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New York City Business Leaders Cough Up $20M. Toward the Development of Urban ‘Work-Live’ Campuses

Move across that bridge and we can't promise Internet. (flickr.com/ugod)

As Mayor Bloomberg nears the mile marker for his exit, the rest of the city is starting to chatter about what we’re supposed to do now. In December, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a report asking what the tech boom has done for New York’s working class. But the suits are getting in on the act, too: Today the Partnership for NYC released the NYC Jobs Blueprint, a report chock full of recs for the next mayor.

Most relevant to the tech biz: The Partnership Fund, the organization’s investment arm, is willing to pony up $20 million for an urban tech campus providing “flexible, affordable live-work spaces for the next generation of young professionals.”

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After Video of People Tripping at the 36th St. Subway Goes Viral, the MTA Blocks off the Staircase for Repairs

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Internet vigilantes, you’ve done it again! After a video of person after person tripping at the 36th St. subway station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn went viral yesterday, Betabeat–and tons of other reporters, apparently–called the MTA to ask if they had any intention of fixing the offending step. The MTA told us, “We will send someone out to take a look and take corrective measures,” and apparently they’re making good on their word.

According to NBC News, “Crews went to the station Wednesday to block off the staircase in preparation for repairs.”

We did it, Internet! Give yourselves a pat on the back–if you can bear to take your hands off the keyboard, that is.

The only downside is that NBC News reports that the MTA is unsure how long the fix will take, which means it probably won’t be done for years. Sorry, Sunset Park.