Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Traffic

Friday’s Headlines: Zonked and Zonked Edition

12:25 AM EDT on June 26, 2020

Don’t do this if you don’t have to! Photo: Eve Kessler

With our grizzled editor still out of commission and zonked on painkillers, we’re zonked from holding down the fort all day. So let’s just get right to the headlines:

    • Mayor de Blasio is pulling a Muriel Bowser, trolling President Trump with a declaration that he will paint “Black Lives Matter” in big yellow letters on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, just as Mayor Bowser did on 16th Street in Washington. It’s a nice symbolic gesture. But if you are going to go the paint route to appreciate black and brown lives, how about more red paint for busways, Mr. Mayor?
    • de Blasio is so anti-car that he and Polly Trottenberg are going to make all the open streets permanent, warns Staten Island Advance columnist Tom Wrobleski. Um, this is the mayor who this week announced he is scaling back alternate-side parking rules in order to lighten the burden on car-owners, but from your mouth to God’s ear, Tom! 
    • The city’s criminal-justice system “is imploding,” Police Commissioner Shea told reporters, citing the recent rise in shootings and murders. Translation: “Don’t let them cut our budget!” (NYP, NYDN).
    • An MTA worker used alliteration in faulting both a female passenger and the governor for urging him to wear a mask (NYP).
    • NYC airports to travelers from coronavirus capitals: Go home stranger! (NYDN).
    • A $20 congestion toll would cut Midtown traffic by 40 percent, a Cornell University study estimates (AMNY).
    • The MTA will rename two Brooklyn subway stations in honor of Medgar Evers College (Gothamist). 
    • And, finally, our brief, traffic-free coronavirus interregnum taught us a whole lot about climate change (NYT).

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Community Board Backs DOT Road Diet for Brooklyn’s Deadly Third Av.

“This is just a beginning of what we could do to fix our community,” said one board member. “This is not done, this is not where we finish off.”

February 23, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: More Lunch Consumption Edition

Streettilms goes to Paris. Plus more news.

February 23, 2024

Advocates Slam Albany Pols for Using Transit Fund to Encourage Driving

Gov. Hochul and state legislators in Albany are misspending millions of dollars on toll rebates for drivers while showing zero interest actual bus or rail ideas, transit advocates charged.

February 23, 2024

Serious Crash in Greenpoint Again Reveals Flaws in City Design, Enforcement Against Reckless Drivers

A woman was seriously injured — and is clinging to life — because a driver with a long record of recklessness slammed into her on a Greenpoint Street as she came home with milk.

February 22, 2024

POWER PLAY: City Moves to Put Thousands More E-Car Chargers on the Sidewalk

We should stop and think before giving over curbside space to car drivers, a mistake the city made in the 1950s.

February 22, 2024
See all posts