Although New York sometimes feels like a giant private club, there are ways to tap into even more exclusivity all around town, especially when dissecting the local members-only club scene.
CORE is one such business that just debuted at 711 Fifth Avenue by 56th Street. Occupying 60,000 square feet of space right below Central Park across the four top floors of the building it calls home, the club offers membership fees that range from $15,000 to $100,000 per year. Talk about exclusive.
For that price tag, here is what members get: top-notch fitness and wellness services, access to a 40-person screening room and theater, a beautiful outdoor terrace, an art gallery featuring a rotating cast of exhibits, a juice and coffee bar next to the state-of-the-art gym on-premise, private meeting and dining rooms, an extensive calendar of exciting cultural programs and events, plus culinary offerings helmed by chef Michele Brogioni of Armani Ristorante fame.
As part of the latter program is a rooftop restaurant dubbed 555, where guests will indulge in modern Mediterranean cuisine during the day and fine prix-fixe meals at night; an intimate 17-seat eatery called The Culinary Lab where Michelin-starred guests chefs will rotate; and Leo’s Speakeasy, where attendees will enjoy curated drinks “and a more informal menu of small plates inspired by global flavors,” according to an official press release.
What’s more, members who wish to spend the night (who wouldn’t want to live in this expensive paradise, after all?), will be able to reserve one of the 11 on-site suites.
Excuse me while I step out for a walk, trying to brainstorm ways to afford membership to this awesome-looking, incredibly costly private club.
By HWM Partnership Harlem’s beloved Sylvia’s Restaurant, nestled at 328 Malcolm X Blvd., has secured its place among the culinary greats. They have secured one of the six recipients of the esteemed 2024 America’s Classics Award, bestowed by the renowned James Beard Foundation. The announcement made public on Wednesday, heralds Sylvia’s as a beacon of…
So to ease your worries (or, perhaps, enhance them), we put together this handy little guide trying to dissect everything you need to know about the new congestion pricing in NYC.
What is the congestion pricing toll?
To put it very simply, once the new plan goes into effect, every time drivers enter a specific area in Manhattan they will be charged a fee.
When does congestion pricing in NYC start?
In early February, during a meeting in a New Jersey federal court, a lawyer for the MTA announced that the congestion pricing toll could start as early as mid-June. That being said, officials have not made any announcement about the timeline just yet.
It’s important to note that, before the new guidelines start being implemented, they will have to be checked by the Federal Highway Administration and go through an environmental assessment.
Where is the toll zone?
The affected area concerns Manhattan’s central business district below 60th Street. That means that cars entering every single street and avenue south of and including 60th Street will be charged a toll.
The new cost does not, however, apply to folks entering the FDR Drive, West Side Highway and the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel. That being said, if you exit any of those major roadways to enter a street within the newly designated area, you will be charged (if you take the West Side Highway up to 50th Street, for example, you will not be exempt from the payment).
What are the congestion pricing hours?
According to the proposed plan, any car entering Manhattan below 60th Street will pay a fee. However, the price will change depending on the hour of the day. Between 5am and 9pm on weekdays, motorists will be charged the full fee.
On weekends, those hours morph to 9am to 9pm. Outside the peak times, the toll will still apply but will likely cost about 75% less than its full price.
How much will drivers be charged?
The New York Post reports that, unless things change last minute, this will be the breakdown for what each vehicle will be charged during” peak hours:
Passenger vehicles: $15 Small trucks: $24 Large trucks: $36 Motorcycles: $7.50 Taxi drivers: $1.25 per ride Uber, Lyft, other ride-shares: $2.50 per ride
How do you pay the toll?
Drivers with an E-ZPass will automatically be charged a fee upon entering the Central Business District. Those who do not own a pass will be mailed a bill to the address of the registered vehicle.
Are there any exemptions to the toll?
Yes, there are exemptions to the toll. However, they mostly do not concern the average city driver.
As proposed by officials last year, exemptions will apply to authorized emergency vehicles (think fire trucks and ambulances, for example), vehicles transporting people with a disability and government automobiles that are “involved in public works,” like garbage trucks.
