Norse Atlantic to fly between London and New York


New low-cost airline Norse Atlantic Airways will commence a daily service between London Gatwick and New York JFK in August, with tickets now on sale.

The first flight departing London Gatwick will take place on 12th August 2022, with fares starting from £255 return.

The daily service will depart from London at 13.00 and arrive in New York at 15.55 local time. The return flight departs New York at 17.55 and lands in London Gatwick at 06.20 local time the following day. 

Throughout the summer Norse Atlantic will also operate flights between London Gatwick and Oslo, following a recent announcement of services between Oslo and several US destinations.  

“We are very pleased to now be able to welcome customers looking to book great value flights between London Gatwick and New York JFK. Customers now have an affordable option allowing them to book a last-minute trip or a holiday of a lifetime with an airline that offers choice and flexibility,” said Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways. 

The airline, which offers economy and premium cabins onboard its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, secured slots at Gatwick Airport in March. 

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO, said: “It’s always great to see a new tail on the airfield but the arrival of a new airline following the turbulent past two years for the industry, and one that will be offering fantastic long-haul routes across the Atlantic, is particularly exciting news.”

The airline, which was set up in March 2021, plans to operate a 15-strong fleet serving destinations such as London, Oslo, Paris, New York and Florida, with more US destinations set to be announced soon. Norse Atlantic also featured in BTN Europe’s 2022 Hotlist



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Seeing Vancouver by Bike – The New York Times


When I returned to Vancouver in the late 1980s, biking in the city was different than it is today. In my memory, the only people brave enough to ride downtown were bike couriers. On sunny afternoons there would be a dozen of them lounging and smoking outside the HSBC bank building on West Georgia Street, waiting for their next sortie, looking bored and skeptical, outlaws every one.

Mere civilians, like me, were discovering mountain bikes around this time because you could ride them on trails, which is to say, safely distant from the at-times murderous urban traffic.

All that has changed. Bike couriers fell to technology. Vancouver set out to become a “green city,” and we now have a network of protected bike lanes throughout the downtown core as a result. Commuting to work, or even just casually biking about, is now no longer a life-and-limb undertaking.

Meanwhile, back in 2015, the city also completed the last extension of the sea wall with separated bike and pedestrian lanes. You can now travel its length, with little elevation change, from the Vancouver Convention Center on the north side of downtown, around Stanley Park, along the north and south banks of False Creek, and finally, all the way west to the vast sandy beaches at Spanish Banks. There, in late spring and early summer — particularly on crowd-free weekdays — bald eagles can be seen wheeling in pairs in the updrafts over the anchored freighters.

I love the sea wall. But then, a lot of us do here. We stroll it. We bike it. We crowd the community squares along its length in any remotely nice weather. Asked how a visitor can really see this place on a short visit, that’s what I’d say: Rent some wheels and hit the sea wall. There’s no better way to take in Vancouver from so many angles while accessing a range of local tastes and experiences as you go. And with bike and e-bike rental shops throughout the downtown core, it couldn’t be easier.

From Canada Place, the cruise-ship port in downtown Vancouver, the most compact version of the sea wall ride would be to ride it all the way around Stanley Park, the 1,000-acre, densely forested public park that extends westward from downtown and is arguably the crown jewel of the city. Weave your way through the buskers and conventioneers near Canada Place and pick up the bike path at the southwest corner of the Vancouver Convention Center. From the north side of the building you’ll get a great view of the working harbor: orange cranes towering over their quilt-work stacks of containers; ferries crossing the inlet to North Vancouver; the low roar of floatplanes taking off and heading west through the uprights of the Lions Gate Bridge.

It’s only a few minutes ride from here to the park, winding around the Coal Harbour Marina with its enormous yachts, then the Westin Bayshore. Expect foot and bike traffic. But past the red-and-white lighthouse at Brockton Point the traffic thins out. I find it serene gliding along this stretch, Stanley Park’s forest rising high on one side and those towering mountains right there across the inlet.

Once around the corner under the Lions Gate, car traffic booming high overhead, stop to take in the seabirds, fishermen throwing lines off the rocks, sailboats tacking and reaching their way among the anchored freighters.

At a leisurely pace, which I encourage, it takes about 40 minutes to reach English Bay from where you started at Canada Place. I always hop off the sea wall here to dive into the dense vibrancy of Vancouver’s West End. Like many others, I used to rent down here. And if you stop for a drink at the Sylvia Hotel bar, or head up Denman Street for coffee at Delany’s, or for five pork dumplings in beef broth at Legendary Noodle, you might just think of yourself as an honorary West Ender as well.

