Transportation

Whole Foods Hogs Sidewalk with Amazon Prime Now Delivery Bike Fleet

Posted September 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

The Whole Foods on the Bowery thinks it owns the sidewalk. Just look to the entrance, where a gaggle of delivery bikes, with long flatbeds hitched, are parked awaiting parcels. It even wraps around onto the Bowery. This is the fleet of vehicles whose sole purpose is fulfilling Amazon’s Prime Now delivery service. The sidewalk […]

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Bones Discovered at MTA Construction Site on Forsyth Street are Not Human

Posted August 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Yesterday morning, construction workers on Forsyth Street unearthed bones. A subsequent investigation determined that the remains were not human. As we’ve been reporting, the MTA is currently replacing the subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until […]

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DOT ‘Street Seat’ Goes Live Outside Dudley’s on Orchard Street

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:03 am

Just in time for the forthcoming return of Dudley’s, Orchard Street now boasts a new row of public seating. Beside another recently installed bike corral. And it’s all part of the city’s Street Seat program. More than a half-dozen tables and chairs are stationed between the corner of Broome down to Cafe Katja. As previously […]

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Subway Ventilation Work Foments Dangerous Conditions on Forsyth Street, Neighbors Say

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As construction proceeds on the new subway ventilation system beneath Forsyth Street, conditions above-ground are deteriorating. Neighbors allege that the staging area – opaque dust tarps, chain-link fencing, and plywood boards – creates blind spots and a “tunnel” conducive to illicit activity. Sex, drug use, and passing out are already commonplace on the block, no […]

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Three of the Most Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists are on the Lower East Side

Posted August 2, 2019 at 5:06 am

One need only peruse the news to notice the uptick in cyclist deaths this summer across the city. So much so that Mayor de Blasio last week announced the “Green Wave” safety initiative. The new $58 million plan will increase NYPD enforcement at one hundred of the most crash-prone intersections and renovate fifty of those. […]

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With Hip Hop Street Co-Naming on the Rise, is ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Finally Next?

Posted July 25, 2019 at 5:06 am

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of Paul’s Boutique, the critically acclaimed sophomore album by the Beastie Boys. On a local level, the milestone is apt, since the cover photo featured the southwest corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets. The spot that a one-man army is trying to co-name Beastie Boys Square. Far from a sure shot, […]

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‘Inokim’ Rolls into LES with Delancey Street Scooter Store

Posted July 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

The recently upscaled retail strip at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge just welcomed its newest tenant. Electric scooter company Inokim planted two wheels in the space formerly occupied by Cricket Wireless. Under the moniker of “urban freedom,” the store at 164 Delancey Street is essentially a showroom pimping the various scooter models. It’s the […]

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This Subway Florist Hangs it up After Decades Peddling in 14th Street Station

Posted July 1, 2019 at 5:04 am

When we first reported on the hardships of the 14th Street subway florist, it appeared time was short. Two months later, though, that fate is sealed. Friday was the last day in business for Periklis Tsoumas, who has been peddling petals on the platform of the 1st Avenue L station since 1972. Continuing the tradition […]

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DOT Pitches New Delancey Street Safety Upgrades (Again)

Posted June 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s back to the drawing board. The city will present yet another plan to improve safety along Delancey Street, one of the more dangerous thoroughfares in the Five Boroughs. Goal of this $22.7 million project is to “transform Delancey Street primarily through safety and streetscape improvements.” The project (HWM2025) follows seven months after the city […]

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Online Petition Protests ‘Outrageous’ 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

First they came for street parking; now its the garages. Essex Crossing gobbled up roughly 500 parking spaces around the neighborhood, and many locals allege the fly-by-night rate hike at the Essex Street Municipal garage further prices out area longtimers. As previously reported, the city quietly raised all rates the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. […]

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