Educated at the Sorbonne and the Yale School of Drama, Gersh Kuntzman is obviously not the person being described here. We're talking about tabloid legend Gersh Kuntzman, who has been with New York newspapers since 1989, including stints at the New York Daily News, the Post, the Brooklyn Paper and even a cup of coffee with the Times. He's also the writer and producer of "Murder at the Food Coop," which was a hit at the NYC Fringe Festival in 2016, and “SUV: The Musical” in 2007. Email Gersh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paging Kevin Roose! My Conversation with the Bing Chatbot Was Much Better than Yours!By Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
Here's a story about why we no longer fear artificial intelligence, and, indeed, hope it will someday be running the country.
BREAKING: ‘Citizen Reporting’ Bill Moves Forward, But Without the BountyBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
A long-stalled bill that would allow people to report drivers who block bike or bus lanes is about to move forward in the City Council, but without its central feature: people who make complaints will no longer receive 25 percent of the resulting ticket revenue.
Streetsblog Gets Action: Battery ‘Buy-Back’ Program and Other Lithium-Ion Bills Advance in CouncilBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
A Manhattan Council member introduced legislation on Thursday that would create a citywide "buy back" program for uncertified lithium-ion batteries that have sparked dozens of fires — a proposal that comes two weeks after Streetsblog proposed it (see inset).
Data: Unreadable Plates Soared Last Year, Foiling Speed and Red-Light CamerasBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
The problem of cars evading speed, red-light and bus-lane cameras with defaced or covered plates has gotten markedly worse — with more than 7 percent of plates that triggered automated enforcement cameras last summer proving to be unreadable.
The End of ‘Criminal Mischief’? A Reflection on Three Months of Field WorkBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
It's time to hang up the paint pen and screwdriver.
How Much Does DOT Spend to Keep Kids Safe Outside of Schools? The Agency Won’t SayBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
The Department of Transportation frequently touts the effort it makes to improve street safety for kids, yet the agency doesn't know — or simply won't say — how much money it spends on projects or salaries devoted exclusively to safety around schools.
VISION ZERO 2022: More Dead Kids, More Crashes in Known Danger ZonesBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
More children died in crashes last year than in another other year in the Vision Zero era and crashes remain concentrated in areas that are known to be treacherous, according to a new report that crunches the numbers on the bloody 12 months of 2022.
Cops Say They’ve Arrested Hit-and-Run Driver Who Gravely Injured Pro Hoops StarBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
The arrest came only after the victim's family pressured the NYPD to reopen a case that detectives had closed.
State of the State: Hochul Seeks to Let New York City Lower its Speed LimitsBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
Gov. Hochul has fully endorsed a state legislative effort to allow New York City to set — and reduce — its own speed limits, announcing in her State of the State address on Tuesday that she will introduce her own version of the existing "Sammy's Law" bill that the legislature has failed to pass previously.
Tragedy Times Two: Lev Fruchter Has Now Lost Both Parents to Road ViolenceBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
First, Rachel Fruchter was killed by a reckless, uninsurable driver in Prospect Park in 1997. Then, Norman Fruchter was killed last month by a reckless uninsurable driver in Bay Ridge.
Citi Bike Raises Fees as Advocates Urge Public FundingBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
Citi Bike told its 215,000 members the bad news: Annual memberships will rise to $205 from the current $185. And electric bikes will cost 17 cents per minute instead of 15 cents per minute.
City to Push Albany to Reduce Drunk Driving Threshold, Though Holiday Messaging Ignores the Driving PartBy Gersh Kuntzman | | No Comments
Fixed it for ya, DOT: Don't drink and drive.