Today’s Headlines

  • Tix Fix Whistleblower Becomes Pariah on the Force (News)
  • Tix Fix Cop Didn’t Care Dad and Friends Were Guilty, Now Considered Non-credible Witness (News)
  • Scott Stringer, Margaret Chin, TriBeCa Parents Push for Stop Sign At Dangerous Intersection (DNAinfo)
  • Editorial: Blame Port Authority, Governors and Anti-Toll Public For Axing Bus Garage (NorthJersey.com)
  • Insiders on Likely Port Authority Pick Pat Foye: “Is This Really the Best That Cuomo Can Do?” (Crain’s)
  • Cuomo Won’t Punish Housing Commish For DWI Conviction (News)
  • Perversely, Law Enforcement Punishes Legit Dollar Vans the Most (Atlantic)
  • Observer Picks Up NBBL Files, Notes Irony of Avid Cyclist Schumer Opposing Lane
  • No One Does NIMBYism Like The Upper East Side (DNAinfo)
  • Prospect Park West Bike Lane Opponent Calls For New Cross-Brooklyn Expressway (HuffPo)

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  • vnm

    Kudos to A. Scott Falk for speaking the truth at the CB8 meeting on the subway entrances. Anyone who is against the entrances has never tried to exit the 68th Street station when it’s busy.

    This reminds me of the “neighborhood controversy” that erupted when the Port Authority tried to add a much-needed entrance to the Christopher Street PATH station, until local opposition (from the liberal West Village, even) managed to beat back an improvement to public transportation.

  • Glenn

    A. Scott, your presence on CB8 is a welcome relief. Many on the board from my experiences would actually like to have a gate put up between Lex and Park and another at Fifth. NYC is not the Hamptons and it is certainly not Scarsdale.  

  • J

    Another link. The improvements at Atlantic Ave near Brooklyn Bridge Park are nearly complete:

    http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2011/10/06/new-protected-two-way-bike-lane-on-columbia-street-almost-finished

  • I’ll “third” the kudos to A. Scott.  From an eyewitness, it was not NIMBYism.  It was more like 28 Days Later rage.

  • Ian Turner

    I gotta say, the 87th St. folks are the funniest bit of today’s news: “This is not an elitist argument … There’s a fundamental disconnect between the MTA and the neighborhoods of the Upper East Side”

  • Prester John

    Every day Cuomo disappoints me more and more.  This guy is a car-loving, crony-appointing, taxi-lobby-embracing, transit-starving cynical politician.  And he calls himself a ‘liberal.’  Yeah, right.

  • Scott Falk Fan Club

    Serious kudos to Scott Falk for joining Community Board 8, putting in the time, speaking up and making sure a broader array of viewpoints are represented on what has been one of the most beknighted, elitist, anti-livable streets Community Boards in Manhattan for a long time. It is no easy task to put in all the time required at these Community Boards. It’s even harder when you’re going against the grain and really trying to make progress and change in a regressive Community Board like CB8. Scott: I hope you’ll really stick with it. You’ve got fans and supporters here who appreciate the work you’re doing. It’s important work. NYC doesn’t get better without people volunteering to do what you’re doing on CB8.

  • Scott Falk Fan Club

    Crap. I meant “benighted.”

  • moocow

    Chuck Schumer’s facebook page takes down my comments within minutes. I made a comment that the Observer story showed what he thinks about his neighbors safety, then linked it.

  • Y’all are making me blush. Thanks for the kind words.

  • Bolwerk

    There really needs to be a grassroots movement for an anti-NIMBY law. Features could include provisions like:

    • if it’s underground, it officially isn’t a problem for anyone – the time it takes to build may be a bother, but it’s an acceptable one for improved infrastructure
    • same goes for bike lanes, bus bulbs, bus lanes, and traffic closures

    Simple changes and clarifications like that to the law can be huge time and money savers for just about everyone.

  • I think “beknighted” does apply to some people to the west of Lex. We would have to check with Nancy Friedman, the authority on regretful elitism.

  • fj

    Savingsoulsof nimbyProgressives: Most likely to comply if told that all the neighbors are doing it http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/weekinreview/13nimby.html @nytimes

  • fj

    Untold story:  If Hurricane Irene hit New York City as expected the subway system would likely have been closed down for a minimum of 21 days and the city would have lost about $80 billion.

    This would have likely been a tipping for cycling in this city since nothing is as resilient.

    There are clear indications that what have previously been 100 year storms are now say 13 year storms or worse where existing and even most newly built infrastructures have not been built to accommodate the dramatically changing climate.  New York City is probably the best in addressing this huge problem but, it exists just the same.

    The estimated cost to harden the subway system against storms like Irene is as much as $20 billion. 

  • fj

    Untold story:  If Hurricane Irene hit New York City as expected the subway system would likely have been closed down for a minimum of 21 days and the city would have lost about $80 billion.

