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In 2021 we will be called upon to elect a very large number of representatives who will have a key influence on what type of streets and transportation New York will select to implement. Our system is seriously broken . They will also decide how to spend Federal $ that will be forthcoming.
This week […]
We wish you a very healthy and happy 2021. 2020 highlighted our vulnerabilities and the extraordinary resilience of New Yorkers.
In this grim context the changes brought about by the confinement were extraordinary : the Open Streets program initiated by Council Speaker Johnson opened 90 miles of streets to pedestrians and bicycles […]
It is well known that Robert Moses’ policies of razing poor neighborhoods to build highways and making bridges so low as to prevent bus access to Jones Beach were racially motivated. In our own neighborhood of Hell’s kitchen, poor residents saw their buildings destroyed to make way for the Lincoln tunnel. While no one is accusing […]
With the clamor to “defund” the NYPD and the City agreeing to “cut ” only few expenses, the 2021 budget’s unpopular compromise shows that a new alternative must be found to deliver the best value to ALL our citizens.
The first priority should be to agree on NYPD’s mission going forward: is it to keep the order […]
Over the last month the City accelerated it use of street space to help pedestrians keep their distance from each other and restaurants resume their business in a viable way.
Many more streets were open to the residents as “Open Streets” in the City. This gives priority to pedestrians by limiting speed to 5 mph. and […]
Chekpeds’ Oped published in Chelsea Community News:
The COVID-19 quarantine has made us all aware of how wonderful New York can be: How clean and fresh the air has been, how quiet without gridlock blocking EMS, and without too many cars! Most significantly, there were no pedestrian fatalities in the last two months in Manhattan. Certainly, […]
Mayor de Blasio claims there are 40 miles of open streets. Where are they ? Thankfully a New Yorker with time and skills made a map. Click on the link or the picture to access the real time map updated !
More happiness everywhere, on the newly open blocks: West 22nd Street residents cannot believe all […]
Saturday morning, May 23rd, three (3) more blocks will open in our district: W21st Street (9/10), W 22nd Street (7/8) in Chelsea and W51st Street (9/10) in Hell’s Kitchen. These are in addition to the first four (4) blocks opened last Saturday in Chelsea with the Business Improvements Districts as partners.
From a pedestrian (or a […]
Bill de Blasio caved to the tremendous push from activists (including Chekpeds) and from the City Council with the speaker threatening to reach out to Governor Cuomo: the Mayor directed the city to open the streets to pedestrians during the pandemic, without requiring the heavy hand of NYPD. DOT promised 40 miles right away and […]
Following a strong push by activists and other elected officials, and in face of Mayor DeBlasio opposition , Speaker Corey Johnson is taking the fight to the council, with a bill to open city streets to pedestrians and cyclists during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic to allow New Yorkers more room for social distancing. The legislation, which has widespread […]