Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo’s Renovations Won’t Make Subway Stations More Accessible (WNYC)
  • Trending: #CityThatNeverSleeps (NYT, NewsAMNY, NY1)
  • De Blasio Announces Staff Changes for Second Term (NYT, WNYC)
  • Trump Isn’t the Only Prominent New Yorker Debasing His Office (Politico, NewsPost)
  • State Senate Machinations Got Nothing to Do With Democracy (C&S)
  • De Blasio’s Ferry System Spurs Development in Neighborhoods It Touches (NYT)
  • Jim Dwyer Has a Short History of How Politicians Messed Up the Subway (NYT)
  • Straphangers Review R211 Subway Car Prototype (NY1News, AMNY)
  • Windsor Terrace Weighs the Value of Curbside Parking vs. Human Life (Bklyn Paper)
  • People You Share the Streets With (Post, News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Simon Phearson

    Do these Park Slopers have any idea how ridiculous they sound? It’s a “Sophie’s Choice” to have to choose whether to save lives or to sacrifice a few curbside parking spots? If only Sophie herself had that kind of option!

    Someone ought to put to them a true Sophie’s choice. Tell them to imagine that it’s their kid walking that sidewalk. Are they willing to sacrifice their child’s safety just so that some small business owners can park in front of their shops? “Sorry, Billy, but Mr. Johnson says his business relies on a parking space that turns over once every six hours, so you’re just going to have to have difficulty walking due to a bum knee for the rest of your life.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The debt climbed because it was convenient for vanished governors, legislators and mayors to borrow money for transit infrastructure, rather than annoy people by raising taxes or fares.”

    There is no furnace up in Albany where they burn $100 bills. Nor was there ever a time when the total state and local tax burden of NYC wasn’t at least 2.0% of everyone’s income higher than the next highest state, low population states with extensive oil and gas revenues (Alaska, Wyoming) excepted.

    https://larrylittlefield.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/chart-northeast-line.jpg

    Who benefitted? It wasn’t just politicians. It was a generation that wanted to take out more and put in less, with some grabbing far more than others. No one calls them out.
    And it isn’t just the MTA. Other aspects of this will end up being worse.

    “They have messed up today. It is probably past time to get them out of the way before they make matters worse.”

    The NY Times opposed a constitutional convention, and never covers challengers to opponents in state legislature elections.

  • Larry Littlefield

    That isn’t Park Slope. It’s the Main Street of Windsor Terrace.

    Windsor Terrace is an area where lots of multi-generation families stayed around when everyone else fled to the suburbs. They adapted to the collapse of public services and rising crime by never going to Prospect Park and driving everywhere.

    When we moved there in the mid-1980s, some of our neighbors hadn’t been in the park for 20 years, had never been to Queens, never took the subway, and actually drove the two blocks to Prospect Park West. And drove their kids to school at Holy Name, or to Irish dancing class there.

    Things have changed, slowly, needless to say. There are still some people who drive, but more who don’t. I find the big problem for me there is not enough bike parking, since I’m usually stopping off on my way home from work. The food delivery guys are enough to use up all the racks and most of the parking signs.

    If they are going to do something, they should fix that.

  • Brad Aaron

    Headline corrected.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Correction appreciated, but not really required, as from a real estate broker perspective since the 1980s “Windsor Terrace” does not exist. The area where I live is known as “near Park Slope.”

    While Windsor Terrace does not exist, “near Windsor Terrace” does, though some call it Kensington.

  • Jeff

    I’d just like more insight into DOT’s claim that they must make safety improvements in order to reconstruct the sidewalk. This is the first I’ve really heard of any kind of policy like this, though I feel like advocates have been demanding such a policy for years.

    Anyone have any ideas? Is this part of the Complete Streets law? Or what?

  • kevd

    When I lived in Kensington people definitely referred to Windsor Terrace and “near Windsor Terrace” in the exact same fashion.
    Later the realtors wanted to pretend it was “Ditmas Park”.

    Windsor Terrace:Park Slope ; Kensington:Windsor Terrace. (at least 15 years ago)

  • It wasn’t the residents. It was DOT.

    “The agency’s borough commissioner Keith Bray announced the “Sophie’s Choice” to a crowd of residents and business owners during a public meeting on Tuesday.”

    That makes it even worse, in my opinion. In the Vision Zero era, DOT should be explaining that parking does not trump safety. Just a huge failure for a person representing the agency to frame it in this fashion.

  • qrt145

    It’s not clear to me from the article whether anyone actually said “Sophie’s Choice” or it was an expression added by the writer, and those are scare quotes rather than an actual quotation.

  • Vooch

    Children walking or cycling to school ?

    This ain’t Amsterdam

    /s

  • Larry Littlefield

    Updating the chart for my next post. NYC up to 16.5% of personal income in FY 2015, 64.0% above the U.S. average of 10.1%, about where it has been all along. Record gap.

    Maybe an income surge in 2016 and 2017 will reduce this burden by the next Census of Governments, but maybe not.

    And remember, that’s an average. Retired public employees pay zero state and local income taxes, and 421a buildings, public housing, Mitchell Lama get property tax exemptions for decades.

  • AMH

    It’s incredible to me that the RPA would give a cursory mention of shutting down the subway overnight without any analysis whatsoever. I thought the last time this idea was thrown out there, someone determined that it would take two hours to shut down the entire system, and two hours to ramp it up again, leaving no productive time to work (e.g. a shutdown from midnight to 5am would give a 1-hr window with no trains at all). Not to mention that it’s impossible to work on the entire system simultaneously. Then there’s the problem of running buses over such great distances–traffic is light at night in many places, but traffic lights still slow down buses significantly. Does the MTA even have the resources to run such a massive overnight bus operation? Targeted shutdowns of a line segment are always going to be much more effective and less disruptive than a systemwide shutdown.