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  1.  

    Woodcider

    Now you presume to know what I care about.
    I would love it if we could drastically reduce car traffic in not only Manhattan but all 5 boroughs. I’m not wasting my time listing the myriad of benefits.
    Something on the lines of the set up in Curitiba, in Brazil.

    And I’ve actually seen people step off of curbs and almost get hit while looking at their phones. Many people. And the same for countless jaywalkers. Imaginary? Peddle that BS to someone who doesn’t know any better.

  2.  

    Maggie

    Lordyuyu, can we keep Connecticut as a placename? Can patriotic Americans still order grande cappuccinos or croissants or tacos al pastor?

  3.  

    Larry Littlefield

    I’ve seen this movie before. Mayors collecting taxes and not providing services seek to preserve their careers by blaming Albany or Washington. Governors and the legislature seek to shift blame back to the city.
    Everyone is has the same goal — to advance their career. Handing out sacrifices to try to preserve the future is a bad career move in the era of Generation Greed.
    Hey DeBlasio, the federal government is not going to increase transit funding. And if it did, it would part of a package in which NYC kicked in $1 billion and got $500 million back.
    Record ridership. Record dedicated MTA real estate transfer tax revenues. Why is there a crisis? THAT is under Omerta. Particularly since the “solution” most favored by the political/union class and the executive/financial class is to do the very things for the next five years that created the crisis over the past 20.

  4.  

    Lordyuyu

    as i said – its not a problem what people want to speak (where does this make me xenophobic). the issue is that the US shouldnt become switzerland, where half the country cant communicate with the other half. also, if you think that its not a problem when a US gov official stands up to a foreign national anthem, then your even more of an idiot than I thought.

  5.  

    Bolwerk

    If you’re so concerned about people dying (you’re not), you should be a ban-cars advocate. Jaywalking is an imaginary offense, and text walking is unlikely to happen in auto traffic period. Texting while driving, on the other hand?

  6.  

    Bolwerk

    We should also eliminate other non-white placenames like “Niagara” and “Manhattan.” They should be named after the Queen.

  7.  

    Bolwerk

    Since when? Did I miss a statistical blip to become hysterical about?

  8.  

    HamTech87

    re: Inwood Railyard. I can already predict Kimball at EDC will want a zillion parking spots, even though the yard is served by two subway lines with multiple stations, and two MetroNorth stations (University Heights and Marble Hill).

  9.  

    chris

    traffic deaths are down, murders are up.

  10.  

    kevd

    “the other 270 million speak English”
    That’s why 99.9% of things are named using English words!
    Though, it is only about 230 who identify English as their primary language spoken at home, or roughly 80%.

    There is not official language in this country, things can be named in whatever language a government – be it city, state or federal – chooses. Sorry you are so sensitive that “Plaza de las” is a poke in the eye for you. Life is going to be increasingly difficult for you.

    This is a land use and transportation blog, not a xenophobia blog.

  11.  

    Andrew

    And when something bad does happen, they see it as an innocent accident rather than as a result of how they choose to drive. Which I think largely explains the backlash we’re seeing now.

  12.  

    Andrew

    Internet Debate Warrior? Sorry, not familiar with the concept.

    “Jaywalking & text walking” that result in death or injury are already penalized quite severely: the penalty is death or injury. I’m not sure why you think there needs to be further penalty. Meanwhile, you seem to be objecting to a much milder penalty for drivers who directly cause death or injury to others.

    In addition, crossing the street mid-block or against the light, once it’s clear that no traffic is approaching, is safer than waiting for the light and stepping in front of turning motorists who may or may not yield. Kindly don’t reprimand me – or purpose to penalize me – for looking out for my own safety.

    I’m honored to be referred to as “quaint,” but I didn’t take driver’s ed through the public school system, and I’m not sure where I implied it. “I’m not doing the Internet Debate Warrior thing with you. It’s Reddit troll type masturbation and I’m not providing fodder. My statements are in direct response to those made before it. Anything that impedes your senses while driving, biking or walking is unsafe. I just watched a video of a white Camary going thru a flashing/ringing train crossing and getting slammed by a train. If the driver had been compelled to stop at the crossing like commercial vehicles, he couldn’t have helped but see & hear that a train was coming because he would have had to roll down the windows to listen. Thus defeating a booming system and ridiculous tinted windows. If Vision Zero was truly concerned about pedestrian safety, would it kill someone to address jaywalking & text walking? Because why wait for people to start dying in statically significant numbers before printing one stupid poster? “
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    *Woodcider*
    I’m not doing the Internet Debate Warrior thing with you. It’s Reddit troll type masturbation and I’m not providing fodder. My statements are in direct response to those made before it.

