Today’s Headlines

  • Man Stealing Ambulance Runs Over and Kills EMT in the Bronx (NYT, AMNYPost, News)
  • The de Blasio Fundraising Investigation Is Over (NYT 1, 2, 3; Politico 1, 2)
  • Fare Hike Takes Effect Sunday (AMNY); Conductor Cuomo Nowhere in Sight (NY1)
  • Trump Budget: No Gateway (PoliticoWNYC), $910M in Cuts for NYC (Politico)
  • John Degnan Talks With the News About Cuomo’s Port Authority IG Plot
  • Cuomo’s LaGuardia Traffic Management Plan: A New Ramp (NYT)
  • Positive Press for DOT’s Fourth Avenue Bikeway Plan (Bklyn Paper, DNA)
  • Drunk Driver Who Killed Passenger in Williamsburg Bridge Crash Is a TEA (NY1)
  • Car Stuck in Parking Spot? Call NYPD (AMNY)
  • Even the Advance Is Peeved About Snow-Encased Bus Stops
  • People Are Paying to Be Talked Into Punishing Commutes and The Times Is On It

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  • bolwerk

    Gateway is still an atrocity. The only thing that should be built is bidirectional tunnel. If there’s more money after that, build another bidirectional tunnel (for the Times Square area, preferably).

    But rejoice! At least there’s a measure of schadenfreude to be had in Trump screwing over Christie.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Biked in today, and it was dangerous. Lots of black ice where the piles of snow adjacent to bike paths melted yesterday and froze overnight.

    Fearing ice on the Manhattan Bridge I took the Brooklyn, but I was not aware of all the construction in the Brooklyn side.

    And the 6th Avenue bike lanes are impassable. So were the general traffic lanes.

  • The ice looked terrible everywhere I looked today. I didn’t even think about riding.

    So I’ve lost the whole week. Very frustrating. (I could have ridden Monday. But the 20-degree temperature in the morning just robbed me of the will to do it. That’s what a few 60-degree days can do!)

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    “The MTA’s new MetroCard prices will go into effect on Sunday, March 19th. Though the fare for a single ride will remain $2.75, weekly and monthly MetroCards will both see increases.

    Under the hike, a weekly MetroCard will increase from $31 to $32; the monthly pass increase from $116.50 to $121; and the 7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard will rise from $57.25 to $59.50.”

    Not part of the headlines and my fault for not increasing my pretax withholding but still:

    “Please be aware that MetroCard Vending Machines (MVMs) are unable to process split transactions (whereby a debit/credit card, WageWorks® or TransitChek® anonymous debit card is used, then cash or a second debit/credit card is used to pay the balance of the MetroCard purchase price). Please also note that station service booths are unable to accept debit/credit cards for MetroCard purchases.”

  • This is less of a problem than it appears as the monthly passes don’t expire upon fare increases. You may still have time to update your withholding and receive a new paycheck before you need to buy a new card.

  • I didn’t see any ice on my route through the Bronx. Interesting.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    lol, if only, my monthly expires 3/22/17 and my increases withholding does not begin until April.

  • kevd

    Is the commute from Montclair, NJ really all that “punishing?”

    But yes, if there is a stupid trend among a tiny number of rich people, The Times will pen a real estate or styles article about it

  • Vooch

    UES 1st avenue PBL is lovely

    2nd avenue PBL a disaster

    Columbus Ave PBL 50% snow bank

  • Brad Aaron

    This one:

    “We knew we had to give up something somewhere,” said Alexandra White, 34, a grant writer, who recently moved to Bedford, N.Y., in Westchester, from the Upper West Side with her husband, Nulty White, 32, who specializes in corporate branding. While she works from home, his commute to the city now takes roughly an hour and 45 minutes each way. “He doesn’t mind,” Ms. White said. “He says it’s like coming home to vacation every day.”

  • Vooch

    Bedford ?

    the train to GCT is only 50-55 minutes how could it take this amateur 105 ?

