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Morning Brief: November 13

by Jeff Coltin

Anthony Quintano, flickr

Take that Chicago!  The Second City’s earned its nickname once again as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has decided that One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the U.S. The 1776-foot WTC beat out Chicago’s Willis (formerly Sears) Tower when the Council decided that its 408 foot spire was indeed that, and not an antenna. One WTC’s now officially the third tallest building in the world, behind Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca.

On First Day of School, Speed Surveillance to Begin

by Connor Ryan, Jeff Coltin


Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan gathered Monday to announce speed camera enforcement near schools is slated to begin on Sept. 9, the city's first day of the new school year. The five-year program will include mobile and fixed cameras at unmarked locations that have been decided based on a number of factors, including: crash data and road geometry.

Leader of Subway Cleanup Chosen to be Next Chairman of M.T.A.

by Connor Ryan

MTAPhotos, flickr

In an announcement made Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Thomas Prendergast to serve as the next chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Prendergast, who first began working as a New York City transit official in 1982, stepped in as the authority's interim executive director after the former chairman Joseph Lhota resigned last December to run for mayor of New York City. Prendergast has also served as president of the Long Island Railroad and president of New York City transit.

"The Tonight Show" to Return to NYC

by Jeff Coltin
Future "The Tonight Show" Host Jimmy Fallon
Daniel Oines, flickr

NBC's "The Tonight Show" hasn't been filmed in New York City since 1972, When Johnny Carson was hosting and John Wayne was a guest.  But the network confirms the long-running late-night talk show will be returning to the Big Apple next year.

Issues Tank: Glen Cove Recycles Styrofoam, Despite Longtime Ban

by Connor Ryan
Recycling materials.

Connor Ryan

After being dealt a blow with his large sugary drinks ban, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to hone in on another type of ban — the elimination of all Styrofoam, a material he called “environmentally destructive” and “easily replaceable” in his State of the City address last month.

The Bloomberg administration has said the removal of Styrofoam, which is not biodegradable, would reduce recycling costs and save city taxpayers money. Everything from cups to lunch trays to take-out containers are to be eliminated under the proposal.

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