Today’s Headlines

  • It’s Primary Day — Your Vote Carries a Lot of Weight and the Polls Are Open Until 9 PM (NY1Post)
  • Nikolas Padilla, 18, Assaulted By Racist Road Ragers While Biking, Made Mistake of Calling NYPD (DNA)
  • City Hall Brags About Bike Lane Mileage But Hasn’t Committed More Resources to Redesigns (AMNY)
  • Why Is NYC’s Bike Network Still So Half-Baked? (Thrillist)
  • DOT Will Stripe a Bike Lane on Eighth Street Between Sixth Ave and Astor Place (DNA)
  • AECOM: 1 Train Extension + Landfill = 45,000 New Apartments in Red Hook (Crain’s, NY1)
  • J/Z Riders Petition to Open the Gates at Shuttered Gates Avenue Station Entrance (DNA)
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  • Good News for Westchester’s Network of Off-Street Bike Trails (MTR)
  • Scenes From a Car-Free Columbia Street (Bklyn Paper)

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  • Vooch

    the Nikolas Padilla story Is a parable of so much that is wrong. and how easily it could Be changed with just some love & tolerance

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Does anyone know what’s going on with Menchaca’s bill to legalize people cycling proceeding on LPIs in NYC? Is this going to go anywhere? They were bike blitzing an LPI intersection pretty hard this morning on Ashland Place.

    http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2564366&GUID=D4E7E09A-5B98-4C14-BAC8-A9D242408B26&Options=ID%7cText%7c&Search=menchaca

  • HamTech87

    While I love the idea of more housing and subway stops, isn’t this in a major flood zone?

  • Joe R.

    My thoughts exactly. We shouldn’t allow new development in flood zones, and we should start taking steps to get people out of existing developments there, with the goal of eventually just letting nature reclaim these areas.

    In less than 50 years these buildings will literally be in the ocean. I’m just not seeing the point.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    They can raise the land or buildings above the existing grade and/or dry waterproof the ground floor.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The Padilla story doesn’t sound like it could be real, and yet we know it almost certainly is.

    And yes, if you are run over by a motor vehicle while on a bicycle involving the authorities is a risky thing to do.

  • Joe R.

    You need to consider two things. The projected life of skyscrapers is generally in the area of 200 to 500 years. Even going with the lower bound, you’re looking at ~30 feet sea level rise in that time period. Add another 30 feet for storm surges. That means the first 60 feet of the towers basically can’t be permanently inhabited. That in and of itself isn’t a major problem. The problem is you’ll need to raise street level about 60 feet higher than it is. This means essentially decking out the entire street. I suppose the nice this is you can have a level underneath for utilities which is easily accessible, meaning no need to break up the street for utility work. The major issue here is cost. People were balking at my proposal of bike viaducts on account of the cost and now we’re talking about raising the land? When it becomes this expensive to inhabit an area the best choice is to look elsewhere. We can do lots of infill development in better protected parts of the outer boroughs where flooding isn’t a problem.

    My idea is to let flood prone areas return to nature (that even includes areas which are already developed). Use these areas for parks and recreation. If they get flooded, it’s not a major disaster. Once you have more parks along the shore, you can consider developing some of the parks further inland for housing. NYC needs more housing, but it’s shortsighted to put it near the water.

  • Vooch

    The project is Big enough to raise The streets above Flood Plain

  • LG

    Red Hook is within the 100-year flood zone, yes. Why the dead men didn’t use it for housing. On the other hand, base flood elevation in that area is 12 feet, which is manageable. Just have to use the first floor and a half for nonresidential purposes and put all electrical equipment and machinery on the upper floors.

  • bolwerk

    Jeezegawd, this pretty much reinforces stereotypes about police as racist thugs and Wikipedos as racist cellar dwellers. This could be editorial error, but the backing over the bike part seems a little dubious though. *Running* over a back seems easy, but *backing* over a bike under those circumstances (red light, bike is presumably parallel to the car, etc.)?

    I don’t know what to suggest in that situation. It’s generally *never* a good idea to talk to the police ever under any circumstance. Maybe it’s best to leave and file a complaint later because at least then your story is in writing and it would be much harder for it to be twisted.

  • HamTech87

    I hate these stories about how many new miles of bike lanes the city creates because they leave out the denominator. 18 miles of PBLs sounds good, but not when there are 8,000 miles of streets in NYC. At this pace, it would take 444 years, or if there are 4 generations in a century, 18 generations, to build out PBLs fully. My great great great great… grandchildren will be able to cycle safely.

    I know not every street needs a PBL, but still the need is enormous.

    At least this article one distinguished between protected and unprotected, as unprotected ones are just too dangerous for kids — a huge pool of potential cyclists.

  • HamTech87

    That scary-ass New York Mag article gave me a new appreciation of flood plain. Red Hook will be a new part of New York Harbor.

  • bolwerk

    Bleh, public risk, private profit. If it’s such a good idea, a public agency could build it itself and either sell the finished units at a hefty profit or keep them for the revenue. Of those 45k units, about 11k directly address affordable housing.

    Subway expansion is always a net positive thing, but it once again ignores the greatest needs. Red Hook is even getting its streetcar finally, which is quite condign for the population and size of Red Hook – not to mention its probable eventual doom.

    Gotta wonder if it’s a good idea too. Because we are almost certainly in the midst of a real estate bubble.

