On Sunday, October 26th, Senator Charles Shumer announced in front of the Whitehall Terminal that a total of $17 billion has been collected by New York State for transportation improvements. For Staten Island, funding highlights from this package include $60 million in shoreline oyster reef reinforcement for the South Shore, $40.5 million for emergency watershed protection (EWP) expansion in the Bluebelt floodplain, and $190 million to inact higher engineering standards for the Staten Island Ferry.
Though the majority of this funding will be used for the construction of new ferry boats, the terminals will also be improved to prevent future flooding and damage. The Whitehall and St. George Ferry Terminals received damage to their docking piers and the subway stations were heavily flooded during the 2012 storm.
In addition, an estimated $2 billion will be used to build coastline reinforcement berms on beaches throughout New York City. Schumer’s office issued a press release stating that they estimate a total of $25 billion in total infrastructure funding will be received once FEMA resolves all negotiations.
The New York State Buyout Program and the city’s Build It Back program were instituted shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit to reimburse homeowners through emergency government funds. Well over $100 million has been spent to buy damaged properties in low-lying areas, including the Staten Island communities of Graham Beach, Oakwood Beach, Ocean Breeze.
Via NYC Business Solutions, the official Facebook page for the City of New York has begun drumming up community support in time for the two year anniversary by reminding New Yorkers how important it is to promote businesses that weathered the storm.
For example, when visiting a restaurant on Hylan Boulevard or a marina on the South Shore that survived Hurricane Sandy, you are encouraged to declare your support by snapping a photo and uploading it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #ShopSandyBiz.
Meanwhile, a large amount of homeowners promised grants through the Build It Back Program remain in limbo with severe water and wind damage. Relief is trickling in slowly as the bureaucratic fog clears, and as of September, 255 construction starts were in progress out of the more than 500 homeowners who have been approved for funding. The de Blasio administration introduced some major overhauls this year including a way for grantees to track their progress through an internet portal.
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For many of us, morning coffee is a must! For some, one cup will just not cut it; we understand. This week in our Tech Corner, we have rounded up a list of coffee gadgets you can use on the go- so now you can ditch the “do not talk to me until I have my coffee” line.
Touch Sensor Mug
This thermos has a LED temperature indicator; using the warmth of your touch, the thermos will activate the screen to display the temperature of your beverage. The high-tech container will also show a colored light revealing the drink temperature: blue meaning cool, orange indicating warm, and red for hot liquid! It is powered by two AA batteries and can be found on Amazon. If the screen did not draw you in to make this purchase, the thermos also has an airtight cover and a heart shaped on the bottom for writing cute messages.
Get your Coffee On-The-Go!
If you are running late, or just do not want to wait in long coffee shop lines, you can now make your coffee on the go! Hanipresso is the ultimate must-have coffee gadget. This portable espresso machine is small enough to fit in a cup holder, and can be charged using the car’s charging port. The
Hanipresso (pictured on the left) is $199. If this is too pricey for your budget, you can consider the Minipresso (the picture is to the right). This 7 inch device is also compact and can brew up to 1.7 ounces of coffee for each cycle. It can make coffee, espresso, or an extra-strong double shot coffee. This is not available until next year but it can be pre-ordered now for $39.
Once you have your thermos and your on-the-go coffee maker, all you need is your coaster. This coaster gadget not only provides a surface to rest your fresh, hot Cup-of-Joe, but can also charge your phone! The heat from your coffee gives the coaster energy to charge your phone. And if you are more of an iced coffee drinker, it also works with cold beverages!
Now: Go out and get your caffeine fix, the Tech Corner way!
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Termed “Techbox”, the small Stapleton building had been abandoned for over ten years and was falling into disrepair before it was purchased by investor John Salis. The doors are slated to open in December.
Salis responded to demands from entrepreneurs who complained about the lack of available space for startups.
“I’m hoping to keep these good brains on Staten Island,” Salis stated in an interview with DNAInfo. “They don’t have to take the ferry anymore.”
He also took notice of the demand for shared art space after learning that all vacancies had been filled at the nearby SIABC. Salis has reserved a number of studios in the building for rehearsal space and work rooms for visuals artists.
The renovated building, with a regal concrete-front, wrought iron door, and exposed brick inside, has private offices and a communal space for meetings. Community events will also be hosted here, such as web development workshops.
