Today’s Headlines

  • City Council Signs Off on Far West Side Rezoning, Deals Death Blow to Kingsbridge Mall (NYT)
  • Earthworm Churns Through First Phase of 7 Line Extension; Second Ave Sagas Not Impressed
  • Cap’n Transit: Let’s Reroute Road-Building Funds Toward MTA Operating Gap (via SAS)
  • Gene Russianoff Picks the Best and Worst Transit Developments of 2009 (HuffPo)
  • Along With Armory, Council Overrides Bloomberg on Parking "Grace Period," Clergy Placards (WNYC)
  • Rule of Two? Unlicensed, Red Light-Running Truck Driver Not Charged for Midtown Ped Death (News)
  • Staten Island Drunk Driver First to Be Sentenced Under Leandra’s Law (Post)
  • New Jersey’s New "Complete Streets" Policy Fraught With Holes (MTR)
  • Times Delves Into the Deadly Hazards of Road Construction Zones — for Drivers
  • Steve Cuozzo Running on Fumes: Gridlock-Free Times Square Repelling Skyscraper Tenants
  • Part of Brooklyn Bridge Park Will Open Next Month (WNYC)
  • Bronx Retiree: The New York Yankees Have Ruined My Neighborhood (Bleacher Report)
  • Larry Littlefield

    I write a report on a different commmercial real estate market in a different part of the country every day. Cuozzo underestimates the damage the pedestrian improvements in Times Square have caused. They have apparently caused office vacancy to rise and rents to fall throughout the United States.

  • Next up: Drivers complain about tickets issued the second the grace period ends, prompting City Council to institute a 5 minute grace period on the 5 minute grace period.

  • Hilary Kitasei

    While I am very happy with DOT’s new Times Square, I agree with Steve Cuozzo about the process that allows DOT sole control over land under its jurisdiction. RPA’s Petra Tedorovich refers to the same situation that exempts highway expansions from EIS requirements as long as they are in the right of way (a waiver not open to the railroads, for example.) A major concern of mine is DOT’s retrofitting of the city’s parkways – a huge change in the city’s land use. In all of these cases the transportation agencies are exercising near total control over projects that affect the environment, parkland, aesthetics, land use.

  • Larry: but there is a root cause for that. You see, just ask around in Little Italy, and you’ll find the financial catastrophe of the last year was brought about by the Grand Street bike lane. That’s what set the stage for the Times Sq. pedestrianization to depress the real estate market nationwide.

  • The Steve Cuozzo article would fit right in with the Onion.

  • Bryan x

    i like that “blizzard day” is the one day in Brooklyn when people are forced by circumstance to drive at a safe speed, instead of the normal speeding-around-like-an-A-hole situation.

    We could use some no-car streets. But we can’t even have bike lanes through certain neighborhoods because the Hasidim don’t like them.

    Apparently, bicycles offend Yahweh.

  • Just want to mention that I had a fine ride this morning that included riding thru Williamsburg on Bedford Avenue. The bike lane was partially there and nothing felt any different. As usual, TA got it right on this one. Let’s just keep the rhetoric low and keep riding. I think we will get past this one and hopefully see the bike lane back.