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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 16:35

CNNMoney reported that the National Safety Council (NSC) found that the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2016 was 9% higher than it was in the first half of 2015. The NSC reported that 19,100 people were killed from January 2016 to June 2016 — compared to 17,350 in the same six...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 13:39

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its report on building permits issued in the city. According to Crain’s New York Business, only 7,439 permits were issued so far this year. The agency predicts that, at this pace, only 13,000 permits will be given out to developers by the end...

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Friday, August 5, 2016 - 16:40

With drivers finding themselves more distracted behind the wheel — whether it’s texting, talking on their cell phone, eating, or changing radio stations — the newest distraction is the highly addictive mobile game, Pokémon Go.

 

In Pokémon Go, players use their mobile phones to go from place to place and capture different creatures. Some walk or run to “catch ‘em all,” but others...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 15:29

The move towards self-driving vehicles suffered a setback when the occupant of a self-driving car was killed in an accident. It is considered to be the first known fatality involving an autonomous vehicle.

The New York Times reported that, on May 7, Joshua Brown, of Canton, Ohio, was killed while he was behind the wheel of a...

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 09:28

On March 10, 2016 a New York City taxi cab jumped a curb and slammed into a building after driving at a high rate of speed. According to CBS New York, the taxi cab ran a red light at the intersection of First Avenue and 33rd Street at about 8:45 a.m. The taxi driver hit and injured two pedestrians, as well as...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 10:50

In Manhattan and the five boroughs, public transportation is easily accessible and convenient. In fact, according to StatsBee, only about 23 percent of households own a car in Manhattan, and between 44 to 64 percent of households own a car in the other boroughs. Although there are more individuals who own a car in the...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 14:34

According to a Wall Street Journal, concern is growing regarding fatigue among New York City taxi cab drivers in the face of stiff competition from app-driven companies, causing them to work more hours and potentially having an impact on traffic safety.

The change and its impact has been...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 00:00

The New York City Register’s Office collects a mortgage recording tax whenever a mortgage is recorded in any of the five boroughs except for Staten Island.  The tax rate combines New York State and New York City Mortgage Recording Tax into one amount, which is based on the amount of the mortgage.  The New York City Department of Finance has a...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 09:47

During the warm months, many people like to spend time outdoors.  It can be very enjoyable to spend time on your deck or porch after a long day at work, or during a relaxing weekend.  For many people, the deck or porch is an extension of the home and can be a place to dine, spend time with family and friends, or read a book.  However, a porch or deck that is not properly maintained can present...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 09:14

Last month, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (union) negotiated wages for construction workers on 421a sites.  Unable to come to an agreement, the 421a tax abatement program expired in December 2015.

The 421a abatement program...

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