Friday Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 99. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning.
Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 79. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Yes, it's been hot, but this is a full-fledged emergency:
BREAKING: @NYCMayor declares heat emergency, signs executive order directing large office buildings in New York City to conserve energy.— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) July 19, 2019
Order is in effect from 9 AM Friday July 19 to 11:59 PM Sunday, July 21, unless extended or revoked. pic.twitter.com/cgLuwTBlxy
And so the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With oppressive heat ahead (and behind), we’re recommending Brooklyn Summer Ale this weekend. Count on it for plenty of refreshment, and use the cool can to keep your fingers from sweating. We know it’s odd coming from a brewery, but don’t forget some water, too—this is some serious heat.
In the Bronx, Willis Ave. will be getting a protected bike lane:
We've begun implementing #VisionZero safety improvements on Willis Ave between 135th & 147th Sts #intheBronx:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 18, 2019
🚲Install curbside two-way parking protected #bikenyc lane
🚶♀️Add painted pedestrian islands
🚦Modify signal timing
🚌Install bus boarding islands at E 140th & 144th Sts pic.twitter.com/rnU63FpovT
Guess they're laying out the green carpet for Citi Bike.
Also, there will be full night closures starting next week on the Madison Ave. Bridge:
#MadisonAveBridge work over Harlem River will require FULL bridge closure starting on 7/22:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 17, 2019
Eastbound & Westbound traffic will be detoured to the 145th St Bridge. VMS boards & Traffic Control Agents will be in place. pic.twitter.com/HQBNs0HsV0
As well as the possibility of partial closures on the Queensboro Bridge bike and pedestrian path:
#QueensboroBridge work will require single lane closures 7/22-7/26:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 18, 2019
Mn-bound lanes & pedestrian/Bike path, 10PM-5AM
Qns-bound lanes, 11PM-5:30AM
Pedestrians & #BikeNYC are advised to proceed with caution. Cyclists may be required to dismount as they approach the work zone. pic.twitter.com/bWWdeOJZG8
If you're heading up to the GWB on Sunday remember that there will be street closures for the NYC Triathlon:
And if you're wondering what the deal is with the cones at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge here's your answer:
We received a 311 complaint regarding a gap between the concrete at this location. When weather permits, we will install joint sealer, but we placed the cones as a temporary measure.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 18, 2019
Meanwhile, it's been nearly a year since the Dyckman St. bike lane disappeared, and here's the latest:
The City Council needs a transportation chair whose support for life-saving street designs doesn’t hinge on who screams loudest, or who s/he thinks is most valuable to his/her political future.— Brad Aaron (@BradAaron) July 18, 2019
My latest on the saga of the disappeared Dyckman bikeway: https://t.co/ahnYewfpfm
The Dyckman protected bike lane, which connected Manhattan’s east- and west-side greenways, was installed in late 2017. A major commercial corridor, Dyckman had for years been an obstacle course of double-parked cars and trucks. Once the bikeway was complete, cyclists had parking-protected paths next to Dyckman’s north and south curbs between Broadway and Nagle Avenue, the blocks where motor vehicle traffic is most intense. In addition, gravel and epoxy sidewalk extensions shortened crosswalks and forced drivers to make slower turns.
The project was the culmination of nearly a decade of advocacy by Upper Manhattan residents, but it was only a few months old when Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer—responding to business owners upset that drivers couldn’t double-park in front of their shops as easily as they used to—began pressuring DOT to rip it out.
Will it be coming back? Well, at this point it's anybody's guess:
“We will announce our plan for the future of Dyckman Street soon,” a de Blasio spokesperson told Gothamist.
We queried DOT multiple times for information on what, if anything, the agency has planned for the street, but received no response.
Funny how they went through all that trouble to remove the actual lane, yet they couldn't be bothered to delete it from the 2019 New York City Bike Map:
Though to be fair the bike map is more an idealized visualization than it is an actual representation of the bike network. In this sense the map kind of like a Big Mac in a McDonald's commercial, and the bike lanes are like the lettuce: they may appear green and substantial, but when you finally see them in person they're all faded and wilted, if they're even there at all.
Finally, Corey Johnson "went there" on The Brian Lehrer Show and declared that New York City has too much parking:
“I do think that there are too many parking spaces in New York City,” Johnson said bluntly. “We have over 3 million [on-street] parking spaces in New York City … and we should reclaim that space and use it for the public.”
Much to the chagrin of Christopher from the East Village:
“They have completely decimated all street parking,” said Christopher, who works in the film industry and uses his car for work. “We are residents of the neighborhood. We have been living here over 25 years, and we count on our cars to get us to and from gigs with costumes and bags and people, and you know, all sorts of headpieces. It is a really difficult thing to have to deal with.”
Where has the street parking been "decimated?" The East Village has certainly changed a lot in the past 25 years (the Vanishing New York set would probably argue it's been "decimated" by gentrification and NYU) but the one thing that's remained relatively constant is that its streets are lined with parking spaces. Of course if it's harder for Christopher to park now because he has much more competition for those free spaces than he did 25 years ago then that's a separate issue. In any case, Christopher sounds like someone who's been getting free cable for 25 years and is upset because he may finally get a bill. If anything he should consider himself lucky.
Either way, no doubt he'll figure out how to move all those headpieces.