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It's the dog days of August in New York City, and that means barbecues. Plus other news.

12:03 AM EDT on August 7, 2023

This is cool, but is it rideable? Photo: Aaron Short

It's the dog days of August in New York City, and that means barbecues.

One might think it difficult to lug a grill around the city — not sure. Reporter and sometime-Streetsblog contributor Aaron Short spotted this device on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights on Saturday: a grill/bike.

The contraption — whose owner Short did not locate — is confusing to say the least. It's not clear how one would steer the vehicle, for example. If the rider has to use the grill to street, we imagine it'd be tough to do.

In other news:

  • NYPD Transportation Bureau Chief Kim Royster, the department's top traffic safety official, was forced to resign on Friday as part of a slew of personnel changes ordered by new Commissioner Edward Caban. (NY Times)
  • Three moped riders died in car crashes since Thursday. (amNY, Daily News)
  • A driver killed an 75-year-old at a notoriously dangerous Brooklyn intersection on Friday. (CBS New York, News 12)
  • Lyft shut down Citi Bike around Union Square during the Twitch streamer "riot" there on Friday. (Hell Gate)
  • Conservatives are melting over ice cream trucks that don't spew gas. (NY Post, The Messenger)
  • "Summer Streets" is back and everyone is thrilled (actually). (NY Post, ABC 7 NY)
  • Streetsblog contributor John Massengale has some ideas for Penn Station — namely, let the people decide. (Daily News)
  • Speaking of: The MTA's construction chief says an outsider proposal for the transit hub is missing key details. (Our Town)
  • Drones may respond to police calls in NYC. (NY Post)
  • Congestion pricing "not as big a factor" in Westchester compared to New Jersey, County Executive George Latimer said. Latimer also called for exemptions for "certain businesses." (CBS New York)
  • Manhattan judge forces MTA to not to eliminate Washington Heights elevator operator positions. (Daily News)
  • Hell Gate tells the ugly truth about the city's flawed new outdoor dining program.
  • Among the Times Editorial Board's "big ideas" for New York City: pedestrianized Midtown, better bus lanes, and congestion pricing. (NY Times)
  • Good news! Underhill Avenue in Prospect Park is becoming a bike boulevard:

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