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Williamsburg: The NYPD lost key evidence and botched the investigation of a fatal hit and run of a Williamsburg artist two months ago because officers had “more serious crimes” to deal with, the late cyclist’s family charged on Monday. Comments (19)

Avenue P-ainful! Residents demand city pave P.

Bensonhurst: Drivers — including our own Lou Powsner — want Avenue P paved before someone gets hurt! Comment
Atlantic Yards: The city’s efforts to tinker with the traffic flow around the Barclays Center to reduce congestion near the under-construction arena have not only failed, area residents say — they’ve actually made things worse on Third Avenue in Boerum Hill. Comments (35)
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Route problem! Thugs terrorize cyclists on bike path between housing projects

Fort Greene: Brick-tossing teens have turned a major cycling route through a public housing project in Fort Greene into death trap, injuring or terrorizing at least six cyclists — one seriously — in a spate of attacks this year. Comments (71)
Park Slope: A cyclist was seriously injured in a crash on Saturday in Prospect Park — just yards from the scene of two previous, near-fatal bike accidents and a target for a police crackdown on speeding two-wheelers. Comments (58)

City garbage truck kills woman

Williamsburg: A city garbage truck struck and killed a woman crossing Broadway on Wednesday, the second pedestrian accident to occur in Williamsburg in less than a week. Comments (18)
Williamsburg: The Williamsburg cyclist killed by a truck driver last month was not cruising in the driver’s blind spot, but was actually rear-ended by the trucker, a just-released bombshell accident report reveals. Comments (18)

Trucker arrested for mowing down 90-year-old man in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Police arrested a trucker who they say was drunk when he nearly killed a senior last Thursday. Comments (5)

Bikelash! Cops say they’ll crack down on speeding cyclists

Park Slope: After two serious accidents in the park, a major enforcement offensive seems on the verge of starting. Comments (132)
Bay Ridge: Shore Road has become a demolition derby where speeding cars careen out of control and crash into parked vehicles as they try to negotiate a blind curve, and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt, say neighbors who want the city to slow the cars down. Comments (22)
Park Slope: The city has a message for bicyclists in Prospect Park in the wake of two near-fatal crashes: Slow down! Comments (42)
A Windsor Terrace actress who was nearly killed in a crash with a bicyclist in Prospect Park is preparing to sue the city for $3 million, claiming speeding two-wheelers put pedestrians in danger on the park’s popular roadway. Comments (29)

Don’t leave town! FDR ramp closure will make it hell to get back to Brooklyn

This just in (literally): The Department of Transportation has just told us that Brooklyn-bound drivers should avoid the Brooklyn Bridge at all costs this weekend! Comments (10)

Uneasy rider! Famous cyclist Schumer ignores our questions about bike lane

Park Slope: We tried everything, but New York’s senior sentor — a big-time bicyclist — refused to talk about the Prospect Park West bike lane. Smart man — his wife is leading the opposition to the cycle path. Comments (30)
DUMBO: More of DUMBO’s charming Belgian block streets will be restored as part of a just announced $20-million project — but some locals are worried the roadwork will be more “Disney World” than historic neighborhood. Comments (7)
Park Slope: The city abandoned plans for a two-way bike path on Plaza Street West in the wake of a lawsuit over the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane — and seething cyclists say that transportation honchos were simply scared of another fight. Comments (25)
Greenpoint: The city plans to turn West Street, a pockmarked 12-block truck route on the Greenpoint waterfront, into a one-way northbound street while adding a bike lane and removing half the parking spaces. Comments (52)

Another civic group blasts city plan to remove traffic lanes

Bensonhurst: A Bensonhurst civic panel slammed a city plan that would remove two lanes of traffic from a pair of busy intersections, saying that it would bottleneck traffic and create chaos at corners that are not as dangerous as the city claims they are. Comment

Dead Williamsburg cyclist was a major art figure

Williamsburg: Locals mourn rising star Mathieu Lefevre — and we join the tribute with a slideshow of his amazing work. Comments (33)
Williamsburg: The parents of deceased cyclist Matthew Lefevre blasted the NYPD for stonewalling the family about the hit-and-run accident that killed their son in Williamsburg last week. Comments (3)

