Subway Shutdown Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Yesterday’s big story was really a very small story: from next Monday, instead of being closed four o’clock early every morning, the metro will only be closed for two o’clock early every morning. Everyone has it covered:

  • The Daily News rightly reminded its readers that the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. shutdown that began in May at the behest of Governor Cuomo was only partly to disinfect trains, but also to harass the homeless.
  • The post office played as a safety issue for riders (criminals).
  • Streetsblog played it straight.
  • The temperature had a kind of reversed and inaccurate lede: “New York’s subways will soon resume running longer into the night…” (first of all, the stop is in the morning, but second, the story is that the unprecedented stop is marginally less bad, not “Good news, everyone, the metro is better than ever!”). The the wall street journal hit the right tone: “The New York City Subway has restored night service.”

Meanwhile, in other subway news, Mayor de Blasio took the 86th Street train to City Hall (flanked by cops). And Rigoberto Lopez, the man accused of stabbing four people – killing two – on the subway, was held without bail (NYDN, New York Post). But the post office had an exclusive with Lopez’s brother, who claimed that the mentally ill, who had been hospitalized twice before, was unable to meet his social worker in person because of COVID (which is an issue that no number no cops is going to solve).

Meanwhile, a man was hit with a bike lock by an attacker inside Grand Central Terminal (NYDN) – and while crime on the subway remains down, the MTA is back to its plan to hire 500 more cops (New York Post). The Post has doubled on his support for more underground cops.

In other news from an otherwise slow Presidents’ Day:

  • A 12-year-old’s bike was stolen from a Queens subway station. (New York Post)
  • A car wash attendant ran over and killed a woman as she waited for her own car. Cops said he “lost control” of the vehicle (NYDN). The post office called it “a freak accident” (although the NYPD later said the attendant was drunk, so he was charged with manslaughter and DWI).

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