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September, 2018

Prospect Heights: Debris plummeted from above inside Atlantic Terminal station on Friday morning, forcing Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials to suspend 4- and 5-train service in both directions, and leaving irate straphangers scrambling to find alternative commutes. Comments (3)

Police slap unlicensed driver with summons for hitting boy in Borough Park

Mean Streets: Cops slapped an unlicensed driver with a summons after she hit a 3-year-old boy with her car while he was crossing 44th Street in Borough Park on Sept. 19, police said. Comments (5)

Dry-ice truck flips on Gowanus Expressway ramp, injuring one

Mean Streets: A tractor-trailer filled with dry ice flipped over on a ramp connecting the Gowanus and Brooklyn–Queens expressways on Friday morning, injuring one person, according to a Fire Department rep. Comment
Fixing the BQE: The Brooklyn Heights Promenade — the historic walkway that some say makes the Heights the Heights — will become a speedway for Brooklyn-Queens Expressway traffic, sending cars, trucks, and buses zipping by at eye-level during the reconstruction of the crumbling roadway beneath, transit leaders announced on Thursday. Comments (29)
River of Tears: State transportation leaders want to pack even more passengers on the dedicated Brooklyn–Manhattan ferries they plan to sail across the East River when the L train’s underwater tunnel shuts down for 15 months next April, according to a Williamsburg pol. Comments (6)

MTA bus driver cuffed after he hit and killed senior in Bensonhurst

Mean Streets: Police arrested the driver of a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus after he fatally struck a Bensonhurst woman crossing Bay Parkway on Sept. 5. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: Speeding drivers are back to being caught on camera. Comment

Feds to mayor: Don’t count on our money for your trolley

Red Hook: Mayor DeBlasio shouldn’t count on getting the federal cash he needs to roll out his beloved Brooklyn–Queens waterfront trolley line — which he on Thursday said will now cost more money, include less stops, and take years longer to build — according to three Brooklyn congressional reps. Comments (24)

August, 2018

Mean Streets: This agency gets the job done — almost! Comments (22)
Mayor DeBlasio put the fate of his pet $2.5-billion waterfront trolley connecting Sunset Park and Queens in the hands of his frequent sparring partner President Trump, doubling down on a need for federal funding for the scheme after first claiming the transit system would pay for itself via tax revenue generated by a surge of development along its 14-mile track. Comments (24)

Just you wait: L closure a minor nuisance compared to BQE repairs, Hizzoner says

Fixing the BQE: Locals dreading delays when the L train’s Brooklyn–Manhattan tunnel shutters for 15 months next April can expect an even more-hellish commute when the city kicks off its repairs to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s crumbling triple cantilever, according to Mayor DeBlasio. Comments (8)
DUMBO: Some preservationists are crying foul over a city scheme to remove and reshape historic Belgian blocks from Dumbo and Vinegar Hill streets as part of a plan to make changes to a plaza that they said neighbors don’t even want — and never signed off on in the first place. Comments (14)
Brooklyn Is Angry: Brooklynites already lamenting the fast-approaching end of summer have even less reason to look forward to fall because officials are hiking fees for metered parking across the city, beginning in Kings County on Sept. 4. Comments (28)

The new Ninth: City begins safety fixes on street of fatal Slope crash

Blind Spots: City workers will begin installing protected bike lanes and sidewalk extensions along Ninth Street in Park Slope this week, roughly five months after a driver killed two kids and injured their mothers and another man as they crossed the street at Fifth Avenue. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: Electric-powered scooters started cruising Brooklyn streets on Monday when the founders of a Bushwick-based transit company launched a pilot program to give locals a new way to putt-putt around. Comments (1)

July, 2018

Downtown: A piece of plaster plummeted onto the Brooklyn-bound 4- and 5-train platform inside Borough Hall station on Thursday afternoon, roughly a month after a partial ceiling collapse above the hub’s Manhattan-bound 4- and 5-train platform sent debris raining down on straphangers. Comments (7)

Bleeding hearts: ‘Marie and Bruce’ is a breakup comedy with edge

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: These characters cut deep. Comments (2)

Backpedaling! City delays rollout of dockless-bike plan in Coney

Coney Island: The city is delaying plans to bring a dockless rental-bike pilot program to Coney Island until later this year, the Department of Transportation recently announced, citing ongoing construction projects and the area’s large summer crowds. Comments (5)
Mean Streets: The city is giving straphangers who need to cross the East River during the impending closure of the L train’s Brooklyn–Manhattan tunnel more rental bicycles to hop on, some of which are equipped with batteries that will help power the two-wheelers when riders get fatigued. Comments (9)

