Final Four Edition – Streetsblog New York City

It's time for the Final Four!  Click to enlarge.
It’s time for the Final Four! Click to enlarge.

It’s time for the Final Four!

Much like the NCAA’s version of our annual March (Parking) Madness contest, we’re culminating in our month-long tournament. But unlike college basketball’s flagship event, we’re not looking for the best – we’re shining a spotlight on the worst.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be running our Western and Eastern regional finals, pitting the four most disrespectful precincts still standing against each other (this would have started today, but the weather has upended our plans). Check out the chart to the right to gauge how far you’ve come and click here to review previous laps.

The winner gets (and then quickly rejects) our coveted shunned trophy. So stay tuned!

In other news:

  • Speaking of cops, can we also all agree that the police are the wrong person and Mace is the wrong tool to help the homeless? (NYDN) That said, it’s clear that Sanitation isn’t the right agency either. (amNY, NY Times, gothamist)
  • Congratulations to Christopher Robbins for his superb appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about his seminal story “Trash Town” last week on Streetsblog. Reminder to Brian: we have many great stories every day. Call us !
  • A 6-year-old boy and a middle-aged woman were seriously injured on their way to school when an elderly person drove his car onto a Harlem sidewalk. The driver was not charged immediately. (NYDN, New York Post)
  • the Daily News and amNY followed our headlines yesterday, reporting on the overnight and weekend service cuts on the R train, which will frustrate Bay Ridge residents well into June.
  • Omicron was a real bummer for the MTA, which was starting to turn things around before the variant hit. (New York Post)
  • The post office followed the The Daily News Sunday article about President Biden’s $400 million allocation to the Second Avenue subway.
  • There was an unintentionally ironic framing in The cover of amNY climate activists arrested at Governor Hochul’s office yesterday. The protest, Dean Moses reported, left drivers “smoking” on traffic. Well, isn’t that the point?
  • the Bronx Times looked at some of the disciplinary charges against cops who acted improperly during the George Floyd protests.
  • Can we remove the names of slave owners from more things – let’s start with anything called Jefferson. (The city)
  • Some LIRR improvements are delayed. (LIRR today)

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