Park Slope is having it’s own “Occupying” issues with its public parks. [Daily News]
Some are fighting to keep The Bowery as seedy as possible. [NY Times]
Issues in the Park Avenue Tunnel are causing massive delays for M.T.A. riders this morning. [NY Post]
The South Slope is having a moment. [Crain's]
Koreatown! The only Manhattan ethnic enclave that’s growing, not shrinking. [Journal]
Here’s an interesting approach to traffic control. Thanks Venezuela. [Gawker]
Chutzpah alert: M.T.A. plans to create more “Minor Holidays” with reduced service. [NY Post]
A costly renovated Park Slope library will stay behind plywood for at least another year. [Brooklyn Paper]
There’s some backlash to local deliverymen using electric bicycles. (Wait, really?) [NY Times]
One foreclosure flunkies fall from grace. [Journal]
Occupy Wall Street
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Two months in, Occupy Wall Street media coverage has swelled from a fringe movement to the importance of a daily beat. To guide you through this media saturation, the Observer presents the best stories and angles from the worldwide OWS news desk, including coverage of the media “blackout” when the protests began in September. (But be sure to check out our coverage as well.)
The New York Times “With Generators Gone, Wall Street Protestors Try Bicycle Power“
Asphalt. Huge, heaping obsidian piles of oozing rock and tar, steaming tons of it mounded up on the banks of Flushing Creek in Corona, Queens. More than a million pounds of asphalt a day. This may well be the greatest legacy of the city’s innovative, controversial, visionary, despised Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Completed in May 2010, the Harper Street asphalt plant produces 250,000 tons annually, much of it made from recycled rocks ripped from roads around New York. If asphalt could be considered state of the art, this would be it. The plant saves the city $5 million every year and keeps thousands of asphalt trucks that would be importing the road rock off the streets, preventing more potholes as a result.
And that is precisely the point of this plant, one of two the city now owns: to repave and repair the streets more efficiently and sustainably. It is one of hundreds of programs launched in the past four years by Ms. Sadik-Khan and the mayor, part of a $4.3 billion capital campaign. That is more than many states have spent over the same period and as much as had been spent in the first six years of the Bloomberg administration, meaning essentially a 50 percent increase in road spending under the current commissioner.
“One of the things I’m most proud of at DOT is that we’ve really increased our commitment to the basics, even while we launch new programs,” Ms. Sadik-Khan said in an interview last week. “We’ve got an unprecedented commitment to the road and bridge network.”
In her four years atop the city’s Department of Transportation, Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has masterminded a re-engineering of the city’s streets that not so long ago would have been impossible. Bike lanes proliferate, parking spaces have been transformed into cafes, and Broadway, the most famous road in the world, has been almost entirely closed Read More
The city has just finished developing a plan to remake Astor Place and Cooper Square in the heart of the East Village a la its reengineering of Times Square two years ago. Except that it’s the other way around, as Astor Place was redesigned years ago. The plan is only now moving forward, Read More
Janette Sadik-Khan is probably the only transportation commissioner, or city commissioner of any sort, really, with honest-to-god fans. Not just supporters or boosters, but groupies who adore her. A few were spotted today, poking their cellphones past reporters who were buttonholing Sadik-Khan outside a City Council hearing room this afternoon.
A tall blonde woman, clutching Read More
It is bad enough that slow-moving tourists clog up the city’s sidewalks, Abercrombie and Century 21 bags bulging at their sides like pack animals. Imagine navigating the city’s streets and bike lanes when a new bike-sharing program rolls out in 2012.
The program was announced today by the city’s Department of Transportation, which is Read More
New revelations surfaced about extensive ties between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and members of the panel evaluating his choice for school’s chancellor and state officials acknowledged that they did not screen the panel members for conflicts of interest or connections to the Bloomberg administration before appointing them.
A group of city parents gathered Read More
Score one for the cars in the ongoing bike lane wars.
Where else but in Staten Island would they roll back protections for bikers? The car-friendly island off the tip of New Jersey has just erased a bike lane that connected the Staten Island Ferry to the Staten Island Railroad, a slap Read More
When the city put new dedicated bus lanes on First and Second avenues, they paired them with protected bike lanes, as well, albeit only from 14th Street south.
Transit advocates showed up to City Hall today with more than 2,500 letters calling on the mayor to extend the bike lanes all the way to Read More