Changes coming to 14th Street during L train slowdown

The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to create a “busway”—or what DOT is now calling a “Transit-Truck Priority” project—on 14th Street between 3rd and 9th Avenues beginning in June for an 18 month pilot. This means buses and delivery vehicles will be given priority over private and for-hire vehicles during most of the day, with the exact hours still to be determined by transportation officials. Private cars that… Read more

MTA should enact 14th St. Select Bus Service sooner—and install a new busway—for L train repairs spillover

With the L train reconstruction set to begin next Friday, April 26, evening and weekend frequency of L trains will be reduced to just three per hour. In order to help riders seeking other means to travel 14th Street—and to help avoid a crush of for-hire vehicles—I’ve written to the MTA and DOT urging them to enact SBS as soon as humanly possible (instead of in June, their current plan)… Read more

B.P. Brewer calls for halting construction on 200 Amsterdam Ave. tower

NEW YORK – Tuesday morning, April 9, 2019, I joined advocates and elected officials to push to stop construction on the residential tower by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America at 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Last month, the New York State Supreme Court ordered the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to once again review the Department of Buildings (DOB) approval of the building to ensure that it is “in accordance… Read more

Charter Revision Commission begins drafting proposals in four areas

room full of people at Charter 2019 Manhattan Hearing The 2019 Charter Revision Commission—which will recommend proposals to be placed on the November ballot—has completed a series of “expert forums” on four topic areas it will focus on. Having narrowed focus after hearing from experts and the public (at hearings last fall), the commission will now draw up specific proposals in these four areas, and hold hearings on them in each of the five boroughs on those drafts later this spring.

Single-use plastic bags banned as part of budget deal

a hand holding plastic bag walking in the street As part of the new budget, state leaders passed a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags at most retail and grocery stores (restaurants are exempted). A provision was created for localities to impose a 5¢ fee on paper shopping bags, with revenue to be split 60-40% with the state environmental fund and the locality. (Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin are sponsoring the paper bag fee for New York… Read more