Today’s Headlines

  • Police Arrest Man for Reckless Driving Loop Around Manhattan (News, WCBS)
  • Curb-Jumping Driver Injures Pedestrians on Crown Heights Sidewalk (WCBS, WPIX, WNBC, WABC)
  • Taxi Driver Hits SUV, Injuring Four in Curb-Jumping Midtown Crash (Gothamist, News, WCBS)
  • Driver Seriously Injures Boy, 5, in South Ozone Park (Times Ledger, News)
  • DOT Reveals Preliminary Design for Permanent Corona Plaza (Queens Courier)
  • New Brooklyn and LGA Buses Start This Weekend (NewsDNA); Biz Bigs Want More LGA Access (News)
  • Tri-State Unveils LIRR “Laggy” Awards for Delayed Service (MTR)
  • Willets Point Businesses Fear Temporary Parking Lot Won’t Be So Temporary (Times Ledger)
  • Cuomo Signs Off on USTA Expansion, Including New Parking in Flushing Meadows Park (News)
  • Bond Buyers Bullish on Tappan Zee Financing, Driving Down Borrowing Costs (Bloomberg)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • I wish NYPD was so enthusiastic to charge drivers who actually maimed and killed people, not just the ones who ran a fast time-trial on empty roads

  • J

    Memo to Matt Flegenheimer. We’ve seem to have discovered a unicorn: a driver in Manhattan who managed to flout the law. The driver somehow managed to speed, end up on the sidewalk and sending four people to the hospital. Unfortunately, this “rarity” happens all too often, and dismissing this type of danger offhandedly is neither accurate nor helpful to actually addressing the problem. It’s also extremely disrespectful to the victims, treating them as if they don’t exist.

  • J

    Memo to Matt Flegenheimer. We’ve seem to have discovered a unicorn: a driver in Manhattan who managed to flout the law. The driver somehow managed to speed, end up on the sidewalk and sending four people to the hospital. Unfortunately, this “rarity” happens all too often, and dismissing this type of danger offhandedly is neither accurate nor helpful to actually addressing the problem. It’s also extremely disrespectful to the victims, treating them as if they don’t exist.

  • Reader

    According to reports, the woman in Crown Heights had her leg nearly severed by the curb-jumping driver, which means it’s probably as good as gone. Yet this story won’t get nearly the coverage of the incident involving the Midtown tourist. I guess if there’s no cyclist to pin the road rage on, it won’t register for more than 24 hours.

    Just another day in Ray Kelly’s New York…

  • Anonymous

    Afroduck’s real crime, in the eyes of the NYPD, was embarrassing them by posting a video and bragging about his speeding. Since “embarrassment of NYPD” is not in the books, they had to “settle” for reckless endangerment etc.

    It is amazing how quickly the police can collect and analyze video evidence when embarrassed. But when someone dies in a “routine” crash, they don’t even try.

  • Anonymous

    The defense contractor Palantir who does all kinds of creepy spy shit for the CIA, NSA and their cousins also built the NYPD’s license plate system. Every camera they have contantly looks for license plates, OCRs them, adds timestamp and GPS data, and feeds it back to a central system in real time. Officers can literally just sit at a computer, punch in a license plate, and watch the car move around Manhattan.

    Even a massive, unaccountable surveillence state is useful from time to time.

  • Ian Turner

    I will say this: LGA access as it exists now is pitiful, and a city of our stature should have much better.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps I missed something, but what’s the connection between the latest midtown curb-jumper and NYT transpo reporter Flegenheimer?

  • Anonymous

    Flegenheimer wrote: “But drivers in much of Manhattan can rarely flout the law, even if they try. The average taxi speed south of 60th Street was 9.3 miles per hour, the report said, leaving passengers behind the pace of a well-trained runner.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/nyregion/in-bloombergs-city-of-bike-lanes-data-show-cabs-gain-a-little-speed.html

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, but Flegenheimer was referring to speeding, which I’m guessing wasn’t present (though gross recklessness obviously was) in any of the recent Manhattan curb-jumps. Of course, we’ll never know unless the CIS reports are made public — which neither the mayoral candidates nor the professional advo’s are demanding.

  • Joe R.

    Honestly, LGA should eventually be shut down. That’s prime waterfront property ripe for development. LGA is in a horrible location with 2 or 3 million people right under the flight paths. It’s a major source of noise pollution. In the long run air travel will decrease as fuel prices rise, so it’ll make sense to shut down at least one of the three NYC metro area airports. LGA should be the first.

