Today’s Headlines

  • Inspector Stephen D’Ulisse Is NYPD’s New Highway Patrol CO (DNANews)
  • Still a Lot of Unanswered Questions About de Blasio’s Ferries (NYT, 2AS)
  • Slate: Cuomo’s LaGuardia Train “One of the Worst Transit Ideas in America”
  • AMNY Talked With Local Restaurant and Shop Employees About the 14th Street “PeopleWay”
  • DNA Story on DOT’s South Bronx Protected Bike Lane Plan Is Mostly About Parking
  • Driver Critically Injures Person Walking at Broadway and W. 61st Street (DNA)
  • Motorists Strike and Kill Man on Whitestone Expressway; One Flees Scene (News)
  • The Taxi and Limousine Commission Is Now Tracking Uber Crashes (News)
  • There’s No Telling Who a TLC-Licensed Driver Might Be Working For (Post)
  • DNA Presents the Port Authority’s GWB Bus Terminal Mess, in Timeline Form
  • Ideas for Handling Canarsie Tube Traffic Enter Professor Frink Territory (DNA)
  • People You Share the Streets With (Post, Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Kevin Love

    Some of these linked stories just tickle my funnybone. Such as the Post story about the car driver arrested for a fake undercover cop car.

    So if a genuine undercover cop car is impersonating an ordinary car, then a fake undercover cop car is an ordinary car impersonating a cop car which is impersonating… an ordinary car.

    Of course he then tried to use cop flashing lights to blast through red lights while carrying illegal drugs. There are certain levels of stupidity built upon stupidity in this whole story which I personally find amusing. Other people’s sense of humor may vary.

  • ddartley

    14th St.: Just like always, people (of all stripes, even livable streets advocates) unfortunately operate under the assumption that the ability for people making deliveries to park precisely in front of the delivery destination is in the Bill of Rights or UN Charter on Human Rights or something. OMG if I don’t park there, the delivery CANNOT BE MADE!1!

  • Simon Phearson

    It’s a little absurd, though it’s an excellent example of what we can expect people to do, in terms of observing the traffic laws, when they see cops ignoring them at will. Who hasn’t seen a cop simply ignore a red light they didn’t want to sit at, by flashing their lights?

  • bolwerk

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we can’t have camera enforcement. Cops will get enforced.

  • Vooch

    In every civilized city on earth, pedestrian zones have commercial deliveries. Munich allows truck deliveries until 10am in Ped Zones. Its pretty darn simple.

  • BBnet3000

    I saw an unmarked police SUV do this to cross Pearl St from the FDR offramp to get into 1 Police Plaza faster. I assume there was not an urgent emergency at 1 PP or it would have made the news.

  • Guest

    No they won’t. Check @placardabuse on twitter… They’ll just put on a cover to blur out their license plate or remove it entirely.

  • JudenChino

    To do that mini u-turn? I don’t think that’s too offensive.

  • stairbob

    I don’t really understand “before 10 am”. Wouldn’t that conflict with rush hour?

  • BBnet3000

    No, to cross Pearl from the end of the FDR ramp to get into the police compound. It was around 5:30 pm so they were probably getting back to the office to switch to their personal car to drive home.

  • ddartley

    Not if the proposals for 14th St. would turn them into anything that could be called pedestrian zones; I’m just saying it’s ridiculous for the restaurant workers quoted in AMNY to assume that if their deliveries can’t be made on 14th, then they can’t be made at all.

  • com63

    Rush hour for pedestrians starts after 10am. It is probably more like 11am – 10pm in most parts of the city.

  • Vooch

    agreed

  • Vooch

    dude,

    just saying there are like totally simple solutions to the question of deliveries ‘cuz it’s been like worked out before; man

  • kevd

    Yup!
    Tons of trucks and vans on pedestrianized streets making deliveries in Europe.
    But – European delivery drivers aren’t sociopathic maniacs like ours, and they aren’t insane there so they don’t make deliveries by 53″ trailer.

  • stairbob

    Right. I agree 100%.

  • Vooch

    it’s amazing to see delivery trucks in pedestrian zones driving about 1/2 mile an hour hardly disturbing any Human

  • ahwr

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/misc/nycdot-bi-annual-pedestrian-index.xls

    The city conducts biannual short counts at a handful of locations in the city. Combined totals per hour the 7-9am weekday counts were 54% of the 4-7pm weekday counts in May 2015. (251k vs 687k)

    https://data.ny.gov/City-Government/Times-Square-pedestrian-counts/dv6z-emb2

    Adjust for variable length time periods and you’ll find the 8:30-10:15 count is much lower than later in the day.

  • kevd

    well, to be fair some of them often top 5mph – still disturbing no one.