Tuesday’s Headlines: Everyone Wants a Car Ban (Except the Mayor) Edition
At this point in the coronavirus crisis, no reasonable person is opposing Streetsblog’s long-argued position that many of our roadways need to be closed off to cars to the car-free majority has more room to spread out and exercise without bumping into each other.
Gov. Cuomo supports it. TransAlt and Bike New York support it. Curbed’s Amy Plitt supports it. Vox writer Matty Yglesias is on board. Council Speaker Corey Johnson is keen on it (via Streetsblog). So are Billy Freeland and Philip Solomon in Gotham Gazette. And Mayor de Blasio’s Twitter troll, “Competent Mayor Bill de Blasio,” is, of course, all for it, too. The Times even printed the perfect picture. The list goes on.
In fact, banning cars from some streets has become a true YIMBY issue:
- Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer wants more space on the Queensboro Bridge.
- Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez wants Broadway “from Yonkers to Battery Park” to be a bike lane.
- Everyone who lives near Carbone in the Village wants that road closed (Eater).
- The Transformation Department wants to replace car storage with garden plots.
Oh well, maybe today.
In other news:
- The MTA tweeted some pretty damn important service changes for Tuesday — a weird way to get out some big news:
We will not be running duplicative B, W, or Z service tomorrow. The best alternatives are:
B: Use C, D, and Q service instead
W: Use N and R service instead
Z: Use J service instead
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 24, 2020
- The weirdest moment in the mayor’s press conference on Monday was a question from a Times reporter about why one of her colleagues got a ticket for making an illegal turn. That’s a very bad look. Is Clifford Levy’s Metro Section really calling for the NYPD to ignore reckless drivers? Bad drivers put people in hospitals, which need to be focused entirely on the virus right now.
- The mayor will certainly use the NYPD to break up large crowds (when cops aren’t ticketing reckless Times reporters, of course). (WSJ)
- But, wait a second, the community gardens are closed, too? (Gothamist)
- NOT being tested is the new being tested. Get well soon, Council Member Mark Levine! (Twitter)
- Got cash? Don’t expect to hand it to anyone on a subway or bus — the MTA has moved to take cash only in vending machines to avoid person-to-person contact. (MTA)
- And, finally, thank goodness there’s always an animal story to get us through these crises. (NY Post)