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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 [...]
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 [...]
This is not everyday that we get a brand new sidewalk, let alone a sidewalk that has taken over a full parking lane!
Not only is there such a sidewalk on the north side of 36th street between 9th and Dyer Avenues, but NYC Department of Transportation and artist John Locke will beautify the barriers with [...]
In the last four weeks, our volunteers in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen took an inventory of sidewalk obstructions. They identified 423 (!) illegal obstructions.
The obstructions include storm enclosures as large as a studio apartment, the ubiquitous sandwich boards in bands of 2 or 3, cafe furniture left in the snow, advertising, hand trucks, shopping carts, products [...]
[ August 20, 2013; 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. ] August 20, 2013, 2:30pm
9th Avenue at 36th Street, Manhattan,
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Urban Art Program are pleased to announce Tang-Wei Hsu’s Monkey Magic, a new artwork produced for the pedestrian platform at 9th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. Monkey Magic, continues [...]
This week, a whimsical totem
appeared at the Southeast corner of 35th Street and 9th
Avenue on the bike lane.
Looks to me like three monkeys hailing a cab ! For sure it is a playful sight: every visitor stops and takes a picture!
The sculpture is the work of a renown Chinese sculptor, Tang -Wei Hsu, who is [...]
In spite of a few legitimate complaints about stations’ poor placement (8 complaints out of 70 stations in CB4) the system is up and being used in the most unexpected ways across the city: you have to love it !
We received wonderful pictures and note from Richard Kent Green:
“Attached and below, please find photos of the benches on 10th Ave, between 45th and 46th Streets, which, as you see, are constantly being enjoyed when the weather’s nice . There’s a serendipitous nature to the placement…one
is on the sidewalk in front of the Ryan Clinic, [...]
DOT installed three bike corrals last week on the floating parking lane in Hell’s Kitchen, freeing up much-needed pedestrian space on a very narrow sidewalk. Casa Di Isaaco, Pomodoro and Aurora Thai restaurants signed Chekpeds’ Good Neighbor Agreement to maintain the public spaces.
These corrals are the first in New York City and probably in the [...]
After a week of intense competition to reinvent the public phone, the public chose “NIFY” as best overall. You can see the full details here.
Its functionality is very attractive , but it’s footprint is much larger than what we would like. It also seems that there is a fair amount of duplication between the information and [...]