Neighborhood News: WTC Oculus Opening in March, Lyft Takes 25% Off Rides in New Jersey


**The WTC Oculus is slated to open the first week of March. The bird-like structure is the centerpiece behind the $4 billion WTC transportation hub. Designed by Spanish starchitect Santiago Calatrava, the new hub has suffered multiple setbacks and delays, but is now on schedule to open in March, according to the Port Authority. —DNAinfo

**Hot on the heels of its $68 billion rival, Lyft recently announced that it’s discounting prices in New Jersey by 25%. Although the company doesn’t have an open list of the discounted cities, it has e-mailed customers in New Jersey regarding the 25% discount. The discount kicks in automatically and ends at 11.59pm on January 29th. —Lyft

**CarePoint Health — the parent company for Hoboken University Medical Center and Bayonne Medical Center — has terminated its network agreements with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the latter of which is NJ’s largest insurance company. What that means is if the insurance company and the two hospitals do not reach an agreement by May 1, BCBS of NJ policy members will either have to find new hospitals, choose a new insurance carrier, or accept out-of-network terms when visiting either hospital. —

**Newport Skates, located at 95 River Drive South, officially opened to the public this past weekend. General admission is $7 (renting a pair of skates costs an extra $6) and the hours are Monday to Friday, 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm, and Sunday 11am – 7pm. —

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