Today’s Headlines

  • Drunk Off-Duty Cop Drives Onto Williamsburg Sidewalk, Killing One, Injuring 3 (News, PostNYT, DNA)
  • Suspected Drunk Driver Kills 17-Year-Old Cyclist in Gerritsen Beach (News)
  • Speeding BMW Driver Kills Woman in South Ozone Park, Critically Injures Her 9-Year-Old Daughter (News)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Critically Injures Delivery Worker in Crown Heights (Gothamist)
  • Report: MTA Pension Costs Higher Than Peer Agencies’ in London and Paris (WSJ)
  • De Blasio Hires Toronto Streetcar Expert to Build Trust in BQX Project (NYMag)
  • TransitCenter’s Steven Higashide Tells NY1 What Riders Want
  • Keith Wright and Inez Dickens Plan to Swap Seats (Post)
  • LIRR Work Car Derails in Queens, Disrupting Today’s Commute (PostAMNYNY1)
  • City Won’t Say What’s Delaying Construction of Ramp for 81st Street Pedestrian Bridge (DNA)
  • Driver Who Killed Roxina Clayton While Chased By Police Killed Someone the Same Way in 1989 (TL)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • BBnet3000

    Suspected Drunk Driver Kills 17-Year-Old Cyclist in Gerritsen Beach

    Alternate headline: Huge Yellow Buffer Zones Fail to Save Two People Cycling Adjacent to City Parks in One Week (from Elderly and Drunk Drivers Who Shouldn’t be on the Road)

  • Larry Littlefield

    Looks like the tabloid readers are going all out to take back the streets (and sidewalks) from the serfs. The same way they seized that space to begin with.

  • Kevin Love

    The protective capabilities of paint are limited? I’m shocked. Shocked!

  • rao

    Omg. Toronto’s streetcars are a nightmare of crowding and congestion. The one time this city decides to learn from somewhere else, it picks the worst possible example.

  • Streetcars, eh?

    And mostly running in mixed traffic, i.e. horribly slow.

  • BBnet3000

    Yep, a legacy system that hasn’t kept up with the times. Not a great example for a new build.

  • rao

    And the short turns! How could I forget the short turns, when the driver suddenly announces everyone has to get off and wait for the next packed car because he’s behind schedule and needs to turn back.

  • com63

    It looks like this street is a DeBlasio DoT special where they left a double parking lane where they could have instead provided a bike lane. A door zone bike lane probably wouldn’t have helped, but who knows.

  • kevd

    So at this rate, how long until NY’s sociopathic drivers have produced as many dead, mangled bodies as we saw Nice?
    4 months?

  • Did you see the video of the French police spraying the cab of that truck with gunfire? If the NYPD handled reckless drivers the same way, I bet we’d have a lot fewer dead pedestrians.

  • AMH
  • AnoNYC

    What cities have some of the best streetcar systems?

  • Erana

    Do you cover any truck related content and news as well?

  • com63


  • AnoNYC

    Community Board 11 objects to roadway removal during Pelham Parkway Phase 2 reconstruction

  • AnoNYC

    Why Berlin in particular?

  • Danny

    To be fair, it’s a Bloomberg/JSK-era double parking lane. Check out this Google Street View circa 2011:,-73.935779,3a,75y,135.17h,76.02t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sO5MG1-dP3_nqQhB0_zA36Q!2e0!5s20110801T000000!7i13312!8i6656

    I wish the city would figure out how to fit protected bike lanes on a two-way 60′ wide roadway.

  • Joe R.

    What a depressing bunch of headlines, especially on a Monday.

  • bolwerk

    Oh God no. Have you seen what happens when the NYPD tries spraying something with gunfire? Everything in the area, except maybe the target, gets a bullet in it.

  • bolwerk

    I don’t know if hiring a Toronto guy is a bad thing per se. He probably has the shortcomings imposed on him. It’s not like he decided to run the streetcar in mixed heavy traffic. Remember Rob Ford? Toronto is run by a mix of Giuliani- and Bloomberg-esque idiots. Kind of like New York.

    That said, for our purposes, Philadelphia has perfectly good object lessons in both how to run a streetcar in mixed traffic and how not to.

  • Vooch

    Eyes on the Street – 2nd Ave PBL extension:

    105-96th – ready for final asphalt. my guess ready for cycling 1.August
    96-86th – roughed out ready for cycling possibly mid Sept
    86th-68th – 4 months away from ‘ready for cycling’

  • Simon Phearson

    Meanwhile, like clockwork, a utility crew was out this morning tearing a new hole into the brand-new greenway on Shore Boulevard.

  • AnoNYC

    Can’t wait for 2nd Ave to wrap up on the UES. I’ll never use Lexington Ave again, so sick of the gridlock.

  • AnoNYC

    Why does Philadephia do streetcars better in traffic? Is most of their system separated?

  • kevd

    THeir streetcars are fast and efficient, running mostly in dedicated lanes, with some express, high frequency lines called MetroNetz running all night.

  • bolwerk

    The most intensively used section is in a subway (it acts as a local to a rapid transit service). From this segment, it branches out into mixed traffic feeder segments, which all seem pretty punctual. It also has two suburban streetcars that operate partially in mixed traffic, partly in their own ROWs (I’ve never used them). From what I can tell, the worst case in Philly seems to be the Girard Avenue line, operating entirely on a heavily trafficked urban boulevard. This kind of resembles the DC streetcar in the interference it deals with.

  • murphstahoe

    I live in the LAB Bike Friendly City that raised the young man killed by a drunk NYPD officer. He will be missed.

  • AnoNYC
  • AnoNYC

    Noticed the new islands. Can’t wait until the street gets repaved.

  • Vooch

    I saw the paving machines parked around 102nd, it can’t be long now !!!

  • rao

    That’s a good question. I’ve never ridden one that wasn’t slow as molasses unless it was in its own private right-of-way with minimal cross traffic. But my experience is admittedly limited.