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Ticket Tackling, or How the NYPD Pulls Over Cyclists on Canal Street

Last modified November 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

This photo illustrates the extent to which the NYPD is cracking down on cyclists as part of the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” initiative. A 5th Precinct cruiser was stationed at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge this past Sunday to ticket as many bikers as possible coming from the span. You know, low-hanging fruit. Several cyclists fell victim […]

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New Traffic Median and Stop Signs Debut in the Intersection of Delancey and Pitt

Posted November 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

More Vision Zero news today… The Department of Transportation began the implementation of its four-pronged plan two weeks ago in an effort to enhance safety in the intersection of Delancey and Pitt Streets. Community Board 3 had provided its approval back in July. The most significant safety improvement was installation of the concrete median island […]

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Delancey Street Crossing Times Have Increased by 7 Seconds

Last modified November 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

Pedestrians can breathe a sigh of relief. The Frogger-like dash across Delancey Street may soon conclude. Possibly. Crossing times at every Delancey intersection were just increased by a total of seven ticks. Those entering the crosswalk now have about thirty-eight seconds to make it across the dangerous traffic artery. Moreover, one of the city’s most […]

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Blame the Loss of this Delancey Street Newsstand on a Drunk Driver

Posted November 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Cemusa newsstand by the Williamsburg Bridge that was dislodged earlier this week is now gone from the streetscape. Its remnants were removed Monday morning, leaving behind an elevated slab of concrete and loose wires. Traffic cops stationed at the northwest corner of Delancey and Clinton Streets told us that a drunk driver plowed into […]

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City to Repave 3-Block Stretch of East Houston Tonight (Finally)

Posted November 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

The decade long capital works project to replace infrastructure along the Houston Street corridor (“reconstruction”) is edging closer to completion. While endless digging and traffic reorganization continue plaguing Allen Street/First Avenue, a new pave job is about to commence just a block to the east. Road work between Orchard and Norfolk was capped with new […]

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Councilwoman Chin Drafts Legislation to Increase Traffic Safety Along Canal Street After Recent Spate of Pedestrian Deaths

Posted November 11, 2014 at 6:05 am

From the two-month period of August to October, four older pedestrians walking in and around the Lower East Side/Chinatown environs were hit and killed by motor vehicles. Pretty staggering. Half of those collisions transpired a few blocks apart on Canal Street; there were also fatal accidents in the intersections of South and Rutgers as well as […]

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DOT to Replace the Deteriorating 60-Year-Old FDR Overpass at East Houston Street

Posted November 7, 2014 at 5:33 am

It’s a dangerous intersection that aggravates drivers and pedestrians alike. Always a vehicular bottleneck and never a good time for park-goers to safely cross. We are referring to the system of bridge and ramps at the FDR terminus of East Houston Street. To make matters worse, the sixty-year-old concrete slab has been identified as unstable […]

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Drivers Can No Longer Enter East 1st Street from Avenue A

Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

As expected, East First Street just lost about a block of driving real estate. The dangerous merge from East Houston at Avenue A is fenced off while crews work to create a much larger sidewalk situation. This nascent plaza area is obviously pedestrian friendly, and will feature landscaping and seating. No more drag racing down this […]

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Campaign to Alert Drivers to New 25mph ‘Vision Zero’ Speed Limit Accelerates

Posted November 4, 2014 at 6:09 am

“Vision Zero” is shifting into full gear. While still a few days from the speed limit change to the lower 25 mph default, the Department of Transportation is already rolling out the announcements. Automated road signs are all over the neighborhood, including Delancey and above the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. Each instance warns drivers […]

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NYPD Seeks Witnesses of Pedestrian Death Last Month in the Intersection of Kenmare and Elizabeth

Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:06 am

Authorities have not forgotten about the rental van driver who plowed through the north crosswalk at Elizabeth and Kenmare last month, killing an 82-year-old Chinese woman. Even though an arrest was not made after the September 25 incident, the investigation remains ongoing. A consortium of councilmembers also called for charges against the driver responsible for […]