. 4 to let fears die down.
Insurance could cover some losses…business interruption policies cover losses incurred when a business closes because of physical damage from a disaster. It’s common for them to cover businesses that close because of an order of civil authority. A business closed down by health officials could win a claim even if the insurer didn’t view contamination as physical damage.
However, insurance wont cover losses caused by customers’ fears. The manager of Back Country Bar-B-Q, a restaurant located down the road from the Dallas hospital that treated the city’s Ebola cases, told a local TV station that sales fell off 40 percent in the weeks since the case was discovered.