Today’s Headlines

  • NYPD Still Fails to Apprehend Most Hit-and-Run Killers (News)
  • Slow Pace of Street Redesigns on Staten Island Isn’t Making a Dent in Traffic Deaths (Advance)
  • Six of the 10 Deadliest Staten Island Intersections Are on Hylan Boulevard (Advance)
  • Ken Thompson Deputy Eric Gonzalez Will Serve Remainder of Term as Brooklyn DA (Bklyn Paper)
  • Danny Lin Gets Up to 5 Years for Driving 55 on the Bowery and Killing Robert Perry (News)
  • Unlicensed, Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Guler Uger-Yaacobi Sentenced to 1-3 Years (Post)
  • 1 Vanderbilt Subway Platform Upgrades Will Enable Up to 6,000 More Boardings Per Hour at GCT (AMNY)
  • Where Should NYC’s New Food Carts Go? (Post)
  • A Look at Staten Island’s Toxic Car Culture (Advance)
  • The South Street Bike Path Got Spruced Up With Some Color Under the FDR (AMNY)
  • Who Needs Functional Streets When You’ve Got a Chopper (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Vooch

    Who killed Matt van Ohlen ?

  • com63

    Re Hit and Runs: “58 motorists were busted among the nearly 40,000 cases”. WTF is NYPD doing all day? If there were 40,000 unsolved robberies committed every year, they would have dozens of officers working on it. They should really form a hit and run division who focuses on these crimes and changes the culture in this city that tells people it is acceptable to hit and run.

  • com63

    One Vanderbilt sounds like exactly the type of project that this city needs more of.

  • djx

    Such a massive misallocation of resources by NYPD – they can set up stings on cyclists doing stuff that’s not a danger to other people, but supposedly can’t afford to actually chase after drivers who hit and injure people.

    W T F?

    We need real data-drive enforcement on traffic, not “I understand cyclists are a big problem” enforcement based on a few citizen complaints.

    And the mayor’s office needs to show some leadership in this – not provide cover for the status quo.

  • Reader

    The mayor doesn’t care about Vision Zero at all. He gave up a long time ago.

  • Kevin Love

    Meanwhile, in the rest of the world, there do exist police that care about human life. See:

  • walknseason

    The NYPD.

  • This assumes he cared in the first place.

  • Guest

    With stats like that, the NYPD holds at least some responsibility, whether or not the driver was actually NYPD personnel (as many suspect)…

  • gneiss

    In is in the truly dismal statistics of hit and run driver investigations that we can really see why blaming victims of traffic violence for their own deaths and engaging in ticketing blitzes on pedestrians and cyclists serves a valuable purpose. It gives political cover to the NYPD and other public agencies by suggesting that the victims are likely scofflaws who would have died anyway. In this way, they can quietly end the tough police work that has to go into building cases against drivers who may already have gotten the drugs or alcohol out of their systems, and thus are “sober” and can claim they “never saw” their victims before killing them.

  • Reader

    I think he cared about people getting hurt, but he didn’t get what it would take to stop that from happening. Once he realized it, he gave up.

  • Jesse

    Where Should NYC’s New Food Carts Go? (Post)

    Didn’t even have to read the article to know the answer to that question: in the underutilized, underpriced street space immediately adjacent to the curb that is usually blocked by parked cars.

    Although the article wasn’t really about that, it was nevertheless a good discussion on the logistics (I had no idea about the lack of catalytic converters). Once again, Nicole Gelinas proves herself to be a true champion of public space. Must be lonely for her at the Post.

  • Kevin Love

    Which is a confession of guilt that should lead to criminal convictions.

  • Frank Dell

    We need the West Midlands Police Traffic Unit to come to our side of the pond and provide NYPD with some training.

  • gneiss

    Actually, in NY, the “I didn’t see them” defense has been used successfully in a number of high profile cases. Think of how it was used in the defense of the killers of Mathieu Lefevre and Marilyn Dershowitz – both hit and run, both by drivers who claimed they “never saw” their victims.

  • qrt145

    Probably the vast majority of those 40,000 cases were property damage only. Let the insurance industry deal with those and have the police focus on injuries and deaths. Unfortunately, it would seem that they don’t even focus enough on those.

  • com63

    Someone should at least keep track of how many of those were “solved” even if it was ultimately only a civil matter.

    I have a feeling that many of the people who would flee a non-injury crash might be the same people who would flee an injury crash. Going after them aggressively even for just property damage would help get them off the road and avoid future mayhem.

  • Brad Aaron

    The vast majority are property damage only, which leaves thousands of injury cases a year that nonetheless result in no arrest.

    That’s a cumulative arrest rate of about 1 percent. Hit-and-run is basically legal in NYC.

  • qrt145

    If you don’t count the property damage only cases, the arrest rate is 8% for personal injury, 64% for serious injury, and 34% for death.

    Not great by any means, but nowhere near as scandalous as the 1% you get when you lump property damage together with the more serious offenses.

    Let’s focus on actual injuries, without exaggerating the issue by lumping in the non-injury cases. I thought Vision Zero was about injuries and deaths, not about busted side mirrors… unless you follow a “broken mirror” policing philosophy, that is. 🙂

  • Or think about gun violence. They investigate far more than just cases where someone is murdered. To keep gun violence down, they take all cases seriously, even if someone is likely to survive and recover quickly.

  • djx

    “I didn’t see them”, if believed, should absolve someone of punishment for hit and run AND ALSO be an admission of guilt for reckless driving.

  • djx

    The 40K stat is mostly property damage. I think about 1/10 of that is hitting people. Still a horrendously low apprehension rate even on that small portion.

  • Brad Aaron

    Just citing the data.

  • Vooch

    black camaro with tinted windows – ya think ?

  • bolwerk

    I always find it bizarre how even self-acclaimed free marketeers are against diversifying use of space. The cart won’t stay in business if the income and sales taxes it generates fail to exceed our paltry parking fees. It’s good for the economy. It creates jobs, albeit arguably shitty ones.

  • AMH

    It’s AMNY, so maybe I should lower my expectations, but the story left me with more questions than answers. Why does the picture show full-size B-division trains running on the shuttle? Is that one of the upgrades? Is GCT actually getting upgrades (as the article initially states) or just the subway station? Where will the additional 4K-6K passengers per hour go? Certainly not onto the existing 4 5 6 trains that are already packed far beyond capacity. Is part of the project actually going to include (if even possible) running more trains (doubtful)?

  • Wilfried84

    Simple. The free market dictates unfettered use of the streets for cars. Any attempt to reallocate space is Big Government intervention and interference with the free market.

  • AMH

    Glad they’re looking at cleaner carts. There’s no reason to use generators in a city with a working electrical system.

  • qrt145

    I saw this at St Nicholas Ave and 119th St today around 5:40 pm. Anyone here knows anything? It looks like a crash between a dirt bike rider and the black car in the background, which had its windshield smashed, although it’s not very clear from my very poor picture…

  • Tyler

    I’m assuming it’s close to 0% “solved” for the property damage only. Have you tried getting a cop to show up and write a police report (as demanded by insurance companies)? I have. I ultimately gave up after 15 hours — and cancelled the request via 911. They basically refused to come… without actually refusing to come.

    Never mind the police report for my property that I had to pay for out of pocket, it also means one less case in the crime stats.