Today’s Headlines

  • NYPD Offers Reward for Information on Matthew von Ohlen’s Hit-and-Run Killer (DNA)
  • New Yorkers Down on de Blasio But Don’t Like His Potential Challengers Any Better (NYT, Politico)
  • Chun Man Tse, Victim of Road Rage Assault in Queens, Dies From Injuries (News)
  • MTA Won’t Add Runs and Cars to Crowded G Train Until the L Train Shutdown (News)
  • These Williamsburg Merchants Could Use Some Great Busways When the L Stops Running (NY1)
  • Activists Occupy City Hall Park, Call for Bratton to Go (Politico, Gothamist)
  • Map Out the Subway System of Your Dreams (DNA, AMNY)
  • Manhattan Teen Steals Mom’s SUV, Drives to Jersey City and Crashes (Post)
  • 3 New Speed Humps on 32nd Ave By Bowne Park in Flushing (TL)
  • Someone Finally Figured Out How to Make On-Street Parking a No-Hassle Convenience (Crain’s)

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  • Elizabeth F

    When I saw the headline “Someone Finally Figured Out How to Make On-Street Parking a No-Hassle Convenience,” I thought it meant someone had finally developed the ultimate smartphone-based parking assistant. When you stop, and pull out the app, it would tell you if you’re in a (currently) legal parking spot. If you are, it would auto-pay your parking up to your chosen time limit. And once you leave, it would audibly warn you 10 minutes before your time is about to expire.

  • Kevin Love

    How about an app that tells you when the fine particles put out by the car successfully give cancer to someone who breathed in one of them?

  • KeNYC2030

    The NYPD has the car of Matthew von Ohlen’s killer and they’re now offering $2,500 for information on his death? Is that how much it costs these days to get registration info from the DMV? Doesn’t the NYPD get a discount?

  • Elizabeth F

    No… of course NYPD knows the owner of the car is a suspect. But to get a conviction, they need to prove who was driving it at the time. The owner is probably not talking and they have no photos of who was driving, so they need to put together a case based on other evidence.

  • Kevin Love

    And of course they did a full forensic workup on the car to see if the last set of fingerprints on the steering wheel were those of the owner… or not.

  • Vooch

    it’s a cop for Sure

  • walks bikes drives
  • djx

    I wrote to the mayor last year asking him to fire Bratton for Bratton’s terrible job and terrible ideas about street safety. Can I get some credit for that?????

  • walks bikes drives

    Yep. According to the New York Times, Bill finally gave Bill your letter and decided to call it quits.

  • djx

    I knew it!!!!

  • bolwerk

    Police Commissioner Joe Arpaio then?

  • Larry Littlefield

    I wouldn’t celebrate. Because I expect you are going to find that Bratton was not the problem. And those who are the problem are celebrating too.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I wonder if the MTA might eliminate the local F when it increases G service during the L shutdown, and then never restore the local F.

    It would make a lot of political types happy, stick it to the same people and thus not make anyone new unhappy, and constitute a non-decision rather than a decision.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The New York Times editorial board — prosperity can only be achieved with federal funding for suburban homes and automobiles.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/opinion/as-homes-and-cars-go-so-goes-the-economy.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

    You probably think I’m being snarky, or exaggerating. Read it. Borrow money. Subsidize suburban homes and cars. Interest rates are low.

    Later, when rates soar and crush the U.S. due to high debts, Generation Greed will have passed on. They need someone to overpay for those houses to fund the last few Florida cruises.

  • reasonableexplanation

    A little bit unrelated, but you’re probably thinking about engine exhaust.

    Funny thing is, the ‘bad’ stuff that comes out of a car from a human lung perspective doesn’t come out of the tailpipe anymore, but rather, from the tires, brake pads, and kicking up dust on the road. This is most highly correlated with weight, so a tesla (heavy) actually puts more bad stuff in the air than a lighter corolla with a gas engine.

    As electric cars become more mainstream, they will likely also get heavier as batteries get cheaper and people demand more range. It’s something to think about.

  • AMH

    I know others have raised this question before, but why are there curfews at all? There is no reason to ban people from a public place, particularly one in the middle of a major city. It really seems like an authoritarian measure to facilitate mass arrest.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Vandalism and violence. They can’t secure the parks if people have a right to be there. Any perps can just wait until the cops leave before doing what they are going to do.

    Basically, we have been in an era when any isolated, less traveled area was dangerous in New York. Is that era over? I wouldn’t be my life (or my children’s lives) on it.

  • Joe R.

    The same however could be said during hours when the parks are open. The police can’t be everywhere. If someone wants to commit vandalism or violence they can just as easily wait for the police to leave during daytime hours.

    Closing the parks at night probably helped usher in the high-crime era in the 1970s through 1990s. Parks being open give people a reason to be out on the streets going to/from those parks at night. As a result, the streets are safer. When the parks closed at night, people really had few reasons to venture out at night given that most stores in the city close after 9 or 10 PM. The streets ended up being taken over by the criminal element without citizens around to report suspicious activity.

