Friday’s Headlines: Astoria Borealis Edition

SB Donation NYC header 2Yes, everyone was freaked out about that weird blue light that turned Astoria into the set for “E.T. 2: The Return” (or not), but within a few minutes, we learned that it was just a small explosion that was not, in fact, set by Queens Community Board 2 to protest the Hoyt Avenue bike lane.

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Here’s the (non-explosion) news:

  • It’s pretty sick when the city has to hire crossing guards — er, pedestrian safety managers — so grown-ups can get safely across car-choked streets. Unfortunately, the Times story reads like a light feature about a minor inconvenience rather than a stinging indictment of a mayor (Bill de Blasio) who won’t solve the problem (cars). It’s time to hold the mayor accountable for allowing suburbanites and New Jerseyans to terrorize city pedestrians. The story did not even mention congestion pricing.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Berger has crunched the numbers to report what the NYPD and City Hall has been saying for weeks: Traffic deaths are going to hit record lows this year. (WSJ)
  • You really can’t beat this Gothamist headline, “MTA Admits That ‘Good Service’ Depends On Your Definition Of ‘Good.'”
  • Look at how beautiful New York is before the cars all mess it up every day. (Gothamist)
  • Is it us, or did the Times publish an op-ed that basically capitulated to the Yellow Vests?
  • So, a Bronx assemblyman implicated in a racially charged school segregation scandal admitted that he has never hired a black staffer during 25-year career (NYDN), which prompted the tweet of the day from Charlie Komanoff about the Assembly Member, Jeffrey Dinowitz.
  • The Straphangers Campaign gives us its annual “year-in-review” of a lousy 2018. (NY Post)
  • And, finally, need any more evidence that some drivers are real jerks? (Ottawa Citizen)
  • Oh, and one more thing. We also liked this tweet from Joe Nickol:

  • And Justin Brannan brought this one to our attention:

  • Joe R.

    Well, at least I have an explanation for why my power went out for a few seconds. I was online and the computer just went out. I restarted it maybe a minute or two after. Uptime is 5 hours, 48 minutes as of 3:04 AM, which puts the time the OS restarted at 9:16 PM, or 3 minutes after the transformer explosion. Sounds about right.

  • My first thought when I learned that the light was a transformer at the ConEd plant was: now they’re _never_ going to reopen the (adjacent) 20th Ave bike lane.

  • Simon Phearson

    What’s the situation on 20th Ave? I used to ride through there all the time, but have since shifted to 21st and Ditmars. This is the first I’ve heard of it being “closed.”