Are private bus operators included?
Transit and commuter buses are exempt from paying the congestion toll. Intercity buses are not included in that category.
Why is the MTA charging commuters?
Discussions about the congestion toll have been going on for years now. According to the MTA, the program will reduce traffic, travel time and emissions; improve quality of life and “lead to safer streets and cleaner air.”
Even more specifically, the MTA said that the plan will raise $1 billion per year—money that will then be used to upgrade other transport-related infrastructures (from new subways and buses to the extension of the much talked about Second Avenue Subway and signal-related advancements).
Although the amount of traffic that all but defines life in Manhattan is very obvious, a nuance that the new guidelines will likely ameliorate, many people have complained about the possibility of the new fee. People who work for the city—think teachers, first responders and the like—and are not part of the already-announced potential exemptions have raised concerns about not being able to carry out their duties daily if they have to pay to enter the specific zones where their jobs take place.
The arrival of the new systems seems to be inevitable but here’s to hoping that officials will be able to work out kinks and appease a majority of the population before things go into effect.
They are thrilled to announce an upcoming event that aims to uplift and support the health and wellness of our community, particularly focusing on the well-being of mothers-to-be. As a proud member of THE LINKS, INC and also serving as a Regional Board Member of the United Nations Association, Harlem’s Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, is…
There was nothing more magical than hanging out in Madison Square Park or the adjacent pedestrian plaza, and looking up to see the Empire State Building glittering in all its glory. Yet, if visitors go to admire that same view today, they will be highly disappointed at what meets the eyes. What was once one of the best views of the iconic structure, has since been obstructed by an 860-foot luxury tower being constructed right in front of the most iconic skyskraper in NYC.
The new supertall building, located at 262 Fifth Avenue on 29th street, effectively blocks the northern view of the Empire State Building from Fifth Avenue. It was designed by architecture firm, Meganom with SLCE Architects, and is to be comprised of 26 condominiums.
The initial renderings intended for the supertall building to reach 1,000 feet tall. However, the tower has since been scaled back. Construction will be completed by 2024 or early 2025, predicts YIMBY.
Many New Yorkers took to social media, upset about the obstruction, one stating “When I walk through Madison square park, it’s just not the same,” on Reddit. Others posted, “blocking the iconic ESB view from MSP is a complete and utter loss to the city.”
One aggravated TikToker compared the NYC construction to be like a Hilton being built directly in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. “How much more of what we love and what makes our cities beautiful and special are we willing to sacrifice for the whims of a few,” begs the creator.
Schools Chancellor David C. Banks yesterday at a historic Black History Month celebration unveiled Volume 1 of Hidden Voices: Stories of the Global African Diaspora. This groundbreaking curriculum, a collaboration between multiple educational and cultural institutions, esteemed scholars, and experts, offers a set of curricular resources that offers an in-depth exploration of the African diaspora’s influence…
In a city where there are always exciting and entertaining things to do and new places to eat, you should always make time to expand your knowledge and learn new things, and the best place to do that is at your local library!
If you haven’t been to your library since you were in grade school, it’s okay; we won’t judge you. But that also means that you might not be privy to all the things that the library offers New Yorkers who have a library card. Not only can you gain freeaccess tonumerous museums around the city, but you can also learn a language, rent vinyl records, and even get your hands on free seeds for your garden!
What’s the difference between New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library cards?
Before applying for your library card, it is important to know that not all library cards grant you the same access. In New York City, there are three different library systems; New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and QueensPublic Library. The history is a bit complex, but the short version is that the three exist because they were founded before 1898 when the five boroughs consolidated into Greater New York City. There have been talks to combine all branches but we’ll leave the history lesson to the New York Times.
Your New York Public Library Card will grant you access to all libraries in the five boroughs while Brooklyn & Queens cards will only give you privledges in their respective boroughs. Here are 12 free things you can do with a New York Public Library Card!
Visit over 80 cultural institutions for free with Culture Pass. You can gain access to the Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, New York Botanical Gerden, The Guggenheim and so much more!
