Tuesday’s Headlines: Some Groundhog Edition

Highs will be high by Thursday night.
Highs will be high by Thursday night.

Despite what various groundhogs said earlier this month, winter looks like it’s giving up; this morning might be the last cold weather you’ll be feeling for quite some time. We’ll get to a high of 33 today, and then high temps will rise about 10 degrees per day until Friday, when some rain will cool us off a bit.

But for now, let’s just get to the news:

  • Could the Pulp Pipeline finally be getting shut down? Texas is apparently about to make it harder for fake car dealers to print temporary paper license plates. (NBC4)
  • Mayor Adams is putting more money into the Fair Fares program than his “Tale of Two Cities” predecessor did. (Gothamist, NYDN)
  • There’s a new Staten Island ferry in town — the Michael Ollis! It’s the first of three new boats expected to launch this year. (NYDN)
  • The Post really paid attention to a near-fatal car crash … because it involved a Maryland “beauty pageant queen” and New York’s Fashion Week.
  • Our architecture friend John Massengale is writing about the negative toll that Big Real Estate has on New York City. (Common Edge)
  • And another Friend of Streetsblog, Doug Gordon, wrote an arts story in the Guardian about super-cool anti-car poster artist, Klaus Staeck.
  • We were happy to see our former Streetsblog USA colleague Angie Schmitt quoted in the Times’s late-to-the-party coverage of the pedestrian death crisis — and happy to see her keeping the pro-car organ honest. It’s too easy to blame the “pandemic” for the latest increase in road violence, given that the rise in deaths outside of cars has been a decade-long trend.
  • A Penn Station-bound Acela train got stuck in Queens for hours and hours on Monday. (NBC4)
  • From the assignment desk: Uptown Council Member Carmen De La Rosa will talk transit after a “walkthrough” of the substandard transit stations in her Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill district with DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez and others. The fun starts at 11:15 at the 191st Street station.
  • And, finally, the family of April Reign, the moped rider who was run down and killed by a bus driver along Eastern Parkway earlier this month, has set up a GoFundMe page for her young daughter, Samantha.


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