Transportation

Floating Billboard Barges are the New Reality for LES Waterfront

Posted October 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the gold rush of the Lower East Side waterfront comes the vultures. Several readers have noticed the recent influx of billboard barges floating across the East River. As this area continues to gentrify, and with the prospect of three new large-scale luxury developments looming, those eyeballs are obviously evermore valuable to advertisers. Such tactics […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Gains New Seating

Posted October 24, 2018 at 5:02 am

One year after the city sealed off Straus Square to vehicular traffic, the pedestrian plaza is taking shape. It’s not just the planters and sandy pavement holding court. A half-dozen concrete barriers were repurposed as seating placements for the public. Each is colored with art. In the meantime, there is still no sign of the […]

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$76M Manhattan Bridge Rehab Planned this Fall (its 15th Overall)

Posted October 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Manhattan Bridge is about to undergo yet another rehabilitation project. Last week, the city’s Department of Transportation awarded the $75.9 million contract to Skanska, which will perform structural restoration of the 109-year-old East River crossing. As reported one year ago, this latest round of action is part of ongoing rehabilitation efforts that began way […]

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Due to Water Main Work, Rivington Street Block Loses its Trees

Posted October 10, 2018 at 5:04 am

As part of the three-years-running water main infrastructure project around the Lower East Side, the city recently set up shop at the corner of Bowery and Rivington Street. The job is for “water main replacements and distribution of water main extensions.” However, their presence here cost a large swath of roadway and the loss of […]

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Google Maps Thinks the E Train Stops at 2nd Avenue Station

Posted September 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

Someone tell the cartography wizards at Google Maps that the E train does not stop on the Lower East Side. The map shows that the 2nd Avenue Subway station services both the E and F, when in reality it’s just the latter.  Such inconsistencies are common, of course. All the map applications have made egregious […]

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MTA Hosts Another L-Train Shutdown Town Hall Amidst 14th Street Devastation

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:02 am

With Canarsie Tunnel rehab poised to deadlock East 14th Street, and already a complete bottleneck, the MTA is really starting to hear it from the locals. An attempt to assuage the populace is underway, as the city tonight hosts a town hall related to the impending doom. Polly Trottenberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner, and Andy […]

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More Drilling on Forsyth Street Ahead of Proposed Subway ‘Ventilation Plant’

Posted September 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Another Davey Drill was spotted on Forsyth Street last week (above Delancey), but as before, it’s not related to the controversial Rivington House condo conversion. But rather, an infrastructure project by the MTA. Indeed, the transit agency remains committed, despite prior community opposition, to constructing a new subway ventilation plant beneath Forsyth Street. Installing this […]

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MTA Adds Permanent ‘Respect’ Tribute to Aretha Franklin in Subway Stations

Posted September 7, 2018 at 5:08 am

The MTA apparently liked the Aretha Franklin subway tribute so much, that it’s now created its own. Subway stops on Franklin Street in Manhattan and Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn boast a new “Respect” sign affixed to the tiling. As first reported on Bowery Boogie last month, an anonymous street artist made international headlines for the […]

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Little Italy Rallies Against Buses Through Kenmare Street During L-Train Shutdown

Last modified September 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm

The impending L-Train shutdown is causing localized pandemonium across the Lower East Side. From 14th Street on down to the Williamsburg Bridge, Delancey, and Kenmare Streets. A bit closer to home, the city is trying to push a proposal to ferry straphangers through Little Italy on the way to nearby subway stations. This would equate […]

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Lower East Side Ferry Route Launches Today

Last modified August 30, 2018 at 10:38 am

The last of the NYC Ferry routes is now operational. Today is the first day of boat service for the Lower East Side line. If you recall, Corlear’s Hook landing had been under construction since late-winter. As previously reported, this new Lower East Side route – part of a $55 million expansion three years in […]

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