Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo Announces Sweeping Transit Upgrades: 30 More Subway Stations Have Wi-Fi Service (NYT)
  • Impassioned City Council Votes to Impose Fines for E-Bike Possession (Advance)
  • Pershing Square, Outside Grand Central, to Become Permanent Pedestrian Plaza (NYT)
  • Community Board 12 Endorses Washington Heights Plaza (DNA)
  • Stanley Williams, 50, Killed Trying to Cross Harlem River Drive (DNA)
  • Three Hurt in SoHo Curb-Jump Crash; NYPD: “No Criminality” (DNA)
  • Opponents Say East 91st Street Waste Station Would Be Dangerous to Kids (DNA)
  • CapNY Talks With Jerry Nadler About the Long History of the Cross-Harbor Freight Tunnel
  • Post Can’t Decide What It Hates More: “Rogue” Cyclists or Traffic Etiquette Program
  • Manhattan Street Vendors Protest Bike-Share Stations, Refrain From Vandalizing (Gothamist)
  • NIMBYism a Time-Honored Tradition on PPW (Curbed), But Kips Bay Is a Contender (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • > Cuomo Announces Sweeping Transit Upgrades: 30 More Subway Stations Have Wi-Fi Service

    wow, the article is pretty dang negative right off the bat, it might as well be an editorial from the post! i’m not excited to have people chattering away in my ear or anything, but I definitely want data service, it would be a boon for everybody in many ways. especially getting around and getting service updates!

  • KeNYC2030

    Quinn says e-bikes are “unsafe and unwelcome in our city,” while motor vehicles continue to kill and maim thousands on our streets. This is like announcing a crackdown on the common cold in the middle of a cholera epidemic.

  • After checking out this http://www.richardhofmeier.com/cartlife/, I feel for the street vendors. That being said, its difficult to argue that the city is not being fair to your business considering the nearly free real estate street vendors are able to utilize.

    Also wouldn’t it be real easy to post some signs by the racks saying, hey want dumplings? I’m down the street now, and still selling dumplings.

  • Every time I read on of those NY Post articles, I feel like I’m reading The Onion.

  • Brad Aaron

    Notice the Post article doesn’t match the video, which is still sort of anti-bike but not at all critical of DOT.

    Just flinging it against the wall to see what sticks.

  • Mark Walker

    More cell phone and wi-fi coverage in the subway is not good news. It means more people yelling into phones and less civility, more small-screen zombies getting their phones snatched, and greater likelihood of a bomb being remotely detonated. This is from a story on venturebeat.com: “Is the MTA aware of the possibility that terrorists could use the cell phone service to remotely detonate explosives? Thomas Prendergast’s response wasn’t particularly illuminating. ‘We work very closely with the counter-terrorist task force in New York City and any decisions we make about any communications medium in the subway are run through those channels,’ Prendergast said, dodging the question.”

    http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/25/cell-phone-service-comes-to-30-more-nyc-subway-stations-but-the-mta-dodges-the-terrorism-question/

  • KillMoto

    Dear street vendors.  I get hungry and thirsty when I bike.  I have a nose, so if your food smells appetizing I’ll put my CitiBike into the dock and walk on over for a bite.

    Sincerely,
    Bike Share User

  • Dear NY Post,
    How much money do we pay the HUNDREDS of traffic agents that direct traffic every day? They don’t even write tickets. And they encourage bad behavior.

  • Anonymous

    This is like announcing a crackdown on the common cold in the middle of a cholera epidemic.

    And this is why she won’t have my vote. I’d rather vote for Anthony Weiner. His personal scandal at least makes him seem like an actual human being and not some politician robot who repeats what his/her advisers tell them with gusto and bluster.

    It comes down to what you consider leadership.

    When I think of Bloomberg, for all his faults, he leads by doing what he believes is in his constituents best interest, popularity be damned.

    So, with bike lanes (which actually are popular), No-smoking (anywhere), soda, transfats etc . . . he may get pilloried in the press, but I respect his stance.

    Whereas I find that Quinn’s vision of leadership consists of bluster and sticking her finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing (See Quinn on Congestion Pricing). If anything, she reminds of what I didn’t like about Hilary Clinton when she was advocating invading Iraq. All bluster and I don’t believe they actually believe the BS they spew. Just political expediency.

    I think it’s fair to characterize her position on bike share, and frankly every livable streets oriented policy as follows:

    I think it’s good in principal because of the health and environment benefits but I believe DoT should listen better when instituting such policies

    ***

    Oh and to all the NIMBYs who are kvetching ’bout bike share because the poor seniors won’t get to use it. Well WTF do you think E-bikes are for? Not just chinese delivery men. They’re also for seniors! We’re getting a lot of great bike lane infrastructure. And e-bikes are great ways for those who are physically weaker than the general population, to also partake.

