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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]