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Sophia Lebowitz

Before joining Streetsblog, Sophia Lebowitz was a filmmaker and journalist covering transportation and culture in New York City.

Brooklyn BP Wants Mayor Adams To Do More To Reduce Parking

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso's recommendation on City of Yes: Eliminating parking mandates is not enough!

July 17, 2024

Delivery Worker Minimum Wage Shows Promise … For Some, Data Shows

New data from the city's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection shows minimum wage is bringing order to a previously wild industry.

July 15, 2024

Moped and E-Bike Safety Legislation Becomes State Law

Retailers must register mopeds at the point of sale, in addition to giving new owners safety information, under new legislation signed by Gov. Hochul on Thursday.

July 12, 2024

‘Suburban’ Queens Stalwarts Take Hard Line Against Housing — To Rest of City’s Detriment

“That's what they bought in the suburbs for, that's why they raised their family in the suburbs," said Council Member Joann Ariola, whose district contains 14 subway stations.

July 11, 2024

Transit-Oriented Bronx Developments Will Have Ample Parking, Developers Tell Council

"Transit-oriented" development near the MTA's new Metro-North stations may include as many as 200 parking spaces each despite the city's move to waive parking minimums.

July 10, 2024

DOT Plans Third Avenue Complete Street Expansion in Harlem

The city is floating plans to extend bus lanes and bike lanes north up Third Avenue from 96th Street to 128th street.

July 5, 2024

City of Yes: Parking Mandates Have Shaped New York … For Worse

Mandated parking minimums have shaped the city since the 1950s, one Brooklyn block shows the impact of this restrictive zoning policy on the city's housing stock.

July 2, 2024

Money for Something: DOT Starts $89M Paseo Park Redesign Outreach

The Department of Transportation held its first vision meeting for the redesign of the 26-block 34th Avenue open street. Of course, some opponents were so angry that they didn't bother to participate.

June 24, 2024

Elmhurst’s ‘Little Thailand’ Gets Open Street Redesign

An already popular open street will be converted to one-way — with the space used to bolster the many restaurants nearby.

June 19, 2024

Deep Dive: Hochul Ignored Broad Coalition of Congestion Pricing Supporters In Favor Of Placard Elite

Gov. Hochul is favoring a wealthy, placard-clad minority over a diverse coalition of groups who have come out in support for congestion pricing.

June 17, 2024