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Finally more space for pedestrians in Hell’s Kitchen!

Our community has been asking for the removal of phone booths for years. These bulky and ugly appliances have given shelter to illegal activities, while being of very limited utility and taking up a lot of real estate on our sidewalks where the crowding is intense. They were there to support advertising .
We started working [...]

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Good Bye 2016… Welcome 2017

 

2016 ended up as a tough year!
Congestion – Clean Air

The Project to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal dominated our  activity , with townhalls, press conferences, testimonies , killer missives and arm wrestling between our elected officials and the Port. We thought it was ending up on a positive note when the Port Authority Board [...]

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Pedestrian Delight: 40 phone booths will be removed

After years of advocacy ( since 2008!) and with the help of MCB4 District Manager Jesse Bodine  and Borough President Brewer and her staff,  DoiTT has finally confirmed in writing which phone booths will be removed and NOT be replaced by a LinkNYC installation. See the complete list HERE .
Some of them  do not comply [...]

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LinkNYC – A work in progress

LinkNYC is the Wi-FI and phone charging system that replaces the phone booths. It is currently installed at 364 locations in Manhattan, mostly on 8th Avenue in our district . The service has been very successful with 700,000 subscribers and 37 million internet sessions in its first year. It provides internet speed about 500 times [...]

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2015 was a good year for Street Safety!

Thanks to the DOT administration and the advocates of various groups ( most notably Transportation Alternatives ) we made great strides in 2015:
Safety: CHEKPEDS’s push on fully protected phases for pedestrian crossings was embraced by the DOT in their Vision Zero report by Borough. And sure enough, the DOT installed a number of them on [...]

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Sidewalk Obstructions – Slow but Definite Progress

A  quick update on a few of our favorite subjects:
Phone Booths: Per DoiTT, the new design was approved on March 23rd. The contractual Kick off  for the new installations is on  July 21st, 2015.   All of the old phones must be either replaced or removed by July 20th, 2019.
A- Frames, also known as Sandwich Boards: [...]

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2014 was a game changer for pedestrians

Vision Zero:
Mayor Di Blasio made good on his campaign promise to get serious on traffic injuries and fatalities. This year 22 bills were passed in the council to improve information, increase enforcement and increase penalties for careless drivers who do not respect the laws. The DOT embarked in a city-wide consultation with the communities to [...]

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Victory: Universal WiFi + Relocated Phone Booths

After more than 5 years of work by CB4 and CHEKPEDS,  the contract for the replacement of phone booths by WiFi “Links” was approved last week by the Commission for Franchises after DoiTT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the five Borough presidents. This MOU gives Community Boards a consultative role for the installation of [...]

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Phone Booths: City issues RFP calling for ubiquitous free Wi-Fi

After many months of work and extensive consultations with the community , the Departement of Information Technology just  issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation of a robust, citywide network of Internet hotspots that will constitute one of the largest free Wi-Fi networks in the country, greatly increasing access to broadband connectivity across [...]

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Phone Booths Relocation

In 2005 we undertook to remove a number of pay-phones from 9th Avenue’s sidewalks which are very narrow, overcrowded with furniture and sidewalk cafes and saturated with very large pay phones.
We learned from DoiTT that because of lawsuits underway , it was impossible to remove any pay phone until the contract renewal in 2011. However [...]

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