Monday, September 8, 2014

New Service Offers Taxis Exclusively for Women

By Winnie Hu

New Yorkers can already choose from yellow taxis, green cabs or black livery cars. They can tap a smartphone app for a ride, or simply stick out an arm. They can pay with cash or credit.

Now there is one more option: a female driver.

A new livery service starting Sept. 16 in New York City, Westchester County and Long Island will offer female drivers exclusively, for female riders, according to its founder. It will take requests for rides through an app, and dispatch drivers sporting hot pink pashmina scarves.

The service will be called SheTaxis — SheRides in New York City because of regulations barring it from using “taxi” in its name — and aims to serve women who may feel uncomfortable being driven by men, or who simply prefer the company of other women. The app will ask potential riders if there is a woman in their party. If not, they will be automatically redirected to other car services.

The app will be available only through Apple, starting on Sept. 16 and will eventually be made available for Android devices.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Changes at JFK & LGA Airports

New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission

September 04, 2014

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #14-37
September 04, 2014

For Immediate Release 

JFK: New Taxi Dispatch System
LGA: Road Closure at Marine Terminal

New Dispatch System at JFK:

JFK is starting a new dispatch system on September 4, 2014. All drivers must follow the new procedures to reach the Central Taxi Hold (CTH):

  • All taxis must have an RFID tag affixed to their vehicle in order to pick-up a fare at JFK.

  • If you do not have an RFID tag, you can get one from the Taxi Dispatch Office.

  • Enter the CTH slowly so the RFID tag on your vehicle is recognized. Then check the entrance monitor for your medallion number so you know which line to enter. (Your medallion number will be displayed next to either "Regular Lane," "Short Return Lane," or "Go to the Dispatch Office.")

  • When you approach the exit booths, you must check the monitors for your medallion number which will tell you which terminal to pick-up passengers.

  • When entering or exiting the CTH, if you do not see your medallion number, please see the supervisor.

  • Drivers who exit the CTH without being dispatched will be removed from the active queue.

  • Special requests will be handled the same as they are now – you will go to the dispatch office to be scanned and told which terminal to go to.

  • At the terminal, the dispatcher will verify that a taxi was dispatched to that specific terminal and then the dispatch system will issue a trip ticket for the passenger. At this time, you will receive a short return ticket for qualified trips.

  • If you have any questions, please speak with the Taxi Dispatch Staff.

Temporary Road Closure at LGA:

Marine Terminal Road at LGA between Runway Drive and Fiorello Lane will be closed from 9:00 pm September 3 through 5:00 am September 17. Traffic in either direction will be detoured around Parking Lot 7 using Fiorello Lane and Bowery Bay Blvd. For more information, please contact Airport Operations at 718-533-3700.

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It's that time of year! 
Class of 2014 is now in session, let's make this a year full of learning, great experiences, fun & laughter. Good luck students & have a great year!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Top 10 Luxury Honeymoon Destinations

For newlyweds who want to enjoy luxury destinations for their honeymoon, there are a few locations that make for spectacular getaways and incredible places to enjoy romance. From beaches with turquoise waters to romantic cities that boast incredible architecture, there are several spots that can be enjoyed. When looking for a place to honeymoon in for a luxurious environment and beautiful views, there are a few places in the world to consider.

1. The Maldives

For a honeymoon that includes deserted beaches and luxury resorts, the Maldives are considered the most romantic location in the world for an unforgettable place to honeymoon. Guests can take advantage of relaxing spa treatments before snorkelling or heading off for a candlelit dinner on the water.

2. Bora Bora

Enjoy a stay in an intimate hut that is in the water when spending a honeymoon in Bora Bora. You can enjoy breakfast that is served right to your bungalow, romantic sunsets, and afternoon dips in the crystal clear water. The serenity of Bora Bora will make for a magical and peaceful location for two.

3. Santorini

Santorini is a famous Greek island that is best known for its white architecture that offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. It's a quiet place to walk the streets, make friends with the locals, and try the mouth-watering cuisine. Try riding a motorcycle through town for a fun way to travel.

4. Paris

Known as the City of Love, Paris is an ideal location to spend the beginning of your marriage for a spectacular place to try incredible cuisine, visit the world's most popular landmarks, and enjoy the history of the city.

5. Fiji

This exotic island destination welcomes honeymooners from around the world for its waterfront resorts, secluded beaches, and adventurous expeditions for a beautiful location that feels like paradise.

6. Venice

Few things are quite as romantic as taking a gondola ride on the water through the streets of Italy while listening to the church bells ring. Venice offers fine cuisine and beautiful architecture for a romantic city to visit for a honeymoon.

7. Kauai

In Kauai, honeymooners can spend their days with their feet in the sand before scuba diving for a chance to see tropical fish and sea turtles. At night, they can attend luaus right on the beach for an entertaining and luxurious dining experience.

8. St. Martin

For beautiful views of the Caribbean and soft white sand under your feet, St. Martin is considered a relaxing island to enjoy for honeymooners. The warm climate and delicious food served makes for a hot spot among tourists.

9. Bali

Enjoy spa treatments and bike tours in Bali to enjoy luxurious accommodations in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Honeymooners can enjoy having a picnic next to the Ayung River with plenty of green seclusion that is available at the luxury resorts.

10. Cancun

Known for its tropical beaches and historic Mayan ruins, Cancun is a popular honeymoon destination that simply requires some sunscreen, a bathing suit, and a bit of romance.

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