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Speak UP: Port Authority presents plan for rebuilding the Bus Terminal

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After 10 years of planning , the Port Authority is launching its Federal Environmental impact review for a new terminal commuter terminal to replace the existing one on site , and a long distance terminal/ staging building to remove Curb side terminals and buses parked on the […]

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NYPD precinct removes cars from sidewalk

This was really a special week. For years , neighbors had complained that the police cars parked on sidewalks were a menace to the safety of pedestrians . This problem was amplified when NYPD added barricades to the streets adjoining precincts during the summer 2020.

Manhattan Community Board 4 sent a letter to its three […]

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Port Authority Bus Terminal to be rebuilt

The project will rebuild the main terminal in place, add a storage and intercity terminal from Dyer to 10th Avenue, create two large parks over the Dyer Avenue cuts and build an extensive network of below and above ground ramps. Four towers will be built as of right .

As a result, […]

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Six years of progress focused on street safety

Last Wednesday, Manhattan Community 4 took time to recap its annual results and thank Colleen Chattergoon of the Department of Transportation for her help in securing many of its wins . Most of the activity and wins have been focused on safety . The map of protected intersections in the district reflects such […]

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Speak Up: Decision 2021

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 […]

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Happy New Year

We wish you a very healthy and happy 2021. 2020 highlighted our vulnerabilities and the extraordinary resilience of New Yorkers.

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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 […]

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How to make NYC Transportation Policies more equitable?

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 […]

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Keeping the Peace with a leaner NYPD

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 […]

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Open Streets and Open Dining – A lot to like, and some health worries

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 […]

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A Return to gridlock as the City reopens?

 

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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[1]. Certainly, […]

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