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Uber/Lyft Drivers Shutdown Rush Hour Traffic in NYC

On Tuesday morning thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild led a slow vehicle procession over the Brooklyn Bridge and up to Gracie Mansion to call for the Mayor and City Council’s help in response to new app changes from Uber and Lyft in New York City that will harm drivers’ ability to make a living. Approximately 6,000 drivers participated in the action which slowed rush hour traffic to a near stand still in a procession that stretched across the city at times covering the full length from the Brooklyn Bridge up FDR Drive to Gracie Mansion.

Starting on Tuesday Uber launched new policies to kick drivers off the apps between trips and in areas of lower demand in order to avoid paying drivers as required by New York City’s pay regulations. Lyft enacted a similar policy earlier this summer to protests from the Drivers Guild. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has failed to take action, so the Drivers Guild is calling for the Mayor and City Council to stop the apps from violating the pay rules in an attempt to scam drivers out of fair pay. The Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate representing and advocating for New York’s 80,000 app-based drivers, led a two year campaign to win the nation’s first minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers. Rules which the apps are now violating.

“Uber and Lyft are flouting New York City’s driver pay rules to avoid paying drivers what they have earned and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has done nothing to stop them. Today drivers are saying: We will not be ignored. We are calling on the Mayor and City Council to step in and help us fight back against the app companies. More than 1,000 Uber and Lyft drivers logged off the apps to take part in a procession over the Brooklyn Bridge and through Manhattan to Gracie Mansion today to protest the app companies and demand action from the city,” said Brendan Sexton, Executive Director of the IDG, a Machinists Union affiliate which represents and advocates for more than 80,000 app based drivers in NYC. “For months we warned that if the city failed to take enforcement action against Lyft for violating the pay rules, that the other apps would follow suit and drivers’ pay would suffer. Already thousands of drivers are struggling to pay their bills because Lyft is blocking them from the app.

Now with Uber following suit more than 80,000 New York City families will pay the price if the city refuses to stand up for drivers and crackdown on the app companies.” Council Member Brad Lander who sponsored the law requiring a minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers has also spoken out against the app companies’ actions and voiced his support for the drivers today. “Kicking drivers off the app between rides and controlling where and when drivers can work directly undermines Uber and Lyft’s pretense of employing independent contractors who set their own hours. Far from providing flexible work schedules and a solution to transit deserts, Uber and Lyft are forcing drivers to avoid serving low-income outer boroughs and limiting their ability to make a living wage, in violation of the spirit of NYC Council’s ground-breaking legislation to guarantee for-hire drivers a minimum hourly wage.

These are the same companies that have been arguing that they don’t control their drivers’ work and it isn’t central to their business model. Uber and Lyft can’t have it both ways. Either recognize drivers as employees entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, health insurance and all the rights that entails, or follow the law we passed to ensure that drivers make a fair wage,” said Council member Brad Lander.

Today’s protest shows growing driver anger at the app companies and the city’s failure to protect driver pay. Just last week more than 100 IDG members gathered at CIty Hall to call for the city to abolish the TLC due to its failure to stand up for drivers, including on this issue of enforcing the pay rules. The Guild also called for the city to pass a Drivers’ Bill of Rights, which specifically included blocking apps from trying to get around the pay rules.

Further Background:

For months Lyft has been kicking New York City drivers off the app to avoid paying them and the Independent Drivers Guild has been calling on the city to take aggressive enforcement action, warning that without enforcement other apps may follow suit.  On Friday, just days after more than 100 IDG members rallied at City Hall calling for action, Uber announced in an email to drivers that it would indeed begin the same practice to flout the city’s pay rules on Tuesday.

In June, the Guild wrote a letter to the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission calling for enforcement on this issue and drivers testified to this issue in July calling attention to the fact that Lyft was using this policy to further enrich the company by giving preferential access to drivers who pay them upwards of $400 per week to rent a vehicle from Lyft’s Express Drive program. However, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission failed to act and failed to include any further regulatory guidance during its summer rule making, despite having the clear opportunity to do so.

Fresh Craft Cocktails

Pink Sangre

Rose infused citrus spritz with mango chunks and crushed wild berries and sweetened with passionfruit puree and agave. Shaken and strained, and garnished with a lemon wheel.

