Tuesday’s Headlines: I Heart Roger Clark Edition

Everyone needs to chill out for a second. I tweaked my pal Roger Clark of NY1 yesterday and Twitter responded like WWIII had broken out. To recap, Clark posted a picture of himself in the driver’s seat of a car as he headed out to cover UN gridlock (which is no small obsession of mine). So, sure, I might have lectured him about getting out of his car to see how the other half commutes, but I swear, it was all in good fun! The guy is a national treasure, and all.

Now, the news:

  • I didn’t love NY1’s coverage of the gridlock in Midtown, which followed the typical line that anything that inconveniences drivers is bad.
  • did like the news that the MTA would add trains on the 7 line during the L-train shutdown next year. (NY1, amNY)
  • ICYMI: Politico’s Dana Rubinstein looked at MTA Chairman Joe Lhota going all NIMBY about a vital highway repair project in Brooklyn Heights. Well, we promise to not complain at all, Joe, if you fix the subway! (Politico)
  • Meanwhile, amNY and the Times report that key MTA officials say the subway has turned a corner — which is funny, because that news comes just as the Daily News editorial board has lost patience with Transit Authority chief Andy Byford.
  • Council Member Antonio Reynoso was touting e-scooters again. (amNY, Crain’s)
  • The driver of the car that killed motorcyclist Julius Holloway should be charged, his family says. (NYDN)
  • Brooklyn Paper Editor and citywide treasure Vince DiMiceli takes you inside the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway triple cantilever. Plus, I also liked Jake Dopkin’s photos from the same tour. (Gothamist)
  • What do you get when you combine the best Jewish holiday and the best way to get around town? Why, a sukkah on wheels! (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Mayhem in Brooklyn: Bklyner reports that a 10-year-old was hit by a hit-and-run driver in Ditmas Park. And the Home Reporter has a story about a 61-year-old man fatally struck in Bay Ridge.
  • Here’s a new one: A Queens Assemblyman blamed bad design and Select Bus Service for a fatal crash on Woodhaven Boulevard. (QNS)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “MTA officials say the subway has turned a corner.”

    Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that’s true. For how many years did they get away with letting it rot before it really hit the media? It will be that many years times two before people trust that things have in fact turned around.

    Meanwhile, every system, part and component continues to age. Despite having borrowed more than $40 billion, and having to use all those dedicated revenues to pay interest on that debt into the future, the subway isn’t “finished.”

  • Maggie

    Hey, you left out Katie Honan’s article on the bike & ferry fiasco in the WSJ.

    I know it is paywalled and expensive, but she is one of the single sharpest reporters on the city, and it’s meaningful to get that angle and her quality of coverage in the old Dorothy Rabinowitz WSJ. Plus, while I’m sure Ms Honan would never, ever bring this up, this reader notices that against a backdrop of opponents dismissing safe streets advocacy as being overly male-driven, your links are in reality tilting male. I’m sure it’s not intentional, and I hope I won’t get attacked for pointing this out. It’s strange to see a great article left out of this list.

  • People in 2018 have such a hard time tolerating even tiny amounts of needling. “What?! What did you say?! How dare yOU!”

  • AMH

    To be fair, it’s hard to interpret the spirit of internet comments. Subtlety is lost.

  • sbauman

    There’s a lot less than meets the eye, regarding the promised increases in 6 and 7 train service that are promised next April for the L train shutdown.

    An single extra round trip is promised between 07:00 and 07:30 and between 17:00 and 17:30 for the 6. The computer static schedules show the following.

    For the 7-7:30 period, there were 9 trains scheduled for that time period back in Nov 2013, when the MTA started making such schedules available. This decreased to 8 trains, starting with the schedules April 2014. It bounced back to 9 trains in July of this year.

    The 17-17:30 period shows a different pattern. 11 trains were scheduled for this period back in Nov 2013. It remained at 11 until July 2016, when it was cut to 10. It was further cut to 9 in July 2018.

    The promised 7 line increases are more robust. 5 extra trains are promised between 8:00 and 11:00 and 9 extra trains are promised between 17:30 and 00:00.

    The 8-11am on-way trip count was 53 back in Nov 2013. It increased to 54 in April 2014, where it has remained unchanged to this day. The 5:30-midnight count was 93 back in Nov 2013. It increased to 96 in Nov 2014; it decreased to 95 in Sep 2015; it increased to 97 in Jul 2016; it increased to 99 in Sep 2016; it increased to 104 in July 2017 where it remains today.

    The question is whether the promised 7 line service increases coincide with the expected L train crush. More precision in the time interval when service is increased would allow the reader to evaluate its importance.

    The MTA hasn’t had a good record regarding delivering on promised service increases on the 7 train. In April 2015, they promised two additional during the 8pm-10:20pm period to start in December 2015. The number of trips during that period remained at 30 from April 2014 to July 2016.

    http://www.upout.com/blog/new-york-city/mta-to-increase-servce-on-4-congested-subway-lines

    The MTA did not acknowledge that failure to deliver in April 2015, when the promised a similar service increase during the same time interval.

    https://www.metro.us/new-york/mta-to-increase-service-on-two-new-york-city-subway-lines/zsJpdr—9SigxwqKyp8N6

  • Jesse

    Not really relevant but how is Purim not the best Jewish holiday?

  • AMH
  • AMH

    Those photos of the underside of the triple cantilever are incredible. That’s a massive amount of space! It looks like it could hold a subway line in there.

  • Komanoff

    Ah yes, Purim and bicycles. Critical mass bicycles, that is. A fun read, from 2005:
    http://www.komanoff.net/bicycle/freedom.php

  • Joe R.

    At the very least you can certainly fit a bike lane in there.