TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT: On Sunday morning (October 20, 2013), MTA Bridges and Tunnels officer Thomas Choi was seriously injured by a motorist as he attempted to re-open the Brooklyn-bound lower-level of the bridge to traffic
BUSINESS: The American Iron and Steel Institute [AISI] – an association of North American steel producers – is asking the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reconsider their decision to use 15,000 tons of steel plate made in China for an upper deck replacement project on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge planned to begin next year.
NEWS: A thief stole a man’s car at knifepoint on Third Avenue two weeks ago.
TRANSIT: Transit advocates want to bring back the B37, but the more pressing need is improving the transit options that connect Brooklyn with Staten Island. Oh, look – we made a map that brings back the B37 with an extension to St. George. Aren’t we clever? (And don’t think for a minute that we aren’t very, very serious about this.)
TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: Six months after Transportation Alternatives proposed bike and pedestrian lanes on the Verrazano Bridge as part of their Harbor Ring project, supporters of the idea have begun a petition on website Change.org in order to help gain some much-needed traction, as well as the attention of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
POLITICS: Shortly after securing the endorsement of the union that represents most New York City MTA workers, mayoral candidate and Bay Ridge resident Sal Albanese unveiled a transit plan he says will improve, fund, as well as make the city’s roadways and public transportation system more equitable.
SEEN IN PHOTOS: There is a popular web site called Photography Is Not A Crime. It is popular, in part, because photography is sometimes treated like a crime, in spite of the fact that photography is not a crime. Like on the Verrazano Bridge – in spite of its “No Photos” signage, photography still is not a crime.
NEWS: Last Tuesday the NYPD carried out the daring rescue of a cargo ship captain suffering from a heart attack, and the entire incident was caught on video.