Transit Sam, week of July 24, 2013


Street closures abound in the Financial District: John St. will close between Broadway and Nassau St. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, Fulton St. will close between Broadway and Nassau St. 8 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, and Thames St. will close between Broadway and Trinity Pl. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights through August.

In Tribeca, Varick St. will close both York St. between Sixth Ave. and St. Johns Lane and St. Johns Lane between Laight and Beach Sts. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

The Astor Place Festival will close Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette St. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

On West St. / Route 9A, one lane will close in both directions between West Thames and Vesey Sts. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and again 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Mulberry Street Pedestrian Mall will close Mulberry St. between Canal and Broome Sts., and Hester St. between Mott and Baxter Sts. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September.

All lanes of the Manhattan-bound Lincoln Tunnel ‘helix’ (the spiral approach road to the tunnel) will close 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. This means a lot of the inbound traffic will be diverted to the Holland Tunnel, and onto Varick, West, and Canal Sts.

All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. That means inbound traffic will take the Battery Tunnel and the Manhattan Bridge, ending up on West St. and Canal St., respectively.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
Is there a law concerning student drivers driving on streets where parks with multiple exits/entrances are located? I thought there was something about parks with 5 exits/entrances.

Eileen, New York

Dear Eileen,
Yes: Statute 4-07 (f) (1) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law states “Any operator with a learner’s permit shall not operate a motor vehicle in any park, on any play street, or along any block in which there is an entrance to a public playground or park.” So, student drivers should not drive adjacent to any parks, regardless of the number of entrances.

Transit Sam

An update on Petrosino Square: I wish I had more to report but the lawsuit has stymied me from making any progress.

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2 Responses to Transit Sam, week of July 24, 2013

  1. Thanks for your effort, Sam. But I wouldn’t blame the lawsuit. The lawsuit resulted only after months of DOT stonewalling.

    Ironically, it was DOT’s stymieing of numerous people’s requests asking why the agency just wouldn’t move the bike station that prompted the lawsuit.

    Welcome to the club.

  2. Thank you, Sam, for referring people back to your June 12 entry which includes two comments by me, rather cheeky, I see, in rereading them. My friend Brad commented to me that I was leaving "no stone unturned" in my campaign to get the bikes out to the roadbed and to restore the art installation space. I even asked the son of the late Virginia Admiral (she was a Fluxus artist housing pioneer who organized four artist buildings) to stand by us, but he declined. On the other hand, Claes Oldenberg wrote to the DOT a clear and poetic letter. " To trample [the park] with rental bikes is a cruel and unwise act," he wrote. My final act of grasping desperation was in asking the Mayor, in my comment to your column in June, for a mitzvah by removing the bikes from Petrosino Square. But I stay the course, and I will be in the park Tuesdays and Sundays in the morning shade with a free drawing sessions on Tuesdays and performances of head and body painting on Sundays. I paint a model to resemble a George Catlin Native American from the 1830's. I am not a person who wants to be out there in the public, but I must do everything within my powers to get the bikes out of the park. I have been called "fat, ' 'ugly," " old". and "Troll Woman," and one man said that he was going to work to pay for my unemployment, not realizing that I am 74 years old and that I work every day running my art studio. I have been told to "shut the fuck up" by a man riding through the park after I told him that "this is a sidewalk." Wish me luck.

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