Today’s Headlines

  • Lower East Side Seward Park Development Approved by Community Board 3 (Crain’s)
  • Bike-Share NIMFYs Get Their Say in the Brooklyn Paper
  • James Vacca and Peter Koo Push Cleanliness Ratings for Subway Stations … (DNA, WNYC)
  • … Opening Themselves to Ridicule From Pundits and Straphangers (Second Ave Sagas, WSJ)
  • Backers Want to Convert Astoria Park Olympic Pool Into Outdoor Performance Space (WSJ)
  • McKean Recovering After Upper West Side Crash; Witness Describes “Hurtling” Vehicle (Post, DNA)
  • Off-Duty Cop Charged With DWI and Leaving Scene of Astoria Collision (DNA)
  • Sunnyside, Staten Island: DOT Plans Road Diet for Street Plagued by Speeding Drivers (DNA)
  • CT Gov Malloy, Business and Labor Leaders Break Ground on Major Busway Project (MTR)
  • Climate Change Study Predicts Increase in Urban Heat Deaths (Transpo Nation)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • fj

    It is absolutely crazy to ignore the accelerating extreme crisis we’re in the middle of and continue to cause.

    Like this dreadful in our-face-reality, we must be in the face of our so-called leaders, neighbors, and even acquaintances when discussions move to even the merest idea of the future that does not include climate change; keeping minds focused and feet in-the-fire; plain and simple.

    ‘Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late’: WWII And Climate Change

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/05/23/489398/hell-is-truth-seen-too-late-wwii-climate-change/

    re:  Climate Change Study Predicts Increase in Urban Heat Deaths (Transpo Nation)

  • Anonymous

    21 year old woman killed by a hit-and-run driver in a dump truck while crossing 14th Street with the light on Broadway.  

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/nypd-hunts-driver-dump-truck-crushed-woman-death-fled-scene-article-1.1083784#ixzz1vnI0rQHF

  • Re the DNAInfo piece on Staten Island’s Howard Avenue and the hit and run death of RJ Tillman. 

    “Viola (Rob Viola, a DOT representative)said the DOT looked at the street after local politicians and community members voiced safety worries”.

    As far as I can tell from following this story in the media, local politician’s input consisted of Borough President James Molinaro and City Council Member Debi Rose sending representatives to the DOT workshop on Howard Avenue.

    Mr Molinaro’s representative has stated that “certain improvements cost millions of dollars and require years of studies and approval. He mentioned that constructing sidewalks on the side of a hill requires extra stabilization…”.  Mr Molinaro’s office succeeded in having a bike lane removed in about six months time, without any studies or community input.  This was done in response to the NYPD having the audacity to ticket 11 motorists for driving their cars in that bike lane.  The attitude of  Staten Island’s Borough President between  between saving lives and removing bike lanes seems widely diverse !! 

    Staten Island DOT Commissioner Thomas Cocola has been rebuffing community calls for safety improvements on Howard Avenue for three years.

    Staten Island City Council member James Oddo, who’s district abuts Howard Ave, has said nothing about the  hit and run collision that killed R J Tillman, and didn’t even respond to Transportation Alternative’s questions about safety changes there.  Frankly, the last time he said or did anything about reckless drivers was in 2006, when he supported putting up anti speeding posters – posters which appeared in bus shelters and the ferry terminal.  Putting up anti speeding posters is a small enough gesture, putting them up in public transit structures seems a virtual guarantee that drivers won’t see them. 

    The main hold up to safer Staten Island streets might very well be foot dragging insincere  local politicians and officials, trying their best to prevent the city from slowing Staten Island’s notoriously reckless drivers down.  Add to that a local paper, the Staten Island Advance, that is known for running editorials  denouncing and calling for the removal of traffic calming structures. In the meantime, people (including motorists) will continue to die needlessly. 

  • Bolwerk

    You know what needs a road diet?  Sunnyside, Queens. 

  • Ben Kintisch

    Nice to see that the comments for the Brooklyn Paper piece are almost universally in favor of the bike share program coming to Brooklyn Heights.

  • Anonymous

    While I like the CT Busway project, I just don’t know how it will be used.  Having grown up right down the street from one of those stations I just don’t know how people will utilize it.  Its just so short and transit options surrounding it are limited.  the areas around those stations are not very walk-able and have poor access.
    I suppose if you bike to a station put your bike on the bus and then bike from the bus to your destination, but the whole thing is only 9.4 miles, that’s not a long bike ride.  So i just don’t really know.  for the people in that area who do use the buses already it will be a big boon for those people but is it going to draw anyone new?  or really stimulate the economy?  I just don’t know, while on the one hand I wish there were more transit options there I don’t know how this is going to function.
    In all I’m optimistic and glad CT is doing something.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Barbara,
    I’m sorry that so many Staten Island politicians seem to be behind the curve re: livable streets issues. That means it’s up to you and fellow SI’ers to spread the word to activate neighbors in the name of safer streets. So, if this one DOT traffic calming project goes forward, get ready to step up to the media, and to your local politicians, cheering the improvements and with other suggestions for the next step to make your part of the city safer.

  • Eric McClure

    If the City Council really wants to start handing out letter grades, it could start by awarding a big fat “F” to the NYPD for its failure to arrest killer drivers, write speeding tickets or even occasionally suspect criminality.