Eric Adams just solved the Edition car problem – Streetsblog New York City

Why bother to cut back on car use – or even stop parking on the sidewalks surrounding Brooklyn Borough Hall – when you can simply paint your way to clean air!

That’s what Eric Adams – remember, some polls show him as the leading candidate for mayor right now – came up with this weekend in a tweet that probably didn’t make sense to anyone:

A paint that breaks down pollutants? Like, is that a thing?

Apparently there is: there is a paint-like product called Airlite that removes pollutants from the air (if you believe the company’s press release). But some chemists are skeptical on its long-term benefits.

One thing scientists agree on is that transportation is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, so if Eric Adams wants to clean the air, he should consider starting with cars — without trying to paint the problem.

In other news from the long and wet weekend:

  • An electric cyclist fatally struck a woman in Queens on Friday night, an extremely rare fatality, but one that raises questions nonetheless. Details were limited in weekend coverage. (NYDN)
  • Meanwhile, a delivery man was killed after he fell from his moped on a rain-wet street and was hit by a motorist. (amNY)
  • The post office decided to kick Shaun Donovan when he’s down, tackling the mayoral candidate’s father’s huge carbon footprint (as if the Post cares about carbon footprints).
  • In case you missed it, mayoral candidate Scott Stringer promised to reduce helicopter noise last week (NYDN). During this time, the New York Times printed an inexplicable tribute to heroic helicopter pilots reporting on traffic – which even included the startling claim that traffic noise is a good thing: “For city dwellers looking for signs of a return to normal , there can be something eerily soothing about hearing the urban birdsong of car horns and the angry swearing of drivers,” wrote Sarah Maslin Nir, speaking literally for no one except the editors of the Times who love cars. “Perhaps there is even a perverse pleasure for New Yorkers in returning to a state of familiar resting aggravation.” (The story was even more surprising, considering the recent Times story of the freeway pullback.)
  • Speaking of car enthusiasts, Staten Island Advance columnist Tom Wrobleski has spilled a lot of ink over the years opposing car speed restrictions on the Rock, so it was awfully ironic to read his article this weekend about all the “most annoying things drivers do.” Dropped his list? Drive pedestrians and kill them. (Advance)
  • The temperature concerned the federal approval of the Gateway tunnel project. But our own Dave Colon added value.
  • If the mayor really wants a recovery for all, he needs to start building parks in low-income neighborhoods, as a new report from the Trust for Public Land shows.
  • Road rage almost got an Amazon driver killed by a gunman. (NYDN, New York Post)
  • A man was struck and killed while walking on the Bronx River Parkway, officers said. (New York Post)
  • A drunk driver hit five cops, which is not a good idea. (New York Post)
  • The Empire Center (which we mingled with occasionally) larry penner print on Governor Cuomo’s premature East Side Access announcement last week.

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