Today’s Headlines

  • Parking Rules Will Be Centerpiece of Quinn’s State of the City Speech Today (NYT, Post)
  • The National Progressive Media Gets the Transformation of NYC Streets Under JSK (Alternet)
  • What Political Plum Will Jim Walden Get After Working Pro Bono for Chuck Schumer‘s Wife? (Bklyn Paper)
  • Early Favorite for Phrase of the Decade: “Eating Our Seed Corn” (NYT)
  • Is It Snow That Makes Park Slope Buses Bunch Up, or the Traffic and Fare Collection? (Bklyn Paper)
  • With DMV Rule Change, Drivers Caught on Cell Phones Will Rack Up Two Points on License (Gothamist)
  • Midtown Biz Owners Thrilled at Prospect of More Transit Riders Coming From Jersey (DNAInfo)
  • A Trans-Hudson Tunnel Will Be Tough to Build With a Tea Party House (Crain’s)
  • Biggest Challenge for Cab-Sharing Is Making It Comfortable (Crain’s)
  • Brooklyn Spoke Picks Apart Adam Lisberg’s Piece on 311 and Bike Complaints

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Mike

    Think small, Quinn.

  • jsd

    The Dalai Lama’s nephew was struck and killed by a driver in Florida while participating in the Walk for Tibet.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-dalai-lama-nephew-killed-20110215,0,3063000.story

  • ddartley

    Correction: With DMV Rule Change, Non-NYPD Drivers Caught on Cell Phones Will Rack Up Two Points on License

  • BicyclesOnly

    Glad you linked the Brooklyn paper piece on Gibson, Dunn’s sleazy pro bono underwriting of the PPW elite’s forthcoming nuisance suit against the bike lane. “White shoe” law firms like that are very sensitive to negative press and they will definitely notice if they are garnering negative rather than positive attention for their pro bono program. Gibson, Dunn is ranked among other law firms by a number of different firms, such as US Lawyer and Vault, and pro bono work counts in the rankings. Gibson, Dunn should be put at the bottom of those rankings for the scandalous decision to rep a front for a bunch of millionaires fighting against the safety of the majority of their neighbors who walk and bike in that neighborhood.

  • I love how the Times intros its piece on Quinn’s parking plan:

    New York City has gone out of its way in recent years to cater to the nonmotorized, turning part of Times Square into a pedestrian plaza and making room for bicycles on gridlocked streets.

    Many drivers have groaned in response…

    As opposed to how the city has gone out of its way in recent decades to cater to the motorized, or even in recent months when it chose to not raise parking meter rates by 25 cents in the outer boroughs. The Times simply can’t write a story on cars and parking without getting a dig in at ped plazas and bike lanes, as if parking was totally easy before Times Square was changed.

    I think the call to not have parking agents play gotcha with drivers who are actually just getting their receipts is a good one, but it’s interesting that the Times chooses to frame this against other, mostly unrelated street safety improvements.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The seed corn has been eaten for 30 years, and it has been bi-partisan. Krugman has just noticed?

    The only net investment has been in McMansions, SUVs, senior citizen health care and (fortunately) telecoms and information technology. And public and private debts have soared.

  • I was going to say what Doug said. That Times piece is a hackjob work of art.

  • eveostay

    Brooklyn Paper: “A spokesman for Schumer would not comment on his affiliation with attorney Walden or whether he supports the bike lane.”

    Not surprising that Schumer is not interested in getting dragged down in local nonsense. He should have thought of that before Walden was brought in. I’m glad to see the Paper pursue the matter.

    Interesting that the BP reporter, Natalie O’Neill, did not pick up on Schumer’s bike lane flip-flop reported last week in the Post.

  • Larry Littlefield

    This is an absolute no win for Schumer. At least my wife only hassled me into a bunch of home improvements and a dog.

  • Mike

    Yet another hatchet job from CBS2 unfairly linking bike lanes to Quinn’s parking proposals:
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/02/15/city-council-expected-to-address-parking-headaches-tuesday/

  • JK

    What percentage of NYC street space has DOT taken from motorists? It must be infinitesimal. Really New York Times, the hyperbole here is off the charts. There are endless miles of city streets that remain the domain of the motorist, including pretty much all side streets and most of the biggest, deadliest streets. Has anyone spotted the radical remakes of Northern and Queens Boulevard, Francis Lewis Boulevard, Atlantic Ave, Flatbush Ave etc. etc. Was the FDR torn down

    “New York City has gone out of its way in recent years to cater to the nonmotorized, turning part of Times Square into a pedestrian plaza and making room for bicycles on gridlocked streets. Many drivers have groaned in response.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    Let’s see if CBS News allows my comment on the above story to appear.

  • They printed mine!

    “What a racket you’ve got going! The car manufacturers are paying you to advertise in connection with these ridiculous bike hate segments you keep churning out, and you charge them more because of all the page hits generated by the cyclists coming to see what new false and hate-filled spin you’ve cooked up against them. The outraged cyclists aren’t buying any Odyssey vans, but you’re laughing all the say to the bank!”

  • Larry Littlefield

    Not mine, but then it would have been banned on Streetsblog too. Steve’s later comment captured the gist.

  • NattyB

    @ BicyclesOnly,

    Re: Gibson Dunn,

    It’s only a matter of time before the legal press catches wind of their representation of NBBL.

    This story is a gold mine for any legal journalists who wants to take the time to connect the dots.

    The former deputy mayor is Gibson Dunn’s Litigation group co-chair, and he’s using his firm to represent his political friends.

    This is an absolute mis-use of pro-bono hours. NBBL should be paying the $800/hour for this type of work. They absolutely should be shamed. I use my pro-bono hours to help the poor and needy. Like, asylum stuff and helping the homeless get disability.

    ***

    ibson Dunn has done some stellar pro-bono work. Including, but not limited to, winning the prop8 lawsuit in California, which found a right to same-sex marriage in the US Constitution.