To complete this short ride, leave the sea wall now and continue north on Denman Street. You could walk your bike for this stretch as the street life is its own entertainment. When you reach the water at the north end of Denman you’ll rejoin the sea wall and can then follow it back to Canada Place.

For a longer ride, about 90 minutes round trip, remain on the sea wall and carry on past English Bay, under the Art Deco-style Burrard Street Bridge, and into False Creek. Here you will find a very different set of Vancouver scenes and moments.

Home to sawmills and lumber yards as recently as my own childhood, False Creek is now a residential zone with waterside condos, shops, restaurants, parks and more big yachts in the marinas along the north side of the creek. I always stop to look at the smaller boats anchored for free: liveaboards, which, combined with those bathtub ferries taking people back and forth for shopping on Granville Island, give False Creek a pleasingly lived-in feel.

I turn this into a picnic when I’m down here with friends and family. There are excellent restaurants blocks off the water in the chic converted warehouse district of Yaletown. But 15 minutes past English Bay as far as the foot of Davie Street, you can pick up a more casual lunch of pancetta and onion pizza at the Sciué Italian Bakery or a bento box from the upscale grocer Urban Fare. Eat on the benches that line the water or in David Lam Park, where you can listen to kids in the playgrounds, and watch the bridal parties taking photographs under the cherry blossoms.

Only 10 minutes farther on the sea wall, around the end of False Creek, past the geodesic dome of Science World, you’ll find the public square in Olympic Village. You’ll know you’re there when you see “The Birds” sculpture: two house sparrows just under 20 feet tall. If you’ve waited for lunch, this is prime food truck territory, but a peach and rosemary tart and a coffee from Terra Breads cafe has never failed to hit the mark either. After lunch, wander down to the water, lean on the railing and watch the dragon boats, 20 paddlers each, churning the water to a white wake.

Following the signs for the sea wall bike route, you’ll soon roll into Granville Island. It’s a big attraction, so expect crowds. But it’s a local place, too. When I lived closer, I shopped at the public market here almost every day. Even now I’ll stop to say hello to the folks at Tenderland Meats, or watch the fishmongers breaking down salmon. You can also wander down the island’s lanes to see glassblowers at work. Popina at the tip of the pier is your spot for everything from falafels to Nashville hot chicken, lobster rolls to crispy cod sandwiches. To complete this 90-minute ride, take the bike-friendly Aquabus on the far side of the market and it will be under 15 minutes back to Canada Place via protected bike routes.

You’ll have seen a lot of the city by now. But as a local, I would consider one stop still outstanding. This is the longest version of the sea wall ride and would take a little over two hours in total from Canada Place to Spanish Banks and back. Continue west from Granville Island, around Vanier Park, past the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Pause to look at the heritage boats moored at Elsje Point. I like the red-sailed Anja in particular, a Bristol Bay Cutter, the ancestor design of modern racing yachts. Continue past Kitsilano Beach park, down West Point Grey Road, and around the corner at the Jericho Sailing Center, where kids learn the ropes on their 420s and Lasers. Here Spanish Banks opens up ahead: a wide stripe of grassy shore and sandy beach that scallops its way westward.

On summer weekends the area buzzes with family barbecues, volleyball games on the sand. But for me, the day of the week matters much less than the tides. I time my visit to Spanish Banks for the lowest low, when the sea pulls back dramatically, exposing hundreds of meters of sand along a two-kilometer stretch of beach.

You’ll want beach shoes. There are tidal pools. With your bike locked up, head out onto the sand flats. The dogs will chase Frisbees up and down. The gulls will scream and dive. The eagles will circle and soar. And if you walk out close to the lip of the sands, the freighters will seem almost close enough to touch.

I’ll invariably turn and face the city at this point. I’ll note the dense green shoulder of Stanley Park, the West End towers rising and bristling, the crystal glass constellation of downtown and False Creek towers, all seemingly silent and still from this distance, a seam of life pinned in place between the dome of eggshell sky above, the steel blue ocean below.

Here is the city’s best angle, I submit. Vancouver in a single macro-glimpse. Well worth the journey for a newcomer. Even for this lifer, an eye-opener every time.

Timothy Taylor is a novelist and journalist. His latest work is a novel about the rise and fall of a celebrity chef. Mr. Taylor lives and eats in Vancouver.



