Showing 14 posts tagged nyc
Being cooped up makes me kind of silly. Miss the MTA so I made this.
Rain rain, go away
Come again another day
Friends and I would like to play
So we’ll need some dry subways
Battery Tunnel is now a river. Ridunkulous! (Andrew Kelly | REUTERS).
Lower Manhattan now dark, so the news and Twitters say. Photo credit from Dan Luri (dantegeek) on Flickr.
iPhone & Bike Commute: August 31, 2011
Irene NYC, A Beautiful Short Film About Hurricane Irene in Manhattan
Now inspired to upack my camera for a few video shots.
Yesterday had a really gorgeous sunset.
David was bantering with Mayor Bloomberg today. Nice suit, dude!
Situation: You and some friends want to go camping about two hours away from where you live.
IF THIS WAS NEW YORK: No one owns a car, so you all have to chip in to rent one, or invite along someone you don’t like as much so they can drive. You book the campsite several months in advance.
OMG - auto follow, if only for the masochistic fact that I reversed moved from SF to NYC.
I love my work neighborhood.
I’m ambivalent about bike snob, but he has an awesome take-down of Dan Cassidy’s rant against bike lanes. Cassidy, the completely inept and lazy “Economics Contributor” to The New Yorker, wrote a column (and an update) complaining about how he thinks bike lanes are infringing on his right to drive from Brooklyn to Manhattan and park for free. The column is completely data free, and his editor should be embarrassed. He makes lots of claims:
But from an economic perspective I also question whether the blanketing of the city with bike lanes—more than two hundred miles in the past three years—meets an objective cost-benefit criterion. Beyond a certain point, given the limited number of bicyclists in the city, the benefits of extra bike lanes must run into diminishing returns, and the costs to motorists (and pedestrians) of implementing the policies must increase. Have we reached that point? I would say so.
Hey, economics reporter! Just because you say something doesn’t make it a fact! Why don’t you get off your couch or chair and go do some real reporting? Go find out how much the city has spent on bike lanes. (“All of the current DOT’s bike projects [from 2007 until now] combined have cost a total of $8.8 million, including analysis, design, outreach, and construction, Sadik-Khan said. When you factor in the 80 percent federal match, the city has spent less than $2 million from its own coffers on the major expansions to the bike network we’ve seen the last few years.” From Streetsblog. Oh, and by the way, just this winter the city has spent $2 million on pothole repairs.) Go find out how much congestion costs New Yorkers. Go do some work.
In fact, the city has done some reporting, and published this PDF about effects of the Prospect Park bike lane. And look! A nice man interpreted that data for you and make charts and used clear, easy-to-read fonts. Why doesn’t Dan Cassidy read this data? Why doesn’t he analyze it?
Oh right! He believes, without any evidence, that the city is fudging the data. “In her [Iris Weinshall] lawsuit, according to the Times, she is promising to expose the cozy relationship between officials and bike activists as well the dubious statistics that the city uses to justify its policies.” Mr. Cassidy, go find your own data! Go outside and count the number of cars and bikes on Prospect Park West. Count the accidents. Get a radar gun and count the speeders. Just go do something! Stop primping yourself in Versailles, and go measure something.
The unfortunate reality expected to plague NYC today - rain, wind, flooding and just simple, utter grossness. This timely image from 1875 comes from our Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Good to see the fashion-conscious (heels) vs the practical (boots) still was a cultural tension for women back in 1875.
Was having dinner last night and the conversation turned to urban growth, preservation and skyscrapers and I was chortled at for having never seen the inside of the old Penn Station. Who’s laughing now? Thanks Tumblr! (Also did not know that saving the station was one of Jackie O’s thing in the 60s. Oh, and it’s so very sad what’s there now versus the Beaux Arts structure before.
The next time you consider complaining about a pothole on a New York City street, maybe you should check Tumblr first. The NYC Department of Transportation has just launched a new Tumblr called The Daily Pothole, to keep Gotham citizens updated on its pothole progress. The blog…
This is awesome.