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  1. Je vais déménager à Manhattan au mois d'Août. Je garde un pied-à-terre à Vancouver et reviens fréquemment à Montréal. Je viens de voir cette nouvelle toute fraiche. Je vais habiter tout juste à côté de Washington Square, et ce nouveau développement m'intéresse au plus haut point. J'esssaierai de vous en faire part régulièrement. Voici l'article du Wall Street Journal: First Look at NYU Tower Plan University Wants 38-Story Building on Village Site; Critics Fret Over Pei Design By CRAIG KARMIN New York University on Thursday expects to unveil its much-anticipated design plans for the proposed 38-story tower in Greenwich Village, one of the most ambitious projects in the school's controversial 25-year expansion plan. Before and after: The space between two towers designed by I.M. Pei, above, would be filled by a new tower, in rendering below, under NYU's plan. The tower, sight-unseen, is already facing backlash from community groups who say the building would interfere with the original three-tower design by famed architect I.M. Pei. Critics also say the new building would flood the neighborhood with more construction and cause other disruptions. The concrete fourth tower with floor-to-ceiling glass windows would be built on the Bleecker Street side of the site, known as University Village. It would house a moderate-priced hotel on the bottom 15 floors. The 240-room hotel would be intended for visiting professors and other NYU guests, but would also be available to the public. The top floors would be housing for school faculty. In addition, NYU would move the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center farther east toward Mercer Street to clear space for a broader walkway through the site that connects Bleecker and Houston streets. The sports complex would be torn down and rebuilt with a new design. Grimshaw Architects The plan also calls for replacing a grocery store that is currently in the northwest corner of the site with a playground. As a result, the site would gain 8,000 square feet of public space under the tower proposal, according to an NYU spokesman. NYU considers the new tower a crucial component of its ambitious expansion plans to add six million square feet to the campus by 2031—including proposed sites in Brooklyn, Governors Island and possibly the World Trade Center site—in an effort to increase its current student population of about 40,000 by 5,500. The tower is also one of the most contentious parts of the plan because the University Village site received landmark status in 2008 and is home to a Pablo Picasso statue. The three existing towers, including one dedicated to affordable public housing, were designed by Mr. Pei in the 1960s. The 30-story cast-concrete structures are considered a classic example of modernism. Grimshaw Architects, the New York firm that designed the proposed tower, says it wants the new structure to complement Mr. Pei's work. "It would be built with a sensitivity to the existing buildings," says Mark Husser, a Grimshaw partner. "It is meant to relate to the towers but also be contemporary." Grimshaw Architects NYU says the planned building, at center of rendering above, would relate to current towers. He said the new tower would use similar materials to the Pei structures and would be positioned at the site in a way not to cut off views from the existing buildings. Little of this news is likely to pacify local opposition. "A fourth tower would utterly change Pei's design," says Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. He says that Mr. Pei designed a number of plans about the same time that similarly featured three towers around open space, such as the Society Hill Towers in Philadelphia. Watch a video showing a rendering of New York University's proposed 38-story tower, one of the most ambitious projects in the university's vast 2031 expansion plan. The tower would be located near Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Video courtesy of Grimshaw Architects. Residents say they fear that the new tower would bring years of construction and reduce green spaces and trees. "We are oversaturated with NYU buildings," says Sylvia Rackow, who lives in the tower for public housing. "They have a lot of other options, like in the financial district, but they are just greedy." NYU will have to win permission from the city's Landmark Commission before it can proceed. This process begins on Monday when NYU makes a preliminary presentation to the local community board. Jason Andrew for the Wall Street Journal NYU is 'just greedy,' says Sylvia Rackow, seen in her apartment. Grimshaw. While the commission typically designates a particular district or building, University Village is unusual in that it granted landmark status to a site and the surrounding landscaping, making it harder to predict how the commission may respond. NYU also would need to get commercial zoning approval to build a hotel in an area designated as residential. And the university would have to get approval to purchase small strips of land on the site from the city. If the university is tripped up in getting required approvals, it has a backup plan to build a tower on the site currently occupied by a grocery store at Bleecker and LaGuardia, which would have a size similar to the proposed tower of 270,000 square feet. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704198004575311161334409470.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsForth
  2. http://nymag.com/homedesign/urbanliving/2012/hudson-yards/ Atop the 1,300-foot office tower, soon to rise at 33rd Street and Tenth Avenue, by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Photo: Rendering by Visualhouse From 0 to 12 Million Square Feet In a few weeks, construction begins on New York’s largest development ever. Hudson Yards is handsome, ambitious, and potentially full of life. Should we care that it’s also a giant slab of private property? An exclusive preview. By Justin Davidson Published Oct 7, 2012 ShareThis On a Friday afternoon in September, a conclave of architects and real-estate executives gathers in a hotel conference room to look over plans for Manhattan’s largest remaining chunk of emptiness. Hudson Yards, the railroad depot that stretches from Tenth Avenue to the Hudson River, and from 30th to 33rd Street, barely registers on the mental map of most New Yorkers. Look down from a neighboring window, and you see only a pit full of trains hazed with their diesel fumes. The planners’ view, though, takes in sugarplum dreams of the city’s shiny next wing: an $800 million concrete roof over the yards, and above it the country’s largest and densest real-estate development: 12 million square feet of *offices, shops, movie theaters, gyms, hotel rooms, museum galleries, and open space, and 5,000 apartments, all packed into 26 acres. In the first, $6 billion phase—scheduled for completion by late 2017—the tallest tower will top the Empire State Building, and even the shortest will have a penthouse on the 75th floor. The people in the conference room can visualize that future in high-resolution detail. On the screen, digital couples stroll among trees pruned to cubical perfection. A chain of glowing towers garlands the skyline, and tiny figures stroll onto a deck hanging nearly a quarter-mile in the air. Architects discuss access points, sidewalk widths, ceiling heights, flower beds, and the qualities of crushed-stone pathways. You could almost forget that none of this exists yet—until one architect points to a lozenge-shaped skyscraper and casually, with a twist of his wrist, remarks that he’s thinking of swiveling it 90 degrees. The Related Companies, the main developer of the site, has called this meeting so that the designers of the various buildings can finally talk to each other, instead of just to the client. I’m getting the first look at the details at the same time some of the participants are. Suddenly, after years of desultory negotiations and leisurely design, the project has acquired urgency: Ground-breaking on the first tower will take place in the coming weeks. There’s a high-octane crew in the room: William Pedersen, co-founder of the high-rise titans Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; David Childs, partner at the juggernaut Skidmore Owings and Merrill; Elizabeth Diller, front woman for the cerebral boutique Diller Scofidio + Renfro; *David Rockwell, a virtuoso of showbiz and restaurant design; Howard Elkus, from the high-end shopping-center specialists Elkus Manfredi; and landscape architect Thomas Woltz, the only member of the group new to New York real-estate politics. Their task is to compose a neighborhood from scratch. The success of Hudson Yards depends on the question: Can a private developer manufacture a complete and authentic high-rise neighborhood in a desolate part of New York? “This isn’t just a project; it’s an extension of the city,” says Stephen Ross, Related’s founder and chairman. New York has always grown in nibbles and crumbs, and only occasionally in such great whale-gulps of real estate. In the richest, most layered sections of the city, each generation’s new buildings spring up among clumps of older ones, so that freshness and tradition coexist. A project of this magnitude, concocted around a conference table, could easily turn out to be a catastrophe. The centrally planned district has its success stories—most famously, Rockefeller Center. Coordinated frenzies of building also produced Park Avenue, Battery Park City, and the current incarnation of Times Square. But this enterprise is even more ambitious than any of those, and more potentially transformative than the ongoing saga of the World Trade Center. New York has no precedent for such a dense and complex neighborhood, covering such a vast range of uses, built in one go. That makes this Ross’s baby. Hundreds of architects, engineers, consultants, planners, and construction workers will contribute to the finished product. Oxford Properties Group has partnered with Related, and the city dictated much of the basic arrangement. But in the end, how tightly the new superblocks are woven into the city fabric, how organic their feel, and how bright their allure will depend on the judgment and taste of a billionaire whose aesthetic ambitions match the site’s expanse, and who slips almost unconsciously from we to I. “We went out and selected great architects and then created a whole five-acre plaza,” Ross says. “People will have never seen such a world-class landscaping project. I can’t tell you what that plaza will look like, but what I visualize is a modern-day Trevi Fountain. It’s going to be classical and unique.” The best clue to what he has in mind isn’t in Rome, but at Columbus Circle. Ross lives and works in the Time Warner Center, which Related built, and if you imagine the complex blown out to five times its size, you begin to get a sense of what’s coming at Hudson Yards: crowds flowing from home to boutique, hotel to subway, office to spa, concert to restaurant—and all that activity threaded around and through a curving plaza equipped with fountains and a very tall monument, as yet unchosen. The Time Warner Center brought profitable liveliness to Columbus Circle, the once moribund, now vibrant hinge between midtown and the Upper West Side. But massive as it is, the Time Warner Center is dainty by comparison. Hudson Yards circa 2017 1. This office tower, by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will become Coach headquarters. 