Today’s Headlines

  • Gas Hits $4 In New York State, Forcing Some To Reconsider Driving (News)
  • Donohue: Instead of Promising Free Rides, Pols Must Find Money For MTA Capital Plan (News)
  • Reliable Source Steve Cuozzo: Real Estate Industry Survey Proves Nobody Bikes (Post)
  • Think the Earth Is Round? Try Telling the Post Editorial Page
  • Police Union Deal Sets Up TWU Negotiations (And Jim Walden May Run For DA?) (Crain’s)
  • Ticket Fixing Scandal Could Snare 400 Cops (Post, NYT)
  • Cab Drivers and Owners Oppose Plans for Outer Borough Taxi Service (News)
  • SUV Driver Jumps Curb in Park Slope, Sends Four Pedestrians to Hospital (Bklyn PaperNews)
  • Thank You, CT Gov. Dannel Malloy, For Supporting Infrastructure Investment (WNYC)
  • Midtown Pop-Up Café Barely Ekes Out Community Board Win (DNAinfo)
  • Garbage on Sidewalk, Extra Parking Lane Make WaHi Greenway Access Dangerous (DNAinfo)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    News on the Grand Army Plaza plan and an apparent scrapping of the two pay protected bike lanes for the time being. But with a two way lane through the Southern end of the Plaza.
    http://parkslope.patch.com/articles/city-hopes-bike-lane-traffic-light-will-ease-chaos-in-grand-army-plaza?ncid=M255

  • Steve Nuozzo

    Given how much Cuozzo writes about bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, and Sadik-Khan, I’d say he’s completely obsessed – maybe he sat in a pedestrian plaza once, found himself liking it and realized he’d lose his job if he ever told anyone. Maybe he has a bike stashed away in a closet somewhere. Either way, for someone who hates bikes so much, he sure has made them his bailiwick. He should just admit that he has a poster of JSK over his bed and get on with it.

  • eLK

    Gas hits $4 headline – Who will be the first to blame bicycles?

  • The drawings on Patch make it look like a two-way bike lane still on Plaza between Vanderbilt and Eastern Parkway — that would be good, as it would still provide a better connection to the park from the major bike route to and from the north on Vanderbilt.

  • The plan includes a two-way, protected connection between Union Street and Eastern Parkway. Unfortunately it doesn’t extend to Vanderbilt. Full post coming soon.

  • The plan includes a two-way, protected connection between Union Street and Eastern Parkway. Unfortunately it doesn’t extend to Vanderbilt. Full post coming soon.

  • The plan includes a two-way, protected connection between Union Street and Eastern Parkway. Unfortunately it doesn’t extend to Vanderbilt. Full post coming soon.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Cuozzo as much as admitted that the thing he hates most about the new Times Square is that it ruined what he considered to be an iconic view from his 42nd floor perch at the NewsCorp building — the view of row upon row of unmoving tailights as cars inched their way along Broadway in Midtown’s gridlock. Almost everything you need to know about Cuozzo’s view of the city is contained in this quote from his April 3rd column:

    Of course, Times Square hasn’t been a “Bowtie” since the DOT hog-tied it two years ago, closing Broadway to vehicles to install asphalt loitering grounds. The scheme forced traffic onto clogged Ninth Avenue and extinguished the strangely beautiful confluence of auto lights between 47th and 42nd streets, an archetypal image of elegant, urban dynamism.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I’m not terribly disappointed, as I don’t find the ride on Plaza Street to be a problem in either direction. The traffic isn’t heavy and isn’t fast there, and the existing northbound solution works fine for me. My biggest problem is the broken glass frequently found where the Greenmarket goes, which I ride through in the AM.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    I was cracking up the other day, they interviewed a driver on WPIX who actually looked into the camera and said, “If gas prices stay this high, they’re not gonna get my money anymore – I am gonna be forced to take more public transportation.”

    I have no idea: is this a threat? Is he being truthful? Or is it a sad attempt at a comedy routine?

  • Anonymous

    Plaza Street is no PPW. It is pretty manageable traffic-wise. However, I am disappointed that there will be no easy connection between PPW/Prospect Park and the Lincoln Place bike lane. I think people will just ride the wrong way in the bike lane or on the sidewalk. Similarly, I suspect people going from Vanderbilt to Eastern Parkway will also go contra-flow. A two-way parking protected lane would work well there as there are so few interruptions and it would have eliminated those problems.

  • “Elegant urban dynamism”??? Well, it’s certainly urban, but it was neither elegant nor dynamic to have a bunch of cars belching out toxic fumes as they inched ahead in bumper to bumper traffic.