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    Doug G.

    Yeah. Seems weird that there are only two parties mentioned – the victim and the guy who fled – and yet the police know that the victim was outside the crosswalk.



    All while being one of the most expensive (the most expensive?) bike share system in the world, being the only form of transportation that’s expected to pay for itself and operating in a city with less than optimal cycling conditions.


    Michel S

    The DNA article states he was outside the crosswalk at the time he was hit, the implication being that he would not have been hit if he was in the crosswalk. It doesn’t explain why the driver didn’t stop, yet somehow it’s important enough to report.



    Some impressive numbers from an email I received today from Citibike:

    You just did something incredible. Two things, actually. Last week, on the first day of fall, you and Citi Bike members like you broke two big records.

    First, you set a new Citi Bike daily ridership record with 67,489 trips. Citi Bike has broken its daily ridership record 9 times already this September. Citi Bike is now serving similar numbers of trips on nice days as the boro taxis and the Staten Island Ferry.

    Second, you helped us cross the 10 million trips mark for 2016. For comparison, it took us until the afternoon of New Year’s Eve to reach that mark last year. This year, three months ahead of schedule we broke through what stands as a record, not just for New York, but all of the world’s bike share systems outside of Paris and Asia. That’s a lot of trips!



    I don’t see the victim blaming in articles about that driver killing of Perez; what is it?



    I didn’t read the other article in today’s headlines until now, which references ‘eyes on the street’: DDC Looking at How Bronx and Brooklyn Street Improvements Might Reduce Crime (DNA)
    Reason to be hopeful?



    That’s right. The Green boro cabs are just regular car service cars UNLESS they are hailed on the street and use the meter. If they are not hailed on the street, they can be Uber, Lyft, John’s Car Service, etc. etc.



    In neighborhoods like Jamaica, the city’s attitude is that they can’t “afford” decent urban design, and that they can’t be too picky. Plus, the masses who don’t own cars in those neighborhoods are only aspiring to one day be able to afford to be drivers. Don’t disrupt that narrative.



    Avenue V looks like a good street for a road diet.



    It would be so great to read for a change that the NYPD didn’t initially respond to a pedestrian or cyclist death by blaming the victim. Just once.



    Jamaica, Queens developments on those parking lots could be just as destructive to the streetscape as what’s there now. Just take the awful example of the Jamaica Home Depot’s blank walls. Jane Jacobs would be horrified. Where the f— is City Planning?


    William Farrell

    I was picked up by an uber driver in a boro cab the other night in Upper Manhattan. I don’t know if it’s legal or not, but no one seemed to be too concerned about it.



    I don’t know if they are “allowed”, but one of the drivers quoted in the article reported using Uber with his green cab.



    No, if they are dispatched by phone they get to set their own fare just like any other car service.



    streets in front of schools should be open for children on school days. 108th has a elementary school



    If only because their tariffs are set by the T&LC, I’d guess it’s highly impractical if not outright illegal.



    Does anyone know the answer to this question: Are green cabs allowed to use Uber/Lyft apps to pick up fares? I know they can be dispatched by phone in addition to picking up street hails, but I think that rarely happens.

    I always see it as a wasted opportunity when I see green cabs in Manhattan below 96th st. These cabs almost surely head back to the Boros empty. They should be able to fire up an app and get paired with a rider heading back to somewhere near their base in the Boros.


    Bernard Finucane

    You mean between Amsterdam and Columbus?



    disagree – 108th is the perfect width for playing children’s games. 108th should be dedicated to the school’s use during school days from 0600 -1800. No car storage and no driving on roadway during school days


    walks bikes drives



    Bernard Finucane

    108th is absurdly overwide. They should put in slanted parking on one side to mollify the residents.

    Parking meters for daytime parking at least should also be in place.



    As cyclists, we’re losing hearts & minds of people who are our natural allies.



    Disagree – city could gradually implement charging for parking in certain core areas. City already charges overnight parking on most Manhatfan Avenues.

    Simply expand the areas with meters first. Then gradually implement variable pricing. It might take 5-7 years.


    Larry Littlefield

    Speaking as someone who worked may years as a city planner, I can tell you there is almost no such thing as planning for the future, driverless car or otherwise.

    There is only planning to preserve the past, at the behest of those who benefit from it.

    New independent organizations such as businesses are more likely to create the future. Generally overcoming the opposition of existing organizations in business and government.



    At some point we also need to start to plan for a driverless car future, which makes the suggestion of building more parking on this site even more ridiculous. I do think NYC has a real problem with encouraging new residents who move from places where they own cars to bring their cars since there is available free parking on the street. Many of these folks subsequently use those cars on the weekend to visit family and friends in Pennsylvannia, Conneticut or DC, all while maintaining residency in those places and skirting city income taxes. I would say we should ban street parking from 1am to 6am except for city residents who can be given a parking sticker. All others would either have to purchase a nightly permit for $20 or a yearly pass for $1500. Giving away free parking in this city is ridiculous when I would guess as many 20 percent of those cars don’t belong to someone who is a tax paying resident of NYC.


