Today’s Headlines

  • Jimmy Vacca Vies With Sean Sweeney to Be Media’s Go-To Anti-Bike Crank (City & State)
  • Cuomo Unmoved by Closed-Door “Summit” — No Deal on Livery Cab Bill (NY1, WNYC)
  • Pat Foye Says Tolls Are at the Right Level, Talks Up Fast-Tracked Tappan Zee (TransNat)
  • Is Marty Markowitz Mounting a Dog-Whistle Campaign to Toll the BQE? (HuffPo)
  • Stringer-Commissioned Study Finds Walmart Would Mean Less Fresh Food for Harlem (News)
  • Bob Diamond Sues City Over Quashed Red Hook Trolley Project (Bklyn Paper)
  • SFPark Hasn’t Influenced Parking Patterns as Much as Anticipated (GGW)
  • Comprehensive Read on the History of the Cycle Track From Urban Omnibus
  • Ignoring Prosecutors and Victims, Suffolk Judge Frees Repeat-DWI Offender Who Hurt Four (TRD 1, 2)
  • New York Is Second-Most Expensive City in U.S. to Buy a Home (Crain’s)
  • Robert Moses’ Henry Hudson Bridge Is 75 This Week (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Re R.I.P. Milk Street Cafe: I don’t get why you chose to link to a snarky Gothamist story blaming the Occupy protests/protesters for the cafe’s closing, when yesterday’s Daily News had a story ( ) in which owner Marc Epstein forthrightly attributed the drop in foot traffic that led to the closing, to the NYPD *barricades*, not the protesters.

    “Epstein blamed the barricades that remained in front of his restaurant even after the Occupy Wall Street protestors were removed from Zuccotti Park.” etc., etc.

  • Bronx Bomber

    Does Vacca know how ignorant he sounds?  Does he care?

  • Brad Aaron

    You’re right, Charlie. That post misrepresents Epstein’s complaint. I pulled the link.

  • Brad Aaron

    You’re right, Charlie. That post misrepresents Epstein’s complaint. I pulled the link.

  • Brad Aaron

    You’re right, Charlie. That post misrepresents Epstein’s complaint. I pulled the link.

  • Brad Aaron

    You’re right, Charlie. That post misrepresents Epstein’s complaint. I pulled the link.

  • Anonymous

    @bradaaron:disqus Great, Aaron. Thanks.

  • kevd

    The snarky gothamist article and its blaming of the OWS protest for the Milk Street Cafe’s closing is a textbook example of something called “sarcasm”.

  • carma

    and why do you think the nypd needs barricades???
    the point is, it WAS the ows that indirectly contributed to the milk street cafe closing.

    its simple.  if you cant get into the store, you are not going to have business.  the fact was, you couldnt get to the store even if you were on the other side of the street.

    the nypd justifiably had the right to control a large crowd whether they protest peacefully or not.   they still have to control a crowd.  its called pre-emptive preparation.

  • “and why do you think the nypd needs barricades???”

    The NYPD did not, and does not need barricades. 

  • The Prince of Grand Street

    Time for Sean Sweeney to curl up into a ball and roll away. He speaks for no one. He represents SoHo circa 1985. Why does the press continue to use him as a source? Is Sweeney the only guy they can find in Lower Manhattan to speak against livable streets? Seriously.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The Milk Street Cafe is a small part of the chaos going on.  Occupy Wall Street and the installation of bike lanes in New York City are causing a financial crisis in Europe with global implications, and a huge slowdown in manufacturing activity in China.

  • moocow

    That’s some really disappointing logic there, carma.

  • kevd

    Nice to see some humor on these pages, Larry.  Thanks.

  • BKNY

    I’d really prefer if my street had no cars on it.  I welcome bikes.

  • carma


    i know youd probably disagree with me.  but sorry, its the truth.

  • @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus It’s not about disagreeing with your position that the NYPD has to do their jobs. It’s about your argument that restricting pedestrian traffic in the neighborhood – to the point where it has had significant impact on street-level business – is a necessary response to protests. At no point has that been a necessary response! It has been, instead, the city’s prerogative to keep protesters away from Wall Street. And what’s the reason for that? Because prominent financial institutions were intolerant of the protests as if they owned the streets! There were other ways to mitigate the public impact of the protests while allowing protests to continue, but this solution of complete intolerance and physical restriction was the one that best served the banks and the stock exchange. And it pretty much screwed over everyone else. But they’re used to doing that! 

  • carma


    That is completely false.   The concept of freedom of speech and protest still exists.  at what point does it cause pain and suffering to your populace does it require police intervention.  that is exactly what the city was preparing for by the fencing in.  citizens could NOT get into their places of work, business, homes b/c the streets were flogged with the OWS protestors.  THATS why there were barricades so that even though it may have been inconvenient, at least the people who needs to get to their destination have a way to do so.

    lets put it this way.  you dont put salt on streets after a blizzard has occurred when you know of an imminent snowstorm coming.

    btw:  i also dont like institutions like GS, AIG, C getting bailed out.  but at the same time, i dont necessarily agree that protesting in front of their institutions does any good when the folks working in wall street.  ARE PART OF THAT SAME so called 99%

  • Joe R.

    @brianvan:disqus Remember it’s the NYPD you’re talking about here.  Pretty much everything they do is heavy-handed and excessive.  I remember years ago before they started penning people up at major public events like New Year’s Eve how much more spontaneous things were.  Allegedly, terrorism is the oft-used excuse for many of their tactics, but I don’t buy it.

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus Yes, when people’s right to protest starts to interfere with the normal functioning of society, then the police have a right to take action.  I never personally saw any of the OWS protests, so I can’t say whether or not that was the case.  Maybe the barricades were needed to ensure normal pedestrian traffic flow, maybe not.  The problem I have is the NYPD always seems to use the most extreme tactics first.  This attitude starts from the top down.  It’s one reason the police aren’t well-liked or trusted these days.  I’m old enough to remember when they didn’t use these tactics years ago, yet somehow society still functioned, and we all were still safe.

  • fj

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