Source: Edge of the City
THE COMMUTE: I’m not talking about congestion pricing for the Manhattan Central Business District, but rather methods such as improved signage, better traffic light synchronization, reducing the number of bottlenecks, additional dual left turn lanes, more two-way streets, additional traffic enforcement agents placed at traffic hot spots, and enforcement of existing regulations prohibiting double parking. These are just some measures that can go a long way.
The problem is that moving traffic is no longer a high priority for DOT. Some may even argue that it is not a priority at all. For example, the Belt Parkway bridges are being rebuilt without the ability to add a fourth traffic lane, which is desperately needed on the portion of the parkway without service roads between Knapp Street and Cross Bay Boulevard. On summer weekends, traffic is bumper-to-bumper due to beach traffic to Coney Island and the Rockaways, and heavy at other times.
Select Bus Service and additional bike lanes replacing moving traffic lanes further reduces road capacity thereby also increasing traffic congestion. If it were possible for most auto drivers to switch to mass transit or bicycle, perhaps reducing road capacity could be justified, but such is not the case.
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An East 21st Street home was nearly reduced to ashes after suffering a massive fire Saturday evening that also damaged neighbors’ properties.
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Source: William Hook/Flickr
There are few things worth killing for in this world. An iPhone just ain’t one of them.
Unfortunately, at least one person disagrees, proving it by shooting and killing a 34-year-old Sheepshead Bay resident at around 9 p.m. on Saturday.
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I don’t know if this is the same vessel that supplied firefighters with water on September 11, 2001, and also rescued stranded passengers from the wings of the submerged US Airways Flight 1549 (the “Miracle on the Hudson”), but it would be pretty cool if it were.
Photo by Laura Fernandez
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Not only do those of us who are Facebook diehards — particularly those of the non-Sheldon Cooper variety — have to contend with interface changes on the social networking site as daunting as the transition from riding a mule to manning the space shuttle Endeavor, subway riders between Saturday and Monday morning must also deal with the age-old inconvenience we call Weekend Service Changes.
Just in time to make your commute only slightly less hellish than walking barefoot on coals, we received the following notice for changes in service, including updated travel alternatives, for the Q line this weekend:
- 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Sep 24-26
- No Q trains between 57 St-7 Av and Prospect Park.
- For service between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av-Pacific St, take the N or R.
- For service between Atlantic Av-Pacific St and Prospect Park, use free shuttle buses.
Just FYI: I’ve been riding the subways for around 23 years now, and I cannot remember a single period of time, during my entire history of riding the Brighton line (back when it was the D local / Q express, before it became the Q local / B express [Ed. – Don’t forget the Q local / Q express!), when there have not been service changes, and interruptions, and all-around inconveniences.
So I’m wondering: When will all the trains and tracks be fixed forever?
Last year's Coney Island Film Festival. Source: Norman Blake / Coney Island Film Festival
Sorry for the short notice on this one — the 11th Annual Coney Island Film Festival is happening today and through the weekend, September 23-25 at the Sideshows By The Seashore, Coney Island Museum and New York Aquarium in Coney Island.
You can purchase tickets at the Coney Island USA Gift Shop, 1208 Surf Avenue, September 23 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., September 24 from 12:00 to 11:00 p.m. and September 25 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. It should be noted when you purchase your tickets that Programs 1, 2, 14 and the Sunday Screening Pass have sold out. All other programs and parties have tickets available.
For a comprehensive schedule of programming, including dates, times and event descriptions, go to the Coney Island Film Festival’s website.
Poll site in Manhattan Beach on September 13
Fidler went on the attack yesterday, skewering Board of Elections staffers during a hearing to review their performance for the September 13 race. We heard about a lot of confusion from readers at poll sites, especially in Manhattan Beach where registration books went missing for several hours, before showing up around the same time that inspectors did. We also got a number of calls and e-mails from people concerned because they cast two votes – the target of Fidler’s attack. According to City Hall News:
“The process used in the Ninth Congressional District was an unmitigated disaster,” Fidler said. “It was the least democratic process I’ve ever witnessed.” Fidler said that on Election Day, Brooklyn voters in the congressional district had to cast two separate ballots, in two separate rooms, with two separate groups of poll works. One ballot was for the Congressional special election between Bob Turner and David Weprin, and the other ballot was for the primary election in Brooklyn Civil Court races. Fidler said many voters were unaware that they had to vote twice. And not only was the process twice as expensive as it could have been, but Fidler contends it led to a “monumental” under-vote in Brooklyn Civil Court races. Responding to Fidler’s critique that the Board was “stuck on stupid,” BOE general counsel Steve Richman says the process was the only one the city’s electronic voting equipment could handle.
What do you think? Did you have any problems voting on September 13? Did the two ballots confuse you?
[via The Brooklyn Politics]
Photo by Erica Sherman
The dog days of summer may be behind us. But today’s the first day of autumn, and the Canarsie Lions Club is putting together a very special dog day for pet owners around the ‘hood.
Canine lovers and sport spectators will converge tomorrow – September 24 – on Marine Park for the 7th Annual Doggie Olympics, a true competition of the neighborhood’s best beasts on four legs. The 25-event competition covers a variety of dog/owner talents including best dressed dogs, agility courses and doggie dances.
The event is free to watch, kicking off at 10:30 a.m. near the Fillmore Avenue entrance of the park, and it’s only $15 at the door to enter your pooch into the Olympics. All proceeds go to benefit the Visions Camp for Blind Children and a Canarsie public school.
Since there’s nothing worse than a wet dog, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday if the rain is heavy. Call Bryan at (917) 846-1944 before coming if you are concerned it may be rained out.
For more information and a registration form, check out the event flier [pdf].
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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.