Today’s Headlines

  • Yankee Stadium Garages Could Be Open Year Round (onNYTurf)
  • City Launches Cyclist Safety Campaign (Sun)
  • Protesters Want Hansom Cab Ban (NY1, City Room)
  • Sadik-Khan Testifies on Bridges (City Room)
  • New Traffic Signal for Williamsburg Intersection (Daily Eagle)
  • Electric Car Draws a Crowd in Long Island City (Daily News)
  • California Emissions Suit Dismissed (NYT)
  • More on Meat Eating and Climate Change (Gristmill)
  • Americans More Confident in Locally Grown Food (NYT)
  • Idling Ambulance Clouds Up Clinton and Myrtle (Clinton Hill Blog)
  • Valet Parking at JFK (Post)
  • Gotbaum Invests in Oil Companies (Daily News)
  • Saudi Women Challenge Driving Ban (BBC)
  • Survey Finds Straphangers Waiting for Improvements (NY1)
  • In Defense of the F Express (Second Ave Sagas)
  • gelston

    Re Yankee Stadium garages being turned into “park and ride” lots for 9500 cars. If this cuts the number of cars entering Manhattan by this number, it is good for Manhattan and the region. But can it be made a good thing for the Bronx neighborhood, instead of the nightmare it is dreading with CP? How can it be designed, and with what amenities? This is an opportunity for the Bronx to think big.

    The agreement with the Feds calls for establishment of park and ride facilities. Anyone know the locations they had in mind?

  • Boogiedown

    Well, gelston…

    Do you know how many dormant (closed except for game days) are ALREADY in the neighborhood? Tens of thousands of spaces. The community doesn’t want those spaces filled with commuter cars! That’s to begin with. Then there is the issue of the city financing $8000 per space for the new garages, when we all know there are better ways to direct those resources. After that is the outrageous idea of building these garages on actively used park land. Finally, there is the issue of having children and seniors (cohorts most affected by pollution) play and exercise on top of active garages.

    Additionally, having the city builds vast parking garages to make CP work is just a way of shirking the problem. It is one thing to convert car commuters to public transit users. It is another thing entirely to simply stop them at some “city wall” and then get into transit. This was suggested for Philadelphia in the middle of the 20th Century. It was an idiotic idea then, and it still is today at the beginning of the 21st.

  • gelston

    If that’s the case (there are already unused parking facilities), certainly there should not be new ones built. But can the existing ones be used during the week to benefit the community? Are there no examples of park and rides that are also commercial hubs that stimulate the local economies? Or can they be coupled with some great amenity for the neighborhood?

    I am not trying to be insensitive to the community. Rather, I’m wondering where the required park and ride facilities SHOULD be, and how they can best be designed.

  • steve

    JSK on Bridges: The reconstruction of the 78th Street pedestrian bridge creates a opportunity to address a woeful gap in the city’s off-street bicycle path network.

    According to JSK:

    “The second [bridge rated in poor condition] is a pedestrian bridge at 78th Street over the F.D.R. Drive. The columns on this bridge have been shored and there is shielding under the concrete to protect against spalling. As a result, the bridge remains safe until its reconstruction, which is expected to begin in about a year.”

    Instead of simply reconstructing this bridge, the city should close it and instead replace the East 82nd Street stairs at the southern terminus of John Finley Walk with a modern ramp to the 82nd – 63rd Street section of the Greenway. That would eliminate the need for cyclists to either carry their bikes down a long flight of stairs at 82nd or detour onto the grid from 82nd through 78th (a stretch of the grid that has had far more than its share of traffic injuries and fatalities, particularly at York and 79th).

    Eliminating the portage/detour experience at the 78th/82nd street gap would mean an essentially uninterrupted off-street path from the South Bronx/Harlem through the UES to 63rd St/Queensboro Bridge. This would be a huge step forward in a creating an arterial off-street network of bicycle paths linking the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. The new crosstown East 90th/91st Street routes, which themselves connect with the CP Loop, feed right into this artery.

    I’ll admit that the barrier presented by the 78th/82nd gap is probably more rooted in psychology than the actual difficulty of the portage/detour, but I am sure it has a real effect. It is apparent from the level of usage the West Side Greenway receives that a continuous off-street path will convince many people to cycle who otherwise wouldn’t. Commuters don’t like to carry their bikes because they get grease or grime on their work clothes. Eliminating the 78th 82nd gap would be a major step toward bringing the East Side Greenway up to the level of use of its West Side counterpart, by enabling large residential swaths in the UES, Harlem and the South Bronx to access employment and other destinations in midtown.

  • ddartley

    Building new parking facilities to make CP easier on car commuters is like giving heroin to a dying junkie to ease his suffering. In fact it’s worse than that, cause it doesn’t just hurt him, but those around him.

    Building new parking facilities to make CP easier on car commuters IS the ONE THING that WOULD create the otherwise very, very dubious “edge effect” specter that CP opponents conjure.

    While it’s already a shame to have these parking garages at all, and while having them sit idle for much of the year is not NICE, nevertheless, NOT letting them sit idle IS WORSE!!

    Here’s what I just remarked over on onNYTurf:

    So first, the city seems ready to shortchange itself by the way the garage construction could be financed, but then wait–the garage will be operated privately? Of course a private operator is going to want to operate on non-game days. So WORSE than just the City making a bad deal at the expense of the public and public health, here’s a PRIVATE company going to make money off of hurting public health. I suggest all readers contact the IDA Board and tell them not to allow this ridiculous 1950s B.S. to go through.

    Seriously, please contact all those IDA board members (and your BPs asking them to pressure their appointees). Maybe even at this late date, the very design for parking garages could even be shrunk even more?

  • JF

    Building new parking facilities to make CP easier on car commuters IS the ONE THING that WOULD create the otherwise very, very dubious “edge effect” specter that CP opponents conjure.

    Good point, D! Anyone heard anything from Ruben Diaz or Jeff Dinowitz about that? Crickets. I guess all their dramatics about the “edge effect” were just lies to bolster their opposition to congestion pricing.

  • Anon

    To JF:

    Does anyone really think Ruben Diaz made an effort to address congestion pricing and the health concerns it most certainly will have on his constituents for the cause of drama? He had his say and hopefully people will consider his concerns.

    Senator Diaz made excellent points very early on in the discussion. These concerns should be reviewed before anyone from NYC rushes to grab the federal cash that comes along with this type of plan.

    Instead of building more parking garages to keep put-of-town Yankee fans from supporting Bronx businesses that are located near the stadium, maybe we could do without about a thousand yellow cabs in Manhattan? It worked well for 2 days …

  • JF

    You’re missing my point, Anon. If Diaz had been sincere in his concerns about people driving into the Bronx to park, he would also be on the forefront of opposition to these garages.

    The fact that he hasn’t made any statement or taken any action concerning these garages suggests that his concerns about asthma were a convenient excuse for his opposition to the principle of charging people for choosing to drive.

  • gecko

    Nice, but a hybrid human-electric vehicle including an enclosure would be significantly smaller, cost less, etc., etc. and just as practical. Of course, it would go faster.