Fall 2003, p.25
Little Progress at Grand
T.A. Response: The Department of City Planning is developing plans for the Queens East River Greenway, which would run between Hunters Point and the Flushing Bay Promenade, and the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, which would run from Coney Island to Little Neck Bay. However, these are just plans, and it is up to the Parks Department to build the projects. We recommend writing to Parks Commissioner Benepe, encouraging the Parks Department to build more car-free greenways. Commissioner Adriane Benepe, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10021.
Vendor Boxes Still Block
DOT Response: When we looked on September 9th, there were eight news racks on that corner. It is possible that more have been placed there in the interim. Also, just to clarify the process: the DOT does not have the right to remove news racks until after adjudication by the Environmental Control Board. The "papers" you have seen on these news racks mean that we have issued notices of correction and the cases are on their way to Environmental Control Board; but the process takes time.
T.A. Response: Unfortunately, it is true that the Department of Transportation is constrained by a law that requires the agency to follow a tortured procedure to remove each illegal box. See the www.nyc.gov/dot for the full description of the process.
Hey Brooklyn Drivers: Slow
T.A. Response: The best way to get speed humps is to get your community board and city councilmember to request them separately. To get your community board to request, present it with a petition from a big list of neighbors. Call the community board office and explain what you want. It might not say that you need the petition, but we think it is worth doing anyway since it shows a high level of support for speed humps.
The article on "The Hours" toll report by Komanoff and Ketcham states that, "only 2% of Brooklyn and Queens residents would pay more than $50 a year in tolls." It should say that the study found that the 98% who do not commute on a free bridge would average only $50/year.
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