Enough already! Another cyclist killed by driver

Williamsburg: A hit-and-run truck driver struck and killed a bike rider this morning on Morgan Avenue. Comments (22)
Bay Ridge: Merchants on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge are demanding the city increase the time shoppers are allowed to park along the strip, claiming the present one-hour limit doesn’t give clients enough time to go from store to store— and many times results in them getting expensive parking tickets. Comments (33)

Another fatal car crash in Greenpoint

Greenpoint: A drunk driver was arrested on Monday night after he mowed down a 41-year-old delivery man on Leonard Street in Greenpoint, police said. Comments (2)
Greenpoint: Greenpoint’s community board has asked the city to halt its plan to remove much-needed parking spaces to accommodate an extended bike lane on Greenpoint Avenue. Comments (19)

City: Time to 86 left turns at Fourth Avenue

Bay Ridge: A proposal by the city would make it illegal to turn left from 86th Street, but some say it will just cause more traffic futher down the block. Comments (8)
Park Slope: The city wrongfully towed a slew of cars on Prospect Park West after installing a bizarre “No Standing” sign that confused everyone — including parking cops who were deployed to maintain order on the world’s most-controversial roadway. Comments (50)
Brooklyn Heights: And residents say it’s because the city doesn’t enforce the “No turn on red” restriction. Comments (31)
Bay Ridge: Bay Ridgites are furious that a handful of car dealerships along Fourth and Fifth avenues are breaking the law by parking their inventory on the sidewalk, blocking the path of pedestrians and forcing people in wheelchairs to roll into oncoming traffic. Comments (19)
Park Slope: Moving crosswalk signals will create chaos along Prospect Park West — if you believe a majority of Community Board 6. Comments (27)
Brooklyn Heights: Suddenly, a one-way conduit becomes a two-way nightmare near Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (13)

Cyclists to city: Don’t let the terrorists win on the Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg: New bike path barriers, designed to thrwart attacks, are driving bikers mad. Comments (25)
The city picks a vendor to handle the new cheap bike-rental scheme — but the devil is in the details (which, by the way, remain unclear). Comments (36)

Van is out of control on Fifth Avenue

Park Slope: An out-of-control — and possibly drunk — driver smashed into a Fifth Avenue bar in Park Slope on Sunday evening, shattering the storefront window, injuring himself and a cab driver. Comments (11)

Another senseless cyclist death in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: A bike rider was killed after a car struck him and dragged him through an intersection on Rodney Street — the second such death in days. Comments (48)

Cyclist run down on Williamsburg street

Williamsburg: A woman falls from her bike and is killed on Bushwick Avenue on Tuesday night. Comments (41)

Emergency roadwork to hit BQE

Brooklyn Heights: Expect nighttime delays on the hurricane-battered byway. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Expect nighttime delays on the hurricane-battered byway. Comments (3)
Park Slope: The construction that’s been bottlenecking traffic on Grand Army Plaza for weeks will soon pay off for commuters — bike commuters, that is. Comments (46)
Perspective: Foes of the Prospect Park West bike lane have had their day in court. Now, they must learn to live with the cycle path. Comments (45)
Park Slope: Opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane — whose case against the world’s most controversial cycle path was thrown out last week — are now demanding that the city remove the bike route entirely or face another lawsuit. Comments (37)
Park Slope: The controversial Prospect Park West bike lane survived a legal challenge this week, as a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of well-connected neighbors on technical grounds on Tuesday. Comments (29)
BREAKING NEWS

City wins Prospect Park West bike lane suit

The city has won the Prospect Park West bike lane case, as a judged tossed a lawsuit by opponents who claimed that the Department of Transportation improperly installed the controversial cycle path last year. Comments (6)

City: Brooklyn leads the cycling boom

Downtown: More than 2,000 new riders are bike commuting into Manhattan, according to a new survey. Comments (73)

City on PPW suit: Bring it on!

City on PPW suit: Bring it on!

