This week on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl speaks with Jaap van Zweden, who begins his tenure as the music director for the New York Philharmonic with the 2018-2019 season. Van Zweden was an underdog pick for the most prestigious classical music post in the country – a Dutchman who didn't even become a conductor until he was nearly 40. He brings a new vision to the New York staple, hoping to pull in audiences with works from young composers, late-night concerts and $5 performances. He's not against bringing in popular artists from across the musical spectrum either. Van Zweden tells Stahl, "I would love to work with Pharrell. Lady Gaga... Isn't she fantastic?" … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga with the New York Philharmonic? Its new conductor says why not
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New York City is a place where attitude and strong opinions are in the DNA. New Yorkers might not agree on much, but there is one thing on which millions of them do agree: the subway is a mess. Trains are packed, breakdowns and delays are routine, some say it's gone off the rails. After an actual derailment last year injured more than 40 people, the governor declared a state of emergency. When it first opened more than a century ago, the New York City subway was considered a feat of American engineering, now it's another example of the country's ailing infrastructure. Luckily, there's a man with a plan, an Englishman in New York who proposes the city's largest infrastructure expenditure since the 1950s. More on that in a moment. First, if you have never ridden the sprawling New York City subway, welcome aboard. When the trains are moving, there's no better way to get around New York City, than on the subway. These 400-ton behemoths crisscross the underbelly of the city, zipping … [Read more...] about Why has the New York City subway gone off the rails?
If you already have or are looking into a subscription for The New York Times, then Scribd has a bundle for you that’s a great deal: for $12.99 a month, you can subscribe to both NYT and Scribd. Scribd is an unlimited reading subscription service that enables you to read books, newspapers, and magazines, as well as listen to audiobooks. The new plan extends beyond just Scribd — which is $8.99 monthly — and includes the entirety of The New York Times website. As part of the bundle, you also get access to The New York Times Digital Archive, and The New York Times app via their Basic Digital Access plan. Usually, a full NYT subscription costs $14.99 monthly. It’s not the first time Scribd and NYT have partnered up: in 2017 they released an “Essential Student Bundle,” offering students access to both services. But that was limited to just a semester, or four months. On the flip side, this new bundle is available to everyone. The NYT partnering with a … [Read more...] about Scribd partners with The New York Times for a cheaper joint subscription
Until now, if you loved Flipboard and you loved The New York Times , you had to be an iOS user in order to bring those two things together, but that separation is finally over. The New York Times is now available in Flipboard for Android users as well as Amazon Kindle Fire users. This means that now Android users and Kindle Fire users are now able to access the full New York Times digital edition, including 25 sections of news and opinion in business, politics, style, the arts and other categories. Of course, as you also find with the iOS version of Flipboard, only the Top News section is available to all users. In order to access the other NYT sections, you have to be a subscriber. There are options to subscribe right through Flipboard. This is definitely a nice addition to a great news aggregator. If you want to give Flipboard a try, you can get it for free in the Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore . … [Read more...] about The New York Times finally comes to Flipboard for Android
It’s a literal road to nowhere. Stretching out from a roundabout outside the Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, a small village in Northern England, it’s a wholly unremarkable stretch of slowly cracking pavement, bushes, and weeds, an idle strip of asphalt near long-term parking and a bland business park. For 35-year-old runner Simon Wheatcroft, however, this stretch of unused roadway may as well be his gym, training center, and proving grounds, his own private version of the 72 stone steps that make up a Rocky montage. Wheatcroft knows every inch of this one-third-mile strip of asphalt — from the contours of the roadway to the feeling of its double yellow lines of paint under his sneakers. Despite the mind-numbing bore of jogging such a short length in endless loops, Wheatcroft had to memorize it. He’s blind. Imagine getting up from your desk or couch, closing your eyes, and walking to the other end of the room, or perhaps crossing the street in midday traffic. … [Read more...] about How technology helped a blind athlete run free at the New York Marathon