Peek Inside The Unfinished Underworld Of New York’s Subway

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Behold a tunnel nearly a century in the making.

New York City’s subway system is one of the biggest in the world. And building it out is a logistical nightmare very few of its 4.3 million daily riders ever get to witness. Breaking Ground, a new photography exhibit by Patrick Cashin, offers a glimpse at the rugged, unfinished underworld of the MTA’s major capital projects.

The photos give an up-close look at what it takes to burrow through miles of bedrock. Most of the photographs look like the set of some dystopian sci-fi film, with massive rubble-filled caves and dingy lighting reflected off construction workers’ orange vests.

Cashin, formerly a Newsweek photographer, has been documenting the MTA’s subterranean excavations for 15 years. Pictured is a tunnel boring machine drilling into bedrock for the East Side Access project, which will link the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central…

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Origins of the Troy Union Railroad Company


Extracted from History of Troy, New York (part 2)



Organization of the Troy Union Railroad company. As we have seen, the first tracks of the Rensselaer & Saratoga railroad, which were also used by the Schenectady & Troy Railroad company, were laid from the Green Island bridge down River Street to First and thence to the front of the Athenaeum building. Soon after the opening of these roads the business men of Troy and others began to complain of the inconvenience caused by running cars on these streets, particularly on River Street, the principal business thoroughfare. This feeling finally culminated in a general desire that the tracks be taken up and removed to some other street where the running of the cars would not so seriously interfere with local street…

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Detective Seen on Video Berating Uber Driver to Be Transferred, NYPD Commissioner Says

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A video showing a police detective berating an Uber driver in New York City has gone viral, and the NYPD said the video is under review by the Internal Affairs Bureau and that it will also be investigated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

The officer in the video, identified as NYPD Detective Patrick Cherry, will be transferred out of his post with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Police Commissioner William Bratton said today.

Bratton also offered an apology to the Uber driver and the passengers for the detective’s actions during the encounter. “Anger like that is unacceptable in any encounter. Discourtesy like that and language like that is unacceptable. That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform,” Bratton said.

In the video, the detective stands at the driver’s door, shouting, “Do you understand me? I don’t know what [expletive] planet you think you’re on right now.”

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3 Ways To Make Onboarding Suppliers Easier


Build the greatest supplier collaboration system yet, but if your suppliers don’t show up and endorse it, you are nowhere. The answer is three steps to bring the suppliers onboard. Plan, Prioritize and be Proactive: the “Three P’s”.

1. Plan
Yes, planning is the first step before anything else happens? Find out about your suppliers. Break them into two major groups:

B2B Suppliers: Those using a defined EDI format to send and receive data. Suppliers will adapt to a system which uses a format which they already are using instead of developing a format specific to your need.

Online Suppliers: Most important information to get from them is the type and version of browsers they are using. Onboarding of suppliers using supported browsers should occur first. Now work with the remaining suppliers to either change browsers or work with your technical team to add support for…

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There’s Something About Airports…


There’s something about airports that make me want to stay there for hours. I would leave about five hours earlier than my departure time, just so I can have time to enjoy sitting on the waiting room with a cup of coffee and a good book.

People asked me why I loved airports so much. Honestly, I can’t say why.

Maybe it’s because of the various kinds of people I see. Some of them cry when they leave. Some laugh. Some are busy with their phones, with their books, with their children.

Maybe because it’s a time where I can relax. In the airport, the troubles I leave behind and the troubles I am heading towards (if there are any) do not exist.

Maybe it’s because of the anticipation of the trip to come…I know that when they announce that the gate to my flight has been opened, I jump out…

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Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate North Carolina’s Piedmont & Northern line

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has selected Piedmont Railway LLC, a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC, to operate the state-owned Piedmont & Northern (P&N) railroad line in Gaston County, the department announced yesterday.

The department and Iowa Pacific have agreed in principle on a lease agreement for rail service on the 13-mile corridor, located about 20 lies west of Charlotte. The NCDOT board will consider the agreement for approval May 7.

“We look forward to this opportunity to improve freight service along the railroad to support new and existing economic development and job creation opportunities,” said NCDOT Rail Director Paul Worley in a press release.

Under the agreement, Piedmont Railway will operate, maintain and market freight service on the line. The railroad also will have an opportunity to provide passenger-rail service, such as excursion, tourist, dinner and holiday trains.

“We are genuinely excited by this opportunity, and we are looking forward to working with NCDOT, Gaston County, the Economic Development Commission, and local companies to transition P&N into a vital component of the Gaston County economic landscape,” said Iowa Pacific Holdings President Ed Ellis.

The corridor extends from Mount Holly to Gastonia, which a short branch line that extends toward Belmont. The rail line has interchanges with Norfolk Southern Railway at Gastonia and CSX Transportation at Mount Holly.

Built in 1911, the line was proposed it for abandonment in the 1980s by its owner CSX. NCDOT purchased the P&N right of way and track materials to preserve the route for future purposes. The rail line has been operating under a lease to Patriot Rail since November 2010.


With help from Penney Vanderbilt