New York Taxi-of-Tomorrow Plan Struck Down by State Court
His bail was set at $75,000 cash or $100,000 if secured by property, and his next court appearance was set for October 11. Chance’s lawyer, Gregory Watts, said his client didn’t take part in the beating. He said Chance and Mieses are also victims in the case, and he urged prosecutors to call a grand jury to investigate Lien. “We concede the criminal mischief,” Watts said. “It’s obvious that he overreacted. But the law does permit someone who is a victim of an accident to at least attempt to get the identification of the motorist. My client obviously overreacted in that manner, but he is not this thug assaulting someone who’s harmless, contrary to the public opinion that’s being put out there.” Biker: SUV driver ‘was a maniac’ Biker: SUV driver ‘was a maniac’ Lien was in his Range Rover on his way back from an outing to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter. Dozens of bikers swarmed past him on Manhattan’s West Side Highway. A cycle quickly slowed down in front of Lien, who bumped its rear tire, slightly injuring rider Christopher Cruz. Lien pulled to a stop, and angry bikers surrounded his vehicle, hitting it and spiking its tires, police said. Lien stepped on the gas, plowing into three more bikers, including Mieses, who was critically injured. One of the bikers, wearing a helmet camera caught the dust-up on video, which later in an edited version appeared on the Internet. It showed the Range Rover stopping at a later point with the biker gang still in pursuit. A man, who police say was Sims, got off his motorcycle and opened Lien’s door, police spokesman Sgt.
New York art exhibit celebrates centennial of iconic 1913 show
Taxi fleet operators sued the city in December seeking to block the requirement, and a judge in May halted the program, saying it violated the administrative code because there was no option for medallion owners to buy a hybrid vehicle. In June, the city revised the rules to let medallion owners buy hybrids until Nissan develops a hybrid version of the NV200. The fleet operators sued again in July, and State Supreme Court Justice Shlomo S. Hagler in Manhattan blocked the plan in a ruling dated today, saying the commission exceeded its authority under the city charter by requiring the purchase of a specific vehicle. TLC Authority If the TLC was vested with the authority to contract for the medallion owners with third party vendors, the TLC may, for instance, also have the authority to mandate the purchase of special insurance from a particular insurance company or even to purchase a more efficient fuel from a designated vendor at pre-determined prices, Hagler said. The decision is fundamentally wrong, because it was within the commissions authority to authorize the Taxi of Tomorrow, Michael A. Cardozo, New York corporation counsel, said in a statement. The city intends to appeal immediately, he said. Aside from its being by far the safest taxicab ever designed, the NV200 has superior legroom, a panoramic roof and a host of other comforts and amenities, Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said in a statement. We remain committed to bringing it to the riding public. The Taxi of Tomorrow program is a plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg s administration to standardize and expand the citys fleet of 13,237 yellow cabs with 15,237 yellow vans built by Nissan, of which more than 2,000 would be accessible for wheelchairs. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. $1 Billion Revenue The Nissans, already being made, were to hit the streets Oct.
New York Set to Reach Climate Point-of-No-Return in 2047
President Barack Obama cited the storm in his State of the Union address this year as a sign of the urgent need to address climate change. Changes will occur in the tropics sooner because they have a less variable climate, so even a small change in average temperature can take an area outside historical norms, according to the study. That may harm biodiversity in lower latitudes because tropical plants and animals are suited only to smaller variations in the climate, the researchers wrote. Finish Line Conservation practitioners take heed: the climate-change race is not only on, it is fixed, with the extinction finish line looming closest for the tropics, Eric Post , a professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University, wrote in an accompanying article in Nature. The study used as a baseline the average annual temperatures in cities around the world for each year from 1860 through 2005. While some years in the next few decades are predicted to exceed the highest of those averages, later years will return to levels within the historical average. Climate departure is the point when temperatures go outside that band and all subsequent years will exceed the range. That will occur in Mexico City in 2031, Mumbai in 2034, Baghdad , Cairo and Nairobi in 2036, Tokyo in 2041, Rome in 2044, Bangkok in 2046, and Rio de Janeiro in 2050. The Indonesian city of Manokwari is expected to get there first, in 2020. The results highlight the challenge faced by United Nations envoys who are trying to negotiate by 2015 a binding treaty to combat climate change that would take effect from 2020. Warming Planet World leaders have agreed to contain temperature rises since industrialization to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and the UN last month said the planet has already warmed by an average 0.85 degree since 1880. The World Bank last year said the planet is on track to warm 4 degrees by 2100. Fourteen researchers at the University of Hawaii and Japan s University of the Ryukyus contributed to the study, which used projections from 39 computer models that analyze multiple climate variables, including air temperature, precipitation, evaporation and the acidity of the oceans. While the study focused on air temperatures, the authors also said the global average pH of the ocean — a measure of acidity — departed from its norm in 2008, because of narrow historical variability of the measure. We are pushing the ecosystems of the world out of the environment in which they evolved into wholly new conditions that they may not be able to cope with, Ken Caldeira , a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, said in the statement.
The Armory Show was probably the most important art exhibition in America,” Marilyn Satin Kushner, the co-curator of the exhibition, said in an interview. “This is a landmark time in terms of the history and in terms of the history of art in America.” The exhibition includes 100 works from the original show by artists such as Duchamp, whose masterpiece “Nude Descending a Staircase” was mocked and compared at the time to an explosion in a shingle factory, and Matisse’s “Blue Nude,” considered depraved for its distortion of the female form. Francis Picabia’s “Dances at the Spring” was likened to a patchwork quilt. Using artifacts, historical documents and archival photographs and films, the exhibition puts the works in the context of 1913 New York. “It will introduce people to what was going on in New York in 1913 because one can’t understand the Armory Show completely unless one understands that New York at that time period was the age of discovery, the age of freedom, the age of independence, the age of youth marching in the streets for women’s rights,” said Kushner. THREATENED BY THE ART The 1913 show, officially known as The International Exhibition of Modern Art, was organized by a small group of young American artists called the Association of Painters and Sculptors. They were looking to showcase their work, as well as that of other artists. It was considered a turning point because it introduced Americans, accustomed to classical art, to the European avant-garde. The show, which attracted thousands of visitors, shocked some viewers and sparked harsh criticism. “They were very threatened by the art,” said Kushner. “There were people on both sides of the fence but the noisiest people didn’t get it, didn’t want to get it and couldn’t understand it.” The exhibition includes photos of the original show and a chart showing how it was organized so modern-day viewers can get an idea of what visitors saw 100 years ago. Many of the paintings and works on paper were by American artists, such John Sloan’s “Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair” and “Landscape with Figures” by Maurice Prendergast. Other galleries feature Impressionist works, which were already accepted by Americans in 1913, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Algerian Girl,” and paintings by the precursors to modernism, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh.