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Saturday
Dec292012

New Hampshire Airport Offers Holiday Travelers $12 Flights to Boston, NYC

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LEBANON, N.H.) -- Just in time for the end of the busy holiday season, Cape Air and a regional airport in New Hampshire are promoting flights to Boston and New York for $12.

In attempt to qualify for federal grant money by flying out at least 10,000 passengers this year, the airport and Cape Air, its only airline, are offering holiday travelers the last-minute steal of a deal – $12 each way.

“We’re basically sold out,” said Trish Lorino, director of marketing and public relations for Cape Air. “That’s the highest number of enplanements for Lebanon Airport in quite a long time.”

The promotion, introduced on Christmas Eve, is an attempt to reach 10,000 enplanements – a term to describe people flying out of an airport - for Lebanon Airport, a small, regional airport in the upper valley of New Hampshire. Once the airport hits the 10,000 mark, the FAA will give $1 million in grant money to help fund projects for the community airport.

“The typical projects would be safety, runway and taxiway projects, and equipment purchases,” said Rick Dyment, manager of Lebanon Airport. “We would be able to improve the city’s airport with these funds.”

With the last-minute push to entice holiday travelers, Cape Air expects to hit that 10,000 level within the next day or so.

“By us [Cape Air] lowering that fare, it was our attempt to support the airport and get them to the 10,000 enplanement level,” said Lorino. “The timing was ideal because it was a holiday week and people had flexibility and the freedom to travel.”

Prior to the economy-friendly offer, a round-trip flight from Lebanon Airport to Boston’s Logan Airport would cost travelers an average of $130. One-way flights to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., would cost flyers $160.

The $12 fare reflects the fees and taxes on the individual flights.

Upon landing in White Plains,  passengers are offered ground transportation to 35th Street and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan – a service that’s included in the $12 fee. Free parking at the New Hampshire airport is also available.

“The total time from Lebanon Airport to midtown Manhattan is two and a half hours,” said Dyment.

“You can fly from Lebanon Airport to Boston in 55 minutes and then connect to other airlines in Boston.”

But the deal won’t last long. Cape Air’s offer is only good through the end of the year.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Farm in Brooklyn: Rooftop Greenhouse to Be World's Largest

Joelle Icard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York City and farming: Those two ideas don't typically find themselves in the same sentence, but a Manhattan-based company is out to change that with its latest development in the realm of sustainable urban living.

BrightFarms, a firm that designs, finances and builds greenhouse farms, announced a partnership with Salmar Properties Thursday that will allow them to build a 100,000-square-foot farm right on Brooklyn's industrial waterfront. It will be the largest of its kind in the world, they said, providing up to one million pounds of local produce per year.

The hydroponic greenhouse does not use soil to grow its crops -- including lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs -- but uses technology in which mineral nutrients are absorbed directly from the water in which the plants are grown.

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BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot said, pending the city's approval, construction for the farm should begin later this year, and it should be finished in early 2013. He said it will help revitalize the neighborhood economy and revolutionize local produce.

"The USDA tells us that for every $1 million of local foods sold, 13 jobs are supported, so we're hoping to take jobs that have gone to other parts of the country or to the world and bring them back to Brooklyn," Lightfoot said. "We want to promote the Brooklyn economy by bringing better produce to New Yorkers."

The rooftop farm will grow enough crops to meet the fresh vegetable consumption needs of up to 5,000 New Yorkers, according to BrightFarms officials, promoting healthier lifestyles throughout the city.

"The farm will contribute meaningfully to my vision to improve New York City's food system," Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council speaker, said in a statement, "by dramatically increasing local food production while positively affecting public health, the economy, and the environment."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar262012

NYC Taxi GPS Leads to Return of Briefcase Containing $5,000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are 13,000 yellow cabs racing around New York City. So when James Dunne III realized he had left his briefcase containing $5,000 in cash, personal checks and valuable company documents inside a cab, he assumed he would never see it again.

