Transportation

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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Streets

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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M14 Bus Route Change Meets Resistance on the Lower East Side

Posted April 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

Come June, the bus landscape on the Lower East Side will totally change. This is when Department of Transportation and the MTA implement a drastic change to the M14 bus route, which could have significant repercussions. The proposal is christening a Select Bus Service plan for the M14A and M14D to speed up service along […]

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Digital Subway Swipe Scanners Spotted at Broadway–Lafayette Station

Last modified April 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The future is now. MetroCard swipes are gradually transitioning to contactless paying, twenty-five years after the former was first introduced. We spotted the addition of Cubic-branded digital readers mounted to turnstiles in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. Not yet ready for primetime, though, with a “coming soon” teaser message. EV Grieve also noted the arrival of […]

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Tell the MTA How You Feel About Changes to M14 Bus Route

Posted April 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

In two months, Department of Transportation and the MTA will drastically change the M14 bus route. It’s a new Select Bus Service plan that will eliminate several “local” stops along the line. Local politicians subsequently blasted the proposed changes to the crosstown bus line. They demanded supplemental local service similar to the M15 route along […]

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Could the Empty Newsstand at 2nd Avenue F Station Become Vending Machine?

Posted March 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The newsstand nestled on the mezzanine level of the 2nd Avenue F station is dark. Shutters are drawn, as the last operator apparently went out of business months ago. Now, the MTA seeks another newsstand vendor to helm the spot, situated on the Allen Street entrance of the subway stop. A torn poster advertises “retail […]

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