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Manhattan Bridge Makeover and Rehab Slated to Begin Next Summer

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:08 am

Starting next summer, the city will undergo the next step in the neverending rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge. It’s a multi-year effort (i.e. “component rehab”) aimed at updating both structural and ornamental elements that are in a purported dire need of repair. Brian Gill, Chief Engineer of Manhattan Bridge Reconstruction for the Transportation Department, and […]

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Doyers Street Pedestrian Plaza Closes the Angle to Vehicular Traffic for the Next Month

Posted September 11, 2017 at 5:02 am

Don’t expect to see many cars on Doyers Street for the next month. In the interim, the so-called “Bloody Angle” will be sealed to traffic during daytime hours to allow for temporary public space. A pedestrian plaza. It’s a page out of the local business improvment district playbook. The Chinatown Partnership shipped in the astro-turf, […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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City Installs New Wayfinding Post but Spells ‘Delancey’ Wrong

Posted June 9, 2017 at 5:09 am

There it is. A new wayfinding signpost on Clinton Street. With a misspelling, no less. The city installed the eight-foot map at the corner of Delancey Street within the last few days to help tourists navigate the neighborhood. But it spelled Delancey without the penultimate “e.” These wayfinding obelisks are part of the city’s overall […]

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It’s Time to End the ‘Cauldron of Honking Horns’ at Clinton and Grand Streets [Guest Post]

Posted April 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

The following guest post was written by Matt Marello, a resident of the Seward Park Co-op, who is fed up with the ongoing traffic bottleneck at Grand and Clinton Streets. There once was a quiet, peaceful neighborhood on the Lower East Side, where birds sang, children played, and the elderly could cross the street without being […]

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More on the Clinton Street Collision that Injured a Crossing Pedestrian

Posted April 24, 2017 at 5:05 am

A man crossing Clinton Street Friday evening was reportedly struck by a car in the crosswalk at Henry Street. When we initially broke the story, the initial dispatch from the scene was that a cyclist was hit by a FedEx truck. However, an eyewitness who saw the incident unfold “in real time” refuted the claim, and […]

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DOT Poised to Unveil Plans for 2-Way Protected Bike Lane on Delancey Street

Posted April 3, 2017 at 5:12 am

Cyclist commuters will be glad to hear that new traffic enhancements along the heavily traversed Delancey Street are on the way. Buckle up for the two-way protected bike lane spanning the corridor from Allen Street to the Williamsburg Bridge. The city’s Department of Transporation first announced the new protected bike lane last September against the […]

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Yep Tour Chinatown Buses Seized, Forced to Pay $15K in Fines

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Opposition continues to mount in the ongoing battle against illegally operating intercity buses. Back in November, the CB3 Transportation subcommittee denied Yep Tour a permit to operate on Pike Street and East Broadway, as it would set a dangerous precedent for other unchecked bus companies. The motion to deny carried, though Yep Tour nevertheless stayed classy in admitting […]

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Pedestrian Ramp Construction Around the LES is Complete

Posted January 13, 2017 at 5:17 am

  Much of that curbside construction around the neighborhood that commenced last spring is finally wrapping up. This week, the DDC completed its installation of twenty-one new ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps, plus fourteen new catch basins to improve stormwater drainage, at intersections in Manhattan neighborhoods south of 23rd Street.  It was reportedly no easy feat, as all of the ramps were […]

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Just for One Day: When I Painted ‘David Bowery’ as Tribute to David Bowie

Posted January 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Today, on the first anniversary of David Bowie’s death, the anonymous artist behind the now-infamous “David Bowery” tribute street sign tells all. This is the real story of how it came to pass, in his own words.  Like most great ideas, it wasn’t mine. Stuart Wilson went to pay respects to the David Bowie tribute […]

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