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Massachusetts man catches monkeypox after traveling to Canada – New York Daily News


A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in the U.S. for the first time this year.

A Massachusetts man who recently traveled to Canada was diagnosed with the disease Tuesday night, the Massachusetts health department said Wednesday in a statement.

Health officials said the unidentified man had been hospitalized, but there was no risk to the general public.

Canada has not confirmed any monkeypox infections, but officials in Quebec launched an investigation Wednesday, the CBC reported. Health leaders in Montreal have already found 13 suspected cases.

Elsewhere, British health authorities have confirmed nine cases of monkeypox in the U.K. since May 7. Portugal is also investigating more than a dozen suspected cases.

While monkeypox is similar to smallpox, it is less deadly. Only about 1 in 100 people infected with monkeypox die, according to the CDC. In 2003, an outbreak in the U.S. infected 47 people, but no one died.

Last year, single cases were detected in Texas and Maryland, months apart. In both cases, the person infected with monkeypox had recently traveled to Nigeria. Monkeypox is most common in West Africa.

While it’s called monkeypox, the exact animal that carries the infection is not confirmed. Monkeypox got its name because it was discovered in lab monkeys in the 1950s.

Scientists believe monkeys often spread monkeypox to smaller animals, who carry the virus to people. The first case detected in humans was in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



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A busy traffic week in NYC – New York Daily News


Sunday, May 15 – Saturday, May 21

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK

It’s NYU’s commencement and Taylor Swift will be delivering remarks to the Class of ‘22 at Yankee Stadium at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. As attendees of previous graduations know, traffic will be a mess on 161st St. and Jerome Ave. Don’t expect to find parking easily, the subway or Metro-North are your best bets.

The Union Square Block Party is Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on 17th St. from Broadway to Park Ave. South. Decriminalize Mental Illness, a rally and press conference, will be held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at City Hall; watch for extra traffic on Park Row, Chambers St., Broadway, and the approach to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The 3rd Annual Free Dead in the Park Concert to Benefit Riverkeeper will take place Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell. Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Midtown East Food Fair Series will be held along 54th St. between 3rd Ave. and Lexington Ave.

The Cardinals play the Mets Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7 p.m., plus Thursday at 1 p.m.

At Barclays, the Sun take on the Liberty on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Haim will play MSG on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Hudson Yards-bound 7 trains skip 111th St., 103rd St.-Corona Plaza, 90th St.-Elmhurst Ave., and 82 St-Jackson Hts., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Dear Gridlock Sam,

RE: traffic deaths, I believe electric bikes that go above say 20 or 25 miles per hour should be licensed. I see them going through lights and not obeying traffic laws. I will write to my state legislators.

Diane

Dear Diane,

If it were up to me, I’d only allow e-bikes with a max speed of 18 mph (instead of the current 25 mph) without pedaling to be unregistered. Any vehicle, with an engine, that can go faster without pedaling should be subject to registration (I propose a nominal amount, say $10) and follow all traffic rules and regulations. The problem is at the state level; there is no way to register these vehicles legally. So, I’m glad you’re writing to state legislators. In reviewing traffic fatality stats comparing 2021 with 2019, I haven’t seen an increase in e-bike deaths even with far more on the road, but more than a doubling of motorcycle/moped fatalities. I have little doubt some of it is due to the lawlessness and lack of helmet use by some riders.

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Death on the Streets – The New York Times


It’s Monday. We look at why homeless deaths soared during the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles but not in New York. And, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has been canceled.

California saw a surge in homeless deaths during the pandemic. But for a number of reasons, that same surge did not happen across the country.

Three times as many homeless people died in Los Angeles County as in New York City during the first year of the pandemic, according to recently released data by public health officials.

A report published on Friday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said that 1,988 homeless people died in the county from April 2020 through March 2021, a 56 percent increase from the 12 months before the pandemic began. A separate report published by officials in New York counted 640 deaths among homeless people from July 2020 through June 2021, an increase of just 4 percent from the previous year.

On paper, New York City has more unhoused people than Los Angeles County. In their most recent published reports, New York officials counted 78,000 homeless people among the city’s population of more than eight million, compared with 64,000 unhoused people tallied in a count carried out in Los Angeles in 2020, where the county has about 10 million people. (Updated numbers from a count carried out in February are due out this summer.)

But Dr. Margot Kushel, an expert on homelessness at the University of California, San Francisco, says the numbers are misleading. The homeless tallies in California are considered vast undercounts because most unhoused people are unsheltered. The annual counts of the homeless, which often take place on a single night in winter, might capture only a third of the people who are homeless during the course of year, Dr. Kushel estimates.

