September 3, 2019 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 82 degrees.
A bar quiz with “Geeks Who Drink” and many other local events are on our calendar.
A flea market will be held on Sept. 14 from 10-5 on West 83rd Street between Broadway and West End, and the organizers are looking for more vendors. Have stuff you want to sell?
To be a vendor and for more info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says he doesn’t even bike in Central Park anymore because of the “chaos” there, as cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles jostle for space. “The chaos starts with bad design — roadways are still striped for the (mostly absent) automobiles, and the many traffic signals inside the park don’t immediately appear that they apply to pedestrians and cyclists. So it’s not just that no one obeys the rules — it’s not clear what those rules are.”An e-bike rider died last week after crashing into a pedestrian.
The Post’s Steve Cuozzo also wrote about the issue, arguing that cyclists in the park are out of control. “Red lights are just part of the scenery to Central Park cyclists. Nowhere else in town do bikers ignore traffic signals in such mass numbers and with such flagrant disregard for human beings on foot.”
The Post wrote about an increase in cyclist-on-pedestrian crashes this year, though one commentator pointed out that there have been 1,183 people have been killed by vehicles in the city since 2011, versus 7 people killed by cyclists.
Speaking of vehicle-related dangers… city-licensed trucks hauling waste and debris have been violating speed and red-light laws. “Vehicles registered with the Business Integrity Commission have been caught speeding past schools and running red lights at an alarming rate, according to an amNewYork analysis of traffic camera violations.”
A new state law was supposed to cap up-front fees to rent an apartment at $20. But people are still paying hundreds. Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal is thinking of introducing a new bill to hike fines on landlords. “Ms. Rosenthal said Manhattan residents have called her office about application fees of up to $700, and she is considering legislation to impose steep fines on landlords who violate the new provision.”
Correction: We originally mis-identified the politician looking to add fines for landlords who charge high fees. It’s Linda Rosenthal, not Helen.