Today’s Headlines

  • New Details in Hit-and-Run Death of Manuel Campoverde, 25, in Jackson Heights (NewsWABC)
  • After Seven Years on the Run, Driver Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for 2005 Hit-and-Run (NewsPost)
  • Ask Lhota About Congestion Pricing; He’ll Talk Wi-Fi and Park-and-Ride (CapNY, 2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • Second-Tier Mayoral Candidate Swears While Talking About Bike Lanes (BuzzFeed)
  • Citi Bike Has Sold 500 Discounted Memberships to NYCHA and Credit Union Members (World)
  • New Disaster Planning Laws Include Requirement for New Traffic Plan by December (NYT)
  • In Upper Manhattan, NYPD Has Been Confiscating Dirt Bikes This Summer (News)
  • Vacant Lot Next to Queens Center Mall to Become a Parking Lot With Restaurants (News, DNA)
  • Low Line Plan Moves Ahead as Officials Request EDC Help, But Funding Remains a Mystery (Observer)
  • New York’s Hottest Club Is the Manhattan Bridge Pedestrian Path (WCBS, WNBC, News)
  • DNA Is All Over the Car-Free Summer Excursion Beat, This Time With Tips for the Jersey Shore

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Forget the swear word – Weiner called us all jihadists, essentially comparing us to Hamas or Hezbollah

  • Anonymous

    Stand by @glennmcan:disqus…

  • Mike

    It has everything — scissor lifts, suggestively numbered t-shirts, angry bicyclists, flash mobs, bear sauce, and 50,000 tons of structural steel.

  • Reader

    “We’ve got to make sure that our buses have WiFi. The number of people who would would get on buses if they had access to WiFi and be able to use their computers or their smartphones would be extraordinary.”

    Is Lhota clueless or what? While WiFi is great on long-distance lines such as Bolt Bus, what does anyone who rides the M23 need WiFi for? Millennials–and just about everyone else–already have 4G-enabled smartphones, which work perfectly fine even on the express buses from the outer boroughs. The only thing that’s going to get more people on the bus is better bus service that moves faster than a snail’s pace.

  • Steve O’Neill

    “It”?

  • Anonymous

    Riding a crosstown bus in NYC all the way takes about as long as riding the Bolt bus from NYC to DC. I’m only exaggerating slightly. 😉

  • Bolwerk

    Lowline is a little different from things like the Rockaway Line, which would have been useful yesterday if reactivated. The Essex trolley terminal might not be useful again, and, if it could be useful again, it might be decades away.

    Still, does it seem like a good idea to squander it on a park? I’m fine with monetizing it, but it’s the type of thing that would make a perfectly good wine bar or supermarket or club or even casino. Put the parks upstairs, like in that massive parking lot wasting away next to the Williamsburg Bridge. Save the transit assets for the next generation, which is very likely to need it.

    This is one more case of EDC trying to injure New York.

  • Bolwerk

    A fact that Lhota doesn’t seem to give a sweet damn about, given his disregard for congestion pricing.

  • Bolwerk

    Weiner is just a sideshow now, and can do nothing but be an attention-seeking right-wing halfwit.

    Ironically, he’s basically the equivalent of what he’s complaining about. He doesn’t have especially different politics than authoritarians in the Palestinian camp, just a different faction.

  • JK

    Take a step back and, via the mayoral race, enjoy how much the livable streets movement has progressed since Mike Bloomberg was first elected. Bloomberg’s absolute highest priority was winning the 2012 Olympics. He said next to nothing about walking, cycling and safer streets in that post 9/11 election or even his next two. Now, Bloomberg’s, Sadik-Khan led DOT and the advocates have forced these issues into the political discussion — and more is coming since TA is co-hosting a big mayoral debate with the NY Times. Great stuff.

  • kevd

    New York’s hottest club, silly!

  • Eric McClure

    This is absolutely true. While it still feels like the effort to create safe and livable streets isn’t moving fast enough, we’ve come a huge distance in just a few years. No u-turning back!

  • Steve O’Neill

    Heh.

  • Bolwerk

    I think it depends who you get. I don’t think safe streets are core values for any of the candidates. Most of them will cheerfully horsetrade away a bike lane or SBS lane, and none are standing up for more permanent improvements like new subways.

  • Bolwerk

    FWIW, I don’t think Bloomberg sees safer streets as a core value either, except maybe from a
    financial standpoint (which jives with his CP support).

    He may have brought us JSK, but pre-Bloomberg
    land use and general development habits have continued more or less
    unabated through three terms of Bloomberg. He never stopped the EDC from
    building suburban malls around the city, or prevented things like that Yankee Stadium parking debacle. He’s certainly a mixed bag on this issue, and I don’t think even a net positive overall.

  • Joe R.

    Not to mention his policies have been annoyingly Manhattan-centric. Whatever improvements to streets he has made have mostly been confined to Manhattan or areas close to it. He hasn’t even kept the streets in the outer boroughs in any state resembling good repair. I can’t recall a time when the streets in my area were as in poor shape as they are now. That includes the fiscal crisis in the late 1970s.

  • Bolwerk

    I all fairness, I wonder how much of that is because outer borough community boards stopped them more. I don’t really find streets to be in especially good repair in Manhattan either. They just aren’t willing to pay the costs of having people drive on them, nor to bill drivers for those costs.

    And WTF is with the Disqus cut ‘n paste penalty? Sheesh. I did not insert those two line breaks.

  • Joe R.

    The condition of the streets are awful everywhere, no doubt about it. You may have a point about community boards, although I don’t recall all that many proposals for improving streets here. They put door zone bike lanes near me on 164th Street and Jewel Avenue, but that’s about the only bike infrastructure I’ve seen. Granted, a lot of streets here really don’t need separate bike infrastructure. The problem is those streets are interrupted frequently by parks, expressways, railroads, cemeteries. You need to be on major arterials to go any distance here, and frankly potential cyclists would find them too intimidating. In all fairness though, I’m not seeing much which can be done for bikes on arterials here other than total grade separation. Maybe in a decade when bikes are a much larger mode share the city will finally get around to doing more in the outer boroughs

  • Joe R.

    The condition of the streets are awful everywhere, no doubt about it. You may have a point about community boards, although I don’t recall all that many proposals for improving streets here. They put door zone bike lanes near me on 164th Street and Jewel Avenue, but that’s about the only bike infrastructure I’ve seen. Granted, a lot of streets here really don’t need separate bike infrastructure. The problem is those streets are interrupted frequently by parks, expressways, railroads, cemeteries. You need to be on major arterials to go any distance here, and frankly potential cyclists would find them too intimidating. In all fairness though, I’m not seeing much which can be done for bikes on arterials here other than total grade separation. Maybe in a decade when bikes are a much larger mode share the city will finally get around to doing more in the outer boroughs

  • Bolwerk

    Actually, that seems like a big problem in most of Queens. LIC and Sunnyside are separated by a railyard bridged by a congested road/ped bridge. Ridgewood and Glendale are more or less blocked by the NY Connecting Railroad, the BQE cuts off or through an ungodly number of neighborhoods. Even street arteries like Metropolitan, Queens Blvd, and Grand seem hostile. There are countless other examples, including cemeteries, and that’s just in what is arguably inner Queens.

  • Alessandro Canale

    I’m elated about the confiscation of dirt bikes in upper manhattan, great job NYPD. Please keep it up! On the down side, I’m dumbfounded that Bartolo Paula only got 10 years after running over a special needs child and then backing up over him to finish him off. I hope Karma finds him in prison.

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