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How Smart is the Smart Apartment?

How Smart is the Smart Apartment?

You are supposed to be able to control everything, from the thermostat to a lift that will get you out of bed, put you on the john, with a blink of an eye, a sip or a puff, a press of a button or your voice. That’s what they’re aiming for at the newly opened […]

“Taxi of Tomorrow” has amazing amenities, including a see-through ceiling, built-in GPS navigation, ample leg room and a charging station for mobile devices. And yet, it isn’t accessible.

The Fight For Accessible Taxis In New York City

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why New York City is slow about putting in elevators for the disabled at its subway stations. They cost a fortune to build and maintain. That’s not true of making taxicabs accessible. Since the city doesn’t own any of its huge fleet of yellow cabs, it wouldn’t […]

Still Dreaming of an iBOT

Still Dreaming of an iBOT

I’ve been New Mobility’s reporter on the iBOT beat since the beginning. A barrage of network news shows introduced the chair to the world in 2003. Back then I interviewed Dean Kamen, its celebrated inventor, and many of its original testers. I wrote about trying out an early iBOT at J&J’s New Jersey headquarters. Later, […]

My Town: Piermont & New York City

My Town: Piermont & New York City

Editor: This is the sixth in an eight-part series of “My Town” personal essays by NEW MOBILITY readers and freelancers. Most afternoons you can find my girlfriend, Karen Brown, and me taking Lulu, our 4-year-old standard poodle, for a walk on our village’s pier. It is a glorious place with eye-filling views in every direction.  […]

TV correspondent, author, father -- John Hockenberry plays a number of roles in an average day.

The Hockenberrys: A Family Portrait

You know that young kids are the center of the Hockenberrys’ lives the moment you swing into their driveway. A large fenced-in area holds a big playhouse, a sand pile and other outdoor toys. A small patch of ground by the front stairs is labeled, “Olivia and Zoë’s Spring Garden,” where crocuses are in bloom […]

New York City: Access in the Big Apple

If you’ve avoided visiting New York City because you think it’s too big, too scary and too inaccessible, you’re making a big mistake. The places you probably most want to see and the things you most want to do are easily reached. Crime is way down and every single city bus is lift-equipped. As someone […]

Portraits of Harlem

Portraits of Harlem

It’s too easy to resort to stereotypes and preconceptions. To be poor, African-American and disabled in Harlem must be tough, right? But don’t jump to any conclusions. Wheelers in America’s most famous black neighborhood are as resilient and as individual as they are anywhere. Take Marcus Johnson and Craig Rawls. On the surface, they have […]

Gone With the Wind: A Cautionary Tale

Harry W. Green Jr. won a $2.25 million medical malpractice settlement, only to blow it all in two years on fast women, glitzy casinos and smooth-talking con men. When Green first got his money, everyone close to him urged him to make conservative investments. He ignored their advice because, ironically, he thought they were after […]