Today’s Headlines

  • Trump Attacks America’s Cities (NYT) as Governors Gather at His Feet (NYT)
  • More Coverage of Cuomo’s Transit Fare Hike: AMNY, VoicePost, News, DNA
  • Advocates Will Continue to Press de Blasio to Fund Discounted MetroCards (AMNY 1, 2)
  • Jose Peralta Joins the Jeff Klein Party (NYT)
  • Apartments to Replace Parking Garage in Long Island City (DNA)
  • Affordable Housing Foe Catherine Nolan Opposes LIC Rail Yard Development (DNA)
  • East Side Developers Expect Buildings to Be Underwater, and Design Accordingly (NYT)
  • Make Streets Safe for Walking and Crossing Guards Become Obsolete (DNA)
  • Livery Driver Arrested After Hitting Senior Near Central Park (DNA, News)
  • Meet the Man Who Accumulated $644K in Unpaid Tolls and Fines (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • bolwerk


    “Considering the size of the site and its proximity to other large scale
    development in Long Island City there must be a better plan to increase
    basic services before such large scale development is considered,”
    Nolan said in a statement Tuesday.

    The area’s existing infrastructure is already strained, including crowded schools, subways and a sewage system that leaks waste into Newtown Creek when it rains, she said.

    “I feel that we are now playing catch-up,” Nolan said. “Our schools
    remain the most overcrowded in the city and every subway rider knows the
    daily overcrowded conditions on the 7, E, F, M, N, Q and R.”

    As if Nolan gives a tinker’s damn about fixing any of that ever.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Perhaps if all those new buildings were not exempt from property taxes for 25 years, the city would be in a position to expand its infrastructure. And now they want to bring back 421a with a 35 year exemption.

    But at least with regard to the crowded subways, Midtown is a short bike ride away from LIC.

  • bolwerk

    Heh, that is also comical. They artificially constrain the housing market so building becomes legally difficult. Then the companies that manage to build cry poverty because of the strategic difficulty, so they get generous tax credits, exemptions, and deductions. That is on top of the excessive rents they can charge because of the constraints on supply.

    It’s really bizarre that is the status quo the “liberals” defend, isn’t it? Alternatively: no it’s not, since today’s “liberals” are pretty much pro-choice, pro-gay marriage Mitt Romneys. The Democrats defeated Mitt Romney in 2012, and then fielded him in 2016.

  • mfs

    Whomever wrote “Make Streets Safe for Walking and Crossing Guards Become Obsolete” must not have a child of elementary school age. While they are not a panacea, until human-driven vehicles are obsolete, crossing guards are an essential tool in establishing safe routes to schools for young children in dense urban areas.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The cost of bike commuting isn’t going up much. And the shift of the fare increase to dedicated transit users is better for bike riders, who use the transit system occasionally.

    There is a message there from the MTA.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I guess you meant to add “in America”. I’ve lived in European cities where adult crossing guards are unheard of. Some cities have children who are on the crossing patrol. In Zurich it’s actually _unlawful_ for an adult to accompany a child to school. Driving them to school is never done, of course.

    The only benefit of crossing guards in America is that they increase the perceived safety of walking to school and therefore the rate of actually walking to school. Studies have demonstrated that crossing guards do not have a safety benefit. see

  • Brad Aaron

    They’re seen as essential because we can’t imagine streets civilized enough that young kids can walk without the constant threat of death.

    As Jeffrey Baker said, crossing guards are basically safety theater. They’re a symptom of reckless driving culture, not a solution to it.

  • Not sure about you, but I see lots of kids walking around my neighborhood on weekends, during the evening, all summer, and other times when school is not in session. We should design streets so that kids are safe 365 days of the year.

  • mfs

    Of course I agree we should design street so that kids are safe 365 days of the year. In the meantime, I want my kids to be safe crossing the street when their school is next to a highway offramp that isn’t going anywhere in the next 50 years. I’ve seen terrible driver behavior in front of the school when the crossing guards aren’t there. We don’t need to be ideologues about this.

  • Flakker

    Serious question: is there a long term plan to segregate New York City sewers that are now combined overflow systems? I mean as part of a normal replacement schedule.

  • kevd

    and they’re a jobs program.
    if you can’t pay people to dig holes and then refill them, pay them to stand in the street in a vest.

  • mfs

    look at the “high-level intercept” project in gowanus