Today’s Headlines

  • East River Plaza, Urban Planning Abomination, Opens Next Month in Manhattan (NYT)
  • Walder: MTA Must Be Realistic About What It Can Accomplish (News)
  • Report Critiques MTA’s Handling of Construction Projects (City Room, 2nd Ave SagasPost, AMNY)
  • Americans Don’t Identify With Car Brands Anymore (NYT)
  • Attention Motorists: NYPD Wants You to Know There’s a Cell Phone Blitz Today (City Room)
  • Electric Bikes Gaining Popularity Despite NYC Ban (City Room)
  • Parking Spot Fight Escalates to Insanity at South Street Seaport (News, Post)
  • CT Needs the Flexibility of BRT (MTR)
  • Deaf and Blind Pedestrians Make Streets Advocacy Headway in Minnesota (Star Trib)
  • Jaywalking Crackdowns Don’t Make Peds Safer (Car-Free in Big D via

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J. Mork

    From the Times’s East River Plaza story:

    Under an agreement with the developers — including such concessions as the installation of double-paneled windows at the developers’ expense, to block out noise for nearby residents […]

    I wonder if I can get Fresh Direct to install some double-paned windows at my place.

  • Glenn

    When I first read about East River Plaza and the fight over the parking garage, I remember thinking “Who would drive there anyway?” I guess we’ll see…

    Is it me or does Manhattan feel like a tale of two cities. The East and West Sides seem to have very different uses of their coastlines…

  • J. Mork

    The good news, also in the Times story, is that parking in the garages will require paying a fee by the drivers.

    This is most likely the first paid parking for big-box shopping anywhere in the U.S. (Though it wouldn’t surprise me if it were still partially subsidized by taxpayers and/or non-driving customers of the store.)

  • vnm

    Du stands in parking space to save it for his boss. Todd purposely runs over Du’s foot, crushing various bones.

    Todd, who could not be reached for comment, was not charged with a crime, though police were called to the scene.

    “I guess vehicular assaults are okay these days,” [Du’s lawyer] Glynn said.

    Imagine what would have happened if Todd had instead shot Du in the foot with a firearm.

  • Glenn

    Forget a firearm, what if he just his fists? Isn’t that still assault?

  • It’s halfway surprising that Du wasn’t charged for damaging Todd’s SUV. And Todd made a critical error in not “finishing the job,” since, had he done so, not only would he not have been charged, but Du would not have been alive to sue him.

  • Re: East River Plaza–

    Mr. Daniels described the delay as a classic example of what is wrong with the development process in New York. “It takes too long to get anything done,” he said. “There are many missed opportunities because of that.”

    What’s wrong with the development process in New York is that too many idiotic projects get proposed. It wouldn’t take too long if the projects made sense.

  • East River Plaza: “Nearly two decades later, workers are finally preparing for the Nov. 12 opening of the shopping center’s first tenant: a 110,000-square-foot Costco wholesale warehouse club, the borough’s first. Target, Best Buy and Marshall’s will start moving in next spring. Of 485,000 square feet, only 30,000 are not yet spoken for. . . . Many factors contributed to the delay, including a long battle with a cabinetmaker whose shop occupied land needed for a parking structure with 1,248 spaces.

    New York City’s Bicycle Access to Garages Law goes into effect on November 11, the day before Costco opens. That law requires a facility with a capacity for 1,248 cars to provide parking spaces for at least 30 bicycles. I think I’ll bring this to the developer’s attention and then ride over to do some shopping and see what I find in the garage in November.

    As much as I regret the the displacement of small businesses that is accelerated by big box stores, one must shop for things one needs, and this Home Depot will be much closer to my home on E. 96th St. than the one in the Bloomberg building @ 60 St. & Lex. that I have been using. Plus an easier trip home by bike when carrying/towing larger items.

  • “This is one of the first properties you see when you come into Manhattan,” Mr. Blumenfeld said.

    It may be one of the first properties you see, Mr. Blumenfield, but one of the first properties I see is the Empire State Building.

    It’s very frustrating that this guy obviously felt a lot of enthusiasm and pride for his idea, and spent a lot of time, money and effort executing this idiotic project. He lives in the suburbs, he works in the suburbs. Why not keep this kind of junk in the suburbs if he can’t build something urban for the urbanites?

  • Cap’n Transit–great (and subtle) Liveable Streets avatar!

  • J. Mork

    I like it too, but I’m not sure I get it completely. Is that a special kind of livable streets hat, or is it just one that the Cap’n finds fashionable?

    (Or maybe it’s a chunk of a big apple?)

  • It looks like a pirate’s bandana with a Jolly Roger–check out Cap’n’s member page.

  • J. Mork, Ive been to various big box stores in urban areas in the US that require a payment (usually its very low, like 25 cents an hour)

  • Actually, the Staples/Best Buy/ Bed Bath and Beyond in Boston (near Fenway) is more like $2 an hour…

  • Larry Littlefield

    Uh-oh. Keep your eye on this ball.

    Why tax carbon when you can pay the money to OPEC as your currency collapses instead? A more economically damaging but less politically damaging route to the same place.

  • vnm

    Parking at the new Gateway Center big box mall at the former Bronx Terminal Market is $2.40/hour. Of course, in part because of that, everybody arrives on foot.

  • J. Mork

    Glad to hear I was wrong on the paid parking for box stores.

  • Thanks, guys! Yes, it is supposed to be a pirate hat. Just a little something to spice up the avatar.

  • I received a direct mail “member for a day” invitation to the Costco at East River Plaza. These “members only” stores are something of a mystery to me, so we rode over to take a look.

    As I anticipated in October, there is no bike parking in the 1,100-car garage, in violation of the garage access law. A complaint has been filed with the DCA.