Today’s Headlines

  • Drivers Kill Three Pedestrians in Separate Collisions Throughout City (News)
  • Pedestrian Broadway Fails to Induce Carmaggedon During Rush Hour (Post)
  • Meet the People Who’ll Be Complaining About the New Times Square (Post, News, City Room)
  • More Griping from Andrea "Real NYer" Peyser and Furniture Design Critics (Post)
  • Hope Cohen: Make Broadway Car-Free From Union Square to Columbus Circle (News)
  • More Praise for Car-Free Broadway (MTR)
  • Anthony Weiner, Stickball Enthusiast, Won’t Be Running for Mayor (NYT, News, Post)
  • Now Drivers Can Erase Points From Their Records By Playing Video Games (Newsday)
  • Report: Platform Defects Pose "Widespread Safety Hazard" in Subway Stations (News, Post)
  • Biking to Work Can Get Sweaty (City Room)
  • Bikes Outsold Cars in First Quarter of 2009 (Set Energy via Streetsblog.net)
  • J-Uptown

    Great quote from a tour bus operator in the CityRoom article: “Now they’re relaxing in Times Square,” Mr. Liranzo lamented. “I don’t want them relaxing. I want them to get on the bus.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    There was a discussion recently as to how it came to be that residents of the suburbs can take government jobs in NYC, but residents of NYC can be excluded from government jobs in the rest of the state, which can limit them to locals.

    Here are NYC pols angling to lift the remaining residency restrictions on behalf of the unions that provide the funds to collect their signatures and lawyers to keep opponents off the ballot.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2009/05/27/2009-05-27_civil_service_residency_rule_battle_resumes.html

    As I’ve said, whether residency laws make sense per se is an open question. But I have never once, in all the years, read a single NYC politician demand that the state prohibit residency laws elsewhere to open up employment opportunities for city residents. Not once. Ever. The only thing I have ever read raising this issue I also wrote.

  • Don’t miss the classic Andrea Peyser column. She likens the pedestrianized space to a “suburban parking lot” (???!!!) and complains that people were SMOKING! Like they never do that on the sidewalk along non-car-free streets!

  • Streetsman
  • The only people complaining about car-free Times Square for whom I have any sympathy are the truck drivers. Their job just got harder. A suggestion for the city: Create truck loading/unloading zones on nearby side streets by banishing private car parking, either at the corners nearest the ped zone, or if necessary on entire blocks. Giving the truckers a dedicated place to park would minimize the hassle of their backbreaking work. I wonder how the Europeans handle deliveries in their long-established ped zones? Does anyone know?

  • Q. What do those three incidents in which pedestrians were struck and killed by cars have in common?

    A. “Police said its accident investigation squad was investigating, but had not arrested anyone or issued any summonses.”

    “The 36-year-old driver of the Access-A-Ride remained at the scene and was not charged.”

    “The 19-year-old driver was not charged.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Create truck loading/unloading zones on nearby side streets by banishing private car parking, either at the corners nearest the ped zone, or if necessary on entire blocks.”

    Don’t those zones already exist? I think so. And any post-1961 buildings are supposed to have off-street loading bays under the regulations enacted that year.

    My guess is that loading areas, off street and on, may be obstructed by politically powerful parking.

  • Mark,
    Pedestrian zones in Europe are usually open to limited commercial traffic (i.e., pickups and deliveries, no through traffic) for a few hours early in the morning, when there are few pedestrians around.

  • As much as I despise most of Andrea Peyser’s stances, I have to hand it to her on the “malled” pun. That one isn’t so bad.

  • Nearly all of the big buildings in Times Square — The Marriott Marquis hotel, 1515 Broadway, etc. — have big loading bays on side streets.

    As for the smoking, where was Peyser when thousands of cars, trucks, and buses were spewing exhaust on Broadway? If anything, having more room in the street moves smokers away from building entrances. Leave it to Post writers to grasp any straw in order to make their argument.

  • The argument that the “real” Times Square (and by extension, NYC) needs to be loud, dirty, and unpleasant really needs to stop. Now.

  • Eric, another thing that all three pedestrian deaths have in common: None of them were in Times Square.

  • Those CityRoom comments are outrageous. The Times has seriously dropped the ball in educating its readers about the issue, and I’m convinced that my fellow New Yorkers are, by and large, a bunch of idiots.

    Times Squares needs to have cars to be the crossroads of New York? Give me an effing break.

  • Those lawn chairs do have a certain “je ne sais quois” about them. Do you think JSK picked them out personally at Odd Lots? 🙂

  • Note that the last article in the list confused 1st quarter bike imports with 1st quarter bike sales. The author did not have bike sales information.

  • “Drivers Kill Three Pedestrians in Separate Collisions Throughout City”

    Put speed bumps at crosswalks.

    When a motorhead cares only about his/her “baby”—not pedestrians, not bicyclists—then let their “baby’s” wheels, struts, and axel pay the price for their reckless driving.

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