Join us in asking for more walking space

Like all of us , people who walk, you are probably frustrated by the lack of space for pedestrians. On both 8th and 9th Avenues, one often has to walk in the bike lane . Not good for cyclists or pedestrians.  At intersections we need to walk around buses and cars, right in the traffic.

44th streeet

Join us to tell  the City Council Transportation committee that more walking space and  protections must be included in any Transportation plan for the City .

City council Transportation Committee Hearing
Wednesday June 12th, 1 p.m.
City Hall Chambers

It is not enough to have bike lanes and bus lanes, if the last portion of the trip – walking- cannot be preformed in a safe manner.

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Join Us Monday-1 p.m. to protest traffic violence

On June 6, a driver deliberately tried to run over a cyclist who was crossing the west side highway lawfully in the crosswalk. Watch the Video 

Press Conference – Right of Way camera enforcement
Monday, June 10th, 1 p.m.
City Hall


Join Corey Johnson and Antonio Reynoso to ask that the driver be held accountable and for the right of way to be enforced by cameras .





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11th Avenue being converted to one-way (44/57)

Finally after 12 years of planning work, the DOT has started the conversion of 11th Avenue from two-way to one-way south between 44th and 57th Streets  !WHH Flyer for 11th Ave bet 59th and 43rd Sts.

It was the ultimate goal of the Hell’s kitchen study, to optimize the unused capacity and re balance the load between the various avenues.  The installation will take place in multiple phases over the summer and the fall. But it is REALLY happening on the ground with lanes being re-striped and medians being built .. photographs soon to come ..

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Could NYC sidewalks be freed of garbage?

In its response to a recent Department of Sanitation’s request for information, CHEKPEDS makes a strong case that they could.

As a location for the temporary storage of building waste, we propose to use some of the public right-of-way that is currently used for the free storage of private vehicles. Specifically, our proposal repurposes several on-street parking spaces per block for the use of storing waste before its removal, in lieu of storing it on our precious and heavily used sidewalks. On a typical midtown side street block of 700 feet, six on-street parking spaces (three on each side of the street) would be converted to this use, to be called a Waste Corral.

DSNY REFEI response - appendix 2 - plan detailsThe corral would be created by (1) cross-hatching the area with paint, (2) installing parking blocks to protect the space from adjacent parked vehicles, and (3) installing a chain link fence enclosure with a large opening to the street and a smaller opening to the sidewalk. Optionally, a visual screen could be added to three sides of the enclosure, leaving the street side unscreened for safety and monitoring.

On our prototype block of W45th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, we found that waste takes up about 300 linear feet on each side of the street, at an average width of 2.5 feet. That amounts to 750 square feet per side, or 1500 square feet per block. The six proposed Waste Corrals would occupy a much more efficient 840 square feet per block, a reduction of 44% in total space, and would free up 100% of the portion occupied on the sidewalk.


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14th Street: Transit and Truck priority Pilot

In July, DOT and MTA will start operating a new configuration on 14th street from 3rd to 8th Avenues, 5 AM to 10 PM as an 18 month pilot: one lane each way , located in the center will carry buses and  trucks across the island. All other traffic will be permitted on one block only, that is will have to get off at the next intersection.

Such configuration was successfully implemented in Toronto and improved markedly the on-time performance of buses there. The difference here is that trucks will be permitted in the bus lane, so that they do not use the residential side streets, a good news for residents but not so good for riders.

Access to both curbs will remain, with 30 minutes  ”Loading and Unloading” regulations. Vehicles and buses will be barred from turning left, except for the M7 bus at 7th Avenue. Right turn bays will free up the bus lane from turning vehicles.

Bus riders will benefit from off-board payment as do other SBS corridors on 34th and 23rd Streets , and bulb outs will be provided for easier boarding.

Unfortunately DOT has not yet provided a mitigation plan for the adjacent streets, the residents of which fear an onslaught of traffic diverted from 14th Street. We are told that DOT is ready to react promptly once issues are raised.

