Tuesday’s Headlines: On the Airwaves Edition

As promised, our editor went on Arthur Schwartz’s show on WBAI radio on Monday night and, objectively speaking, got the better of the Greenwich Village car owner and anti-14th-St-Busway agitator. But you don’t have to believe us. Click here to listen to the stirring half-hour broadcast. (OK, so it’s not War on Cars, but it’s a good segment.)

And now, the news:

  • The Landmarks Preservation Commission and other groups say they will sue to block the city from implementing its plan for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway reconstruction. Gov. Cuomo, it’s your move. (NY Post)
  • Great tabloid minds think alike? Hours after Streetsblog posted a story about how much carnage occurred on New York City streets in January, the New York Post followed with its own version. (Fun fact: Danielle Furfaro’s article oddly quoted Assembly Member William Colton, who is certainly no livable streets leader.)
  • Two lovebirds have made it their mission to promote subway etiquette. (amNY)
  • The Times got overly alarmist on a slight uptick in subway crime, which is a tiny fraction of what it was during the bad old days. But even low crime is too much on the governor’s transit system, so you know who to call.
  • And finally, considering that the federal government once rounded up and gassed all of the geese in Prospect Park, it was odd to see that a lone goose delayed subway service in Brooklyn for hours. Kudos to Natalie O’Neill’s goose-pun-filled rewrite job in the NY Post, though like O’Neill, Gothamist also failed to mention the 2010 goose-icide so breathlessly covered by the once-great Brooklyn Paper. On the plus side (at least for geese), the city is considering a ban on foie-gras. (Gothamist)
  • Larry Littlefield

    The uptick in crime is just anecdotal at this point, perhaps no more than fluctuating on the bottom. But so was the decline in maintenance at some point, before it made is way to the data.

    The anecdotal evidence also indicates an increase in urinating and defecting in the subway, now that the placard holders have decided that the subway should be a place of freedom. I’m not sure where it was, but there was a whole lot of it in the Grand Army Plaza station Saturday before 7 am.

    Kind of like no one cared a few years ago when sewer pipes were running into the 6th Avenue line a few years ago. For weeks.

    Message sent — about public space, versus private space, where you have a right to some expectations. Back to the 1970s and 1980s. No problem for those who don’t have to use public space, or public services. A win, in fact.

  • Joe R.

    On the defecating and urinating, to be fair it’s virtually impossible to find an open rest room in the system, let alone one within a fare control area. When you gotta go, you gotta go. Every major station should have at least one set of rest rooms open 24/7.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I did wonder if the cold temperatures, and the retreat of more homeless into the subway, had something to do with the sudden increase in “unsanitary conditions” on trains and platforms.

    They closed all the restrooms because they became magnets for the homeless and crime. But is this any better?

    There are some subway restrooms still open, but not many. The ones I know of are at 71st and Roosevelt, Church Avenue (F), 36th Street (N/R/D), and Stillwell Avenue.

  • AMH

    That subway pamphlet is so much better than the MTA PSAs! Unfortunate that it’s been removed from Scribd so there’s no way to see a hi-res version.

  • kevd

    Church ave b/q has one.
    Though I’m not sure if it has been locked up.
    They took out garbage cans in the area there because there was too much garbage in them. Wouldn’t be surprised if they locked up bathrooms because too many people used them. Part of the MTA and NYC’s policy that you can only have services if nobody uses them.