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Car Crashes by City Workers Cost Taxpayers $180M in Payouts Last Year: Report

A record number of victims of crashes involving city employees in city-owned cars filed claims in fiscal year 2023 — and settlements with victims have jumped 23 percent, a new report shows.

Tuesday’s Headlines: Biking with a Dutchman Edition

You really get a fresh perspective on city cycling when you do it with someone from Holland. Plus other news.

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Ten-Year-Old Fatally Struck By Driver Near South Williamsburg Playground

The 62-year-old driver struck and killed the youngster at the intersection of Wallabout Street and Wythe Avenue.

April 16, 2024

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DOT Spins Bus- and Bike-Lane Failure as ‘Streets Plan’ Success

The agency quietly released its required status report on the Streets Plan, which shows massive shortcomings that DOT downplayed.

Streetsblog Wins Polk Award for ‘Ghost Tags’ Series

Reporter Jesse Coburn received the prestigious award for exposing a vast black market for temporary license plates that reckless drivers use to avoid accountability on the road.

Long-Awaited Placard Report Reveals Widespread Abuse by NYPD

The overdue report confirms years of Streetsblog reporting on placard abuse, illegal parking and enforcement failures by the police under two mayors.

City: BQE Must Be Rebuilt to Last a Century … To Prevent More Pollution

Paging Mr. Orwell: Doubling down on the Robert Moses highway is actually good for neighborhoods nearby, the city claims.

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Vandals Commit Mass Arborcide Near the Greenway in Kissena Park

Hundreds of young trees were ripped from the ground — some stolen, some just left for dead — near the greenway in Kissena Park in Queens.

Friday’s Headlines: The Polk’s on Us Edition

This afternoon, our reporter Jesse Coburn will journey to Midtown to accept Streetsblog's first George Polk Award, one of journalism's highest honors. But before that, here's the news.

Op-Ed: Police Placard Corruption Report Was Weak, Disappointing … and Completely Expected

The Department of Investigations clearly had ample evidence of crimes and serious violations, yet its report lets everyone off the hook.

City Unveils Design for Long-Decrepit East Harlem Greenway

Nearly two dozen blocks of crumbling greenway along the Harlem River are slated for a revamp in 2025.

Thursday’s Headlines: Bike Lanes are Good for Business Edition

A business owner testifies from the heart (and wallet). Plus other news.

Environmental Groups Join to Fight Adams’s BQE Reconstruction

Rebuilding the Moses-era highway for another century is not environmental justice.

Investigations

Three NYC Asphalt Trucks Exploded Last Spring, Raising Safety, Environmental Concerns: Records

The explosions raise questions about the city's decision to use a paving material that other cities have phased out because of safety and environmental risks, an official said.

GHOST TAGS: Inside NYC’s Black Market for Temporary License Plates

Read all three parts of Jesse Coburn's award-winning investigation.

‘A Very Dangerous Job’: Dozens of NYC School Crossing Guards Injured by Drivers Since 2012, Records Show

As thousands of guards returned to street corners across the city last week for the reopening of public schools, records obtained by Streetsblog reveal the dangers that guards face on the job.

Reckless with Rajkumar! Queens Pol and Adams Ally Was Driven In Car Slapped with 10 Speeding Tix

The omnipresent Assembly member has said that e-bikes constitute a singular threat — but the real threat is ... the Assembly member.

DOT Trims Willoughby Ave. Open Street Hours Because ‘Streets Are For All New Yorkers’

It's a big hit on the same open street that key mayor adviser Ingrid Lewis-Martin tried to remove less than two months into Mayor Adams's tenure.

Wednesday’s Headlines: Get the Buses Moving Edition

Let's focus on a little footnote from Marcia Kramer's damn good interview on WCBS2 on Sunday with MTA CEO Janno Lieber. Plus other news.

E-Bike Swap Project Putting City to Shame on Safe Delivery Equipment

One of the city’s most dangerous industries is getting a major pedal-assist from a coalition of advocates committed to making food delivery work safer.

OPINION: Expand Half-Priced Fares to Unlock Commuter Rail for Working Class New Yorkers

Fair Fares as it exists today falls short for outerborough residents who live near commuter rail services they cannot afford.

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2023 in Review

2023 in Review: Here are the Year’s Biggest Livable Streets Victories…

There was a raft of promising advances for the livable streets movement — but which one was the best? Vote today.

… And the Biggest Failures and Disappointments of 2023

Let's be real, 2023 was not a good year for livable streets.

2023 in Review: Who is the Activist of the Year?

Little changes on New York City's streets without fighting for it — but who did it best? Please vote for this year's honoree.

In 2023, Mayor Adams Basically Erased the ‘Streets Master Plan’

Mayor Adams again failed spectacularly to meet a legal mandate to construct 50 miles of protected bike lanes and 30 miles of protected bus lanes. What happens now? Nothing. And therein lies the problem.

Congestion Pricing

Tuesday’s Headlines: Shoup at 7 Edition

The world's foremost parking expert Donald Shoup beams into a Manhattan community board on Tuesday. Plus more news.

New Jersey’s Case Against Congestion Pricing Hits Troubled Waters on Hearing’s Second Day

The Garden State's lawyer exposed the holes in its case by failing to cite any provision to back his claim that "the obligation of NEPA is to mitigate everywhere you find impacts."

Thursday’s Headlines: Day In Court Edition

Yesterday was all about New Jersey's day in court ... plus other news.

Reporter’s Notebook: NJ Finally Gets Its Day in Court in Congestion Pricing Suit

New Jersey's lawsuit against the first congestion tolls in American history finally gets a hearing Newark. Here's a run through of the trial's first day.