The Council Member has asked and the DOT has committed to provide a robust reporting during the 18 month-pilot to evaluate its viability. For the sake of everyone concerned, we hope this configuration works and actually speeds up the buses. Let’s wait and see.

Find more details in DOT presentation here. 

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New Bike Lanes and Pedestrian Safety projects underway


This is really happening! Split phase signals on 57th Street at both 8th and 10th Avenues. And indeed closing the bike lane gap from 56th Street to Central Park ! Yoo hoo ! DOT is in full swing!

8th and Columbus Circle WHH


10th and Amsterdam WHH

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Claim a free tree guard!

Time to claim a tree guard for your favorite tree!

One of the initiatives funded by the 2019 Participatory budget will provide tree guards for newly planted trees. If there are some in your neck of the hood, on the streets and especially on the avenues  where the conditions are harsher for the newly planted trees, send the request and the tree location to Council member Johnson’s office.

First come first served.


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Great Job DOT! Safer Crossing for 800 students at West 41st Street and 10th Avenue

After a  successful campaign by both residents of 555 10th Avenue and the parents of the school Success Academy Hudson Yards, DOT installed a new split LPI at the very dangerous intersection of W41st Street and 10th Avenue.  This is one of the Lincoln Tunnel entrances where drivers use two lanes  to turn aggressively and block the pedestrians crossing.


During the summer of last year,  a petition circulated that garnered over 700 signatures and parents reached out to Council Member Johnson to get relief. MCB4 sent a letter the following month asking for a split LPI . Chekpeds also worked with neighbors and the DOT to secure a few planters that were installed on the sidewalk in the fall of last year, giving a modest sense of safety. DOT will install markings on the ground in the next few days! great job DOT and thank you to Council member Johnson and his staff for putting a priority on this issue.


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Port Authority seeking residents to join Bus Terminal Advisory Board

The Port Authority is seeking interested individuals who commute regularly through or live near the midtown bus terminal to serve on the agency’s new Port Authority Bus Terminal Advisory Council.

The new advisory council – which will launch in July as a 12-month pilot program – will be tasked with providing input to facility management on operations, customer service issues and community impacts from operations. Bus terminal council members will meet every two months either in person or via teleconference.

Applications to participate on the council must be received by June 7. The council will be open to commuters who regularly travel through the bus terminal and to community residents who live within neighborhoods adjacent to the bus terminal, including Hell’s Kitchen, Times Square, Midtown West, the Theater District and the Garment District.

To obtain an application, go to or pick up an application at a Bus Terminal Information Booth or at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement Center, located just inside the terminal’s Ninth Avenue entrance between 40th and 41st streets.

Completed applications can be submitted via e-mail to; via mail to PABT Advisory Council, TB&T Customer Programs and Services, 4 World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich Street, 22nd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10007; or hand delivered to a Bus Terminal Information Booth or at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement Center.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777


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Join Us to Celebrate Bob’s life



Celebration of Bob’s Life
Saturday, May 4th, 2019, 2p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hartley House
413 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Robert Paul Kalin
(February 28, 1954 – January 22, 2019)
A quiet and humble person, he never sought, nor wanted recognition for the work he dedicated his life to. His presence in our neighborhood will be deeply missed.


Bob Kalin, worked at HCC for 40 years. He was employed as a long time tenant organizer and advocate for low-income tenants in Hell’s Kitchen. Sadly, he passed away on January 22, 2019.

Throughout the years, Bob trained dozens of tenant organizers at HCC, housing advocates and tenants throughout the City.  He also developed a viable ‘plan of action’ to help elderly tenants clean out their cluttered apartments to avoid evictions. Bob worked tirelessly – advocating for generations of Hell’s Kitchen tenants and their families to prevent eviction and get needed repairs. He was well known for his activism in the tenant community and was a strong advocate of tenant rights. Bob was unrelenting in the fight to preserve affordable housing in our neighborhood.

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