• MTA leaders mull a COVID-19-related financial crisis that could potentially see a 40-percent cut in weekday subway service and layoffs of more than 9,000 transit workers (Daily News) ... MTA looks to borrow $3 billion from the Feds (Streetsblog)
• East Village restauranteurs discuss what winter dining might look like (Gothamist)
• NYC restaurants restaurants report a drop in sales with the new 10 p.m. curfew (The Post)
• Anti-nuclear pacifists, seen on Saturdays in Tompkins Square Park protesting the war in Yemen, are headed to federal prison (The Intercept)
• Q&A with East Village artist-musician Kembra Pfahler: "Being creative and sharing is a benevolent human trajectory that's difficult to irradiate even under the most heinous conditions. It lifts the spirits." (Whitehot Magazine)
• Thoughts on Luc Sante's new collection of essays, which includes remembrances of the East Village music scene from his youth (The New York Times)
• Complaints increase about the sight-seeing helicopter excursions over Manhattan (The City)
• Singer-songwriter Jill Fiore on her fire escape performances on Essex Street (NY1)
• Yellow Rose is a taco hit on Third Avenue (Eater ... previously on EVG)
• Introducing "The Encyclopedia of New York" (New York)
Speaking of the MTA, if anyone out there has traveled north of Manhattan riding the Metro North's Hudson Line, one gets to experience spectacular moments of scenic nature. The Hudson River and the frolicking hills around it is a stark contrast to Manhattan's concrete jungle. The trains are mostly of a commuting nature for residents in the Hudson Valley and were not suited for sightseeing. But with this pandemic raging on and many are working from home, the trains are lacking in ridership and one could ride these trains as a mode of leisure travel without being disturbed by the throngs of passengers. With significantly lower ridership, the MTA could scale back their busy schedule to suit such activities.
If the MTA wants a federal bailout it should open its books to a audit since, despite peak ridership before covid, it complained it was losing money and needed a bailout.
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