I Fought the Law and
Mayor Bill de Blasio pounced on Vice President Joe Biden today for comparing New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to a “Third World country.”
“Not his finest moment,” remarked the mayor when asked about the comments at an unrelated press conference today at City Hall.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
Police arrested New York Congressman Charles Rangel and 29 others, including City Councilmen Richie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day-themed labor protest at LaGuardia Airport this afternoon.
The representatives had joined airport workers from the building workers’ union SEIU 32BJ as they gathered outside the airport to demand greater protections, including increased wages, health benefits, paid sick days, and the right to a paid holiday on Martin Luther King Day. In an act of intentional civil disobedience, the protesters staged a sit-in across the 94th Street bridge to LaGuardia, blocking traffic to and from the airport.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
Castles, trains, there are a lot of things we’d like to build in the sky, but it’s just not going to happen. So while LaGuardia Airport may not be getting a sleek new air train anytime soon, it will at least be getting some select bus routes.
The city announced today that there will be three new potential Select Bus Service routes to LaGuardia Airport as well as local bus service improvements, including a faster crosstown service on 125th Street. The new services could potentially reduce travel times to the rather disconnected airport by anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes.
Another week, another list of the worst airports, another crash-and-burn for New York. As The Observer explored earlier this year, New York City, despite its apparent status as capital of the world, has
some of the worst airports therein (though also some of the best).
The reasons are complicated, but the case remains the same, and it was just reaffirmed by Travel + Leisure, who surveyed its readers for the first time to determine the best and worst airports in America. Topping the bottom of the list was LaGuardia, and JFK and Newark came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in terms of terribleness. Here’s what they had to say.
Have you ever seen one of those web videos where a person lays down at the edge of an airport runway and gets lifted off the ground by the force of the plane’s engines?
Well, one Queens developer might just find out if that can work for an entire building…
Port Authority executive director Chris Ward earned a fair amount of ink last week when he made a comment that LaGuardia airport “should fundamentally be torn down and rebuilt.” (He went on to note that there is no money to do that, and the most the agency can do Read More
The Bush administration wants to require airlines to auction off some leftover landing and take-off times at New York City’s airports. Some, including Senator Charles Schumer, are not the least bit happy. (More on the proposed auction here.)
Opponents say the auction plan would fail to address the underlying issues of delays–congestion and Read More
No Diplomatic Immunity
For UES Flower Picker
A word of advice to crooks: It’s best to commit your crimes on streets that aren’t home to foreign consulates, especially those important enough to warrant NYPD sentry boxes in front of them. That’s the lesson one plant-loving petty criminal learned on June 23, when he chose Read More
Stephen Sondheim sure is selfish when it comes to taking a stand in municipal politics. In December 1993, Mr. Sondheim spoke out against the expansion of the Box Tree restaurant and a residential building in Turtle Bay. “We are terribly worried that this major restaurant expansion will inundate us with increased noise, odors, garbage, rodents, Read More