Trash Talk Edition – Streetsblog New York City
Today’s big news is that the Adams administration is finally taking a razor to the shadows of 5 a.m. New York.
As the temperature
exclusively reported received the document, from April, large black plastic bags of waste can no longer be thrown on all sidewalks at 4 p.m., but must remain out of the public domain until 8 p.m. (or 6 p.m. for buildings using containers).
That’s a big deal considering that afternoons in this city require an Olympian effort just to walk on a sidewalk. And all the trash means this is the lasting impression every visitor has of New York:
The point, of course, is not to give pedestrians the space they deserve – after all, rubbish will still be dumped on the sidewalk rather than in the street space at the curb that drivers have long requisitioned for storing their belongings – but to reduce the time rats have access to the bin. The change in dump times also aligns with other changes in staffing and pick-up times that the Sanitation Department says will reduce offerings at the all-night rat buffet, as the house likes to call it. sanitation commissioner Jessica Tisch.
Of course, there was a lot of puns about rats and trash swirling around the Monday presser at City Hall. Tisch said the 4 p.m. sidewalk trash can hours in New York City were “beyond pale” (homonym of “bucket”). Council member Shaun Abreu called it “a monumental victory in humanity’s war against the rats”.
Mayor Adams also spoke lyrically about rats (or at least his hatred of them): “I hate rats. When we started killing them at Borough Hall, some of the same people are criticizing us and now calling me a murderer because I was killing rats. Well you know what? We are going to kill rats. Rats have no place in this town. (The post office, PoliticsNYand hell gate covered.)
All of this reminded our old editor that Eric Adams was nothing like Eric Adams in 2011, when he spoke adoringly about animals at a vigil honoring the dozens of Canada geese who were murdered by the booted thugs. of the Fish and Wildlife Service in the name of aviation security (the cover of which should have earned the Brooklyn Paper a Pulitzer!).
“It’s arrogant for humans to believe that this planet was made just for humans,” Adams said at the time. “These birds give us more than we give them; we have an obligation and a responsibility to protect them.
Just now, ?@NYCMaire? said, “Rats have no place in our town,” but I remember covering for him after the famous goose slaughter in Prospect Park and he sang quite a different tune. ?@PPVSRB? ?@inkonthepad? ?@vdimiceli? https://t.co/GAnJClEGBq
— Gersh Kuntzman (@GershKuntzman) October 17, 2022
Apparently, our obligation to the natural world does not apply to rats.
In other news:
- The main story of the day was NY1’s shameless pro-car coverage of how Citi Bike is now using a former parking lot in Clinton Hill to service bikes. Neighbors who once parked there for free are angry – how dare the city use public space for greater public benefit than storing cars! – and NY1 let ’em blow off steam their spleen. One thing was left out: unlike drivers, Citi Bike pays the city for space. We expect Steve Witt – who has never come across a Clinton Hill parking spot he didn’t like – to step in soon.
- The Daily News followed Clayton Guse’s deep dive into the MTA’s East Side Access project with the obligatory complacency editorial.
- Staten Island leaders are right to call for an HOV lane extension of their freeway, even though their constituents don’t have much respect for it. (Advance IF)
- We’ve enjoyed the media coverage of Upper East Site recently, but his cover of an “open street” controversy on E. 78th Street is essentially an editorial in favor of car-clogged roads. Can’t we try something else on a fucking street?
- We find Nicole Gelinas far too alarmist about crime, but she makes an excellent point in her latest column by linking fear of crime to increased car use leading to more road deaths. . (New York Post)
- But sticking to the topic of subway crime for a second, daily news reported that subway conductors are now asked to notify passengers whenever a cop is on the train.
- As people who worked in the sad Metro-Tech complex in the early 2000s, we had the pleasure of reading The Times cover effort to redo the campus, though we might quibble that Winnie Hu’s story didn’t delve deep enough into the original sin of the complex: breaking the street grid (the same move that undermined the World Trade Center superblock, RIP).
- The whole pickleball debate (gothamist) should remind us all that we wouldn’t all be fighting for such limited public space if the city made better use of its existing public space to give us enough places to play!
- Big Ben Brachfeld, who replaced Kevin Duggan at amNY, followed our story (and a better graphic) on Mayor Adams’ “City of Yes” zoning effort. (amNY)
- Yet another outlet – this time, The city – demonizes modes instead of roads in a story about how bus drivers fear bumping into passengers on various micromobility devices. Yes, that’s a problem. But the solution lies in roads designed for the safe passage of transit riders and users of durable devices like bicycles and scooters. Remember this sentence: “Demonize the roads, not the fashions”.
- Hats off to Riders Alliance for condemning details in our Monday article about Mayor Adams’ smoky deals with political allies to slow or eliminate livable streets initiatives: “Mayor Adams promised better service for millions of users by building 150 miles of new bus lanes and bus lanes in four years, exceeding the mandate of the street plan act,” said lead organizer Jolyse Race. “Fordham Road and Northern Boulevard serve 100,000 bus riders every day, riders who will never make up for valuable time lost to City Hall delays in bus lanes and bus lanes In June, Mayor Adams promised customers in Queens and the Bronx with major speed and reliability improvements on both corridors this year.Now is the time for him to do things for bus customers.
- Oh, and speaking of smoky rooms, this is just a hilarious clip of our mayor smelling weed:
I can’t stop laughing at this lol. pic.twitter.com/3QNzxJ4Xow
— MoRuf.eth (@MoRuf88) October 17, 2022