Transportation

City Council Takes Stand Against Placard Abuse In Bill Passage

Posted December 2, 2019 at 5:05 am

Parking placards be damned. Last week, City Council passed a package of bills to curb placard abuse. Sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the legislation (Intro 932) specifies penalties for violations, including revocation of parking privileges from anyone guilty of misusing a City-issued placard more than three times or using a fraudulent placard once. In fact, […]

Filed Under

Manhattan Bridge Ornamental Globes Replaced After 110 Years

Posted November 25, 2019 at 5:11 am

The Manhattan Bridge is sporting a new pair of balls. Globes, that is. As part of the overall structural restoration of the 110-year-old East River crossing, Department of Transportation last week installed the new globes atop the north tower. The bridge had been without since September 30, when the two decorative ornaments were dethroned from […]

Filed Under

Streets

Another Petition to Fix the Traffic Bottleneck at the Williamsburg Bridge Approach

Posted November 22, 2019 at 5:01 am

Any sort of long-term fix for the bottleneck at the Williamsburg Bridge approach remains elusive. In an effort to keep the issue from languishing as another political football, District Leader Daisy Paez drafted, and is circulating another petition. (Not online just yet.) The goal is to enact real change instead of “false promises and indifference” […]

Filed Under

Streets

Burned-out Bulbs on the Williamsburg Bridge for Months

Posted November 20, 2019 at 5:09 am

Lights are burning a bit dimmer over on the Williamsburg Bridge. Readers point out that numerous bulbs lining the Manhattan side of the span are dark. And have been for months. Presumably the necessary approvals must snake through the bureaucracy before the necklace lighting is fully restored. So, it might be awhile yet. Department of […]

Filed Under

Report: Protected Bike Lanes Underway for Alphabet City

Posted November 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

Protected bike lanes may be on the way to Alphabet City. With the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project on the near horizon, the Department of Transportation is attempting to make good on its recent promise to cyclists, by improving city bike infrastructure surrounding the project. “DOT, in consultation with Council members and other local stakeholders, […]

Filed Under

Streets

LES Subway Entrances Gain Flashy New Ad Displays

Posted November 6, 2019 at 5:09 am

In a not-so-surprising move, the MTA unveiled new high-definition screens atop subway entrances along East Houston Street. Dispensing with the analog look at the 2nd Avenue and Broadway-Lafayette stations. That short reprieve from any advertising – roughly a one-month honeymoon – is officially over. As of yesterday afternoon, the flashy displays, manufactured by SoHo’s Videri, […]

Filed Under

Does this East Broadway Traffic Pattern Change Alleviate Bridge Congestion?

Last modified October 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

As part of the effort to address the logjam to the Williamsburg Bridge, there was a previous update to the traffic pattern near the Lower East Side on-ramp. Motorists can no longer turn onto Clinton Street from East Broadway during nighttime hours. New signs have been in place beside the signals. But has this simple […]

Filed Under

Speed Cameras Installed on Pike Street

Posted October 10, 2019 at 5:04 am

As part of the city’s push to capitalize on pedal-heavy motorists, new speed zones and cameras are proliferating. The latest in the neighborhood is outside Rutgers Houses on Pike Street. The camera box installation appeared within the last couple weeks, affixed to a lamppost between Cherry and Madison Streets. As with other locations, when the […]

Filed Under

Streets

Subway Ventilation Work Results in Another Tree Massacre Forsyth Street

Posted September 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Underground work on a subway ventilation plant beneath Forsyth Street is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the surrounding community. Crime on the block just north of Delancey Street is on the rise, nighttime lighting is dim, and the trees are falling. Or, rather, were felled. On the west side of Forsyth, an entire block […]

Filed Under

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 […]

Filed Under