Techbox will join the SIABC, SI MakerSpace, Urban Ready Living, and other high-tech community based organizations on Staten Island’s North Shore. Modern developments will also be added to the anticipated New York Wheel, including four “bar cars” where riders can drink while enjoying the scenery and mobile 20-seat restaurant. Construction on The Wheel began this past Friday.Read more
Whether you are wind down in the bedroom at the end of the day, or waking up to greet the day, your bedroom should be the place where you achieve inner peace. Sometimes, looking to other cultures for inspiration can grow both your world view and your own understanding of your personal taste. Asian culture and design speaks wisdom, comfort, and zen. However, exotic items are often marked up. Below are several design ideas to use if you enjoy oriental decor and saving money.
The bed’s comforter is usually the focal piece of the room, and the color pallet for the rest of the space revolves around the design you choose. In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms are highly important, symbolizing rebirth and change. A cherry blossom bedspread can channel this energy and help refresh you for a new day. Head to Macy’s and you will find this lovely complete set for an amazing $60 instead of hundreds.
Instead of switching on a traditional bedside lamp when you cozy into bed with your favorite book, take a look at these ebony wooden framed lantern-style lights to perch on your nightstand. These two lamps are very similar and are reminiscent of a classy Japanese restaurant. Set the mood with this pagoda lamp from World Market, which is less than half the price of the already discounted lamp from Bellacor.
Asian decorating is known for using simple motifs that make a strong statement. Adding an area rug with twining floral accents help establish a wistful, serene mood in the bedroom. Choosing a brown area rug with simple floral designs easily compliments the more complex pieces in the room, and the dark color is practical since it does not show dirt easily. On Overstock.com you can find this rectangular floral area rug for $234, which is quite alike in appearance to this rug from Home Decorators Collection- saving you nearly $800.
To compliment the bedspread, hanging sheer cherry blossom curtains over the windows ornament the room cheerfully. It’s like wall art for your windows. Gain privacy without closing off the sunlight with these white floral curtains, which can be had for a mere $20 from Collections Etc. Exotic hand-painted oriental curtains can run into the hundreds.
Just like old-fashioned dressing rooms used stand up privacy screens, you can have one of your very own in the bedroom, whether for practical use or decoration only. Set up a four-paneled Asian privacy screen in an empty corner for a unique, worldly decoration. Just because these items are uncommon does not mean that they will drain your wallet- an authentic-looking four paneled Asian privacy screen can be had for around $60.Read more
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For everyday iPhone users, the main concern they have for their new iPhone 6 is if it may bend in their pocket; the instance of which is highly unlikely despite the rumors. But for the FBI, their concerns range wider. Apple, and even Google, has made their new software pretty difficult to crack and law enforcement is not happy about this.
New smartphone operating systems have a new and powerful encryption setting that is making it much harder for law enforcement and surveillance groups, such as the FBI and NSA, to access user’s email, photos, and contacts. This is leading the FBI Director, James Comey, to believe Apple and Google’s new privacy standards could enable criminal activity.
During a press conference, Comey states that it will take “more than five and half years to try all combinations of a six-character alphanumeric passcode with lowercase letters and numbers”. He also states his concerns that “these companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves above the law”.
He even went as far as placing blame on new technology for hindering federal bureau investigations, causing families to be let down while searching for kidnappers because contents on the victims’ phone cannot be decoded. He goes on to state that the updates in operating systems will prevent law enforcement from stopping terrorists.
Comey believes that Americans do not trust the government. He criticizes the public for their beliefs that government officials access personal messages and emails sent, claiming this is false. He comments of this fear and mistrust by declaring “it is time we have a debate on security and liberty.” But are Comey’s arguments in this conference valid?
Apple and Google have dismissed Comey’s exaggerated claims by stating that access to information, such as geolocation information, call logs, emails, iCloud storage, and other data from different carriers can easily be granted with a police warrant.
Technology companies were not the only ones to make a comment. Laura Murphy, head of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, released a public statement on the organization’s website, stating “Comey is wrong in asserting that law enforcement cannot do its job while respecting Americans’ privacy rights. Indeed, the federal law explicitly protects the rights of companies to add encryption with no back door.” The Center for Democracy and Technology president, Nuala O’Connor agrees. She explained that law enforcement agents already have plenty of other means to get stored data from devices. She says that “weakening the security of smartphones and trusted communications infrastructure should not be one of them.”
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