Today’s Headlines

  • Ray Kelly Rules NYPD From the Back Seat of a Rolling "Bunker" (New York Mag)
  • City Park Patrons Victimized by Albany Budget Fiasco (Post, NY1, WNYC)
  • LIRR Service Cuts Now in Effect (1010 WINS, News, NY1)
  • Third Primary Challenger Emerges to Take on Pedro Espada (BoogieDowner
  • DOT Revisits Red Hook Rail Plan (Post)
  • Brooklyn Paper Pits Greenpoint Ave Businesses Against Cyclists
  • Washington Heights BID Under Scrutiny (Manhattan Times 1, 2)
  • SF Planners Show NYC’s Amanda Burden How to Shape People-Friendly Streets (Streetsblog SF)
  • Brooklynian Has Another Account of Saturday’s Park Slope Ambulance-Pedestrian Crash
  • Slate, Tom Vanderbilt Weigh Benefits and Dangers of Speed-Driven Emergency Response
  • 6 Cyclists Run Down in Broad Daylight on Quebec Highway; 3 Die (Montreal Gazette 1, 2, 3)
  • Oil Spill Threatens South Florida; Obama to Launch Independent Probe (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Ian Turner

    At least one of these “challengers” must be an Espada shill. With the race split 4 ways, our awful incumbent stands an excellent chance of coming out tops.

  • Nice to see that Brooklyn Paper doesn’t bother to blame the backed-up traffic on Greenpoint Avenue westbound on the personal automobilists who use the bridge as a convenient shortcut from the LIE to Williamsburg and Bushwick.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “After two decades of false starts, the city is finally back on track with plans to build a light-rail or trolley line connecting Brooklyn’s most transit-starved neighborhood with its downtown area.”

    “The city Transportation Department expects to select a consultant within the next two months to study running the mile-long line from the Red Hook waterfront to Atlantic Avenue at the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is in walking distance to several subway and bus lines.”

    Back on track because a consulant will be paid for a study? Come on — after 40 years of “studies,” I’m sick of these political devices. They might was well just draw lines on a map and issue the press release, saving a few bucks.

    Study bike routes. Because the bicycle infrastucture costs little to build and has no associated operating costs, the city and state might be able to afford it.

  • From one of the Montreal Gazette stories:

    “If we were in the United States, the driver responsible for destroying our lives would already be before the courts. The simple reality is that we are responsible for the safety of others when we wield a weapon, the automobile.”

    If only that were true. The driver remained at the scene and tried to give first aid to the victims. He wouldn’t have gotten a ticket here, either.

  • rlb

    They are removing two lanes of traffic from a bridge and replacing them with bikelanes and all Streetsblog has to say about it is some suggestive criticism of a paper any reasonable cyclist has long since lost respect for?
    Come on Streetsblog! The JJ Byrne Memorial bridge is living the dream!

  • Moser

    The Red Hook trolley work is the result of a Congressional earmark.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The Red Hook trolley work is the result of a Congressional earmark.”

    That’s typical of these things — a little handout to get your name in the paper, and some grateful consultants. Geez — there was a more realistic proposal to extend a bus route to a terminal on the other side of the BBT, now shelved because of budget cuts.

  • kaja

    I live in the ‘Columbia Waterfront,’ and the B71 extension via the BBT which Larry’s referred to would have revolutionized my commute. My friends in Park Slope share the sentiment.

    Accepting the Red Hook Trolley as a consolation prize, but would sort of prefer it ran Smith and Court in a two-way pair. (Twinned service on Columbia and Smith/Court, for actually reliable Red Hook trains come 2050? A man can dream.)