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21 Oct 2014 06:56 PM EST

-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: Practice on a CPR dummy (Image Source: U.S. NAVY/Wikimedia Commons)

‘Anti-Distraction’ Apps Launched to Help Text-and-Walkers

It’s a problem in every NYC neighborhood: people on the streets and sidewalks are too distracted by their phones and themselves, too sleepy or just daydreaming, and merely lose focus on their surroundings. Frank Reilly has developed a new app called “Anti-Sleep Alarm,” which reads facial expressions and lets users know when they seem tired. It recently won a contest with AT&T New York aimed at making NYC’s streets and intersections safer. Another app that won the contest, “TUG,” makes a warning text or notification pop up on a user’s phone when they’re getting close to their destination so they look up from their phone.

 

NYPD Looking Into Arrest of Williamsburg Busker 

Andrew Kalleen, 30, was playing guitar and singing at the Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue G-train stop in Williamsburg on Friday night when an officer approached him and stated that he needed a permit to perform, or he must leave. Kalleen calmly refused to leave, directing the officer to the MTA’s code that states artistic performances and solicitation of donations are allowed. The officer read the section aloud, and a gathered crowd clapped, but he arrested Kalleen anyway on charges of loitering after the situation escalated and the musician continued to play instead of leave the station. Video of the incident went viral, and now fellow musicians are gathering in protest to support their comrade. The NYPD is looking into the arrest. 

 

NY State May Require CPR Training for All HS Students

NY Governor Cuomo signed a law into measure that directs the state’s commissioner of education to come up with a curriculum for high school students on CPR. The American Heart Association and similar groups have been pushing for mandatory training at high schools, citing cases where lives were saved by CPR. Training can be done in just 30 minutes, and includes learning how to use automatic defibrillators. Mandatory CPR training at high schools is already approved in 16 states, including New Jersey.

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21 October, 2014
NYC Evening Traffic Report for Tuesday, October 21

-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: As usual, there will be a handful of delays across the board during the afternoon commute. (Image Source: MTA) Tuesday evening’s commute is about to begin here in New York City. Due to signal problems at Forest Hills-71st Avenue, the following... Read more

21 October, 2014
Vice President Biden Touts Plan to Improve New York City's Airports

Vice President Joe Biden, who infamously dubbed New York City's outdated LaGuardia Airport "a third-world country," joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference Monday to discuss plans to improve the region's airports. Biden, the White House's loudest voice on the need to update the nation's... Read more

21 October, 2014
NYC Morning Traffic Report for Tuesday, October 21st

-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: Residual delays (Image Source: MTA) This Tuesday morning, there are a couple delays to watch out for on the subway and LIRR, in addition to an accident on the Verrazano-Narrows. Let’s take a look at your full commute:   On the subway: Following... Read more

21 October, 2014
NYC Morning Weather Report for Tuesday, October 21st

-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: Rain today and tonight (Image Source: The Weather Channel) Temperatures are a little bit warmer this Tuesday, but they’re paired with the promise of rain storms all afternoon and evening. Currently, the temperature is 54 degrees while skies... Read more

20 October, 2014
NYC Local Morning News Oct 20, 2014

-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: The suspect at the Whitney (Image Source: so_outlandish on Instagram) Man Arrested for Defacing Whitney Museum A man was arrested early Sunday morning after getting caught defacing a wall in the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum.... Read more

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