Today’s Headlines

  • Senate Transportation Bill Includes $1.4B for New York City Transit (Post)
  • With Cuomo on Board, State Legislators Sew Up Their Districts (NYT)
  • Construction Underway on Cuomo’s Transit-Free Tappan Zee (LoHud, TransNat)
  • Rudin Agrees to Fewer Parking Spots, Fewer Apartments for St. Vincent’s Development (NYT)
  • Whole Foods Coming to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg (NYT, Bklyn Paper)
  • NIMBY Outrage! Main Street in Dumbo Too Choked With Cars to Run Buses (B’stoner)
  • Related: Luxury Upper East Side Highrise Locks Public Out of Public Plaza (DNA)
  • Obstacles Remain on Manhattan Bridge Bike Path (Gothamist)
  • Driving the Speed Limit: A Risky Proposition on Staten Island (Advance)
  • Budget Prevented MTA From Replacing LIRR Escalator Where Woman Died (NYT)
  • When It Comes to Protecting Transit, Nothing Gets By the New York City Council (Capital)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    Older generations, having retroactively enhanced their own pensions, slash them for future public employees to less than they had been promised to begin with. 

    Consistent with the whole range of public policies for 30 years.  And more than public policies.  This country has been bankrupted.  And those who made the decisions and benefitted aren’t giving back a dime.

  • Danny G

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus I know it’s cloudy and a bit chilly out there today, but that’s a pretty grim assessment. I’m sure that those older generations will help their kids pay off loans and mortgages and stuff. Don’t count them out just yet.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I know it’s cloudy and a bit chilly out there today, but that’s a pretty grim assessment. I’m sure that those older generations will help their kids pay off loans and mortgages and stuff. Don’t count them out just yet.”

    What you are saying is that members of older generations are not all the same.  Of course.  The minority did their best for those coming after, but what happened in public policy reflects the fact that they were, in fact, the minority.  So many individual young people may end up being made better off, my kids for example, but most will not.

    What you say is why I think so much passion has gone into cutting and repealing the estate tax.  The “Greatest Generation” sought to build a better world and country for its children.  But the better off, more forward looking members of subsequent generations are desperate to preserve a future for their own children, and only their own children, in a country their generation has diminished.

    Perhaps you might be interested in reading this post on the level of debt throughout our economy.

    http://www.r8ny.com/blog/larry_littlefield/historical_overview_of_federal_finance_debt_and_interest.html

  • It is amazing the new transplants to DUMBO. Rich people seem to want the suburbs in the city. Next thing you know they will want the trains moved from the Manhattan Bridge.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Next thing you know they will want the trains moved from the Manhattan Bridge.”

    If they had built that connection to the Rutgers Tunnel back when the Manny B was shut down, they could have taken the trains off the bridge except for rush hours and tunnel maintenance, saving wear and tear and perhaps a repeat of the deterioration.

  • CityHaller

    Hello–I want to point out that the number of parking spaces is NOT being reduced–only the number of UNDERGROUND parking spots.  In fact, it is being increased–the Reiss building is going to be turned into an above-ground garage.  This was done at Christine Quinn’s request–she decided it would be good PR to reduce the number of apartments and preserve Reiss.  The developer agreed, only if it could recoup its money by making more parking spots.

    ” The Reiss building will now be preserved, though Andrew Berman,
    executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic
    Preservation, said he was skeptical that the garage could be built in a
    way that would allow the facade to be preserved.”

  • CityHaller

    My previous comment is in reference to the St. Vincent’s development, of course.

    So…reduced urban density, more parking spots.  You can thank Christine Quinn.