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Via Garibaldi 8

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  1. I'm sure it's went up given that some big name places in the area have had to close due to the astronomical rent increases into the millions. In the afternoons I used to go for a coffee break next door if I was working late. Back in the day they had a little side operation that was separate and basically sold Italian gelato, Italian coffee and small snacks (Italian pastries, etc.). It looks like somebody took that over. You're not going to make much money off of those things with rent and other overhead costs being what they are now. I've seen several of those stores close selling similar things. Unless you're a big name like Gröm selling Italian ice cream in a hot tourist area, forget it. They surely can't sell things like fritatta paninos either, which they used to carry for around $8-10. They've also expanded too. Their first location was the Union Square one and they had one in the East Village. They've since opened up two other locations. This next fare hike will be interesting though. If they implement that Liberty Ticket and it's lower than the current price of $208 I may go back to riding regularly, but I've basically adjusted to just taking the express bus, which leaves me closer to more places anyway. That's what sucks about the LIRR and MNRR. If you aren't centered around activities near Grand Central or Penn Station, it can be annoying.
  2. I know. There's a place by me that charges $8.50 for the same sandwich and a bigger portion too.
  3. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/547cbc65e4b07ee9b5c5e10a/t/5b1fd4056d2a73641d1d99fc/1528812566376/18TH+Lunch+ Yes. The cheapest ones are $13.00. The others are $14.00 - 16.00. By the time you pay tax, and give a tip it's basically $20.00 or more and that's without any drink. Granted they give you a salad on the side with most of them, but it's a small little side.
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Why would Bee Line be having a fit? It doesn't operate the BxM3. When the City rolled over the private lines into Bus, the agreement was that it would allow the City to save money and provide better service by having all the routes under one operator.
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    Bus Stories

    LMAO... Oh God... I have far too many Staten Island local bus stories. All of them frustrated me to no end until finally when I graduated college, returned from Italy and started working full time, I gave up and tried the express bus for a week and never went back. There are several, so I'll condense them. There was a 06:59 (or thereabouts) S98 bus. We had the slowest driver ever. I'd get on along Forest Avenue in West Brighton by the SI Zoo and often times the bus was already packed, so it's SRO and I'm right near him. I once watched him drive and saw another S98 bypass him as he was driving. Had to be doing no more than 10-15 mph. Well that's when I stopped taking him and would wait for the next guy. My frustration with the SI local buses started when I would come down to work during college breaks. Had to be a 12 something bus to the ferry. Lady arrives late, picks up and I'm furious because I know I'm likely going to be late to the ferry and thus late to work. Work started at 14:00 at that time as I was working a gig that had odd hours (I'd finish at 21:30 or something like that). At one point, I got so irritated that I was yelling at her from the back door area. That seemed to be the point in which service really went down hill. There was a time when SI local bus service was great. When some of our family had just moved to Staten Island from South Brooklyn, my mother and I took a trip out there to relax and see the new house. We tried the local bus and we were impressed. They were actually clean and prompt. Of course this was a weekend afternoon but still. I believe we were driven back home to Brooklyn though, so when I moved there, I was expecting similar service, but by then, some time had passed and their fleet wasn't as new. In fact the buses were falling apart. Buses being held together by duct tape (literally). I think it was around 2006 that I was sick one day and called out and said when you return to work, let's try out the X16 for one week. I took the first express bus of the morning (the 06:45). At that time I was in my early 20s, fresh out of college, but I had been working for a bit and was making a nice salary even then. A weekly express bus pass was $41.00 compared to $59.50 today. My co-worker who lived in Mitchell Gardens and would commute with the QM20 (then the QM2A) told me about the pass because my thinking was with the way I traveled, I'd be spending double that each week with the express bus, so when I heard about the pass, my thinking was that's it, I'm never going back to the local bus again. I could sleep and relax on the bus, as seats were never available in the morning going to the ferry. I had my same seat every day. I would get off Downtown and take the train up the 18th street and then walk to the office from there. Eventually I started branching out since the X16 didn't run late going home. My first trip with the X10 was HORRIBLE. I think I got on around 14th street. The bus was SRO going into the Tunnel and we were packed in like sardine cans. I walked home from the bus stop, but I remember thinking that it was a long walk (15-20 minutes) but given the ride, it felt like an eternity. I adjusted to that too though. At that time the express bus schedules weren't as readily available, so that made it more tricky to know about all of the different routes.
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    Bus Stories

