In this week's Newsletter: Why the train delays you've been experiencing lately will probably get worse, the Manhattan Borough President's waterfront photo contest, eco-theater company Superhero Clubhouse presents PLUTO and much more!
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Why the Train Delays You've Been Putting Up With Lately Will Probably Get Worse

Subway riders have noticed that lately there seems to be an increase in extreme train delays. This is not a figment of our collective imagination; delays have been increasing, and it's going to take a massive capital investment to get things moving smoothly underground again.

Despite the long-awaited opening of the Second Avenue subway, and the fact that ridership has fallen for the first time since 2009, the subway's signaling system is keeping trains slow and delays frequent. Most lines run on archaic, non-digital switching systems, which cannot precisely locate trains within the tunnels and therefore hold trains long after it is safe to allow them to proceed.

As with so many things MTA, the problem lies with a lack of funding. In its latest 5-year capital proposal, the MTA’s requested sum of $3.2 billion for signaling and communications improvements reflected its growing need for them, considering the request was up $800 million from its last two requests. Last year, however, state leaders cut $400 million from the signaling improvement budget.

According to the MTA’s own data, the number of delays per month has been rising dramatically over the last five years. They have also responded with a 6-point plan to temporarily address train delays.

You can read more at here.

Enter the Manhattan Borough President's Waterfront Photo Contest

The Manhattan Borough President's Office is holding a waterfront photo contest. You can enter images of Manhattan’s waterfront for a chance to win prizes and have your photo featured in the Borough President Office’s Peyton Gallery.
There are two ways to enter the photo contest: The Borough President’s Office can only accept five images per person and BP Brewer will share select submissions on her feeds every week. All entries are due by noon on Thursday, June 1, 2017. By entering, you are certifying that you own the rights to the image(s) submitted. If one of your entries is selected, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office will notify you by mid-June, asking for a high-resolution version to include in the July exhibition in their gallery.

Eco-Theater Company Superhero Clubhouse Presents PLUTO

PLUTO (no longer a play) is an allegory about extinction... or it used to be, maybe. Three humans attempt to give a presentation about the remains of a play that no longer exists. The fragments seem to suggest the story of a unicorn, a hunter, and a wizard, all struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Facing similar dilemmas, the three humans reenact their findings, searching for hope among the bones.

Superhero Clubhouse is a New York-based collective of artists and scientists working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater. They create fictional performances rooted in complex environmental questions, practice ecological production, and collaborate across disciplines and communities to enact a thriving society. Superhero Clubhouse believes theater is an essential tool for evolving our consciousness in the face of global environmental crises. 

Throuigh June 3 at 8pm
The Brick
575 Metropolitan Avenue bet Union Ave & Lorimer St, Brooklyn
Tickets are available here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free

Loving Day
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 12pm-3pm, $9 advance/$12 door, kids 12 & under free w/adult, must be 16+ to enter without an adult

Other Events

Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed
New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street, Room A632, bet Tillary St & Tech Pl, Brooklyn, 8:30-10am, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Bronx Park East
Ben Abrams Playground, west side of Bronx Park East at Lydig St, Bronx, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Brooklyn Heights
First Unitarian Chapel, Pierrepont Street bet Monroe Pl & Clinton St, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Upper West Side
UWS Jewish Commiunity Center, Amsterdam Avenue bet W. 75th & W. 76th Sts, Manhattan 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Brooklyn Heights
First Unitarian Chapel, Pierrepont Street bet Monroe Pl & Clinton St, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

GPRO Operations & Maintenance Training
Solar One Workforce Training Lab, 29-76 Northern Boulevard bet Queens Blvd & Honeywell St, Queens, 9am-4pm, $350
Day One of training. Training continues on Tuesday May 23rd from 9am-4pm.

State of the Estuary Conference
New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South bet Thompson & Sullivan Sts, Manhattan, 8:30am-3pm, $15

Excellent Ventilation in Multifamily Buildings
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $15 general admission/$10 partner organizations
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