2. Apartments by Diller Scofidio +Renfro, joined by David Rockwell: condos on top, rentals below. 3. The flagship office building, also by KPF: 1,300 feet high. 4. The curvy multiuse tower by David Childs contains a hotel, condominiums, and a big Equinox gym. 5. The shopping arcade (please don't call it the mall). 6.The Culture Shed: still unrevealed, but a great big space for traveling exhibits and other events. Photo: Rendering by Visualhouse Unnumbered buildings (the western half of the development) have yet to be designed. Photo: Map by Jason Lee The view from the High Line. Photo: Rendering by Visualhouse Photo: Rendering by Visualhouse Photo: Rendering by Visualhouse Photo: Rendering by Visualhouse Photo: Rendering by Visualhouse Start on the High Line, at West 30th Street near Tenth Avenue. At the moment, the landscaped section peters out here, but the old elevated railway continues, forking both east and west to form the southern border of Hudson Yards. Eventually, you’ll be able to continue your stroll beneath the canopy of an office tower housing the headquarters of the leather-goods company Coach. It’s a tricky spot, and the interaction of city street and raised park forces the architecture to perform some fancy steps. The building genuflects toward Tenth Avenue on muscular concrete legs. Coach’s unit reaches out toward the High Line, and the crown greets the skyline at a jaunty tilt. With all its connections and contortions, the tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, assembles its identity out of the complexities of city life. “My whole career has been about taking buildings that are inherently autonomous and getting them to become social gestures,” remarks Pedersen. Head up a couple of blocks from Coach’s future headquarters, and at West 33rd Street, another KPF tower tapers from vast hoped-for trading floors to a jagged peak 1,300 feet up. A state-of-the-art office building these days requires huge open layouts and thick bundles of elevator shafts, which tend to give it the natural grace of a hippopotamus thigh. But look up: Here, the design artfully disguises the two towers’ bulk by making them seem dramatically foreshortened, as if they were speeding toward the sky. One slopes toward the river, the other in the direction of midtown, parted like stalks of corn in a breeze. The cone of space between them draws sunlight to the ground and leaves a welcome break in the city’s increasingly crowded skyline. With any luck, you should be able to stand at the foot of these towers and feel sheltered but not squashed. It would have been far easier to wall the development off and let each tower stand in isolated splendor. Instead, planners have tried to soften the borders of their domain. That’s not just civic-mindedness; it’s good business. If Hudson Yards is going to be a truly urban place, it will have to lure people who neither work nor live there but who come because everyone else does. The development will have two major magnets, one for commerce, food, and entertainment, the other for that primal necessity of New York life: culture. Related is pinning a lot of financial optimism on a five-floor, two-block-long retail extravaganza that links the two KPF towers, rather like the Time Warner Center shops, only bigger, busier, sunnier, and more tightly knit to the city. “We don’t want this to feel like a mall,” insists its architect, Howard Elkus. Pedestrian passageways cut through the building, extending the streets indoors, and a succession of great glass walls turn window-shopping into a spectator sport. The liveliness engine is on the fourth floor, where a collection of informal but high-end food outlets curated by Danny Meyer looks out over the central plaza—“Eataly on steroids” is how one Related executive describes it. Above that are more expensive restaurants and a ten-screen multiplex. Stroll out the western side of the shopping center toward the central plaza, walk diagonally across to 30th Street, halfway between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, and you come to the most intriguing and mysterious element of Hudson Yards: the Culture Shed. Having set aside a parcel of land for cultural use, the city put out a call for ideas. Elizabeth Diller and David Rockwell answered with an amalgam of architectural and institutional innovations: a flexible gallery complex to accommodate traveling exhibits and nomadic performing events. Together, they designed an enormous trusslike shell that could fit over the galleries or roll out like a shipyard gantry to enclose a vast performance space. The city refuses to discuss architectural details, how the still-theoretical organization will function, or who would pay to build and operate it. But it’s easy to imagine it being used for film premieres and high-definition broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera or as a permanent home for Fashion Week, which now camps out in tents. The Culture Shed can give Hudson Yards the highbrow legitimacy and cutting-edge cool it needs to become an integral part of New York, and also create a cultural corridor running from the Whitney Museum at Gansevoort Street (now under construction), through Chelsea’s gallery district, and up to Lincoln Center. The project may be in the wishful-thinking stage—it could still get scaled back or dumbed down, or it could vanish altogether. But it does have one crucial booster: the Related Companies. “The Culture Shed is critically important,” says Jay Cross, the executive who is running the Hudson Yards project. “We’re going to be major supporters because we want and need to see it come to fruition.” Hudson Yards is getting much more from the city than just the Culture Shed. While planners keep working out ways to weld the complex to its environs, the West Side has already begun to embrace its coming addition. New rental towers have sprouted in the West Thirties and burly office buildings will soon rise along Ninth and Tenth Avenues. “There are communities around us—Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown South, West Chelsea, New Jersey to the west—that if we do a great job are just naturally going to flow in and populate that space,” says Cross. The site as a whole is a yawning pit, not so much a blank slate as an empty socket, surrounded by amenities and infrastructure just waiting to be plugged in. Hudson River Park runs along the western edge (set off by Twelfth Avenue), the High Line spills in from the south, and the future Hudson Park and Boulevard will swoop down from the north. The No. 7 subway-line extension is on the way to completion, the Javits Center is being overhauled, and maybe one day Moynihan Station will even get built. In all, $3 billion in taxpayer-funded improvements encircle the Related fiefdom—not including city tax abatements. “Where else have you ever seen this kind of public money for infrastructure to service a whole new development, in the heart of the city, with that much land and no obstacles?” Ross asks. His vocal enthusiasm for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party’s small-*government credo evidently hasn’t curbed his appreciation for public support. Although it’s the next mayor who will cut the first ribbon, in the long run Hudson Yards may well be the grandest and most dramatic piece of Michael Bloomberg’s legacy. It’s been on the city’s to-do list for almost a decade, ever since Bloomberg hoped to draw the 2012 Olympics to New York with promises of a West Side stadium. The fact that London won the games was a disappointment to him but a stroke of luck for the West Side, scuttling what would have been a disastrous stadium plan, while at the same time calling attention to the value of the real estate above the tracks. Eager for space to put up high-rises and now prompted by a big hole on Manhattan’s western flank, the city focused on a rezoning that is gradually pulling midtown’s center of gravity westward. There are two ways to conceive such a monster project. One is for a single architectural overlord to shape the whole shebang, as Raymond Hood did at Rockefeller Center. Steven Holl, whose offices overlook Hudson Yards and who has designed two similarly gargantuan complexes in China, submitted an entry that might have resulted in a work of thrilling coherence, with the same sensibility imbuing every detail, from door handles to office blocks. But the auteur development also risks yielding a place of oppressive uniformity, where each aesthetic miscalculation is multiplied many times over. Related chose the second option: recruiting an ensemble of brand-name designers. That approach emulates a sped-up version of New York’s gradual, lot-by-lot evolution; the danger is that it can produce a jumble. “Sometimes architectural vitality leads to messiness, or varying degrees of quality, and we’re trying to avoid that,” acknowledges Cross. “Every building is going to be best in class. That’s the common thread.” But bestness is not actually a unifying concept, and when the city held the competition to award the development rights in 2008, the Related entry failed to wow the city, the public, or the critics. “With a drop-dead list of consultants, contributors, collaborators, and anyone else who could be thrown into the mix … [the company] has covered all possible bases with something dreadful for everybody. This is not planning, it’s pandering,” wrote the critic Ada Louise Huxtable in The Wall Street Journal. None of that mattered: The project originally went to another developer, Tishman Speyer, and when that deal fell through, Related scooped it up. Architecture had nothing to do with it. Yet nearly five years later, with contracts signed and money starting to flow, that gold-plated crew of designers, working in separate studios, with different philosophies and, until recently, little consultation, has nevertheless produced a kind of haphazard harmony. What unites them is their taste for complexity and the deftness with which they maneuver conflicting programs into a single composition. Just past the Culture Shed, on the 30th Street side of the site at Eleventh Avenue, is the eastern half’s only purely residential tower, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with David Rockwell. It’s an architectural griffin, grafting together rectilinear rental units on the lower floors with flower-petal condo layouts up high—about 680 apartments in all. The fantastically idiosyncratic bulges and dimples join in complicated ways that make the glass façade look quilted. Now walk north, back across the plaza and past a still-to-be-designed café pavilion, and you come to another tower with a textured exterior—vertical folds with stone on one side and glass on the other, as if a palazzo had merged with a modernist shaft. Actually, the building is even more hybridized than that. David Childs, the architect of the Time Warner Center and One World Trade Center, had to shoehorn a large Equinox gym plus offices, an orthopedic hospital, a sports emporium, a hotel, and a condominium into a curved base