Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- MTA Raises Fares, But Single Ride Stays at $2.75 [amNY]: The MTA board voted Wednesday to increase fares for the sixth time since 2008, but the base MetroCard swipe will remain at $2.75. Under the hike, monthly MetroCards will increase from $116.50 to $121 and weeklies will rise by a buck to $32. But the base MetroCard swipe well be preserved at $2.75 with significantly reduced purchasing bonuses. Riders will now only receive a 5% bonus with a $5.50 purchase. Currently, they receive an additional 11% when they add that amount to their cards.
- Second Avenue Subway May Be One of Trump’s Infrastructure Priority Projects [Curbed NY]: The Trump administration has promised a so-called “trillion-dollar program” for infrastructure improvements across the United States, and now, leaked reports have shed some light on what specific projects may benefit from that. Three New York City projects have, apparently, made the cut: The second and third phase of the Second Avenue Subway; the Gateway Project, which affects both New York and New Jersey; and the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), which would feed power from Canada to NYC via the Hudson River.
- Say Goodbye to Streit’s Matzo Factory on Rivington Street [Bowery Boogie]: The former Streit’s Matzo Factory complex on Rivington Street spent the autumn season in a state of dormancy. Despite the commencement of demolition activity several months prior. Now, it’s full speed ahead; the takedown has resumed after this extended period of silence. It’s really happening. (Also, watch the documentary about Streit’s that came out last year).
- I Love You to Gigabits. Pop the Question, see your names on a LinkNYC Kiosk [EV Grieve]: There’s something new for romantics at LinkNYC kiosks, often a symbol of free love in the city. The kiosks have a notice asking passersby if they are planning to pop the question. (Presumably in the form of a marriage proposal.) If you do ask your partner for his/her hand in marriage between now and early February, your proposal will appear on LinkNYC kiosks. (So keep it clean!) Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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