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Friday’s Headlines: Exciting New Website Edition

Admit it, we look marvelous.

12:03 AM EDT on June 9, 2023

Admit it, we look marvelous.

Let's face it: the biggest story in New York yesterday was Streetsblog's new web design. Sure, it didn't get any coverage in the mainstream press, but they're just jealous, obvs.

Check out the new look here — or read all about the design here.

We quickly put that new look to good use yesterday, with a great data visualization by Patrick Spauster of all the dangerous 25-mile-per-hour roads in the city — and one of which goes right past The Bronx office of the man who doesn't want to pass "Sammy's Law": Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Read Spauster's piece — with cool map — here.

So, yes, we were busy yesterday. But there was some other news:

  • Regular Streetsblog contributor Charles Komanoff set the regional agenda with a Times op-ed on why congestion pricing will actually be better than supporters say — and will even be great for those misguided opponents. Better still: The Times validated Komanoff's BTA traffic modeler, something it hasn't done before.
  • We learned more about Roberta Lehrman, the spunky 70-year-old who was run down by an MTA bus driver on Tuesday. (NYDN)
  • And we learned more about Milorad Rajacic, who was killed by a driver in Brooklyn. (NYDN, NY Post)
  • The city has delayed its environmental review of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway triple cantilever, which doesn't surprise us. (NYDN)
  • The mandatory composting bill passed the Council. (NY Post, NY Times, Gothamist)
  • Are there really 500,000 feral cats in the city? (NY Times)
  • Gothamist covered the important angle on the smokepocalypse: the heroic delivery workers who are biking around in this shit because the rest of us are staying indoors to keep ourselves safe.
  • Let's be clear: We think those new 5G cellphone towers are super ugly — and a terrible use of sidewalk space. But... isn't it a little rich that wealthy people who are addicted to their devices are now complaining about the high-tech wifi service? (Crain's)

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