Wednesday’s Headlines: The Big News Today Really is Big

We kid you not: Today at City Hall, Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr. will be presented with a Guinness Book certificate for being the world’s tallest male politician (NY Post and, wait, the Times did it too?). Cornegy, who played his college ball at St. John’s, is certainly tall at 6-foot-10. But the tallest in the world? Streetsblog will ask the tough questions at the noon ceremony (or, more likely, we won’t, as David Meyer will be covering a far more important hearing on placards at roughly the same time, and Julianne Cuba will be chasing a killer driver).

And now the news:

  • We’re so glad Gothamist is staying on the electric ad boat story! Those things are a floating menace.
  • So the MTA says it will finally put some cameras on buses to write tickets to drivers who block bus lanes — prompting an old guy at Streetsblog to ask one of his young reporters, “Wait, they haven’t been doing that for years?” (Answer: Nope). “The cameras, the first of their kind, are coming to a small number of buses — 123 to be exact — on the B44 Select Bus Service route in Brooklyn and the M15 SBS route in Manhattan,” Vin Barone reported (amNY). Clayton Guse at the News had it, too.
  • We’ve all been noticing how blazing fast e-Citi Bikes are. But who knew how blazing? Clayton Guse, that’s who. (NYDN)
  • The Post covered the arrest of the oil truck driver who, cops say, killed 72-year-old cyclist Chaim Joseph in Times Square earlier this year. Streetsblog had it, too.
  • The Times’s Winnie Hu offered a nice primer on congestion pricing, though the best part was the second-to-last section, “Has it worked in other cities?” (Answer: Yes.)
  • It looks like Ocean Avenue is going to get a protected bike lane, albeit in a short stretch along Prospect Park (Brooklyn Paper). Funny how Central Park West doesn’t get the same treatment, even though a cyclist was killed there last year.
  • We-a culpa! Apparently, we left off The City from our headline roundup yesterday. Turns out, the scrappy pigeon-logo’d, soon-to-launch, Craigslist-funded newsroom was the first to post the fare evasion story on Monday. Hat tip to Jose Martinez. Sorry!
  • As we mentioned in yesterday’s headlines, the crackdown on fare beaters is about to get ugly. (Gothamist)
  • And, finally, we’re far more into policy than politics at Streetsblog, but as a practical matter, you have to love the sight of presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren literally running to catch a train at Penn Station. Politicians — they’re just like US! (TMZ)
  • Park lover

    Regarding the new bike lane on Ocean Ave:

    “The forthcoming lane will rise six inches off of the street, and take up two feet of current sidewalk space…

    Installing the lane will also require chopping down 56 trees along that stretch of Ocean Avenue sidewalk, but park keepers plan to replace the axed plants with more than 150 new trees as part of the larger $9.6-million project to repair sidewalks…”

    Why can’t they just take space from drivers? Ocean Ave is wide enough for a two-way protected bike lane in the existing parking lane. What the hell is wrong with the city that it’s going to sacrifice space for pedestrians to accommodate bikes but won’t touch parking? There’s plenty of room! It’s great that better bike access is coming, but something is fundamentally wrong with this city’s priorities that they keep pitting cyclists and pedestrians against each other. And the fact that they have to chop all these trees down, even if they’re going to replace them, rather than just MOVE THE DAMN CARS, is ridiculous.

  • BrandonWC

    Chopping down 56 mature trees is incredibly unfortunate. It will take decades for the tree canopy to recover. Insane that the city thinks it’s more important to preserve 4 lanes for car movement/storage (plus a painted buffer).

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  • Jesse

    Happy Birthday?

  • NYCyclist

    “Wait, they haven’t been doing that for years?.” I thought so too. Articles in the past have suggested that they were already there:

    http://theforumnewsgroup.com/2012/10/18/ticketing-cameras-on-mta-buses/
    “In 2010, Governor David Paterson signed legislation into law that allowed camera use to issue tickets to drivers blocking the way along Select Bus Service Lanes. The cameras are mounted on the front of buses and may also be found on poles as red light cameras.”

    http://crownheights.info/psa/47342/psa-new-city-buses-equipped-with-ticket-cameras/
    “You may have noticed the newest fleet of MTA buses. Each of them is now equipped with a camera linked to the Parking Violations Bureau. If a bus pulls into a bus stop and there is a car standing there – even if the car is running – the bus’ camera will take a picture of the license plate and the owner will receive a $165 ticket in the mail.”

  • AMH

    A Citi Bike employee who works at the facility told the Daily News that the building, in an industrial corridor on 14th St. in Gowanus, “probably doesn’t meet OSHA standards.”

    “There are loose cables hanging out all over the place,” he said. “We just want to feel like our safety is being taken seriously.”

    Lyft spokeswoman Julie Wood said, “We take workplace safety seriously. Our plans to add electric bikes to the fleet are on track.”

    Nice pivot from Lyft. Where’s the TWU on this?

  • AMH

    That is completely insane. I’m writing to DOT about this.

  • BrandonWC

    iirc, they stopped issuing tickets with the bus mounted cameras early on due to difficulty distinguishing between stopping to discharge passengers (legal) and standing (illegal) from the vantage point of a moving bus.

  • cjstephens

    Re: Politicians – they’re just like us!
    Unless they’re Joe Biden, who apparently got Amtrak to delay trains for him on a regular basis so that he could make a big show of taking the train back to Delaware. So, yeah, he liked riding trains, but keeping to a schedule? That’s for little people.