Today’s Headlines

  • More Coverage of Yesterday’s Hearing on NYPD Crash Investigations (Gothamist, Post, News)
  • Lhota: “We’ve Got to Find a Way…[to] Widen the Roads on Staten Island” (CapNY)
  • Thruway Layoffs Continue as Concern Grows About Tappan Zee TIFIA Loan (MTR, TU)
  • DOT Proposes Road Diet for Flatbush Avenue From Empire to Nostrand (News)
  • Driver Hits Child in Fresh Meadows; No Word on Condition (WNBC)
  • East Midtown Rezoning Clears City Planning Commission; Next Stop: City Council (DNA, Crain’s)
  • Police Chase Driver, Allegedly on Drugs, Across LES After Hit-and-Run Involving Officer (DNA)
  • SI Candidate Mancuso Wants City Control of Crossings, Flat Fee for Bridges and Tunnels (Advance)
  • Hong Kong Model of Using Real Estate to Fund Transit Not a Perfect Fit for NYC (Next City)
  • Shelly Silver “Does Not Have a Driver. He Has a Security Person, Who Also Happens to Drive.” (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Bolwerk

    I guess there is no point in hoping against hope the TZB reconstruction doesn’t happen? :-

  • Anonymous

    That section of Flatbush is desperate for a road diet. It would be a great day for those neighborhoods if DOT is really able to deliver what they’ve proposed.

    The obvious problems will come from the very stupid end of the business owner community and their splendidly ignorant lackeys–the community boards and city council members.

  • JK

    There may be good reasons to vote for Joe Lhota, but sensible transportation policy is not one of them. Also, hard to know why most New Yorkers want a mayor whose main focus seems to be pandering to the 5.6% of NYC residents who live on Staten Island — a borough whose myopic political leaders have fostered disastrous land-use policies that have led the place into a cul-de-sac of car dependence and miserable traffic congestion. One of the dumbest ideas of this benighted election cycle has been moving DOT HQ to Staten Island.

  • Bolwerk

    I’d be curious to know what those reasons are, since sensible policing and fiscal policies don’t seem to be among them either. Unless you believe in an anti-crime fairy to accompany the confidence fairy who supposedly only comes about when a Republikan is in office.

    I really don’t think Lhota is so different from de Blasio, but where they are different it’s in stupid ways (for Lhota).

  • Andres Dee

    The Bike/ped/transit advocacy community should have demanded a “fix it” approach to the TZB. The Thruway effectively neutralized them by dangling a rail option…which got yanked once it had served its purpose.

  • Bolwerk

    It was Cuomo who cancelled the rail, but that raises a good point. I wish bike/ped/transit people could keep a united front, but they rarely do. Make that bike/ped/environmental/transit. The bike/ped people often don’t care for each other or trains, the transit people are often bike-eschewing mode ideologues, the environment people often like greenwashed auto-centricism and dislike cities. The advocates for all four are largely too inept to work together, despite great common ground.

    Example: I could understand horse trading a new bridge in exchange for getting trains and at least bikes on the old one. But no one seems to want to make the effort.

  • kevd

    The plan looks a bit like a de facto bike lane 11 foot parking lane.
    That’s wide, right?

    The second lane is a de facto double parking lane now.
    Flatbush is a mess there. I love it, but it is a dangerous mess.

  • Anonymous

    I’d look at widening the sidewalks here. Flatbush Avenue has busy sidewalks and people need the space.

    But I’m not even seeing a word about safer pedestrian crossings or anything for people on foot.

  • kevd

    Good point. The sidewalks can be pretty crowded in places.

  • Andrew

    By “Flat Fee for Bridges and Tunnels” I thought you meant that he wanted to eliminate the discriminatory (and probably unconstitutional) Staten Island resident toll discount on the Verrazano. Does Mancuso realize that Staten Island residents who drive across the Verrazano pay far less, on a round-trip basis, than anybody who drives across any of the other major NYC tolled crossings?

  • Andres Dee

    I believe that TZ rail was a diversion from the beginning. Cuomo just delivered the bad news.

  • Bolwerk

    Could be, but the proposal for rail came under Patterson. Cuomo abruptly announced a reversal without much explanation.