Today’s Headlines

  • NYT: The Bloomberg of 2008 Wouldn’t Dump a Stadium on Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
  • Cyclist Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver Yesterday Was Terence Connor, 26 (Gothamist)
  • Astoria’s Kickshaw Cookery Battling for a Bike Corral on Broadway (News)
  • A Metro-North Stop in Queens — Would It Work? (News)
  • Jackson Heights Next in Line for DOT’s Park Smart Program to Rationalize Meter Prices (DNA)
  • MTA’s Dey Street Concourse Is Finished But Won’t Open Until WTC Towers Are Occupied (News)
  • Photos From the 7 Train Extension (TransNat)
  • One Day a Year, Stickball Returns to the Streets of Bay Ridge (Bklyn Paper)
  • What Makes Fifth Avenue a Great Pedestrian Street? (Cap’n Transit)
  • For the Holidays, China Gets a Taste of What the East River Bridges Are Like All Year (Telegraph)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Bolwerk

    Re MNRR stop: Wouldn’t want a councilman to display a capacity to think critically. Or at least have a spine:

    Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he needs to speak with the community before he takes a position.

    Just why the hell should you have to ask the “community”? (That’s code for asking the NIMBYs who hold his leash, of course. People who would benefit directly from the station are not that important to him. But if the leash holders will deign to allow it, he’ll support it.)  Does he ask them every time someone drives into the neighborhood?

    Anyway, it’s probably a good idea, both to draw jobs to the area and to offer commuting opportunities to jobs in relatively inaccessible (to Queens) parts of Connecticut.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, there should probably be one in Astoria and another one at Sunnyside to allow for quick transfers betwen Metro-North and the LIRR without having to set foot in GCT at all. 

  • Rob

    I’m shocked that nobody properly cleaned up the blood from the Brooklyn cyclist’s death. Looks like they tried to wash the scene with water, but that puddle of standing water clearly has a reddish color… sad and disgusting. 

  • kevd

    I’m confused by the reference to Bloomberg of 2008.
    Didn’t the same Bloomberg allow the Yankees to steal a park in the Bronx? And haven’t the piecemeal replacement parks not even been finished yet?

    Is that your point?

    As a big soccer fan, I’m all for a soccer stadium and I’m all for improved soccer fields in Flushing Meadow Corona park that are heavily used by the community. But I think the massive parking lots next to Shea would be a better location. That used to park land too, right? Were those acre’s ever replaced?

    However, if the MLS does built in the park, that fettid pond is not the worst thing to lose.
    But, no parking should be build in the park and all lost acreage plus 25% should be replaced prior to the first kickoff. 

  • Joe R.

    On the idea of a Metro North stop in Queens, I think it would be a good idea to better utilize all of the commuter railroads with stops within city limits for city commuters. You could facilitate this by allowing free transfers between subway/bus and commuter railroads and/or making the commuter railroad fare the same as the subway fare if you’re traveling within city limits. Railroads have the advantage of being much faster than subway or bus, especially on trips which start/end near city limits. Moreover, most of the stops within city limits aren’t heavily utilized on account of the fare being significantly more than regular subway fare.

  • kevd

    Joe R.
    I agree, and that is how commuter rail systems work in many other large cities, like every city in Germany. Of course they have multiple zones. So, travel within any single zone or multiple zones (there are 2 for the city of Berlin, and 1 more the immediate suburbs served by the S-Bahn and Buses) is the same price whether by Bus, U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Tram, Regional Bahn, or Regional Express Bahn.

    What determines price is distance (well as determined by zone) not speed of service.
    Consequently, sometimes when you are waiting for the S-Bahn you notice that a RB or RE train is going the same way and will take 10 minutes less, so you hop on that instead.
    Of course, they have many more Regional Rail lines and stations within city limits, but their service is basically similar to our commuter rail lines. The RE are just express commuter trains.

  • kevd

    But, that would require a complete change in thinking. The Commuter lines here would probably not want to be sullied by too many impoverished city residents…. so don’t hold your breath for a unified fare.