Williamsburg Bridge

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Williamsburg Bridge and Donald Trump via Wiki Commons

In addition to thinking he could own the Empire State Building and build the tallest building in the world, Donald Trump also had a pipedream of single-handedly repairing the Williamsburg Bridge in 1988. Yesterday, Gothamist’s Editorial Director Jen Carlson tweeted a series of stories from the time detailing how the Donald presented the city with a proposition to get the necessary repairs (the then-85-year-old bridge was closed due to cracked and corroded beams) done quicker and cheaper. According to the Associated Press, “Trump said the deal could work the same way as [Central Park’s Wollman Rink] construction in 1986 – he would advance the money, get the job done and be reimbursed for costs.”

So how’d he screw this one up?

Polls, Transportation

Yesterday we looked at a new proposal from MoveNY to toll four East River bridges (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Queensboro) and 60th Street in Manhattan in order to “raise funds for the MTA’s five-year capital plan (which is about $15.2 billion short of its target), and to make the cost of the city’s transit more equitable.” Drivers with E-ZPass would pay $5.54 to cross the bridges each way and at all 60th Street avenue crossings, while those without the technology would pay $8, all with the goal of improving mass transit.

Images: Via Justin in SD cc (L); Approaching NJ Turnpike northern barrier via photopin (license) (R)

Transportation

EZpass nyc

Image via Wikimedia CommonsEZpass nyc

Car-happy city folk are sure to grumble over this latest proposal from MoveNY to toll four East River bridges (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Queensboro) and 60th Street in Manhattan. The group’s plan, backed by former traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz, is looking to raise funds for the MTA’s five-year capital plan (which is about $15.2 billion short of its target), and to make the cost of the city’s transit more equitable. The new program would apply a $5.54 toll each way for bridge-crossers traveling with an E-ZPass, while drivers without an E-Zpass will have to shell out $8 to cross each time. The same tolls would also be applied to all avenue crossings at 60th Street.

Find out more here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

85-103 N 3rd St #408

There’s an exquisite loft in Williamsburg’s historic Mill Building available for $2.65 million. The one-bedroom stunner stands out from the rest with sumptuous upgrades contrasted with original detail like restored wide-plank floors and prewar beams. True, some of the fun, quirky elements—like the Warhol-esque paintings on the red wall and the trendy furniture—don’t come with the condo, but it’s still the perfect blend of character and luxury.

Take a look inside here

Brooklyn, Williamsburg

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