    Anything that impedes your senses while driving, biking or walking is unsafe. I just watched a video of a white Camary going thru a flashing/ringing train crossing and getting slammed by a train. If the driver had been compelled to stop at the crossing like commercial vehicles, he couldn’t have helped but see & hear that a train was coming because he would have had to roll down th e windows to listen. Thus defeating a booming system and ridiculous tinted windows.

    If Vision Zero was truly concerned about pedestrian safety, would it kill someone to address jaywalking & text walking? Because why wait for people to start dying in statically significant numbers before printing one stupid poster?

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    That’s quaint. You think there’s Driver’s Ed in NYC.

    I even took it myself.

    And I said nothing about yielding.

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  13.  

    Vinstar

    Dirty is an understatement. NY subways are suitable only for the rats not human beings.

  14.  

    Joe R.

    Reason #298568 for installing sidewalk bollards.

  15.  

    Tyson White

    I agree that fines BEFORE something bad happens are much more effective than arrests when something bad happens. Because no one thinks THEIR bad driving will hurt anyone until it’s too late.

  16.  

    Tyson White

    “…was having a medical episode…”

    That’s exactly what they said when Bob Simon got killed by his driver. They were fishing for highly unusual explanations other than the simple fact he was speeding, which is obvious to anyone whose seen pics of the wreckage. Later, as it turns out, the driver had a bad driving record.

  17.  

    Kevin Love

    And such research is BS. My research shows that car drivers currently in jail for drunk driving have a 0% likelihood of getting behind the wheel potted. Enforcement works.

  18.  

    Lordyuyu

    That’s fine. People can speak Spanish all they want. But the rest of us – the other 270 million speak English. So when parts of our cities turn public things into Spanish and official government events play the american AND the Dominican national anthem then its a poke in the eye to the rest of us. Its american money thats payig for thr plaza not dominican and its a plaza for all americans not just spanish people. People come here to be part of one bigger society. Not to create a separate one and caeve a piece out of the country just for their own kind.

  19.  

    dr2chase

    How far are we from the point where pedestrians start to get much more aggressive? How many scratched/dented cars would it take to make a point?

  20.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    It would be very simple to require dash cams and to have police grab existing on board data on all modern cars that shows speed and acceleration data, plus more.

  21.  

    kevd

    Sorry. I got a bit obnoxious there.
    But, you are derailing just as much as the English-only poster above.

  22.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    Cuomo must drive, or be driven like a child everywhere. In Sweden, the Prime Minister and staff ride true subways to work every day. Thus, the subways are immaculate.

    We need to encourage this kind of change here. Give leaders subway cards in place of $750.00 a month car allowances. (They don’t even use our money for a Tesla, at least to show leadership.)

  23.  

    kevd

    Isn’t there an organic or local food blog you could hang out on instead?
    We’re here for the transportation and land-use issues.

  24.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    I think the sale prices are what they want to sell more of, what they think the community wants or they want them to want. We’re just hoping the farmers market makes the community and food options healthier.

  25.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    “White” bread has an amazing history of racism attached to it, check out the book about it. I’m trying to speak up for the health of the community.

  26.  

    kevd

    Not WHITE BREAD! Won’t someone please think of the Children!

    *rolls eyes*

  27.  

    kevd

    They can!
    But choose not to. Because, they can ALSO call it Plaza de Las America if they choose. Because 40 million people in this country speak Spanish. Crazy, right?!?!

  28.  

    SteveVaccaro

    Will someone please tell me how the DN Editorial Board can argue that the Liao case was relatively serious, involving a “tipsy driver,” and therefore should not provide a basis for a generally-applicable Right of Way misdemeanor, while at the same time the Daily News it is still publishing the lie that Ally Liao “broke free” from her grandmother? http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/suv-kills-3-year-old-girl-queens-article-1.1478219

  29.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    You’re right, I’m sorry to be upset. I feel it’s a food Justice issue..and the farmers market will help a lot.

    In Cali, we have a deep support of organic and fair, health grocers like Trader Joes at the least. I just need to move back there. I feel like we live in the future off where everything in a positive direction.

  30.  

    Emmily_Litella

    I think money has something to do with it. Root of all evil etc.

  31.  

    Emmily_Litella

    Our downstate votes are taken for granted. The suckers show up every election with hope and change fairies dancing around their heads. The farce we call democratic elections only works because we give our consent.

  32.  

    c2check

    Sarcasm is so tricky when you deal with people who say these things completely straight-faced and serious!

  33.  

    Lordyuyu

    well i think the fact that a US politician is standing up for the Dominican National Anthem is even worse than the name of the plaza

  34.  

    Doug G.

