With the rise of Uber, TaskRabbit and other on-demand services, more people are working in the “gig” economy – stringing freelance jobs to make ends meet. There’s a whole category of people who are way ahead of the game. Actors. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, less than a quarter of actors are employed full-time in their profession. Many have learned to make ends meet by taking freelance jobs that fit around audition schedules and shoots.
So freelance work becomes more common, Daniel Rostas asked a number of New York actors how they’ve learned to make ends meet.
This is Uptown Radio. I’m Daniel Rostas. We’re all searching for something. It could be a new job, it could be a little bit of peace and quiet… it could be a new way to connect with other people. On this episode of Uptown Radio, stories about the thing we don’t have, yet, and the lengths we go to get it.
If you fly into or out of Newark Airport, more flight options and cheaper airfares may be in your future.
The Federal Aviation Administration – or FAA – says it’s loosening restrictions on the number of flights taking off and landing at the New Jersey airport.
Daniel Rostas went to find out what this change will mean for Newark Airport and the passengers and airlines that use it.
While doctors celebrate the first HIV organ transplant, HIV activist groups rallied in cities around the world to protest what they say is a critical issue for people with chronic health issues – high drug costs. They marched to Pfizer headquarters in New York. Daniel Rostas stopped by the protest to find out more about their demands.
It’s been less than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. That decision marked a major milestone for the LGBT community.
But as commentator Daniel Rostas argues, the country has a long way to go in terms of accepting its non-straight citizens.
The 1 Train isn’t stopping at South Ferry this weekend. If you live on Staten Island, that means one less transit option to get you to the rest of the city – and that’s after you take the ferry.
Some residents say the borough is a transit desert, with the current system failing to move customers both on and off the island efficiently.
With major transit projects around the city getting billions of dollars in funding, reporter Daniel Rostas went to find out: why isn’t Staten Island getting the same transit investments as other boroughs?
The NYPD says crime on the subways is up almost thirty percent this year compared to last – that number includes slashings, sexual assault and robberies. And half of those crimes happened to sleeping passengers. That has cops asking riders to stay awake on the subway – and in some cases, threatening to wake them up. So if police get serious about stopping subway snoozing, will New Yorkers lose a real source of restful sleep? Daniel Rostas reports.
The day after a jury convicted Police Officer Peter Liang in the death of 28 year old Akai Gurley – Residents of the housing project where Gurley lived are reacting to the verdict. Reporter Daniel Rostas has the details.
Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his 2016 State of the City speech last night. In it, he shared some of his administration’s biggest achievements over the last year.De Blasio also outlined his vision for improving transportation, health and police services for residents in the outer boroughs.