Friday’s Headlines: Day of Outrage Edition

Happy Friday! There is so much to be angry about today. So let’s get to it!

  • The mainstream media widely reported on the city’s plans for fixing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway before it collapses. But, of course, they all fell for the shiny object that the DOT waved in front of them: The Promenade will have its gorgeous view ruined for a few months! Everyone (the great Greg Mocker at WPIX, NY Post, amNY, Gothamist and even the outstanding Brooklyn Paper) was agape and agog, as my old colleague Cindy Adams used to say. At least Dana Rubinstein at Politico focused some larger issues. But, hello, world! What about the real story: Why are we spending $4 billion to fix a roadway that is used — for free! — by the car-owning minority and trucking companies? They. Should. Pay. What do the rest of us get?
  • There was also a lot of coverage of the ongoing trial of the bus driver who ran over and killed cyclist Dan Hanegby last year — thanks to a judge’s decision to release the video of the moment Dave Lewis killed the Citi Bike rider. (NY Post, Gothamist, even the Daily Mail) The video reminds us that the New York Times’s coverage of the trial — headlined, “Was the Bus Driver to Blame?” — is an outrage. After watching the video, some Metro editor should remove the question marks off of every reporter’s keyboard.
  • More outrage: Bklyner has a great photo of Friday morning’s subway ceiling collapse at the Barclays Center stop. Curbed ran it, too.
  • More car mayhem in Queens (Gothamist) and in Flatlands (NYDN) and in the East Village (NYDN).
  • Vin Barone at amNY followed Streetsblog’s Wednesday story about a radical plan to fix Brooklyn buses, so, um, you’re welcome, I guess. (amNY)
  • I know I tweaked the Brooklyn Paper above, but editor Vince DiMiceli remains a national treasure. The latest example? An election roundup that color-coded the candidates by party (blue for Democrat, red for Republican, etc.) But flip to page three and check out how he dealt with turncoat Democrat Simcha Felder!
  • Larry Littlefield

    BQE: completely close and replace one level at a time.

    The other level is one lane in each direction with a breakdown lane — trucks and buses only.

    It is an absolutely critical freight route, like it or not. But other vehicles could go elsewhere, and its closing would be no more disruptive than the L train shutdown.

    If more people were forced to take the BBT, they would pay. Same if there was congestion pricing on the Willie B.

  • AstoriaBlowin

    Re: the BQE, there’s gotta be a least one Arthur Schwartz type NIMBY in Brooklyn Heights who will sue to prevent this project right? If this gets tied up in enough lawsuits and controversy then maybe it won’t get started for a few years and we have the scenario where weight restrictions are imposed. Then we can see if there is an actual traffic nightmare like predicted. I would guess that it’s like every other traffic doomsday scenario that never comes to pass. Trucks will take alternate routes, individuals will choose not to drive and maybe there will be some shift to the idea of just tearing the whole thing down.

  • Greg

    BQE: I can’t for the life of me see how they’re going to get away with a) closing this segment for six years and b) replacing the promenade with a temporary highway.

    That would put a prime strip of Brooklyn Heights directly over a highway. Not just close but covered as it is now. But cars and trucks zooming straight past peoples’ windows. The whole neighborhood would riot over this, and in my opinion rightfully so. We don’t need highways outside peoples’ doors.

  • Joe R.

    This is the most sensible solution. It probably would also expedite the repair process given that you wouldn’t have to rebuilt the promenade into a highway.

  • JarekFA

    I haven’t seen this fatality reported anywhere: https://twitter.com/NYScanner/status/1042996047855804416

  • Larry Littlefield

    What would Robert Moses do?

    Shut the whole thing down for 16 months, and completely tear it down and replace it, as for the L train shutdown. On time and on budget.

    It would be hell, but it wouldn’t be six or eight or ten or 20 years.

  • Joe R.

    Back then the entire country had a can do attitude. They got things done is weeks or months which now take decades. Moses probably would have had the project done in 6 to 9 months, a year tops.