  • Joe R.

    I’m finding it strange how the NYPD has cameras in multiple locations, and yet there never seems to be any footage when a motor vehicle hits a cyclist or pedestrian. This case just shows how warped the NYPD’s priorities are. They’re getting all bent of shape because someone speeds mostly on limited access highways (the one place where speeding causes the least harm), then posts it on you-tube. There’s carnage on our streets but it’s not being caused by people like “Afroduck”.

    Incidentally, maybe the next guy who does this should just upload an anonymous GPS log instead of posting a video. It may not be as exciting, but it still proves the feat, and it’s a lot harder to trace. Finally, why not close off a circuit around Manhattan late nights a few times a year and just let people do this legally? I’m not a motor head, but people are going to do this regardless, so it’s better if they do it on a closed circuit. We’ll certainly see much better lap times as well once you take traffic and red lights out of the equation.

  • carma

    @disqus_dlP91vGbzC:disqus i know you are a big fan of removing red lights.

    im in favor of removing reds and introducing small traffic circles on a smaller avenue.
    now with broadway reduced to one lane in most parts south of 57th st. i would love to see how this would pan out if we did remove lights on bway and set up small temporary circles on all the cross streets.

  • Anonymous

    re: Tappan Zee Bridge Bond Buying. I wonder how many Municipal Bond analysts even consulted Komanoff’s TZ Bridge spreadsheet?

  • Bolwerk

    Probably not many. For that matter, why would it sway them? They are probably aware of the kind of revenue the bridge tolls will bring in.

    Here’s a possibility: they don’t plan on holding the bonds for the life of the bond. They want to hold them for a few years while interest rates remain low. Even finance cynics (Larry Littlefield?) would probably agree that the bonds are safe for a few years.

  • Bolwerk

    Hmm, it’s an interesting idea. Sell the land, and if there really is need for extra domestic air capacity, use it to finance higher-speed rail to the airport near Beacon or something. Even that might be better than a bus to LaGuardia. :-

  • Joe R.

    That’s more or less my lines of thought here. If we finally have the sense to build out more HSR it can connect to airports further away, and also replace a lot of short-haul domestic air travel. With a decent HSR network, enough flights may just disappear so we can close LGA without replacing it with an airport elsewhere. Heck, if we’re really lucky we might be able to close Newark as well. Kennedy probably needs to stay because it’s the only place with runways long enough for heavy planes on international flights.

  • Bolwerk

    Yeah, that’s another thing. Lack of decent rail, much less HSR, drives people to ghettoized options like LaGuardia. Syracuse is a 6 hour train trip. At ~250mi away, it should only be under 3 hours, which is easily competitive with a flight.

  • JK

    Cuomo shifted $80m from the General Fund to the Thruway to cover the cost of canceling a scheduled toll hike on trucks. That reassures bond buyers that Albany will find a way to pay for Thruway/TZ debt regardless of TZ tolls. (Incidentally, why do out of state truckers get their toll hike cancelled and NYC transit riders — who vote and pay state taxes — face a future of regular fare hikes?

  • Bolwerk

    Cuomo doesn’t conceal his contempt for transit users particularly well. He can’t quite spit on them, because they are a big constituency, but on the flip side they (we) seem to grin and bear it more than anyone else too. :-

    Another thing: the Komanoff sheet should be taken more as a commentary on what the public will have to pay to cover the shortfall rather than what bondholders are betting. Highways are always paid for in part by people who don’t use them. Bondholders have good reason to expect the state to bail them out, at least going by historical precedent….

  • Anonymous

    But doesn’t even referencing the avg. speed, undermine the fact, that when the roads do open up, cab drivers frequently do speed?

  • Anonymous

    It is appalling that the NYPD can’t be this proactive about investigating vehicular crimes result in actual death or injury.

    Its also incredible how dumb this guy is to do an interview in which he said and I quote “You frankly can’t identify who I am by just looking at the video and records were meant to be broken. I’ll release my name a year from now.” – says local moron

  • Cold Shoaler

    Point taken, but them roads weren’t “empty”.

  • Anonymous

    OK guys, it’s cool, you can shut down Streetsblog, the streets are safe now that the NYPD caught the one guy who was stupid enough to speed with a camera in his car and brag about it.

  • Anonymous

    So many crashes involving cabs. I get that the NYPD has other priorities, but where’s TLC on this? Shouldn’t they have to launch investigations into cab crashes? These are supposed to be professional drivers. If they were airline pilots, the FAA would be all over it.