TA’s High-Wired Act Grows

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

New York City subway users now have access to Wi-Fi and cellular coverage in 76 stations in Manhattan and Queens. The Transit Authority’s wireless program is entering its third stage. Brooklyn will not see Wi-Fi and cellular coverage until Phase 5 sometime next year.

Wi-Fi’s Free, But Speech Isn’t

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The sandwich chain Au Bon Pain blocks Manhattan customers who use their wireless internet from seeing websites about gay advocacy, family planning and other hot-button issues.

Attempts to use the WiFi on Monday to search the internet for, the official website for a well-known gay and lesbian rights organization, were met with an error message that read, “This website is not allowed. This website is categorized as Sexual Orientation and is blocked as part of this networks web content filtering policy.”

The same thing happened when a reporter tried to log on websites covering both sides of the abortion debate — as Au Bon Pain’s filtering software shut down the website with the message, “This website is categorized as Abortion and is blocked.”


Digital Sandy Relief Demanded

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

The federal government has pumped over $3 billion dollars into New York City recovery efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. But some critics say the money has been been slow in getting to storm victims.

 City Council members Donovan Richards, Jr. (D-Queens) and Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) are among the co-sponsors of a bill that would create a public online database that tracks how federal relief funds are being distributed and used.
Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, other elected officials and community members rallied on the steps of City Hall to draw attention to the proposal. The demonstration was followed by a City Council Finance Committee meeting where a representative for Mayor Bloomberg unveiled plans to create a similar database.

Tracking Patients During a Crisis

Saturday, November 16th, 2013
The storm surge and winds from Superstorm Sandy last year caused the evacuation of more than 13,000 patients from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities in New York.
Though none of those evacuated were harmed during the storm, state officials decided to build a new system to keep track of patients. E-Finds, which was introduced over the summer, uses bracelets with scannable barcodes to account for patients.
State officials, who are testing the device in healthcare facilities, showed how the system worked Friday during a drill at Bellevue Hospital, one of six New York City hospitals evacuated during Sandy.
Bellevue Hospital staff members who worked during last year’s storm volunteered for the drill. They recalled taking quick, but methodical steps to get hundreds of patients out of the complex as millions of gallons of water flooded the hospital basement.

Photo Finish for B&H in Brooklyn

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Macy’s Mixes Clicks and Mortar

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Seeking a Phone Booth Facelift

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Going 3-D on Mulberry Street

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Microsoft Tries to Gain ‘Surface’

Saturday, October 27th, 2012