Oblomovshina Edition – Streetsblog New York City

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Following on from yesterday’s theme that the last week of December is just dead, today we think this week looks a bit like the main character in Ivan Goncharov’s famous novel, Oblomov. But unlike Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, the prototypical superfluous man of 19th-century Russia, we promise to get out of our beds today and do a real job for people.

Until then, here’s the news:

  • First of all, we would be remiss if we don’t thank our donors from yesterday (and urge you to join their elite status by clicking on the yellow logo above): Thank you, Christopher! Thanks, David!
  • A federal judge has ordered the city to make streets safer for blind residents, which makes you wonder why a Federal Court ruling is needed to ensure basic decency and safety. (New York Times)
  • Mayor de Blasio spent most of his morning press conference Monday complaining that state officials, including Governor Hochul, are not enforcing congestion pricing quickly enough. But, as the Daily News pointed out, the slow process of drafting the federally mandated environmental assessment is proceeding on schedule, frustrating as that may be. Looks like someone is running for governor!
  • MTA predicts transit delays as new wave hits its workers (NYDN). How serious is the omicron variant? Well, Apple just closed all of its mega-lucrative retail stores in New York City (NY Post).
  • A hit-and-run driver killed a man who got out of his car on the Bruckner Freeway. (NYDN)
  • It’s good to sleep on the job if you’re a Long Island Rail Road employee – says someone who should know! (New York Post)
  • The city has pledged an additional $ 75 million to complete Bushwick Inlet Park in Williamsburg. (Brooklyn Paper)
  • From the Assignment Office: Hey, Jim Dao, New York Times Metro Editor-in-Chief, here’s as good a story as it gets: Dick Zigun is at Coney Island Sideshow and Coney Island USA, the arts group he founded! This story has it all: carnies, plots and guys who eat blisters! (Brooklyn Paper)
  • And, finally, on the first working day since Friday’s fatal accident caused by a Baldor driver, our spy spotted one of the company’s drivers doing the wrong thing:
Hey, Baldor.  Stop that.
Hey, Baldor. Stop that.

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