Let’s Get to It Edition – Streetsblog New York City
We spent most of the day running and most of the night watching DOT present their plan for 34th Avenue, so let’s jump right into the news:
- Here’s proof that every fatal car crash may not be the driver’s fault. (NYDN)
- As we reported a few weeks ago, the MTA announced that it is bringing a small amount of secure bicycle parking to Grand Central Terminal (NYDN, amNY). Really, six parking spaces is about 1 / 50th of the immediate need.
- The Civilian Complaints Commission said 65 cops should be punished for misconduct at the George Floyd / Black Lives Matter rallies last year. (NYDN)
- Mayor de Blasio said in his morning press that restaurants that do not use their Covid dining shacks will have to ditch them in favor of parking. (amNY)
- Do MTA’s New Subway Cars Have the DC Blues? (amNY)
- The Parks Department is not only anti-cyclist, it is anti-hawk, duck, squirrel and owl! (The city)
- We were happy to see the Board of Health rightly declare that racism is a public health crisis. Now, maybe the city’s board of directors and health ministry can get off the Vision Zero bench and declare the cars a public health crisis as well. (NY Post, Gothamist)
- Early voting begins on Saturday (locations here), and Gothamist is the latest outlet to offer an election day guide (hint: there’s more on the ballot than vegan vs. mad cat).
- MTA says its $ 90 million bus command center is unusable because an outside contractor didn’t do the job – meaning the MTA is throwing its bus center contractor under the, uh, bus . (Why didn’t The Post pick this as the lede? It’s tabloid gold, Jerry! Gold!)
- See you later, slave oligarch! (NY Post, NY Times)
- Car rampage in Queens (NY Post) and Brooklyn (NY Post)
- The Five Points neighborhood celebrated in mob movies finally got a city road sign. (6 square feet)
- And finally, did future mayor Eric Adams say cyclists have dirty laundry?
“My claim to fame is that I am the ordinary candidate for blue collar workers.” @ericadamsfornyc says you’ll see him riding his bike, taking the metro, and washing his dirty towels at the laundromat.
– Joe Anuta (@joeanuta) October 18, 2021