Since the 1970s, off and on, NYC has considered a congestion pricing plan, where drivers would be charged a fee for driving in Manhattan south of 60th Street during certain hours of the day, for the purpose of relieving congestion on the streets and raising badly needed income for the public transportation system. Unlike previous plans, the current one under consideration does not include tolls on all the East River bridges. But opponents still believe the fees will be a drain on commuters.
Got questions about the planned L train closures? Join the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the NYC Department of Transportation for a series of open houses to learn and ask questions about plans for the 15-month closure of the Canarsie Tunnel, beginning in April 2019. Please join us at one of these events, and feel free to arrive anytime during the timeframes listed.
East Williamsburg: Wednesday, January 24
Progress High School
850 Grand Street bet Bushwick Ave & Waterbury St, Brooklyn
Manhattan East Side: Wednesday, January 31
344 East 14th Street bet First & Second Aves, Manhattan
Williamsburg: Thursday, February 8
Williamsburg Community Center
195 Graham Avenue bet Scoles & Stagg Sts, Brooklyn
Manhattan West Side: Wednesday, February 14
Our Lady of Guadalupe
328 West 14th Street bet Eighth Ave & Hudson St, Manhattan
Did you know that NYC is projected to become one of the leaders in electric vehicle use? Well we are, and the city is preparing by offering an Invitation to Bid to Envision Solar’s EV ARC solar-powered EV charging stations.
While in some ways the design (pictured) seems a little clunkier than the more shed-like solar charging stations we’ve seen in the past, the fact that these stations can be moved around the site where they are located seems like a big plus.
So when will these stations be installed, and where?
Even though it was first introduced to the world in the 1950s, it became a ubiquitous cultural icon during the counter-culture era of the 1960s. Hippies, free-spirited adventurers and cross-country travelers snapped up the Type 2 microbus at what is, by today’s standards, the unbelievably low price of around $2,100 (it also played a supporting role in Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant).
Volkswagen stopped microbus production in 2003, but now they’re trying to bring the design back- as a battery electric vehicle.
Remember the congestion pricing plan that was floated by the Bloomberg administration back in 2008? It had its critics and it had its flaws, and it ultimately died a death in the State Assembly, in no small part thanks to Sheldon Silver’s opposition. But it is a new day, a new administration, and Move NY has proposed a new congestion pricing plan (read the full plan here).
Things have changed a lot in the past seven years, obviously. But have they changed enough to transform our transportation system?
Cranksgiving is an annual bike ride/scavenger hunt/food drive, helping to feed the hungry on Thaksgiving for the past 15 years. And unlike other, much more notorious holiday food drives, this one does not involve drinking (until the afterparty, of course), carolling or the despoiling of sidewalks or stoops. Costumes are optional!
Collected food will be donated to the Bowery Mission, a fantastic NYC charity for the homeless. Their pantry shelves are pretty bare right now, so they need you more than ever!