Essential workers were unable to get through barricades Thursday as police without warning shut down bridges, bike share and subway stations as early as 6 p.m.
Following a warm, sunny weekend in which Prospect Park was jam packed and people were crowding bars and restaurants, Mayor de Blasio Sunday finally took a much needed step and officially closed Brooklyn schools and businesses.
Council members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal released a joint statement yesterday decrying the city’s plan to rezone much of Bushwick while disregarding input from members of the community.
Protesters packed a raucous meeting Wednesday and demanded board members oppose Mayor de Blasio's plan to rebuild Downtown Brooklyn's House of Detention, our sister pub Brooklyn Paper reports.
Will 90 new shelters be enough? Or too many?
Mayor de Blasio held a town hall in Bed Stuy Thursday night and, according to a tipster, more shelters may be coming to the area.
Today Mayor de Blasio unveiled his administration’s comprehensive plan to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade. You can read the full 116-page report here [PDF]. Of those 200,000 units, 80,000 are slated be new while 120,000 will be preserved. So how will he do it? Basically the de Blasio administration will institute a policy of mandatory inclusionary zoning, requiring developers to include affordable housing in new developments in exchange for zoning allowances. And he is doing away with Bloomberg’s 80/20 initiative — 80 percent market rate housing with 20 percent affordable — in favor of a 50/30/20 model, designating 20 percent of units to low-income households, 30 percent to moderate income households and 50 percent as market-rate. The administration will also lift requirements to make it easier to convert old industrial buildings to residential, as well as add two new city programs to help spur development of vacant sites. And to address the increasing loss of rent-regulated apartments, the city plans to closely monitor landlords to make sure they are not illegally destabilizing apartments.
The mayor has also stated the desire to build tally and densely — the study cites the towering Hunters Point South project as a positive city investment in affordable housing. de Blasio didn’t mention any specific areas that will be targeted for increased affordable development, but Crain’s reports that the administration plans “to initiate a ‘dozen’ planning studies in the months ahead to start that process.” As the Mayor stated on Twitter earlier today, “Priority is going to be given to where the need is greatest — but this is a five-borough plan.”
This afternoon, Mayor de Blasio visited PS 152 in Woodside along with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. He took the opportunity to unveil some initiatives to reduce traffic deaths and injuries — he already expressed his “Vision Zero” goal of eliminating traffic fatalities within ten years. Streetsblog listed some initial highlights from the press conference, which include a coming speed ticket blitz, tickets issued from speed cam monitoring, and “concrete plans” laid out by February 15th. Transportation Alternatives also issued a statement on the initiative:
We welcome Mayor de Blasio’s announcement of an interagency partnership to move New York City toward Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024. It’s an important step in the right direction, after a discouraging spike in pedestrian fatalities, one that has included the deaths of several children…
Traffic deaths are preventable. We know what causes them, so we can take action to stop them from happening in the first place. We need to redesign more dangerous corridors and intersections. We must dedicate more officers to crash investigations and traffic enforcement, to combat the most deadly violations, speeding and failure to yield. We need the vast expansion of the 20mph speed limit, and we need to expand the use of enforcement cameras that issue tickets, not just warnings. We are heartened by today’s announcement that the city is moving ahead with all of these initiatives.
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