This is our monthly recap of recent NYC news you might have missed during the last few weeks. As usual, top of our list again is real estate, shopping, food, and NYC’s theater scene. Here are the headlines from our sources, which we identify. No leaks, no fake news on NYCOTC.
Bullseye on 34th St. – Mega-retailer Target will open a h-u-g-e store on 34th St. this fall, giving The World’s Largest Store, also known as Macy’s Herald Square, a run for the money, also known as shoppers. Will shoppers foresake Macy’s for Target? Stay tuned. (34th St. Partnership)
Three More Trader Joe’s – A hotly anticipated Trader Joe’s is set to open on Columbus Avenue and 93rd Street sometime before the summer. That puts the newest UWS location just four blocks from a WholeFoods and across the street from a Food City that was abandoned and shutteered a year ago. TJ’s also is opening a SoHo location, at 161 Sixth Avenue near Spring Street, sometime before next year, and another at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn at a date not disclosed.
Cheaper internet – Eligible NYC Seniors and low-income residents can now get high-speed internet for just $14.99 a month, half the going rate. It’s a new deal from Charter’s Spectrum Internet Assist. Wireless service is another $5 a month. Plus tax, of course. In order to be eligible, seniors must be 65 years or old and get Supplemental Security Income.Other applicants must have students who participate in the National School Lunch Program. The cheap service is available in Charter’s service area, which includes Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and parts of Brooklyn.some properties in Brooklyn, and will be rolled out market-by-market by mid-2017. (DNAInfo)
Kid in a Candy Store – The producers of the new Broadway musical Charlie the Chocolate Factory have partnered with NYC’s own Dylan’s Candy Store to provide sweet treats before the show and during intermission. The musical version of the beloved Roald Dahl story and Hollywood film starring the equally-beloved Gene Wilder is now in previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, scheduled to open on April 28th. (TheaterMania)
Freedom is the ticket – Starting this fall, you can use your MetroCard on the LIRR. The MTA will launch a pilot program this fall, called the Freedom Ticket, that will allow riders to use a MetroCard at select LIRR stations within NYC, including in Brooklyn along Atlantic Terminal, East New York and Nostrand Avenue, and in Queens at Laurelton, Locust Manor, Rosendale and St. Albans stations. Users also would be able to connect with busses in those neighborhoods.
Surge-free – April showers bring May flowers, a lack of yellow taxis, and a garden of surge pricing. We are so over Uber. Get a a rideshare service that gives you a firm, dependable price up front, so you don’t have to worry about a running meter or heart attack when you see your credit card charges. Get $5 off your first ten trips with Gett with the code GETTUD. And spend that $50 on something else, like a good umbrella. Thanks to UrbanDaddy for this discount code.
If there is a NYC news headline you would like to see included in next month’s report, let us know. Email us at [email protected] with tips.