Thursday’s Headlines: Judgment Day Edition

A verdict is expected today in the trial of the bus driver who killed cyclist Dan Hanegby — and Streetsblog will be there to wipe that question mark off the New York Times’s headline, “First Fatal Citi Bike Crash: Was the Bus Driver to Blame?” Memo to Metro Desk: Buses have brake pedals, too.

Now, the news:

  • I have to say, this is one of the most depressing and biased news reports I’ve seen in a while. Watch as News12 The Bronx sets up the DOT as a villain for trying to reduce what everyone admits is a dangerous situation on Morris Park Avenue. Then watch as the main opponent in the story complains that the traffic-calming plan would make it more difficult to drive on the street — as he simultaneously complains about a reckless speeder! The entire segment is an object lesson in why local reporters need to spend less time driving around all day and actually consider the needs of all street users.
  • A 3-year-old was badly hurt by a driver in Borough Park. Reason? People drive too fast. (NYDN, NY Post)
  • Who is getting busted for jumping the turnstile? Well, we don’t know because Mayor de Blasio won’t give up the data. So now he’s being sued. (NY Post, NYDN, NYT)
  • The mayor is also going to hear it from Boerum Hill residents at a hearing tonight over his plan to turn the 11-story Brooklyn House of Detention into a 40-story prison skyscraper. (NY Post)
  • Staten Island gets a new bus route. (NY1)
  • Gov. Cuomo hails his controversial Sheridan Expressway plan as it wins federal approval. (amNY)
  • Days after Streetsblog’s story on how the MTA and DOT need to run bigger ferry boats during the L-train shutdown, lo and behold, the agencies will do it! (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Don’t forget to sign the #FixNorthern petition to make the New Boulevard of Death safer. (TransAlt)
  • ICYMI: Assemblyman Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope) and Nick Sifuentes, the executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, take full blame for the decline of the subway — and say they have an idea on how to fix it. But first, Andrew #CuomosMTA has to be honest about what it will cost. (Gotham Gazette)
  • Like everyone else, I saw the video of the driver apparently unscrewing a city parking sign so he wouldn’t get a ticket. I tried and failed to confirm its validity (that didn’t look like a real street sign to me…), but  Gothamist ran with it anyway.
  • And finally, it wouldn’t be the last two days of summer if Empire State Development didn’t officially declare the start of the fall foliage season.
  • AnoNYC

    -The Sheridan plan, so much road. I believe this had to do with the fact the state would have to work with the city to rezone the new buildable land, so instead they chose to keep the lanes. The city’s plan supported by the community was so much better.

    -Morris Park Ave definitely needs a road diet. Speedway and very busy, lots of pedestrians. All kinds of dangerous passing too. The weird thing is that the DOT also submitted a plan regarding Soundview Ave earlier this year, which has less traffic, but kept four lanes of traffic.


    NYC Ferry service: What to know about the commuter boats

    What’s next
    Now that the LES route has launched, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is looking into creating more routes. “There’s a lot of parts of the city that want ferry service,” the mayor said in August. “We’ll be making those decisions by the end of the year.”

    The city allocated about $335 million to launch the service. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in May that the city would contribute an additional $300 million to pay for a larger fleet and infrastructure upgrades with the hope of carrying 9 million passengers per year by 2023.

    The feasibility study will start with input from elected officials and community board members from coastal communities. The EDC will then look at factors such as population density, existing access to transit, travel time comparisons and water depths. The public can also suggest possible ferry sites by filling out an online form. Suggestions must be submitted by Oct. 15.

    My money is on Throgs Neck or College Point/Whitestone. LaGuardia will get a ferry once the redevelopment is complete I’m sure too.

  • OH yeah ! the question mark has been stuck in my throat … lets cross our fingers..

  • BrandonWC

    Re: Gothamist article

    Sign looks to be a real temporary construction no parking sign. DOT sells them to construction companies for permitted projects, but there doesn’t seem to be any system to track them/prevent unauthorized re-use. See

  • JarekFA

    LaGuardia will get a ferry once the redevelopment is complete I’m sure too

    That’s in the official plans.

  • com63

    It is staggering the number of people who are involved in accidents who end up having a suspended license. Now I know that having a suspended license can occur for non-driving related offenses, but they should really crack down on this. There should be license checkpoints similar to DUI checkpoints. Cars should be impounded on the spot for those with suspended licenses.

  • AnoNYC

    I rarely ever see driver checkpoints in NYC. Motorcycle checkpoints occur frequently in the same places, usually the Harlem River Bridges. Smaller population, easier to harass without consequences.

    But checkpoints aren’t even necessary. Cops could just more aggressively pull over drivers making stupid decisions (speeding/excessive lane changes/failure to yield/etc). That population is much more likely to have a suspended license.