But earlier that morning, Dunne had met Andrew Murstein, president of the Medallion Financial Group. It took Murstein less than an hour to figure out who Dunne’s cabbie was.

And fortunately, he was an honest cabbie and returned Dunne’s briefcase with everything in it.

Murstein’s sleuthing on March 14 made use of a GPS system being built into the taxis.

Murstein, whose company helps in the servicing of loans for New York City yellow cabs, figured by using the GPS, the Taxi TV in the cab’s back seat and credit card system data, he has a “good chance” of figuring out which of the thousands of cabs was in a particular place at a particular time. Dunne’s case was a little bit harder because he didn’t pay with a credit card, Murstein told ABC News.

For Dunne, an executive of the Sandler O’Neill financial firm, the briefcase was more important than the money in it.

“I knew right away about the money. I was curious why there was so much money, but I didn’t want to ask,” Murstein said. “He told me it wasn’t about the money, but about the other items.”

Murstein said people are always looking for help in tracking down taxi cabs because they left something behind.

“I get calls for all kinds of items. Everything from ‘a really ugly shirt that my mother-in-law bought me that I have to wear tonight when I see her for dinner’ to ‘a priceless picture of my grandparents.’  The most frequent item these days are iPhones or Blackberrys. People seem to not be able to survive without them,” he said.

The GPS systems in the cabs originally threatened to be controversial when the first ones were installed in 2007, with drivers fearing that their bosses or the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission would use them to keep track of them.

Murstein conceded that it could be used like that. “The GPS can be used to make sure a cab is going in the right direction and not giving a tourist a run around. It tracks the entire cab route,” he said.

However, Fernando Mateo, the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesperson,  said the systems have provided a sense of safety for both passenger and driver.

Mateo said the systems have been used to aid police during armed robberies and provided taxi drivers with an extra sense of security.

“This is exactly what we wanted,” Mateo told ABC News. “Whenever you’re serving the public, people should feel safe when entering the cabs.”

Mateo says that in addition to briefcases, he has heard of violins and jewels being returned to their owners after being tracked down through the GPS system.

“When people come to New York, they know their public transportation is safe,” said Mateo, who said the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, had supported the use of the GPS systems. “And if anything happens, we can track it.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar062012

Alleged NY Madam Denied Lower Bail

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City judge on Tuesday denied a reduction in bail for a U.K.-born woman accused of orchestrating a prostitution business for high-powered clientele from a Manhattan brownstone.

Prosecutors had argued that Anna Gristina, 44, jailed on $2 billion bail, would present a flight risk if released while she awaits trial on a charge of promoting prostitution in the third degree. Gristina and an unnamed person were listed as co-defendants in an indictment issued Friday by the New York City District Attorney's Office. The D.A.'s office declined to comment on the case. Gristina has pleaded not guilty.

The woman allegedly promoted prostitution under the name Anna Scotland for 15 years, netting millions of dollars thanks to attractive young women, some of them allegedly underage. Reportedly, wealthy men came and went from an unassuming brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Authorities arrested Gristina on Feb. 22.

Gristina reportedly has four children and lives in Monroe, N.Y., with husband Kelvin Gorr and various rescue animals. Gristina was previously married to Dario Gristina, who is a candidate for the New York State Assembly.

Her next court date is scheduled for May 3.

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Tuesday
May032011

Nissan Wins 10-Year NYC Cab Contract

The City of New York(WASHINGTON) -- The yellow taxi cab -- an iconic symbol of New York City -- is getting a makeover. In about two years, a new so-called “Taxi of Tomorrow” will begin appearing on city streets.

New York City officials reached out to people who ride taxicabs for input. Ford, Nissan, and a car made in Turkey were the top three contenders. But on Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winner.

“I'm happy to say, the Nissan NV200,” Bloomberg said, noting that the car scored the highest in rider comfort and safety, and came in with the lowest bid. “And it’s going to be the safest and most convenient cab the city has ever had,” Bloomberg explained.

For Nissan, it is an exclusive 10-year contract.

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