    There never really was a good reason to close the parks at night even 40 years ago. Now there certainly isn’t one. In the warmer weather especially the parks should be full of activity 24/7.

  • Joe R.

    Regenerative braking gets rid of most of the dust from the brake pads. Brake dust is easily the most dangerous of the three types of dust you mention. That basically leaves tire and road dust only for EVs. No reason we can’t have lightweight EVs designed mainly for urban use which kick up less dust.

    Besides batteries evolving to give more energy with less weight, you also have the concept of recharging batteries on the fly: http://newatlas.com/uk-electric-highways-trial/38897/

    If this pans out, EVs will probably only need enough batteries to provide some tens of miles of range.

  • AnoNYC

    This comment though:

    National Motorists Association
    Perhaps the problem with NYC Vision Zero police enforcement is that it is unsustainable with all the other demands that are placed on law enforcement these days. Perhaps the problem is not with law enforcement but the unsustainability both fiscally and with labor to keep the NYC Vision Zero program ongoing.

    Everyone deserves streets that not only work, but can also be put to work. That means allowing people the freedom to travel to the destination of their choice when they want with the least amount of interference. That is a fundamental principle of the American way of life. It also means keeping streets and roads open for the movement of goods and services that is essential for society as a whole.

    Programs like Vision Zero are designed to severly limit motorized traffic in city centers, diminishing the mobility of drivers. Streets that Work should improve road safety that is realistic, fiscally sustainable and doesn’t feel like a government-mandated social experiment. For Streets that Work there should be an end to arbitrary mobility restrictions on urban streets that will decrease personal transportation options while increasing travel times. There should be one set of “rules of the road” for all users so individual and shared responsibilities are clear to all. There also should be intelligent placement of bicycle paths that complement rather than displace motorized traffic.

    We can all get along on the streets and roads of America but pushing a program like Vision Zero down people’s throats is not the way to do it!

    Shelia Dunn, Communications Director, National Motorists Association http://www.motorists.org

    http://www.amny.com/transit/nypd-s-enforcement-of-vision-zero-traffic-initiative-slammed-in-new-report-1.12106566

  • bolwerk

    Once you start from the premise “The police will keep you safe,” you have already set yourself up for a chain reaction of public policies failures.

    I, for one, don’t think I’ve ever seen a volatile situation get better because the cops showed up. All that happens is a bunch of people with guns show up, and the stakes rise.

  • Joe R.

    Very true. Present-day police forces are just an outgrowth of slave patrols from the pre-Emancipation Proclamation era: http://plsonline.eku.edu/insidelook/brief-history-slavery-and-origins-american-policing

    Sad to say, many of them still operate with the same mindset.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Perhaps the problem with NYC Vision Zero police enforcement is that it is unsustainable with all the other demands that are placed on law enforcement these days.”

    How on earth do they get away with saying things like that?

    https://larrylittlefield.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/chart-15.jpg

  • Larry Littlefield

    As I said, in New York City when there is nobody else around is dangerous — day or night.

    http://gothamist.com/2016/08/03/missing_jogger_found_dead_in_howard.php

    And I wouldn’t bet my children’s lives on it being otherwise. So if the park is going to empty, except for the occasional vandal, predator and their possible foolish victim, better to close it.

  • bolwerk

    That’s paranoia. There is for sure risk when no one is around, but your statistical odds of casualty or fatality are probably still exceeded by being home alone: that is where you eat (choking hazard), fall asleep without turning off the stove, slip after leaving the shower, etc.. Everyone is alone sometimes, few of us are killed because of it.

    This is similar to the kind of thinking bike opponents use. There is of course some danger from bikes colliding with pedestrians – even a fatality ever few years – but the bigger danger is of course the cars.

  • bolwerk

    I got no problem with police in theory, but this notion of people who exist to direct other people for their own good is an insidious form of liberal noblesse oblige. The ironic thing is bigger authoritarians latch onto it to create conditions that are abjectly brutal, especially with regard to people of color, the overtly LGBTQ, and poor people. Then the liberals turn a blind eye to it because, hey, their gated communities are “safe.”

    Maybe it’s smaller in the scheme of things, but cyclists (who tend to be young, white, affluent, and male) also become victims because they are deemed lower on the social hierarchy than drivers. Remember how that hog shamelessly pushed a guy off his bike coming off the Williamsburg Bridge, as if it were nothing?

  • Right. Being alone in this City is extremely safe.

    In a place where millions upon millions of people live, there will occasionally be a horrible tragedy. Still, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favour. And yes, I would bet my life or the life of any of my loved ones on that premise

  • AMH

    Where I live at least, cyclists tend to be all ages, black/Latino/Asian, and not apparently affluent. Being on a bike is just one more strike against them.

  • bolwerk

    Sure, it’s not all cyclists, but for various reasons the most cycling-friendly areas are also demographically white.

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