  • Komanoff

    Yesterday biked from Tribeca to East 60s, then down to Wall Street. Felt great to be outside in bright mid-day sun and pedaling after Tues-Wed off.

    My only bad move was eschewing jampacked Park Ave viaduct N-bound. Park 40 to 42 was too snow-caked for me to ride. Ditto Vanderbilt to 46. Returning S-bound I used the viaduct, it was fine.

    Traffic super-slow entire time but for once it didn’t bother me. Thank goodness I wore rain pants to absorb the slush spatter.

    I was really trepidatious before I set out. I took courage from a couple of messengers I chatted with in midtown Wed eve, when I was on foot. They said tomorrow would be fine, and it was.

  • HamTech87

    If the guy has to get to Battery Park City, it can be a long ride. I know people in Westchester whose jobs got relocated from midtown to BPC. After a year of that commute, they just moved down there.

  • djx

    I don’t think he lives right at the train station in Bedford or works in GCT.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Felt great to be outside in bright mid-day sun and pedaling after Tues-Wed off.”

    That’s the thing. The ice is melting at mid-day, and re-freezing overnight, making riding to work in the morning hazardous. I expect a better ride on the way home.

  • HamTech87

    I think the big issue missing from this article is car-dependent life in those suburban towns for those who can afford a car. While some towns may appear walkable, most destinations require a car. Schools, kids activities like sports, MDs, shopping, all require driving at least 10-15 minutes each way if not 30 minutes. So the article should add-in what to do with that 5-10 extra pounds.
    Anyone who lives in lower Westchester should become very familiar with the Big Box clusters along Central Avenue.
    As for those without a car, bus service midday and on nights and weekends is practically non-existent. bicycling in Westchester with its hills is tough.

  • AMH

    Yep, if coming home, sleeping, and getting back on the train is a vacation.

  • bolwerk

    Some of it is about making a trend. They publish articles about places developers want people to go.

    I guess writing news is easy if you can find all of it in your own cocktail party circuit.

  • kevd

    This other one right here:
    “The Simons’ quest for the right community took months… before settling on Upper Montclair, N.J.,”

    If some people are being talked into punishing commutes, some are being talked into reasonable commutes from pre-war suburbs with good transit connections to the city where living as a 1 car family is very easy.

    I’m not sure what your snarky beef with the article is. That some people choose to live with a commute (by public transit) that is longer than what you (or I) would consider reasonable?

    My beef is that, today’s yuppies (or the tiny number of rich, dumb yuppies the Times chooses to profile) are paying other people money to figure out pearls of wisdom like this “If you have a general idea of the region (or regions) that you may want to explore and are ready to begin looking, nothing beats actually going there in person.”

  • AMH

    While they didn’t mention anything about walkability, they did mention one couple having to buy two cars.

  • AMH

    It’s a good point; many parts of NJ are no farther than the Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn. Still, it’s amazing what some people will endure to live in the suburbs.

  • kevd

    Yeah, I think it is what Gothamist used to call a NYTimes brunch hate read (and I did hate reading it)
    Here’s the process:

    1) Interview a tiny number of rich yuppies paying too much money for something stupid – probably some people from your spin class or something that are desperate for attention.
    2) Pretend that whatever thing that tiny number of yuppies is doing is a cultural trend.
    3) Repeat.

  • AMH

    There was something like this a few years ago matching suburbs to trendy city neighborhoods–if you like Williamsburg, you’ll like X! Total real estate propaganda.

  • kevd

    if we had rational commuter rail pricing within the city, those parts of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn would have much quicker commutes.
    I’d say “living in the suburbs” itself is something to endure….

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Real Journalism.”

    Now that it’s been taken one step further by the other side perhaps they’ll get back to it.

  • kevd

    There is so much to report on in regard to housing, development and real estate.

    But the Times ONLY covers the topi c it from the perspective of the wealthy – and loves spending as many column inches as possible exploring their motivations for luxury purchases. Its almost like, the real estate section is the propaganda arm of the real estate industry.

