Redrawn Plan Unveiled For Moynihan Station

Yesterday redrawn plans were unveiled for the proposed Moynihan Station. The plans also included a new Madison Square Garden, & office buildings which would reside at the current location for Madison Square Garden. The plans were met with a great amount of support from local officials & advocacy groups even though the plans did not contain many specifics. The plans are currently up for public comment on the Empire State Development Corporation’s Web site.

Here are some comments about the proposed plans:

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Dan Doctoroff – “The potential for the underutilized area around and west of the current Penn Station has been talked about for decades. Now we are on the cusp of transforming it into one of New York City’s most vibrant districts.”

Partnership for New York City President Kathryn Wylde – “It’s a much clearer and realistic approach than the original. What they’ve come up with is much more practical, considering our future transportation needs.”

Daughter of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Maura Moynihan – “After years of false starts and delays, we cannot let optimism slip. It’s time to build Moynihan Station well and build it now.”

However there are some who question the current project & the execution of it. This comment sums up what many feel who are currently on the fence about the project:

“Municipal Art Society President Kent Barwick – “It seems like they are not finished doing the planning, but are starting the process anyway. They didn’t put forth enough for people to really be able to understand what the project is all about. There is an enormous amount at stake here.”

Honestly I do question the project myself. While I understand that Penn Station is in major need of upgrades to its infrastructure to better handle transportation needs for today & the future, we need to make sure this is the best course of action. We do not need to rush into something that can backfire in the face of everyone from elected officials down to the commuters such a plan is supposed to help. Also we can’t forget that the city must still convince the Dolan family to sell the land MSG sits on & move west for 1-2 blocks.

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Car Crashes Into Bus Shelter

Yesterday afternoon an already crazy intersection in downtown Brooklyn became even crazier due to a car accident. The accident happened at approximately 2 p.m. at Cadman Plaza West near Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. The police believe the accident happened when the driver attempted to move her double parked car. As she was attempting to do this, she hit another car & panicked. In her panicked state of mind, she accidentally put the car in drive & bolted forward about 150 feet.

The accident led to 4 people injured including the driver. One of the 4 injured was a man who was taken to Long Island College Hospital with an injured ankle. One woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital with an injured ankle. The third non driver injured was a 55 year old who suffered minor injuries but further information was unavailable. The driver who was not identified was taken to Bellevue Hospital for physical evaluation. The police said charges are pending against the driver.

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Herbert H. Lehman Ferryboat Sold…..

The Staten Island Advance is reporting that the Herbert H. Lehman ferry has been sold for $152,500 dollars. The ferry which was built in 1965 & retired from passenger service on the Staten Island Ferry this past June, was sold to the Bronx salvage yard La Viviana Industries Inc. The company was the highest of six bidders for the ferry which was auctioned by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

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Giving Me The Chills………

My sister sent me an e-mail while she was at work. She wanted to know if I had seen the story about the man found dead on the subway tracks at the Essex St. station on the J, M, & Z. She assumed I would want to blog about it. As I was preparing to thank her for the tip while letting her know I had already blogged about it, I read something that gave me the chills.

She was reminding me about a conversation we had a few days ago. In that conversation, she had mentioned a dream she had which involved a man being on the tracks. What gave me the chills is when she reminded me that the dream she had specifically featured a man on the tracks at a J train station. She did not know what station the dream took place in but remembered it was a stop the J train made. This conversation took place within the last 2-4 days so it is chilling to hear about this incident.

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Man Hits An Unlucky Exacta!

Subway tracks at the Junction Blvd station on the 7 train; Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

This morning, an unidentified man hit an unlucky exacta when he fell from a subway platform on to the tracks & then to the street when he tried to get back up to the platform. The accident occurred shortly after midnight at the Junction Blvd. station on the 7 train. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was last reported to be in stable but serious condition.

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