Today’s Headlines

  • City Says State Budget Gives MTA Too Much Leeway on Zoning (WSJ)
  • One of Cuomo’s MTA Board Nominees Was Just Awarded a Big MTA Contract (WNYC)
  • Got a Plan to Handle the L Train Shutdown? Bring It (News)
  • DOT Proposes Narrowing Auto Lanes and Adding Bike Lanes to Slow Drivers in Stapleton (DNA)
  • Manhattan CB 4: DOT Resistance to Split-Phase Signals Is Killing People (DNA)
  • Car Thief Who Killed Woman on Henry Hudson Parkway Has History of License Suspensions (DNA)
  • Queens Electeds Rallied for Toll Reform; Gianaris and Simotas Not Onboard (Times Ledger)
  • Daneek Miller Says Move NY Wouldn’t Provide Queens Residents With Alternatives to Driving (Crain’s)
  • DNA Goes Longform on the Past and Future of NYC Street Fairs
  • Cuozzo: Let Building Owners Bring Commercial Activity to “Lousy” Water Street Plazas (Post)
  • Pat Lynch Wants to Pick the Next Mayor (WSJ)

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  • bolwerk

    If there are no grounds to fire Pat Lynch, there should be. A police union monkeying with politics might be the biggest affront to democracy there is. Not to mention there is no reason to trust someone who spews his bombastic, authoritarian rhetoric with a badge. The kicker? De Blasio does almost everything the police want anyway.

  • BBnet3000

    Plenty of the Water Street arcades are active spaces: the ones where the building owners put retail inside their adjacent building envelope rather than sitting around for decades waiting for a handout from the City.

    The picture at the top of the article is a former water feature filled with rocks at 77 Water. Of course there’s nobody using it, it’s a big hole in the ground. 50 feet from that picture is an actual plaza on Gouveneur Lane that has lots of activity despite being in disrepair (though they’re doing some work on it now).

  • reasonableexplanation

    Re the split level signals story:

    It’s really surprising how little of these we have. Not just for peds, but for cars too. NYC is one of the only places in the NE that regularly has unprotected left turns across multiple lanes of traffic on busy roads.

    The more we separate traffic the better. This includes both Barnes dance for peds and protected left turn phases for cars.

  • Guest

    Hopefully Preet gets around to indicting Pat Lynch before we get into election season. We’ve had enough of his corruption, we don’t need more of his venomous rhetoric to boot.

  • JudenChino

    I love the Water St plazas and arcades. We have so much construction, traffic and congestion. Roads are narrow as fuck and we’ve got delivery trucks parked on the sidewalks all day. I value that little bit of space.

  • djx

    ” De Blasio does almost everything the police want anyway.”

    ALMOST is the key word. He hasn’t actually praised the officers who killed Eric Garner, tackled James Blake, etc. In Lynch’s world, cops should be getting more love for delivering beatdowns, deaths, and searches based on random hunches and biases.

    Or just because they’ve having a bad day. Everyone has a bad day sometimes, and just because a cop can ruin lives, BdB really can’t cut them some slack when they do? Or give them some love?

    Can’t the mayor give the police the courtesy of a little praise every time a video comes out of them killing and beating unarmed people? Is that too much to ask? Sheesh.

  • bolwerk

    I guess he isn’t out there cheering for Danny Panataleo, but that might be doing rotten cops a favor too. If he were, a lot of de Blasio’s allies might well break with him in favor of someone less authoritarian. He pretty much defers to Bratton, who seems to defer to Internal Affairs.

  • AMH

    A LPQ just opened in the Goldman Sachs building, livening up the arcade and plaza with outdoor seating. This is what we need more of.

  • bolwerk

    That’d be awesome, but I’m not aware he is guilty of anything except being a massive fucking jerk.

  • HamTech87

    You have to hand it to Cuomo and the MTA. He has chutzpah. Nominating someone with an obvious conflict-of-interest, and a campaign donor no less. Unbelievable.

  • Guest

    Come on, the guy is nearly openly running a protection racket! How about starting with the sale of PBA cards and decals, then not ticketing the vehicles that display them? Or simply follow the money he’s funneling into political campaigns; no way that’s all clean!

