Today’s Headlines

  • Get Ready for Permanent Car-Free Zones in Central Park Above 72nd Street, Starting Today (News)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Betty Jean DiBiasio, 21, in Astoria Early Saturday A.M. (Post)
  • Speeding Driver Causes 4-Car Collision in Marble Hill and Dies (PostNews)
  • Driver Speeding and Running Reds Crashes Into Second Car, Killing Her Passenger (News)
  • Steve Levin in Uber’s Cross-hairs for Backing a Slowdown in Black Car Licenses (Bklyn Paper)
  • How Will Residents of 5,500-Unit Greenpoint Landing Get Around? (Gothamist)
  • In a First, Cops Ticket Cabbies Who Double-Parked While Praying (Post)
  • Apparently, There’s “No Room” on Staten Island for More Bus Lanes (Advance)
  • Market Rate for Parking in DUMBO: $350-$450/Month; On-Street Rate: $0 (DNA)
  • Komanoff: The Pope Didn’t Come Out Against Carbon Taxes — Far From It (NYT)

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  • kevd

    So I guess the only thing that will get the NYPD to ticket double parkers is Islamophobia…..

  • red_greenlight1

    My neighborhood has several large churches that double park multiple times a week. Including one which takes up over half the sidewalk. Yet the NYPD will never ticket them because they are Christian Churches. The police allow Jews to park all over the Kent Ave bike lane during holy days and ignore 311 complaints. But Muslims are fair game huh?

    There is so much that is disguising with this. Why can’t they just enforce the law fairly across all religious groups? Why is it OK for 2 religious groups to endanger others but not a third?

  • HamTech87

    Why not put one-hour meters on Riverside and the streets near the mosque?

  • Kevin Love

    Because those first two are “established” religions in the meaning of the First Amendment. And Islam is not.

  • red_greenlight1

    How the hell is Islam not an established religion? What rock did you crawl out from underneath?

  • JamesR

    re: the fatal Marble Hill crash: I walk by this exact location every day on my way to the train. This area is absolutely teeming with school-aged kids walking to the nearby JFK school campus every morning, and had it been just a few hours later, we would be talking about a massacre. Those photos of the crash aftermath show a vehicle that must’ve been traveling at least 60mph, an unthinkable speed in such a densely populated neighborhood.

  • qrt145

    I think what Kevin was suggesting was that the government is unconstitutionally favoring certain religions, that is, violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

  • red_greenlight1

    I owe you an apology. I was so shocked I missed the sarcasm in your post. Sorry about that!

  • red_greenlight1

    Yeah that was my bad. I totally missed that.

  • Joe R.

    One of the witnesses said the VW was doing at least 80 mph. I believe it, too. Just a few days ago while biking at around 4 AM I was passed by some jerk doing around 80. My thoughts at the time were if the driver had been a few feet to the right I easily could have been killed. If drivers want to do 80, well, that’s what we have highways for.

    At least the driver in the Marble Hill crash will never get another chance to endanger or kill anyone else. What’s frightening here was he apparently tried to run a red light at that speed. My vote is the guy was either high or drunk.

  • Bolwerk

    Nothing to be ashamed of. Kevin’s comment was a good parody.

    Poe’s Law.

  • Kevin Love

    Yes, the First Amendment forbids “…an establishment of religion…”

    So what we have in an illegal “de facto” establishment of some religions… but not others.

    Looks like religious discrimination to me. Ticket them all.

  • qrt145

    You often complain that people think you are going at say 50 mph on your bike when you are really going at 20 mph or less. Are you sure the same doesn’t apply when you see a motorist going fast and you think they are going at 80 mph? 🙂

  • Maggie

    I dunno – the religious issue is separate to me. These cab drivers are on their shifts, I think, double-parking while they’re on the job, and the neighborhood is asking for enforcement.

    I totally agree that there’s no excuse for this on behalf of any religion or faith.

  • Joe R.

    No, I was doing about 25 mph and this guy flew past me. I counted how long it took him to get a block ahead. It wasn’t much over 3 seconds, which basically implies he was going 55 or 60 mph more than I was.

    For what it’s worth I’m also a railroad buff. I’ve spent many an hour watching trains go by, to the point my eyeball estimate of their speed agrees to within 5 mph of what my stopwatch says.

    Another thing worth noting here is average driving speeds on the street in question (164th Street between Union Turnpike and the LIE) at that time of night are about 50 to 55 mph. This vehicle was going quite a bit above average. I’ve seen the NYPD doing 70+ mph on the LIE service road a few times. And then if you want outliers, back in the 1980s there was a Corvette on Union Turnpike going an easy 100 mph. That car was 5 blocks past me in less than 10 seconds.