Saturday, September 14, 2013
From a good article about a high school teacher: The Quote of the Day
The Levittown of my youth, and of Volpe’s early years teaching there, was the quintessential American suburb before the rise of video games, cable TV, the Internet. It had no Main Street or downtown, no culture, not a single thing of visual interest. As a teenager, I spent summer nights coasting around on my bicycle with friends, often well past midnight, miles in every direction. We told ourselves we were looking to meet girls, but I think we were trying to get somewhere that didn’t look like everywhere else. We were not coming back to this town, any of us, once we left.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
New York, New York: The East Side's Up & The Battery's Down
WHEN THE East Side IRT is running well, you can skip the number 6 downtown that pulls in just as you go through the turnstiles at 86th Street and go downstairs for a 4 or 5. Go to the back of the train, so you'll get a seat, and walk two cars down when you get out at Union Square.
When all is well, the number 6 that left before the one you passed up will pull in as you reach your boarding point,and when you get out at Bleecker Street or Astor Place your will be directly opposite the exit, with no steps wasted and no time lost waiting.
And when you thnk like this, you know you're a New Yorker.PS: On weekends, when the service is cr*p, you can now go upstais at Union Square and get a Citibike. Recommended this month. Ride to the bike station next to Lafayette and get a redeye ice coffee and a madeleine.
PPS: This app tells you where you want to be when you get off the subway.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Does the NYPD Avoid Ticketing Illegal Parking in Bike Lanes?
THERE ARE sometimes so many delivery trucks, service trucks and limos parking in New York's bicycle lanes that it seems that way. And the NYPD is aggressive about ticketing cyclists (even hiding out of sight while watching the bike lanes) at the same time that one organization has worked out if a driver breaks the speed limit in Manhattan the odds are that he or she can go 37 years without getting a ticket.
This UPS truck could have parked in the spaces on the other side of the street, where there was actually a parked police car (blocked from view by the van). Any New Yorker knows that the New York City police are fast and efficient at giving expensive parking tickets that raise a lot of money. Car 54 Where Are You?
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
A great @CitiBikeNYC ride on a great day
Start @ the Puck Building, up Lafayette, left on 9th St (Wanamaker Place), bear left @ 6th Ave onto Christopher (center lane, use the walk light), bear right @ 7th Ave onto West 4th, right on Bank, right on Waverly Place, left on 11th, left on Bleecker, return to Citibike @ Mercer & Bleecker.
Distance: 2.6 miles
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Unfortunately, this rings true
[MAYOR BLOOMBERG'S] legacy is one where only the voice of those with power matters, where someone like me starting out today has less of a chance than I once did to improve his/her life – Tony Glover
From the comments @ Poll Shows New Yorkers Are Deeply Conflicted Over Bloomberg’s Legacy
Friday, August 23, 2013
You think New York's decreasing diversity happened by chance?
MAYOR BLOOMBERG calls New York City a "luxury product" worth paying for, according to the New York Times.
Also see Ginia Bellefante, A Mayor Who Puts Wall Street First, New York Times, August 16, 2013.From the Bellefante article:
To the graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design who can create $13,000 copper bathtubs (of the kind the mayor recently imported from France for his home) or cerused cocktail tables commissioned by uptown decorators, New York is an increasingly hospitable place. If what you make is more pedestrian, Stella D’oro cookies once sold in places like Key Food, instead of $6-a-piece shortbread of the type you might find at Chelsea Market, the mayor’s subliminal message winnows down to this: “Good luck, and send us a postcard from Ohio.”Both articles were in the New York Times retrospective, The Bloomberg Years.
Man Bites Dog - Nicolai Ouroussoff and I completely agree!
Like most fairy tales New York’s embrace of architecture has a dark side. If many of these shows pointed up our rich architectural past, they also served to remind us that the majority of today’s projects serve the interests of a small elite. And this trend is not likely to change any time soon. The slow death of the urban middle class, the rise of architecture as a marketing tool, the overweening influence of developers — all have helped to narrow architecture’s social reach just as it begins to recapture the public imagination. From this perspective the wave of gorgeous new buildings can be read as a mere cultural diversion.
To date, there is little sign that intelligent design will play a major role in any of those projects. On the contrary, every revision heightens our creeping awareness that when serious money is at stake, business will be as usual.
Nicolai Ouroussoff, "Manhattan’s Year of
Building Furiously," New York Times,
December 23, 2007