CitizenM Changes Traffic Pattern on the Bowery without Community Consultation, Neighbors Allege

Posted October 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Bowery neighbors were surprised to learn on Wednesday afternoon that the CitizenM hotel at 189 Bowery had completely altered the traffic pattern outside the construction site. A sneak attack to accommodate the arrival of a crane for the 19-story construction. The only warning to the area at large was green signs affixed to the trees […]

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2-Way Traffic Returns to Grand Street as Water Main Project Concludes

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:17 am

Grand Street can finally breathe after more than five years of roadwork related to a trunk water main. Closer to home, the stranglehold between the Bowery and Essex Street, which began in February 2015, is “substantially complete,” according to the city. Pavement was resurfaced and striped over the last month. The only real remnant of […]

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DOT Installs Traffic Calming Measures at Known Kenmare Street Bottleneck

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

One dangerous downtown intersection is now a bit safer. The western terminus of Kenmare Street, where it abuts Lafayette, now sports a permanent installation of flexible bollards. As an extension of the Williamsburg Bridge exit ramp, this particular intersection is known as one of the worst bottlenecks in the area. So much so that a […]

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Grand Street Water Main Work Resumes East of Allen

Posted January 26, 2016 at 5:12 am

​It’s a case of unwanted deja-vu. Just when you thought that the city was done with water main work on the eastern stretch of Grand Street, this happened. The traffic fences and barricades arrived two weeks ago, as did the plethora of vehicles and supplies. It’s not over yet… Yes, the reprieve was short-lived. The road […]

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Watch this SUV Explode on Chrystie Street [VIDEO]

Last modified November 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Check this out. An SUV in the middle of Chrystie Street (by Delancey) caught fire this morning, then exploded. According to Gothamist, there were no passengers inside the vehicle at the time, and neither NYPD nor FDNY had more information on the matter. Thankfully, nobody was injured. Bystanders were not affected by the explosion, either.

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CB3 Greelights DOT Plan to Reconfigure Division Street

Posted November 12, 2015 at 5:12 am

One of the most complicated downtown intersections will soon receive a slight makeover with major implications. Indeed, the Department of Transportation is pushing through a proposal to alter the configuration of Division Street, between Market and the Bowery (part of a designated truck route). It’s a lengthy one-block zone clogged with two-way traffic, illegally parked […]

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Rogue Cones Redux: Allen Street Gets Protected Bike Lane

Posted November 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

It’s not only Chrystie Street. More rogue cones were added last week to another known danger zone. For cyclists. The aptly-named Transformation Department is at it again. Fresh off raising more than $2,500 for its project (already exceeding the initial goal), the anonymous advocacy group is back on the streets increasing the safety of current bike lanes. […]

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Rogue Cones in Danger Zones, or How One Group Created a Protected Bike Lane on Chrystie Street

Last modified October 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

What appears to be routine traffic cones is actually quite the opposite. Earlier this month, bicycle activists planted twenty-five cones along lower Chrystie Street topping every other one with sunflowers. The unsanctioned maneuver created a de facto protected bike lane, doubling as a statement about the lack of traffic safety coming off the Manhattan Bridge. […]

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Ongoing Grand Street Water Main Work Winds Down East of Allen

Posted October 13, 2015 at 5:10 am

​The reality of Phase II has set in. Grand Street east of the Bowery is a total shitshow right now. Thanks to the ongoing work around installing a trunk water main beneath the roadway, the traffic patterns are changed, and businesses likely hurting. With the interlocking system of portable fencing and construction crew in tow, […]

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$6.5M Straus Square Traffic Safety Project is Underway

Posted August 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

Looks like that “Safe Routes to Schools” capital works project is back on track. There had been a hiatus for the better part of the last six months when ground-break first commenced. As of this week, however, the Department of Design and Construction resumed work on phase one of the $6.5 million initiative. The construction […]

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