Oh, Rats Edition – Streetsblog New York City
Oh, the rats – we’ve been used again.
We were delighted that Streetsblog was referenced several times (but unlinked, for some reason) in The cover of New York Magazine on outdoor dining. But we were also disappointed that writer Simon van Zuylen-Wood completely ignored some of the harrowing insights we gave him during our interview on streetroom politics as a bill passes through city council.
Instead, the resulting article seemed eager to downplay the positives of outdoor dining, accentuate the negatives, and ignore existing legislation aimed at regulating the industry.
First of all, we don’t mind that our coverage boils down to this: “Streetsblog sees structures as a promising front in the war against King Car”, although we disagree that we went “into scorched earth against anyone who opposes it”. the sheds. In fact, our coverage of the trial of the opposition and the bill passes through the municipal council pointed out that restaurants should definitely not get this public space for free and that the industry needs to be regulated.
“[Opponents] said their concerns about nighttime noise, litter and sidewalk clutter have been crushed by a rush to hastily built dining sheds, and want more comment and scrutiny on the groundbreaking program that has potentially changed forever the way New Yorkers use the streets,” one of our underlined articles. It’s hardly scorched earth (and we should know that!).
But, even worse, the New York Magazine article constantly raised front men to attack restaurant dining rooms. For example, no one is saying that restaurants shouldn’t pay for the public space they will occupy – the space currently occupied free of charge by car owners, mind you – but van Zuylen-Wood lets Deborah Glick, member of the Assembly, pretending they are: ‘I don’t believe we should be giving away public land, public space, for private business purposes,’ said Glick, who didn’t mind giving up public land to owners of cars.
The story also quotes an opponent saying that outdoor dining is “unfettered capitalism – do what you want with no oversight or enforcement.” Again, no one is asking for any oversight. The article also blames the sheds for the supposed increase in rats, which Julianne Cuba so eloquently debunked. earlier this year.
And our laughs were also raised at the way van Zuylen-Wood sidelined our early reporting, saying the dining room design movement “started” in Crain’s. In fact, the Corey Johnson/Andrew Rigie op-ed that van Zuylan-Wood referred to was published by the business newspaper on May 18 – six days after our full article, “The ‘Al Fresco Economy’: Restaurants Want to Start NYC’s Revival – All They Need is Space” was released on May 12.
It’s called staying one step ahead. Want to join us ? Keep up to date with today’s news:
- MTA CEO Janno Lieber wants to keep criminals out of the subway (NYDN), but Governor Hochul says people have a “feeling of fear” because of a few high-profile cases (New York Post). And amNY put the so-called “crime wave” into historical context, which was very helpful.
- Ross Barkan’s take was also helpful Crain’swhere he blamed Mayor Adams for creating the wave of fear of crime that is now sweeping over him.
- The post office, gothamist and the temperature followed our scoop on returning from the metro toilets. The Post’s David Meyer and Gothamist’s Stephen Nessen credited us. Ana Ley of The Times did not.
- The MTA’s OMNY system will finally be available to people on discounted Metrocards, but not yet to Fair Fares recipients. (amNY)
- WCBS2 — the official organ of car culture — has truly outdone itself, covering the DOT’s announcement of safe, car-free streets for kids on Halloween with disdain, “But some members of the Jackson Heights community, in Queens, say the program is more like a ride than a treat. Oh yeah? Four hours without driving to protect the kids the night we let them go from house to house? To paraphrase CBS, some community members from Jackson Heights, Queens, say the program is a long-overdue good idea — and the people opposing it are ghouls.
- A moped rider can be left paralyzed after a hit-and-run driver injures him. (NYDN)
- Cuomo-gate: Sunnyside does not receive a LIRR station when the East Side Access project is completed. (NYDN)
- Take that, slimy pectin residue! Métro-Nord has a laser train! (amNY)
- One of the worst cops in town has defended brutal arrests on a podcast (yes, everyone has a podcast). (The city)
- How about that? A reckless driver killed a begging man in the Eastern Parkway’s central median – and was arrested for the death. That’s a far cry from what happened when a cop did the same to Ronald Smith earlier this year. (NYDN)
- And, finally, U.S. DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Hizzoner at City Hall on Monday, but Mayor Adams’ spokesman declined to comment, and Buttigieg left through a side door in an SUV. waiting without answering questions, prompting Nolan Hicks will call it Side Door Buttigieg. But we preferred our take (photo by Kevin Duggan):
The @USDOT Second. @PeteButtigieg came to city hall in an assault truck today to meet @NYCMaire. Very bad look for an agency that is dealing with historic increases in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities, largely caused by increasingly larger American cars: https://t.co/ZA0MnIk1Dw pic.twitter.com/oLzZVC0mrF
—Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) October 24, 2022