The 96th Street Sidewalk Nibblers

Enjoy the new Clarence Eckerson film, "The Sidewalk Nibblers."

"Erosion of cities by automobiles entails so familiar a series of events that they hardly need describing. The erosion proceeds as a kind of nibbling."  –Jane Jacobs

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The New York City Department of Transportation and MTA recently announced plans for a big, new subway station with elevators in the middle of Broadway at 96th Street.

While the new station is a great improvement, the plan subtracts 9 feet of sidewalk space on both sides of Broadway. Not an inch of space, however, is taken away from motorists.

The plans were drawn up and have, essentially, been finalized before the community had even had a chance to look at them or discuss them. The DOT and MTA continue to refuse to make the details of their plans public.

"It seems like every time there’s a conflict between cars and pedestrians, the pedestrians lose." — Ken Coughlin

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96th St. Subway Station and Sidewalk Reduction Moving Ahead

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The MTA held a public hearing this week on the proposed $80 million overhaul of the 96th street subway station, one of the system’s oldest stations. While the new subway station looks great, the plan includes the nibbling away of 8 feet of much-needed sidewalk space on either side of Broadway while adding an additional […]