Transportation

Did you See the Silver ‘Spaceship’ Cruising Down Delancey Street Last Weekend?

Posted August 17, 2017 at 5:11 am

If you happened to be crossing Delancey Street on Sunday afternoon, you may have spotted the so-called “Spaceship Tank” driving eastward over the Williamsburg Bridge. You may have also whispered to yourself, “what the fuck was that.” Now we know. Apparently, a Brooklyn man named Charles Walters constructed the extraterrestrial transport by encasing a Chevrolet […]

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Elected Officials Urge MTA to Fix up East Broadway Subway Station

Posted August 7, 2017 at 5:11 am

At the East Broadway subway station, F really stands for Fucking Disaster. But will it change? Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined fellow city politicians last week to highlight the “pressing need for improvements in the heavily used station.” The walkthrough stunt was part of the overall “Transit Tour,” during which straphangers can provide suggestions to elected […]

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Cyclist Hits Man on Essex Street this Afternoon

Last modified July 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

A man was bowled over by a cyclist riding down Essex Street this afternoon at around 3:30pm. The collision happened in the intersection of Hester Street, right outside the weekly Hester Street Fair. The victim, a middle-aged Chinese man, suffered a head injury and was seemingly knocked unconscious, with blood on the pavement. Good Samaritans […]

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Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus

Posted July 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus. The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed […]

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Division Street Pedestrian Plaza is Also Getting Refurbished

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:08 am

Much like its newer sibling down the block (at Straus Square), the small median triangle of Division Street at the confluence of Ludlow and Canal, is likewise ready for a makeover. Closed to traffic for nearly a decade, the 1,000 square-foot roadway is receiving some refocused attention from the Department of Transportation this month. Indeed, […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Takes Shape with New ‘Skate Proof’ Street Surfacing

Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:40 am

Another baby step toward “calming” Straus Square. For the last several nights, a contractor crew has been preparing the tiny sliver of Canal Street between Rutgers and East Broadway for a new pedestrian plaza. Specifically, the granular rumble-strip coating and its adhesive were installed late last night, a surface meant to deter skateboarders from claiming the […]

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The Bright LED ‘Highway’ Lights of Essex Street Take Hold

Last modified July 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

One by one, the last of the Bishop’s Crook light poles are being extracted from Essex Street. Replaced instead with aerodynamic “highway-style” lamps equipped with LED bulbs. Last week, a support crew was spotted removing the decorative lamp outside 7 Essex Street. Its bones completely uprooted from the sidewalk. Then yesterday morning, two more LED […]

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Two Years Later, Bike Corral Finally Installed Outside Barrio Chino on Broome Street

Posted July 7, 2017 at 5:09 am

It only took two years, but the city finally installed the long-awaited bike corral outside Barrio Chino on Broome Street. The new parking made its debut just before the holiday, and is already in use. Community Board 3 first approved the Department of Transportation proposal – which was at the behest of the restaurant – […]

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82-Year-Old Man Hit by Cement Truck While Crossing Chrystie Street Yesterday

Posted June 30, 2017 at 5:18 am

An 82-year-old man was run down on Chrystie Street (near Rivington) yesterday afternoon by a southbound cement truck. He was reportedly walking eastward with his walker – toward Sara D. Roosevelt Park – when the unidentified 48-year-old truck driver hit him. The elderly victim was taken to Bellevue hospital in critical condition, according to DNAinfo. […]

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Straus Square CitiBike Dock Temporarily Removed, as Pedestrian Plaza Nears Activation

Last modified June 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Yesterday morning, CitiBike dispatched a maintenance crew to Straus Square to extract its bicycle dock from the longtime perch. Flexible bollards that marked the hardware were likewise uprooted from the asphalt. CitiBike confirmed, however, that this removal is temporary, and at the “request of DOT.” All maps show this station – one that holds about […]

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