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Friday’s Headlines: Big Victories Edition

Congestion on the Queensboro Bridge’s lone cyclist and pedestrian path is especially egregious given how much space the city allocates for cars on the same span. File photo: Gersh Kuntzman

What a day for the livable streets crowd, eh?

It started when the New York Times previewed a big announcement from the mayor's State of the City address — that the city had finally capitulated to advocates and would create more cycling and pedestrian space on the Brooklyn and Queensboro bridges. Despite the scant details, everyone ran with the story (including Streetsblog, the Daily News, the Post, Gothamist, the Wall Street Journal, amNY, Brooklyn Paper, and, of course, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal).

Then, later in the day, the State of the City address itself had lots of promises:

In other news:

    • A judge blocked the MTA's plan to cut token booth clerks because it's a "service cut" requiring public hearings. (NYDN, NY Post)
    • As we noted yesterday, the Council did indeed approve thousands of new street vendor permits. (amNY)
    • The Times did one of its cute interactive features about the history of Brooklyn street addresses.
    • At least Newark still has a Penn Station! (Gothamist)
    • This is weird: Citi Bike is coming to Bay Ridge — but only a thin, two-block-wide stretch of the very top of the neighborhood, whose community board is notoriously anti-bike. (Brooklyn Reporter)

Have a great weekend. It will be cold.

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