May 2023 Newsletter

This month we celebrate third spring, AAPI heritage month and so. many. events.

April showers have brought May flowers *and* a packed month of fun YPT-NYC programming!
We have five stellar events this month(!!), including two tours, a happy hour, an online skillshare, and a special Open Streets collab – something for everyone! And amazingly – thanks to our incredibly generous sponsors and collaborators – every single one of them is free to attend! Hope to see you out!
It’s also AAPI Heritage Month and YPT-NYC wanted to acknowledge the leaders and path-builders of Asian-American and Pacific Islander descent that are helping us build a more resilient and equitable system. I’ll keep it short and sweet this month because there’s a jampack of content below.
—Sam and Kristy, YPT-NYC Comms & Chair and liberal users of exclamation points(!)
May Events
📊 Rail Operations CrashLESS Course Skillshare / Lunch & Learn 💡
When: Wednesday, May 10 at 12:15 PM
Where: Zoom (online)
How:  Register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link
Join YPT-NYC as we learn about how railroads actually operate and manage to stay *on track*! During this virtual skillshare, we will hear from Jeff Kessler, Director of Service Delivery Innovation for Keolis Commuter Services, operating partner for the MBTA’s Commuter Rail Network, and Regional Director of YPT Mid-Atlantic.
Jeff will give us a peek into everyday railroad complexities and operating practices, including the Northeast Operating Rules Advisory Committee (NORAC) rulebook, which governs most railroad operations in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Monthly Happy Hour: The Joyce Public House
When: Thursday, May 11, 2023 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: The Joyce Public House 315 West 39th Street New York, NY 10018

How: Registration via Eventbrite encouraged, but not mandatory
💯 Fun Activity Alert 🚨 :
YPT-NYC x Open Streets on Park Slope’s 5th Ave
When: Saturday May 13th, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (come at 12:00 PM for the presentation, otherwise just drop by)

Where: 12:00 PM – Meet at 178 5th Ave, Park Slope (between Berkeley Pl and Lincoln Pl). 12:30 PM – Happy hour at Miti Miti (138 5th Ave)
How: Registration via Eventbrite encouraged, or just drop by
YPT-NYC is joining forces with StreetLab, NYC DOT and the Park Slope 5th Ave BID for a special Open Streets event.
Come out and support the 5th Ave Open Street program by participating in an activity with the community and hanging out at one of the local establishments. We will also learn from NYC DOT staff about the Open Streets program and what it takes to run it. (This will be a casual program – feel free to drop by anytime.)
Midtown Manhattan Bike Tour with NYCDOT and WEBike!
When: Sunday, May 21st, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Meet at Union Square, ride through Midtown Manhattan
How: Registration via Eventbrite required
The WEBike + NYC DOT + YPT Bike Tour is back for Bike Month!
Ride through Union Square, Chelsea, and Midtown and learn about some of the great new bike infrastructure projects from NYC DOT!
A brunch gathering will be held at the end (excellent motivation!)
LaGuardia Airport Tour with PANYNJ
When: Monday, May 22 at 8:45 AM-2:00 PM (AM/PM options available)
Where: LaGuardia Airport, Queens, NY
How: Register on Eventbrite by May 11. Space is limited and open to YPT members only.
Our friends at PANYNJ are running another amazing tour of LGA. This behind-the-scenes tour will explain what LGA does and how its role in U.S. aviation has evolved since opening in 1939. 
You’ll see firsthand how an airport operates in a guided visit of the landside and stunning new terminals (pre-security) and airside (post-security) areas, including runway deck, aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) and baggage screening facilities.
Due to the length of the event, morning (landside) and afternoon (airside) options will be offered
Call for Volunteers!
Transportation Camp New York 2023

TransportationCamp NYC is happening again in person this fall! Planning is already underway, and the TCamp Planning Committee is looking for additional volunteers to join the team and support logistics, sponsorships, and day-of-event operations.
If you’re interested in getting involved, please email Matthew Fiore at
Come be a part of this awesome “unconference!”
A Look Ahead
What’s coming up in June and beyond? More info to come: follow us on Instagram or LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute information.
The fun doesn’t stop here – get hyped for **YPT Summer**. We’re planning a couple of fun and transportation-oriented events through June, July and August. Hint: some will involve patios.
April Recap
We had so much fun at happy hour, learning about data science with Ayanthi G. and Lisa F., and the return of the APA-YPT scavenger hunt in April! See below for some highlights. 

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