Today’s Headlines

  • Marty Golden Supports Camera-Based Policing, Just Not for Dangerous Drivers (Bklyn Paper 1, 2)
  • Is Prendergast Considering Averting 2015 Fare Hike? Post Says Yes, News Says No
  • Debate Begins In Earnest Over How MTA Should Use Unexpected $40 Million (2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • State Sen. Gianaris and Council Member Van Bramer Want Bike-Share In Astoria, Sunnyside (DNA)
  • Bike-Share NIMBYs Complain That New System Offends Their Sensibilities (WCBSNews)
  • Bike Snob Dismantles NIMBY Excuses for Ranting Against Bike-Share
  • New “Streets PAC” Will Support Local Political Candidates Who Support Livable Streets (WSJ)
  • IBO: Slow Pace of Hudson Yards Development Means Taxpayers on Hook for 7 Extension Cost (WSJ)
  • At Mayoral Public Safety Debate, No Mention of NYPD’s Role in Street Safety (NY1, CapNY, NYT)
  • PA OKs New Goethals Bridge With Bike-Ped Link, Outerbridge and Bayonne Upgrades (News, NYT)
  • Did You See a Google Self-Driving Car Wheeling Around Manhattan? It Was a Fake (Gawker)
  • A Walk Along the Abandoned Putnam Line in the Bronx, Including an Old Train Station (Scouting NY 1, 2)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Too bad” the city didn’t use the same strategy on the Far West Side that it used on the Upper East Side.

    Upzone to allow high much higher density. Promise a new subway, the Second Avenue Subway, to accommodate that density. Watch as the towers are built and tax the hell out of the people, businesses and property. But never actually build the subway, leaving those highly taxed people to travel in bestial conditions on the Lex.

    Spend the money on retroactively enriched pensions instead. If you borrow money, as was done three times for the SAS, have it melt away for other things as a few holes are dug.

    Reality — when you actually build the infrastructure, and do it BEFORE the towers are built, there is a period when the extra interest expense exceeds the extra tax revenue. Eventually that will reverse.

    Why didn’t developers start building the towers until the extension was nearly completed? Maybe it was the economy. And maybe it was doubt the Flushing Line extension would ever actually be built.

  • Anonymous

    The Abandoned Putnam Line is supposed to be paved to connect to Westchester that is paved, but CB8 is trying to stop it. Please sign the petition to let NYC Parks go-ahead with the paving:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/connect-the-putnam-trail-in-van-cortlandt-park-bronx

  • Joe R.

    I think after seeing the progress of the Second Avenue subway (or rather lack of it), they decided to play wait and see. Can’t blame them. The city has often promised nice new infrastructure which came years later, if at all. We’re still waiting here in the outer boroughs for the “second system” first proposed before my mother was born. I suspect we’ll never see another mile of subway built in the outer boroughs in my lifetime but I’d love to be proven wrong.

  • Albert

    Daily News: “Local residents are unhappy about the ‘futuristic’ look of the stands in historic neighborhoods.”

    So much for the canard that bicycling would be an undesirable retreat to the 19th century rather than progress toward the future.

    Yes, the article attributes the complaint to a cyclist (“an avid” one), but the story’s subheading proclaims it like the News’ own opinion.

  • Anonymous

    StreetsPAC should consider courting Bloomberg and/or his smart urbanist allies to be supporters/members. I’m not proclaiming they SHOULD court them as supporters/members, I’m saying they should consider it.

    My hat is off to whoever conceived of the idea of forming StreetsPAC. Talk about “the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

  • Anonymous

    Yah, what a stupid comment. Like they should’ve made special “old-timer” stations, like when the MTA brings out the “Nostalgia Train” for Yankees Playoff games.

  • Nick Ober

    I hope Gianaris and Van Bramer’s push for Citibike in their districts represents a glimpse of a future in which politicians regularly cry for more bike infrastructure and not less.

  • Nick Ober

    Is there any reason a TIF isn’t being used to try to pay for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway like it was for the 7 Extension?

  • Anonymous

    “I’m an avid cyclist” is the “Some of my best friends are black” of the livable streets movement.

  • Joe R.

    I guess almost anything seems futuristic when your mindset is stuck in 1950. “Historic neighborhood” is NIMBY speak for “I like the neighborhood just fine as it was when I was a kid 60 years ago, and to hell with anyone who wants to mess with my own little private time capsule.”

  • Daphna

    Regarding the new Goethals Bridge: The bridge from Elizabeth, NJ to Staten Island will be demolished and rebuilt for 1.5 billion dollars. The old bridge has 4 lanes (2 in each direction). The new bridge will have six 12′ wide car lanes plus very wide shoulders. There will be a single 10′ wide path that will have to be shared as a bi-directional bike path and a bi-directional pedestrian path. While it is great that pedestrian/bike infrastructure will be included, a single 10′ span is not enough for 2-way bike traffic and 2-way pedestrian traffic. This is so shortsighted. They need two 10′ spans or if there will be only one bike/ped path, then it must be far wider than 10′. It is a shame when there is the money and they are working from a blank slate (not trying to retroactively re-fit infrastructure) and they are planning to build too small and inadequate. Something is better than nothing but they could do so much better.

  • Larry Littlefield

    There aren’t as many empty development sites on the Upper East Side. And the real net tax ratables are office buildings. Apartment buildings house people, and their tax revenues are needed for their services.

  • Larry Littlefield

    How about a petition to reallocate Van Cortlandt Park and Kingsbridge from CB 8 to CB 7. I’ll bet most of this is coming from the people up the hill.

  • Ed Ravin

    1.29 billion to raise the Bayonne Bridge 64 feet so that bigger ships can fit under it? As Jerry Nadler might say, for that kind of money we could have built a port in Brooklyn to handle the big ships, and the port would be more attractive since the ships would have a more direct trip.

  • Guest

    You’re dreaming if you think you could develop a port in Brooklyn for $1.29 million. How much do you think the fill would cost, if you could get the environmental permits at all? And the highway connections? And do you really want to add all that truck traffic to Brooklyn?

    Yeah, ok. But don’t let the realities of port development and operations get in the way of that romanticism of The Waterfront…

  • Guest

    Van Cortlandt Park is one of the officially designated Joint Interest Areas. So CB 7, CB 8, and CB 12 are all supposed to have equal advisory votes. It’s just that CB 8 is more affluent and politically connected, so their votes seem to be the only ones that count.