Transportation

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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New M14 SBS Ticket Kiosks Installed on Essex and Grand

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:06 am

With the new M14 express bus service rolling out next month, so, too, is the related equipment. Namely, those sidewalk ticket kiosks. The latest to arrive are kiosks at the southbound Essex/Delancey stop (across from the new Essex Market), as well as the southbound Essex/Grand stop (outside Kossar’s). Neither are yet switched on. The new […]

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It’ll Take at Least Another 3 Years to Upgrade Subway Ventilation Plant Beneath Forsyth Street

Posted June 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

The city is headlong into replacing the ventilation system underneath Forsyth Street, just north of Delancey. New York City Transit had conducted a Ventilation System Strategy Study to address the ventilation needs of tunnel sections considered most hazardous. The infrastructure fifteen feet beneath the roadbed along the Sara D. Roosevelt Park perimeter was identified as […]

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Street Seat and Bike Corral Installed Outside Cafe Kaja and Dudley’s

Posted June 4, 2019 at 5:03 am

Most of the Orchard Street block between Grand and Broome is now cordoned off for pedestrian use. The familiar flexible bollards and tan pavement paint recently arrived, marking the advent of a street seat and bike corral combo. Department of Transportation and the Lower East Side Partnership proposed the curbside amenity last year in tandem […]

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City Implements 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted June 3, 2019 at 5:03 am

The Municipal Parking Garage on Essex Street is no longer affordable, if ever it was. Motorists learned last month of a spike in the rates. Notice of the increase recently posted onsite and immediately struck a chord with the community. Monthly dole ballooned from $300 to $500, or a 66.67% jump. The new pricing makes this […]

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Lawmakers Unveil Postage Stamp Honoring Chinese Contribution to Transcontinental Railroad

Posted May 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is now a postage stamp that honors the contributions of thousands of Chinese workers in building the Transcontinental Railroad. Its unveiling arrives on the 150th anniversary of the “Golden Spike Ceremony” in Promontory, Utah that connected train lines from the east and west. United States Representatives Grace Meng and Nydia Velazquez together unveiled the […]

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The Great Tree Massacre of Rivington Street Claims Another

Posted May 28, 2019 at 5:07 am

Call it a small-scale arborcide. The great tree massacre of Rivington Street continues with the loss of another. This time, the planting just west of Eldridge. It’s now a fresh stump. Thanks to the city’s extensive tree-tagging initiative (“NYC Street Tree Map”), we have a better understanding of its identity. It was a Callery Pear […]

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MTA Capitulates, Restores Critical Bus Stops to M14 SBS Proposal

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

Winner, winner, chicken dinner… Two months after the MTA surprised the community by axing numerous local stops on the M14 (A/D) bus line as part of its conversion to express SBS, the city has capitulated. The announcement of reversal came Tuesday night at the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3, during a presentation by MTA […]

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City Announces Expansion of NYC Ferry Routes, Including Coney Island

Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:03 am

With the L train shutdown slowdown in full swing for the indeterminable future, there’s a bit of potentially good commuting news for New Yorkers who travel by boat. Building on the momentum from routes added during the summers of 2017-2018, the NYC Ferry Service just announced plans to expand its reach to the Staten Island, […]

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