Today’s Headlines

  • Tabloids Are Talking About “Biker Menace” But For Once It’s Not Bicycles (CapNY)
  • …As the Daily News Publishes New Video of Motorcyclists Running Reds in Columbus Circle
  • Meanwhile, NYPD Arrests Skateboarders for Not Having Permit (Post, News, WABC)
  • 15 Year-Old Girl Dead After Driver Plows Into Church Street Fair in Yonkers (LoHud, WCBS, WNBC)
  • On TV: Random Staten Island Resident Critiques Bus Lanes (WPIX)
  • SI Democratic Council Candidate Mancuso’s Transpo Plan Sounds a Lot Like Joe Lhota’s (Advance)
  • Queens Casino Interested in Buying Naming Rights to Aqueduct Racetrack Subway Station (News)
  • Tri-State: NJ DOT Must Consider Transit Incentives During Long Pulaski Skyway Shutdown (MTR)
  • Tappan Zee Will Switch to All-Electronic Toll Collection in 18 Months (Times Herald-Record)
  • Proposals Are Due Today for MTA RFP That Includes Verrazano Bridge Path Study (Crain’s)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Ian Turner

    Tabloid comment of the day: “I see the NYPD is mighty brave when it comes to a bunch of skinny kids on skateboards.”

    I see the NYPD is mighty brave when it comes to a bunch of skinny kids on skateboards.
    I see the NYPD is mighty brave when it comes to a bunch of skinny kids on skateboards.

  • Bolwerk

    The type of person who typically self-selects to be a police officer is exactly the type of person who should have no authority over anyone.

    Anyone expect Mayor DeBlasio to actually do something about police arbitrarily mistreating anyone they want? I don’t.

  • Anonymous

    The Tappan Zee article is really more about how “distribution companies” can gorge on NY taxpayers’ tax-subsidized bridge. And love this Al Samuels guy, who should be renamed Mr. Sprawl, singing the praises of Rockland County’s “highway network” and “open land inventory.” Here’s the horrible quote:

    “Al Samuels, president of the Rockland Business Association, followed Conybeare and predicted the new bridge, coupled with Orange County’s superior interstate highway network and open land inventory, will allow the county to attract more and more distribution companies.”

    Let’s just cede Rockland to New Jersey, b/c that’s what it is going to look like after the TZ Bridge boondoggle.

  • Today is just a bad day overall to be reading comments on any of these news stories.
    If it’s not a unanimous sentiment in this crowd, I strongly believe the NYPD and the City should make reasonable accommodations for recreational events that involve legal uses of public property (particularly if it’s a weekend morning and there’s not a damn thing going on otherwise at the time), rather than being oppositional about permits and vicious with police reactions. The city’s excuse for declining to “allow” these events (they really have no business interfering) is that the police work costs money; it’s exponentially more expensive for the city when they arrest people without cause, rough them up, throw false “resisting arrest” charges on top of the mix, put people through “the system”, see all charges get dismissed for ACDs (because on the criminal side, that is how prosecutors and judges sweep up the messes that police commanders create) and then are forced to settle out-of-court on Section 1983 lawsuits for tens of thousands of dollars multiplied by dozens of plaintiffs. It’s a lot cheaper to let people go from point-to-point unobstructed, even with blocking/corking every single street along the way.

  • Jonathan R

    Good luck riding that cargo tricycle to Brooklyn from an Orange County “distribution center”!

  • Bolwerk

    To the Bloomberg/Giuliani regimes, it’s axiomatic that people will misbehave if there aren’t police around to keep order. Question that, and you’re a ter’rist. Any type of infraction, no matter how trivial, is a sign of impending disorder under the broken windows “theory.” It must be dealt with swiftly and without mercy, before it spreads. RWAs imagine a life of constant struggle and warfare, and broken windows validates that. Now that there aren’t enough “criminals” left to focus on, they are turning on their own citizens.

    It’s really remarkable how much freedom we’ve lost under the last two mayoral regimes. You used to be able to be in a park late at night. Most of the fun and beauty of NYC was always the capacity for different subgroups that wouldn’t be accepted elsewhere to be part of the social fabric. Now they are trying to stamp that out so stilted yuppies don’t have to share public space with people who don’t look, act, and think just like them.

  • Guest

    They come down hard on people who aren’t like them. They don’t commute by bicycle and they weren’t skaters, so they feel free coming down on subhumans like us.

    But since tjey and their buddies are thugs who like motorcycles, those criminals (who are actually more dangerous) get a free pass.

    Authoritarianism isn’t about the law; it’s about power. In fact, it’s about having the power to abuse the law (and citizens).

  • Guest

    It’s authoritarianism, not “broken windows” policing. Otherwise they would crack down hard on parking in bike lanes.

    I guarantee you they have no love for yuppies, either. They just provide a rationale to stomp on other groups they hate more. Given an opportunity, plenty of thugs in the NYPD would abuse the yuppies too. Especially if they uttered a word about having rights!

  • Bolwerk

    Whatever limited merit broken windows may have as a sociological theory, rigid adherence to broken windows is authoritarianism.

    Whether they love yuppies or not, they aren’t so inclined to bully people who can fight back and their job in the service of the administration is keeping the city sanitized for yuppies.

  • Anonymous

    Since I don’t feel like clicking through: what do we mean by “distribution companies”? FreshDirect? Amazon fulfillment center? Something else?

  • Anonymous

    The article doesn’t specify. Sorry. If you ever drive down the NJ Turnpike towards Philly, and see enormous tan buildings with loading docks, those are them.

    I seem to remember that when I-78 was completed to Allentown, PA, that became a key northeast distribution center. And lots of these buildings were constructed there.

  • Brownstone2

    The MTA RFP for the Verrazano Master Plan will study putting a “bike lane” on the bridge. Makes one wonder how they are going to go about managing this study, if they don’t realize, 1. that bikes will be on a separate path and not on the roadway in a bike lane, and 2. that walkers and runners, baby carriages and disabled, tourists, commuters and recreation users will all be expecting to cross the on the VNB “bike lane”.

    Very good news in the RFP is that MTA – TBTA has recognized and mentioned the 1997 City Planning VNB Study in which Ammann and Whitney engineers confirmed that the the Verrazano can support two bike paths, and won’t need to take any roadway lane space. This is the first time in the 16 years since the DCP study was released that MTA TBTA has recognized it in writing.
    After 50 years, we may be looking at completing the VNB with the bike/ped paths it should have had in 1964.

  • Joe R.

    And we would have have bike/ped paths over all the major bridges had Robert Moses not gone over to the “dark side”. In the first part of his career, he actually considered bike paths paralleling expressways to be desirable features. By the 1950s if it didn’t have anything to do with cars, he had no interest in it. It’s a shame thinking about it. If every major highway had a parallel non-stop bike route, getting around NYC by bike in the outer boroughs would be both safe and fast.

  • Matthias

    Here’s hoping that the bike path won’t be dangerously narrow and unpleasant like those on the Triborough and the GWB.