and a slender tube. “Hudson Yards is a city within a city. This tower is a city within a city—within a city,” he says. The most delicate, crucial, and treacherous design problem at Hudson Yards isn’t a building at all but the public space, and especially the five acres in the middle, an expanse about as large as Bryant Park. Done right, it could be the most vibrant gathering spot on the West Side, a New York version of Venice’s Piazza San Marco. Done wrong, it could be a windswept tundra populated only by office workers scuttling between the subway and their desks. It’s worrisome that Ross and his team postponed thinking about that void until so much of the architecture had been designed, but heartening that they are intensely focused on it now. Related has given the job to the talented Thomas Woltz, whose quietly refined restorations of gardens and college campuses may not quite have prepared him for the fierce pressure of shaping New York’s most ample new public space. It’s not just a place for people to mingle but for the relationships between the various buildings to express themselves across the connecting plaza. “One of the paintings I admire most is The School of Athens,” says KPF’s William Pedersen, referring to Raphael’s klatch of bearded philosophers chatting beneath noble vaults. “You have great historical and intellectual figures gathered together in dynamic groups of interchange, gesturing to each other. That’s the architectural assignment for each of us.” David Childs phrases a similar thought in a way that graciously defers to Woltz even while sending the message: Don’t screw this up. “We have an obligation to create great architecture, and all the buildings have to be related to the space in the center,” he says. “The void is the most important part.” Woltz has gotten it wrong once. In his first presentation, he placed a plush lawn at the center of the complex, and Ross nearly kicked him out of the room. What Ross wants is not a place to toss a Frisbee, but a town square alive with purpose and electricity. That’s a spectacular challenge; there are few great models for a European-style piazza within a ring of skyscrapers. For now, Woltz’s solution is a paved ellipse, outlined by a perimeter of trees cultivated with geometric severity—given “the Edward Scissorhands topiary treatment,” as one designer puts it. The idea is to create a verdant transition from the human scale to that of glass-and-steel giants. “In an open space next to 1,000-foot towers, our tallest tree is going to be like an ant next to a tall man’s shoe,” Woltz says. But the most maddening paradox of Woltz’s assignment is that he must tailor an open space to the motley public—in ways that will please a potentate. Like some fairy-tale monarch, Ross has dispatched his counselors to find an artist capable of supplying his modern Trevi Fountain. What he wants is something monumental enough to focus the entire project, a piece that’s not just watery and impressive but so instantly iconic that people will meet by it, shoot photos of it, notice it from three blocks away, and recognize it from the cover of guidebooks. You get the feeling that Ross is hedging his bets: If Woltz can’t deliver a world-class plaza with his trees and pavers, maybe a Jeff Koons or an Anish Kapoor can force it into life with a big honking hunk of sculpture. A giant puppy can’t solve an urban design problem, though. It’s nice that a hardheaded mogul like Ross places so much faith in the civic power of art, but he may be asking it to do too much. The plaza is the node where the site’s conflicting forces reveal themselves: the tension between public and private, between city and campus, between democratic space and commercial real estate. Occupy Wall Street’s takeover of Zuccotti Park last year pointed up the oxymoron inherent in the concept of privately owned public space: You can do anything you like there, as long as the owners deem it okay. Childs hopes that his client’s insistence on premium-brand design won’t make Hudson Yards just the province of privilege. “We want this project to be laced through with public streets, so that everyone has ownership of it, whether you’re arriving in your $100,000 limo or pushing a shopping cart full of your belongings.” The plans include drop-off lanes, so the limos are taken care of. But if the shopping-cart pushers, buskers, protesters, skateboarders, and bongo players start feeling too welcome at Hudson Yards, Related’s security guards will have a ready-made *argument to get them to disperse: This is private property.
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/04/15/fashion/20120415-FORAGING.html For decades, period architecture and pristine cobblestone streets have kept Old Montreal well trodden by tourists. But this gracious waterfront area, dating back centuries, is regaining cachet with locals, and high-end retail has followed. A western stretch of narrow Rue St. Paul, where souvenir shops once hawked Québécois kitsch, has become an unlikely hub for high fashion. Huge picture windows in restored stone buildings now showcase of-the-moment looks to rival the hippest that New York or Paris have to offer — all with an insouciant Montreal twist. — MICHAEL KAMINER Credit: Yannick Grandmont for The New York Times
  4. Montréal est 20ieme dans la liste de 20 villes. Challengers to Silicon Valley include New York, L.A., Boston, Tel Aviv, and London. RICHARD FLORIDA @Richard_Florida http://www.citylab.com/tech/2015/07/the-worlds-leading-startup-cities/399623/?utm_source=SFFB sent via Tapatalk
  5. The Global Financial Center Index published by the China Development Institude and Z/Yen partners in London ranks financials centers worlwide based on criterias such as business stability and environnement, technology and assessment by the financial community. Montreal ranks 14th up 1 spot since the last ranking 6 months ago, ahead of cities such as Geneva, Frankfurt or Paris. Highest ranked city in Canada is Toronto in 10th place, London tops chart ahead of New York and Singapore to round top 3. http://www.longfinance.net/images/gfci/gfci_21.pdf
  6. Le plus grand sapin de Noël d’Amérique recherché Montréal le veut pour le Quartier des spectacles Montréal n’a plus que deux semaines pour trouver le sapin de Noël d’une hauteur de huit étages qu’elle compte installer pour la première fois au cœur du Quartier des spectacles. «On avait trouvé plusieurs candidats potentiels de 26 mètres, dans les Cantons-de-l’Est. On ne s’attendait pas à ce que New York fasse mieux», raconte le cofondateur de Sapin MTL, Philippe Pelletier. À deux semaines de la cérémonie d’illumination, prévue pour le 30 novembre à l’angle des rues Sainte-Catherine et Jeanne-Mance, les organisateurs ont appris que le traditionnel sapin new-yorkais atteindrait cette année 28 mètres, soit le deuxième plus grand en 85 ans. «On veut trouver le plus beau, le plus gros et le plus grand conifère pour le 375e anniversaire de Montréal. Et on espère détrôner New York et son sapin du Rockefeller Center», admet M. Pelletier. Aide du public Le Grand marché de Noël de Montréal et Sapin MTL, qui chapeautent le projet, demandent donc l’aide du public pour trouver un «monstre vert» d’au moins 28 mètres. Selon M. Pelletier, les épinettes de Norvège, très concentrées dans les Cantons-de-l’Est, sont d’excellents candidats. Il recommande aux Québécois de garder l’œil ouvert, car le sapin recherché pourrait bien se trouver chez votre voisin. «On risque de le trouver sur un terrain privé où il n’y a pas trop de grands arbres autour et beaucoup de soleil. C’est de cette façon qu’ils peuvent atteindre cette hauteur sans être dégarnis à la base», dit-il. «Et comme ce sont généralement des arbres en fin de vie, il est parfois plus sécuritaire de les couper avant qu’ils ne tombent», ajoute-t-il. 26 mètres Cependant, s’ils ne trouvent pas mieux que le candidat actuel de 26 mètres, les Montréalais pourront au moins se targuer d’avoir «le plus grand sapin du Cana*da», rigole M. Pelletier. Une grande équipe devra se mettre en branle pour couper le mastodonte et le transporter jusqu’à Montréal. Il faut une grue pour garder l’arbre en place pendant la coupe. Il sera ensuite emballé branche par branche et transporté, avec des véhicules d’escorte, sur une remorque télescopique qui peut déplacer des arbres allant jusqu’à 35 mètres. Le plus grand sapin de Noel d’Amerique recherche | JDM
  7. http://www.lapresse.ca/international/dossiers/virus-ebola/201410/23/01-4812090-un-patient-atteint-debola-a-new-york.php Publié le 23 octobre 2014 à 20h48 | Mis à jour le 23 octobre 2014 à 23h14 Un patient atteint d'Ebola à New York Agence France-Presse Un médecin de New York récemment revenu d'Afrique de l'Ouest a contracté le virus Ebola, a annoncé jeudi soir le maire de la ville, Bill de Blasio. Ce médecin de 33 ans qui avait travaillé en Guinée pour Médecins sans Frontières avec des malades d'Ebola est le premier cas avéré d'Ebola dans la plus grande ville américaine et le quatrième aux États-Unis. «Il n'y a pas de raison pour les New-Yorkais de s'inquiéter», a déclaré M. de Blasio lors d'une conférence de presse, insistant sur le fait que la ville de 8,4 millions d'habitants s'était préparée à cette éventualité. Le médecin, Craig Spencer, avait été hospitalisé plus tôt dans la journée avec plus de 39 de fièvre et des douleurs abdominales. Des examens approfondis avaient été décidés au regard de «ses récents voyages, des symptômes et de son travail passé», avaient expliqué les autorités sanitaires new-yorkaises. Il a été immédiatement placé en quarantaine à l'hôpital Bellevue de Manhattan. L'hôpital Bellevue est l'un des établissements spécialement préparés pour gérer les éventuels cas d'Ebola à New York. Les autorités new-yorkaises, sur le pied de guerre face à la menace depuis plusieurs semaines, ont également lancé une enquête pour savoir quelles personnes le jeune médecin pourrait avoir rencontrées à New York et potentiellement mis en danger depuis son retour d'Afrique il y a dix jours. Sa petite amie a été placée en isolation, et l'appartement du médecin à Harlem scellé. Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) a confirmé qu'un personnel médical ayant travaillé pour l'organisation «dans un des pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest affectés par Ebola, l'avait informé jeudi qu'il avait de la fièvre. Dans le cadre des consignes strictes données à son personnel de retour d'une mission Ebola, cette personne surveillait régulièrement sa santé, et a fait part de ce développement immédiatement», a ajouté MSF USA. MSF a alors prévenu les services de santé de New York, là encore dans le cadre des protocoles en place. Le médecin a alors été transporté par ambulance de son domicile de Harlem à l'hôpital Bellevue, par une équipe spécialement formée et portant des tenues de protection. Les résultats de ses examens médicaux établissant que Craig Spencer a contracté le virus Ebola sont préliminaires, et devront encore être confirmés par les Centres américains de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC). Le Liberia, la Guinée et la Sierra Leone sont les trois pays les plus touchés par la fièvre hémorragique virale qui a fait 4877 morts sur 9936 cas, selon le dernier bilan de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).
