Today’s Headlines

  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Francis Perez, 28, in Sheepshead Bay (News); NYPD Blames Victim (DNA)
  • The Times Didn’t Ask James O’Neill About Traffic Violence, and He Didn’t Bring It Up
  • The MTA Gives No Quarter to People Maimed by Bus Drivers (News)
  • Bridgegate: Crony Details How Christie Used the Port Authority to Help Himself (NYT, Politico)
  • Uber Is Sinking the Green Cab Industry (Crain’s)
  • DDC Looking at How Bronx and Brooklyn Street Improvements Might Reduce Crime (DNA)
  • Ritchie Torres Wants DOT to Prioritize NYCHA Senior Housing Sidewalk Repairs (News)
  • Housing and Retail Could Replace Downtown Jamaica Parking Lots (Times Ledger)
  • MTA Restores Staten Island Express Bus Service, Advance Wants More Transit
  • Daily News Editorial Board Busts Judge for Placard Abuse

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • com63

    Does anyone know the answer to this question: Are green cabs allowed to use Uber/Lyft apps to pick up fares? I know they can be dispatched by phone in addition to picking up street hails, but I think that rarely happens.

    I always see it as a wasted opportunity when I see green cabs in Manhattan below 96th st. These cabs almost surely head back to the Boros empty. They should be able to fire up an app and get paired with a rider heading back to somewhere near their base in the Boros.

  • bolwerk

    If only because their tariffs are set by the T&LC, I’d guess it’s highly impractical if not outright illegal.

  • Jeff

    No, if they are dispatched by phone they get to set their own fare just like any other car service.

  • qrt145

    I don’t know if they are “allowed”, but one of the drivers quoted in the article reported using Uber with his green cab.

  • William Farrell

    I was picked up by an uber driver in a boro cab the other night in Upper Manhattan. I don’t know if it’s legal or not, but no one seemed to be too concerned about it.

  • HamTech87

    Jamaica, Queens developments on those parking lots could be just as destructive to the streetscape as what’s there now. Just take the awful example of the Jamaica Home Depot’s blank walls. Jane Jacobs would be horrified. Where the f— is City Planning?

  • KeNYC2030

    It would be so great to read for a change that the NYPD didn’t initially respond to a pedestrian or cyclist death by blaming the victim. Just once.

  • com63

    Avenue V looks like a good street for a road diet.

  • ohnonononono

    In neighborhoods like Jamaica, the city’s attitude is that they can’t “afford” decent urban design, and that they can’t be too picky. Plus, the masses who don’t own cars in those neighborhoods are only aspiring to one day be able to afford to be drivers. Don’t disrupt that narrative.

  • Tyler

    That’s right. The Green boro cabs are just regular car service cars UNLESS they are hailed on the street and use the meter. If they are not hailed on the street, they can be Uber, Lyft, John’s Car Service, etc. etc.

  • HamTech87

    I didn’t read the other article in today’s headlines until now, which references ‘eyes on the street’: DDC Looking at How Bronx and Brooklyn Street Improvements Might Reduce Crime (DNA)
    Reason to be hopeful?

  • djx

    I don’t see the victim blaming in articles about that driver killing of Perez; what is it?

  • Geck

    Some impressive numbers from an email I received today from Citibike:

    You just did something incredible. Two things, actually. Last week, on the first day of fall, you and Citi Bike members like you broke two big records.

    First, you set a new Citi Bike daily ridership record with 67,489 trips. Citi Bike has broken its daily ridership record 9 times already this September. Citi Bike is now serving similar numbers of trips on nice days as the boro taxis and the Staten Island Ferry.

    Second, you helped us cross the 10 million trips mark for 2016. For comparison, it took us until the afternoon of New Year’s Eve to reach that mark last year. This year, three months ahead of schedule we broke through what stands as a record, not just for New York, but all of the world’s bike share systems outside of Paris and Asia. That’s a lot of trips!

  • Michel S

    The DNA article states he was outside the crosswalk at the time he was hit, the implication being that he would not have been hit if he was in the crosswalk. It doesn’t explain why the driver didn’t stop, yet somehow it’s important enough to report.

  • Jesse

    All while being one of the most expensive (the most expensive?) bike share system in the world, being the only form of transportation that’s expected to pay for itself and operating in a city with less than optimal cycling conditions.

  • Yeah. Seems weird that there are only two parties mentioned – the victim and the guy who fled – and yet the police know that the victim was outside the crosswalk.

