Today’s Headlines

  • Alexander Martinez, 37, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver While Commuting to Work by Bike (Post)
  • Francisco Camacho, 59, Killed While Walking Cross Bay Blvd; “No Criminality Suspected” (DNA)
  • Off-Duty NYPD Cop Charged with DWI, Leaving Scene After Queens Crash, No Injuries (DNA)
  • Eight Injured in Nine-Car Crash on Williamsburg Bridge, Closing Manhattan-Bound Lanes (Gothamist)
  • DOT Takes Back LES Curbside Bus Permit After Chin, Silver, Squadron Complain (DNA, Lo-Down, NY1)
  • FHWA Gives OK to Tappan Zee Bridge Environmental Review (CapTon, Times Union, CapNY, News)
  • NYC Business Leader Kathy Wylde: Cuomo Can Pay for TZB With New Fracking Revenues (City & State)
  • More LOOK! Campaign Cab Dooring Coverage: Post, Gothamist, Observer, CapNY, WCBS
  • MTA Announces November Public Hearing Dates for Public Comment on Possible Fare Hike (NY1)
  • Suffolk County Legislature Approves Expansion of Brookhaven Freight Rail Terminal (RPA)
  • Carlton Avenue Bridge Reopens, Connecting Prospect Heights to Fort Greene (AYR)

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  • Jeff

    Leave it to the Post to spin the notion of looking out for peoples’ safety as some kind of unwelcome, top-down imposed change:

    “Now even taxi passengers have to yield to cyclists.”

    Can’t we just go back to the good ol’ days when we could inflict injury upon our fellow New Yorkers guilt-free?

  • Brick

    RE: Death on Queens Boulevard…

    How, pray tell, does someone “smash into” a truck and get thrown 10 feet in the air? Sounds like the truck smashed into him.
    More conflicting details from the Post in favor of drivers. Surprise surprise.

  • Larry Littlefield

    NYC pushing to replace dirty oil heat with natural gas.

    http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/topics/environment/1456-nyc-bets-on-natural-gas-to-reduce-air-pollution

    This is something not to be taken for granted.  For a prior generation of NYC political players and environmental ideologues, “environmentalism” consisted of NIMBY environmentalism, having a 10 year process to build a supermarket followed by litigation for example. 

    Everything existing was grandfathered no matter how bad, including an auto-dominated public realm what was reaching its maximum grab level when “environmental review” was instituted.  Under this process, bike lanes could be considered “anti-environment” because they might, might maybe, slow down motor vehicles.

    Eventually, even people in places like DEP realized just how bad “environmental review” was.  Probably while spending $millions on studies and fighting lawsuits to build environmental infrastructure.

    So now we have moved to the alternative — actual plans to actually make things better in the common future.  Hopefully there will be more of this, as the last few “environmental review” lawsuits and NIMBY actions — against the Prospect Park West bike lane, etc. go away.

  • Anonymous

    If for some reason you feel like being filled with rage, you can go read that Post article on the killing of Alexander Martinez–and the comments too. The three reporters behind it don’t even bother to explain why they’re so certain Martinez was the one who did the “colliding” and the “smashing.” They just assert it and then double-down on blaming him by saying the road is dangerous.

  • Anonymous

    Dooring:  my idea would be more effective than decals at protecting life, limb, and door:  audio announcements.  Please consider signing and sharing my petition:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/106/660/535/demand-that-nyc-taxis-audibly-warn-passengers-about-dooring/  Be sure to click on the “petition” tab (next to the “overview” tab) to get the full story.

  • carma

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus 

    in the winter, i often see tons of huge black smoke spewwwwwing out on the horizon, and in my mind im thinking it must be a huge fire somewhere.  as i get closer to where it is coming from, i realize its just dirty oil being burned.

    we definitely need to abandon dirty oil.  its worse than car pollution.

  • Driver

    The post doesn’t even use the words hit and run in the headline or story.  Only “Cops were still seeking the truck driver last night.” 6 paragraphs in. 

