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  • Bolwerk

    When Cuomo was running for election, he had no meaningful opposition, and was never forced to take positions on anything. His opponent in the general election was so nuts and delusional that almost anyone picked at random out of a mental institution would have been better.

    The result? The election only rubber-stamped the ascent of a right-wing clown with a muscle car fetish.

  • Anonymous

    Inspector Ciorra, good morning. Again, in case you really do read Streetsblog, and in case you read the comments, but perhaps didn’t get to see yesterday’s, please see the multiple comments thanking you for reading and asking for your leadership or guidance in yesterday’s “Today’s Headlines:” http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/06/24/todays-headlines-1663/

  • Greg

    Looks like a whole bunch of new stations came up yesterday. Can anyone confirm?

    • Grand Army Plaza & Central Park South
    • Broadway & W 60 St
    • E 40th St & 5th Ave
    • W 26 St & 10 Ave
    • E 48 St & 3 Ave

    This gives the system a record high of 318 operational stations.

  • Greg

    Looks like a whole bunch of new stations came up yesterday. Can anyone confirm?

    • Grand Army Plaza & Central Park South
    • Broadway & W 60 St
    • E 40th St & 5th Ave
    • W 26 St & 10 Ave
    • E 48 St & 3 Ave

    This gives the system a record high of 318 operational stations.

  • Ridgewoodian

    Re – Part of Bike-Share Station that Blocked a Hydrant No Longer Blocks Hydrant

    ” ‘This is not Amsterdam, it’s New York City,’ said Israel Miranda…”

    You know, I’m getting tired of this particular line of “argument.” No, New York is NOT Amsterdam, nor is it London, Paris, Copenhagen, Chicago, Seattle, Washington, or Kokomo, Indiana, for that matter. But that’s hardly the unanswerable debate ender I think those who make the point seem to think it is. I hope whenever we hear it we all answer thus: “You’re right. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from the practices of other major cities and consider how to apply them here, to make life better in our own city. There are a lot of brains in New York but to act like ALL the brains are in New York is the height of arrogance.”

  • Anonymous

    The answer I always give to “New York is not Amsterdam” is “Sure, it’s not, but would you care to elaborate on how that is relevant to this discussion?”

    Basically their argument boils to “What works in Amsterdam can’t work in New York because New York is not Amsterdam”. That is called “begging the question”

  • Ridgewoodian

    That’s another good answer.

  • Dan Berkman

    I love how it’s so easy to assume that every place that has a lot of bikes has been that way since forever. Neither Amsterdam nor Copenhagen were always super bike friendly. It’s not like the Dutch government is putting something in the water that alters the DNA of it’s citizens. People ride bike in Amsterdam and throughout Holland because it’s easy, cheap, safe and convenient.

    I always wonder if people who say ‘This isn’t Amsterdam’ in a place once called ‘New Amsterdam’ are aware of the irony.

  • I often say, “Okay, you’ve established what New York is not. Can we focus on what we want New York to be?” Because this isn’t Houston, Atlanta, or Los Angeles either.

    http://brooklynspoke.com/2011/10/14/this-isnt-amsterdam/

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I’d argue that the “New York is not Amsterdam” claim is the root of all evil. Many New Yorkers seem to identify with homicidal and suicidal traffic; it’s integral to their sense of selves. That’s why “If you don’t like it, go back to [imagined calm place]” is the answer to almost every complaint, not just about traffic.

    So that’s why we have homicidal and suicidal traffic: because many people want it.

  • carma

    im glad NY is not amsterdam. Im glad we are not copenhagen, etc…

    NYC has its own identity. we have a very diverse culture, food, etc…

    but we can always learn from other cities that do things well. look at tokyo for their mass transit, copenhagen for their bike system. but dont copy them exactly. rather, use them as a starting point and adapt to our own roads.

  • Ridgewoodian

    Some years ago – I think it was 2009 – there was a Tea Party rally at the main Post Office. I ended talking to a marshal and we debated “collectivism” vs “individualism.” (Not that I accept those as the most useful of categories.) According to this person I had a “collectivist” mindset. After much talk he came out and said:

    “You want us to be just like the shitholes of Europe.”

    “Have you BEEN to Europe?” I asked. “It’s mostly not a shithole. I mean, they have most of the same stuff we have – only the cars are smaller and the cell phones are bigger. They’re basically all free countries, democracies, they’re not hanging nuns on the street corners. And they mostly live longer than us. So what’s the problem?”

    “Well, when was the last time any of those places won a war?”

    So we can’t have bike lanes so we can win more wars. Or something.

    I blame Ayn Rand.

  • Ridgewoodian

    Re: Brooklyn Spoke

    I hope everyone who got a ticket there fights it, and prints this out to show the judge. Maybe you’ll get off, at the very least you’ll cost the city to collect from you.

  • kevd

    It makes me so happy to see a correct usage of “to beg the question.” It is really only about 10% of the time I see that phrase.

    God bless you qrt145!

  • Daphna

    On Alta’s map at citibikenyc they have changed those 5 stations from orange/planned to blue/in service. Now there are only 9 planned stations waiting to be installed, down from 21 at launch.

  • Jared R

    ^ What a mess 🙁

  • guest

    When was the last time we won a war?

  • Ridgewoodian

    Gulf War…Panama…Grenada.

    Only a COLLECTIVIST asks such questions!

  • Daphna

    The Brooklyn Spoke article “Anatomy of a Ticket Trap” is excellent!!!!!! It is a great job with both the clear writing and the pictures.

  • Joe

    This is New York–this is not LA. Here, when we want to ride bikes, we ride bikes. When we want to walk, we walk. We DO NOT bow down to suburban SUV-driving wusses, too cowardly to experience the streets of our city without a vinyl-padded, air-conditioned, gas-powered suit of armor to protect them.

