Williamsburg Bridge

Town Hall Tonight to Discuss Grand Street Traffic Bottleneck at Williamsburg Bridge Approach

Posted January 11, 2018 at 5:02 am

Tonight, Lower East Side residents can vocalize their displeasure about the ongoing nightmare known as the Grand and Clinton Street traffic jam. A Town Hall forum has been orchestrated by the Grand Street Democrats to raise awareness and solutions to City officials surrounding what’s becoming an increasingly dangerous quality-of-life issue for those living in the […]

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Take it to the Bridge: Overwhelming Support for Sonny Rollins on the LES

Posted December 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

In retrospect, it was apparently a race to name Lower East Side infrastructure after Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. While Essex Crossing just anointed one of its luxury rental buildings in the name of Rollins (Site 5), the earlier effort at another area renaming remains underway. You remember – that months-old grassroots campaign to likewise rechristen […]

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About those Ubiquitous Williamsburg Bridge Stickers You See Around the LES

Posted December 5, 2017 at 5:07 am

Support local businesses, local artists, and local friends. LESNYC has been around a long time. Well, in the new dog years of the Lower East Side, anyway. Once upon a time, businesses pushed six decades; now if they last six months, it’s a gosh-darn miracle. Despite that, the revolving door hasn’t pushed out Steve Hernandez because […]

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Councilman Introduces Bill to Rename the Williamsburg Bridge After Sonny Rollins

Posted October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

For one Lower East Sider, the quest to rename the Williamsburg Bridge after Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins just took a major step forward. City Council is now reviewing a bill that would make this happen. In response to this community led effort, Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin introduced the bill, which is also supported by Brooklyn […]

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Did you See the Silver ‘Spaceship’ Cruising Down Delancey Street Last Weekend?

Posted August 17, 2017 at 5:11 am

If you happened to be crossing Delancey Street on Sunday afternoon, you may have spotted the so-called “Spaceship Tank” driving eastward over the Williamsburg Bridge. You may have also whispered to yourself, “what the fuck was that.” Now we know. Apparently, a Brooklyn man named Charles Walters constructed the extraterrestrial transport by encasing a Chevrolet […]

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As Promised, City Stations 2 Traffic Agents at Problematic Grand Street Intersection

Posted June 26, 2017 at 5:11 am

Here’s some election year politics at its best. Host a mayoral town hall (for District 1), then satisfy a few voters in the immediate aftermath. One Grand Street resident, frustrated with the lack of attention to the traffic bottlenecks on Grand Street, demanded that the administration act to change the status quo. He asked Mayor […]

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There is a Petition to Close Clinton Street Approach to the Williamsburg Bridge

Posted May 15, 2017 at 5:13 am

When the decision was made by Department of Transportation to open a new entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge via Clinton Street a few years ago – it was in response to the tragic death of Dashane Santana on Delancey in 2012 – bottlenecks began instantly, and backed up to the FDR. It created a situation […]

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Driver was Going 111 mph in Crash that Killed the Birthday Girl on the Williamsburg Bridge, DA Says

Posted May 8, 2017 at 5:08 am

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. last week disclosed further details about the deadly drunk driving crash on the Williamsburg Bridge two months ago. In announcing the indictment of 26-year-old driver, off-duty traffic cop Stefan Hoyte, prosecutors detailed that he was going 111 mph while crossing the span, nearly four times the legal speed limit. […]

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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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This Lower East Sider Wants to Rename the Williamsburg Bridge for Sonny Rollins

Posted April 7, 2017 at 5:11 am

For Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, the Williamsburg Bridge was once-upon-a-time sanctuary to master his instrument. Now, one Lower East Sider is pushing the city to commemorate (and celebrate) the artist with a renaming. Sonny Rollins also lived at 400 Grand Street, now buried beneath a fifteen-story tower for the Essex Crossing development (i.e. Site 5). […]

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