The face of the almighty Bike Lobby Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Who knew that our humble old publisher was the public face of the “bicycle lobby” in this town? We certainly didn’t, until one of our hockey buddies sent us an anti-outdoor dining video created by a group called “Clean Up CB3”, which claims that the neighborhood represented by the Council member Carlina Rivera has become a “slum” thanks to the city’s Covid-era efforts to help the restaurant industry.

How does our publisher fit into all of this? Well, his shiny face the ugly mug appears early in the video as part of a rogue gallery of people who ruined the Lower East Side – villains that include “the developers”, the “nightlife mayor”, the “NYC Hospitality Alliance” and a “bar owner named CB3″, whatever that means. Our publisher portrait featured the derisive tag, “Trans-Alt-Bike lobby.” (Information point: Gersh Kuntzman is neither an employee of Transportation Alternatives nor a lobbyist. For one thing, lobbyists make a lot more money than journalists.)

Either way, the issue of outdoor dining isn’t going to go away, given that City Council will hold a hearing Tuesday on the zoning change that will codify rules around structures, their design, how much restaurants will have to pay for it. use the public space at the curb, etc.

Opponents of open dine-in staged a rally in Washington Square Park on Saturday to complain about “sheds” (Sun Village), and like everyone who cares about public space in this city, we believe in it should be a full debate about the best use of our curbside space – and how it should be priced to maximize public benefits (and not, indeed, filled with debris, as reported by amNY). But we remain troubled that opponents of dining halls never seem to look in the mirror and realize that free storage of private vehicles is clearly the worst use of public space. At least the restaurants employ people, bring in money for tourists, and add a lot of tax money. People who park for free on the street only occupy public space, only “giving” pollution, road violence and noise to our common good. At the very least, they should be charged handsomely for this space.

In other news:

  • It was a weekend of carnage on the roads, with the most gruesome story being that of 99-year-old Holocaust survivor Jack Mikulincer, who was killed by a driver while riding in his motorized wheelchair ( with a high visibility vest!) in Manhattan Beach on Saturday. . But neither the NYDN nor the New York Post paid much attention to driver guilt. (amNY did a roundup that included several fatal crashes that only killed drivers and car occupants.)
  • Even an NYPD officer on a motorcycle was injured by a motorist in a chilling crash captured on video Saturday. (New York Post)
  • MTA CEO Janno Lieber wrote about transit fairness in a amNY editorial.
  • daily news followed by our story last week about electric cyclist April Reign who was killed by a school bus driver. Predictably, the News was not at all interested in the details of the murder or that the bus driver had not been charged. But he mentioned that Reign’s sister, Wendy Feliciano, “plans to take the issue of bicycle and pedestrian safety to members of city council.” Hoping they listen.
  • Former Mayor de Blasio is seriously thinking about running for Congress. (New York Post)
  • The city has given Colin Jost and Pete Davidson more time to move their ferry (maybe so they can turn it into a coffeehouse like we recommended two weeks ago?) (New York Post)
  • Early voting was opened in two special elections to replace Assemblymen Charles Barron and Carmen de la Rosa, who now sit on the city council. (gothamist)
  • In case you missed it, generally reasonable Times columnist Farhad Manjoo went a little overboard when he fell in love with a massive $109,000 Cadillac Escalade that the company leased to him (at a bargain price). , no doubt) for two weeks. “I have never been in a car that makes being stuck in a car as comfortable and effortless as this,” he wrote. “If most cars are becoming as comfortable, practical and luxurious as this one – while getting bigger and bigger – what hope is there that we can ever reduce our dependence on these monstrous machines? , should I plan to rent or buy?” Ugh.
  • Fortunately, there was a counterpoint, of sorts, to the Manjoo and Times infomercial for Cadillac: the latest episode of the War on Cars podcast features an interview with a Vice writer who reviewed the same huge Caddy – from the perspective of the pedestrians he’ll likely kill.
  • If you’re in Hamilton Heights, head to Montefiore Square, which the city has just renovated into a much nicer square (thanks to turning half a block into a pedestrian zone) (Room). This is exactly the kind of project Fort Greene residents want for Gates Avenue because it will prevent accidents like the one that killed 3-month-old Apolline Mong-Guillemin last year.

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