Park Slope: The city will fight the Prospect Park West bike lane lawsuit on its merits, instead of seeking its dismissal on a technicality, lawyers told a judge on Wednesday. Comments (49)

Bike lane lie? Beep testimony casts doubt on city position

Park Slope: Borough President Markowitz says the city is lying to protect its most controversial bike lane. Comments (28)
Carroll Gardens: A bike parking corral will soon replace two spaces on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens — a move that neighbors say will fix the treacherous intersection with Sackett Street. Comments (17)

Subpoena: Bike lane backers will have to swear to tell the whole truth

Park Slope: Did Councilman Brad Lander and the city’s Transportation Commissioner fudge the data? A lawsuit says so — and now the officials may have to testify in court. Comments (48)
Park Slope: A group of cyclists is demanding that the city paint bike symbols on the car lanes in Prospect Park in the wake of several bicycle crashes — and park officials are listening. Comments (34)
Begone smog-belching buses! Comments (10)
Cops have written more than 121,000 moving violations so far this year — more than any other borough. Comments (9)
Park Slope: Responding to a lawsuit, the city says that the Prospect Park West bike lane is legal because, well, it works! Comments (69)

Who’s on Third?

Bay Ridge: A civic panel shot down a bid to turn Third Avenue between 82nd and 92nd Streets into a pedestrian mall for six evenings this summer, saying the proposal was misguided because it didn’t take into account the problems with traffic, litter and noise it would create. Comments (17)

Hey, you, look out! Closure on W’burg Bridge path means more bike-ped clashes

Williamsburg: The city is shutting the Williamsburg Bridge’s south pathway for six weeks this summer to improve its security — forcing pedestrians and cyclists to use only one path to get between Brooklyn and its western suburb. Comments (20)
Bay Ridge: Actually, he booted him for a lot of other reasons Comments (12)
Long-time community activist and bike lane advocate Bob Cassara has been booted from Community Board 10 after nearly 10 years, the only member of the panel who sought re-appointment but did not get it. Comments (11)
Atlantic Yards: Get ready to dance the Flatbush-to-Fourth Two-Step — whether you like it or not. Comments (44)

Call it ‘Fort Mean’: Nabe leads boro in bike crashes

Fort Greene: Fort Greene is Brooklyn’s most treacherous bicycling neighborhood, according to the city’s most-recent bike crash data. Comments (28)
Bay Ridge: A key member of a community board panel is demanding that the city strap on a helmet and revive its own abandoned proposal for a bike lane on Bay Ridge Parkway — but he’s facing an uphill battle. Comments (45)

Bike lane? What bike lane? Drivers, cyclists clash over Bedford Avenue

Williamsburg: The clash of cultures over a Williamsburg bike route has gotten physical. Comments (96)
Kensington: A Lefferts Gardens woman who watched her mother get mowed down by a car is Comments (29)
Park Slope: The Fourth Street cul-de-sac won’t be available for parking anymore. Comments (17)
Bay Ridge: The bikelash continues — this time on Bay Ridge Parkway. Comments (2)
Park Slope: Hundreds of cyclists — toddlers on tricycles, sign-waving mamas and helmet-clad dads — rode the Prospect Park West bike lane on Sunday to show support for the city’s most controversial cycle path. Comments (112)
Park Slope: Bicyclists will participate in a massive group ride on Sunday to show support for their beleaguered Prospect Park West bike lane, now the subject of a lawsuit, political pressure, dueling polls, and more international media coverage than some real wars. Comments (39)
Cops are slapping cyclists with nearly double the number of traffic tickets in the wake of a “crackdown” on rogue bikers in Brooklyn. Comments (99)
Greenpoint: City officials will reconsider plans to extend a bike lane over the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge after residents and local business owners said that the truck route is too dangerous. Comments (36)
Brooklyn Heights: Starting tonight, the Brooklyn Bridge’s Manhattan-bound lanes are eliminated late nights. Comment
Park Slope: Park Slope’s assemblyman has tossed aside the results of his own survey to conclude that the controversial two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West must be eliminated in favor of a standard one-way lane. Comment
Park Slope: The survey says — again! — that Park Slopers like their controversial bike lane. Comments (45)
Brooklyn Heights: There is just not enough money to move ahead on an ambitious — and popular — proposal to bury the aging Brooklyn–Queens Expressway in a tunnel. Comments (17)

