Today’s Headlines

  • Full Pricetag for Unwanted Deegan Expansion: $343 Million (MTR)
  • Leandra’s Law Tough on Drunk Drivers. But Sober, Reckless Drivers Still Get a Pass (Gotham Gazette)
  • Some Unnamed City Council Members Want JSK on the Chopping Block (City Hall News)
  • Insurers Know: Hands-Free Devices Don’t Take the Risk Out of Distracted Driving (NYT)
  • GM Still Owes American Taxpayers, Big Time (NYT)
  • Looks Like NYC Parkers Already Enjoy "Grace Periods" Much Longer Than 5 Minutes (News)
  • Pedicab Regs Take Effect; Cops Crack Down Immediately (NYT, News, Post, NY1)
  • Off-Duty Cop Mauls Traffic Agent for Enforcing the Law (Post)
  • Could Coney Island Ferry Service Avoid Going Bust? (Bklyn Paper)
  • Constituents Tell State Sen. Eric Adams: Let’s Get Some Traffic Calming (Hawthorne St.)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • “A lot of elected officials do not like her—Democrats and Republicans—and they have made that known to the mayor,” said one Council member who is close to the administration, adding that it would cost nothing, politically, to cut Sadik-Khan loose. “She doesn’t represent any sort of ethnic group or constituency that the mayor’s trying to pander to.”

    Apparently non-drivers, the majority of the population, are not a constituency. At least not one to be pandered to.

  • J. Mork

    The MTR Deegan article includes a link to email your state reps and tell them what you think about the Deegan expansion.

    Great job on the Gotham Gazette piece, Charles, Wiley and Paul.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Sunday is the worst night of the week for drivers who don’t use their cars to commute, in neighborhoods with alternate side Monday/Tuesday. (We used to have Thurday/Friday in my part of Windsor Terrace, but at some point someone else got those days).

    Last night Windsor Terrace reached a milestone — for the first time all the spots in the fallback location, on the curve adjacent to the park, and all the other locations I saw, were filled. I ended up parking a half-mile away, in a spot I was lucky to get. I guess two more locals now have cars. Next option — Parkside Avenue between the park and the Parade Grounds, a mile-plus away.

    Ahhh, but the spot was “free.”

    And in any event, someone smashed in the rear window of the SUV that was parked directly in front of my house some time last night, throwing a lug nut through it, the first car break in on the block in several years. Nothing taken, the owner told me. He figures it was juvenile vandals acting out and throwing things. Alternately, it might have been a driver who got back after I did, had no spot at all, and was filled with road rage.

  • mike

    The New York Post is being silly again. Gothamist has e a poll asking which mode of transportation is “raising the most hell” on our streets. Luckily, cars are winning by a wide margin:
    http://gothamist.com/2009/11/23/pedicabs_2.php

  • Larry: “I guess two more locals now have cars.”

    It’s probably a neighbor coming back home early for Thanksgiving.

    Thanks for opening up a parking thread. On the same tangent, one morning last week I spied out of my window a guy whose car, although legally parked, had been squeezed between two other cars so tightly he couldn’t pull it out. After five minutes on scene, his girlfriend left to take the subway (a short block away). He stuck around all morning waiting for…something. I left while he was commiserating with a cop in a scooter. His car was still there that evening, although one of the other cars had departed, freeing up his ride.

    Just another thing Mark Walker never has to worry about.

  • Joe Parker

    Whuh? Couldn’t ‘e just wiggle out by pushing each car a bit on it’s suspension?

  • Yeah, back in the day, I would use Joe’s method, although the “wiggle on the suspension” is usually insufficient and in my experience one had to actually push the cars abit. It works unelss both cars have the parking brakes on.

    You can’t park a car on the street in NYC and expect that this kind of nudging is not going to happen. It’s like taking the subway during rush hour and expecting not to have physical contact with any of the other passengers. The motorists who think otherwise have unrealistic expectations about the extent to which property rights can be protected in a crowded urban environment that fails to adequately limit private auto traffic.

  • Josh

    Ugh, are they really saying JSK is dispensable because she doesn’t pander to any particular ethnic group? Is that really more important than, like, doing a good job?

  • fdr

    JSK’s Wikipedia page says she’s an ethnic Tatar. If there had been a “Tatars for Bloomberg” there wouldn’t be any doubt about her staying on.

  • Fdr, would that make her the city’s first Asian-American transportation commissioner? Maybe Liu is just jealous.

  • Sen. Schumer is wound up over vanishing frequent flyer miles, not high-speed rail (link)

  • “She doesn’t represent any sort of ethnic group or constituency that the mayor’s trying to pander to.”

    What an interesting–and revealing–comment. I’m really curious to know who said that.

    PS. I’m a bit baffled by The Post’s campaign against pedicabs too.

  • Hm. From what I can see, the Democratic City Councilmembers that endorsed Bloomberg include Felder, Gennaro, Koppell, Nelson, Recchia, and Vallone. I’m guessing either Koppell or Vallone, but I could be wrong.