Today’s Headlines

  • Conflicts Between LIRR and Amtrak Drive East Side Access Overruns (WSJ)
  • Amanda Burden Gets the NYT Profile Treatment
  • Hunters Point Residents Turn to DIY Stop Sign in Fight for Traffic Safety (DNAinfo)
  • The Post Finds a Merchant Worried About Bike-Share Drawing Crowds to Her Business
  • Only One NY Cross-Harbor Freight “Car Float” Remains, But Port Authority Hopes to Revive It (WSJ)
  • Downtown School Parents Push For Safety Improvements After Deadly Crash (DNAinfo)
  • Mitchell Moss: Widen Manhattan’s Sidewalks and Get Rid of Free Parking (AMNY)
  • Latest Rezoning, in Bed-Stuy, Will Improve Pedestrian Realm But Limit Development (NY1)
  • Op-Ed: Citi Bike’s Corporate Branding Smart Fiscal Solution (News)
  • Gelinas: NY Labor Law Means MTA Arbitration Is a Budget-Buster (Post)
  • Greenwich Village Parking Space Selling for $1 Million (Post)
  • Karen Koslowitz: Don’t Improve Rockaway Transit Through Our Backyards (Q Chron)
  • CT Rail Commuter Council Wants Park-And-Ride Metro-North, Not TOD (Greenwich Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “We will protest, even if I have to lie down,” Koslowitz said. “We don’t want this in our community.”

    There has been some talk about making sacrifices elsewhere to improve service for “transit deserts.”  I say wait for folks like this to die off and move away, blaming them the whole time. 

    There was a plan to revive the Montauk line as a subway line and connect it to the 63rd Street tunnel.  Queens politicians fought it with language like this.  That’s how it became the “tunnel to nowhere.”

    Remember that where there are demands for door to door bus service to Manhattan that covers five percent of its costs.

  • Danny G

    You have to wonder about the kind of entrepreneurs who are smart enough to run a store, but not smart enough to figure out how to cash in on all the potential new customers who will be right outside their door. Ms. Pitter, channel your inner capitalist, this isn’t Amsterdam!

  • Anonymous

    Re: the Post bike share article, a GGW post you linked to last week was laughing about that after the same thing happened in DC:

    “Has a single station in DC turned into a “place for people to hang out”?
    Not that I’m aware. But some people worried about that here, too.”

    Some businesses may be opposing bike share stations now, but once it opens they’ll all be clamoring for them to be located close by. It’s like being next to subway station or bus stop, where hundreds of more people a day could be directed right to the front door of your shop. They’ve got to get out of the trees to see the forest of opportunity here

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    The thing is about these one angry man Post stories is – what small business wouldn’t be willing to say they didn’t like something to have their name, their store and its location printed in the Post? The reporter feeds them the angle, the business owner gives them some silly inflammatory quote, and presto – free advertising to half a million people! And based on that one quote the Post can call it “news” without any serious investigation and just send it to print. Just a crummy system

  • Anonymous

    So why can’t we use one of these old LIRR lines to extend transit to LGA? It’s real embarrassing that you can’t take a train into the city from LGA.  

  • Albert

    I attempted to leave a comment similar to Danny G’s on the NY Post website, where those that lap up this crap that passes for journalism might actually read it (not that an alternate viewpoint would sway many of them), but there apparently was some technical glitch that prevented it from being posted.  Maybe the Post website found a Streetsblog cookie on my computer.

  • Albert

    For the record, here was my comment:

    Apparently, Sherman Pitter of Religion Clothing isn’t interested in the potentially huge increase in business promised by “the crowd…blocking the street and…hanging out” as a result of her INCREDIBLE GOOD FORTUNE at having a 59-slot biking station right outside her shop.  Does she figure that the monolithic demographic called “People On Bicycles” aren’t religious?

