Today’s Headlines

  • With One Week Until the Primary, Final Dem Mayoral Debate Is Tonight (WSJ, NYT)
  • Vitullo-Martin: Make NYC More Livable By Building Housing Near Transit (NYT)
  • MTA Beefing Up Off-Peak L Train Service (NY1)
  • Daily News Goes for a Citi Bike Spin With Sal Albanese
  • 2nd Ave Sagas Asks: Where Are the Big Transit Ideas This Election Season?
  • Someone Needs to Tell U.S. Open Players About the LIRR (NYT, Cap’n Transit)
  • On Average, Public-Private Partnerships Cost More Than Traditional Procurement (MTR)
  • War Metaphors About Bike-Ped Tension in the Post? Yawn
  • Cops Arrest Bronx Hit-and-Run Killer (Post)
  • Police Officer Injured By Driver on Rockaway Boulevard; Charges Unknown (Post)
  • Damned Bike Lanes (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    The US Open thing is just a joke. The LIRR runs twice an hour even OFF-PEAK, and the ride from Penn Station to the Tennis Center is 16 MINUTES! As the Cap’n mentions, there are plenty of hotel rooms around Penn Station.

    The other thing to keep in mind is the impact of all those cars in what is really a city park. Every space for a car is more impervious surface, and more space taken from parkland. When ideas are floated for new stadia, you always see parking lots for VIPs. This is what those lots are used for, and frankly we should not be supporting it.

  • tyler

    Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the “Damned bike lanes” comment — that joke doesn’t get old for me. That being said, trucks (and other commercial vehicles) along with public transit and emergency vehicles are *why* bridges and roads are socially funded (err… socialistically? I’m trying to avoid ‘publicly funded’ because it’s us funding them, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike).

    I guess the use of the ‘damn bike lanes’ joke just rubbed me the wrong way when it was applied to a commercial vehicle. It just seems to feed into the crap you read in the comments section of the local newspapers… “You anti-car people want everything in stores delivered by bike.” etc etc.

  • krstrois

    I think this is the 4th truck fire on the 59th St bridge this summer. WTF is going on there?

  • Daniel Winks

    It’s the bikes. The bikes are causing it!

  • Anonymous

    I bet they’d say that the walk from the hotel to the train station and from the destination train station to the court is detrimental to player performance.

  • Anonymous

    So true, although they should probably heed LeBron’s example and cycle to matches. It was nice to see a well-used bike rack at the Open, though. At least somebody is cycling to the tournament. Maybe staffers?

    fwiw, Flushing Meadows Park was PACKED with people NOT there for the the US Open. There were people squeezed into every nook and cranny, and even on small patches of grass between overhead freeways. Lots of soccer, walking and cycling. I’m rarely at this park, but it seems like it desperately needs to be expanded.

  • Bolwerk

    The public-private partnership scheme costs more than traditional procurement by design. It undermines public sector unions, skims public money off to be doled out to special interests, and at least sometimes creates situations where financing costs are actually higher. Surprise: big government can finance projects more cheaply than private companies.

    Basically, it’s a gift from fiscally irresponsible politicians (mainly Republikans) to their buddies masquerading as free enterprise.

  • tyler

    To be fair, any public transportation option going in the direction of the US Open will be filled with tennis fan(atics). Being swarmed by adoring fans might be fun, but not exactly a meditative calmness a player might be looking for before a match.

    Now, staying at a hotel closer to the stadium is not unreasonable. And it’s not like you can’t take a car to Manhattan, if you “need” to. Tennis tournaments are odd creatures since they involve so many individuals as individuals. A basketball team arrives as a team, in a single vehicle and stays in a single hotel.

  • Daphna

    Jill Wagner, writer for the NY Post, went jogging on the bicycle-only north side of the Manhattan bridge instead of on the pedestrian-only south side. She did not look at any of the signage or the fact that she was surrounded only by bicyclists and no one on foot. When joggers/pedestrians have their own space dedicated to them and they instead use the bike-only space, that is very irritating to bicyclists; additionally, it can create danger and problems. Jill Wagner encountered some bicyclists who were irritated with her inappropriately being on foot on the bike-only path. Then Jill Wagner turns that into a story for the NY Post that somehow draws larger conclusions about bicyclists’ supposed feelings of entitlement. Jill Wagner jogging on the bikeway is similar to bicyclists riding on a walkway (such as a sidewalk). Both groups should use the infrastructure devoted to them and respect the infrastructure devoted to the other mode of transportation; there is no larger conclusion for Jill Wagner to draw. If anything Jill Wagner should have written about insufficient wayfinding signs and the need for more so that she will not end up again on the bicycle-only path of some city bridge.

  • Anonymous

    The best part is where she admits that she “blissfully made [her] way onto the Manhattan Bridge, Jay-Z blasting in [her] headphones”, in other words, not paying attention to her surroundings. This is the kind of runner that irritates me the most, and I’m a runner too. If you want to “zone out” while you run, don’t do it on a shared trail or street.

  • Andres Dee

    I’m not clear about what the RPA’s Vitullo-Martin is blathering about. We already have “Transit Oriented Development” in NYC. Is she arguing for upzoning around GCT? Then say it. In the absence of specifics, I have a recommendation for “TOD”; the northeast corner of 2nd & 86th. That’s where “Yorkshire Tower” currently stands. That’s the building that’s been NIMBY-ing the SAS, all the while blighting their block with sidewalk sheds that are all about their own exterior work and nothing to do with subway construction. It would be good to replace Yorkshire and its kvetchers.