    I’m also annoyed because my facebook feed is filled with all my friends going nuts about Quinn. I don’t dislike her personally. I just think her policies suck and I’m deathly afraid she’ll roll back all the livable streets progress so as to get in the good graces of the Marcia Kramers and Iris Weinshalls of the world. You know NBBL has been reaching out.

  • True.

    But.

    The entire system is underfunded. It’s totally fair to point that out in response to Cuomo’s self-trumpeting press releases about a couple of mobile service antennas being installed underground (which itself isn’t rocket science). They shouldn’t be getting praise for a few little things they get done, they should be getting criticism for the big-picture things that they are constantly doing incorrectly in a corrupt environment.

  • Vote for the wiener mobile is a joke as well.

  • david

    Why not require a proper license for an e.bike instead of banning them outright? They are a problem but this seems like overkill.

  • david

    I’d vote for Weiner over Quinn any day. At least he’s a clear about being a dick.

  • Bolwerk

    I take all my traffic safety advice from a New Jersey soccer mom who drives an SUV while playing with her phone.

  • Bolwerk

    I’m neither here nor there about it, but it’s almost useless. I am hoping, however, that StreetsBlog is joking about it being a sweeping upgrade. It’s our anti-transit governor telling us we’ll have something to do while we wait for trains that already often aren’t frequent enough.

  • moocow

    I agree, that piece Bolwerk linked to just nuked her chances with me.

  • Joe R.

    Same here. Unless someone I can vote for without holding my nose comes up, I’m not bothering to vote. As for Quinn, I’m seriously thinking of sending her a nice letter about her ridiculous stance on e-bikes. Actually, nearly the entire City Council is out to lunch on this issue. Maybe e-bikes cause some minor issues in more congested parts of the city. Fine, restrict or ban them ONLY in these place, not citiwide. There are plenty of people in the outer boroughs who could potentially travel by bike if e-bikes were legal. That includes people who need to go 10+ miles but aren’t in any kind of physical shape to do so. It also includes people who need to pass over hilly terrain. For anyone not familiar with terrain, Manhattan is pancake flat compared to many parts of the outer boroughs. A 30 mile ride for me could easily involve 1000 vertical feet of climbing. I’m not seeing anyone in not so great shape riding even 5 miles if the trip involves hills, but e-bikes could change that equation.

  • Joe R.

    If we’re talking about legal e-bikes going by the federal definition, not souped up aftermarket versions or illegal ones, then e-bikes are no faster or more dangerous than pedal bikes. The legal ones *can’t* go over 20 mph, except possible downhill, but the motor assist is supposed to kick off above 20 mph. We don’t require licenses for regular bikes. I’m not seeing the need to require them for e-bikes. I’m even all for increasing the allowed speed to 30 mph instead of 20 mph to put it more in line with what velomobiles or faster cyclists can manage. Now if we’re talking things which are electric motor scooters capable of highway speeds, those I can agree should require a license of some sort.

  • Joe R.

    Yep, getting seniors on e-bikes greatly supports the pool of people who would bike infrastructure. Maybe that’s why the City Council is so dead set against them-it would make bike infrastructure a political third rail. They seem to have their head buried in the sand on just about all pedestrian/bike issues. Maybe most of them receive big contributions from people connecting to the motoring industry. That would certainly explain a lot of their indefensible, illogical positions.

  • moocow

    Don’t forget that u-turns, speeding, double parking, careening on sidewalks, killing people, talking on the phone are all illegal, yet totally allowed with Ray Kelly’s NYPD. Now if you think this Ebike thing is going to be in the “Window Tint” class of infractions, then say good bye to Ebikes.

  • Took me a while to understand your comment—I meant the Times article was entirely negative about the installation of wireless service in an editorial fashion, kinda like the Post never has anything good to say about… anything. I enjoyed Brad’s description of the article in Today’s Headlines above, it was pretty funny and I agree with you it’s pretty sad and appropriate to describe it that way.

  • I, like you, am tired of that approach to the story that the newspapers seem to keep taking – that it’s a bad thing because it’s going to cause environmental (noise and rudeness) issues to users. I really think that’s a stretch, especially because this is for use on the platforms, not on the moving trains. And people still talk on the above-ground moving trains. It’s a dumb thing to write about, and it’s pandering to the most bored suburban readers who judge people for any little interruptions or symbolically-linked habits (like people who use technology incessantly… we have to stop them! Our way of life is threatened! Can’t you just put the phone down for one second?)

    The 911 accessibility argument alone is enough to justify any politeness issues that mobile access on subway platforms might create.

    The thing is, they’ve been doing this now for years, they talk about it every time mobile device usage in planes is brought up in the news, they’ve addressed it every single time that mobile services were proposed for subway coverage. They literally write about it once every 6 months, the exact same article, the quotes almost being the exact same “man-on-the-street” ridiculous fabricated concerns. It’s bush-league local journalism. Rather tiresome. I ignore it so thoroughly that the only problem that occurred to me is that Cuomo would try to use this as a major accomplishment for his term, which is, of course, bullshit on twenty levels.