Transportation

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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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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Repairs to Sandy-Damaged F Train Tunnel Coming Next Month

Posted July 28, 2020 at 5:10 am

Surprising no one, more hiccups in store for the F Train. According to the MTA, the Rutgers Street Tunnel – the last of the tunnels running under the East River affected by Hurricane Sandy eight years ago – will begin rehab next month. Prep work starts in August, with most of the heavy lifting getting […]

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Major Hoarding Happening Beneath Hotel Scaffolding on Orchard Street

Posted July 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

Somebody call Hoarders, there’s a junk mound on Orchard Street. For the last few months, a homeless man has been camping beneath the decade-old scaffold affixed to the hotel at 139 Orchard Street (aka the Allen Street Hotel). The individual gradually amassed a collection of garbage, furniture, and other prized street possessions. And apparently, the […]

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Sinkhole Swallows SUV on East 2nd Street

Posted June 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

Early Sunday morning, the street opened up and swallowed an SUV on the Lower East Side. The roadbed on East Second Street – just west of Avenue A – sunk into oblivion shortly after midnight. Taking away a parking space and its vehicle. Firefighters and cops responded, and the truck was eventually excised from the […]

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Extell Ends its Garbage Dumping Over the Property Line on Cherry Street

Posted June 26, 2020 at 5:02 am

Extell’s “affordable” residential complex on Cherry Street altered its illegal dumping habits in response to neighbor outcry and media coverage. Indeed, it all changed after the story ran on Bowery Boogie. For the last three months, up until this week, the super of 227 Cherry Street had been stashing refuse in a makeshift curbside corral […]

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Lower East Side Ferry Route Permanently Reconfigured Due to Poor Ridership

Posted May 22, 2020 at 5:04 am

Spring and summer usually see peak ridership for the city’s nascent ferry system. However, as with everything else these days, the novel coronavirus got in the way. In response to the ongoing crisis, the NYC Ferry program is reducing service by an additional 20-percent. Three routes are permanently reconfigured, including the Corlears Hook line, which […]

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Additional ‘Open Streets’ Considered for the Lower East Side

Last modified May 12, 2020 at 7:13 am

More “Open Streets” are coming to the Lower East Side. The city’s bold initiative to trade traffic for safe pedestrian space is well underway. The goal is to reach one hundred miles of open roadbed to promote responsible activity and social distancing. Here on the Lower East Side, the streets of Hell Square made the […]

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‘Open Streets’ Program on the Lower East Side Draws Local Criticism

Last modified May 11, 2020 at 8:48 am

As desolate city streets transform to pedestrian use, some locals are criticizing the implementation here on the Lower East Side. “Open Streets,” as the Mayor’s program is known, is the plan to restrict traffic flows, thereby creating free space to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. The aim is lofty – 40 miles of […]

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