Friday’s Headlines: Pod Save Brooklyn Edition

What do we want? Bike parking! When do we want it? Now! The Oonee pod at Atlantic Terminal. Photo: Yosef Kessler
What do we want? Bike parking! When do we want it? Now! The Oonee pod at Atlantic Terminal. Photo: Yosef Kessler
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From the assignment desk: Today at 4 p.m., Oonee, the bike-parking pod people, will unveil their latest venture: a parking facility across the street from the Barclays Center.

Everyone who is anyone — including two men who aspire to be the next mayor, Corey Johnson and Eric Adams — will be on hand. Also, insider baseball alert, Council Member Laurie Cumbo is also scheduled to appear — presumably so we can question her about the weird stance she took when the DOT wanted to repurpose some parking spaces for loading zones in her neighborhood.

Until then, here’s the news:

  • Guse at the Newsuh had a great get (or handout) from the DOT: The agency is finally going the Streetblog route and openly shaming men who drive big SUVS — after all, they’re causing most of the carnage so naturally they should be shunned by all right-thinking members of society. The new “Was it Worth It?” campaign beings today.
  • The mayor’s new cargo bike delivery program — just a week old — is under fire again, this time from Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Council Member Margaret Chin and Asian American Federation director Jo-Ann Yoo, who penned an op-ed in Crain’s calling the program “hypocritical” because it gives concessions to corporations to use electric bikes, even as e-bike-riding independent delivery workers “are still subject to such harsh enforcement practices.”
  • Subway elevators will cost double what the MTA originally projected. (The City)
  • Sorry, but we can’t stop thinking about this little Chinese boy who vented his rage at cars. (Streetsblog)
  • Mayor de Blasio put the heat on Gov. Cuomo to let the city do “design-build” projects, too. (NYDN)
  • Triple-duty Guse also wrote up State Senator Andrew Gounardes’s report that Bay Ridge residents are absolutely fed up with subway service. (NYDN)
  • Wait, now Sanitation workers are getting in on the placard gravy train? Well, at least this guy was caught! (NY Post, Streetsblog)
  • The Post offered some additional details about the death of Michael Kosanovich, who was crushed between two cars when one started by remote control — and the Tabloid of Record even gave a little hat tip to Streetsblog for its coverage a day earlier.
  • Andy Byford drove a train yesterday! (amNY)
  • And, finally, what a surprise (not a surprise at all) to find that the Hollywood Walk of Fame is nothing but a piece of crass commercial payola. (NBC News)


Eyes on the Street: Drivers Retake the Kent Avenue Bike Lane

DOT reconfigured the southern part of the Kent Avenue bike lane this spring, but that hasn’t stopped drivers from taking over the lane and the sidewalk for personal parking. A reader took this photo earlier today. He writes: I bike from LIC to Clinton Hill every morning and use the Kent Ave bike path. Luckily […]

A Handful of Car Spaces, or a 27-Dock Citi Bike Station?

Because a construction site is blocking the sidewalk on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, a Citi Bike station was taken off the sidewalk in mid-April and re-installed along the protected bike lane on the other side of South 11th Street a couple of weeks ago, replacing a handful of parking spaces. The new site was the only […]

Fifth Ave BID, CB6 District Manager Take Aim at Park Slope Bike Lane

Fifth Avenue in Park Slope on a weekday morning. What’s wrong with this picture? Photo: Ben Fried. Just about every New York City neighborhood has to deal with the consequences of dirt cheap on-street parking. When you practically give away spaces at rock-bottom prices, it guarantees double parking and endless cruising for spots by bargain […]

5 Highlights From Last Night’s Bike-Share vs. Parking Meeting

Last night’s Brooklyn Community Board 6 bike-share forum lacked the fireworks of previous meetings — no physical threats this time. While the tone was civil, the demands from the anti-bike-share crowd weren’t exactly reasonable. So far, Citi Bike has proven incredibly popular in CB 6, with some stations getting as much as seven rides per dock each day. That’s […]