2. Learn a Language
Learn a new language with Mango Languages, an interactive database that provides step-by-step lesson plans for 71 different languages. This database features ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers.
3. Read a Newspaper
PressReader provides current newspapers in full-color, full-page format and includes U.S. and international titles. Your library card provides access to current newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. PressReader includes over 2,000 U.S. andinternational titles.
4. Gain a Career Skill
LinkedInLearning is an online educational platform that offers thousands of courses taught by experts in various fields like web development, education, media production, and business. It provides users with the opportunity to discover, complete, and track courses related to their interests and fields.
5. Flip Through a Magazine
Flipster is a digital source giving you access to over 100 of the most popular magazines, including Bon Appétit, Sports Illustrated, Time, and People. Simply look up the magazine you want, choose “Read this Issue”.
6. Borrow an E-Book
SimplyE allows you to browse 300,000+ titles, from bestsellers to classics and read them instantly—whenever and wherever you like!
7. Prep for a Test
Prepare for academic, civil service, military, and professional exams with test preparation materials and interactive practice exams With LearningExpress. Improve your scores on exams such as PSAT, SAT, GED replacement, TASC, and more.
8. Rent an instrument
The Brooklyn Public Library launched the first-ever public musical instrument lending library. Patrons can now borrow select instruments for a period of one month. Thanks to a partnership with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, a range of instruments are available for rent, including percussion instruments like steel drums and string instruments such as the violin and more. Whether you want to learn to play the guitar or need a piano for your next composition, this lending library has got you covered.
See the full list of instruments and learn how to rent yours here.
9. Book free studio time
Whether or not playing instruments is your vibe, your library card can help you book free studio time to record a demo! The recording studio can be reserved in 15-minute increments. The maximum session length for the studio is three hours, and each cardholder can make up to two advance reservations per calendar month.
10. Listen to high-quality vinyl records
Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library has a Vinyl Lending Library open to cardholders, giving them access to 400 albums spanning any genre you can think of. With your card, you can listen to music on the library’s first floor as well as borrow for up to three weeks.
11. Get free seeds to grow plants
NYPL’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library offers a Seed Library: a selection of non-GMO, heirloom, and/or organic seeds for patrons to grow vegetables, flowers, or herbs from the comfort of their residences. SNFL is located at 455 Fifth Avenue—diagonally across from Patience, the stone lion that sits on the south side of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Access to electronics and wifi are free at all library branches but did you know that with your library card you can borrow tablets and wifi hotspots to take home? This program is made possible by the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. If eligible, students, school staff and library patrons, can participate in the program.
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today released the City’s newly expanded, landmark Workers’ Bill of Rights. A multilingual and comprehensive guide to rights in the workplace in New York City, which was created in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and the New York City Commission on…
Following NYC’s Short-Term Rental Registration Law, otherwise known as Local Law 18, that went into effect last September, more than 7,500 Airbnbs have vanished from the platform. The law requires that all short-term rentals must register with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement in order for booking platforms to process payments.
Supposedly, the law intends to counteract rising rents and NYC’s housing crisis, that the city believes had been compounded by previous short-term rental regulations. Since going into effect, only 22% of the short-term rental applications have been approved by the OSE.
In order to be legal, all short-term rentals must comply with the below terms:
The host must be present in the same unit during the visitors stay
You can’t stay with more than two guests
Entire apartments or homes cannot be rented out for less than 30 days
All short-term rentals must be registered with OSE
To clarify, yes this means privacy in NYC Airbnbs have changed dramatically. Whereas you once were able to rent out entire units for you and your companion(s), visitors must now share the space with the host and are limited to travelers in pairs. This in turn makes Airbnbs virtually impossible for families (larger than two people) looking to stay in NYC.
Grubhub, Oyate Group and the New York State Latino Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association today announced the launch of “Rising Restaurateur: A Community Grant Program.” “Rising Restaurateur: A Community Grant Program,” is launched to provide $200,000 in microgrants and business development opportunities to New York City Latino, Black, Indigenous, Asian American and/or Pacific Islander restaurateurs.…