By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, March 17, 2023
Photo © James and Karla Murray
Two months after painting the mural- and graffiti-covered 191st Street pedestrian tunnel white, New York City announced plans to “beautify” the underground path once again. The Department of Transportation on Thursday issued a request for proposals seeking artists to submit “bold, colorful designs” for the tunnel that reflect the “rich cultural identity of Washington Heights.” The request comes after community members criticized the agency for “whitewashing” an iconic piece of the neighborhood, as Gothamist reported.
By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, January 31, 2023
Photos courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation
The city’s Department of Transportation this week unveiled the first restored medallions installed along the Avenue of the Americas on lampposts from 42nd Street to 59th Street. The medallions, which were first displayed in 1959, depict the emblems of each nation and territory in the Western Hemisphere. After years of neglect, the medallions had fallen into disrepair, leaving just 18 of the original 300 medallions remaining. Last fall, DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced plans to create new medallions. On Monday, the city installed the first nine of 45 new medallions, representing the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Argentina, St. Lucia, and Uruguay.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, January 12, 2023
Image courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week released an action plan to better serve the city’s cyclists, including the installation of bike racks on the front of buses and outside of dozens of train stations. As part of the agency’s Extending Transit’s Reach plan, the bike racks will be installed on the front of M60 SBS, S79 SBS, and Q44 SBS buses, all of which are Select Bus Service routes that span across four boroughs. The city’s transit agency will also work to install bike racks at the entrances of 37 subway stations that currently lack parking for bikes.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, October 13, 2022
Photo © NYC DOT
One of Brooklyn’s busiest and most dangerous streets became safer this week. The city’s Department of Transportation on Wednesday unveiled the Schermerhorn Street redesign, which includes a two-way protected bike lane, one-way vehicle traffic, and new pedestrian space. The street is an essential east-west route that connects cyclists to and from the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, August 23, 2022
Image courtesy of Elvert Barnes on Flickr
New York City received a $7.25 million federal grant that will be put towards the expansion of the city’s greenway network, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday. The expansion aims to improve the greenway network’s reach in historically underserved, lower-income neighborhoods that lack access to public transportation and jobs by filling in “critical gaps” in the network, improving cyclist and pedestrian safety, and enhancing green transportation alternatives and waterfront access.
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By Michelle Cohen, Wed, January 19, 2022
Photo by midweekpost via Wikimedia commons.
New York City Council Member Keith Powers announced this week the next steps in a plan to bring new life to Midtown’s Park Avenue traffic medians. The newly-revealed plan will transform the avenue’s current malls into “new, world-class, active open space,” according to a press release. A landscape architect will be hired by the Department of Transportation to create a master plan according to a request for proposal, to be issued in the spring.
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By Michelle Cohen, Tue, October 26, 2021
Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman cut the ribbon on new open space on Broadway in the Flatiron District on Monday, October 25, 2021. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman have announced more improvements coming to the city’s streets, including six blocks of Broadway that will be fully dedicated to pedestrians or modified so that cars, cyclists, and pedestrians can share the street. The DOT’s “Broadway Vision” will reimagine 12 blocks of the Manhattan street as shared public street space.
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By Michelle Cohen, Thu, October 11, 2018
Concept rendering of Harlem River Greenway Link view toward RFK Bridge.
The NYCEDC, the NYC Parks department and NYC DOT announced today the results of a study on how to close the 32-mile loop of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway along with plans to invest over $250 million to get the project started in Inwood, Harlem, East Harlem and Midtown. The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway announcement outlines a strategy for connecting open waterfront spaces that total over 1,000 acres that will add about 15 acres of quality open space and integrate the Greenway into surrounding neighborhoods.
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By Devin Gannon, Mon, August 6, 2018
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It’s no surprise the Bronx ranks as the fastest-growing county in New York. In the last year alone, plans announced for the South Bronx have included the city’s first soccer stadium, a 1,300-unit residential project on the waterfront, a development with Hip-Hop museum and food hall and a $10M revitalization investment from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Furthering the area’s development boom, a study officially launched last week to look at the expansion of Metro-North service East and South Bronx communities, including Hunts Point, Parkschester/Van Nest, Morris Park and Co-op City.
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By Michelle Cohen, Wed, March 28, 2018
On Tuesday, New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) officials announced a new pilot program that allows bicyclists to follow pedestrian head-start signals at 50 intersections throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, AM New York reports. The signals at those intersections have a range of 7 to 11 seconds–known as leading pedestrian intervals (LPI)–before drivers can proceed through the intersections or make turns through crosswalks. Now bike riders can follow these pedestrian signals instead of traffic lights (legally, that is), giving cyclists the safety benefits of added visibility that pedestrians have at those intersections.
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