    The Daily News: “Yet researchers have found that stiffened punishments alone have no effect on the likelihood drivers will get behind the wheel potted.”

    There is not a single advocate out there – not TA, not Families for Safe Streets, nor anyone else who’s fighting to end traffic violence – who believes that “stiffened punishments alone” will change the culture of our streets.

    Ain’t no straw man like a Daily News straw man.

  35.  

    Andres Dee

    I ride the “C” often and think of the “R32s” as a trusted old friend.

  36.  

    Arthur Brownnose

    Alyssa Katz, Josh Greenman and Harry Siegel seem like relatively smart, with-it people. So, how in the world do they show up to work every morning at the Daily News op/ed desk and allow moronic, nonsensical, city-hating garbage like this to be published?

  37.  

    running_bond

    Having trouble reconciling how the city and Councilman Rodriguez can create a lovely plaza here in Washington Heights, but allow parkland and city streets to illegally be taken over as a valet parking lot for a nightclub in Inwood next door. I’m sure the fact that the nightclub is owned by very politically-connected people who donate to the Councilman’s causes and campaigns has nothing to do with it.

    https://dyckmanmarina.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/crossing-boundaries/

    https://dyckmanmarina.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/is-this-really-a-parking-lot/

  38.  

    running_bond

    You can look up the property owner on Property Shark. Probably not the commercial tenant.

    Bravo is a small supermarket chain like any other. They’re not pushing anything other than groceries.

  39.  

    Robert Wright

    I think asdfasdf might not have been making his comment entirely seriously, c2check. I certainly hope s/he wasn’t.

  40.  

    danbrotherston

    I’m guessing….(hoping?) that his comment was sarcasm.

  41.  

    running_bond

    The sponsoring politician is Councilman Ydanis Rodrgiuez, seen in the middle of the photo above. As his “State of the District” speech to a huge audience yesterday he had everyone stand for the Star Spangled Banner and remain standing for the Dominican National Anthem, so go figure. (The area is something like 80%+ Hispanic.)

    Were this 80 years ago it probably would have been the Warsaw Plaza or such. I don’t think the name is as important as getting the thing built.

  42.  

    Bolwerk

    TBF, the subway is only part of the NYC transit network. Buses far from cover their own operating costs, and last I checked the subway didn’t come that close either.

  43.  

    Bolwerk

    Yeah, “we don’t have enough resources” might also mean too busy doing stupid shit to worry about actual problems.

  44.  

    Daphna

    Unfair: subway fares rose 10% yesterday but Metro North and Long Island Rail Road, which are each subsidized far more than the subway, with a subsidy of about $7 per ride, get fares that rise an average of 4.45% or less, and the website is rather apologetic about the few fares that are going up as much as 6% by explaining that the increases had to be in 25 cent increases and cause. http://web.mta.info/mta/news/hearings/2015FareTolls/ There is no corresponding apologetic language for why subway riders, who already pay the operating costs out of their fares and are not subsidized, or getting a 10% increase.
    Likewise, tolls for the tunnels and bridges (the ones that have tolls) are rising only 4% – which is inline with the Metro North and LIRR increases.
    If holding fares to approximately a 4% increase throughout the MTA, then that should have applied to subway/bus too. The 4% standard should have ESPECIALLY applied to the subway since riders already pay their way unlike with any part of the MTA.

  45.  

    Lordyuyu

    because los angeles existed before it was part of the US.

  46.  

    c2check

    Perhaps drive more slowly and carefully when there is snow on the ground—especially when you’re in a busy, urban area—so you don’t skid, go onto the sidewalk, kill two people, and injure two more?

    Just a thought.

  47.  

    JT

    I walk across Sixth Avenue east to west once a day on my way home from work, at rush hour. And of those four or five times a week, at least twice a week a car bullies past pedestrians who have the right of way. I’m sure that is happening at least 100 times over the course of the day at that one intersection. It’s out of control.

    Yes, thousands of tickets or tens of thousands every day.

  48.  

    JT

    The NYPD slowdown earlier this year made it clear to me: they’re spending too much time on BS nonsense and not enough on actually investigating stuff that is serious – like traffic deaths. NYPD resources need to be re-aligned – much less for “quality of life” stuff and much more for traffic safety. Probably the same amount for robbery, assault, murder, etc.

  49.  

    asdfasdf

    Well, it was snowing, so what’re you gonna do? Just an accident. Could happen to anyone. I feel really sorry for the driver to have to live with this – so unlucky for him.

  50.  

    Woodcider

    I would be happy to see just one person look both ways before they cross while holding their child’s hand. Is that asking too much? The streets are dangerous. Having the right of way doesn’t make you bulletproof.