Today’s Headlines

  • Public Plazas: Beloved Urban Oases or End of Civilization? (CBS2, NY1, Post, News)
  • Taxi Drivers’ Proposed Fare Hike Would Include Rush Hour Surcharge (News, WNYC)
  • WNYC Examines the Economics of Self-Regulating Livery Cabs
  • Bronx Prosecutor With Disappeared DWI Still Assigned to Ticket Fixing Cases (News)
  • Chris Simms Acquitted on Drugged Driving Charge; Post’s Laura Italiano Can Barely Contain Herself
  • Owner Wants to Put Towers on Top of Chelsea Market; Neighbors: No (DNAinfo, NYT)
  • Report Says Staten Island Losing Its Young Over Housing Prices, Traffic Congestion (NY1)
  • Fitzgerald’s West Egg to Have Its Own Ring of Steel (NYT)
  • Obama Hosts Wounded Veterans Recovering By Bike (Transpo Nation)
  • Congress Way Better at Slashing Transit Funds Than Lowering Gas Prices (MTR)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • WNYC needs to hire a graphic designer to do there graphics.

    Grand Army Plaza is now in Flatlands.

    Maybe the person is a powerpoint specialist. It can be hard to break away from bad form.

  • Dan Berkman

    The opposition to the Chelsea Market expansion is pretty silly and seems to consist of someone whose primary argument is that apartments that he owns in tall buildings are fine but allowing new tall buildings would be a sin against nature. I’m sure they’ll be some arguments about what the building looks like or how tall it is, or how it will lead to the destruction of the neighborhood, but lets just take a minute to remember that this kind of grassroots opposition is mostly about protecting the – completely accidental – privilege of existing residents.

  • Jimmy Vacancy

    Riiiiggght. So, if DOT came to yesterday’s City Council hearing on public plazas with reams of data, that would have satisified Jimmy Vacca? Obviously not. Vacca’s goal here is nothing more than to continue Iris Weinshall, Norman Steisel and Jim Walden’s DOT-fudged-the-data campaign. This hearing was nothing more than a continuation of that. This is 20th century automobile-oriented New York City attacking the future of New York City. Vacca, Weinshall and friends will lose. But they will cause a lot of mischief along the way.

    In fact, DOT’s public plaza program is exemplary in the way that it solicits, incorporates and responds to community feedback. City Council shouldn’t be bashing this program. They should be clamoring for other city agencies to emulate DOT’s public plaza program.

    Jimmy Vacca proved himself to be a clown yesterday. Totally unserious. Not doing the people’s business. He is doing Iris Weinshall’s business.

  • krstrois

    epic bullshit: “Before you put a pedestrian plaza in every neighborhood, you have to assess where you are shifting traffic to. What are you doing with parking for mom and pop stores?” said Bronx Councilman James Vacca.

    “Mom and pop” = code for “I will now enflame an invented cultural war for my own short term political gain.”

  • krstrois

    epic bullshit: “Before you put a pedestrian plaza in every neighborhood, you have to assess where you are shifting traffic to. What are you doing with parking for mom and pop stores?” said Bronx Councilman James Vacca.

    “Mom and pop” = code for “I will now enflame an invented cultural war for my own short term political gain.”

  • krstrois

    excuse me: INFLAME.

  • krstrois

    excuse me: INFLAME.

  • James

    I heard a quote from a lawmaker this morning on the radio regarding the taxi fares… didn’t catch who… and he said, “I’ll listen to their requests for a rate hike when they agree to bring me where I want to go. I was told ‘I can’t go there’ just this morning.”

    (that’s a paraphrase… )

    Seems fair, no?

  • Anonymous

    Vacca has a lot of interest in asking questions, but no seeming interest in getting answers. This is obvious because every question he asks can actually be answered!

  • Kaja

    The charges against Simms sound like BS to me. Especially this:

    “He was driving so dangerously and so erratically… almost hitting Officer Acosta” as he swung his car onto West Houston from Washington Street and stopped at the checkpoint, suddenly “slamming on the brakes,” Glazer said.

    That’s how dudes from Jersey drive while rock sober at noon on a Tuesday. Stoners take it easier. Additionally, when I’ve been pulled-over at checkpoints for no reason, the cops have attempted to make up reasons to arrest me on the spot, including accusing me of being high. (This has twice happened with a girlfriend in the car, both times who has helpfully screamed, YOURE NOT HIGH ARE YOU KAJA?) They love this one because smell alone is probable cause, and you can’t later prove you didn’t smell of weed.

    F the 5-0 and props to Simms for escaping what’s clearly some manufactured BS.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The bicycle parking racks at the Hippodrome garage off 6th Avenue between 43rd and 44th were almost full today. Twice I’ve have bikes locked over my lock, which I leave there, but was able to get it out.

    As asked someone there what would happen if they were full, since I pay monthly and did all winter. He said they’d find a way to lock up my bike.

    I’m going out of town tomorrow afternoon, and plan to drive to work and leave from there. I’ll make a point of using that garage for my car since they accommodate my bike on all the other days, and make a point of telling that’s why I did so.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The bicycle parking racks at the Hippodrome garage off 6th Avenue between 43rd and 44th were almost full today. Twice I’ve have bikes locked over my lock, which I leave there, but was able to get it out.

    As asked someone there what would happen if they were full, since I pay monthly and did all winter. He said they’d find a way to lock up my bike.

    I’m going out of town tomorrow afternoon, and plan to drive to work and leave from there. I’ll make a point of using that garage for my car since they accommodate my bike on all the other days, and make a point of telling that’s why I did so.

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