Was Car- Free NYC a Flop?


Photo via neithermorenorless

Independence Day 1996 in Little Italy ended with an exploded traffic light and lots of chaos. Check out this great post and nostalgia inducing black and white photos. [Neither More Nor Less]

The first “Summer Space” initiative in Brooklyn on Sunday flopped, attracting only a few attendees. The event is part of the summer experiments to experience a car-free NYC. In this case, the city closed Montague Street between Clinton and the Promenade and will do so every Sunday in July. Does this also spell disaster for Manhattan’s car-free “Summer Streets” initiative that will take place in August? [Brooklyn Heights Blog]

Councilman Anthony Como received a stop-work order on his house after a complaint of an unsafe construction site last Monday. He continued work on the site the next day and was caught with an attached fine. Today, a full week later, construction still continues on the site amidst the uproar of the Queens residents commenting on the blog. [Queens Crap]

South Street Seaport has a new model with ship views to go along with other visual documentation of General Growth Properties’ redevelopment plans. Readers both gasp in awe and rant in disgust. [Curbed]

Babeland, the notorious NYC sex toy store, has released a new downloadable care and feeding tip sheet for its products. [Babeland Blog]

Prime Queens waterside fireworks viewing spots sat empty as Macy’s moved their barge down towards the Brooklyn Bridge in a controversial move to allegedly display more city skyline. Waterfront storeowners want to know if the barge will return next year. [LiQcity]

Even the green in NYC goes grey according to a Post report and video on the decrepid condition of the parks. The good news is that the city plans to invest $1.3 billion in coming years. Sadly for park advocates, it is continuing the policy of only fixing failing parks instead of budgeting annual funds to maintain the parks. [NY Post]