Monday, April 12, 2010

Good News NYC

It's so easy to crack open a newspaper -- or should I say dial up a newspaper? -- and find bad news. But sometimes, if you know where to look, you can find good news (as increasingly rare as that is these days).

And if you like good news, you're already half-way there by dialing up Mr NYC.

So the big "good news" story of the day is this: New York City Takes Over Governors Island. Yes, that's right, after four centuries the City of New York will actually control one of its most historic, beautiful islands. It only opened to the public a few years ago, and it's finally going to be developed and integrated into the greater city -- with a school and other big projects on the planning board. First the Federal Government gave it back to New York State and now New York State is finally giving it to New York City.

Governors Island is moving on ... up!

This really is a great thing. Governors Island is a jewel in the crown of NYC, that king of all American cities. I visited it last year and can't wait to go back. Governors Island, welcome home.

And while this might not be counted as a good news "story" it's a piece of good news in the literal sense that it informs you about something in a positive way: the ever reliable New York magazine has an expansive feature story this week called The Best Places to Live in NYC. It sums up some of the best 'hoods in this town -- from the cheapest to the most expensive, from the least hip to the most chic, from the best food to the best dressed, etc. etc. etc. It's an interesting feature, with several short features, some interviews, and one very kick-ass PDF. Check it out.

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