  • JamesR

    Think of the NYPD like a computer with a broken operating system. Input the same variable repeatedly (traffic violence), and you’re going to get the same incorrect result (victim blaming).

  • JamesR

    You will find this all over the city in business districts that are predominantly poor and nonwhite. In these areas, the City has allowed retail corporations to plunk their prototypes down without the requisite design changes needed to interface with the street level and recognize that a public realm actually exists.

    Here’s another example from Fordham Road:,-73.8906873,3a,78y,318.38h,93.27t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sbnr1JcXU0VtYWyz2JsYtpg!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c2f3880bfca5b1:0xe8e65bdde02602f2!8m2!3d40.862803!4d-73.901034!6m1!1e1

  • com63

    I think he was probably crossing midblock and not near a crosswalk at all.

  • com63

    Everyone should listen to this podcast about trying to get cities to realize the power they have to dictate smart design.

  • com63

    Are they still restricted from “non-street hail” pickups in Manhattan below 96th?

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Is it even germane? Under California rules a pedestrian is entitled to cross anywhere, except when the nearest intersections in both directions are controlled by signals. In this case it looks like the nearest intersections are uncontrolled, having neither signals nor stop signs. What does New York law indicate for this situation?

  • Guest

    If the victim is a member of the NYPD, the death is automatically a murder…

  • Tyler

    They can respond to “calls” (either from a dispatcher or from an app). Of course, that better be well-documented so they can prove they weren’t picking up a street hail… I suppose to the same extent that any car service driver has to cover himself (i.e., differentiating between a street hail and just someone making their presence know for a pre-arranged pick up).

  • Brad Aaron

    There is no evidence that NYPD treats drivers who strike NYPD officers any differently than drivers who strike civilians. All are equally likely to receive a wrist tap, if that.

    Apparently a lot of people believe otherwise. I wish there was a way to dispel the myth. It isn’t helping.

  • SSkate

    Or maybe there’s no crosswalk marked.

    People may remember that someone was killed a coupe weeks ago trying to cross Morningside Ave at 124th St, where there is no crosswalk painted. I noticed yesterday that not only is there no crosswalk across Morningside at 124th St, but there is none anywhere from 117th through 123rd. So apparently by NYPD logic, if you want to cross Morningside in that neighborhood, you have to walk down to 116th or up to 125th St to do so.

  • djx

    Thanks – I’d somehow missed that.

  • Guest
  • JudenChino

    What should I be looking for here? Like what’s missing? More windows?

  • Brad Aaron

    Sure, but both of those crashes were hit-and-runs, which in NY are more likely to result in charges (or not!) regardless of who the victim was. I can’t speak to NJ cases.

    That Metro story is news to me, or else I’ve forgotten about it. It’s rare to see a murder or attempted murder charge from a vehicular case, again regardless of victim.

  • JudenChino

    Wasn’t there a taxi in Times Square that was going to be given a tix and the driver fled and in so doing, “clipped” the tix-giving officer and the driver was charged with like attempted murder?

  • JamesR

    The entire building above the ground floor presents a blank, flat, imposing facade to the street. It’s like they tried to do something with the roofline to break up the appearance a bit, but didn’t follow through.Truth is that these big boxes rarely integrate into an urban setting in any meaningful way.

  • JudenChino

    Yah, well they do a decent job with the Home Depot and Best Buy at 23rd street in Chelsea. But then you think of East River Plaza and how that’s such a failed opportunity.

  • Joe R.

    To be sure stuff like that isn’t limited to poor, nonwhite areas. This is about 12 blocks from me:,-73.815066,3a,75y,153.75h,75.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srR8q9z6acq_y9MGfYvQaZw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    As you can see, the store actually had a sidewalk entrance at one time but they closed it off and blanked out the front windows. The MicroCenter further down doesn’t even pretend that actual people might be on the sidewalk. They just have two display windows with a few signs and no entrance. Before this was a MicroCenter it at least looked like an urban retail store.

    The other side of the street looks more like an urban commercial area should, although it’s a pity housing wasn’t built over it.

  • Kevin Love

    When was the last time that a car driver gave one of us lowly peasants injuries so minor that we were treated and immediately released from hospital, and NYPD charged the car driver with Attempted Murder?

    That only happens if the victims are NYPD officers. See:

    Last time I checked, Attempted Murder charges are not a wrist tap.