Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Today's Headlines

Thursday’s Headlines: The Mayor’s New Cars Edition

Hizzoner rides around town in some expensive cars, The Post reported. Plus more news.

12:03 AM EDT on August 3, 2023

A mayoral SUV. Photo: Julianne Cuba

Mayor Adams had made clear he wants to be seen as a transit user and bike rider. As Brooklyn Borough President, he frequently touted himself as the "first borough president to carry a Metrocard."

"I'm a biker. Everyone knows that," the mayor said last month in defense of his retreat from the city's plans for McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint.

But the mayor is also an expensive SUV guy, according to The Post, which on Wednesday revealed the shocking cost of the mayor's two new government-owned SUVs: a 2023 Lincoln Navigator with monochrome rims worth as much as $95,325, and a Chevrolet Suburban High Country worth at least $77,400.

The combined $172,000 cost of the two cars far eclipses the $45,000 the city spent on a Chrysler Pacifica van that ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio used to ferry around the city, the Post said.

All eyes on Thursday will be on Adams's reported meeting with DOT to weigh options for McGuinness, where the transportation agency is now proposing a watered down "compromise" that will allow for extra auto lanes during rush hour.

That the mayor would even consider sacrificing safety at the behest of well-funded opponents contradicts his stated commitment to Vision Zero — but it's not too late for him to do the right thing. Do something legendary, Mayor Adams — and tell the bike lane naysayers to "shove it."

In other news:

  • Two separate NYPD chases caused a dozen pedestrian injuries on Tuesday. (Daily News)
  • Queens pols rallied for Corona Plaza vendors. (Hell Gate)
  • From the assignment desk: The City Council will vote on Thursday on its (flawed) permanent outdoor dining program. Check out our coverage from last week.
  • Big cars are getting bigger — and killing more Americans than ever before. (The Conversation)
  • Council Member Sandy Nurse knows hard it is it for New Yorkers to find a bathroom, and wants to help. (Hell Gate)
  • Former incarcerated New Yorkers are training to be bike mechanics at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (NBC New York)
  • Reality strikes the price of an Uber trip in NYC. (ABC7NY)
  • Access-A-Ride advocates continue to agitate against looming fare hikes. (NY1)
  • MTA bridge and tunnel tolls go up this Sunday. (Daily News)
  • The Port Authority Bus Terminal revamp is coming for a Midtown doggy park. (The City)
  • Will Citi Bike fill its notorious Williamsburg dead zone? (Williamsburg News)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Con Edison Cons Its Way Out of Paying Traffic Tickets

The massive energy company is bilking the city of tens of thousands of dollars in potential camera-issued traffic violations by obscuring its trucks’ license plates.

March 1, 2024

West Side Glory: State Begins the Process of Reimagining a True NYC Car Sewer

The state DOT will study the West Side Highway for "potential enhancements ... including [for] pedestrians and cyclists." West Side officials are cheering!

March 1, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Closing the Bike Share Black Hole Edition

Council Member Lincoln Restler has negotiated with local religious leaders to add Citi Bike docks to south Williamsburg. Plus other news.

March 1, 2024

Manhattan Pol Upset at Delayed Rollout of Electrified Citi Bike Docks

"I urge the Department of Transportation and Con Edison to expedite the electrification of [Citi Bike] stations," Erik Bottcher wrote to the colossuses of conveyance and current last Friday.

February 29, 2024
See all posts