Gridlock Alert Day Photo Op Edition – Streetsblog New York City

It’s another “Traffic Alert Day,” which means it’s another day for the city’s Department of Transportation to visit.

Meanwhile, someone is doing something: The Hudson Square BID announced Monday that it will once again deploy its “pedestrian safety managers” (aka adult crossing guards) all week during the evening rush at key intersections in Varick Street (Houston, King, Charlton, Vandam, Spring and Clarkson).

The whole thing is sad. Certainly, we think it is great that a group of citizens (in this case, the business community in the direction of West Village) wants to protect vulnerable road users. But it’s supposed to be the city’s job to keep us out of traffic, not make us fend for ourselves. And while Hudson Square has a well-funded business improvement district, what about other areas of the city where the Department of Transportation simply waves the white flag of ‘Gridlock Alert’ tweets rather than restricting the entry of cars into the city on certain days (as our editor pointed out in his Daily News editorial still scintillating the other day)?

Think about what “Gridlock Alert” really means: it means the city has no plan to properly deal with out-of-town drivers who bully our neighborhoods and force everyone outside their cars to to take care of. How about being proactive, Mayor? We guess that’s too much to expect from an administration that needs someone dead before fixing a notorious street.

But you’ve been warned: avoid the entire East Side of Manhattan (New York Post) or follow the example of former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who knows what to do in our city (and his):

Or calm down with Dave Colon’s in-depth analysis of this week’s upcoming congestion pricing public comment meetings – more timely than ever!

In other news:

  • Several media outlets have followed our story on the federal Riverkeeper lawsuit to shut down the LaGuardia AirTrain. (New York Post, amNY)
  • This cop who rode on the back of an illegal dirt bike at a block party has been suspended. (NYDN, New York Post)
  • the Daily News had more on the Staten Island cop who allegedly drove drunk then hit another driver.
  • It’s illegal for a driver to open their door into traffic, but it would be nice if our elected officials knew: Assemblyman Keith Wright was arrested for the crime last month. Congratulations to NYPD Det. Lamount Deaderick to know the law better than the legislator. (New York Postwith the scoop; NYDN)
  • It seems future mayor (and ex-cop) Eric Adams isn’t a fan of school control by… school security officers. (New York Post)
  • Remember that $1.5 million in federal money the MTA spent on pumps after Hurricane Sandy? Yeah, well, uh, about those pumps… (New York Post)
  • Speaking of climate change, the temperature followed our story on what the city needs to do to stop the next round of inevitable flooding.
  • It’s weird that we know who Dante de Blasio voted for in the mayoral primary. It’s weirder knowing that he ranked polar opposites Maya Wiley first and Eric Adams second. (New York Times, gothamist)
  • Some jerk left a Citi bike on the subway tracks…with predictable results. (New York Postwith video)
  • Here’s the final reminder not to necessarily trust the first report released by the NYPD after an accident: Monday’s initial NYPD sheet said a Revel scooter operator fell from his ride on First Avenue and then didn’t was hit by an innocent driver – but later it turned out that the driver of the SUV was drunk (NYDN, New York Post, amNY). We are waiting for sequels, mainstream media! There are a lot of cameras near the UN, remember?
  • The Barry the Owl saga continues: he was poisoned even before he was killed by the Central Park Conservancy trucker! (The city)
  • And finally, we’re big fans of all the old streetscape images from the days before cars ruined all of our cities. So naturally, we got a little pissed off at this new music video from a band called My Friend Frank. The song doesn’t initially seem to have anything to do with 1920s Amsterdam and Rotterdam video…but then it Is it that:

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