Today’s Headlines

  • Senate Republicans, Suburban Dems, and Chris Christie Oppose Transit Commuter Tax (Gothamist)
  • Mike Rogalle Struck by FDNY Inspector in SUV While Walking on Lower Manhattan Sidewalk (News)
  • Bronx Cyclists Plan Month of Events to Push for Better Bike Infrastructure (DNAinfo)
  • Zoning Changes Haven’t Stopped Illegal Curb Cuts in Midwood (News)
  • Bloomberg Fast-Tracks Grand Central-Area Upzoning as Legacy Item (News)
  • Even on Home Opener, Subsidized Yankee Stadium Garages All But Empty (NBC)
  • Winning Bike Lanes Still Uphill Battle in Bay Ridge (NextAmCity)
  • Times Asks UES Germophobe to Psychoanalyze Riders of Exotic Three-Door Buses
  • SoHo BP Gas Station Hopes to Rent Out Garage, Currently “Underutilized” (DNAinfo)
  • Family of Henry Garcia, Teen Slain While Biking, Can’t Afford Funeral (News)
  • Taxi-Truck Collision Injures Three, Sends Cab Into Side of Hotel (Fox, Gothamist)
  • Jason Gay: Get on a Bike, But Please Take Off Your Headphones (WSJ)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    Who Schumerized Obama?

    The Republicans are doing the same old pander by blaming environmentalists for high gas prices. And now the Democrats are doing the same old pander by blaming speculators.  As both cast a negative judgement on both the intelligence and the values of the American people, as well as themselves.

    You’d think they’d at least have to come up with a different schtick after nearly 40 years.  But perhaps most of those in the generations in charge haven’t thought seriously about anything in that long.

  • Anonymous

    Re: Parking Garages  at Yankee Stadium.

    We need Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now and NYDN on the case (well, even more so).  I bet if/when he gets through with it, people will be in jail.

    There’s no way something like this fails so spectacularly, without some fraud or bribery .

    In short –> Private Interest gets rich off of taxpayers in a manner that was foreseeable that the taxpayers would be getting f–ked.  Whenever you have that combination, there’s something fishy going on.  This ain’t on the Waterfront.  This is front page news. Where there’s smoke . . .  What I’m saying is, that it wasn’t a failure.  It’s worked as planned for those who are profiting. 

  • Joe R.

    For all the complaints about bicycles on sidewalks, it seems like cars kill or injure far more people on sidewalks than bicycles do. It still boggles my mind what a person driving a car has to do in order to “accidentally” end up on a sidewalk, or crash into a building. At best, crashing in this manner is an indication of gross incompetence. At worst, it’s gross negligence. Either way, anyone who ends up on a sidewalk should never be allowed behind the wheel of a motor vehicle again. The usual “no charges filed” puzzle me as much as how someone driving 30 mph or less can somehow end up on a sidewalk. Sorry, but “lost control” just doesn’t cut it here as a valid excuse.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “It’s worked as planned for those who are profiting.”

    No one is profiting.  It was idiocy based on obsolete assumptions that have been proved false — that people affluent enough to afford to go to the stadium will be unwilling to joing the hoi polli on mass transit, and that lots of parking is needed for the Yankees to succeed.

    The question is, what is the deal between the City of New York and the Yankees?  I had heard that in exchange for the Yankees not moving to New Jersey, the city had to guarantee a certain amount of parking for their exclusive use on game day.  Who was the contract with, and what does it say?  That isn’t out there in the MSM.  Perhaps it could be investigated.

    If the contract is with the city, then perhaps the bondholders can threaten to tear down the garage and the Yankees can force the city to pay for taking away “their” parking.  But if the bankruptcy of the parking garage wipes out the obligation, the city is truly off the hook.

    The garage could then be torn down for a PRIVATE redevelopment with PRIVATE money.  Or a new garage owner, with a renegotiated debt load, could use the existing garage for non-Yankee parking at lower rates — park and ride, Manhattanites storing vehicles used for travel to second homes, rental cars, commercial vehicle/taxi storage, etc.  For these activities, the garage might even be useful.

    The question is, what does the deal with the Yankees say, and can the team demand that the City of New York provide the Yankees with parking its fans won’t use?

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