Today’s Headlines

  • Jim Dwyer Rips Electeds Who Played Politics With Transit While Neglecting Basic Needs (NYT)
  • Subway Maintenance Malpractice Is Nothing New. How Will Cuomo Turn It Around? (Post 1, 2)
  • NYT: Cuomo Doesn’t Need More Board Members to Fix MTA; News: Pay for Fixes With Road Pricing
  • Service Is Worse and Expectations Are Higher Than the Last Time Joe Lhota Ran the MTA (MTR)
  • Internal Affairs Showed Up at @PlacardAbuse‘s House to Intimidate Him (Post)
  • DOT Moving Ahead With More Bus Lanes on Woodhaven Boulevard (QChron)
  • Taxi Driver Critically Injures Cyclist on Canal Street (DNA)
  • Wrong-Way Driver Fleeing Police Seriously Injures Cyclist in Midtown (News)
  • The Man Who Assaulted Domingo Diego-Tapia and Put Him in a Coma Has Been Apprehended (DNA)
  • Massey: Deck Over the Cross-Bronx and BQE With $400 Million in New Parks (Post)
  • Guessing That No One Who Worked on This WNBC Piece Bikes on NYC Streets

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    Frankly I see all this reporting on the subway as undermined by two fundamental flaws.

    First, it treats the deals and decisions that led up to the situation those living in New York and not retired will face for 20 years as a failure. Instead of calling it what it is — a success for those who cashed in and moved on.

    Second, it looks at the MTA in isolation. EVERY public policy has been the same. Later-born generations have been made worse off in EVERY way, at every level of government, in the private sector, even in many families.

    And since the young have other advantages, those disadvantages will really hurt with they are older themselves. You already see the ultimate statistic — falling life expectancy. The suicide rate for those now in their mid-50s was already higher than preceding generations back when they were in their 20s, but because the death rate for the young is low overall, it wasn’t really noticed. Now there is no denying it, and its going to get worse as even later-born generations facing even more disadvantage get older.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/death-is-the-ultimate-statistic-ii-the-most-important-news-in-ten-years/

    And, as someone pointed out to me on this site years ago when I was ranting about what I knew we would be facing now in transit, I shouldn’t be making a big deal out of it because once global warming gets going.

  • Vooch

    sell the 1,500 acres of land currently blighted by the BQE and restore the pre-existing street grid.

    City raises between $50-100 billion. Plus housing, schools, businesses added.

    It’s a win win.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I think you are being a little optimistic there. Hudson Yards is pretty much the best case scenario, and hasn’t even been able to pay for the Flushing Line expansion.

  • Vooch

    What would an average price per acre be in Brooklyn Heights ?

    There will be a lot of variation in value, but any gain is better than the black hole of BQE blight.

    restore the pre-existing street grid and watch a thousand flowers bloom

  • AC

    What about the four express lanes on the Grant Concourse, sell them off from 161 to Mosholu, don’t bother with trying to slow cars down, just get rid of the car lanes altogether.

  • Flakker

    I don’t live there but I think the problem with that is natural light. Eliminate the center lanes and replace with a linear park.

  • AMH

    Is that named for U.S. Grant?

  • AC

    Grand Concourse, not Grant, apologies.

    I don’t see there being a problem with natural light, you still have 35 feet of service road plus sidewalk on the west and east side of the road.

  • Larry Littlefield

    If the Hail Mary in a case of fiscal desperation is to sell of a landmarked street, you’d be better off selling off Central Park.

  • Vooch

    dude

    you are a genius

  • Vooch

    they sold one centre

    that means everything is up for grabs !

    Why not sell the land under the FDR. That atrocity needs to be removed and pre-existing street grid restored.

    Pensions gotta be paid. FLA needs the money

  • Maggie

    I just want to commend @placardabuse for the great job clearly documenting a severe pattern in the city. Apart from NYPD’s hostile and environmentally unsustainable stance on this, there’s the point that tolerating visible lawbreaking that the public is sick of, sets a worrisome sign that deep problems are effectively left to fester or worse.

    It’s mind-boggling that IAB would pay an unannounced home visit like they need more information instead of dealing with the problem. The whole point of the account is that the violations are fully documented with photos and need to be addressed.

    With more sunlight and attention if needed, I hope it bears fruit.