Bill de Blasio: The Counterfeit Progressive

On October 19th, Mayor Bill de Blasio, the self-proclaimed progressive mayor of New York, gathered the press and some of his police officials to a press conference to announce the beginning of a crackdown on what he announced to be a menace to New York City’s streets. He described the risk the menace posed in stark terms, describing how the sinister machines on his radar go “the wrong way on streets, weaving through traffic, sometimes going on sidewalks.” In the course of that press conference, he depicted these machines as life threatening and dangerous, and as an issue that must … Continue reading Bill de Blasio: The Counterfeit Progressive

City Blueprint: The Second Avenue Subway (Part 2: Proposing a Better Subway)

In part 1 of this series of posts about the Second Avenue Subway, we looked at new ways that the current project could be built, from building shallower stations to using new types of tunnel boring machines. These approaches were … Continue reading City Blueprint: The Second Avenue Subway (Part 2: Proposing a Better Subway)

Simcha Felder’s Helmet Law: Why You Should Oppose It

Among safe streets and environmental advocates in New York City, the track record of Brooklyn State Senator Simcha Felder is checkered, to say the least. His tenure in Albany is noted for his repeated efforts to block or reverse laws supported by these advocates, including, among others: voting against allowing the city to expand its school speed camera program, repeatedly trying to raise the speed limit along Ocean Parkway to 30 miles an hour (potentially making the street even more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists), and leading the successful charge to block New York City from enforcing its own tax … Continue reading Simcha Felder’s Helmet Law: Why You Should Oppose It

Andrew Cuomo, Yesterday’s F Train From Hell Is On You and You Alone

From all accounts, it was like a true life version of a Stephen King story. Stuck with no lights and no air conditioning in a hot subway tunnel, riders on an F train were forced to wait it out for an hour, with no notifications of what was going on for half that. Some riders took their shirts and pants off when their clothes became sweaty messes. One woman disrobed under the cover of a jacket for the same reason. Some people felt faint. Anxiety and panic began to settle in for many. When their F train finally pulled into … Continue reading Andrew Cuomo, Yesterday’s F Train From Hell Is On You and You Alone

City Blueprint: The Second Avenue Subway (Part 1: Fixing The Money Pit)

It was like a dream come true to many when, on New Year’s Day, 2017, the first section of subway under Second Avenue finally opened to paying customers. As you can imagine, the enthusiasm wasn’t hidden: Blocks-long lines, filled to the brim with eager Upper East Siders, stretched from subway entrances, trains on the line quickly became packed (both with curious straphangers and VERY excited train buffs), and the station crowds soon resembled a calmer version of rush hour at Times Square. In short, it was a day of tremendous enthusiasm and good cheer that couldn’t be tempered, even when the MTA … Continue reading City Blueprint: The Second Avenue Subway (Part 1: Fixing The Money Pit)