Today’s Headlines

  • $2.50 Base Fare, $103 Monthly Pass on the Way Without MTA Rescue (News, NY1, Post)
  • Skelos: Senate GOP Would Work With Paterson on Transit Funding (Newsday)
  • Now You Can Track Proposed Transit Cuts by District (MTR)
  • U.S. DOT and HUD Team Up to Promote Transit-Oriented Development (Streetsblog SF, Bellows)
  • NYC Population Swelling as Fewer New Yorkers Move Out of Town (NYT, Post)
  • City Gives Drivers Permission to Block Pedestrian Curb Cuts in Bay Ridge (Bklyn Paper)
  • Motorcycle Ass’n Spent DMV Safety Training Money on Luxuries, Frills, and Hogs (AP)
  • New Ferry Terminal Opens in Lower Manhattan (NY1)
  • Ground Floor Retail Gone Bad (A Fine Company)
  • Volunteers Collaborate on Creating a Bike Map for New Orleans (Urban Cincy via
  • Larry Littlefield

    Looks like our boy Weiner finally did something useful with that ground floor retail survey. I almost got a question on space occupancy added to the 1992 Economis Censuses, which would have created a census of non-residential real estate, but was stymied for budgetary reasons. I tried again in 1997, and then gave up.

    The bottom line is that vacancy is a function of price as well as demand. Due to a longstanding shortage, landlords had hiked up commercial rents to ridiculous heights, to the point where you had to charge $4 for a cup of coffee to make money. So before one assumes that higher vacancy is a bad thing, ask the question “bad for whom?” Not bad for someone who wants to start a business.

    Just as the political class thinks they and theirs own New York and the rest of us are here to be milked with nothing in between, so the real estate portion of the executive class needs to be take down a peg. It’s the end of the housing bubble as we know it and I feel fine, despite the reduction in the fake value of my house.

  • Glenn

    Blocking curb cuts (Bayridge article) is simply an affront to all anyone who is disabled, especially those in wheelchairs, a parent with a stroller or just someone using a shopping cart (ok, granny cart) to bring home some groceries.

    It’s also leaving fewer options for dropping off people from cars or taxis

    Having to walk long distance around obstacles like blocked streets kills pedestrian traffic. Any businesses, schools, senior centers, medical offices, and local residents should be opposed to these measures. It will make these streets even more dangerous, less neighborly and less inviting to those who need to most help in getting around. All so another 50 (probably young healthy) drivers use their cars more.

  • Here’s the definition of “crosswalk” from the NYS traffic law:

    [paragraph] 110. Crosswalk. (a) That part of a roadway at an intersection
    included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on
    opposite sides of the highway between the curbs or, in the absence of
    curbs, between the edges of the traversable roadway.

    In other words, a crosswalk exists, whether there is paint or not, wherever there are sidewalks that connect on either side of a road.

    So, saying that you can park in a crosswalk because there is no paint there is probably illegal.

  • Glenn

    Sounds like something for the TA legal squad…calling Peter AuH2O

  • > City Gives Drivers Permission to Block Pedestrian Curb Cuts in Bay Ridge

    “T” intersections in Bay Ridge means Shore Road, which is already designed to expressway speeds and has very few crossings for people to get to the many attractions along the shore like the Zen gardens, the baseball fields and the pier.

    I asked on that thread why there are curb cuts with no crosswalks–it’s obvious the city meant for people to cross there whether they bothered to paint crosswalks or not, so for this idiot to swoop in and score points with drivers is the height of hypocrisy.

  • The curb cut thing hurts me