Transportation

City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

Posted November 15, 2018 at 5:09 am

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]

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Delancey Street Begins Preparations for L-Train Shutdown

Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:04 am

Last week,the city announced the official start date for the apocalyptic L-Train Shutdown. Mark those calendars – April 27, 2019. It’s gonna be (at least) a fifteen-month project to repair the Canarsie Tunnel flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Keep in mind that Delancey Street is already a clusterfuck in anticipation of the work. The city began […]

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The 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane is on a Roll

Posted October 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

More than a year after its unveiling, the Delancey Street bike lane is a reality. One lane of outbound traffic was recently eliminated with jersey barriers protecting the new two-way route for cyclists. In addition, the city installed a protected bike box in the intersection of Allen and Delancey to further facilitate safe bike movement. […]

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Clinton Street Access to Williamsburg Bridge to be Restricted During L Train Shutdown

Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Department of Transportation this month announced that Clinton Street access to the Williamsburg Bridge will be significantly reduced during the dreaded L-Train Shutdown, beginning next spring. According to the city agency, this chokepoint – the subject of outspoken neighborhood complaints for years – will be restricted to drivers during the HOV-3 hours (5:00am to […]

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Floating Billboard Barges are the New Reality for LES Waterfront

Posted October 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the gold rush of the Lower East Side waterfront comes the vultures. Several readers have noticed the recent influx of billboard barges floating across the East River. As this area continues to gentrify, and with the prospect of three new large-scale luxury developments looming, those eyeballs are obviously evermore valuable to advertisers. Such tactics […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Gains New Seating

Posted October 24, 2018 at 5:02 am

One year after the city sealed off Straus Square to vehicular traffic, the pedestrian plaza is taking shape. It’s not just the planters and sandy pavement holding court. A half-dozen concrete barriers were repurposed as seating placements for the public. Each is colored with art. In the meantime, there is still no sign of the […]

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$76M Manhattan Bridge Rehab Planned this Fall (its 15th Overall)

Posted October 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Manhattan Bridge is about to undergo yet another rehabilitation project. Last week, the city’s Department of Transportation awarded the $75.9 million contract to Skanska, which will perform structural restoration of the 109-year-old East River crossing. As reported one year ago, this latest round of action is part of ongoing rehabilitation efforts that began way […]

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Due to Water Main Work, Rivington Street Block Loses its Trees

Posted October 10, 2018 at 5:04 am

As part of the three-years-running water main infrastructure project around the Lower East Side, the city recently set up shop at the corner of Bowery and Rivington Street. The job is for “water main replacements and distribution of water main extensions.” However, their presence here cost a large swath of roadway and the loss of […]

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Google Maps Thinks the E Train Stops at 2nd Avenue Station

Posted September 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

Someone tell the cartography wizards at Google Maps that the E train does not stop on the Lower East Side. The map shows that the 2nd Avenue Subway station services both the E and F, when in reality it’s just the latter.  Such inconsistencies are common, of course. All the map applications have made egregious […]

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MTA Hosts Another L-Train Shutdown Town Hall Amidst 14th Street Devastation

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:02 am

With Canarsie Tunnel rehab poised to deadlock East 14th Street, and already a complete bottleneck, the MTA is really starting to hear it from the locals. An attempt to assuage the populace is underway, as the city tonight hosts a town hall related to the impending doom. Polly Trottenberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner, and Andy […]

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