Today’s Headlines

  • Bay Ridge Pkwy Lane Opposition: Recchia, Gentile, Abbate, Brook-Krasny and De Blasio (NYT)
  • Baruch College Proposes Pedestrianized Block of 25th St., Has Support of Student Gov’t (DNAinfo)
  • Flushing Development Corp. Wants Housing on Municipal Parking Lot, Lower Parking Minimums (NYT)
  • Federal Budget Deal Could Hit MTA Hard, Warns Nadler (News)
  • The Post Finds NYC’s Low Census Cycling Numbers and Runs With Them
  • New Upper Deck for Verrazano Will Widen Lanes, Add Bus/HOV Lane (Post)
  • Bloomberg Cuts Funding for Waste Transfer Stations, Keeping Garbage on Trucks Not Barges (News)
  • New Rochelle Considers Bike Parking Ordinance (LoHud)
  • UK Holding Same Debate as NYC Over Targeting Dangerous Cyclists (Economist)

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  • Ed Ooms

    If you bike in NYC, Bill DiBlasio is not your friend. Next time you are riding on some crappy street dodging reckless drivers, think about DiBlasio. When he asks for money or your vote you will know what to do.

  • Bolwerk

    Re the Baruch plaza, it seems like the article really went out of its way to find opposition. Who the hell wants to dodge cars going between your library and your classes? Multiply that by a few thousand students/day and it’s a pretty big safety issue, especially given how sociopathic many drivers are.

  • Mark Walker

    The Baruch College plaza is a great idea. Expanding a campus is a much better use for the space than cars.

  • fdr

    Here’s one you missed:
    Suit Alleges Bias in Disability Denials by Queens Judges

    “They are not calling cases down the middle,” said Jim Walden, a partner at the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is handling the suit pro bono, with the Urban Justice Center. “They are being extremely heavy-handed with some of the most vulnerable people you could ever meet.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/nyregion/13disability.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion

  • Driver

    Why the need to dodge cars when there is a traffic light and crosswalk mid-block between the school and the library? Oh that’s right, because we can’t count on college students to look before crossing the street.

  • Driver

    Perhaps, on Monday through Thursdays for 28 or so weeks out of the year. The rest of the time the school is pretty quiet. To close this block permanently would be pretty unfair to area drivers as well as residents on 27th st which would likely absorb some of the traffic.
    This plan would also be a problem for the area during the morning rush hour, as 23rd st westbound is packed with incoming express buses and local trucks, and can barely handle the current traffic let alone any increase.

  • Bolwerk

    So what, Driver? Nor should they have to. Not every inch of space needs to be handed over to cars. There is constant traffic between both sides of the street.

  • moocow

    Driver, I have spent days on that street, at that light, ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/54216608@N03/5079757581/ ) the traffic going down that block is mostly delivery trucks going somewhere else, personal cars, then through traffic buses. They will find another way, and when that way is too clogged, they will find another (or will stop driving). Baruch should def get this street closed.

  • Anonymous

    That stretch of road gets rarely any car traffic at all. Sounds like a great idea.

    Driver:

    Doncha think we should preference the space for the students and not for vehicles “just-in-transit”

    Not enough Hugs? Does it bother you when other people are having fun? I’d give you a hug if that’d make you less petty.

  • The disability clients have a very sympathetic case, and it’s good of Gibson Dunn to take it up. But litigation alleging systematic unfairness by administrative judges is pretty heavy lift. Not long ago, the Second Circuit a: href=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/119e97bd-f65d-43df-989a-8fb16d0e1865/10/doc/98-9040_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/119e97bd-f65d-43df-989a-8fb16d0e1865/10/hilite/>vacated a finding that the New York State Division of Human Rights was systematically prejudicing complainants before it by delaying their cases for years. Discretionary determinations, such as those at issue in the disability class action, would be even harder to attack than non-discretionary acts like adjudicating cases within statutory time limits. While the lawsuit seems likely to fail for this reason, I suppose it may serve to draw public attention to the plight of plaintiff group–something we’ve seen before from Jim Walden.

    Speaking of which, it will be interesting to see if Judge Bunyan is assailed as “biased” like the disability judges in the other case, if he decides the NBBL suit against the NBBLrs.

  • J

    Apparently, we’re about to spend $419 million to replace the deck on the Verrazano Bridge. Any chance we could finally get that ped/bike path that we’ve been waiting for for nearly a half century?

  • Driver

    Off topic from the transportation issue, but from the waste transfer article:
    “in Hunts Point, where there are 15 waste transfer stations.”
    (not to mention the city’s largest sewage treatment plant, private sanitation facilities, auto shops and massive bulk oil storage tanks.)
    That also happens to be the same area where much of our city’s food and produce is warehoused and distributed from, and there are some large bakery operations there. If you have ever been around Hunts Point, it is pretty foul and the quality of the air is horrendous. At least they finally closed the plant that converted sewage residue into fertilizer pellets. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/nyregion/01sludge.html
    Man that area smelled awful.

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