Judge Lynn Kotler ruled in favor of the city on Wednesday, denying an attempt by a condo board to block a new protected bike lane on Central Park West.
The board of the Century Condominium had argued that the lane was installed without a proper environmental review, but Kotler wrote that the changes do not have such a large environmental impact that the state needs to conduct a review. She also noted that several cyclists have been injured on Central Park West — last year, Australian Madison Jane Lyden was killed while bicycling on the avenue.
As part of the suit, a resident of the Century had challenged the board’s standing to bring the suit, but his claim was also denied (which is a moot point given that the suit was dismissed).
The board was also upset about the loss of parking spaces — in total, the new lane is expected to result in the removal of 400 spaces.
The city has constructed the protected lane from 59th to 77th Street, but told us a few weeks ago that it doesn’t expect to complete the rest of the lane up to 110th until next year.