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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Intersection of Bowery and Division St.

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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5-Year-Old Struck and Pinned Beneath Minivan on Rivington Street

Posted August 5, 2015 at 5:17 am

Norfolk Street right off Delancey is ostensibly an off-ramp from the Williamsburg Bridge. Just one of many. Motorists have a penchant for speeding northward. Yesterday morning, a five-year-old child was struck by a minivan that turned left onto Rivington one block north. Eyewitnesses say that the boy was momentarily pinned beneath the front wheel in the […]

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DDC Begins Yet Another Long-Term Project to Replace Local Water Mains

Posted April 22, 2015 at 9:24 am

The Lower East Side is submerged in constant infrastructural work to replace water mains. The construction along eastern portions of Houston Street provide enough headaches for a lifetime. Not to mention similar upgrades down on Grand Street, which have severely incapacited the roadway between Chrystie and Essex. But there’s more. The Department of Design and […]

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Grand Street Water Main Work Pushes Toward the Corner of Orchard Street

Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:15 am

Subterranean water main work along Grand Street pushed further eastward last week, much to the ire of locals. The front lines have now reached the beaches of Orchard Street. The dreaded chain-link holding pen is now stocked with the requisite collection construction sundries. As a result, two-way traffic is now relocated slightly to the south side […]

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