    Such is knee-jerk resistance to change.  In this case, change for the much, much better.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Just posted the follwing to the NY Post website:
    I’ve been to many of the public workshops that DOT ran in its extensive campaign to solicit public opinion. Many business owners showed up, including the leadership of Business Improvement Districts (BID’s) and the like. Why were they enthused about Bike Share coming to NYC? Because very few people in our crowded city can easily drive and park to shop, so more and more people are traveling by bike, on foot, and via transit to do shopping and other types of errands. One parking space (or often a no-parking space!) yields ten or more bike parking spaces, which will turn over dozens of times a day. And the gentleman who complained about crowding near Grand Central – would he prefer more taxis or black cars to ferry around those tourists?My prediction is that Citibikes will be so popular that within a year, a big expansion will be needed to respond to demand, and all of this “sky is falling” nonsense will be quickly forgotten. The same thing happened in Washington DC – many opposed Bike Share, and now it has just registered its two millionth trip a few weeks back. It has become part of the streetscape, totally non-controversial.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Posted to DNA info the following:
    When our priority is to build and build new apartment towers, our neighborhoods become crowded and sometimes quite dangerous for those who move in. The more people are packed into a neighborhood, whether it is an “old” neighborhood or a “new” one, the more the city must take responsibillity for protecting people from the dangers posed by speeding vehicles. Stop signs (the metal, not cardboard kind) are a good start, but better still would be sidewalk extensions, traffic signals, raised crosswalks, and the like, so that traffic is calmed. When we weigh which is more important – rapid movement of cars versus safe travel of people on foot or bicycle – the most vulnerable users must win, and be given safer streets – in LIC and every other booming part of NYC.

  • Ian Turner

    I’m no fan of Ms. Burden, but I find it incredibly obnoxious how the Times feels the need to discuss the personal appearance of every female administrator it profiles. I also found it eyebrow-raising that nowhere in the entire article is there any mention of parking.

  • Bolwerk

    Being smart enough to run a store isn’t very smart. Stores are generally a lot of work for little return, but that work isn’t something that takes a business degree to pull off.  The reason “Black Friday” is called that is that’s the day in the year – the end of November, typically – where stores actually achieve a small profit for the year (“go into the black”).

    Anyway, petit bourgeois types are usually doing a bit better than scraping by and recognize their own vulnerability.  It makes them naturally resistant to changes that could have unpredictable results.  It’s understandable, but they shouldn’t be allowed to screw over everyone else because of it.

    (That vulnerability and resistance to change is what makes them fall victim to Tea Party snake oil salesmen too.)

  • Pursuant

    Why is it that East Side access is necessary? To dump more commuters onto an already overburdened 4/5 train with no Second Ave subway in sight for years to come?

    Can anyone point out one single capital improvement the MTA has “managed” without being woefully over budget and of merely questionable benefit to riders? Couldn’t we chauffeur LIRR riders by limo for 10 years and still have cash left for bus rapid transit?

  • “Being smart enough to run a store isn’t very smart.” As opposed to, say, being smart enough to write comments on Streetsblog posts and hit “Post”? Enough with the ad hominem attacks.

  • For what it’s worth, not one of the docking stations in Boston has attracted a crowd. With so many people zooming in to dock a bike, or jerking a bike out, it’s not a place to hang out. The only people you standing around these stations are tourists who get befuddled by the credit card machine. 

  • bill b

     Give business owners a break , they are part of NYC too . They have concerns about the  impact of bike share on their business. If bike share works OK,if its a dud then cancel the program.
    The BID people of course will support the mayor’s plan .This is NYC if they don’t you know what happens .
    By the way if a business owner does not like bike share do you want the police to do a stop and frisk on his business.

  • Bolwerk

    @jrab:disqus : Please point to an ad hominem attack I made. And for those of you smart enough to know what an ad hominem attack is not: no, the part of this sentence before the colon is not an ad hominem, and I didn’t commit a genetic fallacy either. I didn’t say store owners are stupid because they are part of a class.  I said you don’t need to be very smart to run a store, which is true. I singled nobody out.

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