Planes Trains & Automobiles
After years of construction, and many more years before that of planning and debate, the uptown connection between the 6-Train and the Sixth Avenue line finally opened yesterday at Bleecker Street. “50 years ago, we have three different subway systems and there was very few connections between all of them,” MTA chairman and CEO Joe Lhota said. “Our goal is to make the system more connective. It takes time, and it takes money, but we’re getting there.”
Mr. Lhota, wearing a red tie printed with fanciful gray trees and elephants, stood beneath the bright, color-shifting tube lights that make up Leo Villareal’s Hive installation. The honeycomb-shaped light show serves as a dynamic signpost for the new stairs and escalator that are an integral part of this new connection. In addition to connectivity, the station transformation is all about accessibility.
But there would be no uptown connection, no wheelchair-friendly elevators, without money, and more than anything, that was what Joe Lhota and his cohort really wanted to talk about on this day.
It Takes a Village
Facing pressure from all sides, Borough President Scott Stringer managed to extract a number of concessions from NYU over its planned expansion in Greenwich Village. However many opponents of the plan, including community groups and local politicians, feel the borough president did not go far, and they had harsh words for the borough president as a result.
“Although I am appreciative of the efforts of Borough President Stringer to negotiate with NYU, the end result is minimal change and do little to negate the devastating impact the NYU 2031 Plan will have on the surrounding community,” Assemblywoman Deborah Glick said in an acerbic statement. “There are no real concessions in this agreement.” She added that NYU’s plan “continues to be a travesty” and suggested that any concessions were factored into the plan from the start “to give the appearance that they are responding to community outrage.”
“Can I interrupt first? Sorry,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn as she pushed her way in front of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the steps of City Hall this afternoon.
A few minutes earlier, Ms. Quinn had endorsed Senator Gillibrand as “the champion of the LGBT community in our United States Read More
The Assembly just passed Sheldon Silver’s bill to extend mayoral control of public schools in New York City.
Eighteen members voted no. They were:
Alan Maisel, Hakeem Jeffries, William Colton, Jim Brennan, Peter Abbate, Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, all of Brooklyn; Jeff Aubry and Mark Weprin–who is running for City Council–both from Queens; Carl Read More
ALBANY—After four hours of debate and a technical problem that crashed the chamber's electronic voting mechanisms, the bill legalizing same-sex marriage passed the Assembly by a vote of 89 to 52.
The result–not a surprise, but a wider margin than in previous years–was greeted with applause from advocates in the overlooking balconies as Read More
ALBANY—If not to many others, to accountants, the Republican Senate's last session was special.
The last bill the conference passed Monday was a measure updating the standards for certified public accountants in New York. Lou Grumet, the executive director of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, said it has been Read More
Expanding parks is not supposed to be this difficult.
“This is the worst situation I’ve ever encountered in terms of [dealings with] the community,” said Carol Greitzer, a former councilwoman from the West Village who helped start a group called 250+ Friends of New York Parks. It opposes many of the Bloomberg administration’s park Read More
We may be seeing the limits to public-private partnerships in park development.
The plan to use funds from the development of the West Side waterfront to finance new park construction and maintenance seems to be collapsing. While this doesn’t mean an end to these partnerships, it is a signal that public amenities still require public Read More
So, the latest Siena poll not only shows Eliot Spitzer’s approval plummeting further, but shows voters overwhelmingly opposed to raising taxes.
Here’s what that combination of data says to Democratic state Senator Diane Savino: “The public is finally starting to realize, they’re paying and paying and paying and they’re not getting Read More
I just got off the phone with Manhattan-based Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, a members of the Ways and Means Committee, about the possible need to raise taxes in the next budget. (Eliot Spitzer already backed off one such revenue-generating idea.)
Glick said she’s unsure if the state budget is in that much Read More