    Larry Littlefield

    For those looking to win on these sort of issues by some means other than waiting around for Generation Greed to die off, the only way is to convince those street parkers that new housing will not affect them.

    And the only way to do that is to have resident-only overnight (11 pm to 7 am) street parking by permit, limited those registered and insured in the area. With enforcement.

    With a nominal, fixed fee of (say $20 per month) for any individual with a registered and insured car in the area on the date of enactment, to buy off the existing parkers. And market rates for anyone new.

    And no additional permits given in areas found to have a “parking shortage,” just new permits issued as existing permits are not renewed. Kind of like the taxi medallions.

    The handing out of feudal privileges to insiders and the expense of everyone else and the future is one of the worst thing about New York politics, particularly when selfish entitlement hides behind egalitarian rhetoric. But it is the reality. As offensive as it is, in this one case I say work with it.

    It is a way to get the buildings now. While still waiting for Generation Greed to die off, with market pricing for those to follow. The generations that are used to be being make worse off by those who came before.



    on edge of this map, one can see the number of people hurt by Drivers in Manhattan Valley in just 6 months. Traffic Violence is an epidemic in your neighborhood.


    Bernard Finucane

    Your community consists of cars and parking lots?



    Don’t know but I think some of the commenters here can’t see the forest for the trees. This city has been overtaken by the massive proliferation of high end luxury condos and rentals. And you nice people are fighting over the crumbs. The problem is not the parking! The problem is you’ve been hoodwinked into believing that you deserve the crumbs. Your city government with few exceptions is controlled by big real estate. And it will remain so as long as the tax-paying citizens of this town don’t fight to preserve their homes, their quality of life, their parking garages, their hospitals, their gas stations, their Mom and Pop stores,their landmarks and their goods and services. When did New Yorkers lose the fight in them? The UWS was once a bastion of activism. Parking IS essential in this city. Period. These folks are paying for it. The group that has organized to protect that should not have to apologize to those who think otherwise or have bought the party line from the city and REBNY that parking and cars are either a luxury or evil. Do people need low income housing? You bet they do! They need it in some of those luxury high rises being built on every square inch of space from Rivington Street to Hudson Yards. The residents of Manhattan Valley and I might add much of the UWS should not be consistently required to lower their standard of living because of policies in this city which have displaced thousands of lower income tenants from places they called home in favor of often predatory developers who harassed them out and built homes for the very richest. Not because it was needed but because it was highly profitable. And they’ve somehow succeeded in convincing you that your needs should not matter-that you’re the bad guys who don’t want to give low income families a home. Please.
    This is simply not the democratic way. And we as New Yorkers should be standing up to those practices which are undermining our communities instead of fighting with each other. And by the way, I understand the parking garages in question house a large number of ambulances as well as cars. If the developer of low income housing and the city want to build housing on that particular lot, then let them do so by incorporating the same amount of parking which is currently available there. Or let them build elsewhere. This is your city! Fight for it.



    I’m not saying the area should be gentrified, but some mix of buildings with lower through upper incomes will start helping to reduce all the issues you mention.

    Do you think expanding a homeless shelter and building below market housing on this site is a great idea then? Should it instead be market rate? Or half of the new housing should be market rate? How much of the below market stuff would be better sited a dozen or couple dozen blocks south? How much elsewhere in the city’s well off neighborhoods, including your own? But then you run into this problem:

    When they don’t get their money’s worth, they tend to be very vocal about it to their representatives. Their representatives tend to listen.



    advocate for charging market clearing prices for storing your car on city streets. The shortage of parking would end quickly


    Joe R.

    Easy answer to the gang issue would be to ask the City Council to get rid of NYC’s ludicrous gun control laws. When average citizens are packing, the gangs won’t have an advantage. Someone tries to rob a store, they end up DEAD at the hands of concerned citizens. Hang the body from a lamp post as an example of what happens to those who chose to victimize their fellow citizens. Problem solved. The police aren’t there to protect you. In fact, quite the contrary they’re part of the problem. Little doubt the gangs continue to exist in part because some police are paid off.

    FYI, I live in eastern Queens and grew up in a housing project myself. I’ll grant it wasn’t Trump Plaza but at the time (1960s) it provided decent housing to low income families. The local schools provided decent education. Somehow between then and now NYC forgot how to do this. Maybe we should see what we were doing back then and try it again. Evidently the way the NYCHA and DOE are being run now isn’t working. Part of the problem is the employees forgot they’re working for us, not the other way around.

