Today’s Headlines

  • Flatbed Truck Driver Kills Maria Minchala, 63, in Washington Heights (NewsPost)
  • Mark-Viverito SOTC to Touch On Land Use, Parks After Dark Rules (Politico)
  • Stringer Warns of City Budget Gap, Cites Devalued Medallions, NYPD Overtime (Politico, Gazette)
  • Q44 SBS Ticket Machines Out of Service for Over Two Weeks, MTA Blames Con Ed (NY1)
  • Streetcar: Constantinides Psyched, Simotas Circumspect, LIC Partnership on Board (Times Ledger)
  • CB 3 Wants DOT to Reroute Traffic on Broome Street Because of Trucks (DNA)
  • Carroll Gardens Motorists Think a Mid-Block Stop Sign Is Weird, So They Ignore It (Bklyn Paper)
  • Heads Up, NYPD: EMTs Will Patrol Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on “Ambulance Bikes” (DNA)
  • Christie MIA as NJ Transit Workers, Without a Contract for Five Years, Poised to Strike (WNYC)
  • SI Electeds and Media Concerned With Anything Other Than Traffic Violence (Advance 1, 2)

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  • Jonathan R

    I deal with the Q44 ticket machine problem every morning. The other day the ticket-control folks came on board and they were OK with my explanation. When the bus is not very crowded it’s feasible to get off at Beach Ave and get a ticket; on more crowded buses that’s not really possible.

    While they’re at it, perhaps the MTA could spring for a roof to cover the entire south side of East Tremont between West Farms and East 177th, where there are stops for the Q44, Bx40/42, Bx9, and Bx21. That would help with the winters as there are no businesses on the block and the sidewalks are never cleared.

  • reasonableexplanation

    Re the stop sign: there are a few stop signs like this mid block in Manhattan, since is an unusual place for it, what they do there is paint a crosswalk with the word ‘stop’ in front of it on the ground, and drivers respect that. That should be done in this case.

  • Joe R.

    The parks after dark rule needs to go, period. It’s a relic from another era. If there are crime issues in parks at night, well, isn’t that what we pay the police for? A law abiding citizen should be able to engage in any relatively quiet activity they wish in a park at 3 AM if the same activity is legal at 3 PM.

  • AMH
  • reasonableexplanation

    Absolutely agree. It’s weird to shut people out of these public spaces ‘for their own good.’ A rule I’ve seen elsewhere is no loitering after dark, so you can walk, run, jog, play, but can’t just hang out on a bench/ sleep on the grass for example.

  • ohnonononono

    The parks all have different closing times, and these times have changed over the years, including times when many were 24 hours. The Thompkins Square riots were basically about trying to close the park at night.

    What kills me is the parks that are still closed at DUSK. In the winter that’s 5pm! All the little parks with early closing times are to me a bigger issue than the 1am closing time of Central Park and the other biggies.

  • bolwerk

    This is the sort of stuff the “liberals” are really, really obnoxious about, and it plays right into the hands of jackbootlicking “conservatives.” Far from keeping anyone safe, it actually makes them less safe by exposing people already prone to being on the butt end of police misconduct and harassment to more of it.

    I don’t see it going away soon, given the entrenchment of the authoritarian Bill de Blasio/Hillary Clinton wing of the Democratic Party.

  • Andres Dee

    Note to MTA and DOT: Your passengers are tax paying citizens. You will not gain allies if you expect people to squeeze their way on to a bus, only to have to get off to buy a ticket, rush back on, then settle in to a seat or standing space. This is not OK and only proves that the people running the service don’t use it and have no clue. Fix the technology, fix the process or call off the enforcement.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    Agreed. I think the DOT guidelines should be changed in order to make these markings a mandatory requirement, especially if the sign is temporary and/or in an unconventional location.

  • Joe R.

    The part that really annoys me are when parks contain short cuts for pedestrians or bike routes. These things need to be open 24/7. Maybe closing a little isolated neighborhood park (at midnight, NOT at dusk) is OK but not one containing through routes for bikes or peds.

  • Apparantly this is not universally enforced. On my commute home, I use a stretch of park road that runs parallel to Myrtle Avenue between 79th and 86th Streets. For about half the year it is dark when I get there; yet the cops don’t chase anyone out. Often I pass people walking their dogs in that section of Forest Park.

    Also, all land on Randall’s Island is parkland. Yet it is legal to ride between the sections of the Triborough Bridge on that island during the nighttime hours. (Though I suppose that anyone who attempted to run around on one of the fields would be stopped by police.)

  • AMH

    This is what happens when we use magnetic stripe cards and pieces of paper instead of smart cards like everyone else in the world.

  • AnoNYC

    NFC should be the standard at this point.

  • AnoNYC

    I agree 10000000%

    One of the stupidest rules in NYC. Taking one look at the demographics of those being penalized is disgusting too. Imagine having to take a day off of work to go to court because you decided to relax in the park or cut through at 6 pm in the winter.

  • AnoNYC

    Keep them all open. A court summons for anyone caught in a park after dark keeps no one safe. If they must, police can question people in the park using probable cause.

  • AnoNYC

    I live in the Bronx and the police officers regularly stop people in the parks after dark, giving summons. Even if just commuting through after dusk.

  • AnoNYC

    The rule you describe is anti-homeless.

  • AnoNYC

    Install these.

  • kevd

    The Loop in Prospect Park used to be rarely enforced, as well. I spent years riding on that loop at 2 am on weekends, and the most in danger I ever felt was on the rare occasions when police told me to leave.

  • reasonableexplanation

    Those are less restrictive than a stop sign. They’re used when there’s an intersection that you stop at only if someone is trying to cross.

  • bolwerk

    They can question people without any cause at all, though being in a park that it is your right to be in can’t be regarded as even remotely suspicious.

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