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Eric Adams Announces
$13 Million Investment in Brooklyn Schools   

On October 8th, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced the investment of over $13 million in
70 schools throughout Brooklyn, focusing
on STEM education and technology initiatives. This money is allocated from his Fiscal Year 2016 funds, and represents the largest apportionment of the Borough President’s capital budget. He made the announcement inside the auditorium of PS 193 Gil Hodges in Midwood, which is set to receive a $250,000 allocation to outfit its STEM/Technology Exploration/Demonstration Lab, a multidisciplinary learning space for a diverse student population, of which 25 percent do not speak English as their first language. Borough President Adams highlighted the impact that education projects he is funding will have across Brooklyn in schools ranging from elementary
to higher education, including public, charter, parochial, and private institutions.

First New NYC Subway
in 50 Years Nearing Completion      

The first two-mile section of the Second Avenue subway is expected to be finished by the end of next year, CBS News reported. The section, which will run between the existing F Train station at 63rd Street and Lexington Ave, and 96th Street and Second Avenue, is scheduled to open in December 2016. The project cost roughly $4.5 billion dollars, nearly a third of which came from the federal government.

The subway line was first proposed nearly a century ago, in 1919, but it began in earnest only in 2007. 

“We are about 84, 85 percent done,” Michael Horodniceanu of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) told CBS News. “And the next 15 percent are probably the toughest one to accomplish because we’re talking about integrating a brand-new line with something that goes back 100 years.”

The Second Avenue subway marks the first major expansion of the New York City subway system in 50 years. The agency says that there has never been an urban project like this conducted in such a densely populated area, with 100,000 people per square mile in the area.

The MTA has launched an aggressive community outreach program to show that the mythological subway will someday actually exist.

Two Men Dream of a Pedestrian Bridge to Manhattan

Two New Jersey men think they have the solution to Jersey City’s overwhelmed PATH system: a pedestrian bridge from New Jersey to Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported.

Jeff Jordan, a Jersey City-based architect, and Kevin Shane, a crowdfunding specialist, have launched a website aimed at building the Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian span over the Hudson River from Jersey City to Battery Park.

The bridge would feature a walking lane and separate bike lane, which would both be partially enclosed to protect users from
the elements.

It would also offer “a park-like experience to those who want to make the Liberty Bridge a destination — providing a 200-plus foot view over the Hudson unlike any experience before,” the website said.

The bridge would feature retail and coffee shops, solar panels, wind turbines, free wifi, grassy areas and benches. It would also offer elevators, stairs and ramps, to ensure full accessibility for people with disabilities.

The pair concede that the Liberty Bridge is years away from reality, but Shane has created an online petition to hype it to New Jersey governor Chris Christie as well as Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.