    Another problem from your description of the area might be that you have large numbers of low income people crowded together. This invariably has bad consequences. I’m not saying the area should be gentrified, but some mix of buildings with lower through upper incomes will start helping to reduce all the issues you mention. People with high incomes pay a lot of taxes. When they don’t get their money’s worth, they tend to be very vocal about it to their representatives. Their representatives tend to listen. I can guarantee you the first time one of these higher income people gets caught in a shoot out the police will be on it. It’s sad it needs to be that way but that’s how it is. Police and governments just give lip service to poor people. The only way to avoid having areas end up like you described is by not having only poor people living in an area.



    Joe come and visit Manhattan Valley and then reply back to the website..make comparisons about the quality of life just west of Broadway and south of West 100 Street : those areas are affluent and they are not part of Manhattan Valley. And then I urge you to walk north of West 100 up Columbus Avenue through the 2,000 plus units of Douglas Housing…a super block public housing site that sadly crams people together and where people have to live with violent gangs. And Joe continue north along Columbus Avenue lets say 12:00 evening up to West 110 Street. It’s dimly lighted, the bus shelter never had safety lighting and thanks to the police they frequently station a car there. And be sure to wait for that wonderful public transportation that you are talking about: take the M10 from that bus shelter without lighting. Why Joe, why do we have a police car…well Joe because just recently the mobile phone store was robbed for the 2nd time and just a year ago the employee was tied up and robbed. Why the police Joe….because we had a series of shoot-outs and people died Joe. The wonderful residents of Manhattan Valley are welcoming Joe and so, I suggest that you take that walk and tell us about the despair, the empty stores, the poor lighting and Joe take a look and perhaps you may see a gang or 2. Ask a parent that has children in the elementary school in this neighborhood what they think of the educational system here. They have no real choice Joe as where to send their children to school. The parents work and they have to pick up their children and go home. And by the way Joe that is no easy task. We have the gangs and we never know when there is a shoot-out.

    Take a good look at the affordable housing Joe….you have lots to chose from…..afterall we house 40% of all the affordable housing for the entire Upper West Side. Look at the condition of the affordable housing. Pretty ominous: for sure the condition of this housing would not be accepted beyond our souther borders or west of Broadway.

    We are waiting for your report.


    Manhattan Valley is my home

    Fascinating to me that so many of the commenters just take the facts that were posted on many and similar websites without actually checking what’s going on up here. If this oversized building was planned for just a mile or two south, you can be sure the opposition to it would easily win. Easy for people to take shots at a community that already lacks a voice. Come visit us on 108th and Columbus and ask the merchants how they get their goods to their stores. It’s not on the subway or in an Uber.



    If the city is undercharging so much how come the vacancy rate is 10% as mentioned in the article?


    Manhattan Valley is my home

    Fascinating to me that


    Joe R.

    I’m butting in because lack of affordable housing is a citiwide issue. The obsession of some residents with car parking is a major factor preventing more housing from being built.

    Perhaps you can explain to me exactly what public benefit private car storage serves in a place like NYC? 100% of the benefits accrue to the car owners while everyone else suffers pollution and congestion on account of them. The idea here is do what makes the most sense. If it means losing private car storage in favor of housing for people, that to me seems more beneficial overall to the general public.

    Any good reason those who want to own cars can’t just store them outside city limits? As the article mentioned, over 80% of Manhattan Valley residents don’t own cars. Why are the ones who do “special”? Is it perhaps because they’re wealthier than the rest, so in their mind that makes them entitled to parking?

    Oh, and if cars in Manhattan Valley really move at 0.5 mph as you mentioned below, then that makes them even more pointless from the perspective of practical transportation.


    Bernard Finucane

    It’s unlikely that the red arrows is the correct route, because it turns too sharply at the end for a car moving fast enough to kill someone.

    Anyway I would suggest curb extensions like these to prevent this kind of tragedy in the future.



    Joe, Are you a Manhattan Valley resident or just butting in because you have nothing better to do. Come to the neighborhood some time. See for yourself.



    First moved to 10025 in 1978

    So children can play stickball on 108th ?



    Vooch, There will be no threat to school children when the average speed is .5 mph. Do you even live in the M Valley? Have you seen what happens every day between 8am and 9:30am and again in the evening? Suggest you learn more about our area.


    Joe R.

    Obvious answer is most of those 800 people don’t want to pay more for parking, assuming they pay anything at all now.


    Joe R.

    Did you ever consider if parking becomes much more difficult a lot of people who have cars but seldom use them will just get rid of them? Quite a few Manhattan residents who have cars just get in them to move them on alternate side days. The rest of the time they sit there taking up valuable space. These would be the first people who will sell their cars when parking becomes more scarce. I can’t fathom why they own cars they never use in the first place, but at least scarcer parking will make many sell those cars.


