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Boondoggle: A streetcar is just a $2.5-billion bus, according to Gersh.

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Who doesn’t love streetcars? Gersh Kuntzman, that’s who.

On Brooklyn Paper Radio this week, Kuntzman and cohort Vince DiMiceli took BQX planner Harris Schechtman to task, asking the tough question about Mayor DeBlasio’s controversial plan to build a $2.5-billion trolley on the waterfront between Sunset Park and Greenpoint — plus parts of far-off Queens.

The principal and transit director for Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants — Gridlock’s Sam’s top guy — rolled with the punches, telling the boys that MetroCards will be accepted and allow for free transfers to subways and buses; the streetcar will be faster than the city’s heralded — and reviled — Select Bus Service; and that it would pay for itself through increase in property values along the route.

Kuntzman, of course, pointed out that the whole system falls apart with one ill-placed double-parked car, but who’s counting?

Before that, the boys literally broke bread with Chef Adam Leonti and his sous chef Jeff Kozlowski of the Brooklyn Bread Lab — where grains are milled to order in-house and is available for purchase. As the guys plowed through a delicious, day-old loaf of rye, they chewed the fat over how much they all loathe supermarket loaves, and Gersh learned, much to his chagrin, that fat is not a form of protein

The hardscrabble, old-time editors also asked the chewy questions:

• Sliced bread: What really makes it the “best thing?” And if it is the “best thing,” before sliced bread was invented, what was the “best thing” before sliced bread? Answer: Girls.

• The gluten menace: What should every American know — and then ignore! Answer: Eat it!

• Banana bread: Is it a bread, a cake, or simply a muffin in a loaf pan? Answer: A muffin in a loaf pan.

• Matt Damon: Should he have grown teff instead of potatoes while on Mars? Answer: What’s “teff?”

Brooklyn Paper radio is podcast every Monday at 4:30 pm on BrooklynPaper.com, and is downloadable on iTunes pretty much as soon as this story goes live.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

VLM from Park Slope says:
"Kuntzman, of course, pointed out that the whole system falls apart with one ill-placed double-parked car, but who’s counting?"

Does your idiot former editor understand what a dedicated right-of-way means? It means no cars can access and/or park on the tracks. Read the plan before you spout off nonsense.
Feb. 9, 2016, 9:58 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
It is like "Animal Farms" all over again: Where the proposed streetcar will benefit the few; not the big majority of New Yorkers. Gentrification will be running rampant along the NYC waterfront and the surrounding inland neighborhoods. A major boondoggle in the works since day one.
Feb. 9, 2016, 10:33 am
kevdflb from flatbush says:
"will be running rampant along the NYC waterfront and the surrounding inland neighborhoods"

Is this a comment from 20 years ago? But thats been happening for a LONG time already.
Feb. 9, 2016, 10:40 am
Brooklynite from Brooklyn says:
VLM: only about 70% of the route will have a dedicated ROW. So double-parked cars or other obstructions can, in fact, stop the line cold.

Read the plan...
Feb. 9, 2016, 10:46 am
VLM from Park Slope says:
@Brooklynite: If they released the entire plan to the public, I'd be happy to read it. Maybe we should ask why the stonewall on putting it out there. FWIW, Crain's says the city wants it to be 100% on its own ROW.
Feb. 9, 2016, 10:50 am
Bklyn guy from outta town says:
Dont worry and don't bother to trouble yourselves one bit ,this is all BS you will never see this happen ,how can anybody believe anything this mayor says ,its all fairy tales.
Feb. 20, 2016, 10:55 pm

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