The Heirloom Pear

Green pears and marinate in white wine. Add mint, 2oz green apple puree. Shake over ice, strain, topped with prosecco. Pour in kedem Chablis and garnished fresh pear heart.

Refreshing craft cocktails from new Upper West Side hot spot Arba. With a Mediterranean-focused menu and variety of kosher and gluten free offerings, Abra fashions seven signature cocktails with flavors of apricot, fig, lavender and pomegranate each with different vitamins and various health benefits.

New Era, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Faust New York, NYC

New Era Delivers

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

In NYC, New Era FW19 featured exclusive product gifting and art installation by renowned graffiti artist Faust. The appointment-only experience exhibited sporty accessories which many fans and fashionistas would flock to. Bringing the essence of street style with the use of video projected urban landscapes, layered with pulsating chromatic lights brought the collection to life.

New Era athlesiure capsule offers core assortment for men and women. Fluid activewear and sustainable outerwear with minimal branding. True to theme, Faust is the ingredient of NYC with authenticity and relevance. Celebrated for his classic calligraphic graffiti writing style which demands your attention. The Faust installation is reminiscent of NYC’s 1980 concrete jungle. An interactive display ideal for social media integration. 

Adding to the heritage of New Era, they offered an exclusive Faust customization bar with original branded patches – attendees had the option to initial and chose from several ‘Faust’ logo embroidered styles onto classic fitted caps. Complete the look with performance fit ‘New Era’ t-shirts branded with true Faust style. New Era FW19 collection available soon at neweracap.com

Pride Month Promotions

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets announced today that it is offering month-long promotions in honor of Pride Month. Additionally, the world-class shopping destination will host a Block Party on Saturday, June 22, 2019, as a way to show support for LGBTQIA+ rights, culture and communities.

All month long, Woodbury Common is offering all shoppers a complimentary Pride Pass, which includes special retailer savings exclusively for Pride Month. Participating retailers include: Barney’s New York Warehouse, Columbia Factory Store, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Frette, J.Crew Factory, La Perla, MaxMara, Molton Brown, Theory, Theory Men, Tommy Hilfiger and Vince. Visitors are encouraged to stop by Guest Services in Market Hall through June 30 to pick up their passes.

The I LOVE NY heart at the Hudson Valley/Catskills Welcome Center will be colored rainbow for the month, and pride accessories will be available on a first come, first served basis at Guest Services. Additionally, the Hudson Valley’s only Shake Shack location at Woodbury Common has updated its menu to include a Pride Shake available throughout the month of June.

On Saturday, June 22, the Outlets will host a Block Party which includes property-wide retailer activations, a Pride tattoo tent, a DJ, giveaways and the Woodbury Common Treat Trike. Shoppers will also gain access to exclusive in-store specials such as ‘Happy Hour’ at Sugarfina with samplings of the retailer’s favorite alcohol-infused sweet treats, food demonstrations at Le Cruset, and gifts with purchase at Theory Men and BCBG.

Swag bags filled with retailer goodies and Woodbury Common-branded items such as water bottles and sunscreen will also be available along with the Pride Pass on June 22.

“Woodbury Common welcomes more than 13 million visitors annually – from all over the world and every walk of life,” said David Mistretta, General Manager at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. “We want to show our support for members of the LGTBQIA community and offer them an unforgettable experience when they visit our center. Throughout the month of June, shoppers will be able to take advantage of retailer discounts in addition to our everyday savings of up to 65 percent. Plus, our block party will provide festivities for members of our local community to engage in and show their support for this important initiative.”

This year marks the first WorldPride celebration in the U.S. honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Throughout the month, New York City will welcome visitors and residents alike for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

WorldPride is a statewide celebration, with events taking place from Pride on the Beach on Long Island to a special exhibit at the State Capitol in Albany featuring the AIDS quilt, to Pride at the Falls at Niagara Falls with a free concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic, fireworks and the falls lit rainbow. In the Hudson Valley, there will be additional commemorative WorldPride events such as Picnic with the Roosevelts: A Human Rights Celebration in Hyde Park, and NY Pride at the Vineyard at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery.  