  8. GFCI 16 provides profiles, rating and rankings for 83 financial centres, drawing on two separate sources of data - instrumental factors (external indices) and responses to an online survey. 105 factors have been used in GFCI 16, of which 42 have been updated since GFCI 15 and 4 are new. New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore remain the top four centres. All fourt centres lose.points in the GFCI ratings but retain their relative ranks. New York remains the top centre but by only one point on a scale of 1,000. Following GFCI 15, London remains just behind New York due to uncertainty over the UK’s position in Europe, regulatory creep and the UK appearing to be less welcoming to foreigners all being contributing factors. ... Montreal went from 16th to 18th but still is in the top 20 !! http://www.zyen.com
  9. http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2015/02/play-god-with-this-customizable-miniature-city/385054/?utm_source=SFFB NAVIGATOR Play God With This Customizable Miniature City The 3D-printed buildings are based on architecture in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and can glow at night. JOHN METCALFE @citycalfe 7:00 AM ET Comments Image Ittyblox Ittyblox Perfect for the urban-planning wonk who wants to build a personal city—or the destructive child who'd like to stomp one to bits—are these tiny, customizable dioramas, which include skyscrapers that can be hacked to glow in the dark. The adult toys, called Ittyblox, are 3D-printed by the New York/Netherlands company Shapeways, and include a variety of constituent pieces. There's this glassy, jet-black Chicago office tower, for instance, and also a cute clump of New York townhouses. Each one has a different footprint, so arranging them to fit the baseplate might require a bit of "Tetris" skill. But don't worry about troublesome zoning issues—you're the god of this Twilight Zone civilization. At least some pieces, like the 1:1000-scale Guggenheim Museum and Tudor City building, are based on real-life structures. And all are cut with fantastic detail. Here's the product description for that Chicago tower: "Because some offices have their sun shades down, there is a variation in window color. The rooftop is detailed with a few air conditioning units." The blocks range from $6 to $93, with multibuilding sets accounting for the more expensive prices; add in $20 for the baseplate plus shipping. Making the buildings glow requires work, though it's probably worth it to the hardcore model fan; some of the windows are cut out and will become illuminated if underlit with an LED. Check out this guide for detailed instructions. sent via Tapatalk
  10. Source: Rue89 L’artiste Banksy a quelques trucs à dire sur la tour du One World Trade Center, qui vient d’être achevée. Sur son site internet, il a mis en ligne un billet sur le sujet, écrit sur une fausse une du New York Times. Il explique qu’il a proposé son texte aux pages opinion du New York Times mais que le journal l’a refusé – contactée par The Atlantic Wire, la rédaction n’a pas encore répondu. Le texte ? Une violente charge contre la tour qui remplace les tours jumelles détruites le 11 septembre 2001. Banksy, « en tournée » à New York, considère que ce monument est la plus « grande agression visuelle » de la ville et le surnomme le « shyscraper », jeu de mots avec « shy » (timide) et « skyscraper » (gratte-ciel). Extraits : « Cet immeuble est un désastre. Non, les désastres sont intéressants. Le One World Trade Center est un non-événement. C’est de la vanille. On dirait un truc construit au Canada. » [Le Canada n’est pas connu pour la beauté de ses gratte-ciels, ndlr] [...] « Ce qui est remarquable pour une structure de cette taille, c’est que le One World Trade Center manque de confiance en lui. Comment fait-il pour tenir sans colonne vertébrale ? On dirait qu’il n’a jamais voulu exister. Il vous rappelle ce grand gamin dans une soirée qui baisse ses épaules bizarrement pour ne pas émerger de la foule. C’est la première fois que je vois un gatte-ciel timide. » [...] « On pourrait voir le One World Trade Center comme une trahison de tous ceux qui ont perdu la vie le 11 septembre, car il proclame clairement que les terroristes ont gagné. Ces dix hommes nous ont condamnés à vivre dans un monde plus médiocre que celui qu’ils ont attaqué, au lieu d’être les catalyseurs d’un nouveau monde plus éblouissant. »
  11. <header style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;">http://www.ledevoir.com/art-de-vivre/voyage/401202/tourismeurbain-le-charme-apres-la-conquete TOURISME URBAINPasser «Go» et réclamer la ville Des tours de vélo à New York, à Chicago et à Montréal. Zéro auto. Les mains sur le guidon. </header>1 mars 2014 | Émilie Folie-Boivin | Voyage <figure class="photo_portrait left" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; float: left; width: 224px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;"><figcaption style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.846em; line-height: 1.2em; padding: 2px 0px 15px;">Photo : Émilie Folie-Boivin Le DevoirLe tour Bike the Drive de Chicago se déroule dans une boucle de presque 50 kilomètres.</figcaption></figure>La meilleure manière de découvrir les plus beaux profils d’une ville ? Les deux mains sur le guidon, pendant les grands événements de vélo urbain. Petit tour de piste. Dans une grande ville, il vaut mieux se lever de bonne heure pour pédaler sans avoir à jouer du coude avec les voitures. Une fois par année, à l’occasion des tours urbains de New York (Five Boro Bike Tour), Chicago (Bike the Drive) et Montréal (La Féria, rebaptisée Go Vélo Montréal), c’est jour de fête. Pendant quelques heures, les voitures sont interdites sur les routes et les bicyclettes ont le champ libre. Pour en profiter, il faut aussi se lever à l’aube, mais l’expérience est plus sublime que bien des grasses matinées. C’est encore tout récent que les rues des grouillantes New York et Chicago célèbrent la gloire du vélo comme transport alternatif, et leurs efforts fulgurants leur ont permis de se tailler une place enviable parmi les villes nord-américaines où il fait bon rouler. Les activistes de ce mode de transport aux États-Unis s’inspirent d’ailleurs ouvertement du réseau cyclable de Montréal et de son Bixi dans leur développement urbain. Le vélo se porte bien, et ça se sent. Les tours Five Boro Bike Tour, Bike the Drive et ceux de Go Vélo Montréal sont tout sauf des courses. Qu’on roule en CCM ou en Argon, ils sont une célébration de la ville et de la bicyclette. En un avant-midi, on aboutit dans des quartiers que jamais on aurait l’occasion d’explorer autrement ; on rencontre des gens créatifs qui scotchent la bière de la victoire sur leur porte-bagages avec du duct tape gris ; on lève notre casque à ces mamans admirables qui roulent 64 kilomètres avec deux petits copilotes dans la remorque. On engloutit des bananes sur le bras dans les stations de ravitaillement (yé !), reçoit des échantillons de yogourt gratuits (re-yé !). Y a pas que l’avenir qui appartienne à ceux qui se lèvent tôt !
