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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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Proposal to “double the number of street vendors” runs into fierce opposition

With less than two weeks to comment and no community consultation , the proposed legislation started on the wrong foot .
Community board 4 testified that it was opposed to the legislation unless the siting criteria for vendor carts was consistent with other street furniture most notably Newsstands, and food carts be allowed to use parking [...]

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Street Seats and More arrive in South Hell’s Kitchen

The Hudson Yards / Hell’s Kitchen Alliance continues its steady stream of improvements in the District. Street Seats were installed on 37th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. Such public seating is located in the parking lane and thus does not take any pedestrian space. It is funded by DOT but the business provides maintenance. With [...]

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City Council wants Better Sidewalks – We do too

On the 23rd of June, the City Council Transportation Committee held a hearing on a bill, intended to bring some semblance of order to the chaos of news racks on the sidewalks . DOT, Business Improvement Districts and Civic groups like CIVITAS supported the bill, while it  independent press groups who use the racks for [...]

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Canoe Plaza Inauguration

A big improvement was  added to the Canoe plaza, at 36th sTreet between 9/Dyer Avenues with 6 tables and 5 umbrellas and the jersey barricade was moved to create further pedestrian space . Council Member Johnson granted the funds to the Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance, who maintains the Canoe

The Table, Chairs and umbrellas made the [...]

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10 Years of fights and successes for safer streets

CHEKPEDS was founded in September 2005. With a bit of delay,  we are taking time to reflect  on the last 10 years, the joys, the frustrations and overall the great progress YOU have accomplished with us and the help of untold number of partners . We are incredibly grateful for your advocacy and activism.
There is [...]

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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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