Mean Streets

December, 2008

A bunch of clowns

Mean Streets: The fight over a pair of controversial Williamsburg bike lanes has gotten so wacky that cycling activists sent in the clowns — literally. Comments (10).

Pols back Hasids in bike lane fight

Mean Streets: Several Williamsburg elected officials — some of whom fancy themselves as bicycle advocates — have joined a coalition of Hasidic residents and local businessowners in now demanding that one of the lanes be removed to restore parking on the east side of busy Kent Avenue. Comments (14).

A new ghost haunts the Slope

Mean Streets: Cycling activists locked a white-painted bicycle to a street sign at the corner of Eighth Avenue and President Street in Park Slope on Dec. 2, turning the site of a fatal crash into a makeshift memorial. Comment.

OK, keep cars in Prospect Park

Mean Streets: Transportation Alternatives — a bicycle advocacy group — is waving the white flag in its fight to make Prospect Park car-free. Comments (15).

Tonight! Is a car-promise possible in Prospect Park?

Mean Streets: The roadway of Prospect Park would be cut in half under a compromise plan that will be presented tonight. Comments (8).

November, 2008

Hasids: We’ll block traffic to KO bike lanes

Mean Streets: Opposition to newly painted bike lanes on Kent Avenue is so strong in Williamsburg’s Hasidic community that one Orthodox leader vows that the faithful will block traffic if the city does not remove the cycling routes. Comments (38).

It’s trench warfare as city eyes quick BQE fix

Mean Streets: The notorious trench portion of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway would be cleaned up and beautified under a less-than-ambitious proposal put forward by the city late last month. Comments (11).

Merchants: Bike lane is a retail pain

Mean Streets: A controversial pair of newly painted bike lanes are great for Williamsburg and Greenpoint bike riders, but they’re hurting Kent Avenue business owners. Comments (5).

Bike Ferris wheel loses!

Mean Streets: An ambitious plan to create a 10-story bike storage Ferris wheel towering over the Smith-Ninth Street F-train station was narrowly defeated in an architecture competition by a less-spectacular, but admittedly more-realistic, design on Monday night. Comment.

The Fourth Avenue fix!

Mean Streets: Can anyone fix this lousy intersection? Comments (2).

October, 2008

Crash smash!

Mean Streets: A silver sedan smashed into a real estate office on the corner of 88th Street and Third Avenue on Oct. 25, hospitalizing the driver. Comment.

BBQ on the BQE

Mean Streets: Traffic was finally back to normal this morning, almost 18 hours after a truck exploded in a collision in the Queens-bound lanes on the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway underneath Columbia Heights. Comment.

Pedestrians get a leg up Downtown

Mean Streets: Major changes are coming to one of the worst intersections in Brooklyn — changes that would give pedestrians a leg up on cars for the first time in years. Comments (1).

In Clinton Hill, one-way is DOA

Mean Streets: A request to turn several Clinton Hill blocks into one-way streets hit a dead end amid vehement opposition from residents. Comment.

Park Slope to city: Change thruways to two-ways

Mean Streets: A group of Park Slope residents is urging the city to convert the one-way speedways of Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue into two-way streets in hopes of avoiding the kinds of car-bike conflicts that killed a cyclist last month. Comments (1).

A winning vision for Grand Army Plaza

Mean Streets: The public has spoken: Grand Army Plaza should be completely transformed to once again connect it to Prospect Park, bury Flatbush Avenue underneath a land bridge, and make pedestrians, not cars, the dominant users. Comments (3).

A jarring reminder of a dead biker

Mean Streets: The scene of a biker’s death has become macabre memorial — a lasting reminder of the mean streets that claimed his life. Comments (2).

Not ‘Murder Ave’ for pedestrians

Mean Streets: Merchants and pedestrians on Myrtle Avenue are calling for the city to fix a hazardous stretch that forces straphangers to straddle a narrow median between two lanes of traffic while they wait for buses. Comment.

Kids tell Parks to get on ‘board’! Youths want a skateboard park in B’Hill

Mean Streets: Skateboarders are leading a push to turn a Boerum Hill park into a sanctuary for their gnarly tricks as an alternative to Brooklyn’s mean streets — but their dreams of “carving up the bowl” aren’t likely to happen unless someone comes up with some big bucks. Comments (2).

Locals: Keep cars in Prospect Park

Mean Streets: Countering a wave of bike-friendly initiatives, community groups rallied on Thursday against cycling activists’ calls for a car-free Prospect Park — saying that such a scheme would clog their neighborhoods with the hundreds of vehicles that currently use park roads during morning and evening rush hours. Comments (15).

Bikers win a battle Downtown

Mean Streets: Bike riders won a huge victory in their ongoing battle with drivers for control of the roadways as the city painted a new bike lane on busy Smith and Jay streets. Comments (1).

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