Visitors are encouraged to sign up for the VIP Shopper Club to receive the latest updates and exclusive offers from the most sought-after retailers. Membership is free. To learn more, visit premiumoutlets.com/vip. 

About Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Conveniently accessed from New York City via the New York State Thruway at Exit 16, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets features 250 stores including Tory Burch, Celine, Nike, Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach, The North Face and more, all at a savings of up to 65 percent every day. Market Hall offers a variety of dining opportunities including Chipotle, Pret A Manger, Pinkberry and more. To learn more, visit  premiumoutlets.com/outlet/woodbury-common.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

About Simon Premium Outlets®

The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and homeware retailers. Our Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando Premium Outlets, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas Premium Outlets and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit premiumoutlets.com or follow Premium Outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER Debut US Showcase

BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT’S TOMORROW X TOGETHER DEBUT US SHOWCASE TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

SUPER ROOKIE BOY BAND WILL PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ORLANDO, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

Tickets for Big Hit Entertainment’s newest band since BTS, TOMORROW X TOGETHER first-ever US showcase tour go on sale TODAY at 4PM local time. The showcase, introducing fans Stateside to their fresh new sound, will kick off in New York City and will make stops in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas before wrapping May 24 in Los Angeles.

The band’s five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI are all excited to create an unforgettable experience for their fans.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on AXS for New York, Orlando, and Los Angeles.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketfly for Chicago and Dallas.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketmaster for Atlanta.

View all TOMORROW X TOGETHER SHOWCASE: STAR in US tickets HERE.

US SHOWCASE DATES

May 9 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre

May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater

May 19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

TOMORROW X TOGETHER is currently the highest-selling K-pop rookie act of 2019. With The Dream Chapter: STAR, TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists, World Albums & World Digital Song Sales charts, as well as became the highest charting debut album by an all-male K-pop group on the Billboard Top 200.

For more information on TOMORROW X TOGETHER, visit: HERE.

Watch the video for their lead single ‘CROWN’ HERE.  

STREAM/PURCHASE THE DREAM CHAPTER: STAR HERE

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy.

About Big Hit Entertainment

Founded in February 2005 in South Korea by CEO and Producer Bang Si-Hyuk, Big Hit Entertainment’s core business focuses on music production, artist management and publishing. Big Hit’s business ventures incorporate and develop a range of content produced from top-notch artists’ IP, including global boyband BTS and its newest addition TOMORROW X TOGETHER. With its mission of ‘Music & Artist for Healing’, Big Hit strives to impart a positive influence through content while providing comfort and inspiration to music fans worldwide.

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Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier

Bulleit’s 3D Printed Whiskey Experience

Bulleit will return for its second year to the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC on April 24th, bringing its latest Frontier Works project – the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier, an immersive and intimate 3D printed whiskey experience – to one of New York’s hottest cultural events. In collaboration with the architecture and design practice FAR frohn&rojas, and fabrication team at Machine Histories, Bulleit will transform Studio 525 into an experiential lounge, highlighted by a jaw dropping 3D-printed bar.

The bar will serve some of the world’s first 3D printed cocktails featuring award-winning Bulleit bourbons and ryes, courtesy of robotics pioneer Benjamin Greimel. The space will be brought to life with music from cutting-edge New York-based DJs, Odalys and Angel and Dren, as well as a series of high-tech lighting projections featuring some of the hottest films debuting at this year’s festival.

WHAT

Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge at Tribeca Film Festival

WHEN

Wednesday, April 24th OR Thursday, April 25th OR Friday, April 26th (7-10PM ET)

WHERE

Studio 525 (525 W 24th St – in Chelsea, right under the High Line).

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Toyota Alludes to All-New 2020 Highlander

Toyota Partners with Brooklyn Artist to Create Illusion Ahead of NY Auto Show

Toyota has partnered with with augmented reality artist Michael Murphy to create an out of this world illustration that will have people guessing if what they are seeing is real at all. The 3D illusion of the fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander will be debuted at the New York International Auto Show. as well as in the sky, projected on buildings throughout the city, on April 17.

Watch how it all came together in the time lapse video here.

The project took Murphy nearly 2 months to create in his Brooklyn studio. He painted each piece of the illusion by hand and later worked with a team to place the 200 pieces carefully to have them appear as if floating in air, reminiscent of a giant mobile.

