Today’s Headlines

  • James McCloskey, 71, in Critical Condition After Driver Rams Dyker Heights Bus Shelter (News, WCBS)
  • WNYC Pins NYPD’s Failure to Ticket Reckless Drivers on the Law, Rather Than Department Protocol
  • De Blasio Leads Lhota in First Post-Primary Poll, 65-22 (WSJ)
  • Transit Advocates Find Candidate Lhota “Disappointing” (CapNY)
  • Prendergast Envisions Expansion of Cell Phone and Wi-Fi Service in Subway (News, NYT)
  • Expect More Sandy-Related Tunnel Repair Work, Possibly Including Major Closures (CapNY, WNYC)
  • Maspeth Parents Say School Redistricting Puts Children on Dangerous Streets (Queens Courier)
  • Which Way Is Taxi of Tomorrow Judge Leaning? Depends If You Read the News or the Post
  • City Picks Developer for Giant LES Site, With 500-Space Public Garage Permit in Hand (NYT)
  • This Is One Way to Envision the End of the Automobile Era (NYT, Gothamist)
  • But This Observer Writer Will Hold Firmly Onto His Car Keys

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    The Times has an “invitation to dialogue” about working from home. This is in response to a recent article about the possible return of suburban sprawl.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/opinion/invitation-to-a-dialogue-working-from-home.html

    Two interesting sights during today’s bike commute: 1) a cop on a bike… going the wrong way! 2) a guy wearing spandex and an sporty-looking helmet… on a CitiBike!

  • Anonymous

    I try to pair my spandex with flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt. Offend everyone, that’s my goal.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    This is the second time that a car has careened into a bus stop along the B4, perhaps 1/2 mile apart on Bay Ridge Parkway:

    https://www.streetsblog.org/2009/06/10/brooklyn-carnage-pedestrian-killed-pedicabbie-and-passengers-injured/#content

    Stanislaw Zak, of Brooklyn, was struck and killed as he waited at a bus
    stop near the intersection of Bay Ridge Parkway and 18th Avenue at
    about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

    The teen will be ticketed for driving with a learner’s permit without a
    licensed driver, police said. No word yet as to whether the teen will
    face additional charges.

    Police say the teen’s Mazda struck another car before it struck and killed Zak.

  • ADN

    The WNYC story is maddening and ridiculous. NYPD has plenty of laws at their disposal. Call it Reckless Endangerment, Menacing, Disturbing the Peace, Terrorism, Attempted Manslaughter… Use whatever law that allows NYPD to stop and harass cyclists who are on the sidewalk. Whatever. NYPD does what it wants in most other cases. If a guy uses his car to do violence to kids walking home from school, find a law to take away that guy’s car and lock him up for a little while. Sort out the details later.

  • Bolwerk

    On transit, de Blasio is pretty damn unimaginative and disappointing. Lhota is worse than disappointing. He’s a travesty.

    Re Observer article: the hyperbole is something else. His transit policies were fairly abysmal, but a much overlooked fact about Mike Bloomberg is nobody has ever been better for New York City drivers than him. The fight for congestion charging was a fight for their well-being, their time, and their ability to function. No, I’m not kidding.

  • moocow

    The only cops on bikes I have ever seen going the same direction of traffic, were riding on the sidewalk.

  • Reader

    And we’ve seen that even on streets with bike lanes, travel times for drivers have decreased. Pothole repair is faster than ever, too. So Robert Sinclair, Jr. is full of it.

  • Bolwerk

    Ped plazas improved traffic flows too. Whether he ever meant to or not, and I think he did, Bloomberg has done nothing but help drivers, no matter what anyone says about supposed wars on cars.

    For anti-congestion positions to make sense, the driver must either not value his time at all, and prefer to waste [more] money in traffic than to forfeit [less of] it to the government, or value his time at less than the cost of anti-congresion measures. The latter is probably downright impossible in NYC because nobody who values their time at less than a reasonable congestion charge or toll could possibly afford to drive in NYC anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, cops failing to understand or follow the law is hardly news.