Today’s Headlines

  • Jonathan Millstein, 50, Killed While Riding His Bike at Brooklyn’s 8th Ave (News, Bklyn Eagle)
  • Senate Approves $8B Bailout of Highway Trust Fund (AP)
  • Federal Agency That Collects Royalties From Domestic Drilling Is a Warren of Depravity (Gristmill)
  • Defying OPEC, Saudis Vow to Keep Oil Flowing (NYT)
  • City Launches Blocking-the-Box Crackdown; Pedestrians Cheer, Cabbies Unhappy (NY1, Post)
  • More Changes in Store for WTC Transit Hub? (City Room, NY1)
  • Parking Garage Company Grants Cheaper Rates for Smart Cars (Auto Blog)
  • Winners of 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal Announced (City Room)
  • TLC Official Defends Hybrid Cabs at City Council Hearing (Post)
  • NYT Reporter Asks: Is Double Parking Morally Acceptable (to Other Drivers)?
  • Re: blocking the box:

    Still, the bigger problem is blocking pedestrian crosswalks. It’s a bigger problem because it happens more often, it affects more people (pedestrians outnumber motorists), and the risks of harm are far greater than mere car-obstructing (peds are forced to walk out into moving traffic every minute of ever day all around town).

    Nevertheless, the new law, while great, only deals specifically with cars in the middle of the intersection. It does not define ped crosswalks as part of “the box,” so I wonder if TEAs are now ticketing cars blocking crosswalks. I was going to post a letter I’ve written to Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, the Assembly’s author of the bill (slips my mind who the Senate backer was–that info’s up on streetsblog), but maybe I’ll wait till I find out whether or not TEAs are ticketing cars blocking crosswalks, or if that even worse behavior is still, infuriatingly, condoned everywhere.

  • One police official said local precincts tolerate double parking as a “courtesy” when alternate side regulations are in effect.

    This sort of thing is hardly ever a good idea. Who gets the “courtesy” and who gets a ticket? Why have a law and then ignore it some of the time? I thought the whole point of alternate side regulations was to cause parking spaces to turn over so people didn’t sit in them for weeks on end. If they just move across the street then what’s the point?

  • The NY Times article on the ethics of double-parking – and the comments on it – is like something out of another world. It’s a bizarre ritual completely divorced from any practical reality – like people getting all worked up about whether the Duke of Declassé bowed two inches lower to Madame de Cheminot than to Madame de Froufrou at Versailles.

    Double-parking is illegal, and it forced the reporter to wait over an hour to use his car. Call the precinct? Why not call 911 and get her towed away? It’s not a waste of resources; the police really do have the ability to prioritize incidents like this relative to multiple murders.

    Okay, there’s some informal system that “everybody” engages in. But she violated the rules of that system by not leaving her number, so that system should no longer apply.

    Of course, as some of the commenters mentioned, Mr. Gonzalez could probably have gotten where he needed to go by train very easily.

  • I wasn’t there, so I don’t know the truth, but I see the Daily News and the Brooklyn Eagle are both laying the fault on Jonathan Millstein for getting killed by the bus in Park Slope yesterday, though no witnesses are directly quoted saying that he ran the light. And I haven’t seen a single post from a witness here or on the Brooklynian thread saying that, either.