Brooklyn State of Mind
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There’s a reason why public transportation exists: so that people don’t have to use cars. Downtown Brooklyn residents have long accepted this reality of urban living and it appears that the Department of City Planning has too.
At Monday’s City Planning Commission meeting, DCP unveiled their latest proposal: a plan to reform Downtown Brooklyn’s off-street parking requirements. The oh-so-creatively titled Downtown Brooklyn Off-Street Parking plan would reduce the current zoning requirements for parking in new developments from availability for 40 percent of residential units to 20 percent.
on the waterfront
Sure, you can get cell service in the subways now, and bus rapid transit runs up and down the avenues, but do they seem a little dirtier, a little slower? Well, 61 percent of mass transit riders agree, according to a new poll from Transportation Alternatives, which found that a supermajority of straphangers believe their commutes have gotten worse since 2009.
That is when a combination of funding raids led to transit cuts the following year, and Transportation Alternatives is hoping to galvanize riders to fight for funding, which could easily be imperiled yet again.
Things sure are moving fast on the East Side waterfront. Then again, who can blame the U.N. and its neighbors for being over-eager, as they have waited well over a decade for a land deal to build a new tower and riverfront esplanade. Two weeks ago, Fumihiko Maki got back to work on his designs for a new U.N. tower, and now a coalition of civic groups have announced the winners of an competition to create a new waterfront park stretching from 39th to 60th streets.
Given that the waterfront has languished for so long, the designers proposed some terribly lively schemes.
Held by Transportation Alternatives and d3, an art and design organization, Closing the Gap sought proposals “that fundamentally transform how people move through Manhattan,” as the competition brief put it. While that might be an ambitious way of thinking about the greenway, it is true this will close the 22-mile loop surrounding Manhattan island. Coincidentally, dozens of firms from 22 different countries responded to the competition.
Office workers may want to look both ways before crossing the street on the way home tonight.
Transportation Alternatives released their first “crash map” today, which reveals that, at over 8,500 crashes involving pedestrians from 1995-2009, Midtown is not the place to go for a stroll. The map, based on the civic group’s new CrashStat.org interactive index, charts motorist crashes involving pedestrians by community.
As many as one in four parking placards currently used by motorists in New York City are fake, according to a new study by transportation advocates, and city lawmakers are latching onto the report to push for tougher enforcements.
Currently, there are 78,000 valid parking placards distributed by various authorities in the city. The president 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
Paul Steely White, cycling enthusiast and executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit that promotes safe, green ways of getting around the city, picked a pretty good place to live. For the past seven months, the 39 year old, his wife Zoë and daughter Anna have occupied the first floor of a brownstone rental Read More
Standing along a busy downtown Manhattan street, Mark Gorton lamented all the traffic.
“It’s not that cars are inevitable; it’s that we’ve tried really hard to jam these cars in here,” said the founder of The Open Planning Project (TOPP), a nonprofit dedicated to transportation reform. On a wall of the nonprofit’s Read More
With atonement and repentance in the air today, the transit advocacy nonprofit Transportation Alternatives released a feature on the Web site rollingcarbon.org that calculates the carbon footprint of New York City commuters.
Visitors to the site can choose one of seven transportation options (bus, car, hybrid car, taxi, subway/train, bike, walk) and calculate Read More
If you’ve ever wanted to take an afternoon siesta on a patch of green grass right by Columbus Circle, today is your day, New Yorkers! Thank the fourth annual Park(ing) Day, a one-day global event where city parking spaces are transformed into oases.
The event, first held in San Francisco in 2005, was celebrated by Read More