Today’s Headlines

  • Flow of Oil Might Be Stanched After Gushing for Months, But the Damage Is Done (NYT)
  • Shelley Poticha Is on a Mission to Grow American Cities and Towns Sustainably (Am Prospect)
  • TLC Selects Five Pilot Routes for Commuter Van Service (Transpo Nation)
  • Summer Streets 2010: Now With (Very Hygienic) Dumpster Pools (NYT)
  • CB7 Committee to City: Free Sunday Parking Is Ridiculous (DNAInfo, News)
  • Watch NYPD Waste Time and Taxpayer Money "Policing" Critical Mass (Gothamist)
  • It Must Be MTA-TWU Negotiating Season (News, AMNY)
  • Transit Service Is Shrinking, But Hey, the 7-Train Tunnel Is Done (NY1, Post, WNYC)
  • 86-Year-Old Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn Sued for Injuring Woman With Her Car (News)
  • No New Crosswalks for Van Brunt Street This Summer (Bklyn Paper)
  • upper West Side councilwoman Gale Brewer said she did not think the law should change. “I think it works for residents…who like being able to not get up on Sunday morning to put money on the meter,” she said.

    Ummm…really like most of your work Gale, but you are wrong on this. Anyone who just plans on feeding the meter on Sundays is violating the law since most meters are timed at 1-2 hours during metered time.

  • kaja

    I went out to Valentino Pier in Red Hook, which I’ve been attending at midnight or five in the morning for half a decade now.

    There was a van of cops parked afront it on Coffey street, ticketing everyone who went inside.

    When I arrived a group of folks were protesting there are no signs saying the park’s closed, and the park in the past was open. The cops were saying tell it to the judge.

    In other news, I found this awesome Suzuki yesterday:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgeis/4796007651/

  • Bolwerk

    Transit Service Is Shrinking, But Hey, the 7-Train Tunnel Is Done (NY1, Post, WNYC)

    I know this project is a mixed bag, but what does shrinking service have to do with anything? It’s going to have to go up in the long run.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I know this project is a mixed bag, but what does shrinking service have to do with anything? It’s going to have to go up in the long run.”

    What it means is the “stave the beast” and “deficits don’t matter” strategy is working.

    With all the debts run up handing out short run benefits now causing short run pain, they’ve got alternative transportation advocates objecting to long range transportation investments.

    Next up, objections to completing East Side Access and the Second Avenue Subway. Since money for pension costs, debts and wage increases has already been taken off the table, used borrowed money to prevent service cuts! We’re in no position to worry about twenty years from now!

    And following that, objections to ongoing normal replacement. Just patch it when it breaks down, the fare is too high already! Maybe we’ll be OK for a while? We are in no position to worry about five years from now!

    “It’s going to have to go up in the long run.”

    Well, we could just shrink the economy and reduce the quality of life, as in the 1970s. How is it that they once again have managed to take years “studying” major improvements, and borrowing for them, while bankrupting the government? Are people on this discussion board really ready to hand out excuses and rationalizations for failing to deliver?

  • Bolwerk

    I’m not even sure what that has to do with what I asked. Finishing a project that will benefit us later isn’t a bad thing, even if service is shrinking short-term. It doesn’t mean I’m rationalizing the state’s incredulous behavior.

    It’d be nice if New York had an opposition party, preferably one that isn’t the Republikans.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I’m not even sure what that has to do with what I asked. Finishing a project that will benefit us later isn’t a bad thing.”

    I certainly agree. But the item title implies that it is, because service is being cut. While it is bad that service is being cut, I’m not willing to let them off the hook for the investments they promised.

  • J:Lai

    “In other news, I found this awesome Suzuki yesterday”

    I just looked at the picture – that is great!