  • m to the i

    Woohoo! A new law that’ll show those drunk drivers. If you drive drunk and kill a person in FOUR separate incidences within 25 years, you will have your license permanently revoked. What a deterrent. I feel so much safer now. Thank you Gov. Cuomo.
    http://gothamist.com/2012/09/26/dmv_crashes_drunk_driving_party_fou.php

  • JamesR

    That Post story and subsequent comments make me so angry that I could almost go Post-al.  Colliding with a truck while riding a bicycle won’t kill you because if YOU are the one doing the colliding with the truck, the only kinetic energy is that contained in your bike and body. Say, 150 or 200lbs worth of energy. Unless the truck happens to run you over, then you may be pretty messed up, but you’ll live  It’s when a truck collides into you – putting 10,000 or 20,000lbs worth of kinetic energy into a human body – that you stand a high chance of being killed. With that said, why does the Post piece make it sound as though he collided with the truck, rather than vice versa?

  • Joe R.

    I applaud the city’s efforts to get rid of dirty oil heat but I have serious reservations about the proposed alternative-natural gas. Besides the issue of fracking and running gas pipelines, you’re still producing CO2, albeit far less. A better alternative would be geothermal heat pumps. These can use anything as the heat source/sink. Usually they use the ground, but NYC has two rivers which would be ideal for this. Why not build a few huge scale geothermal units along the riverbanks to make hot water all year round, and chilled water in the summers. Pipe this water to all buildings within a few miles of the plants. The hot water for washing would be in a one-way pipe, while the hot/chilled water for heating/AC would flow in a continuous loop. This system might be more cost effective than individual geothermal units for every building. Or alternatively, you could loop river water in pipes throughout the city going to individual geothermal units. I seriously think geothermal heat pumps are the future. Natural gas is just more of the same old, same old.

  • carma

    @2555783a6f62598b6aadd2d882a4830f:disqus 
    Natural gas is NOT the same as dirty heating oil.  have you seen some of the sludge from an old tanker?  i removed one.  its not pretty.  while im also cautious about fracking.  im not 100% convinced that it is as dangerous as skeptics say it is.  it is still in its infancy stages and i dont think we have enough research whether its as bad as it sounds.

    Actually, the most efficient way to heat your home is to prevent heat loss to begin with.  insulate, insulate and insulate more.  Plus, i also feel most apartment buildings pump up wayyyy too much heat.  yes, there are slum buildings with no heat.  but most buildings ive been in have the heat pumped up so much, the temp registers 85 degrees and the tenants have no choice but to crank up the windows.  how’s that for efficiency?

  • Joe R.

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus Of course insulating should always be the first step. I just feel geothermal makes more sense because it runs off electricity which can be generated by any number of renewal methods, and you use the same system for heating/cooling/hot water.

    Yeah, I remember from back in my housing project days as a child the excessive amount of heat they used to send up. We had to keep the windows open all winter just to breathe. Of course, this was the 1960s/early 1970s when fossil fuels were really inexpensive.

  • Station44025

    If there were a real carbon price, landlords might insulate instead of just buying more oil, natural gas, or whatever.  Fee and Dividend my friends, is the only thing that will save us.

  • carma

    @2d1f4485f4071d40973ef0f25d75ed14:disqus 
    carbon pricing is disastrous.  it is not the way to curb use.  any prices simply gets passed on to consumers.  in this case, renters.

    there is enough financial incentives to conserve without the use of taxation.  insulating buildings and even switching to non diesel based fuel will save in the long run.  (of course there is a recovery period) but it is far more effective than carbon pricing.

    my homes use natural gas.  far cheaper and cleaner than sludge oil.  conversions from fuel oil costs around $6000 for a pro to do for a small multiple family home.  with the exception of last years mild winter, fuel oil will cost upwards of $3000-4000 per season.  while natural gas costs $2000-3000 (depending on quality of insulation and use)
    in as little as 5 years, you recover your investment.

  • Andrew

    The intersection where Mr. Camacho was killed by a driver (or was it by an autonomous car, as the first two paragraphs of the article imply?) is signalized.

    Does “Cops do not suspect any criminality” mean that the NYPD has investigated the crash and have determined that the driver had the light (and was not speeding or violating any other traffic laws that might have contributed to Mr. Camacho’s death)?

    Or does it mean that they couldn’t be bothered to carry out an investigation?

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