    This is New York–this is not Orlando Florida. This is the greatest city in the world, and we deserve and DEMAND the safest, MOST pedestrian and bike-friendly streets in the world! If you don’t like it, MOVE BACK TO YOUNGSTOWN OHIO or wherever the hell you came from! See ya! Wouldn’t wanna be ya!

    This is New York–this is not Lubbuck Texas or Atlanta Georgia. Those cities don’t have a damn thing to teach us about safe, livable streets. We’re going to make New York streets the envy of the world, the safest, the friendliest, the least polluted. If you love automobile domination so much that you can’t deal with that, Nassau county is calling!

    This is New York!

  • Ben Kintisch

    Dan,

    You’re totally right. When I was in Copenhagen three years ago, I saw this fabulous exhibit at the city museum where they showed the history of bike and pedestrian safety activism. Sixty-plus years of tireless work by private citizens and government officials has yielded one of the world’s bike meccas. It is now a fabulous place to bike, but it did not get there without decades of struggle. Keep on working, fellow New Yorkers!

  • Ex-driver

    The thing is, a lot of people would say they don’t want New York to be any different than it already is–or was, 10 or 20 or 30 or 50 years ago. Maybe it’s just nostalgia for a city that always seems to be slipping away.

    And livable streets have come in at the same time as gentrification, and have gotten wrapped up in it in a certain kind of NIMBY imagination.

    Finally, some people are just rich, litigious stick-in-the-muds who like to complain and make trouble. Local politics attracts this type like flies to honey.

  • David

    What is funny is that New York is (New) Amsterdam!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Amsterdam

  • carma

    while this is certainly great news. the bigger news for me is WHEEEN will this come to QUEENS!!!

    when it does, it gives me an almost good enough option of completely ditching the subway…

  • Joe R.

    I might have pointed out that “winning wars” is only important if your country engages in foreign policy which gets you into wars in the first place. A lot of people just don’t make the connections. Americans are overly dependent upon fossil fuels from countries which don’t particularly like us. As a result, we meddle in areas like the Middle East to keep the oil flowing. This means we have to spend a ton of money on the military so “we can win wars”. I’d much rather we change our energy policy so we can get by using domestic supplies, with a heavy emphasis on renewables. Those changes would probably cost less than what we spend each year on our bloated military. Military spending helped cause the downfall of the USSR. I don’t doubt it’ll do the same to the US.

  • Joe R.

    I agree about adapting the best practices of other cities and then modifying them for the unique conditions here. Going into the future, I feel we’re going to have to seriously rethink the bicycle network if we do this. We’ve largely emulated Copenhagen or Amsterdam by using protected bike lanes. Those work OK on roads without too many intersections but they’re not really the best solution in NYC where some streets have 20 intersections per mile. Also, a typical cyclist here will be going a lot further than they will in compact cities like Amsterdam or Copenhagen. In fact, if we want to make utility cycling more than a niche here we need to get away from the idea that it’s only suitable for short distances of 1 to 3 miles. We need to start thinking in terms of 5 to 15 mile trips, and designing the network so those trips can be done mostly nonstop. Or put another way, we need to define the problem first, then build a viable solution. What we’ve done up until this point has been more to build a solution without really identifiying the problem. Some parts of the city’s bike network are pretty good, but many parts are still haphazard and/or just not particularly useful for anything but very short trips. We need to be prepared to spend serious sums to fix this in the near future.

  • Joe R.

    I say the same thing to people who complain that NYC is making driving more difficult. If driving is so important to these people, there are plenty of other places they can live besides NYC. It actually puzzles me why anyone would want to live in a city with great street life like New York, and then choose to drive everywhere. You’re not experiencing the city at all from inside a sound-proofed metal box.

  • Joe Schmo

    Andrew Lanza is basically Public Enemy Number One when it comes to getting a progressive, pro-transit agenda passed in Albany. First he got the SBS lights canned and is blocking the new purple lights, then he sponsors a bill to widen the West Shore Expressway, and now he’s also sponsoring leigslation making it more difficult for the MTA to procure parts and equipment at reasonable prices, per the SI Advance article above.

    We should be doing everything in our power to get rid of this clown.

  • Joe Schmo

    “This is New York — not London! This cockamamey “underground subterranean trains” thing will never work!”

  • Bolwerk

    My answer about Amsterdam was always, New York is larger and denser than Amsterdam and probably has longer periods of suitable weather. Bikes should only work better, if we invest in them.

  • Kevin Love

    Don’t forget Libya! President Obama wins the wars he gets involved in.

  • Bolwerk

    Our defense budget is why we have higher taxes than probably at least Germany, and maybe some other European countries.

  • Daphna

    I checked out 2 of these 5. They are really there. There is one on the south side of 40th Street just east of 5th Avenue in the parking lane. There is another on the sidewalk on the east side of Broadway between 60th and 61st Street.

  • Daphna

    Leslie Albrecht deserves many kudos for her excellent article in DNAinfo “Parents, Schools Worry About Future of Fourth Avenue Safety Upgrades”. I am so pleased to see a press account covering the benefits of a safer street re-design. Too often the press has highlighted primarily those against the changes, but Albrecht features those in favor. Really great article. With this kind of press coverage and with the letter from Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, I hope the DOT will feel they have enough support to proceed with the street improvements.

    Brad Lander and Stephen Levin need to look closely at which Brooklyn Community Board 6 members they will re-appoint and which ones they will not when each member’s two year term is up. Lander and Levin have a chance to shape CB6 into a body that will welcome positive changes rather than reject them.

  • West Shore Expressway needs to be widen… have you been on that road lately?

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