Monday’s Headlines: Indigenous Peoples Day Edition

I Some call it Columbus Day, but Streetsblog will take today off to honor the explorer’s  victims — and to come back strong on Tuesday with some blockbuster stories.

For now, the news…

  • The Post’s Nicole Gelinas says “neigh” to Mayor de Blasio’s latest bid to ruin the horse carriage industry.
  • The Post added some good details to Friday’s story about the driver who killed an 84-year-old woman on the Upper East Side. (NY Post)
  • The head of the TLC got razzed when she dropped by a vigil for a taxi driver who committed suicide. (NYDN, NY Post, NY Times)
  • Lots of people were talking on Sunday about why it will be impossible for humanity to stop global warming in time, but Doug Gordon’s tweet put it in true #deblasiosnewyork perspective.
  • Here’s one for all of us as obsessed with Darius McCollum as Darius McCollum is with stealing trains. (NY1)
  • ICYMI: De Blasio is underwater with ferry subsidy payments. (NY1)
  • Another ICYMI: The upstate limousine crash that killed 20 people is one of the deadliest car crashes ever in this country. (NYDN, NY Times)
  • Here’s a 48-second video that show why we need all-door boarding. (TransitCenter)
  • Apparently, the new Bath Avenue bike lane isn’t discouraging double-parking at all. (Bike South Brooklyn)
  • Let’s talk about replacing the Union Street Bridge in Brooklyn. (Bklyner)
  • Bike Snob took a weekend picture of Dyckman Street showing Mayor de Blasio still hasn’t restored the bike lane that DOT intended to remove. I’ve asked DOT for clarification for two weeks. Maybe I’ll get an answer soon?
  • Moxica

    The natives should have been wearing helmets.

  • • I won’t click on a Post link (and Streetsblog should not be linking to that garbage source); so I don’t know precisely what the content of the Gelinas piece is. I will assume that it treats the point of view of the carriage drivers as though it were a legitimate part of the story. In fact, their opinions on this are no more noteworthy than chicken owners’ views on the prohibition of cock fighting. Let’s stop making excuses for animal abuse, and let’s finally get rid of these criminals.

    • Darius McCollum should be hired by the MTA as a security expert, just as tech firms hire Kevin Mitnick and other hackers whose experience consists of breaking into systems.

  • vnm

    I’m cool with the pun, but to me, the Mayor being “under water” with ferry operators implies he isn’t actually making the agreed-to subsidy payments. The City actually IS paying . . . right?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Like any popular startup, initial costs will always be higher than they are in the long run,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “The incremental difference in operating costs is mainly attributed to increased service that was needed to meet ridership demand that surpassed our initial projections.”

    Higher ridership should mean lower subsidies. While I agree that high initial subsidy is not a problem if a public service is going to be a success, I’d like to know what kind of permanent subsidy the City of New York is taking on. In order to improve the marketability of waterfront housing development that will be exempt from property taxes for 45 years.

  • Dr. Bones

    Yeah, let’s disregard anyone’s point of view regardless of argument and research, and base all our judgement of anyone’s opinions solely on the papers in which they are printed. The Gelinas piece is well-argued. You don’t have to agree with it, and it is within your right to simply believe that horses and carriages in the park should be abolished altogether, but it actually includes points about why the proposed changes would be more abusive to horses, not less. And let’s get rid of all links to Gelinas simply because she writes for the Post. She seems to be quite an important source of news, opinion and reporting on the issues Streetsblog covers, and it’s a good thing that someone like that is writing for a widely read garbage source.

    As a member of the so-called liberal tribe, sometimes I am embarrassed mightily by the tendency to argue by association rather than by actual facts.

    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/?s=nicole+gelinas

  • It is very unfortunate that an analyst of the quality of Gelinas is writing for a source that has proven conclusively that it is garbage.

    However, this does not mean that we ought to ignore to content of her pieces. So I thank you for summarising some of the arguments in this piece; indeed, that is what this site should be doing with every Gelinas piece in the Post, so that we can engage with the arguments on their merits without giving business to an entity that is so dangerous to democracy.

    On the issue of the horses’ fate: a law that abolished carriage rides would also have to mandate that all horses currently working in that capacity be housed at City expense in stables where they could live in comfort for the remainder of their lives. That is what we owe to these mistreated animals.