Today’s Headlines

  • Drivers Kill Pedestrians in East New York and Jamaica (Gothamist)
  • Will Motorist de Blasio, Who Drives Son to School, Stand Up for Car-Free New Yorkers? (NYT, Grist)
  • Sandy Recovery a “Multi-Year, Multi-Billion Dollar Effort” (MTR)
  • Worried About TZB and Seeing Toll Increases in Future, S&P Downgrades Thruway Bond Rating (LoHud)
  • Fake Banksy in Washington Heights Highlights NYPD’s Role in Traffic Violence (GothamistAnimal)
  • TWU Rallies for New Union Contract on Sandy Anniversary (CapNY)
  • 2nd Avenue Sagas: Is MTA Leaving Value-Capture Opportunities on the Table?
  • NYPD Says It Was Unaware of Illegal Parking Around Barclays Center, Will Now Focus on It (AYR)
  • Dana Rubinstein Talks Boro Taxis, Taxi of Tomorrow, and Taxi Politics on WNYC
  • Appeals Court Upholds E-Hail Pilot Program (News)
  • Taxi of Tomorrow May Be Dead in Court, But the First One Is Already Picking Up Passengers (Jalopnik)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    any word on what Manhattan Community Board 5 Transportation Committee said about the idea for DOT to study a protected 5th/6th Avenues bike lane? I have been looking around, can’t find anything. Keep up the good work!

  • We’ll have an update later today. Short version: CB 5 wants to study complete streets redesigns for those avenues but hasn’t passed a resolution yet.

  • Specifically, they want DOT to do a detailed study of both corridors. How they will frame that request is still up in the air, from what I witnessed at the public hearing. A number of committee members said quite clearly and simply that a resolution should ask for “complete streets”. (I guess we’ll see how the full board feels about that.)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks guys! Look forward to reading the post later and, much more importantly, hopefully to a redesign soon.

  • carma

    5/6th ave would CERTAINLY benefit from bike lanes in the midtown area. ive been taking 9th ave downtown b/c its so much pleasant having a bike lane. its not that i would say i avoid 5th/6th at all costs, but one does certainly need to have a fear factor to ride 5/6th.

    bway southbound is also a mess with lights stopping you every 3 blocks.

  • ToastPatterson

    So BDB lives about two blocks from the subway and his kid’s school is within a block from the same subway line. Yet they drive to school. He’s a living example of a limousine liberal. Lhota is loathsome but I still can’t understand what people see in de Blasio.

  • Bolwerk

    S&P is worrying a bit much. Cuomo wants that ridiculous bridge so badly he’s willing to make everyone else pay for it.

  • Bolwerk

    He’s a conservative, right down to his sense of noblesse oblige for the poor.

    I think DbB’s appeal was largely on anti-police thuggery and anti-economic inequality grounds. His transit proposals are virtually useless and he apparently wants to turn back the clock on ped plazas, which let people enjoy their own city. Pro-inequality much? Considering he wants to bring back Bratton to replace Kelly, he doesn’t seem to show much innovation about policing either.

  • ToastPatterson

    I also like that our old friend Jim Walden has hosted three fundraisers for de Blasio since the primary:
    http://wny.cc/1aA6olo

    But I’m sure Bill would never entertain any of Jim’s regressive ideas on transportation issues.

  • Voter

    I’m no fan of de Blasio’s stated windshield perspective, but it’s not as if Bloomberg was out there riding a bike to work every day or lounging in Times Square.

    Judge de Blasio on how he fulfills his campaign promises and not on the personal transportation choices he makes for his family. He has a long checklist advocates can use as a scorecard starting on January 1st:

    http://www.billdeblasio.com/issues/street-safety

  • carma

    bolwerk, is anything that is not the far left conservative to you?

    lhota is far from conservative. he is fiscally sound but very socially liberal.

    bdb on the other hand has such a scary idealist agenda, i really do fear for the future of the city.

  • Bolwerk

    I agree, actually. Lhota is not a conservative at all. Lhota is a liberal and de Blasio is a conservative. Lhota would probably be less fiscally conservative than de Blasio too, ironically.

  • Bolwerk

    Maybe you’re right that his personal choices are a bit beside the point, but complaints about de Blasio aren’t just based on conjecture based on his personal actions. He is actually contradicting his own stated principles. Vision0 is a hollow promise from someone talking about the jury being out on ped plazas of all things.

    Not talking about seriously expanding transit should have been a clue all along that de Blasio wasn’t serious about Vision0 though.

  • Voter

    All fine and good, and I agree that we ought to be VERY skeptical of de Blasio’s commitment to these issues.

    Bigger point is that advocates do themselves no favors when they call out an individual’s travel habits as some sort of barometer for measuring how they’ll do on these issues. It instantly alienates anyone who might be inclined to support us but who, for lack of better options or for personal reasons, chooses to drive.

    If Bill winds up coming around on these issues, then I don’t care if he drives Dante down the block to get breakfast.