Wheel bad news in Bay Ridge as city puts meters on last free block

Bay Ridge: A legendary oasis of free parking on Third Avenue will dry up this summer when the city installs new muni-meters between 83rd and 84th streets. Comments (19)
Park Slope: A Manhattan lawmaker wants to ban cars from Prospect Park — a plan that would tame the “hectic pace of city life,” its chief supporter says. Comments (68)
Park Slope: Hundreds more drivers will compete for parking spots in Gowanus and Park Slope under a plan by Con Ed to eliminate a 250-space employee parking lot next month. Comments (149)
Prospect Heights: Eastern Parkway would be transformed from a menacing speedway into a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly strip under a new city plan that will begin construction next month. Comments (30)
Greenpoint: But the city won’t change the signs because St. Anthony’s on Leonard Street may reopen this fall. Comments (2)
Park Slope: The community board asks the city to install speed bumps along the bike lane. Comments (62)

Cops: Drunk officer caused this horrific crash

Cops: Drunk officer caused this horrific crash

Park Slope: A drunk and possibly drugged-up cop triggered the horrific March 15 crash on Fifth Avenue that led to multiple injuries — including two of his fellow police officers, this paper has learned. Comments (10)

Prospect Park West bike foes pushing ‘Eighth Avenue’ solution

Park Slope: Opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane say they have a solution to the long-running bike lane conundrum: move the controversy one block away. Comments (84)
Fort Greene: Long Island University and Fort Greene are in a town-gown battle pitting the school’s need for athletic space and locals’ need for parking spaces. Comments (16)

Bad crash on Fifth Avenue

Bad crash on Fifth Avenue

Park Slope: A reckless driver flew through an intersection and slammed into a police car and a parked car on Fifth Avenue early Tuesday morning. Comments (33)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The city’s plan to move MTA buses from Brooklyn to Queens has ignited a border war! Comments (6)

Lots of yelling, little decided at Prospect Park West bike lane hearing

Park Slope: The Prospect Park West Bike Lane is a miracle solution and a horrific danger, bike lane friends and foes trumpeted at packed hearing last night. Comments (53)

Yassky: Plan would help the boroughs

Perspective: New Yorkers in Manhattan have excellent taxi service. You put up your hand, hail a yellow car with a light on top, and it takes you where you want to go for a predictable price. Comments (1)

Desai: The plan will hurt yellow cabbies

Perspective: We are stunned by the mayor’s proposal to turn liveries into taxis in the outer boroughs. Comments (4)

What do actual drivers think?

Perspective: We know what an advocate of taxi drivers and the city agency behind the proposal think about the proposal to install meters inside livery cabs. But what about the livery cab drivers themselves? We asked five drivers outside the Atlantic Center what they thought of it all. Comments (3)
Cobble Hill: The city is considering reversing the direction of a Cobble Hill Street make it easier for cyclists to pedal to Brooklyn Bridge Park — but critics say the move will be more hazardous than helpful. Comments (7)

Pothole for Lafayette bike lane

Fort Greene: A city plan for a new bike lane in Fort Greene skid to a halt after community objections last month, the latest clash in a winter of discontent about bike lanes across the borough. Comments (25)

Suit: City lied about Prospect Park West bike lane

Suit: City lied about Prospect Park West bike lane

Park Slope: The city threw pedestrians into the “lane” of fire by fudging Prospect Park West bike path data and colluding with rabid advocates to stanch opposition, a bombshell lawsuit alleges. Comments (56)

Activists to install a ‘Tomb of the Unknown Cyclist’ at Boro Hall

Seven “ghost bikes” to memorialize cyclists killed in accidents were installed this year in Brooklyn — and next week, a sixth white-painted shrine will be placed near Borough Hall to honor victims of unreported collisions. Comments (8)

The bike lane is working

Perspective: Never have so many words been exchanged about so few feet of pavement and lane striping. Our kids should be forgiven for believing that the Battle of Brooklyn was when George Washington strategically retreated his bicycle across Prospect Park West. Comments (94)

