Nabe News: December 16

Posted on: December 16th, 2009 at 2:02 pm by

Dirty air, doomsday at MTA, and the 88 Mall, all in today’s neighborhood news!

As of this morning, doomsday has finally arrived at the MTA. The transit organization approved a set of service cuts including elimination of the W and Z trains, reducing bus services on a number of routes, and most controversially, ending the program of free fares for students.  The measure was unanimously approved, 12-0.  But there is more voting to come… [Cityroom]

The 88 mall on East Broadway now boasts a new eatery serving up Western Chinese Cuisine. Xi’an Famous Foods is a local chain with a pair of branches in Flushing. Grand opening December 19 [Fork in the Road]

Allen & Delancey has a new chef in Tom Block [Grub St]

Due to last Sunday’s torrential downpour, the Tompkins Square Park tree lighting ceremony was rescheduled for this Sunday, December 20, 4 – 5 pm [EV Grieve]

While much of Manhattan is enveloped in dirty air (who hasn’t dusted that gross soot off their furniture?), the Upper East Side ranks as the most polluted citywide. “The findings ‘shocked’ Upper East Side resident Mary Beth Adelson, 38. ‘I would have thought downtown would have it a lot worse than we do.'” [Gothamist]

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