Today’s Headlines

  • What Happens If One of the Hudson Rail Tunnels Fails? (Politico)
  • Cuomo Proxy Tom Prendergast Jabs de Blasio Over MTA Capital Plan in the Daily News
  • Bike-Share Launches on the Other Side of the Hudson Today (NYT)
  • Two Injured in High-Speed NYPD Chase on Upper Manhattan Streets (Post)
  • NYPD Highway Patrol Officer Caught Driving With a .43% BAC (News)
  • Three People Injured in Two Separate Crashes in South Bronx Saturday (NewsPost)
  • State Seizes Faltering Credit Union That Specialized in Taxi Medallion Loans (Crain’sPost)
  • …And It Probably Won’t Be the Last Time (Post)
  • Ydanis Wants City-Subsidized Ferry Service on the West Side, Too (Crain’s)
  • Bigger, Better Public Plaza Coming to Battery Tunnel Exit in FiDi in 2018 (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Imagine how fast One has to be driving to hit a Person and Think it’s a Ball ?

    90% Chance the killer driver was greatly exceeding 25 MPH

  • Joe R.

    I’m going with dementia and/or reduced senses here rather than speeding. Most 78 year old drivers tend to drive a lot slower than average. That said, this just speaks to the need to retest all drivers every year or two once they’re over about 50. Both my parents started getting really sloppy driving by their late 60s. Dad died at 71 and mom was done driving in her early 70s. I think the vast majority of 78 year olds just can’t safely drive, period. That’s why we should ask why this woman was allowed to get behind the wheel in the first place.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    you never rode shotgun with my 82 year old Mom 🙂

  • WalkingNPR

    “Obviously, she’s very distraught and upset that this young man has passed away,” Deonarine said outside court.”

    Hmm..and HOW exactly did this person just passively expire, Mr. Lawyer?

    That said, the News isn’t much better, parroting her lawyer’s BS about the “early 5 pm dark” (Really? Must be a different time zone in Brooklyn than Manhattan, because it’s not getting dark at 5 here yet) and hitting a “child.” This is a teenager–big enough to be seen easily….in broad daylight. Shameful.

  • BBnet3000

    It’s still light when I get home in Brooklyn close to 6pm as of Friday. I’m less than 10 minutes from Kensington by bike.

  • Joe R.

    I have an 89 year uncle who still drives reasonably well but people like him and your mom seem to be the exception, not the rule.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Apple Weather says Sunset is at 18:55 today

    2 hours after the child was killed

    negligent homicide

  • Alexander Vucelic

    My 82 Mom drives like a E ticket ride – always too fast 🙂

  • HamTech87

    Could the some of the goals of Hudson River Ferry service be accomplished by implementing West Side Access? This idea seems to have disappeared.

    http://observer.com/2013/02/west-side-vs-east-side-access-upper-west-side-may-get-metro-north-stop/

  • Tax Man

    Is the hit and run/ball article from the News from November 2014?

  • “Ultimately she didn’t break the law”, well there you have it, a conclusive statement. Vehicular homicide is perfectly legal in NYC. Kill someone, get out, make sure you’ve done the job, get in, drive away. Perfectly legal. I foresee a substantial drop in the gun murder rate once this is publicized. Honestly though, “early darkness”, WTF, how does that even get said in court without being stamped out. Darkness doesn’t come “early”, its pretty fucking predictable.

  • Looks like it. I’ve taken it out of this stack. For some reason the article is displaying on the DN metro section frontpage today.

  • Matthias

    It’s insane that the burden of proof is on the court to show that the driver knew that she ran over a person, rather than on the driver to show that she has the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Come on, cluelessness is not a defense.

  • It’s great that a New York City CitiBike membership will work in Jersey City!

    I have been spending a lot of time in Hudson County lately, thanks to the ferry to Paulus Hook from the World Financial Centre. It’s amazing how quick and how inexpensive it is to get to Jersey City from the dock at Vesey St. It costs only $6 on weekdays and $4 on weekends, plus $1 for a bike; and the ride takes five minutes. (And cyclists are welcomed — we are not treated as a suspect class, unlike on the Staten Island Ferry, where we and only we are subjected to sniffing dogs.) Perhaps one day I’ll go on the ferry on foot, and check out CitiBike over there.

    While I won’t be signing up for a membership to Hoboken’s bike-share system, I can see riding through Hoboken on a Jersey City CitiBike. Getting to Hoboken from Jersey City is very easy; and Hoboken is a supremely bike-friendly city. The Times piece quotes a Hoboken resident as saying that a car is not necessary in Hoboken, and that half of her friends don’t even own a car. She says: “I think in a lot of places, it’s all about cars, but we’re so much more urban here.” And how! Any New Yorker who hasn’t spent time in that city should really go at once.

    Hudson County feels like a borough of New York City; indeed, a New Yorker can feel more at home in Hoboken and Jersey City than in Staten Island or even parts of eastern Queens.

    And, staying on the topic of the ferries: that mode of transport will certainly be a big part of the solution if/when a Hudson River rail tunnel fails. The docks at Vesey St., Wall St., and West 39th St. are within walking distance of a huge amount of people who work in Manhattan; and the New Jersey docks in Jersey City, Hoboken (two of them), and Weehawken (two of them) are convenient to basically the entire population of those cities. The Politico story notes that the existing NY Waterways ferries are running at 25% of capacity; and more boats will certainly be run when needed.

    I know that some people like to sneer at ferries. But they make a lot of sense in the context of the narrow island of Manhattan in which being far from one shoreline or the other is not possible, and also in urban Hudson County where there is great density near the shoreline.

