1. Sandy: One Year Later
As this week marks the one-year anniversary of super storm Sandy, New York City has been making an effort to show its recovery, gratitude, and love to the community.
-The city has just received another $1.34 billion yesterday, making a total of $3.1 billion in Sandy aid from the federal government. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said the New York state is in line to see $6.3 billion in 2014.
-Sandy tourism campaign “Come See the Comeback” was launched last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Sandy affected communities have been rebuilding and now are ready to welcome visitors again. Discounts and promotions on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road are available to promote travel to these areas. New designed MetroCards with the “I Love NY” logo have also been replacing.
-Cuomo yesterday joined the MTA to unveil designs for waterproofing stations and tunnels. Additionally, he offered free fare all day, today, for A-train riders, between Howard beach and the Rockaway Peninsula, and R-train riders in Brooklyn.
-Final general election debate, between Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, was reschedule from yesterday to today to respect the first Sandy anniversary.
2. Southwest Airlines’ customers now can “borrow” the iPad2 when flying between Chicago Midway, Denver and Oakland.
Southwest passengers have been enjoying watching in-flight TV for free on their personal devices, thanks to Southwest’s partnership with Dish network. Now they can “check out” an iPad2, from “Watch TV on the Fly” library in Southwest terminals, and then return the device at the arrival airport’s corresponding library. Southwest’s launch of free iPad lending program comes just right in time for the upcoming travel season. Great news for fliers at Chicago-Midway International Airport (MDW), Denver International Airport (DEN) and Oakland International Airport (OAK)!
3. SoundCloud <3 Instagram:
SoundCloud’s users now can select from their Instagram for cover art for sounds and playlists they create. Users now can make their own album art from the square format of Instagram photo. The partnership between the largest audio platform and the largest audio platform was announced yesterday.
4. Empire State Building for Halloween
Halloween is now everywhere in the city, not just on the ground, but also up in the air. Empire State Building is going to host a special light show with various holiday themed colors and synchronize with songs that will be playing on the radio. The midtown glow will start tomorrow night.
5. Do you know what “NEWS” stands for?
North – East – West – South.