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

Wednesday’s Headlines: Snow Place Like Home Edition

Maybe today? File photo: Brad Aaron

It's our December donation drive. Your gift helps us do these kinds of important stories. So please click here.
It's our December donation drive. Your gift helps us. So please click here.

So we're expected to get the storm of the century tonight, with the heaviest accumulations and worst winds hitting just about the time when the subways shut down for unnecessary cleaning at 1 a.m. (Gothamist, NY Daily News, NY Post)

Naturally, the mayor told everyone to avoid driving — then said he supports the overnight shutdown of the subway. The obvious contradiction was noticed by many reporters:

In any event, restaurant owners were busy on Tuesday battening down their hatches (or removing their dining areas to protect them from damage). Outdoor dining ends at 2 p.m. by city order anyway (NYDN, NY Times). Restaurant owners also protested the closure of indoor dining in a mass rally yesterday (NY Post, amNY).

And people who love the 34th Avenue open street in Jackson Heights wondered why they needed to "close" their open street for the storm, given that the mayor himself said that people shouldn't be driving. Streetsblog called for the roadway to be turned into a park already (the Department of Transportation did not respond to a request for comment):

(One final note: Our old man editor is one of those guys who thinks he's a weatherman because he grew up with Storm Field. He's been going on all day about how he doesn't think this storm will be as big as everyone says.)

In other news:

    • The storm offers a reminder that school snow days may be a thing of the past (NY Times), but kids vow to fight this pernicious trend.
    • No offense to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, but isn't it time to let the new guard take over? There'll be other ways to serve the public, we're sure. (West Side Rag)
    • Another out-of-control driver destroys someone else's property, claims a "medical episode," and walks away without charges. (NY Post, with video)
    • Gothamist did a full Nathan Kensinger on the Gowanus.
    • We went huge on Joe Biden's selection of Pete Buttigieg for federal Transportation secretary, but only amNY joined us among the locals (obviously, the Times covered, but played up the politics and climate change).
    • This doesn't look good when you're down in Washington begging for money — the LIRR wasted $70 million on projects, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says. (NY Post)
    • And, finally, from the assignment desk: Ever wonder what happens to all that garbage you see on the streets? Well, tonight, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board presents "The Sacrifice Zone," a 30-minute film that answers that very horrifying question. For info and to register, click here. The film can be viewed any time between 4 and 6 p.m.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

SUV Driver Kills Girl, 3, in Harlem, Wounds Mom And Young Brothers

The girl's death marks another grim entry into a crisis of pedestrian traffic deaths this year.

July 12, 2024

Moped and E-Bike Safety Legislation Becomes State Law

Retailers must register mopeds at the point of sale, in addition to giving new owners safety information, under new legislation signed by Gov. Hochul on Thursday.

July 12, 2024

Roadway Dining May See Dramatic Decline Under Eric Adams As Deadline Looms

Fewer than two dozen restaurants are in the pipeline for roadside seating, according to public records.

July 12, 2024

Opinion: Congestion Pricing Is A Compromise

Alternatives paths to cut congestion and pollution and fund the MTA make congestion tolls look like a cheap parlor trick.

July 12, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Department of Victim Blaming Edition

Traffic deaths in the city are on pace to reach their highest number since at least 2013 — and DOT is reportedly blaming "jaywalking." Plus more news.

July 12, 2024
See all posts