  • JudenChino

    THIS: put all electrical equipment and machinery on the upper floors.

    My FiDi office building was out of commission for 8 months after Sandy! Verizon and ConEd’s wiring were all in the basement. Yah, they’re now all in a crawl space between the 1st and 2nd floor now. But man, it was nuts that this 30 story+ building was out of commission for so long.

  • bolwerk

    If this turns out to be our future, we face the rather dreadful prospect of a dirt mound dyke around Brooklyn and Manhattan pockmarked with giant glistening penises. No brownstones on it, of course, because the park cult is going to need their cut or they’ll let us drown.

    No doubt built by the lowest bidder(s)!

  • JudenChino

    FWIW it’s based on Battery Park City which experienced some of the least flooding in all of the city during Sandy. My [former, small tear] building didn’t even lose power.

  • Reader

    Was the 18 miles of protected bike lanes figure calculated before or after the mayor caved and ripped out the Marine Park bike lane to placate whiny motorists?

  • bolwerk

    If it’s largely landfill, at least they’ll probably account for that.

  • Vooch

    a Public Agency ?

    going to Be a cesspool of graft, Kickbacks, mismanagement, abd crony Capitalist fraud all paid for By The taxpayers.

    plus The housing Units Will Take 40 years to get Built

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    It also ignores the location and relative importance of the lanes being put in.

  • Kevin Love

    Venice seems to manage without “decking out the entire street.”

    A large part of New York City will become what Venice is today.

  • Kevin Love

    The buildings in Venice are “literally in the ocean.” (OK, Mediterranean Sea). Venice is a rather nice place to live. At least the city is car-free.

  • Joe R.

    If that happens expect to see updated versions of these:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphicar

    The NYC elite won’t give up their cars, so they’ll just buy cars which can also double as boats. Probably all dockside space will end up being used for private amphicar parking.

  • Joe R.

    Don’t forget the city was designed from the ground up that way. Unfortunately, NYC has much of its infrastructure underground.

  • LG

    Venetian foundations are principally wood and stone. Has anyone done research on effect of salt water on steel-framed buildings?

  • bolwerk

    This differs from private enterprise how? :-p

  • Vooch

    burden of Risk on Investors Not taxpayers

  • walknseason

    Never, ever talk to the police about anything, but especially streets-safety stuff since they you better believe they’ll trust a petit-thug named Cicero over a black kid. So sad.

  • AMH

    The DNA comments included some really shocking hateful vitriol (since removed) against minorities and cyclists, two categories the NYPD systematically bullies. The poor guy had two strikes against him.

  • Joe R.

    My guess is if we encase the steel in concrete, as we do with bridge piers, it should be OK.

  • AMH

    I’d also argue that any bike lane with a “mixing zone” every 400 feet is not a protected lane.

  • AMH

    Which is a city sinking into the sea (which is simultaneously rising). They are dealing with similar problems, but there’s not as much underground infrastructure to worry about.

  • Shemp

    Heard the CM is trying to get Ydanis to hold hearing on it

  • AMH

    Well, they’re built on islands, in a lagoon, in the Adriatic Sea…

  • But it is pretty hard to bike there.

  • Kevin Love

    You forgot about being male and young. That’s four strikes against him.

  • Kevin Love

    Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…

    We find police officers who actually care about public safety and enforcing the law. What a concept!

    Read this Police blog and turn green with jealousy:

    https://trafficwmp.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/junction-malfunction-and-a-new-dawn/

  • Kevin Love

    In spite of sinking into the rising sea, property values in Venice are sharply higher than on the adjacent Italian mainland. People are so desperate to live in a car-free city that they vote with their wallet. In many cases, forcing out native Venetians. Yes, gentrification and absentee owners are a problem there too.

  • Kevin Love

    Yes, the bridges in Venice are largely step bridges, built before the invention of the bicycle.

    Perhaps a better benchmark is the Toronto Islands. A car-free urban residential community and parkland on low islands in Lake Ontario that are connected by bicycle bridges. Among the residents, bicycle transportation mode share is pushing 100%. See:

    http://www.theurbancountry.com/2011/06/no-cars-no-traffic-signals-no-deaths.html

  • Vooch
  • Joe R.

    No cars, no traffic signals, no stop signs sounds like my version of cycling heaven.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    The newest section going in on 2nd Ave isn’t even going to have mixing zones. Its a glorified curbside lane that will be counted as part of 2017s “protected” mileage.

  • HamTech87

    Yes! They’re really “bullying zones” where those with the biggest vehicle, the car or truck driver, pushes aside the vulnerable.

  • AMH

    “…statistical analysis shows they [cyclists] aren’t to blame, innocent in the majority of KSI collisions it would be a waste of our time, and thus public time and money to concentrate on cyclist behaviour…”

    *Sob*

  • Kevin Love

    Using factual analysis instead of bigotry and prejudice!

    What a concept!

    How do we get that policing over here?

  • Kevin Love

    Roosevelt Island was supposed to be the same way. But, of course, car drivers and their enablers can’t have people see that the sky won’t fall by making an island car-free. (Hint… Island of Manhattan… Hint)

    From:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Island

    The island’s master plan, adopted by the New York State Urban Development Corporation in 1969, was developed by the firm of Philip Johnson and John Burgee. The plan divided the island into three residential communities, and it forbade the use of automobiles on the island

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