Y a la route aussi. Five Boro Bike Tour - Le charme après la conquête Avec leurs cris de joie sur la ligne de départ, les cyclistes en liesse enterraient le dernier tube de Beyoncé. L’humeur générale était aussi radieuse que la météo au point de départ, près du complexe du World Trade Center à Manhattan. En mai de chaque année, ils sont plus de 30 000 à pédaler les 64 kilomètres du Five Boro Bike Tour (5BBT), l’un des circuits urbains à vélo les plus courus en Amérique du Nord. Les dossards s’envolent presque aussi vite que les billets d’un spectacle d’Arcade Fire. New York a fait du chemin depuis la première édition de l’événement en 1977, auquel ont pris part 250 motivés : en moins de cinq ans, grâce à l’ancienne administration Bloomberg et à la détermination de la chef des transports, Janette Sadik-Khan, la mégalopole s’est métamorphosée. Celle-ci voulait une ville animée aux trottoirs bondés de gens et de mobilier élégant, des places publiques où flâner et des pistes cyclables sur lesquelles les enfants se sentiraient en sécurité. «C’est ce qui définit la qualité de vie dans une ville», disait-elle en entrevue au magazine New York. Mais ce matin-là, ensoleillé, le réseau cyclable était bien le dernier endroit où les participants voulaient rouler. Jusqu’à ce que les voitures reprennent leur dû, les montures auront cinq ponts à se mettre sous le pneumatique, des rues commerciales et résidentielles et des autoroutes (dont la fameuse Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, un interminable quatre-voies dont le seul charme réside dans cette troublante impression que si la fin du monde arrivait et que tout le monde essayait de décamper à vélo, ça ressemblerait à ça). Il y a peu d’occasions de visiter autant d’arrondissements en un week-end à New York. Et dans une journée comme celle-là, avec les résidants qui envoient la main aux cyclistes, on se sent comme de la visite attendue. Après avoir passé un Lower Manhattan saharaesque et bouleversé le jogging dominical dans Central Park, Harlem nous accueillait les bras ouverts avec une chorale gospel. Le genre de spectacles semés un peu partout sur le parcours pour motiver les troupes. À moins de faire un pèlerinage en l’honneur d’Un prince à New York ou d’avoir de la famille dans le coin, peu de visiteurs se rendent dans Queens, mais les cyclistes auront enfin une raison de rencontrer les habitants du coin, suivant un saut de puce dans le Bronx. Après avoir pédalé derrière les entrepôts sur la rue Kent à Brooklyn, le tour débouche sur une rue commerciale. Fait étonnant : au lieu de bouder contre la commotion causée par la fermeture des rues, les commerçants embrassent la parade et en profitent pour faire une vente-trottoir pendant que des cyclistes s’arrêtent pour prendre une bière. Le circuit du 5BBT reste le même chaque année. Et comme chaque fois, la hantise des habitués se dresse dans les tout derniers miles de l’épreuve, à la porte de Staten Island. Avec ses interminables quatre-kilomètres inclinés et venteux, le pont Verrazano-Narrows donne envie de balancer son vélo dans la baie de New York et de rentrer en autostop sans demander son reste. Les participants font presque du surplace à cause des bourrasques. Un père poussant son fils handicapé persiste ; c’est triomphant et le visage écarlate qu’il franchit la ligne d’arrivée à Fort Hamilton, tout de suite à la sortie du pont. «Ça y est… Nous en sommes venus à bout!», dit-il en faisant un clin d’oeil fatigué à fiston. Pas de remise de médailles, pas de temps au chrono. Nous avons vaincu la bête, mais 64 kilomètres plus tard, c’est plutôt elle qui nous a conquis. Le Five Boro Bike Tour, c'est 64 kilomètres à travers cinq arrondissements : Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island. Quand: le premier dimanche de mai, soit le 4 mai 2014. Le circuit, plutôt plat et accessible, s’adresse aux gens de tous les âges en bonne forme physique. Il y a plusieurs stations de ravitaillement en chemin, l’organisation est impeccable et les responsables de la sécurité sont nombreux, autant au bord de la route que sur deux roues. Les billets à prix régulier se sont rapidement envolés en janvier, mais il reste des places VIP (à 325 $ par tête) pour le tour de 2014. *** Bike the Drive - Le pouls de l'artère Drive, comme dans Lake Shore Drive, l’autoroute devant le bord de mer de la ville de Chicago. Cette artère est le terrain de jeu sur lequel 20 000 cyclistes ont la chance de s’amuser cette unique fois chaque année. Dans le rayon des tours urbains, le Bike the Drive de Chicago se distingue par son circuit en « 8 » d’environ 50 kilomètres (deux boucles de 24 kilomètres au sud et au nord de Grant Park). Les huit voies rapides sont ouvertes dès 5 h 30 pour un avant-midi de balade à vélo. Puisqu’il n’y a pas de coup d’envoi comme à Montréal et à New York, on embarque dans le flot de vélos en sachant qu’on a jusqu’à 10 h 15 pour terminer le parcours. Comme le circuit est balisé et que la chaussée de cette route achalandée est plutôt en bon état, ce tour comporte une note plus sportive et c’est à coeur joie que les cyclistes peuvent mettre à l’épreuve leur monture de course dans les corridors. Ils s’y prennent à l’aube, avant que les promeneurs joignent le mouvement ; ils sont nombreux à se déplacer en groupe et à rouler avec leur bichon maltais ou leur chihuahua attaché dans le panier à bagage. Rencontré dans l’une des deux stations de ravitaillement, Paul est venu du Michigan voisin avec sa fille de 12 ans. «Nous l’essayons pour une deuxième fois. L’an dernier, nous n’avons fait que la boucle nord, mais là, nous nous lançons pour le grand tour avec le sud. Le panorama est complètement différent!», dit le natif de Vancouver, en croquant dans un biscuit au beurre d’arachide. Bike The Drive montre en effet deux profils très distincts de Chicago. La portion sud, allant jusqu’à l’avenue Bryn Mawr, est plus campagnarde et nous donne vite l’impression d’être catapulté dans une banlieue tranquille préservée de l’agitation de la métropole. La boucle nord, elle, met à jour les gratte-ciel et la prestance de cette ville qui a le vent en poupe. C’est là aussi que la vue est des plus splendides et que, derrière le muret de béton de l’autoroute, se distingue le bord de l’eau, la plage et les grands parcs. Ça sent le béton réchauffé par le soleil printanier, et quand on ne roule pas au bruit des changements de vitesse, on a le bonheur — ou le malheur, quand il est impossible de les semer — de rouler dans la bulle d’enthousiastes participants équipés de puissantes radios crachant du Foreigner et du vieux Daft Punk. La virée culmine par un grand festival au Grant Park, en guise de remerciement aux participants pour avoir contribué à l’amélioration du réseau cyclable dans la ville des vents. Le financement de ses installations est d’ailleurs la raison d’être de ce tour lancé en 2002. L’initiative a porté ses fruits : Chicago a tissé une belle amitié avec les cyclistes. Pour le voir, il faut sortir du Lake Shore Drive et plonger dans la ville. Le maire Rahm Emanuel s’est mis au défi de faire en sorte que les Chicagoans résident à moins de 0,5 kilomètre d’une piste cyclable ; pour l’instant, le réseau compte plus de 300 kilomètres. Ses nouveaux Divvy, inspirés du Bixi montréalais, sont en fonction depuis l’été dernier et remportent un vif succès. De passage à Chicago, les visiteurs peuvent en tout temps goûter au paysage qu’offre le Bike the Drive puisqu’une grande piste cyclable de près de 30 kilomètres, le Lakefront Trail, longe le lac Michigan. Par contre, seul l’événement procure l’effet grisant de se laisser porter par l’euphorie d’une masse critique. Le Bike the Drive, c’est près de 50 kilomètres en deux boucles sur l’autoroute Lake Shore Drive, fermée aux automobiles entre 5 h 30 et 10 h 15. Quand: le dernier dimanche de mai, soit le 25 mai 2014. Parfait pour les cyclistes plus sportifs puisque les voies sont larges et bien entretenues. Les familles et les cyclistes contemplatifs y trouveront leur compte puisque le parcours, qu’on peut faire à moitié, est relativement plat. Billets: à partir de 46 $ (41 $ jusqu’au 2 mars). *** Go vélo Montréal - La métropole a un je-ne-sais-quoi...On avait beau être trempé jusqu’à la moelle avant même le signal de départ du Tour de l’île de Montréal, l’été dernier, l’averse n’a pas réussi à enlever une once du charme de l’expérience. Faut le faire. Le festival Go Vélo Montréal, qui regroupe tous les circuits du Tour de l’île et qui célèbre ses 30 ans en 2014, a ce je-ne-sais-quoi de très spécial. Il est sans conteste le plus enivrant des tours urbains abordés ici, et ce n’est pas parce qu’il se passe dans notre cour ; très sincèrement, il rassemble ce que le Québec a de mieux. Contrairement aux parcours toujours identiques du Bike the Drive et du Five Boro Bike Tour, Vélo Québec se fait un devoir de modifier les siens tous les ans. Combinée à l’enthousiasme des bénévoles et à la générosité des spectateurs, l’expérience en terre québécoise est animée, humaine, vivante. Sorte de fièvre du vendredi soir, les 20 kilomètres du Tour la nuit rassemblent les familles, les gangs d’amis, les amoureux et les geeks qui parent leur monture de lumières de Noël branchées sur dynamo et les libèrent dans les quartiers résidentiels autant que dans les carrières éclairées. Cette fête du vélo et de l’activité physique devient une fête des voisins : les spectateurs veillent sur le perron pour encourager les participants et certains dépoussièrent accordéon et