Today’s Headlines

  • Theodore Bartwink, 84, Loses Foot in Queens Boulevard Hit-and-Run (DNA, Gothamist, Post 1, 2)
  • Don’t Forget, MTA Fares Are Going Up This Weekend (PostCapNYNY1)
  • In Q Poll, Quinn Maintains Her Lead (WSJ)
  • Fung Wah Bus Shut Down Over Safety Concerns (NYT, WSJ, Post)
  • Observer: It’s Past Time for “Car Guy” Cuomo to Appoint New MTA Chair
  • Taxi Owners Coalition Joins City in Suit Over Taxi-Hail Apps (WSJ, NYT)
  • Brooklyn Ink Looks at Public Support for Bike Lane Expansion in the Borough
  • Drivers Flip Over in Brooklyn and Staten Island (Brooklynian, Advance)
  • The Times Covers the Crown Heights Bike Corral Mini-Saga
  • 36 Food Trucks Are Causing TRAFFIC CHAOS on Staten Island! (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • krstrois

    I would love to see the Times devote such care to traffic deaths. 

  • Eric McClure

    Exactly. Micro-mini saga is more like it. So much ink devoted to one parking space, so little to the death and destruction caused by careless driving.

  • MrMook

    Re: Staten Island food trucks:
    Is a “large mini mall” simply a mall?

  • Larry Littlefield

    The 2014 to 2019 MTA Capital Plan, or its absence, is looming out there.

    I wonder if the chief qualification for the next MTA head is not to talk about it until 2017, after Governor Cuomo has been elected President, or not.

    You saw it with Giuliani, Koch and Bloomberg.  Whatever tough decisions are made to benefit ordinary people in the long run are made up front.  Once the popularity level soars, the head swells, other offices are imagined, and deals start to be cut to avoid having the special interests use propaganda to take those numbers down.  As we start to get sold out.

  • If you slice up the numbers in the Crown Hts bike corral nontroversy you have about a dozen CB transportation committee members, a small handful of bike corral opponents, and a much larger group of corral supporters.  Not including the signatures both sides have gathered on petitions, there are no more than, say, 50 people who are actively involved in this “fight,” as the Times labels it.

    On the other hand, how many tens of thousands of people live in the surrounding neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, and Prospect Heights?  How many more visitors travel by foot, bike, bus, or subway?  The truth is that the vast majority of residents, the 99.9999999%, probably didn’t realize their community was divided until the Times told them it was.  If pressed, maybe most people would come down on the side of the bike corral, since that would generally match car ownership rates in the community.

    I really wish the Times would stop this silliness and report on transportation issues that matter, like the mother of two who was crushed to death by an SUV on the sidewalk in Brooklyn Heights.  Or if it wants to talk about gentrification, maybe it could take on the landlords — many of them longtime residents – who are all too happy to raise rents on people who’ve been in the neighborhood for years in order to make a lot of money on these “newcomers.”

  • Anonymous

    The bike corral thing fits a narrative (bikes = white people issue; gentrification = presence of whites in formerly black and latino places) but, in the NYT view, traffic violence is the result of “accidents.” But accidents by their nature have no unifying cause. And causality is at the heart of all narratives.

    Another reason we need to get rid of the “accident” ideology.

  • Joe R.

    The debate about the bike corral needs to be framed differently. We didn’t lose one parking spot. We gained 7 (assuming the bike corral holds 8 bikes).