There’s a better path than this

Perspective: Bike lanes improve the health, safety, and environment of the city. However, the two-way “parking-protected” bike lane on Prospect Park West has caused serious safety concerns and unnecessary inconvenience for local residents — especially senior citizens, people with disabilities, families with children and neighborhood businesses. To access the park, pedestrians must cross multiple lanes of one-way moving traffic. Then they must pass through a floating row of parked cars that obstructs their view of the two-way bike lane, which they must enter blindly, before reaching the curb. Comments (60)
Park Slope: An ambulance driver who abandoned traffic-choked Prospect Park West to use the controversial bike lane as a shortcut was hardly a lone rogue. Comments (54)

Council bike data bill will prove us right — foes and cycle supporters say

Park Slope: Friends and foes of bike lanes can’t wait for a new city bike-crash data law to take effect — because both sides think it will show they’re right. Comments (35)

Wheel good news! Unicyclist beats the rap in sidewalk-riding caper

Crown Heights: Call him “Free Wheel-y!” Comments (11)
Brooklyn Heights: The Hollywood starlet lenses a scene in Brooklyn Heights — and you are there. Comments (1)

Fort Greene group seeks neater bow-ties

Fort Greene: Four triangle parks may get spruced up. Comment
Park Slope: The politically connected group that opposes the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane is poised to sue the city — at the risk of a marital rift between cycling advocate Sen. Charles Schumer and his lane-hating wife. Comments (36)

Bike lanes — the third rail of New York City politics

Park Slope: A hastily scrubbed meeting over a new set of cycle paths in Park Slope prompts denials from supporters and gloating from bike opponents that they are starting to have an impact. Comments (22)
Park Slope: Park Slope commuters are furious that the two bus lines serving Seventh Avenue continue to bunch up — rendering useless the staggered schedule that is supposed to be enhancing local service. Comments (4)

Bridge out! Returning from Manhattan? Don’t take the Brooklyn!

Brooklyn-bound drivers on the Brooklyn Bridge will think they’re in London several nights this week as emergency repair work will divert cars to the northern lanes of the fabled span — as workers repair weather-beaten exit ramps on the Brooklyn side. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: This Hollywood invasion is going to close off about eight streets. Better move your car! Comments (1)
Park Slope: Alternate-side parking returns — and few are happy. Comments (16)
Boerum Hill: Boerum Hill residents are pushing the city to slam the brakes on reckless drivers by cutting the speed limit to 20 miles per hour in their exclusive brownstone enclave. Comments (14)

Cyclist left for dead in Williamsburg hit-and-run

Williamsburg: Now her friends are hunting for the driver. Comments (8)
Park Slope: Two former top city officials — including an ex-Transportation Commissioner who emphasized car travel over bikes during her tenure — have emerged as the principal leaders of the opposition to the city’s controversial Prospect Park West bike lane. Comments (125)
Park Slope: Blizzard of 2010? No, but Friday’s light snowfall means that cyclists on the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane are out of luck until the city gets around to plowing the two-way dedicated path. Comments (25)
Park Slope: Accidents have plummeted dramatically since the installation of the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane in the spring, new city data reveals. Comments (60)

Breaking: Cyclist killed on — yes, on — the BQE

Cobble Hill: Keep checking back for updates on this odd tragedy. Comments (8)

License ‘em! Sloper wants to put plates on bikes

Park Slope: Cyclists will be required to register their rides like their gas-guzzling counterparts under a controversial scheme trumpeted last week by a Park Slope activist. Comments (37)
Bridge ‘Park’: The city is moving to stop droves of double-decker tour buses from idling and clogging the foot of Old Fulton Street during the summer — a traffic debacle that’s reached a breaking point since Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park opened early last year. Comments (18)

Bikelash! Cops to crack down on two-wheelers

A big enforcement effort against cyclists is coming. Comments (103)

Hit-and-run on Flushing Avenue

Williamsburg: A hit-and-run driver critically injured a 2-year-old as he slammed the tot as he was being pushed by his 13-year-old sister near the dangerous corner of Kent and Flushing avenues on Tuesday afternoon. Comments (2)

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