Today’s Headlines

  • JSK: Fix Trump Tower Traffic Mess — Make 5th Av a Car-Free Transit+Pedestrian Street (NYT)
  • Drivers Killed Three People in Brooklyn in Separate Crashes Yesterday (NewsDNA, Gothamist)
  • There’s a New Subway Near de Blasio’s House But It Doesn’t Go to His Park Slope Gym, So… (News, AMNY)
  • A Blocked Storm Drain at W 4th Street Caused Yesterday’s Cascade of Subway Delays (AMNY)
  • Subway Riders: We’re Suffocating Down Here! The Times: How’s the Wi-Fi?
  • Cuomo’s Next Round of “Buffalo Billion”: Fewer Business Tax Breaks, More Light Rail (Politico)
  • How Cashless Tolling at Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Nabbed a Toll Cheat (Post)
  • What’s Up With the W Trains Running on the R Line in Brooklyn? (Bklyn Paper)
  • Bklyn Paper Asks If Park Slope Will Get On-Street Car-Share Spots
  • Tony Avella’s Transportation Priorities (TL)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    Actually, the connection from Gracie Mansion to 4th Avenue and 9th Street via the Q and R, and back to City Hall on the R, is pretty damn good as these things go.

    Unless the Mayor is using lights and sirens to go through reds and make other drivers move aside, it isn’t much faster in an SUV.

    Right now its 43 minutes by car, 59 by walk and subway. But you get the walk as part of your workout.

  • bolwerk

    If he walks around the city, or takes a subway, he’d have to be near the filthy subhumans he rules.

  • Reader

    Bill de Blasio may think the tabloids focus on dumb stuff, but he’s his own worst enemy.

    Dude, take the subway every now and then. You might meet some of these mysterious “New Yorkers” people are always talking about.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I think it shows the placard effect more than anything. If I had guaranteed parking, I might drive to the far East Side from Brooklyn too.

  • Vooch

    Fifth Avenue is a big topic. Let’s win this one

  • djx


    In terms of the time comparison, they’re not the same. In the SUV he can be meeting working the phones/in meetings. Not possible in the subway. I’d say him being driven “saves” him half an hour a day. I’m not saying that makes it right, but it’s not the same as the train.

    On a pretty empty train he could be using the time to read.

  • Joe R.

    To me it seems stupid for him to do this regardless of how he travels. I’m sure there are plenty of gyms much closer to Gracie Mansion. What exactly is so special about the one in Brooklyn other than force of habit?

  • Vooch

    our liege can email on the train just as easily as Bloomberg

  • I don’t think BDB should avoid the subway, but how on earth is that even going to begin to address the issues BDB has with the tabloids? Like, for starters, can’t you read between the lines and see that a lot of the bad press is coming from Cuomo’s press office? What is a spontaneous meet-and-greet with the public going to do to help that?

  • There isn’t a single-seat ride from UES that gets to anywhere near the Park Slope Armory YMCA. He’d have to get to the Q (which is 2000 ft away from Gracie), transfer at 63rd to the F, ride that local all the way to Park Slope Seventh Avenue, and then still walk another 1000ft. So he’s walking 3000ft above ground just to get there, which I’m sure would cost his security detail (and us) way way more than just a simple SUV ride. That doesn’t even count the return ride.

    I don’t think a walk from 4th-9th is practical in this situation. If you told me to do that commute at 7am, I’d tell you a few colorful words myself.

    His insistence to stick with this gym is grating, but it is what it is.

  • ahwr

    Maybe he still finds a sense of community by his old home and hangouts?

  • Anonymous

    ‘”We’re running a modern subway with century-old technology, which is why we see so many huge failures,” said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance. “Governor Cuomo needs to put his money where his mouth is and fund the basic upgrades that will make the system run, instead of just the big megaprojects.”’

    Nobody is interested in “basic upgrades” – not the MTA, not the unions, not Cuomo, not the city.

    A “basic upgrade” is when you have a plan or at least ideas for improvement:

    Example 1: “Operating Department projects ridership is expected to grow by X% on line Y by year Z. So let’s anticipate the growth by asking Capital Department to design and build a service improvement (straighten a section of track, add an escalator, widen the platform, wire up some new CCTV cameras to pipe crowding info to the Rail Control Center.)”

    Example 2: “A new, less labor-intensive method was invented in 1945 for installing rail. It’s 2017, but better late than never – let’s begin using it.”

    This doesn’t happen at the MTA. At least not in any kind of intentional, organized way. There is no planning that connects projections/expectations with desired outcomes. Capital and operating departments don’t coordinate. Good ideas have no way of floating to the top, especially if they are related to increased automation.

    The MTA is not even tasked with “upgrades” in the first place – for decades, the basic idea (taught at the federal level and more or less imposed on the agencies) has been State of Good Repair – if a part is broken, you replace it with an identical new part. Not a better part, or a design that eliminates the part altogether – the exact same part, installed in the exact same way, as before.

    There is simply no policy mechanism or incentive for experimenting or improving. And it’s not the MTA’s fault per se; being an innovator in an industry and nation that discourages such is not easy.

  • AMH

    I love how people will complain about anything, even a few W trains that operate in service to and from Coney Island Yard. I’m sure someone will gripe about the rush-hour N trains to/from 96 St/2 Av before long.