    I’d love an article about working class new yorkers moving to Flatlands or (insert poorly connected outer borough neighborhood here) because its the only place they can afford and how difficult •their• commutes are.
    But, I guess lazy NYTimes style and real estate reporters don’t meet those people at wine tastings.

  • bolwerk

    I spent most of the past decade in the Bushwick/Ridgewood area and saw them produce several dud articles before those neighborhoods finally started taking off.

  • Joe R.

    I personally don’t understand people who have such long commutes that they essentially just sleep in their homes. What’s the point? Don’t they realize they’re wasting the best years of their lives?

    I had some first-hand experience with long commutes back in my college days. I commuted from eastern Queens to Princeton. My rationale here was to both save money and avoid living on campus (which I hated). The trip took about two hours each way. However, by scheduling my classes so I had nothing on Friday, I generally only did it four days a week. Also, I typically was done with classes no later than 3. Overall that meant leaving the house a maybe 6:30 AM and getting home a bit after 5. I couldn’t have imagined doing this if I was putting in the same number of hours at school as a typical workday. That would have entailed getting home well past 7. That said, I still found this kind of commuting exhausting even though I only did it for 7 months of the year. I had breaks and summer to recharge. I couldn’t imagine doing this 52 weeks a year for a job. For starters, I just wouldn’t have the energy. On top of that, I would have no life outside of work. The weekdays would be all work and travel. The weekends would just be recuperating from the week to start it all over again on Monday. What a pointless existence that would be! In fact, I hated the ~45 minute commutes I had when I did start working so much that I transitioned to working at home as quickly as I could. Commute time is really wasted time any way you look at it. The fact you’re not even paid for that time makes it even worse.

  • Joe R.

    I have to say I don’t understand their reasoning at all. Since she works at home (and hence can technically live anywhere), their choice of where to live should revolve around what’s most convenient for his commute. 3.5 hours a day commuting is just plain nuts. That’s 17.5 hours a week you’re not being paid for. It’s time totally thrown away. He’s basically working his butt off to pay for a house he only sleeps in. I think I would resent that whole situation in short order if I were in his shoes.

  • Joe R.

    The Times covers practically every topic only from the perspective of the wealthy.

  • Brad Aaron

    “My beef is that, today’s yuppies (or the tiny number of rich, dumb yuppies the Times chooses to profile) are paying other people money to figure out pearls of wisdom like this “If you have a general idea of the region (or regions) that you may want to explore and are ready to begin looking, nothing beats actually going there in person.””


  • Jeff

    Commute time is really wasted time any way you look at it.

    Speak for yourself. I, personally, enjoy commuting so much that I go out of my way to ride my bike in circles in Prospect Park every single morning, because the ride from my home to my office isn’t long enough for my tastes. Unless you think leisure activities in general are “wasted time”, in which case we’re just going to have to agree to disagree.

  • The whole point of being rich was to be able to hire people to help you make these kinds of decisions, I had thought.

  • Joe R.

    Bike commuting is about the only form of commuting where I might not consider the time totally wasted. The only downside of bike commuting might be having to ride on routes and at times where cycling is less enjoyable than it otherwise might be. I like leisure cycling but my personal preference is to do it on near empty roads after maybe 10 PM. I also choose routes which have a minimal number of traffic signals. It probably isn’t possible to do this on most bike commutes.

  • Commute time is not necessarily wasted time.

    During the years when I used to take the subway every day, I did plenty of reading on the train, going through book after book. Even when I lived in Flushing and worked in the Bronx, and my commute could hit two hours on a bad day, I enjoyed it because of the reading.

    Nowadays on my bike, my commute is an hour-plus; and I listen to podcasts and to audio books. Of course, I cannot give the audio my full attention while riding. I have recently been listening to the radio broadcasts of old baseball games; and several times I have realised that someone was on base, but I didn’t know how he got there. Anyway, despite the inevitability of missing portions of any audio content, listening still makes an otherwise uninspiring ride much more pleasant. (The interesting thing is that I tend to listen while riding only during my commutes, and almost never during pleasure rides.)

