Thursday’s Headlines: The Best Neighborhood on Twitter Edition

Review the prelims here.
Review the prelims here.

Not to tout anyone else’s ridiculous Twitter poll, but people have been losing their shit over Autumn Florek’s “Best Neighborhood in the City” March Madness-style bracket.

The completely ridiculous surprisingly gripping contest is down to its final round, pitting Astoria vs. Jackson Heights — both great neighborhoods, but, um, the best in the city? Sunset Park, Flushing, DUMBO, Bushwick, the East Village, Fordham and Alphabet City all lost in previous rounds, so it is what it is.

Polls close around noon today:

In other news:

  • The feds are not only bailing out the MTA, but doing so in a huge $6-billion lump sum grant. (NYDN, amNY, Gothamist) (That said, Larry Penner says there’s another $4 billion to come.)
  • The City mapped out the future of transportation.
  • Hey, Mayor Adams, what happened to cops saying, “How was your day?” This ain’t that. (amNY)
  • An electric scooter rider died from injuries after being struck late last year in The Bronx (WPIX), though police could not give us any additional information on the kind of car was involved, the circumstances of the crash or even whether the victim was riding one of the scooters involved in the Department of Transportation’s pilot program. Check back later.
  • What’s with that would-be Keith Hernandez trying to hit a guy on bike with a bat? (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Who doesn’t love it when a major insurance fraud ring is busted? (NYDN)
  • Hey, kid on TikTok — Clarence Eckerson Jr. called and he wants his sneckdowns back! (Every Day Engineering via TikTok)
  • Can Mayor Adams get the disparate and overlapping city agencies to work together? (Gotham Gazette)
  • Check out this video of new Brooklyn Council Member Lincoln Restler taking a break from bike riding to talk to a community board about … bike riding!


Queens Residents Launch Campaign for Bike Lanes Connecting Parks

Northern Queens residents who want to safely bicycle to nearby parks are trying to convince the city to install new bike lanes in neighborhoods from Astoria to Corona. It all started with a post by Sergio Peçanha to a Jackson Heights neighborhood forum about two weeks ago. With Travers Park and the adjacent 78th Street play street set for reconstruction soon, Peçanha wanted […]

City Council Candidates on the Issues: Costa Constantinides, District 22

Streetsblog continues our series on City Council candidates with a look at the race for District 22 in Queens, which covers Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, and northern Jackson Heights. The seat has been held by Peter Vallone, Jr. since 2002; he is now running for Queens Borough President. Two Democratic primary candidates — Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides and anti-crime activist Antonio […]

Gianaris: Astoria Added to Bike-Share Expansion Plans

State Senator Michael Gianaris announced today that DOT has added Astoria to the map for Citi Bike expansion, with planning for station locations set to begin later this year. Gianaris and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer are among the city’s most vocal boosters for expanding bike-share to their districts, located in western Queens. New stations in Long Island […]

City Council Candidates on the Issues: Daniel Peterson, District 22

We continue our series on City Council candidates with a Q&A with former New York Young Republican Club President Daniel Peterson, who’s running to represent District 22, covering Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, and northern Jackson Heights. Yesterday we ran a Q&A with Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides. There are two other candidates in this district. Antonio Meloni responded to Streetsblog’s questionnaire but did […]