crécelle. «Le Tour la nuit, c’est la Montréal nightlife à son meilleur, décrivait Joëlle Sévigny, la directrice générale de Vélo Québec, quelques jours avant l’activité. S’il y avait un événement à nommer pour témoigner de la solidarité d’une ville, je dirais que le Tour de l’île en est une belle incarnation.» Pour les visiteurs du Québec et de l’étranger, l’expérience du Tour de l’île le dimanche est une occasion unique de constater que Montréal est plus qu’un immense et égocentrique centre-ville. La vie (et la vue) des riverains de LaSalle a conquis les Rosemontois pur jus avec qui j’ai roulé les 50 kilomètres, en juin dernier. C’est un peu le beau risque des tours urbains. En explorant de nouveaux territoires dans ces rues exemptes de toute circulation automobile, on réalise à quel point elle peut être belle, la ville. Le Festival Go Vélo Montréal, c’est une semaine de festivités et un vaste programme pour tous les goûts. Au total, 11 circuits sont proposés pour le Tour la nuit, le Défi métropolitain et le Tour de l’île réunis, s’adressant aux cyclistes contemplatifs autant qu’aux sportifs, afin de permettre à un maximum de personnes de prendre part à la fête. Pour le 30e anniversaire, les cyclistes auront une chance unique d’entreprendre le « vrai » Tour de l’île de 130 kilomètres. Quand: du 25 mai au 1er juin 2014. Gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 12 ans. *** Aux tours de Vélos Québec Voyages Il y a plusieurs façons de prendre part aux tours urbains de New York et Chicago. Vélo Québec Voyages propose chaque année de longs week-ends pour profiter de la ville lors de ces célébrations du vélo. Le séjour comprend le transport, et l’hô- tel est toujours très bien situé au cœur du centre-ville. L’an dernier, ils étaient 137 Québécois à partir en autobus pour le Five Boro Bike Tour, munis de leur vélo transporté quant à lui dans un camion de marchandise. Le jour J, les accompagnateurs outillés s’occupent de tout. Ils font toutes les mises au point des montures avant le départ et l’autobus attend les participants à Staten Island. Un beau luxe, très, très bien organisé. Pour voir s’il reste des dossards et pour réserver sa place à bord. Notre journaliste s’est rendue à Chicago et à New York à l’invitation de Vélo Québec Voyages.
  12. Article by FDI intelligence (financial times) Rankings: 1. New York City 2. Sao Paulo 3 Toronto 4.MONTREAL 5. Vancouver 6. Houston 7. Atlanta 8. San Francisco 9. Chicago 10. Miami "Canadian cities Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, and performed particularly well in the attraction of knowledge-intensive FDI. All three locations were among the top 20 key destination and source cities for FDI. With the exception of New York, Montreal-based companies invested in more FDI projects than other city in the Americas region" "Business friendly Canada Placed in third, Montreal’s success lies in retaining and developing relationships with existing investments – data from fDi Markets shows that one in five FDI projects since 2003 were expansions. Montreal tops strategy list The prize for Best Major American City for FDI Strategy 2013/14 is awarded to Montreal. It beat 126 competitors across North and South America who submitted information regarding their FDI strategies. In its American Cities of the Future submission, economic development agency Montréal International stated that its economic development strategy has centred predominantly around high-tech clusters, and in particular aerospace, life sciences and health technologies, as well as information and communications technology (ICT). Elie Farah, vice-president of Investment Greater Montréal, says: “The year 2011 was one of the best for Montréal International in terms of attracting FDI since 2005. This is partially explained by the investments from Europe which, in the past two years, have become the main source of FDI in the region.” http://www.fdiintelligence.com/Locations/Americas/American-Cities-of-the-Future-2013-14
  13. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) I'll post my comment soon, stuck doing some paper work right now
  14. Voici un article du magazine Voyages d'Affaires, Paris, octobre/novembre 2010 qui place Montréal au premier rang en Amérique du Nord pour les congres internationaux en damant le pion à New York, Boston, Washington, Vancouver et Toronto. http://www.voyages-d-affaires.com/meetings-et-incentive/meetings-et-congres/canada-montreal-premiere-destination-d-amerique-du-nord
  15. Si la trame urbaine de Manhattan New York était étendu à la planète. http://extendny.com/ Fait par Harold Cooper Je resterais aux environs de 900 Ave et 6,176 St
  16. amNY.com Extreme Commuter: From Montreal to Queens By Justin Rocket Silverman, amNewYork Staff Writer [email protected] January 28, 2008 [/url] This Extreme Commuter rides a plane the way most of us ride the subway. Professor Adnan Turkey lives in Montreal but teaches computer science at DeVry Institute of Technology in Long Island City. He's been making that commute once a week for nine years, 45 weeks a year. Although the flight itself is only about 75 minutes long, getting to and from the airport makes it impractical to make the ride daily. Price is a factor, too. Flying directly from Montreal is too expensive even once a week, so for half the ticket price he drives across the border to fly out of Burlington, Vt. So every Monday at noon he leaves his house in Canada and makes that 2-hour trip to Vermont. He puts the car in long-term parking ($6 a day) and flies to New York, where he will sleep in a small rented apartment and teach until Thursday afternoon. Then he takes the flight and drives back home. Door-to-door it's about seven hours each way. "After working many years in Canada, I thought, 'why not come to New York City?'" he asks. "It's just next door and it's the capital of the world." Adnan knows of no other commuters on the Montreal/New York City run, and says many of the border guards laugh in amazement when he states his business in the U.S. Although the weekly $150-round trip JetBlue ticket, and the monthly rent in New York takes a bit out of his income (he won't say how much), Adnan says he has no plans to ask his wife, also a university teacher, and two college-age daughters to move to New York. Besides, money has never been his primary interest. "Education is a noble mission, so salary is not the No. 1 concern, at least for me," he says. "When I see the next generation of students learning and becoming skilled, that's my job satisfaction." Know an Extreme Commuter? Transit reporter Marlene Naanes wants to hear the story. Email her at [email protected] Copyright © 2008, AM New York http://www.amny.com/sports/football/giants/am-commuter0128,0,4574142,print.story
  17. Pas de train haute vitesse entre Montréal et New York 12 octobre 2007 - 07h09 Presse Canadienne Au moment où il lance un grand chantier de renouvellement des infrastructures, le gouvernement du Québec renonce au projet de train rapide entre Montréal et New York, un méga-projet d'au moins 4 milliards $. Cliquez pour en savoir plus : Transport ferroviaire | Chef de l'état | Jean Charest | Eliot Spitzer | Québec-New York Le projet, qui flotte dans l'air depuis des années, n'est plus dans les cartons du gouvernement et ne fera pas partie des échanges tenus vendredi, à New York, entre le premier ministre Jean Charest et le gouverneur de l'État de New York, Eliot Spitzer. Pourtant, en octobre 2005, à Albany, lors du dernier sommet Québec-New York, le gouverneur de l'époque, George Pataki, et le premier ministre Charest avaient clairement dit que l'idée d'un lien ferroviaire haute vitesse entre l'État de New York et le Québec était hissée au rang de «projet» à réaliser à court terme. Les deux hommes s'étaient engagés à tout mettre en oeuvre pour que le projet se réalise. Aux yeux de M. Charest, ce projet constituait un «symbole fort et puissant» des liens qui unissent les deux voisins, et un moyen de plus de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, par la promotion du transport en commun. Or, deux ans plus tard, le dossier n'a pas bougé. Dorénavant, au ministère des Transports, plus modestement, on mise plutôt sur l'amélioration des infrastructures actuelles, ont indiqué plusieurs sources gouvernementales au cours des derniers jours à La Presse Canadienne. Si ce projet était devenu réalité, les passagers auraient pu faire le trajet Montréal-New York en quatre heures à peine, au lieu de 10 actuellement. Certaines évaluations fixaient à 500 000, voire 700 000, le nombre additionnel de voyageurs intéressés à faire la navette entre les deux villes, si un tel train à haute vitesse avait vu le jour. En 2004, une étude de préfaisabilité, menée par le New York State Department of Transportation et Transports Québec, avait fixé à 4 milliards $ US le coût de réalisation du projet, uniquement pour la construction des voies ferrées sur 613 kilomètres, dont seulement 77 au Québec. Les Américains auraient donc dû assumer la plus grande partie de la facture, soit au moins 4 milliards $, sans compter les wagons et locomotives. Le train de passagers, qui aurait roulé à 240 km/h, nécessitait la construction de plusieurs ponts et tunnels dans les Adirondacks, d'où un coût élevé. Pour Québec, la facture des voies ferrées était évaluée à 110 M$. À l'époque, en 2005, le ministre fédéral des Transports, Jean Lapierre, s'était montré prêt à envisager un financement d'Ottawa pour la portion canadienne du trajet. Mais à l'automne 2006, Ottawa avait refroidi les ardeurs de Québec, alors que le ministre Lawrence Cannon jugeait que le projet n'était pas rentable. Électricité à vendre Vendredi, à New York, après avoir prononcé une allocution devant 400 gens d'affaires, le premier ministre Charest rencontrera pour la première fois le nouveau gouverneur de l'État, Eliot Spitzer. Au cours des derniers mois, M. Spitzer a rendu publiques ses priorités en matière de transport, mais le train rapide New York-Montréal n'en fait pas partie. Même si plusieurs sujets sont à l'ordre du jour de la rencontre, il est clair que la vente d'hydroélectricité au voisin du sud arrive au premier rang des priorités du Québec dans ses relations avec New York. «Nous, on peut faire de l'argent et en même temps on aide l'environnement», a résumé le ministre du Développement économique, Raymond Bachand, lors d'un entretien téléphonique jeudi. Québec plaidera aussi pour assurer la fluidité du corridor de commerce entre les deux États. Les dossiers d'environnement et de sécurité seront aussi à l'agenda, de même que la tenue souhaitée d'un quatrième sommet Québec-New York. Les trois premiers ont eu lieu en 2002, 2004 et 2005. L'État de New York est le principal partenaire commercial du Québec aux États-Unis. En 2006, la valeur totale des échanges commerciaux a atteint 10,2 milliards $. Un sommet avait été atteint en 2000, avec 14,1 milliards $ d'échanges.
