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The CitiBike program is expanding into upper Manhattan and areas of Brooklyn.

Staten Island feels ignored, but then again, it wouldn't be Staten Island otherwise.

The 2nd Avenue Subway expansion (part one) has attracted riders. But will it ever get to Part 2?

Finally, board games are making a comeback in the Digital Age.

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Trump's cabinet picks seem to be squeaking by.

Coca-Cola is ending one of my minor obsessions, it's loyalty program.

The Port Authority is starting to make noise about building an AirTrain from LaGuardia to the LIRR at Willet's Point.

Finally, there's a push to bring free wi-fi to NYC airports.

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Penn Station in NYC is a central transportation hub. As such, it attracts more than just commuters. It attracts people who seek to solicit money from them as they go about their travels. This episode, I recall a few from previous podcasts and add some new ones.

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The MTA announced a bunch of new projects that will revolutionize transportation around New York City and its surrounding boroughs.

More than $27 billion (with a B) for new subway cars, a refurbished LaGuardia Airport, a system to replace MetroCards, and a streetcar system to connect Brookly and Queens residents are being discussed.

And I am surprisingly fine with all of it.

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A bunch of stories about how the MTA is still as broken as it was last year, when I recapped stuff in a podcast I reprised last week.

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I'm woozy from Thanksgiving, so here's an old episode for your listening pleasure:

A transit advocacy group recently asked New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority why certain rail entrances have been closed for decades. An official could not provide comprehensive information, saying for some of the entrances, "That's just the way it's always been." As in, if something was broken when I got here, it's not my responsibility to fix it.

The MTA is an easy target because it's an inefficient bureaucracy. But that's also why it needs to be constantly criticized – it services such a large number of people and so few people speak out and draw attention to its shortcomings.

I've culled a number of recent stories to pull together this particular episode.

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This week's podcast returns to the theme of minor obsessions.

There is (still) a free loyalty rewards program called viggle.com.

You get points for "checking into" TV shows and pop songs with your phone.

You can then exchange those points for merchandise or gift cards.

I decided to use those points to get my son an iPad several years ago.

And the minor obsession began.
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The homeless remain a problem around Penn Station, a situation that I addressed directly this week, once again.

Even the development folks who want to build a new Penn Station are resigned to the fact that there are people who will never – ever – leave the confines of the transit hub.
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This week I start a series of podcasts about things I've been obsessed with in my lifetime.

First off, Pop Rocks and Wacky Packages!
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Due to a personal matter, this week's episode is a reprise.


Several news stories this past week had a common theme. They were trying to sell some sort of fear to the public. This is not new, nor is it really news. But it is the prevailing theory on how to do business in the age of instant gratification, social media, and immediacy over accuracy and privacy.
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