Monday’s Headlines: Lots of Stuff Going on Tonight Edition

Tell Sir Bob Geldof to stuff it — I love Mondays. Why? Because that’s when most of the great community meetings are happening. Tonight, Streetsblog will have two great reporters — David Meyer and Laura Shepard — covering community meetings about Northern Boulevard in Queens and Amsterdam Avenue in upper Manhattan. Meanwhile, StreetsPAC is having a fundraiser for State Senator Marty Golden’s opponent, Andrew Gounardes.

And here’s today’s news:

  • I was sad to hear about the death of legendary New Yorker, Cy Adler, who did more for basic walking than almost anyone — and he was a friend to journalists, like a very young Gersh Kuntzman in the 1980s. In the words of Daily News editorial writer Michael Aronson, Adler was “a real New York character, who did lots of good for lots of people.” (NYDN)
  • In an op-ed column, New York treasure Harry Siegel was in full hot take mode against our elected officials in Albany — singling out State Senator Marty “It Was An Accident!” Golden for running down a woman and blaming her for it. (NYDN). Meanwhile, Golden’s Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes drew raves from street safety advocates for this interview with the Light at the End of the Tunnel podcast.
  • Really? Chuck Schumer did a “Sunday Schumer” on stretch limo safety? Really? Doesn’t the most powerful Senate Democrat have better things to do … like stop being a rubber stamp for President Trump’s judges? (NY Post, amNY)
  • The Daily News wooded with its story about rail workers finding bits of track along the A,C line — but then buried Dan Rivoli’s piece way down on the website. (NYDN)
  • Our friends at Chekpeds (and, full disclosure, Streetsblog board member Christine Berthet) turned a parking lot sidewalk into a gorgeous public space. (NY Yimby)
  • Council Members Jumaane Williams and Chaim Deutsch are still blaming about everything except cars for congestion on Kings Highway. (Bklyner)
  • ICYMI: Fast Company joined the many outlets expressing concern that driverless cars have a downside (ya think?).
  • Anti-bike and anti-transit residents of Riverdale are still complaining about safety improvements. (Riverdale Press)


  • Larry Littlefield

    The interim step for AVs is obvious. Allow them to operate in AV mode on limited access highways, and other federal and state highways where the speed limit is over 30 (in rural areas between towns). In other areas, the computer would serve as a back-up but the human would drive.

    The issue is the push for AVs is being driven by Uber and Lyft,and that won’t solve their problem of having to employ humans. That’s why they want to take over the streets.

  • vnm

    Great job by Chekpeds! It’s much needed respite in a heavily traffic-choked area.

  • Why do you insult Harry Siegel’s op-ed? Calling something a “hot take” is not a compliment; it is a denunciation of a comment as poorly reasoned.

  • HamTech87

    The changes in Riverdale at 242nd Street are wonderful! The bus bulb makes it easy to get on and off the bus; before it was crazy. The new crossings are so much safer. And the PBL on Broadway along VC Park is wonderful, even if it stops short of the Yonkers line, and doesn’t go past 242nd Street. These store owners have no idea who their customers are, because I’m betting a lot of them are taking transit.