  18. World best awards rankings for: 1- Top 10 Cities U.S. and Canada Rank Last Year Name 2006 Score 1 1 New York 84.75 2 2 San Francisco 84.29 3 4 Chicago 82.52 4 6 Charleston 82.48 5 3 Santa Fe 82.06 6 5 Vancouver 81.45 7 7 Quebec City 80.98 8 9 Victoria, BC 79.92 9 8 Montreal 79.46 10 n/a Seattle 79.05 2- Top 100 Hotels in Continental U.S. and Canada Rank Last Year Name 2006 Score 1 5 The Aerie, Malahat, Vancouver Island 91.67 2 28 Sooke Harbour House, Sooke, Vancouver Island 91.54 3 n/a Charlotte Inn, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard 91.25 4 27 Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia 90.87 5 6 Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver Island 90.83 6 n/a Inn at Montchanin Village, Montchanin, Delaware 90.00 7 n/a WaterColor Inn, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 89.82 8 69 Four Seasons Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming 89.82 9 7 Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California 89.67 10 3 The Point, Saranac Lake, New York 89.09 11 13 Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles 88.81 12 4 The Peninsula, Beverly Hills 88.75 13 12 The Peninsula, Chicago 88.66 14 38 Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago 88.48 15 n/a Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado 88.26 16 8 Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, Gold Beach, Oregon 88.03 17 10 Monmouth Plantation, Natchez, Mississippi 87.84 18 29 Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado 87.78 19 n/a Cliff House at Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs, Colorado 87.71 20 43 Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida 87.67 21 2 Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee 87.66 22 n/a L’Auberge Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 87.62 23 n/a Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida 87.34 24 n/a Château du Sureau & Spa, Oakhurst, California 87.33 25 26 Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas 87.13 26 18 Auberge du Soleil, Spa du Soleil, Rutherford, California 87.04 27 n/a Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, Jackson, New Hampshire 87.00 28 n/a Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Georgia 86.99 29 n/a Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Quebec 86.82 30 81 Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach 86.74 31 n/a Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina 86.70 32 n/a Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts 86.67 33 n/a The Lancaster, Houston 86.66 34 23 Lodge at Pebble Beach, California 86.62 35 42 Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta 86.50 36 33 The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 86.49 37 36 Ritz-Carlton, Central Park, New York City 86.47 38 57 Wheatleigh, Lenox, Massachusetts 86.36 39 67 Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa 86.35 40 n/a Montage Resort & Spa, Laguna Beach, California 86.31 41 58 Campton Place Hotel, San Francisco 86.31 42 n/a Townsend Hotel, Birmingham, Michigan 86.26 43 16 Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) 86.16 44 31 Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida 85.94 45 52 Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California 85.93 46 11 Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans 85.93 47 32 Regent Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills 85.91 48 34 Bellagio, Las Vegas 85.89 49 n/a Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California 85.85 50 44 Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco 85.83 51 n/a Watermark Hotel & Spa, San Antonio 85.83 52 n/a St. Regis Resort, Aspen, Colorado 85.79 53 88 Inn at the Market, Seattle 85.77 54 n/a Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina 85.75 55 n/a Rancho Valencia Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, California 85.68 56 59 Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah 85.64 57 n/a The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona 85.62 58 24 Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas 85.62 59 14 Mandarin Oriental, Miami 85.61 60 21 Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco 85.50 61 89 Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Arizona 85.49 62 50 Fearrington House Country Inn & Restaurant, Pittsboro, North Carolina 85.45 63 95 Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York City 85.45 64 37 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta 85.44 65 45 The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 85.38 66 19 St. Regis Hotel, New York City 85.35 67 99 Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, Alberta 85.35 68 n/a Hotel Telluride, Colorado 85.32 69 76 Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur, California 85.28 70 n/a Charleston Place, Charleston, South Carolina 85.25 71 n/a Bellevue Club Hotel, Bellevue, Washington 85.20 72 n/a Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont 85.19 73 n/a Madrona Manor, Healdsburg, California 85.13 74 48 Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia 85.11 75 n/a Lowell Hotel, New York City 85.06 76 84 San Ysidro Ranch, Montecito, California 85.04 77 n/a Hotel Healdsburg, California 85.00 78 63 Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California 84.97 79 25 Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, California 84.80 80 61 Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore, Santa Barbara, California 84.79 81 79 Mandarin Oriental, New York City 84.72 82 15 XV Beacon, Boston 84.72 83 22 Four Seasons Hotel, New York City 84.72 84 n/a Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina 84.72 85 n/a Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson, Wyoming 84.62 86 93 Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe 84.53 87 20 Raffles L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills 84.44 88 n/a Hôtel Le Germain, Montreal 84.40 89 82 Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta 84.39 90 n/a Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, California 84.38 91 n/a Cloister Hotel, Sea Island, Georgia 84.28 92 64 Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Vancouver 84.28 93 65 Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia 84.26 94 9 Marquesa Hotel, Key West, Florida 84.24 95 30 The Wauwinet, Nantucket 84.11 96 n/a Hôtel Le St.-James, Montreal 84.06 97 54 Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida 84.01 98 n/a Lake Placid Lodge, New York 84.00 99 n/a Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows 83.99 100 49 American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin 83.97 Information from: http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2006/results.cfm?cat=citiesusca
  19. (Courtesy of Citymayors.com) 1. London 2. New York 3. Tokyo 4. Chicago 5. Hong Kong ~ 10. Los Angeles ~ 20. Atlanta 27. Montreal Complete list (Top 50)
