Transportation

Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus

Posted July 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus. The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed […]

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Division Street Pedestrian Plaza is Also Getting Refurbished

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:08 am

Much like its newer sibling down the block (at Straus Square), the small median triangle of Division Street at the confluence of Ludlow and Canal, is likewise ready for a makeover. Closed to traffic for nearly a decade, the 1,000 square-foot roadway is receiving some refocused attention from the Department of Transportation this month. Indeed, […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Takes Shape with New ‘Skate Proof’ Street Surfacing

Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:40 am

Another baby step toward “calming” Straus Square. For the last several nights, a contractor crew has been preparing the tiny sliver of Canal Street between Rutgers and East Broadway for a new pedestrian plaza. Specifically, the granular rumble-strip coating and its adhesive were installed late last night, a surface meant to deter skateboarders from claiming the […]

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The Bright LED ‘Highway’ Lights of Essex Street Take Hold

Last modified July 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

One by one, the last of the Bishop’s Crook light poles are being extracted from Essex Street. Replaced instead with aerodynamic “highway-style” lamps equipped with LED bulbs. Last week, a support crew was spotted removing the decorative lamp outside 7 Essex Street. Its bones completely uprooted from the sidewalk. Then yesterday morning, two more LED […]

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Two Years Later, Bike Corral Finally Installed Outside Barrio Chino on Broome Street

Posted July 7, 2017 at 5:09 am

It only took two years, but the city finally installed the long-awaited bike corral outside Barrio Chino on Broome Street. The new parking made its debut just before the holiday, and is already in use. Community Board 3 first approved the Department of Transportation proposal – which was at the behest of the restaurant – […]

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82-Year-Old Man Hit by Cement Truck While Crossing Chrystie Street Yesterday

Posted June 30, 2017 at 5:18 am

An 82-year-old man was run down on Chrystie Street (near Rivington) yesterday afternoon by a southbound cement truck. He was reportedly walking eastward with his walker – toward Sara D. Roosevelt Park – when the unidentified 48-year-old truck driver hit him. The elderly victim was taken to Bellevue hospital in critical condition, according to DNAinfo. […]

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Straus Square CitiBike Dock Temporarily Removed, as Pedestrian Plaza Nears Activation

Last modified June 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Yesterday morning, CitiBike dispatched a maintenance crew to Straus Square to extract its bicycle dock from the longtime perch. Flexible bollards that marked the hardware were likewise uprooted from the asphalt. CitiBike confirmed, however, that this removal is temporary, and at the “request of DOT.” All maps show this station – one that holds about […]

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Bowery Cyclist Hit by Cab in Critical Condition

Last modified June 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

Earlier this morning, at roughly 6:45am, a cyclist heading east on Canal Street collided with a northbound taxi at the Bowery. Tons of cops are on the scene now, snarling traffic by the Manhattan Bridge. The mangled bike remains on its side in the intersection alongside splotches of blood. The unnamed cyclist remains in Critical […]

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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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Essex Street Light Poles are Now LED-Equipped

Posted June 23, 2017 at 5:07 am

The lighting scheme along Essex Street is presently undergoing a complete shift to more modern technology. That warm glow is now replaced with the blinding antiseptic flood of LED. The Department of Transportation has begun swapping the infrastructure, and at least four new poles are now installed. We caught this crew hoisting one into place […]

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