In the end, there wasn't much to debate, except for everything they'd debated already. Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota spent 90 minutes finger-wagging Wednesday night after a general election that is closing where it opened -- with a tussle over a Dickens novel and the deconstruction of the word "divisive."
It's Transportation Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.
Everyone has their Sandy photos. As I was biking (or taking the "bus bridge") from well-lit Brooklyn to dark Manhattan and back covering the storm and its aftermath, I snapped photos on my phone. Here are a few.
Bill de Blasio is starting to reel in some serious money — behind closed doors. Hillary Clinton is holding a public campaign event in Virginia, but in New York, the press was barred. With a 40 percent gap in the polls, much of the city is beginning to think seriously about what Bill de Blasio will do as Mayor. And Joe Lhota still can't stop stepping on his own message. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Anna Sale, and Brigid Bergin break it all down.
Bill de Blasio had made a convincing case for being pro-innovation when it came to New York City's evolving streetscape. But his answer during Tuesday's mayoral debate on the pedestrian plazas in Times Square and Herald Square indicated that when it comes to urban planning, his instincts aren't exactly modern.
Joe Lhota remembered his talking points in Tuesday night's debate. Unfortunately for him, he said little to fundamentally alter the trajectory of the race, where Bill de Blasio is beating him by over 40 points. And in the most raucous exchange of the campaign, de Blasio and Lhota heatedly debated the legacies of David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani, harkening back to a time a dwindling number of voters remember.
WNYC, WNYC's Data News team and Transportation Nation have won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism: the Online News Association award for breaking news during storm Sandy. Other winners included the Guardian for its work covering the NSA and the Boston Globe for reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing.
I had about as bad an experience as I've ever had docking a Citi Bike this morning -- it took nearly an hour to find a docking station in Lower Manhattan. The supervisor in the Citi Bike call center said it was an unusually busy morning, brought on, no doubt, by the picture-perfect crisp autumn weather.
New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan took a victory lap Friday at a speech at the Municipal Art Society summit, saying, "What was controversial just a few years ago, things like closing Times Square, is pretty much commonplace today."
With the government shutdown drama playing out in Washington, Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan faced off against Democrats with surprising results.
An Illinois board last night approved a new 47-mile toll highway, the Illiana Expressway. The move is notable for the dissension it caused and because new highways are out-of-vogue with planners, who tend to see them as costly, environmentally destructive, and promoting inefficient, sprawling development.
A survey of nearly 2300 Citi Bike users by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives finds that about two thirds -- 64 percent -- say their biggest complaint with the system is that docks are either completely full or completely empty. But 91 percent like the bike share system and want to see it expanded.
For the third day in a row, no strike in SF Bay Area...Transit a political issue in VA Governor's Race...and Opposition Builds to Illinois Expressway.
UPDATED Male reporters were allowed to cover a Joe Lhota for Mayor tour of a Hasidic synagogue Tuesday afternoon, but a female reporter and staffers were not. It's not at all unusual for candidates for public office to court the influential orthodox community. But meetings are usually kept private, and it's rare to invite the press along and then have women escorted out.
It's apparently worse in New York City to read from a Republican playbook than from a Marxist playbook. That's the conclusion that viewers could draw after watching the first general election debate in New York City's mayoral contest.
Between losing his leg in WWII and his tragic suicide in 1979, Bill de Blasio's father forged a career with think tanks and multinational corporations aimed at blocking the spread of communism. A decade after his death, his son was in Nicaragua, working in support of the kind of socialist government his father's old colleagues tried to prevent in Latin America.
Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota said this week a "Grand Canyon" separates him and Bill de Blasio in the polls. The latest Marist poll shows more than 40 point between the candidates. The race for New Jersey Governor has a similar, yawning gap. But the polls are surprisingly close in the U.S. Senate race between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. In this edition of "This Week in Politics," WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Brigid Bergin, and New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon break it all down.
The MTA has gotten involved in the citywide search for an autistic boy who disappeared from his school last week. Straphangers now can hear subway announcements seeking help in finding Avonte Oquendo.
Bloomberg has maintained that it's his job us to make people healthier and safer, and he has frequently declared, “Being mayor is about saying, 'No.'”