Today’s Headlines

  • Council Overrides Bloomberg Veto on NYPD Inspector General (NYT)
  • Cyclist Gary Zammett Sr. Killed at Dangerous Intersection in Eric Ulrich’s Council District (Chron)
  • Officer Struck by Fleeing Robbery Suspect in Hit-and-Run (NYT, News, WCBS, WNBC, Fox 5)
  • Taxi Driver Jumps Curb in Midtown, Crashes Into Scaffolding (WNBC)
  • Bill to Mandate Increased Night and Weekend SI Ferry Service Faces Hurdles in Council (Advance)
  • MTA Testing Inflatable Dams in Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Prevent Flooding (WNBC)
  • MSNBC Host Takes Citi Bike for a Spin and Says Her Doubts Have Been Proven Wrong
  • Transportation Didn’t Feature in Last Night’s Comptroller Debate (NYT, News, Observer)
  • Gothamist Takes a Look at the Triboro RX Line
  • Animated GIF Illustrations Offering Some NYC Cycling Advice (NY Mag)
  • Distracted Walking: The Greatest Transportation Problem of Our Times (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Russ

    MSNBC Host Takes Citi Bike for a Spin and Says Her Doubts Have Been Proven Wrong – She appears to be riding on the sidewalk. Is that correct?

  • Guest

    Let me get this straight – if a driver hits a cop standing in the street, the police open fire in the middle of a crowded city and start a full-on manhunt.

    But when a driver mows down a cyclist and nearly kills a tourist on the sidewalk, the police just let him go?

    We cannot get rid of Ray Kelly fast enough. I’m starting to think he actually ought to be prosecuted for his violation of civil rights and sheer criminal negligence!

  • Bolwerk

    Yeah, I’ve had similar experiences. The most ominous was a run-in with two chubby porkers on a golf cart in Central Park who stopped us when I was walking a colleague home through the park circa 1am.

    They tried to sell me on some delusional line of claptrap that I shouldn’t be in the park because I could be jumped. Given how scared they seemed of me, I was tempted to offer to protect them. One was actually stroking his pistol.

    Shockingly, I didn’t get a ticket.

  • Anonymous

    May I interject a comment here? I am a boomer – but I never committed a crime. I was born in and lived in Brooklyn throughout the 70s and 80s. The City was hell on earth. I did live in fear – after having been a crime victim more than once. You’re making it sound like all boomers were criminals – either preying on victims in the street or on the stock market. That’s not so. The chaos of those years may be explained by Joe’s factor #4 – lead in gasoline. How else can the spike in crime/chaos be explained during the years it was added, with the decrease in social disorder when it was removed?

  • Anonymous

    That is true. It was always a given that cyclists would pause or slow down approaching an intersection if they didn’t have the light. If there were no pedestrians in the crosswalk, they would have to see if any cars were coming before proceeding. Even in intersections with no lights but stop signs of course they would slow down to look both ways before going through the intersection. Maybe they did have more courtesy or common sense in those days. Sometimes spandex’ed-up hotshot cyclists, with fancy helmets and so forth (vs regular cyclists riding relatively humble bikes with no helmets in the “olden” days) can seem a little arrogant/intimidating to pedestrians these days. There’s also the sense that some of them may be riding expensive bikes beyond the economic reach of the pedestrians, driving home the message of the rich/yuppie/hipster descending on the City vs the poor/old-timer/native New Yorkers having to endure gentrification and so forth.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a native New Yorker – born in Crown Heights and lived in Brooklyn all my life. It was a nightmare living in Brooklyn/New York in the 70s & 80s, and I did eventually conclude after all that happened to me, that only thing that left that could possibly happen to me next was to get killed someday, somehow. It was “cool”? Not really. There were huge swathes of the city that were off-limits. Huge swathes burnt-out. Hopelessness. The “good old times” ended at the end of the 60s or thereabouts. I also remember the 50s & 60s when there was little/no crime.

  • Joe R.

    Yep, I remember when parts of the city were literally “no go” zones, as in if you went there, you risked serious injury/death. It was even frightening to pass through these areas by train. On foot or by bike would have been taking your life into your hands. Your timeline sounds about right. I was born in 1962. I remember the city being pretty safe in my early childhood. By the early 1970s the Bronx and Brooklyn were burning, the subway was falling apart at the seams, much of the middle class was fleeing to Long Island or New Jersey. Queens was really the only borough that had large swaths which remained relatively safe. Still, I recall that I didn’t dare go out after maybe 10 PM either when I lived in Astoria, or after we moved out to Flushing in 1978. Now I feel perfectly safe riding my bike at 3 AM, even through some neighborhoods I wouldn’t have ventured into in broad daylight 40 years ago.

  • Bolwerk

    I guess that explains why the middle class is so damn lazy!