As murders sink to record lows and private-sector jobs, tourism and population reach record highs, one problem in New York remains unsolved: traffic. In fact, it’s worse than ever. “I’ve been driving for 52 years in New York City. I’ve never seen it this bad,” says Sam Schwartz, the Koch-era traffic commissioner and traffic engineer who is now a private transportation consultant. “Congestion has gotten to a horrible point.” Nowhere is the congestion more frustrating than in Midtown — between 34th Street and 57th Street — where taxis barely move faster than a brisk pedestrian, at 4.7 miles per hour, a record low in modern times, and 28 percent slower than in 2010. The bigger problem is not the north-south avenues, but the east-west cross streets. As Bruce Schaller, a planning and policy veteran of the Bloomberg-era transportation department, notes, the streets don’t have a capacity problem. But “mostly, it’s … [Read more...] about Drivers need to start paying to use New York City’s streets
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Emily Ladau was panicking. It was rush hour, and she was on her way to an event at the Strand Bookstore in New York City. She had just arrived at the Union Square subway station, which is a feat in itself. Ladau uses a wheelchair because she has Larsen syndrome, a congenital skeletal disorder, and since she lives in West Babylon on Long Island, she relies on functioning elevators on several train platforms before she can even get on the subway almost 40 miles away. First there's the Long Island Railroad that brings her into Manhattan, then there's the transfer at Penn Station to get on the subway. Merely arriving at Union Square is a kind of transit triumph. But as she wheeled to the elevator on the subway platform, she noticed a sign showing the elevator was broken. The online system that keeps track of out-of-service elevators didn't indicate there was a problem; she had checked twice during the course of her commute. But now that she was on the platform, the only elevator wasn't … [Read more...] about The New York City subway’s accessibility problem
New York City is a place where attitude and strong opinions are in the DNA. New Yorkers might not agree on much, but there is one thing on which millions of them do agree: the subway is a mess. Trains are packed, breakdowns and delays are routine, some say it's gone off the rails. After an actual derailment last year injured more than 40 people, the governor declared a state of emergency. When it first opened more than a century ago, the New York City subway was considered a feat of American engineering, now it's another example of the country's ailing infrastructure. Luckily, there's a man with a plan, an Englishman in New York who proposes the city's largest infrastructure expenditure since the 1950s. More on that in a moment. First, if you have never ridden the sprawling New York City subway, welcome aboard. When the trains are moving, there's no better way to get around New York City, than on the subway. These 400-ton behemoths crisscross the underbelly of the city, zipping … [Read more...] about Why has the New York City subway gone off the rails?
With every election season comes the possibility of change. Political parties must make their cases to voters, and elected officials, no matter how long they’ve served, must again win the support of their constituents. And while incumbency is often a powerful advantage in New York, 2018 is already shaping up to see more turnover than in a typical year. It’s in this time of transition, with a new crop of fresh-faced candidates shaking things up, that we turn our attention to the many young individuals who are making their mark in New York City politics – and not just those seeking and winning elected office. Jamie Ansorge Counsel, Cozen O'Connor; Government Relations Adviser, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Political activism, Jamie Ansorge says, is “in my blood.” In high school, he campaigned for candidates on street corners outside Stuyvesant Town. In college, he marched against the war in Iraq. During law school, he spent time at the Occupy Wall … [Read more...] about The 2018 New York City 40 Under 40
New York – Last week, I carried a 9-foot fishing rod and a plastic bag full of frozen bunker, dodging tourists and taxicabs across the Broadway and 34th Street intersection after a visit to Capitol Fishing bait shop in midtown Manhattan. Then I hopped the subway for the Upper East Side. I suppose it’s true that in the places you go, you’ll see the place where you’re from. How a Minnesota kid now living in East Harlem took his love of fishing to the streets of the big city traces back to my days growing up on Phelps Island in Mound, Minn. Every spring I waited patiently for the honeycomb ice on Lake Minnetonka to turn over — all at once. Some years, the ice would take its sweet time to go and I’d throw lures out toward the edge of the ice, just in case an early fish was looking to buy what I was selling. Eventually the sheet always churned around Phelps Bay, pinging along the shoreline, making whitecaps and currents in the open water before the ice … [Read more...] about Fishing bridges a divide for a Minnesota native in New York