Wednesday’s Headlines: Yang for Mayor Edition

Andrew Yang is one of the most bike-friendly presidential candidates in the 2020 election. Image: Marc Nozell
Andrew Yang is one of the most bike-friendly presidential candidates in the 2020 election. Image: Marc Nozell

We don’t know what happened in New Hampshire last night — don’t care about those bike-phobic national candidates with the “No Malarky!” buses and their massive SUVs — but we did pick up some chatter that bike-riding White House wannabe Andrew Yang is suddenly considering a run for the most important job in America now that he’s washed out for the No. 2 position.

Or, at least Emma Fitzsimmons is tweeting about it, which is just as good.

We don’t endorse candidates, but we do endorse the notion of candidates on bikes — and Yang leads by example.

But until the 2021 Race for Gracie begins in earnest, let’s just stick to yesterday’s headlines:

  • There was some coverage of the Council finally passing Brad Lander’s reckless driver bill (which we’ve been covering a lot). Most outlets (amNY, WSJ) did broad overviews. The Daily News editorial board supported it. And don’t miss our hot take.
  • AMC is working on JFK. (NY Post)
  • The MTA has a new position — the head of the “major construction review unit.” Skeptics abound. (NYDN)
  • Speaker Corey Johnson is on Gov. Cuomo’s side in the debate about the Manhattan tow pound (in other words, they’re both against Mayor de Blasio!). (NY Post)
  • More outlets followed up on Corey Johnson’s “design contest” for a better Brooklyn Bridge. (NY Post)
  • Maybe the Utica Avenue subway extension will happen in our lifetimes? (The City)
  • A cyclist was hit by a driver in Crown Heights and is in critical condition (Crown Heights Info). Todd Maisel’s pictures were much better in amNY.
  • In case you missed it, Jon Orcutt made the case for better bike lanes. (NYDN)
  • And, finally, the MTA is hiring … fare evasion agents! That’s not a great look, as one Twitter user pointed out.


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