Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Department of Parks & Recreation

Monday’s Headlines: Mayhem in Manhattan Edition

12:03 AM EDT on April 17, 2023

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s roadshow is coming to Lower Manhattan on Monday. Expect cars. Lots of cars.

The big news today will be yet another clusterf**k in Lower Manhattan as the House Judiciary Committee (aka the Committee to Re-Elect the Former President) has a field hearing at Federal Plaza over Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's decision to charge a former New Yorker with fraud for allegedly doctoring his business records to cover up an affair.

It's weird to make a federal case out of something a city DA probably does about 100 times a year, but then again, upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik says the hearing is really about local Democrats' failed policies (which is an even weirder thing for a federal judiciary committee to meet about, but still, there you have it). Here are the details from the elephant's mouth itself:

If the GOP lets anyone with any real knowledge on the subject actually testify, of course, the members of Congress will hear the truth about New York City: that crime isn't really as big a deal here as it is elsewhere, as Gothamist pointed out. But our guess is this hearing is not a real exercise in fact-finding.

We'll, of course, be on hand anyway because major news events provide the Parks Department with regular excuses to allow everyone to park on and in Foley Square and Thomas Paine Park, desecrating Lorenzo Pace's monument to the horrors of slavery, "Triumph of the Human Spirit."

In other news from a busy weekend:

    • The Daily News had heartbreaking details of motorcycle rider Jason Gans, who was killed on Friday near Fort Hamilton by a trucker making a U-turn. That driver was not charged, by the way.
    • The Daily News and the Post wrote a roundup story about two pedestrians killed minutes apart on Saturday, but left out the third pedestrian death from a day earlier, as we did. But both papers continue to ignore crash statistics in their stories, which leaves readers with the impression that road deaths are just "accidents." They're not — they're results; results of decisions we as a city fail to make to keep the most vulnerable road users safe.
    • This time, Elon Musk fucked with the wrong people. (amNY)
    • At least Community Board 5 is trying to hold Madison Square Garden accountable! (Crain's)
    • What a huge end of the week it was for Upper East Site:
    • Larry Penner rode the nostalgia train to Yankee Stadium, both literally and figuratively. (Mass Transit)
    • Mark our words: We are going to lose the curb to the "EV revolution." (Washington Post)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Why Sustainable Transportation Advocates Need to Talk About Long COVID

Covid-19 transformed many U.S. cities' approach to sustainable transportation forever. But how did it transform the lives of sustainable transportation advocates who developed lasting symptoms from the disease?

September 24, 2023

Analysis: ‘Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Program’ is a Failure By All Measures

The Department of Transportation wants the Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Program to simply expire in part because it did not dramatically improve safety among these worst-of-the-worst drivers and led to a tiny number of vehicle seizures.

September 22, 2023

School Bus Driver Kills Cyclist in Boro Park, 24th Bike Death of 2023

Luis Perez-Ramirez, 44, was biking south on Fort Hamilton Parkway just before 3:15 p.m. when he was struck a by school bus driver making a right turn.

September 22, 2023

‘Betrayal’: Adams Caves to Opposition, Abandons Bus Improvement Plan on Fordham Road

The capitulation on Fordham Road is the latest episode in which the mayor has delayed or watered down a transportation project in deference to powerful interests.

September 22, 2023

Friday’s Headlines: Yes He Said Yes He Will Yes Edition

That headline above is a reference to the last line of James Joyce's Ulysses, which we won't pretend to have read. But we have that ... and other news.

September 22, 2023
See all posts