    This would have likely been a tipping for cycling in this city since nothing is as resilient.

    There are clear indications that what have previously been 100 year storms are now say 13 year storms or worse where existing and even most newly built infrastructures have not been built to accommodate the dramatically changing climate.  New York City is probably the best in addressing this huge problem but, it exists just the same.

    The estimated cost to harden the subway system against storms like Irene is as much as $20 billion. 

  • fj

    Untold story:  If Hurricane Irene hit New York City as expected the subway system would likely have been closed down for a minimum of 21 days and the city would have lost about $80 billion.

    This would have likely been a tipping for cycling in this city since nothing is as resilient.

    There are clear indications that what have previously been 100 year storms are now say 13 year storms or worse where existing and even most newly built infrastructures have not been built to accommodate the dramatically changing climate.  New York City is probably the best in addressing this huge problem but, it exists just the same.

    The estimated cost to harden the subway system against storms like Irene is as much as $20 billion. 

  • Andrew

    @twitter-93223785:disqus It’s untold because it’s nonsense.  A few segments of the system would probably have been closed for a few days as the water was pumped out and the necessary repairs were made.  Most of the system would have been running the next day.

  • fj

    Andrew

    A category 1 hurricane hitting NYC has 10 foot surge and at high tide would have flooded subway tunnels under the East River according to Klaus Jacob (Geophysicist, Urban Environmental Disaster Expert, Columbia University [SIPA, EI/LDEO]) in his talk:  “VisioNYC 2080: Toward a Risk-Resilient City,” given at the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Oct 6, 2011 & the recent Lamont Doherty Open House.

    Flood waters easily enter the system through station entrances and street level gratings.

    The MTA has estimated that it would take 21 days to pump the water out of the tunnels.  Klaus was skeptical of this optimistic assessment saying that it was not clear where the pumps would even come from and the tremendous effort required to achieve this cleanup; and, each day the subway is down costs the city $4B; Indian Point is also vulnerable; and, he stressed that this vulnerability is right now.

    Of course, larger storms would create more damage and the MTA estimated that a category 4 hurricane would take something like 84 days to recover from with something like a 27 foot surge.

    By-the-way it took the MTA a few days to recover from tropical storm Irene which did not hit NYC as was feared but, completely devasted whole towns Upstate NY and Vermont on its rampage up to Canada.

  • Anonymous

    Also, immersing electrical equipment in salt water usually ruins it.

  • Andrew

    @twitter-93223785:disqus I am aware that the East River tunnels would have flooded.  I question your 21-day claim (it would take less than a day to pump out the water and probably no more than a few days to repair whatever was damaged, of course depending on the exact nature of the damage).  I also question your assumption that an East River tunnel closure would shut down the entire system (even without the East River tunnels, the 1, 6, B, D, J, and Z trains don’t pass under the East River, and the other lines could all run in part).

    By the way, the entire subway system was back up the next morning.  It didn’t take “a few days.”  Of course, there’s lots to the MTA outside of the subway, but some of that still isn’t back yet (the Port Jervis line).

  • fj

    Andrew: “I question your 21-day claim”  Wrong.  This is MTA’s claim.  Do you understand this?  It is not my claim.  This is MTA’s claim for recovery after a category 1 hurricane.  Again, do you understand this?

    Disaster expert Klaus Jacob mentioned below, indicated that the 21-day recovery was extremely ambitious.  He got the estimate from the MTA  and you should contact him if you wish to verify it; and verify the primary source.  Do you understand what a primary source is?  Andrew, can you explain what a primary source is?

     And, none of these issues are my assumptions they are from Klaus’s report based on his evaluations and information the MTA gave him.

    Further, NYC was not hit with a category 1 hurricane and did not stay in the area for 24 hours (it was originally moving slow and was 500 miles in diameter) which were major fears.  It downgraded to a tropical storm — probably because of lower local sea surface temperatures — and quickly turned to the left unexpectedly and did major damage in New Jersey, Upstate NY, and Vermont.  I know a couple who lost their home up in Vermont because of it.  The whole town of Keene NY, I’ve been told was wiped out; also Jay NY had major damage.

    Is all this so difficult to understand?

    station44025:  “electrical equipment in salt water usually ruins it,” absolutely this was also a major concern of Klaus Jacob, for the switches, etc.

  • Andrew

    @twitter-93223785:disqus No, you are claiming that Klaus Jacob said that the MTA said that it would take 21 days.  Not quite the same thing.  It’s quite possible that Jacob misunderstood the MTA’s statement or that you misunderstood Jacob’s statement.  Your post is not a primary source.

    I am willing to accept that one or two small segments of the subway might have been out for as long as 21 days.  That’s a far cry from “the subway system would likely have been closed down for a minimum of 21 days.”

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