  • Flakker

    It would be easier to take Daneek Miller seriously if he acknowledged that Move NY, although not perfect, does include a mechanism that will bring us closer to cheaper LIRR access for city residents. That said, does anyone know why the Penn Station Access plan doesn’t include a Queens stop? It seems like it would be a no-brainer esp. given the abject uselessness of some of the proposed East Bronx stops they are including.

  • djx

    Not ticketing cars with PBA cards is just a “professional courtesy.” What have you got against courtesy?

  • Joe R.

    Of course, the reason we don’t do more of this is the obsession with throughput. Any separate phase usurps time from the green phase, which in turn reduces street capacity.

  • reasonableexplanation

    Is that actually the reason though? I was under the impression that not including separate phases was a lack of action, not a deliberate action. (To the city’s credit, whenever an intersection gets new lights it usually gets at least a protected left, and sometimes ped preemption).

  • bolwerk

    Can Lynch be personally linked to that?

  • Joe R.

    It’s definitely a reason on streets with heavy traffic for much of the day. On other streets I’d say the reason is just institutional inertia, meaning the city hasn’t gotten around to it yet. Sad to say, the city is mostly reactive about installing safety measures, not proactive. You often won’t get separate phasing where it’s needed until someone gets hurt or dies.

    On another note, we can minimize the impact of separate phasing on throughput if we used sensors more (another thing NYC seems allergic to). You could have left turn lane sensors which only give the left turn signal if vehicles are present, and then only for as long as it takes to clear out the left turn lane. You could even use sensors on main arteries which keep the light green unless pedestrian or vehicular cross traffic is detected. This is done on NY25 past city limits at night. I often go over 6 miles without seeing a red light.

  • Frequent Streetsblog Commenter

    I’ve had PBA cards from two different NYPD, and I’ve never paid a cent. It’s not much of a protection racket if the gang just gives the protection away.

  • ahwr

    In Nassau NY25 is Jericho right? I always remember that street having very long delay for crossing pedestrians during the day. Not a good model.

  • Joe R.

    Yes, Jericho Turnpike outside city limits and Jamaica Avenue inside city limits. I can’t speak one way or another about the pedestrian delay. Done right, sensors should give a vehicle or pedestrian crossing a street a green signal within 10 seconds. During the day the lights are on regular cycles due to the heavier traffic. They may indeed have way too long of a wait for crossing pedestrians. The only saving grace is pedestrians are less common out there.

  • I love the headline: Manhattan CB 4: DOT Resistance to Split-Phase Signals Is Killing People .. Exactly our feeling. on 8th and 9th avenues 9 fatalities , all in ped crossing and all with the walk sign..

    By the way a case can be made that split phase will increase throughput at these intersections where there are so many pedestrians crossing the street at peak hour that only very few cars – if any – can make the turn. Cars ought to have a decent turning phase as well. Everyone gets their own phase .

  • Like the idea of sensors. in Hell’s kitchen there are constant streams of cars waiting to turn because there are too many pedestrians in the crosswalk. So split phases could actually increase the throughput .

  • neroden

    Pat Lynch needs to go to prison for life for his numerous crimes.

  • neroden

    If you look back through Lynch’s history, he actually organized and incited riots committed by “police” in order to impede the enforcement of the laws. Statute of limitations might have expired for his crimes, though.

  • vnm

    People from the east Bronx who will be able to catch trains to Penn Station or to the New Haven Line stations would take great issue with characterizing the new stations as abjectly useless.

  • Flakker

    I was thinking in particular of the Co-op City stop which is no closer to Co-op City than existing subways. However, wikipedia says that the MTA did consider an Astoria stop but ridership would be too low.

  • ahwr

    http://i.imgur.com/YG1mQjU.png

    Most of the projected ridership is northbound in the morning, not to Penn station. It’s not expected to really compete with existing subways.

    Page 40 here.

    http://web.mta.info/mta/planning/psas/pdf/comp_results.pdf

    More documents here if interested.

    http://web.mta.info/mta/planning/psas/index.html

  • vnm

    ahwr is correct, but for those who DO want to use it to get to Manhattan . . . the existing subway is the 5 or 6, which go to the east side and take a long time. This would go to the west side, and take a shorter time. Definitely worth the walk, depending on your needs and preferences.