Hot Enough for You Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Yesterday was too hot, so we’ll skip the witty jokes that usually make the headlines and cut to the chase (today will be a bit more seasonal):

  • Yesterday’s big story was the scoop from Clayton Guse that the city’s Department of Finance had again changed the stipulated fine program, which gives discounts on parking tickets to major trucking companies in exchange for doing that companies do not challenge every ticket in court. The discount for parking in bus lanes has been increased, but on the positive side companies will no longer have a discount on parking tickets in cycle lanes. (NYDN)
  • Like Streetsblog, the Daily News covered the death of pedestrian Lola Blair in Co-op City – but unlike New York’s premier transportation outlet, didn’t point out that Blair’s death is just the latest of the bloodiest two months in eight years.
  • Also like Streetsblog, the post officeEars began to burn when Department of Transportation officials said yesterday that 40 percent of cars caught on city speed cameras had out-of-state license plates. But our story had a broader scope, showing how bad a job city officials do at weeding out repeat offenders with out-of-state license plates.
  • The temperature finally used a very useful question title in its analysis of the re-emergence of Andrew Cuomo.
  • The MTA is receiving an additional $770 million in Covid relief funds from the federal government. (amNY)
  • Here is another argument in favor of good management of public space: a place in Queens has been occupied by non-domiciled people – and no one is taking advantage of the situation. (amNY)
  • A dozen people were injured in a bus accident on the Rock. (gothamist)
  • The DOT appears to be serious about finally getting cyclists from the Brooklyn Bridge to points north safely. Here is the plan that has just been unveiled by the agency for protected bike lanes on Center and Lafayette streets.
  • And, in the end, we loved it the deconstruction of the Times of WH Auden’s poem about suffering – but only because it reminded us of Charles Komanoff’s moving 2019 article about the death of cyclist Jose Alzorriz.

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