    And late for the ferry I bet.
  7. A lot of the delis are shutting down over there. Rents are insane. One deli on 5th and 19th for salads is no more. Still one on 18th by 5th that is good. Likely a long term lease. I looked at the menu for the place I mentioned earlier with the owner that I know, and he raised prices substantially. It was always more high-end, but even the sandwiches are approaching almost $20 now. Look at the cost of transportation here and the cost to eat out now, and it's no wonder why more people are bringing lunch from home. I mean salaries aren't going up at the rate that Metro-North fares are. If service was still stellar, I'd say sure, I'll keep spending the extra $208 a month for the pass on top of the $229+ a month I spend for the express bus pass, but often times the trains are delayed, and the whole point of the pass is to allow me to be able to sleep in late and take a peak train in without worrying about delays. If I get in at the same time as I would with the express bus then it isn't worth it, hence why I cut back.
  8. Yes, when I was in college, I worked on 8th Avenue by 34th street during school breaks for an arts company. Down the block was a pizza place that sold slices for a buck. Nice little snack for sure. Funny thing is with all of this gentrification, 8th Avenue still has that seedy feel, but a few blocks have been spiffied up a bit. That said though, I am curious to see what the new fares will be in 2019. Record ridership and every single time we've had a fare increase, the fare has gone up 4% on Metro-North. It's unsustainable IMO.
  9. Are you kidding me? I used to work in Chelsea right off of 5th Avenue. I walked down the block that I worked on and the place is almost unrecognizable. The deli that I would get salads from is no more. Lots of high end store. Tarallucci e Vino still exists. Great lunch spot and great for macchiatos. The owner who I know personally (Luca) knew me by first name. I used to order pick up 2 - 3 times a week. $20 - 30 per lunch easily. lol
  10. More like $30.00 to be honest. A macchiato and a pastry with a tip is easily $10.00. $20.00 for lunch can do the trick, but some places are more. Some places I go to you easily pay $15 for a salad. I actually bring more lunch from home or stop at a Whole Foods where $20.00 can really go far for a nice lunch and some other things on the side.
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    Enhanced Station Initiative

    The Concourse stations are just disgusting and depressing and the ones along the lower Pelham line look like they haven't been touched in forever. I've actually never used them (the lower Pelham stations), but I've seen them in photos. Thank God for the express bus in those areas. lol
  12. I believe that workers have to retire at a certain age. I'm assuming that is true of all of the different entities if you will, including Metro-North. What's shocking to me is the Spuyten Duyvil derailment. Metro-North paid out $60 million dollars from that in 2017 alone, and roughly 120 million from 2015 - 2017! I'm actually tired of paying their fare increases, and this year is the first year since I've been living in Riverdale that I haven't been using Metro-North regularly if I don't need to. $9.25 peak, PLUS $2.75 for the shuttle bus... F that. Round trip, that's my lunch money for the day. I spent $27 so far today, so $3 off... $17 for lunch and $10 for a macchiato and a pastry for breakfast.
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    Ceiling Collapses At Borough Hall Subway Station

    Really crazy. I have to be in Brooklyn Heights for a gathering tomorrow and planned on using that stop.
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    The hypocrisy isn't lost on me... lol
  15. Metro-North record-breaking overtime makes track workers millions, jobs remain vacant Thomas C. Zambito and Frank Esposito, Rockland/Westchester Journal News Published 6:00 a.m. ET June 20, 2018 | Updated 3:10 p.m. ET June 20, 2018 lohud investigates Metro-North delays and overtime Ricky Flores, rjflores@lohud.com Hundreds of jobs remained open until this year, while fares and pensions continue to rise From misfortune have come millions. In May 2013, a derailment in Connecticut led Metro-North to remake the railroad from the ground up, tearing out tens of thousands of splintered rail ties, replacing stone ballast and ripping out miles of track long past its expiration date. In the five years since a rush-hour New Haven Line train flew off the rails in Bridgeport after hitting a broken rail joint, overtime hours for maintenance spiked to nearly 600,000 last year from 204,000 in 2012. It’s made some track workers very wealthy. A Journal News/lohud analysis of Metro-North overtime obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request shows: Over those five years, nine track workers have made more than $1 million in salary and overtime combined. Last year, 63 track workers made more in overtime than salary. Another 29 track workers made $200,000 or more in salary and overtime. Overtime for track workers jumped to $22 million in 2017, the highest total in three years and a sizable increase from the years before the derailment, when track-worker overtime averaged between $10 million and $15 million. Over the past three years, overtime payments were $61.2 million. Read more: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2018/06/20/metro-north-overtime-track-workers-derailment-spuyten-duyvil-bridgeport/542810002/


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