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If anyone still follows this, can anyone tell me a reasonable time estimate for taking either a Lyft / Uber from Bushwick to the east 58 Street area for a 10:00 AM appointment? My friend needs some help (assistance) to get to an appointment tomorrow morning. We can arrive early, but really trying to NOT be late.

Not sure if we will end up taking a downtown bridge, the Midtown Tunnel, or 59 Street Bridge, but time estimates and related tips appreciated.

UPDATED September 25, 2018: Forgot to update, but here's information weeks later. We scheduled a pick up that was just a bit over an hour to our appt. The estimated ETA according to the app was about 25-30 minutes, but it took 45 minutes to get to a location three blocks from our appointment. My friend and I opted to get off three blocks from our location and walk, as we believed (due to traffic patterns in that area), it would have taken us 10-15 minutes (most likely the longer time, 15 minutes) to get to our appointment because of one way traffic patterns, stop lights, etc. It took us 5 minutes to walk from the drop-off three blocks away and we just barely made it to appt. on time.

Thus the Uber / Lyft time estimates are NOT based on actual, real-time traffic patterns so please factor this in. We're glad we overestimated the time just in case.
Hi New Yorkers, would love direct, or personal recommendations as well as feedback. I know I can call 311 for clinic referrals, but I would like personal input if possible.

Recent months since this winter, I have been worried about a late 20's young friend (distant relative) that has become close to me in recent years. He's has all the usual job and financial issues as well as often social aspects (he is usually all of his friends' support, not the other way around). He used to party a lot (drinking, dabbled in drugs), but less so in the last 1-2 years. Lately, his job has cut hours and he has been much less active, sleeping a lot, etc. He can just cover his rent (room share). He denies being depressed, but I think this is standard for a lot of guys who don't think they are depressed, just "moody" sometimes. He tells me he is not drinking, or doing drugs at this point (I hope so, but I am not good with figuring out that stuff). Also he is a creative, artistic type, unconventional in a lot of ways, but tends to be very independent as well.

I am worried about him and feeling helpless, not sure if there is anything I can do if he isn't showing urgent depression, just life changes so far.

Would love any advice, personal stories, as well as recommendations for counseling and therapy.
20th-Dec-2017 05:02 pm - Happy Holidays! Cheap diners, food

Happy Holidays to whoever is still around here!

Over the next two weeks, I might hang out with an old friend or two, but it may be somewhat spontaneous.  Will want to shoot the breeze over some food, but the main problem is a cheap joint to eat and relax.  

Would appreciate suggestions for general cheap diners, coffee shops, various ethnic food establishments, and miscellaneous dive joints where we can sit and chat for 1-2 hours without a hassle.  

(Completely optional, but big plus for any place that serves a decent meatloaf or spaghetti, in honor of Festivus, even if late or early, but any cheap joints that are hassle free are appreciated.)

If you are a local NYC resident and use FIOS or other ISP and/or non-cellular telephone service (landline, fiber optic, or other), please share your experiences. Users of STANDALONE services or COMBO packages, please respond as well.

Currently, I do not have FIOS (you know the company, I'm sure). After years of having landline and ISP access, is requiring all landline telephone customers to change over as they will discontinue service over old-fashioned POTS (analogue) lines. Every time I call, the CSR immediately launches into a high pressure sales tactics to change over to their complete package (fiber optic etc.) including television. I ended up hanging up on them a couple of times because they kept ignoring my questions and changing the topic back to that. It has actually gone from simply sales tactics, to outright bullying. In general, I've read online that the company has had a sketchy customer service etc. history and not sure if there is any improvement.

I have not been able to find a viable alternative for me. I am on disability and the package deal is good, except they have made me unbelievably wary and suspicious if I will be stuck with something I'll regret, in lieu of other options. FYI my neighborhood is southern Queens, right by the "M" train.
Just heard about a new FDA-approved treatment for Hepatitis C Virus from the news, a medication called Mayvret. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/04/555156577/fdas-approval-of-a-cheaper-drug-for-hepatitis-c-will-likely-expand-treatment

Does anyone know of various NYC clinic or hospital settings that are offering this new treatment and taking new patients? This person obviously needs full exam, tests, and assessment. Just curious also if anyone knows if there may be waiting lists at this point for this new Mayvret treatment.

I know someone who is on Medicaid and has Hepatitis C Virus. Previously they have had compliance issues with going to doctors and clinics since they are generally suspicious and paranoid, but sometimes has been willing to get treatment for some limited conditions. Previously, they were pessimistic about getting treatment for HCV; unfortunately I don't know which HCV genotype they have, which is why I am happy to read in the article that this treatment apparently can treat all known genotypes.
Does anyone know where to get these good luck charms? A friend lost his; it had sentimental value as well. He wore it as a pendant (it had a small hole for a string, or chain). Real glass, not plastic; I finally found plastic ones in a discount store. Also his was very small, roughly half-inch in diameter.
Most of the ones I see online are much bigger, one inch or more. Big plus if you know if the vendor/seller actually gets them from the Mediterranean region.

Elk Crossing
For those who live, work, or frequent the area on the M train line being affected by the upcoming changes, can you share what tips or strategies you will use to get by? I know there's a shuttle bus, but it sounds like there are problems or limitations - not really sure, would love input.

Also if anyone is interested, a lot of the details on what the repairs, changes, and schedule of service disruption at this MTA link. http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/MyrtleAvenue/Questions_Answers.htm

(Obviously I hope there are still participants here, it has been quiet for a long time.)
15th-Nov-2016 09:06 pm - Christmas is coming
hlw at roses
I know there's still a few of us left here...

The Children's Aid Society's Preventive Services Program serves 300 families in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx who are experiencing hardships due to trauma, domestic violence and poverty which places children at risk.

When a family functions well, children do better.  That’s the fundamental tenet of the Preventive Services Programs at The Children’s Aid Society.   In existence since 1981, they provide an array of family-focused interventions that help enhance family relationships and alleviate stressors to improve child safety.

Social workers provide:

Individual, family and group counseling
Teen and parenting groups

Parenting guidance
Case management services

The New York City Harley Owners Group
along with their partners Harley- Davidson of New York City, Hogs & Heifers Saloon and the The Iron Horse NYC are working to bring some holiday cheer to some of New York's neediest.

Continuing a longstanding tradition The Gary R Murano Memorial Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run will bring toys to the Children's Aid Society.

We are trying to raise enough money to purchase toys, games and gift cards for teens (e.g. Itunes, GameStop, The Gap) to give to the kids at our annual holiday Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run.

Our Toy Run is Sunday December 4th!

The opportunity to bring a little cheer to these kids, to see them smile, the twinkle in their eye when they sit on Santa's Harley-Davidson motorcycle is just amazing.

If you can spare a few dollars THANK YOU.   https://www.gofundme.com/ToysForTotsNYC

If you can't PLEASE share this link on all social media, with family, friendsm etc. AND THANK YOU TOO!
4th-May-2016 04:54 pm - Bikers Against Breast Cancer
hlw at roses

OK Folks we all have mom's, sisters, wives. girlfriends and so on. Please support NYCHOG as we run our annual Bikers Against Breast Cancer.

Please share this as well. THANKS!

https://www.gofundme.com/babcnychogBABC pin3

For complete details, go to website:

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There are more than 200 NYC Free Tax Prep sites throughout the city.
Volunteer preparers will help you claim important credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and NYC Child Care Tax Credit (NYC CCTC) to get the full refund you deserve.
Some sites let you drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later.

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