Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Unbroken But Still Unplowed

Remember this joke from the Lindsay days? The Mayor has a new snow removal program: it's called July.

The last drop of snow fell on Windsor Terrace well over 50 hours ago, yet 16th Street remains unplowed.

Windsor Place wasn't plowed until about 5:30 last night and remains fairly impassable.

Yes, there was a lot of snow and wind and drifting, but there's no question that the City cheaped up in its response: very few plows were seen salting the roads on Christmas night, and nearly none the following day. Whatever the Bloomberg administration may have saved by not paying Sanitation workers to do the job they do so well, it cost the city far more in lost sales and business. And good will.

No doubt many of you have seen these pictures from Sheepshead Bites. I blame the Mayor and I blame everyone who perverted democracy by enabling his power-grabbing third term. You get what you pay for.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Take the Prospect Park West Bike Lane Survey

Earlier this year, the NYC Department of Transportation changed Prospect Park West from three to two lanes of traffic and installed a separated two-way bike lane. This fall, DOT is studying the effects of these changes. They have committed to present their results to the public in early 2011.

Councilmember Brad Lander, Councilmember Stephen Levin, and Brooklyn Community Board 6 are gathering feedback on these changes, in order to provide an opportunity for resident input. Participate in this survey, which should only take 3-5 minutes, so that your opinion can be heard.

Blessing of the Animals, 2010

Photo by Al Pereira.