  20. Mort Zuckerman Who: Real estate developer Mortimer B. Zuckerman is the chairman of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate developers in the United States, and the owner of U.S. News & World Report and the New York Daily News. Backstory: The son of a Montreal tobacco and candy wholesaler who passed away when Zuckerman was 17, the future real estate mogul headed off to college at McGill at age 16, then moved to the U.S. in the late '50s to attend business school at Wharton and law school at Harvard. After briefly enrolling in a PhD program, he turned to real estate, taking a job at a Boston-based development firm called Cabot, Cabot & Forbes at a starting salary $8,750. Zuckerman soon became one of the firm's young stars; he proved himself to be a pretty brash operator a few years later when he struck out on his own and teamed up with Ed Linde to form Boston Properties: Zuckerman immediately filed suit against his former employer over his ownership interest in a property he developed and ended up collecting a $5 million, which he used to make some of his first real estate deals. In the early '70s, Zuckerman and Linde began developing office buildings on the outskirts of Boston; they later moved into Boston proper and expanded to other cities during the '80s. By the middle part of the decade, Boston Properties had assembled 50 properties in its portfolio, 10 million square feet of real estate in Washington, Boston, New York, and San Francisco. It was during the company's growth spurt that Zuckerman started making his first investments in media, acquiring a small local newspaper chain in New England in the mid-'70s, The Atlantic in 1980, and U.S. News & World Report four years later. He purchased the Daily News in 1992. Of note: Zuckerman continues to serve as chairman of Boston Properties, and today the publicly-traded real-estate investment trust controls more than 100 commercial properties across the country. In New York, Boston Property's portfolio includes 599 Lexington (where Zuckerman's own 18th floor office is located) and 7 Times Square, which was built in 2004. But while there's little question Zuckerman has been enormously successful in the real estate game, his media track record is mixed. The Daily News squeezes out a small profit, but its battle with the Post has been bloody and painful, and U.S. News has been losing money for years and never managed to close the gap with larger rivals like Time and Newsweek. Zuckerman did extraordinarily well with his purchase of Fast Company—he unloaded it at the height of the dotcom boom for $350 million—but other media forays haven't panned out. In 2003, Zuckerman put in a bid for New York, ultimately losing out to Bruce Wasserstein; his investment in Radar lost him a good sum of money; and more recently, his effort to purchase Newsday never came to fruition when Cablevision's Jim Dolan snagged it instead. Keeping score: Zuckerman is worth $2.8 billion according to Forbes. On the job: Zuckerman isn't the sort of developer who spends his days on construction sites wearing a hard hat. Owning media outlets generates the sort of political and social currency that gives him entrée to the Washington political establishment and lands him an occasional seat on Sunday morning political talk shows. And he actively exercises his political influence as the "editor-in-chief" of U.S. News and owner of the News. While he isn't exactly sitting at his desk proofreading copy, he has a hand in the editorial direction of the magazine, which, most recently, he's used to take a series of (often cheap) shots at President Obama. Grudge: With the Daily News and the Post at each other's throats, Zuckerman has been a bitter rival of Rupert Murdoch for years. The Daily News questions the Post's circulation numbers. The Post chides "the Daily Snooze" for every misspelling and factual error. The News refers to Page Six as "Page Fix." The Post questions the methodology used to generate U.S. News's college rankings. And on and on. (The one thing they don't do is go after each other personally. Several years ago, PR guru Howard Rubenstein negotiated a pact between the two moguls to keep their private lives out of their respective papers.) He also isn't a fan of Bernie Madoff. After the Ponzi schemer was busted in 2009, Zuckerman revealed his personal foundation lost $25 million that had been entrusted to Madoff. Pet causes: Zuckerman gives to a variety of medical causes and Jewish charitable groups. In 2006, he announced his largest gift yet when he handed a $100 million check to Memorial Sloan-Kettering. His connection to the institution is personal: His daughter, Abigail, suffered from a childhood cancer that was treated at MSK. Personal: A notorious bachelor—the Washington Post once described him as having "dated more women than Italy has had governments"—Zuckerman's been connected to Nora Ephron, Gloria Steinem, Arianna Huffington, Diane von Furstenberg, Patricia Duff, and Marisa Berenson. In 1996, he tied the knot with art curator Marla Prather. (Justice Stephen Breyer officiated.) In 1997, they had a daughter, Abigail, before separating in 2000 and divorcing in 2001. In December of 2008, Zuckerman had a second daughter named Renee Esther. The identity of the mother, though, was not announced. It's believed the child was conceived via a surrogate. Habitat: Zuckerman resides in a triplex penthouse apartment at 950 Fifth Avenue decorated with paintings by Picasso, Rothko, and Matisse and sculptures by Frank Stella. (His neighbor back in the day was disgraced Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski.) Zuckerman also has a four-acre spread on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton and a home in Aspen. Zuckerman has a helicopter to ferry him to the Hamptons. For longer trips, he relies on a $60 million, 18-seat Gulfstream G550 or a $35 million Falcon 900 that seats 14 people. True story: A film director pal, Irwin Winkler, cast him in the 1999 film, At First Sight. The role? Billionaire mogul Zuckerman played a homeless man. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vital Stats Full Name: Mortimer Benjamin Zuckerman Date of Birth: 06/04/1937 Place of Birth: High School: Undergrad: McGill University Graduate: McGill University Law School, Wharton, Harvard Law School Residence(s): Upper East Side, Aspen, CO East Hampton, NY Filed Under: Business, Media, Real Estate http://gawker.com/5646808/
  21. je part dans un mini road trip la semaine prochaine, et j'ai penser vous poster quelques photos. si vous avez des suggestions sur certains spots a visiter dans ces villes, faites moi en part. je serai a: knoxville, atlanta, miami, raleigh, washington, baltimore, philadelphie, new york. stay tuned ...
  22. Quebec sees growth in English-speaking population Last Updated: Monday, December 21, 2009 | 9:20 PM ET CBC News The number of English-speaking Quebecers is on the increase for the first time in 30 years due to immigration, along with a slowdown in the outflow of Quebec anglophones. The number has grown by about 5.5 per cent between the censuses of 2001 and 2006, reversing a trend that began in the early 1970s when provincial language policies and a push for Quebec sovereignty prompted many English-speaking residents to move elsewhere. The influx includes people moving from other provinces, as well as an increase in immigration by English-speaking people from south Asian countries. CBC News interviewed several families who have made the move. Steve Clarke and his family moved to Quebec City from Oklahoma and are impressed by the city's safety, its old-world architecture and by what he calls a "benign" government. "When people move to New York City, other people in New York City don't ask them 'why did you move here?' They just understand — you'd move here because it's a great place to live," he said. "But people in Quebec, because it's unusual for people who aren't French as a mother language, I guess it's a curiosity," Clarke said. Carrie-Anne Golding and Ryan Hughes, who moved to Montreal from Vancouver, enjoy the low cost of housing and the city's vibrant, 24-hour lifestyle, but admit cultural change requires some adjustments. "I think the first few months was sort of the honeymoon phase of everything is wonderful," Golding said. "And the reality of, you know, as an anglophone, you are in a minority in comparison." "I thought that we would merge in with the cultures a lot quicker," she said. "But it is a little bit harder. There is definitely some inroads to do in merging in with the French culture." The increase in Quebec's English-speaking population comes as a surprise to Jack Jedwab, a demographer and executive-director of the Association for Canadian Studies. Jedwab is also surprised by how little attention has been paid to the trend by Quebec's English media, compared with 30-year spotlight they focused on the so-called Anglo Exodus. "The community psychology is such that it's very accustomed to this erosion," he said. "It has become part of the [anglophone] community's identity. The shock of that demographic decline, it's impact on our institutional life." Jedwab noted that Quebec's civil service is almost entirely francophone, which can exacerbate the feeling of alienation in the English-speaking community. He suggested it may be time for anglophones to try to build on their increase in numbers, instead of clinging to the old complaint that they're a disappearing breed.
  23. CIBC on St Jacques moved into Quebecor-Videotron and now RBC on St Jacques is planning on moving into the "Stock Exchange Tower" near Square Victoria in 2012. I am quite surprised to get a letter from RBC this morning saying they were moving. It was such a wonderful location. I guess the rent was getting to high for them. Seeing in the letter, they were only occupying about 20% of the building now. Interesting thing is about the RBC building, its owned and managed by a company that operates out of Halifax, but the head guy runs a business in New York called "Time Equities Inc". The company in Halifax is called "360 St Jacques Nova Scotia Inc" or something like that. Whats more interesting is, the head office is in a building called "Bank of Montreal Tower". One of the owners/members/chairs part of "360 St Jacques Nova Scotia" is Montreal's own George Coulombe that over sees 360 St Jacques (RBC building) here in Montreal. One thing that was interesting in the letter was that RBC actually sold the building back in the 60s. Anyways I just wonder who will take up the space at CIBC and RBC now.
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