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Bloomberg gets ‘#1 Grandpa’ mug at LIC firehouse

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr/Photo by Samantha Modell

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ready to be the number one grandpa.

A day after his daughter reportedly gave birth to a son on Christmas Eve, the first grandchild for the mayor, Bloomberg visited firefighters of Engine 258/Ladder 115 in Long Island City to thank them for working on Christmas Day.

Bloomberg received a homemade coffee mug with “#1 Grandpa” written on it from the firefighters as a congratulatory gift.

Before stopping by the firehouse, Bloomberg also paid a morning visit to the 108th Precinct in Long Island City to thank the NYPD officers for their work on the holiday. 




MTA reduces subway service for “minor holidays”

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

New York City subway riders may notice they are waiting a little longer for the train today.

Columbus Day marks the first time the MTA has implemented its “minor holiday” schedule.

After studying minor holidays, the agency discovered ridership levels are often less than 75 percent of peak ridership. The reduction in service on these days will be smaller than the reduction in ridership, according to the MTA. This is a pilot program that will see expansion if successful.

The changes affect the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines. The agency estimates it will save $200,000 annually.

The “minor holidays” that will see service reduced are: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Columbus Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (when it falls on a Monday through Thursday), three weekdays following Christmas and New Years Eve (when it falls on a Monday through Thursday).