Our Cup Runneth Over Edition – Streetsblog New York City
After yesterday’s announcement that we had won an award from the New York Cycling Club, new evidence of Streetsblog’s indelible importance to the life of our city has emerged: our reporter Jesse Coburn’s investigation into the mismanagement 311 calls by the NYPD won the Silurian Press Club’s Investigative Newspaper Award!
Coburn has faced the big guns: The Silurians have awarded just two investigative articles this year: The “medallion” award went to New York Times reporter Amy Julia Harris for her article series. collected under the heading “Profiting Off The Homeless”, while Coburn’s “Ignored, Dismissed: How the NYPD Neglects 311 Complaints about Driver Misconduct” won the “Merit” award. This did more than impress the judges: it also led to an ongoing investigation by the city’s investigation department.
And on top of that, the Silurians also honored Simi Horwitz with an Award of Merit in the People and Profiles category for his obituary of railroad visionary Bob Diamond, “The Unabridged, Warts-and-All Saga of a Brooklyn Trolley King”. published in Streetsblog on September 6. (Here is the full list of winners.)
We called our old editor for a quote, and he provided his standard self-glorification.
“I’ve never been more proud of myself than when journalists win awards,” he said. “Moments like these provide plenty of evidence that I didn’t get in the way.”
We’ll be partying with the Silurians (meaning “open bar” in Latin, right?) on Wednesday, June 15 at the National Arts Club (check out the next day for party photos). We pre-ordered the chicken, further proof that we know what we are doing.
In other news:
This evening @JustinBrannan & I held a public meeting on pedestrian and street safety.
A man shouted that he wanted the food delivery men killed as they rode their bikes.
The depravity of some people amazes me. We really don’t see the humanity in people we don’t like.
— André Gounardes (@agounardes) June 7, 2022