Today’s Headlines

  • Albany Won’t Act on $14 Billion Hole in MTA Capital Plan (News)
  • Livery Driver Kills Man Near Yankee Stadium; No Charges (Gothamist)
  • SUV Driver Kills Man Walking By Double-Parked Vehicle in Midwood; No Charges (News)
  • QChron Talks to Transit Advocates About Woodhaven BRT
  • Surprise: Bus Lanes for the Q44 Have Some People Freaking Out About Traffic (QChron)
  • Queens CB 3 Votes for Raft of Bike/Ped Improvements (QChron)
  • Staten Island North Shore Residents Clog Streets With Cars to Protest Upzoning (Advance)
  • Delivering Mattresses By Bike Cuts Costs For Start-Up Casper (Crain’s)
  • Parking Spaces of the .001 Percent (DNA)
  • Damned Bike Lanes (Post)

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  • Preservationist

    Lombardi’s Pizza is 110 years old. Why does the city allow cars to interfere with this restaurant’s historic character?!?!?

  • Simon Phearson

    What’s the underlying logic, in letting elderly drivers off the hook for their errors in driving? Why can’t they be held to be negligent or reckless, if they drive despite having only a tenuous grasp of which pedals their feet are pushing?

  • stairbob
  • When you take parking spaces away, you have to consult community boards. When you add parking spaces, apparently no consultation is necessary. Didn’t de Blasio promise to improve DOT’s process in this regard? Or did he only mean it for cars?

  • Drove through a building, “just a little brain fart”. I hope the officers would have chosen slightly more serious language if someone had been killed or injured. Good to hear the say he shouldn’t have been driving. Which begs two questions, why was he allowed to? And second, I’m hoping I can assume that he will no longer be allowed to……right? RIGHT!?

  • Flakker

    I assume most people here think Staten Island is a lost cause, but this idiotic “car rally” is a disgrace even by Island standards. Even the Advance reporter writing about it seemed unusually careful to use a neutral tone. And Leticia James’s involvement is as compellihg evidence as any you’ll find to eliminate the Public Advocate’s office. There is no middle ground to be found with these people, and I’ve tried. Neighborhoods full of absolute NIMBYs with no agenda or political involvement beyond driving their SUVs everywhere.

  • Hilda

    Why is the owner of a double parked car not charged with reckless endangerment? Double parking is the direct cause of behavioral choices, some of which result in injury or death. Is there precedent for a civil proceeding for those that park illegally resulting in property damage, injury or death?
    Carelessly expunging a cigarette in a fire danger zone is cause for criminal proceedings in drought heavy California, why isn’t carelessly parking a vehicle which results in an injury or death in a pedestrian heavy area cause for something similar?

  • Reader

    Did the organizers of this car rally get a parade permit from NYPD?

  • Joe R.

    I’ll be the first to admit overbuilding can create horrendous traffic problems. I’ve seen it in my eastern Queens neighborhood and downtown Flushing. However, the solution isn’t to not upzone. Rather it’s to start building more rail transit, particularly subways. Why aren’t those protesting demanding that instead, including a subway connection from Staten Island to the rest of the city? Wait, I already know. In their narrow worldview, a subway will bring in “people who don’t share our values” (i.e blacks), and “they won’t use it” because they want to get around everywhere in their stupid SUV. A few people might be calling for more roads but as we all know you can’t build your way out of traffic congestion.

    Or put more succinctly, these people want where they live to stay exactly the same. As someone already said in the comments section of that article: “Traffic is other people’s cars. Overdevelopment is other people’s homes.”

    They seem to forget nobody protested when they wanted to build their homes. They created the traffic they’re complaining about. And they’ve steadfastly opposed any solutions to mitigate it because any and all solutions which have a chance of working mean large numbers of people there will have to get their fat asses out of their SUVs and on to bikes, or into trains. Which of course is something they refuse to do.

  • Jonathan R

    If we don’t fix the zoning now, older homes on large lots will be replaced by dozens of ugly townhouses,” Bolembach’s statement continued. “Any open green space will be destroyed and tall buildings will be built destroying the current character of the neighborhoods. Our infrastructure will be overwhelmed by massive overdevelopment and we’ll
    be forced to live with the consequences of crime, pollution, dirty streets, flooding sewers and incredible traffic.

    This is a reasonable agenda that can be challenged without recourse to ad hominem attacks.

    Suggest this instead: The large houses are being illegally subdivided and the green space surrounding them is being paved over and used for vehicle storage. Redevelopment to allow multiple-unit dwellings would allow more Staten Islanders of modest means to live close to their family members. Better bus service and better ferry connections mean that older Staten Islanders would still be able to get around without having to drive.

  • Joe R.

    You can thank organizations like the AARP for the fact he was driving. Every time any state has so much as suggested periodic driver retesting for those 65 or older the AARP has sent out petitions and otherwise used propaganda to stop it. We really should have periodic retesting of all drivers but we’re most likely to get rid of large numbers of people who no longer can physically drive if we focus on those 65 and older. It’s not age discrimination as the AARP claims. Rather, it’s facing the reality that your reflexes and brain functioning decrease rapidly once the aging process starts in earnest.

  • J_12

    I don’t know that it’s quite that one dimensional. Many in Staten Island would benefit greatly from a subway connection to the rest of the city, and I’m sure would welcome it for that reason.
    However, such a connection would make the borough more attractive for people to live in, and could lead to an influx of new residents, more development, and rising rents and property values.
    Whether current residents think that is good or bad depends on a lot of factors, including economic issues and not just simple racism or provincial short-sightedness.

  • Some Asshole

    It would be cruel and unusual punishment! Cruel, because cars! Unusual in that this doesn’t happen.

  • Some Asshole

    Yeah but how else will they be able to live in their senior gates communities in exurban Orlando?

  • Bolwerk

    Land use regulations are a major problem, as usual. SI should conceivably be very transit-friendly, and the northern part of the island is even transit-ready. But politicians jealously guard against upzoning and parking

    I doubt the race factor is what it was 15 years ago. Staten Island is already like 35% outside the category of “non-Hispanic white” and even that 65% probably includes a ton of people who aren’t exactly WASP-ish. Granted, the entire USA is ~64%… Either way, not exactly whitewashed these days.