deja vu all over again
Add another item to Bill de Blasio’s Albany wish list.
The mayor this afternoon unveiled an extensive plan to minimize pedestrian traffic fatalities, the most ambitious of which would reduce the default speed on unmarked streets to 25 miles per hour, from the current 30.
It’s been a big day in tourism. On the one hand, the mayor’s office announced that 54.3 million of them (an all-time high record!) came to the Big Apple in 2013.
On the other hand, Sian Green, the British 24-year-old who became an amputee after a cab hit her outside Rockefeller Center in August, has announced that Read More
They both talked a great game during this election cycle, but forget Ann Romney and Michelle Obama. Anyone looking for a woman who understands the struggle to make ends meet, an aspirational figure to identify with in stressful times, look no further than Mama June, the mother of pageant queen aspirant Alana Thompson, a k a TLC Network star Honey Boo Boo.
Last night, America’s favorite bundle of scary childhood statistics, Honey Boo Boo, came on Jimmy Kimmel Live with her mom, June. While the TLC starlet with a penchant for GoGo juice was surprisingly lackluster during her mother’s pitch for how their show is positively impacting her community, she perked up once Jimmy started asking her the tough questions. Like, who would she want to be president, because Mr. Kimmel is very savvy and knows that the undecided voters in this country will eventually just arbitrary pick whichever candidate their favorite celebrity endorsed.
The summer’s reality juggernaut, TLC’s pageant-queen-at-home series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has been renewed for a second season as well as three of what the network is terming “HOLLAday specials” for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Last week the city’s Department of Transportation (in partnership with the fed’s Department of Transportation) unveiled new LOOK! crosswalk decals and bus banners to remind pedestrians and drivers to pay attention to each other while making their way across the busy cityscape.
Now the department, along with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, has unveiled new stickers that will adorn the doors and windows of the city’s 13,000 cabs. They implore occupants to “LOOK! for cyclists.” These are accompanied by a new 30-second spot in everybody’s favorite ad-viewing venue, Taxi T.V.
The Bloomberg administration continues to fight efforts to make all of its Taxis of Tomorrow accessible. But a funny thing just happened. Our perennial rival London just unveiled its own new version of their iconic black cabs. It just so happens to be designed by Nissan, and looks very much like our own. But as Capital New York deftly points out, theirs is different in one important one: The cabs are handicapped accessible.
It was only in March when one blog’s joyfully shouted the headline: Good News Taxi Riders! No Fare Hikes Planned For This Year. “Only” because, not three months later did Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky deem a request for a taxi fare hike from cabbies and cab-owners as “reasonable.”
And now, here we stand four months later, as a fare hike is approved. And not a small one, either.
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In March, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky told the City Council’s Transportation Commission that a taxi fare increase wasn’t on the “immediate horizon.” Local news website Gothamist ran with the headline: Good News Taxi Riders! No Fare Hikes Planned For This Year.
Well, we now know what he meant by “immediate horizon.” And it wasn’t “for the next year.”
It will be at least two and a half years—a traffic jam between now and then holding things up would not surprise—before the Taxi of Tomorrow hits the road. Instead of the futuristic Karsan model that New Yorkers loved, the Bloomberg administration went the soccer-mom route and picked Nissan’s souped-up minivan. But the other runner-up, Ford, maybe be the winner, at least for the time being.