How New York City deals with snow

People waiting for the bus on Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, in the snow (2010 - Image Koen Blanquart)

People waiting for the bus on Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, in the snow (2010 – Image Koen Blanquart)

New York City is getting ready for its first snow (and its removal) of the winter. As I was born in a country that comes to a screeching halt when cold weather hits, it’s impressive to see how New York deals with wintertime.

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North Cove Marina Bidding Process – where is the transparency?

The Stag Hound, one of the sailing boats based in the North Cove Marina, makes its way upstream on the Hudson River, with the Honorable William Wall in the background (Image: koen blanquart)

The Stag Hound, one of the sailing boats based in the North Cove Marina, makes its way upstream on the Hudson River, with the Honorable William Wall in the background (Image: Koen Blanquart)

Remember 2004? For Lower Manhattan, it was still a time of grief, since the local economy in the Financial District was still very much on its knees after the 9-11 WTC attacks. It was a time when starting a business in the lowest part of the Island was seen as madness. It would take until 2006 before the building of One World Trade Center would actually start, and 10 years before the first tenants would work in any of the restored and rebuilt WTC buildings. Continue Reading…

I fail to understand!

The Eric Garner decision leaves questions

I can't breathe - signs being held by protesters in New York City, refering to the last words of Eric Garner. (image: Dave Bledsoe, Flickr)

I can’t breathe – signs being held by protesters in New York City . (image: Dave Bledsoe, Flickr)

After this weeks decision by a Grand Jury in Staten Island (NYC) not to bring officer Daniel Pantaleo to trial after he choked Eric Garner, lots of questions remain. And I cannot believe I’m the only one that is looking and waiting for some answers…

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How many police killings per year in the USA?

The USA has a long loving relation with numbers. Most sports fans can give you totals, averages and dates from events in current and past history for their beloved athletes. This country is governed by politicians relying on poll data, even asking what presidential candidate the average american would preferred to be cared by if they were ill… (Oh, just so you know in 2012, that was 49% Obama – 36% Romney). When I was writing an article about what goes on in the USA these days, I found that there is no reliable data available about the police shootings, police killings, etc…

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