Tuesday’s Headlines: A Message the Mayor Can’t Shoes to Ignore Edition

This was what Mayor de Blasio would have seen outside his gym on Monday. Photo: Take the Streets
This was what Mayor de Blasio would have seen outside his gym on Monday. Photo: Take the Streets

The mayor didn’t go to the gym in Park Slope on Monday, but if he had, he would have been greeted by 22 pairs of shoes lining the sidewalk outside the Prospect Park YMCA — pairs that represent each of the pedestrians killed so far this year.

A new group, Take the Streets, organized the visual protest at around 7:45 a.m., and the shoes were promptly removed a few minutes later (Patch got there in time). But the message was sent: too many people are dying. Here’s another moving shot:

shoe protest 2


Beyond various other political implosions, there was very little news yesterday. Here’s the best of the bunch:

Make that Gov. Clean.
Make that Gov. Clean.
  • Admit it, if Gov. Cuomo shaved his head, bleached his eyebrows, wore a gold earring and a tight white undershirt, he’d sort of be Mr. Clean, which is not what this amNY story is about, but it sort of is! (Of course, it’s the heroic MTA workers who have to go and actually do the disinfecting, so kudos to them!).
  • The Post covered that bizarre incident with the security guard who tackled a cyclist in a bike lane for no reason, but had about as much luck getting answers as we did. Why this man is allowed to carry a gun is beyond us.
  • Amtrak has a new CEO. (NY Times)
  • The AP did a nice roundup of all the ways that Gov. Cuomo claims President Trump is screwing New York.
  • In case you missed it, Queens business owners are going to rev up the outrage machine over a bike lane again. Yes, the 2000s called and want their tired argument for parking back. (LIC Post)
  • Apparently, the DOT installed new bike lane protection on 13th Street in Manhattan after Streetsblog chronicled its one-day demolition by drivers. But the agency didn’t call us back all day — we got the news from Shmuli on Twitter.


Youth Advocates Bringing Car-Free Prospect Park Message to Bloomberg

Prospect Park Youth Advocates (l-r) Oswald, Michael, Kelena and Farah Having spent their summer working for a car-free Prospect Park, four young Brooklynites are taking their message to the mayor on Monday. And they’ll have plenty of backup. Prospect Park Youth Advocates Michael, Farah, Kelena and Oswald have collected 10,000 postcards signed by New Yorkers […]

More Park(ing) Pics: The Art of Sitting in the Street

Members of Community Boards 2 and 4 chat up visitors to their spot on 8th Avenue and 14th Street. Streetsblog’s Brad Aaron has been roving around Manhattan today, snapping shots of Park(ing) installations. Based on these pics, people are really getting into their seating amenities this year. Check out the roll-able chaise longue lawn chairs […]

Manhattan CB 8 Votes Against Basic Striped Crosstown Bike Lanes

Last night, by a vote of 25-19 with one abstention, Manhattan Community Board 8 voted against DOT’s plan for three pairs of painted crosstown bike lanes on the Upper East Side. Despite four months of deliberations, bike lane opponents managed to achieve their desired outcome last night, sending a strong signal that no bike lane design is too mild to avoid their wrath. […]