It’s definitely not the Monday edition – Streetsblog New York City

Those long, languid weekends in New York because it’s great when all the cars are leaving can really wear you out. We played a lot of hockey, went to the beach, enjoyed lots of open space on the sidewalk, and even saw a few celebrities, like this mini FDNY vehicle that we hope to see more of:

Photo: Gersh Kuntzman
Photo: Gersh Kuntzman

But it’s easy to be confused. So remember we’re starting our week, it’s Tuesday, not Monday – and here’s the news (some of it is definitely in the category of very likely events you missed:

  • First of all, don’t fully listen to the New York Times – Rockaway Beach (well, at least east of Beach 86th Street) was gorgeous yesterday (if you were wise enough to go to Beach 67th instead of waiting for the S at Broad Channel with all the hipsters).
  • Many facets of the NYPD’s failure to care for the most vulnerable are visible in this sick tweet from the 113th Precinct over the weekend. We can all agree that people who live on the streets need better options, but their lives are far more important than “more parking for the neighborhood”. Also: “This is what we do” as a hashtag? Not very pretty (and, indeed, on Tuesday it looks like the tweet was deleted – thankfully we have a screenshot below):
  • bad nypd homeless tweetMeanwhile, cops in Prospect Park set up a checkpoint to catch the cyclists. (ViaTwitter)
  • Jon Orcutt of Bike New York and Kate Slevin of the Regional Plan Association argued in a foolishly buried Daily News Editorial in favor of the QueensWay.
  • The temperature also did what only The Times does – a full team report on the devastating effects of summer on the poorest New Yorkers (though only hell gate pointed out that adult lap swimming has been eliminated!).
  • And Wired did what only Wired could do – a thorough investigation into the life of the self-driving Uber operator who killed an Arizona pedestrian. The story is richly told and does not reach the conclusion that everyone expects.
  • Meanwhile, the post office did what it does: a silly story about how the Staten Island Ferry is apparently sexy again.
  • Kevin Duggan at amNY followed our similar press release rewrite work on the MTA’s new pedestrian and bicycle access sign.
  • A Brooklyn senior was killed when two cars collided and one of them hit him. (NYDN, New York Post)
  • And an MTA bus driver struck and killed an e-biker in far eastern Queens. (New York Post)
  • The MTA, highlighting the crime as always, wants more protection for its workers. (New York Post)
  • Meet the Sanitation Department’s Resident Artist. (NY Times)
  • And, finally, we were going to link to the very solid, pro-infrastructure article by Ezra Klein in time even before our friend Charles Komanoff connects it to other issues:

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