Today’s Headlines

  • It’s Happening: Cuomo Will Tear Down the Sheridan Expressway (NYT, NewsPolitico)
  • The Real Reason DOT’s Taking Years to Redesign 111th Street — James Lisa Lives There (Voice)
  • Transit Fares Went Up Yesterday, But Transit Service Isn’t Getting Any Better (AMNY, PostNY1)
  • The Price Disparity Between Free and Tolled East River Crossings Increased Yesterday Too (DNA)
  • Daily News: It’s Up to NJ Lawmakers to Reform the Port Authority
  • Christie’s Upset That Trump’s Threatening a Trans-Hudson Transit Tunnel and Irony Is Dead (NYT)
  • L Train Shutdown Will Last 15 Months, Not 18 — NYC Still Needs a Serious Replacement Plan (Gothamist)
  • Driver Strikes and Kills Woman on Major Deegan (News)
  • Yadira Arroyo, Killed By Man Who Hijacked Her Ambulance, Remembered By Her 5 Sons (Post)
  • Main Street in Downtown Flushing Will Have Wider Sidewalks This Summer (TLQChron)

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  • bolwerk

    Christie is a sack of shit, but the lesson for the media with Christie and Trump is complete nitwits don’t need to get 80% of the attention in primary campaigns. Somehow I don’t think that lesson was learned. It was obvious to any thinking person that Christie was a disaster waiting to happen before he was elected. By the time most of the media establishment was fluffing his re-election campaign, he had already done immense damage.

    Nothing is going to meaningfully make the L Train shutdown not supremely suck, including the car-free 14th Street. But a car-free 14th Street makes sense in its own right. Even with mushrooming pedestrian plazas, including car-free Broadway, NYC is seriously short of nice pedestrian space. 14th Street should be a permanent pedestrian plaza, and hopefully it can be used to convince the city to create more of them.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Meanwhile, why is East Side Access going to take until 2022? That’s five MORE years. It should have been a five-year project. Have they done anything?

  • Vooch

    Sheridan Expressway removal is a good thing. Let’s pray it starts a movement to return all Moses era parkways back to the pre-existing condition:

    housing
    jobs
    schools
    retail

    These parkways should all be on chopping block:

    Henry Hudson
    FDR
    Harlem River Drive
    Bronx River Parkway
    BQE and its spawn

    The Cross Bronx should be turned into a commercial plates only highway and covered over

  • Crazytrainmatt

    I haven’t been there in at least a year, but the photo in the story on the Van Cortland pedestrian fatality on the major Deegan looks like the section of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail, which runs along the highway while crossing Mosholu. From the picture, it looks like they’ve completed the renovations of the section which used to be awful. There’s still no way to cross from here into the Allen Shandler rec area. They have been supposed to build a bridge around here with the treatment plant mitigation funds for a decade.

  • Joe R.

    Just leave one lane in for bikes and velomobiles when you do tear them down. 😉

  • bolwerk

    You’d think the monstrosities that are NYC Housing Projects, and related modernist affordable housing development public and private, would attract more notice from urbanists, but nobody is gunning for them.

    And I’m not talking about the ownership arrangement. I mean what they do to the streets, to street life, to commerce, probably to public safety.

  • Joe R.

    The biggest mistake with those developments was not putting in ground floor retail. While I know in general lots of people here hate the concept of superblocks, in my opinion it was the implementation, rather than the concept, which was flawed. If you implement superblocks properly (with ground floor retail and making them porous to pedestrians/cyclists) you end up with something better than the traditional street grid. You still have your street life, but now people have large areas which are essentially sanctuaries from motor traffic.

    The open question is would it even be possible to retrofit ground floor retail into NYC housing projects at a cost where it might be worthwhile? You would lose some ground floor apartments, so you would probably have to add another floor to most of the buildings (or infill some of the spaces with new buildings) to make up for it. If it’s cost neutral, meaning the rents from the retail establishments would more or less pay for the cost of retrofitting, then I think it should be done. Having retail right in or near your building would be an enormous benefit for the residents. You could even have inside entrances to the retail so the building’s residents don’t need to go outside in inclement weather.

  • redbike

    | The biggest mistake with those developments was not putting in
    | ground floor retail.

    Agree 100%, but omitting retail / commercial space was part of the original political deal to build publicly-funded housing.

    | would it even be possible to retrofit ground floor retail into
    | NYC housing projects at a cost where it might be worthwhile?

    Mechanically, yes, but the resulting space between the columns is vastly less than what’s demanded in today’s market. I suspect (but don’t know) this design characteristic was similar to Moses’ building bridges over parkways with inadequate clearance for busses.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “It was obvious to any thinking person that Christie was a disaster.”
    It wasn’t obvious to me. After a couple of decades of selling off the future, New Jersey was facing a debt/pension/infrastructure disaster when he came in. All I knew about him was that he was a prosecutor who had busted some corrupt pols, and he talked like someone who was going to face reality and confront the state’s problems.
    What a disappointment he is. Just another hack, kicking the can.

  • AnoNYC

    I agree. The First Houses in the East Village included a ground floor retail component. With new infill constructed on the underutilized land along the perimeter of the developments, this issue could be rectified.

  • AnoNYC

    The City could bury portions of the Bruckner between White Plains Rd and Castle Hill Ave. Same goes for much of the Cross Bronx Expressway.

    The conversion of the Sheridan is wonderful. I just hope a pedestrian/bike bridge of some sort is implemented along the new ramp to connect both sides of the Bronx River over the Bruckner Expressway.

    I’m also concerned about traffic volumes on the service roads over the Bruckner Expressway, which substantially jam up the Bx5 bus and make it extremely difficult to cross along Bronx River Ave.

  • Vooch

    great ideas

    except I believe the Brückner should be removed entirely and the pre-existing street grid restored.

  • Joe R.

    Regarding Main Street, I’m not seeing why we can’t ban private automobiles entirely from the downtown Flushing area. That would also include removing the parking lot in favor of more development.

  • bolwerk

    All the hacks talk like that, but don’t address actual problems. It’s the #1 clue that they are hacks. If those are your pet issues, I don’t know where you got that. IIRC, debt and pensions were scarcely even issues in that campaign. One of the few times it was addressed was when Christie promised to sustain pension policy for emergency services (but not other government employees?). A big issue was property taxes.

    It’s quite comparable to how de Blasio came into power, actually. He offered rhetoric, but rarely took positions on anything.

  • Guest

    The parkway bridges story is urban legend.

  • AMH

    I think it’s only a matter of time until we get there–Main St and Roosevelt should be bus-only downtown (they’re already mostly dedicated to buses). The parking lot next to the LIRR station is already the site of a housing development.

  • AMH

    I think retail has been added in a few locations but the real problem is that federal funding requirements prohibit any commercial space in some of these projects, condemning them to be dead zones in perpetuity. I really don’t understand the logic there.

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