Transportation

Delancey Subway Station Loses its Newsstand

Posted November 4, 2020 at 5:04 am

With ridership at historically low levels on the subway, the station mini-marts that feed off such traffic are likewise suffering. The MTA told The City publication this fall that 35 of the 215 subterranean retail spaces in the subway — more than 16% of all storefronts in the system — have gone out of business since […]

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See the Subways with the MTA’s Live Subway Map

Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

It’s been a long time coming, but the MTA map is finally going digital. Now officially in beta, the MTA’s “Live Subway Map” is a dynamic interface showing real time train locations, arrival times, and service alerts, among other pertinent info for New York denizens. And it arrives at a time when subway ridership numbers […]

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Swapping those Disgusting Subway Tiles at East Broadway Station

Posted October 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

The oft-neglected East Broadway subway station is getting something of a facelift. No more wall-sucking sludge monsters. Indeed, for years these shit-brown deposits subsisted on the subway wall tiles. Growing bigger with each passing year. But now, some much-needed attention. As part of the renovation plan of the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Rutgers Tube – which connects […]

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Neighbors Petition to Co-Name Part of St. Mark’s Place for Late Punk Icon Jimmy Webb

Posted October 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

If neighbors are successful, a section of St. Mark’s Place will be named for the late Jimmy Webb. There is a grassroots campaign afoot to co-name the corner for the neighborhood stalwart. Webb spent two decades on this block working for Trash & Vaudeville, before departing to create I Need More on Orchard Street. The […]

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Night and Weekend Work on F Train Tunnel Rehab to Begin on Monday

Posted September 17, 2020 at 5:01 am

The MTA next Monday will begin work on the rehabilitation of the Rutgers Tube, a subway tunnel under the East River that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy eight years ago. The long-awaited repairs include track replacement, signal equipment, cabling, tunnel lights, and new pumps. The MTA is also installing a backup generator connected to the […]

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Chinatown Street Sweepers Get Boost from Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Posted September 14, 2020 at 5:10 am

With street sweepers at a near standstill citywide these days, a group of volunteers continues to keep Chinatown clean. On their own dime. As previously reported, Chinatown activist Karlin Chan organized a weekly weekend gathering to remove litter and literally scrub down the grimy streets with brooms. Wiping away the garbage truck slime and greasy […]

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BMW Burns in Fiery Chinatown Inferno [VIDEO]

Posted September 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

Friday evening, a parked car in Chinatown erupted in flames, emitting plumes of dark smoke into the Lower East Side sky. The vehicle – a silver BMW sedan – was parked outside 114 Madison Street (near Market Street) when the fire happened. There were a few loud explosions, which were most likely the tires popping. […]

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DOT May Shut Down Bike Racks in Municipal Parking Garages, Including Essex Street

Last modified September 3, 2020 at 10:31 am

The following guest post was written by Gideon Grudo, a writer and editor based in the Lower East Side. Six months after shutting it down for no reason, Department of Transportation says it’s planning to reopen a public bicycle space on the Lower East Side. The Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage — the only public […]

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Streets

Unequal Opportunity for Mott Street ‘Open Restaurants’ [OP-ED]

Posted August 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

New York City rolled out the “Open Restaurant” initiative last month as a lifeline for struggling restaurants during the ongoing ban on inside dining. While many restaurants along Mott Street have participated in the program, some are excluded due to the fire lane on the west side of the street. Yet, curiously, these restrictions don’t […]

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The Volunteer Street Sweepers Scrubbing the Streets of Chinatown

Posted July 31, 2020 at 5:02 am

In Chinatown, street sweeping has gone back to its literal roots. For the last several weeks, a small platoon of locals took on the responsibility of scrubbing down the main streets in Chinatown. It’s a weekly activity – early Saturday mornings – to help keep the setting clean for outdoor diners at the local restaurants. […]

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