A vast majority of the homeless in New York, by contrast, are in shelters, making it easier for officials to account for them.

And the mortality rates are necessarily different, she said, because the unhoused in New York skew much younger — often families with children — than those in California, where the homeless are more commonly older and single.

“Age is a crucial risk factor for dying,” Dr. Kushel said. “What we have seen in homeless populations is elevated deaths rates at all ages, but the highest death rates are among older adults.”

One thing that New York and Los Angeles did have in common was the gender ratio of those who died. It was overwhelmingly male: 81 percent of homeless deaths in Los Angeles County were of men, compared with 83 percent in New York.

Half of homeless deaths in New York occurred in hospitals, while the unhoused in Los Angeles were more likely to die on sidewalks, in vacant lots, on park benches and on the beach — a rash of profoundly lonely and yet very public deaths discussed in a New York Times article last week.

Drug overdoses were increasingly intertwined with the homelessness crisis. They were the leading cause of death among the homeless in Los Angeles, where overdoses were responsible for 36 percent of deaths; in New York, it was 37 percent. That was a sharp increase from the previous year: Overdoses among the unhoused were up around 80 percent in both places.


What happens when a historic Napa vineyard receives a dose of youthful energy?


Today’s travel tip comes from Cherise Seim Thompson, who recommends visiting a small town near Santa Rosa:

“Occidental has a tiny, two-block Main Street filled with quintessential local artisan storefronts, a small grocery store and a selection of restaurants, bistros and cafes boasting authentic California cuisine and wine. Unlike other glitzed-out parts of California, Occidental retains a low-key granola vibe. The town center is encircled by very steep, Redwood tree-studded hills and is proud of its long standing Italian restaurants that harken back to one’s great-grandparents’ era of delicious, fresh and home-cooked food. Immigrant Italian families cultivated many of the farms in and around Occidental.

There are many hilly roads to explore in and around this hidden gem. Spring and fall open art studios, an ancient Redwood tree park, wine tasting and honor-system fruit and vegetable stands welcome Sunday drivers and cyclists alike. A few dear friends and family have relocated from San Francisco to this hamlet. I visit often, and I might be next to relocate.”

Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to CAtoday@nytimes.com. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.


How are you feeling about the latest mask rules for public transit in your area?

Email us at CAtoday@nytimes.com with your thoughts.


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The much-anticipated Battery Bluff park in the Presidio in San Francisco opened over the weekend.

The six-acre site features gardens, picnic tables and a majestic view of the Golden Gate.

“I’m in awe of this view, and the magic of what I feel today,” said Mayor London Breed, according to SFGate.


Thanks for reading. We’ll be back tomorrow.

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: group of lions (five letters).

Soumya Karlamangla, Jonah Candelario and Jack Kramer contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at CAtoday@nytimes.com.

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New protections take effect for New York City’s food delivery workers: “We work just as hard as everybody else”


NEW YORK — New rights took effect Friday for food-app delivery workers in New York City

The people who bring us restaurant meals and other items fought for better working conditions

As CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook reported, Hell’s Kitchen’s popular Empanada Mama opened Friday as it usually does, greeting hungry customers with music and the smell of their city-famous empanadas. But just outside the restaurant, he caught up with Andrew Rivera, a delivery app worker picking up his first order of the day.

“This will be something that will impact my life,” Rivera said.

He said the changes will make his job much easier and, ultimately, safer when taking on orders. 

“Sometimes I get an order that’s two blocks up, and sometimes I’ll get an order that’s for $5 that’s 4 miles away,” he explained. “So what you were saying about the pay does fall in effect. That’s probably the main challenge — distance and weather.”  

As it stands, food delivery workers will be able to set the distance they’re willing to travel for an order. Apps must now give details before a person accepts a job, including the address, distance, pay and tip. They must also pay at least once a week. 

These are considered major steps in the right direction for Rivera. 

“Workers now know how much they get paid, how much is tips, how much did the company get paid, how much hours did they put in,” said Hidalyn Colon, a spokesperson for the union representing many of the workers. “That information didn’t exist.”

These unresolved issues are finally coming to a close for the more than 65,000 food delivery workers in the city, a first of its kind in the country. 

“These are changes that are well needed, because us as a biking community, we work really hard and we work just as hard as everybody else,” Rivera said. 



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