The installation capitalizes on the design elements of the Highlander that will be sure to stand out. The piece captures the model’s power in a modern and sophisticated way.

Check out the 3D illusion in hidden areas all around New York City, online here, or on a livestream of the press conference here.

About Michael Murphy

Augmented reality artist Michael Murphy creates full-blown 3D illusions from pieces of paper and poster board. Ohio-born and working in New York City, Murphy’s “Perceptual Art” installations, can be seen around the world. His pieces play with viewers’ perception and forces them to investigate further.

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER US Debut

BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT’S TOMORROW X TOGETHER ANNOUNCE DEBUT US SHOWCASE DATES IN MAY

SUPER ROOKIE BOY BAND TO PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ORLANDO, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

“BTS’ young labelmates live up to the hype with an energetic smash.” – MTV

Today, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Big Hit Entertainment’s newest band since BTS, announce their first-ever US showcase tour dates introducing fans Stateside to their fresh new sound. The showcase dates come on the heels of the super rookie boy band’s chart-topping, record-breaking debut album “The Dream Chapter: STAR.”

TOMORROW X TOGETHER will kick off their US run in New York City and will make stops in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas before wrapping May 24 in Los Angeles.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER is currently the highest-selling K-pop rookie act of 2019. With The Dream Chapter: STAR, TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists, World Albums & World Digital Song Sales charts, as well as became the highest charting debut album by an all-male K-pop group on the Billboard Top 200.

“Oh my god, it’s finally happening. TXT just dropped their debut album called The Dream Chapter: STAR and it’s full of delicious new music the K-pop world is eating up.” – Elite Daily

The band’s five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI are all excited to create an unforgettable experience for their fans.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM PT/ 7PM ET on April 19.

US SHOWCASE DATES

May 9 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre

May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater

May 19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

For more information on TOMORROW X TOGETHER, please visit: https://txt.ibighit.com/.

Watch the video for their lead single ‘CROWN’ HERE.  

STREAM/PURCHASE THE DREAM CHAPTER: STAR HERE  

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy.

Follow TOMORROW X TOGETHER on Social Media

Twitter I Instagram I Youtube

Emeli Sandé New Music Video

Emeli Sandé Shares Official Video For “Sparrow”

Watch HERE.

Sandé remarks that she “had a wonderful time working with the incredible director Sarah McColgan and her powerful team in NYC.”

“Thank you to all the beautiful women involved in this video – there was magic in the room and a true sense of sisterhood,” says Sandé.

Stanaj Releases Video For Sweat (When I Think About You) Today

Today, vocal powerhouse Stanaj releases the video for “Sweat (When I Think About You).”

Watch it HERE.

The video follows the recent release of the track via LAVA/Republic Records. Get it HERE.

Produced by d.a. doman“Sweat” illustrates the artist’s progression. Not only does it highlight his passion for throwback nineties R&B and soul, but it also shines a light on his slick signature style punctuated by sky-high falsetto. The track hints at more music to come very soon from the artist.

With the single out now, Stanaj announces a string of special shows on both coasts in April. He’ll perform at The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, CA on April 4 and at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY on April 9.

An insane journey brought New York-born and Los Angeles-based Albanian-American singer, songwriter, and producer Stanaj to the doorstep of superstardom. His first smash came in the form of “Romantic” (NOTD Remix), which racked up nearly 120 million Spotify streams and counting to date. Stanaj’s first two EPs—The Preview and From a Distance—hit the Top 10 of the iTunes Top Pop Albums Chart. He received the sought-after social media endorsement of Kim Kardashian West, NBA star Brandon JenningsDrake, and Chris Brown. He canvassed the globe on tour alongside JoJo and Jessie J and shared the stage with other superstars like Dua Lipa.

Not to mention, he made his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the night’s guest Justin Timberlake gave a coveted co-sign. 2018 saw him drop the slick and seductive “Dirty Mind” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign] and lend his voice to Gryffin’s “You Remind Me, which he performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! In the summertime, he hit the studio with the likes of Tommy Brown [Ariana Grande] and d.a. doman [Kodak Black, Chris Brown, Tyga] and ultimately honed his signature style as evidenced by the slick and show-stopping “Sweat.

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