Friday’s Headlines: Oonee Party Edition

Imagine just dropping these bad boys at every subway stop in the city.
Imagine just dropping these bad boys at every subway stop in the city.

We spent most of the morning with Eric Adams and the crew from Oonee celebrating the launch of the company’s “mini” pod system (the same six-spot secure bike parking that the company will bring to Grand Central Terminal, as we reported in September), which was a good idea because it was a fairly slow news day (As always, CBS2’s coverage of the Oonee event had that pro-car undercurrent that cyclists should apologize for seeking to remove a single space for a car to park … even though an Oonee pod creates parking for six other vehicles — they just happen to be bikes).

Here’s the pick of the litter:

  • There’s been a lot of hot air in the debate over the future regulations of outdoor dining, but here’s some more: Incoming Mayor Adams and Council Member Keith Powers want the city to allow restaurants to use propane heaters. Reminder: Burning propane increases global warming much more than a blanket. (NY Post)
  • Speaking of noxious gas, the New York Times’s Jonathan Weisman considers minuscule federal subsidies to jump start the desperately needed e-bike revolution (which is old news in Europe) to be a “niche” special interest (he used the term “niche” twice for emphasis). Wait until he finds out about all the federal subsidies towards encouraging car use.
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wants livable streets legend Christine Berthet on the Traffic Mobility Review Board — the body that will dole out the congestion pricing exemptions (though not on Berthet’s watch, if she’s appointed!). Politico Via Twitter.
  • Cops on the Upper West Side seem to have a policy against writing moving violations against reckless car drivers. (West Side Rag)
  • Everyone wants light to flood into subterranean Penn Station — but also into the process, too! (NY Post)
  • The cost of the AirTrain to JFK will go up by a quarter next year to $8, further encouraging driving to the airport. (NYDN, amNY)
  • The 2,5 station at Newkirk Avenue is now co-named “Little Haiti” for the Caribbean neighborhood that surrounds it. (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Like Streetsblog, PoliticsNY covered this week’s Council speaker forum on open space.
  • Is it us — or did Gothamist suddenly become no longer a must-read?
  • The Bronx is up … with progressives. (The City)
  • Hat tip (the second in two days) to Lincoln Anderson for filling out the portrait of Mablen Jones, who was run down and killed by a driver on West Street last week. (Village Sun)
  • And, finally, don’t forget Sunday’s World Day of Remembrance for the victims of road violence. The local New York commemoration will be at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 3 p.m. Click here for info.