Thursday’s Headlines: The Gray Lady Reads Streetsblog Edition

times 34th ave storyCredit where due department: Four months of cut-and-pasting the phrase “34th Avenue is widely seen as the best of Mayor de Blasio’s open streets” finally somehow filtered through the editing process at the Times Metro Section and bore not just a piece of fruit, but a whole tree: The Times opened a story about pandemic recovery with a portrait of, you guessed it, the best open street in the city: 34th Avenue (see coverage, right).

“This is a moment of adaptation and improvisation. When people pool what they have to create something new. When they take unfamiliar steps away from what was to what can work now,” the piece by Corina Knoll says way up top.

It’s what we’ve been telling Mayor de Blasio for years: Give people car-free space to breathe, to walk, to meet their neighbors, and they’ll create something great (and car-free). We’re not saying every street — but one critical roadway in every neighborhood (to start).

So, thanks to Metro Editor Cliff Levy for showing off just how great our city can be under such circumstances.

Now, in other news:

  • Even as the city heats up with demonstrations against the failure to bring charges in the Kentucky killing of Breonna Taylor, protesters are alleging fresh police brutality. (Gothamist)
  • Meanwhile, Albany legislators are eyeing a fresh round of police reforms. (CityandState)
  • MTA reward: a giant MetroCard for a subway hero. (amNY, NYDN)
  • The broke transit agency will borrow more. (amNY)
  • Only one straphanger has been fined for not wearing a mask. (NYPost)
  • The MTA’s board met yesterday to move against homeless riders, by banning loitering and shopping carts. (NYPost)
  • Bombardier’s “lemon” train cars have returned to the subway after fixes. (NYDN)
  • An un-nicknamed robot will be installing signal equipment in the subway. If it’s too trite to call it “Robby,” maybe “Siggy” will do? (NYDN)
  • Revel mopeds have become a favorite target of thieves looking to scavenge them for parts, says the NYPD. (NYPost)
  • Retired federal transportation guy Larry Penner gave a nice writeup to National Car-Free Day. (Mass Transit)
  • Finally, California plans to ban gasoline-powered cars in 15 years. Will New York be far behind? (NYT)


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When we last checked in on the intersection of 114th Street and 34th Avenue in September, construction was about to start on a new pedestrian island and crosswalk leading to an existing path next to the Whitestone Expressway [PDF]. Now, work is nearly complete as winter sets in, and pedestrians and cyclists have a safer crossing to […]

DOT Plans to Bring NYC’s First Separated Busway to 34th Street

What the 34th Street transitway might look like between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Image: NYCDOT When DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan hinted last Tuesday that bolder ideas were on the way for bus rapid transit in New York City, she apparently meant "next week." The DOT website now displays an updated plan for the next phase […]