  • ahwr

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/nyregion/safety-advocates-want-harsher-penalties-for-new-yorks-drivers.html

    The driver, Lynn Reynolds, 78, was charged with a felony for leaving the scene of the crash and with failure to yield because Naiem was in a crosswalk with a walk signal.


    Victims’ families have different ideas of what justice looks like in these cases. For Rabia Sultana, Naiem’s older sister, the driver would remain off the streets so she cannot hurt anyone else.

    The Brooklyn task force will consider restorative justice measures, in which drivers meet with the families of victims. Ms. Sultana said she would want to speak with Ms. Reynolds to better understand what happened in her brother’s final moments.

    “Even if it’s not an apology,” she said, “she could sit down and tell us anything she can.”

    Anything ever develop there? Or is it still moving slowly through the judicial system?

  • vnm

    No. Ferries would run from New Jersey. Metro-North to Penn would run from Westchester.

  • HamTech87

    Sorry, but I can’t find any mention of “New Jersey” in this article, or in a similar one in DNA back in May. The ferries’ purpose seems to be to provide better service within Manhattan, and there is even mention in the DNA story about alleviating overcrowding on the west side subways (which don’t go to NJ).

    I imagine West Side Access could be similar to the Paris RER C line. Both run along a major urban river, and Paris already has Batobus http://www.batobus.com/en.html water taxis on the Seine in seemingly direct competition with the RER (although I can’t find ridership numbers for Batobus). Yet my guess is that far more people opt for the connectivity, frequency, and speed of the RER over the ferry. Tourists, as Ydanis Rodriguez points out, would probably use the Batobus, but as a Paris tourist in the past, I took Batobus only once and RER C frequently.

    West Side Access would also have better connectivity with NYCT’s bus network, and subway system at Marble Hill and Penn Station.

    Here’s a link to the May DNA story: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150507/washington-heights/pols-want-hudson-river-ferry-with-stops-washington-heights-inwood

    And googling came up with this article by Yonah Freemark on the subject with interesting comments: http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2010/04/09/using-the-river-for-transportation/

  • Matthias

    “where we and only we are subjected to sniffing dogs”

    I encountered this for the first time during the Five Boro Tour. They funneled everyone down to single-file lines past dogs, and I couldn’t imagine why a person with a bike would be any more of a threat than an average passenger. I also can’t imagine why the SIF would be any kind of a target.

    I steer clear of the SIF, but I’ll have to give the one to Hoboken a try.

  • ahwr

    http://web.mta.info/mta/planning/psas/pdf/comp_results.pdf

    Penn station access study looked at stops around the GWB and Columbia medical center. The first would have been in the district of Ydanis Rodriguez. The second might have been just south of it, not exactly sure. Both were rejected because of high capital costs and because they would have needed to alienate parkland to provide access to the station. To be fair, the city’s ferry study a few years ago rejected a lot of what the city is now pushing because the routes would be too expensive to build and operate given their limited benefit.

    I don’t see anything about considering a station further north near the proposed Dyckman street ferry landing.

  • vnm

    Oh, sorry. I thought the Hudson River Ferry you were talking about was the one described as an attempt to replace NJ Transit trains once the Hudson Tunnels inevitably give out. I’d just finished reading Politico’s piece from today’s headline stack when I saw your comment. I didn’t realize there was another Hudson River Ferry being talked about.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    you might live in a police state if …

  • Alexander Vucelic

    will killer still be allowed loose on the streets ?

  • HamTech87

    No worries. And fwiw, those ferries to compensate for a tunnel failure are a lot more critical.

  • JoshNY

    It’s not insane. That’s how the American justice system works. I’m all for traffic justice but you can’t just go change the whole “innocent until proven guilty” principle. What we need is for the legislature to enact a criminal code that doesn’t make it so hard to get a conviction, and for us to elect prosecutors who actually want to get convictions in these situations.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    we need for juries to start considering ‘accident my’ killing with a car is in same class as ‘accidently’ killing with a shotgun

  • HamTech87

    Thanks for the link. A quick scan of the study shows pretty limited service, so more like plain old commuter rail. Not anywhere like Paris RER service, which is what would justify doing it imo.

  • Andrew

    Regarding the plaza at the Battery Tunnel exit – it looks pretty but I’m a bit disturbed that it doesn’t improve pedestrian access to/from the subway (the three white/red boxes – two for uptown and one for downtown). I don’t use that station much these days, but when I did (a few years back), the primary flow is through the pinch point at the south end, then east on Morris, and this does nothing to improve that pinch – if anything, it might make it worse.

    Pedestrians have a pretty circuitous path to the uptown entrance, because the subway runs straight up Greenwich while the streets and sidewalks were realigned long ago to feed Greenwich into Trinity. How about adding a crosswalk approximating what would be the west sidewalk of Greenwich?

  • Matthias

    It looks like this plan adds a crosswalk on the north side of Morris St, which would improve pedestrian access–right now you have to climb over a jersey barrier.

  • Andrew

    Yes, it’s definitely an improvement (I know that jersey barrier well), but it’s a pretty modest improvement. The basic problem is that pedestrians from the east looking to reach the uptown 1 train have to cross to the west side of Greenwich only to go back to the east side. It’s still a circuitous walk even with the new crosswalk.

    If we want to make a significant improvement for the pedestrians around here, we need to add a crosswalk approximating the pedestrian desire line. To address possible concerns of increased traffic congestion, start enforcing the rush hour bus-only restriction on Greenwich (it currently exists but is never enforced).

  • neroden

    The criminal code, on paper, actually says that you can convict the killer for reckless driving. The burden of proof is on the driver to show that they were not driving recklessly, given that they *ran over a pedestrian*, which is prima facie evidence of reckless driving.

    The problem is largely that the prosecutors don’t want to convict. Also some of the judges bend the law in favor of the killers, but it’s mostly the prosecutors.