Managing Editor Brad Aaron began writing for Streetsblog in 2007, after years as a reporter, editor, and publisher in the alternative weekly business. Brad has adopted New York's dysfunctional traffic justice system as his primary beat for Streetsblog. He lives in Manhattan.
Canal Street is Manhattan's preeminent traffic sewer. A loud, dirty, menacing torrent of motorized traffic with cramped sidewalks and no designated space for bicycling, Canal gets pulverized by the "trucker's special," which gives motorists a free ride across Lower Manhattan via the untolled Manhattan Bridge to the untolled westbound Holland Tunnel.