Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Kills Pedestrian at Hellacious Delancey/Essex Intersection (Lo-Down 1, 2)
  • Prospect Park West Bike Lane Finally Has the All Clear (Bklyn Paper)
  • Bowery Median Coming Soon Too (NY1)
  • Markowitz’s Anti-JSK Rant on WNYC Sets Off Media Firestorm (Post, Bklyn Paper, News)
  • Tom Angotti: PlaNYC Hobbled By Top-Down Implementation (Gotham Gazette)
  • Stat Whiz Nate Silver Computes NYC’s Most Livable Nabes (NYMag, 538, NYT)
  • It’s Fighting-Over-Scraps Season on the Brooklyn Bridge (News)
  • Gambling Cars, Ads on Rats, and Other MTA Funding Ideas Albany Might Find Appealing (News)
  • TSTC Sending Legislative Advo Nadine Lemmon Into Albany Fray (MTR)
  • Friends of Megan Charlop Ride to Remember Fallen Cyclist (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • From the Angotti piece:

    With Aggarwala’s departure and the convening of a commission to review the City Charter, now is the time to fill the gap that excluded neighborhoods. An updated PlaNYC2030 could then be reviewed and voted on by community boards, borough presidents, the City Planning Commission, and City Council, as required in the City Charter.

    Yeah, I’m just shivering with anticipation of the bold new sustainability initiatives that will come out of the community boards and borough presidents.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “She wants to make it difficult, their life difficult, I really believe that…I think because she would like to see more people stop car usage and get on their bicycles or walk.”

    Well, speaking as a car owner, car ownership is difficult in NYC, perhaps more difficult than anywhere else in the U.S. So it is easy to stoke that resentment, because drivers do feel persecuted.

    You park on the street, and you have to move for alternate side.

    And your car is vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

    Your insurance rates are extremely high, to cover the scams of some and the out of state registration of others who leave you to pay for it.

    The bumpers are gashed by other parallel parkers, and your mirrors are removed and body panels scraped by trucks squeezing past double parkers. Your suspension is smacked by potholes.

    If you miss the deadline to renew your registration or inspection by one day, a ticketer can see it if your are parked on the street, but not in a suburban garage (I call it the $55 reminder notice service).

    There are more tolls, and higher tolls, than anywhere else in the U.S., despite the removal of tolls on the East River Bridges and their reconstruction funded by unfunded debt.

    And you had better know five alternate routes in every direction, and listen to that traffic report, not music. There are some roads you just NEVER take, like the Cross Bronx or the Van Wyck south of the Kew Gardens interchange.

    But all this was true before JSK. It’s been true for 80 years. Because there are too many cars in places not built for them, there is not enough room, the region is built on islands connected by a small number of bridges and tunnels, and there are lots of accidents and big liability payouts.

    The best thing for NY car owners, the only thing that can help them, is for other people not to be car owners. Like the good old days described by the RPA essay, about when only some people had them.

    http://www.rpa.org/2010/04/spotlight-vol-9-no-7-when-the-car-was-new.html

    So the question is, what are the car-only travelers willing to do to convince me to not replace my car when it wears out?

  • @Larry Littlefield

    Well said. Send a copy to Marty’s inbox.

  • Re: “NY Daily News – The slow train to a solvent subway system”

    Totally agreed on the extra station stores, Wifi, dynamic advertising, and energy recapture (including kinetic energy from footsteps).

    Add to that list interior/exterior wrap ads, replacing the paste-up ads with projector screens (for interactive, changeable ads like they have in the Union Square mezzanine), and charging station naming rights (including private/for-profit institutions who already have their names plastered on for free like Yankee Stadium and Rockefeller Center, because if MSG and Macy’s can survive without have the stations underneath them renamed then so can the rest).

  • Bomberpete46

    The Daily News Brooklyn Bridge article has one very dumb omission — no mention of the Manhattan Bridge! It has been open to bikers and pedestrians for a few years and is blocks away. Less scenic, so fewer pedestrians, no crowding, and cyclists heading to SoHo, Union Square or Midtown have a quicker, less frustrating route. Note to Brooklyn Bridge cycling commuters: try the Manhattan Bridge….unless you just enjoy complaining about others, it’s an easy solution!