Better backpedal! Coney community board blasts city’s dockless bike-rental program

Coney Island: The city must put the brakes on its recently announced pilot program to bring 200 dockless bikes to Coney Island this summer, locals and board members told officials at a Community Board 13 general meeting on Wednesday. Comments (11)

June, 2018

Slamming the brakes: Golden casts aside speed camera bill in push for stop signs, traffic lights near schools

Mean Streets: Bay Ridge and Marine Park state Sen. Marty Golden is now supporting a bill that would increase the numer of stop signs in schools zones instead of the one he touted doubling the number of speed cameras near houses of education. Comments (20)
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Not so bright: Slope’s six-signal traffic light creates chaos at intersection, locals claim

Mean Streets: A six-light traffic signal outside Prospect Park that shines separate “go” lights for bicycles and cars is too confusing for drivers, who routinely run their red light and put cyclists in harm’s way, according to a Park Sloper who lives nearby. Comments (21)
Park Slope: A Park Slope pol wants to pull cars belonging to thousands of law-breaking motorists from city streets and force the rogue riders to go back to drivers’ ed before their wheels are returned, according to legislation he announced last week. Comments (32)

May, 2018

Coney Island: Coney Islanders think the city’s new dockless bike-share program is completely clueless. Comments (32)

Ninth Street redesign coming in June, officials say

Blind Spots: City transit leaders will unveil their plan to make Ninth Street safer in June, two months later than promised after a driver hit five people — killing two kids and a pregnant mother’s unborn baby — crossing the road at Fifth Avenue in March. Comments (8)

Chain gang: Cyclists’ weekly commutes over East River promote two-wheeled transit during L shutdown

Mean Streets: A group of local cyclists started rolling en masse over the Williamsburg bridge once a week to preach pedaling as a means of commuting during the looming closure of the L train’s East River tunnel, now that the shutdown is less than a year away. Comments (5)

April, 2018

Fort Greene: Bigwigs at car-hailing business Uber are scooping up a Fort Greene bicycle manufacturer in a deal that its founder hopes will bring the Brooklyn-made two-wheelers to more metropolises worldwide — including New York City, where the company’s pedal-assist-electric and dockless cycles may soon be allowed to cruise streets. Comments (5)
City officials recently butted heads with Mayor DeBlasio over the future of his beloved $2.5-billion trolley that would run from Sunset Park to Queens, admitting reservations about its financial feasibility that they then recanted after their boss proclaimed on public radio that the project is rolling forward. Comments (11)
Mean Streets: It’s a “death trap” no more. Comments (3)
Fixing the BQE: State pols late on Friday passed their much-anticipated budget with a provision authorizing use of the streamlined design-build process in the city-led reconstruction of the derelict Brooklyn–Queens Expressway. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: Southern Brooklyn cyclists are irate that the Department of Transportation will sacrifice part of its planned Fourth Avenue bike lane to accommodate parking by police outside the 72nd Precinct station house in Sunset Park. Comments (32)

March, 2018

Mean Streets: Flatbush Avenue mom-and-pops are already suffering after the city nixed parking on a stretch of the commercial corridor last week in a scheme officials claim will calm congestion, because the loss of curb space complicates deliveries at many shops and leaves patrons with less spots to pull up outside them. Comments (17)
The weekend commute is totally F’d. Comment

February, 2018

River of Tears: A new temporary pontoon bridge is the best way to shuttle the most straphangers across the East River when officials close the L train’s underwater Brooklyn–Manhattan tunnel for 15 months of repairs next April, according to the real-estate executive and former underwear model who floated the idea. Comments (21)
Mean Streets: The city must do more to protect Sunset Park kids who walk by at a dangerous Fourth Avenue gas station to get to school, and change has to come from the top, say local pols. Comments (4)
River of Tears: Straphangers who board the fleet of ferries dedicated to shuttling them across the East River from Williamsburg when the L train shuts down next year will get a free transfer to buses waiting for them on the other side, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Comments (10)
Mean Streets: A Fourth Avenue gas station near a Sunset Park elementary school is a “death trap,” according to local parents, who blasted the city for not doing enough about it. Comments (16)

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