Today’s Headlines

  • Sander: The MTA Needs Congestion Pricing (Metro
  • Feds Say Bridge Plan Should Include Flex Tolls (News)
  • Bid Firms Find Original Pricing Proposal ‘Too Complex’ (Voice)
  • City Makes It Legal for Marty Markowitz to Park on Sidewalk (News)
  • Judge Recuses Himself From Atlantic Yards Panel (Post)
  • Amtrak Labor Dispute Unresolved as Strike Deadline Nears (AMNY)
  • Gas Tax Program Would Expand Rail Service (MTR)
  • Speeding Up Buses Isn’t Rocket Science (Gotham Gazette
  • Who’s to Blame for Motorist-Cyclist Conflicts? (LA Times)
  • Tata Could Have Done Better Than ‘India’s Model T’ (NYT)
  • Larry Littlefield

    (City Makes It Legal for Marty Markowitz to Park on Sidewalk)

    As mentioned, the permanent political class here is a separate sub-culture. And they all drive.

    With the exception of Mayor Dinkins, New Yorkers have rejected that sub-culture in every Mayoral election beginning in 1977. That’s seven out of eight. Not to mention term limits, a rejection if ever there was one, which has brought some new people into the City Council.

    The political sub-culture, however, still rules borough halls and the state legislature.

  • nobody

    Re: Marty – The “agreement” between the BBP Office and the Parks Dept cannot possibly be legal. FOIL, then sue.

  • How is it that Marty snaps his fingers and Parks rolls over and ostensibly gives him sidewalk parking privileges? Is it because JSK wouldn’t have given him more curbside spaces? Or is the waddle from curb to desk just too far for Marty and his staff? This is an embarassment for every New Yorker!

  • Hilary

    If the land is parkland, this would raise the issue of alienation of parkland, requiring approval of the state legislature and compensation to the city, typically of parkland of equal value (e.g., at least the rooftop of a garage).

  • ddartley

    1. Markowitz is necessarily cosmically out of touch with Brooklynites, the majority of whom don’t even own a car, let alone use one to abuse public space if he and his entire office drive to work and park on sidewalks.

    2. Daily News gets it wrong; an agreement between a BP and Parks does not make this “legal.” They might be able to win a court decision saying it is legal, but until then, this agreement between a BP and Parks, even though Parks is, I suppose, under the City’s executive branch, does not necessarily have any governance over those sidewalks. It’s like people who think cops are entitled to abuse placards and park on sidewalks because their Union contract says something about parking. It’s wrong.

    Two possible fun protests come to mind:
    Other park users should have day-long picnics on the spots where Markowitz parks, or maybe picnic around his parked car so he can’t move it. Especially in the former scenario, Markowitz’s rights would be zero.

    Or, protestors could get into cars themselves and park all over where Markowitz and his people try to park.

    Either would illustrate the obvious inequity and nonsensical logic behind Markowitz’s privilege.

  • Jonathan

    In terms of health, we need to build a culture of fitness in New York City, where daily or near-daily exercise is considered the norm — and working adults can get regular exercise more easily, whether through employer-sponsored fitness classes, or an expanded network of bicycle lanes for commuting, or other mechanisms.

    That’s Marty himself, speaking in testimony before the NYC Department for the Aging last October. I guess walking up those two flights of steps from the 4 train platform is just a little too much too soon for him and his staff.

  • fdr

    Somehow I suspect that if protesters picnic around Marty’s car or otherwise block it, they will be the ones who get ticketed or even arrested.

  • ddartley

    fdr- Yeah, I know, you’re right. It’s no less than a flaw in our national culture–protesters getting arrested in that kind of situation SHOULD inspire public anger and sympathy, but in this day and age, I think there’s an assumption among too much of the American public that “the authorities” are always right, and protesters are always just crazy. And that’s really fffing unhealthy.