    I’d say that, if one commutes by train and can pay full attention to whatever media one is engaging with (be it written or audio), then the commute is essentially leasure time, no different than sitting on the couch at home.

  • Joe R.

    Don’t forget we have a lot more potential things to occupy ourselves during commutes on public transit than we did back when I was doing long commutes. Back then, about the only thing you could do was read or catch up on sleep.

    One big difference between real leisure time and commuting is the time of day itself. Sure, you make some good points that one can essentially turn their commute into leisure time if they do activities they might do for leisure. The difference is left to my own devices I would never be doing anything other than sleeping at times like 7 or 8 in the morning. Nothing is enjoyable for me that time of day. Just having to get up that early screwed up my body clock to the point I felt tired all the time, even on my days off. I didn’t realize how badly it affected me until I started working at home on my own schedule. That typically meant going to bed shortly before sunrise and waking up early or mid afternoons. For a night person like me, that’s a much more tenable schedule.

  • Joe R.

    It seems to me there are two kinds of rich people. One kind uses their wealth to experience new things or try challenges. The other kind uses it to expend as little physical or mental energy as possible. Personally, if I were wealthy I wouldn’t want to hire “experts” to tell me how to decorate my house, or where might be the best place to live, or what foods/clothes/ entertain are “in”. Part of the joy of wealth is having both the means and the free time to do whatever suits your fancy. When I read stuff like that NYT article, I think of the old saying “wealth is wasted on the rich”.

  • Vooch


    and bet he didn’t pay off the Bedford town clerk to get a sticker at the good parking lot next to the station.

    sorry but what a doofus

  • Vooch

    not exactly from the perspective of the productive wealthy, rather from the perspective of the appartnick wealthy

    big difference

  • Vooch


  • Vooch

    you really ride up and around GCT ?

    I’m been commutet cycling in the city for nearly 30 years and never considered even trying it.

    awestruck Am I

  • Komanoff

    Thanks but you’ll be less awestruck once you give it a twirl and see how safe and easy it is — not to mention fast and super-fun. Southbound especially, if you concentrate on accelerating up and into the S-curve near the start. Most fun stretch south of the park! I’ve done it around 2x a month for 30 years.

  • kevd

    “spent most of the past decade in the Bushwick/Ridgewood area”
    my condolences

  • kevd

    Well. I think they are still the best American source for hard news.
    Politics, international relations etc. And in those areas their reporters are sometimes able to look beyond their own narrow social circle.
    But almost never in the softer news Real estate and Style sections.

  • bolwerk

    I like it overall, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be staying.

  • bolwerk

    “He doesn’t mind,” Ms. White said. “He says it’s like coming home to vacation every day.”

    Maybe I’m biased by prior experiences dealing with grant writers, but perhaps he enjoys extra time away from her.

  • bolwerk

    What are the productive wealthy anyway?

    “You. Yeah, you. Over there. I need this invented. Now!”

    The New York Times is quintessentially conservative: authoritarian, myopic, obsessed with maintaining a status quo it doesn’t even really understand, “progressive” enough to tolerate some noblesse oblige social programs. Why? Because the poors get uppity when you take everything away from them.

    They just get the labels wrong. They’ve written at least two articles in the past few months extolling Merkel as the face, the only face, of the western liberal order. Apparently they don’t know what party Merkel leads.

  • Some Asshole

    I’ve found some good articles about the poor economic classes in the Times, though, it will be in still-decently connected areas or by trending neighborhoods. Good luck finding something in Canarsie or the public housing in Sheepshead Bay, for example. You will find some for Harlem, Williamsburg, even Brownsville. But nothing too far away.

  • AnoNYC

    Big story.

    Cuomo’s $700 Million Plan to Replace Bronx’s Sheridan Expressway

  • kevd

    true. probably red hook as well – areas they might be aware of from their daily lives.
    And in the “hard news” sections you might get something about lower income people in other areas, but never in real estate. The Real Estate section is 100% about luxury housing and cheerleading displacement.