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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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2-Way Protected Bike Lane on Chrystie Street is Now Painted Green and Ready to Roll

Posted November 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Here it is – your new 2-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street. It’s finally done. The city delivered on its promise to implement the feature by year’s end. Department of Transportation was especially busy in the last couple weeks, ever since the seven-block stretch was resurfaced. Lots of progress to report. The DOT striping crew […]

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Yep Tour Intercity Bus Operator Owes $300K in Fines, Denied Permit by CB3

Last modified November 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

The years-long battle against intercity buses is gaining more traction. Yep Tour, a Chinatown bus operator that’s elicited vehement local opposition, was again denied a permit to operate by Community Board 3. The company had applied to legitimately operate on Pike Street and East Broadway (former Yo! Bus stop). This was the second denial in […]

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Chrystie Street in Resurfacing Purgatory as Cyclists Eagerly Await 2-Way Bike Lane

Posted November 1, 2016 at 5:11 am

How much longer before Chrystie Street is paved? Good question. It was already two weeks ago that Chrystie Street was scraped into submission. A necessary prerequisite before any resurfacing can be done. The Department of Transportation promised a two-day turnaround, but couldn’t follow through (naturally). The new pave job is reportedly linked to the highly-anticipated […]

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Chrystie Street Slated for Milling and Repaving this Week Ahead of 2-Way Protected Bike Lane

Posted October 18, 2016 at 5:11 am

The path to a protected two-way bike lane along Chrystie Street will soon have new asphalt. Progess toward that goal inches forward with each passing week. Now, the biking community might be stoked to learn that the full length of pavement from Canal to East Houston is ready for new surfacing. Community advisory notices lining […]

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Waterfront Neighbors ‘Call this Place Home’ with Abstract Sculpture Exhibit Along South Street

Posted October 17, 2016 at 5:16 am

As expected, the city finally rolled out the creative element of the nascent South Street Greenway. The two blocks’ worth of brightly colored geometric forms – part of an art project called “We Call This Place Home” – were rooted in the concrete medians this weekend, officially kicking off the art program for this site. Neighborhood […]

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Reader Report: DOT Fails to Recognize 2-Way Protected Bike Lane with Chrystie Street Markings

Posted October 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

It looks like the Department of Transportation might be confused about the incoming two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street. Blame probably rests on the bureacracy of two different projects happening in the same spot. Brooklyn bicycle activist Dave “Paco” Abraham alerted us to the striping stenciled on the fresh pavement at Grand and Chrystie […]

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After 2 Years of Water Main Work, Swath of Grand Street is Paved

Posted September 19, 2016 at 5:16 am

It was exactly two years ago that subterranean road maintenance along Grand Street crossed the Bowery. Since then, the seven-block stretch to Essex Street has been dominated by on-again-off-again roadwork. As previous reported, the capital works project (#MED609) – helmed by the Department of Design and Construction – upgrades the infrastructure beneath the roadway while […]

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