0 Traffic & Transit The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which closed because of Hurricane Ian's high winds, reopened Thursday afternoon, FL Highway Patrol said. Tiffany Razzano , Patch Staff Posted Reply FLORIDA — After closing in both directions Wednesday morning because of high winds caused by Hurricane Ian, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopened early Thursday afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The four-lane cable-stayed concrete bridge with northbound and southbound lanes is part of I-275 and U.S. Highway 19. It connects Pinellas and Manatee counties. The bridge closes when there are maximum sustained winds of 40 mph or higher. Wind speeds dropped to 30 mph Thursday afternoon, FHP said. Stay up-to-date by viewing all Hurricane Ian coverage on Patch here. Drivers using the bridge are asked to be careful while traveling, still. “Motorists may cross the span but are asked to use caution due to debris … [Read more...] about Sunshine Skyway Bridge Reopens After Hurricane Ian: FHP
Trooper Who Prevented Skyway Bridge 10K Crash Honored: FHP
7 Crime & Safety Trooper Schuck named Florida Highway Patrol's Trooper of the Year for crashing into a drunk driver to protect Skyway Bridge 10K runners. Tiffany Razzano , Patch Staff Posted Replies ORLANDO, FL — A state trooper was honored for crashing into a drunk driver heading toward the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to protect participants in a 10K race last spring, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. Trooper Toni Schuck was named the agency’s 2022 Trooper of the Year at the 7th annual Florida Highway Patrol awards banquet held Saturday in Orlando. She’s only the fourth female trooper to earn the Trooper of the Year honor, FHP said. During the March 6, 2022, Skyway 10K Bridge Run, Kristen Kay Watts of Sarasota careened past road closures in place during the race, refused to pull over for troopers and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers, and drove through the toll plaza. … [Read more...] about Trooper Who Prevented Skyway Bridge 10K Crash Honored: FHP
What is a second mortgage and how does it work?
Not all mortgages are the same — nor do they have the same uses. Some can help you buy a home or refinance your old loan, while others can be used to cover home repairs , pay off debts, or even provide cash in a pinch. Second mortgages fall into the latter category and are an option for existing homeowners. They’ve been especially popular in recent months as U.S. homeowners rush to tap $29.6 trillion in home equity — a record high. Do you have home improvements to pay for or need funds for medical bills, college tuition, debts or other expenses you’re facing? Here’s what you need to know about second mortgages — and how they can help. What is a second mortgage? Second mortgages allow you to borrow against the equity you have in your home — or the portion of the home’s value you actually own. For example, if your home was worth $500,000 and your current mortgage loan had $400,000 on it, you’d have $100,000 in equity. A second mortgage would let you borrow a … [Read more...] about What is a second mortgage and how does it work?
How Manhattan Hotels Became Refuges for Thousands of Migrants
Just steps from Times Square and surrounded by Broadway theaters, the Row NYC hotel advertises itself as “more New York than New York,” bringing together “urban grit with grandeur.” But for months, it has been at the center of a humanitarian crisis. It is one of about 100 hotels and other facilities, from iconic skyscrapers to humble airport motels, that the city has converted into temporary housing for some of the 50,000 migrants who have arrived on buses from the southern border since last spring. The effort may ultimately cost as much as $4 billion over the next two years and could result in cuts to city services, the mayor has warned. For migrants, the housing, while at times imperfect, has provided welcome respite as they begin to eke out new lives in a frenetic city. And it has been something of a boon for hotels, which have suffered as the city tries to boost its economy as it emerges from the pandemic. Contracts obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests and a … [Read more...] about How Manhattan Hotels Became Refuges for Thousands of Migrants
The best ways to experience San Francisco’s beloved Nob Hill
The Nob Hill neighborhood lives up to its "hill" moniker . The neighborhood climbs from Van Ness on one side and then back down to Powell Street on the other, and up from Bush Street down to Broadway. This is one of San Francisco's most historic neighborhoods, full of gorgeous sites and fabulous hotels and restaurants to luxuriate in. Things to do and see in (and from) Nob Hill Nob Hill's center point is at the top of the neighborhood's and very much worth the climb: one square block of beauty with the unforgettable Grace Cathedral at one end and the luxurious Fairmont San Francisco and InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotels at the other. The intersection of California and Mason streets may not be the highest point in San Francisco — Mount Davidson holds that honor at 938 feet — but it definitely feels that way when you find yourself looking down at the rest of the city. It's easy to see why the "Big Four" railway magnates — Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, Collis … [Read more...] about The best ways to experience San Francisco’s beloved Nob Hill
$20,000 Pants … and Other Adventures in Men’s Luxury Resale!
In a floor-through loft in SoHo one Friday night in January, Vincent Ferraro was selling luxury clothing. Sort of. On one side of the room, a tattoo artist covered a young woman’s palm in an illustration of a bankroll. Some people flipped casually through the racks of Chrome Hearts and Enfants Riches Déprimés, but Mr. Ferraro — sinewy, with a shaved head and covered in tattoos — didn’t pay them much mind. Instead, he poured shots of Patrón, posed for Instagram photos and occasionally disappeared with one of the several women who had come to vie for his attention. On the men’s resale clothing site Grailed, Mr. Ferraro, who before the pandemic worked in nightlife, most recently as general manager and creative director of Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, sells under the handle 4GSELLER , and in the last couple of years, has become the go-to for rare Chrome Hearts, recent-season Louis Vuitton statement pieces and thrashed vintage dirtbag T-shirts, building a business that he says … [Read more...] about $20,000 Pants … and Other Adventures in Men’s Luxury Resale!