    Joe R.

    There’s plenty of parking and garages in the outer boroughs and the suburbs. If these people don’t work near public transit, why not park their car at the stop nearest where they work, and then drive the remainder? It’ll probably be faster taking public transit from Manhattan to that stop, as opposed to driving all the way from Manhattan. And NYC avoids a bunch more cars entering or leaving Manhattan every day.

    The hard fact is NYC needs affordable housing more than it needs private car storage. There really isn’t room for both. People are going to have to get used to the concept that if they live in NYC, they most likely won’t be able to have a car (or they’ll need to store that car outside city limits).



    my division of the $10 billion

    $2 billion rehab existing PABT
    $2 billion extend PATH lines into NJ by approx. 10 miles
    $6 billion devote to 7 line Secacus



    i guess 800 Cars Zooming through The streets don’t Pose a Danger to the schoolchildren.

    shortage of free street parking ? solution is to charge market clearing prices to park on street; surely you support this.



    The reporter’s article had no basis and if anything Ginia Bellafante wrote an ill-conceived article, thus having no credibility. Interesting how Ms. Bellafante’s opening paragraph described the physical attributes of the women that she interviewed…..the woman’s hair. This had no basis for her article, thus it gave the impression that she attempted to paint a negative imagine of Ms. Kerstein….this truly is hitting below the belt. Again, Ms. Bellafante should think twice before condemning Manhattan Valley residents for desperately trying to improve their home and to stand up to an on-going system of expanding an already racially segregated community. I find it appalling, yet almost humous that Mr. Bellafante describes how people in the garages drive their cars to Bucks County and to Fairway. What a hateful stereotype she constructed in order to dismiss the efforts of Manhattan Valley citizens. Ms. Bellafante who lives in Brooklyn Heights, walks her dog along the promenade and works so diligently with her building’s neighbors in creating a lovely and pristine courtyard garden lives in her protected and privileged bubble away from the gun shots of Manhattan Valley….a universe away. Manhattan Valley so far from her protected world is an area that consists of a blighted shopping district, poorly maintained affordable housing units and something that Ms. Bellafante has no need to be afraid of….the violent gangs. We don’t have nice private gardens, or a wonderful shopping destination as Ms. Bellafante has, but we do have a poor struggling community and we have the fear that our children and families may get murdered in crossfire on their way home from school. Like so many people that want to paint Manhattan Valley residents as affluent West Siders and bigots that fight against affordable housing; they truly do not know how we struggle with something so fundamental as surviving and trying to have the same opportunities as people such as Ms. Bellafante take for granted. People such as Ms. Bellafante live in solid middle-class communites that are culturally and economically enriching for its’ residents…something that Manhattan Valley children are constantly denied.



    i fully Support charging Market clearing Pricing for Street patking in UWS. The Root cause of a shortage of street Parking on UWS Is this precious Commodity Is given Away for free.

    Charge Market clearing prices and there will Be a abundance of Open soaces



    Manhattan Valley is a working class neighborhood, and many garage tenants have used these facilities for 30 years. The price of parking was calibrated to be commensurate with the average income of people in this community. It is privately run and not subsidized. The garages are rented, and the manager has offered to fund underground garages he has raise the millions needed. The developer still wants control. Each car represents a real person, this is not cars against affordable (low-income) housing. This is pitting one deserving population against another. These are real people. Many need their cars for work, for caring for elderly, for their family. The city did a study and has discovered only 140 available monthly spaces for rent in a 12 block radius. It was announced community 7 board meeting in June.. So what happens to people who cannot give up jobs that are not near public transport, or have a usiness that requires a van or truck (which are not allowed to park on city streets overnight). The city needs to evaluate a neighborhood and its needs. Or they will lose their middle class, working class and their tax dollar – they will be forced out.



    These “altruistic developers” have pushed an illegal plan that by design violates R8B zoning which limits new construction to 7 stories (their plan calls for 11 stories). The developers have turned a blind eye to the environmental impact that the demolition project will be across the street from a public school and its athletic fields and pose a hazardous health danger to each of its students. The subsequent building project affects the school’s ability to teach over the year long noise of the construction. The housing project ignores that fact that there is a need to replace the paid parking because those same 800 cars will be forced to join the alternate side of the street parking corps already over 1000 strong who so famously double park so city sanitation trucks can not clean the streets or pick up the garbage.

    Manhattan Valley residents wake up and picture this: One row of 800 cars (that used to be housed in 3 garages on 108th Street) snakes thru the Upper West side taking up 1/4 of Manhattan Valley looking for parking clogging its streets, idling and polluting, double parking, honking and circling and parking in fire zones causing a once peaceful area host to Carmageddon.

    “No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live there, and so residents should always play a major role in deciding its future.”