Requiem for Jack Mikulincer Edition – Streetsblog New York City
The big story yesterday was all the second-day stories about Holocaust survivor Jack Mikulincer dying under the wheels of his neighbor’s BMW.
Streetsblog did what too few outlets do these days—namely, run the plates—to determine that the BMW driver is (you guessed it) a repeat speeder and red light runner. But you had to hand it over daily news; in addition to recounting the driver’s numerous vehicular transgressions, the tabloid identified him as Brooklyn real estate developer Pyotr Yadgarov. It’s unclear for what purpose the News named Yadgarov, since he wasn’t at home to comment, but now his name is out there — and he’s got plenty of esplanin’ to do (as does the NYPD , which still has not charged him ).
During this time, the temperature also covered… and, of course, the body of the establishment owning the car had no interest in the accident (which it called an “accident”) or in the very long driver’s record threaten neighbors in school zones and at red lights. Metro editor Jim Dao needs a reminder of the difference between an obituary and a feature.
You tell him, Naparstek:
Subway journalists! We want to know:
– Who was the driver?
– Where did he come from and where did he come from?
– How fast was he driving? Specifics of the accident?
– Driver’s file and history?
– Describe the characteristics of the car, emphasizing those which may have contributed to the accident. https://t.co/q6rhpwVSms
—Aaron Naparstek (@Naparstek) February 7, 2022
In other news:
- During this time, the Times opinion page understands accidents well in this play written by Peter Coy, “Stop Calling Them ‘Accidents'”, which is off from Jessie Singer’s Next Book (excerpt coming later this week in Streetsblog!).
- Mayor Adams reiterated his support for Governor Hochul’s very, very questionable real estate boondoggle plan to redevelop Penn Station. (New York Post)
- Finally, the MTA’s rate cap pilot project is underway. (gothamist)
- Thank goodness the city completed construction of the Brooklyn Bridge bike path last year, otherwise those anti-vaxx protesters would have blocked all traffic lanes yesterday. Fortunately, the cyclists had easy routes. (New York Post)
- We were happy to see Council Member Lincoln Restler attempt The famous Schermerhorn Challenge by @nycbikelane – and not surprised that he failed. (We failed too!) (Brooklyn paper)
- The post office Cuozzo hit the nail on the headline with his anti-alfresco dining headline — “Eating indoors is safe — it’s time to end the horrors of New York’s ‘open restaurants’ — but the next column was much less in black and white than the tabloid of Record’s usual approach. “Limit sheds to those that are already in place, demolish those that are lightly used and that house drug dealers and vagrants, and get it over with,” Steve Cuozzo wrote in a rare attempt at a calm, rational compromise.
- Speaking of Post columnists, Nicole Gélinas raised an excellent point (one we make a lot of here!) that not enough attention is paid to the causes of driver recklessness, which is increasing the body count nationwide.