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Clyde Haberman, long-time New York Times reporter and columnist, shares on the state of New York politics, and his leaving The New York Times after 37 years.
This will sound cheeky but it is deadly serious.
One simple change Mayor DeBlasio could make is to REVERSE all of the recent "vanity naming" of New York bridges and tunnels and replace them all with a Holiday called "we love dead politicians" day.
The Triborough Bridge should be the Triborough Bridge, not the RFK Bridge.
The 59th St. Bridge should be the 59th St. Bridge, not the Ed Koch Bridge.
The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel should be the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, not the Hugh Carey Tunnel.
And so on.
If you think this is not a matter of public danger, just listen to almost ANY WNYC broadcast during Hurricane Sandy. It takes about twice as long to have our public address systems reporting that "flooding has closed closed the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, now called the Hugh Carey Tunnel, and traffic is advised to take the 59th St. Bridge, now called the Ed Koch Bridge...." and so on.
It is seriously dangerous and poor for public emergencies, which seem to be more frequent given terrorism and increased weather events.
So give all of the dead politicans a special day. We don't need to take off of work. We can just wear our RFK and Ed Koh and Hugh Carey T Shirts and so on. But please leave our vital infrastructure alone.
Jane from the Bronx --thanks for that perspective on how the metphor of the Plantation could be interpreted as as the 99% . Although I would like to emphasize how clerics should stay out of politics. They are the reason why seperation of church and state is in our Constitution. Clerics are just frustrated politicians who have attention seeking behavior issues and all they enjoy doing is start conflict in the name of moving torward "peace" or is it carrying a "piece"
On the subject of street parking.
Out of state chartered tour buses park anywhere and everywhere - "No Parking Anytime", "No Standing Anytime", "No Bus Layover", blocking fire hydrant, halfway on antique granite sidewalk/half street, double parking, MTA bus stops and in metered spots without paying meter. All violations without ever getting a ticket. 1st Precinct has given tour buses immunity. Shouldn't they pay just like the rest of us?
Construction dumpsters, shouldn't they pay a parking fee?
On and off derelict construction sites like at Broadway and Howard. This site has blocked the sidewalk and street lane on both Broadway and Howard for several years. Dumpsters and pylons at Broadway and Franklin have blocked Broadway street lane and Franklin street lane for at least one year. Franklin Place has been blocked for 7 years. Construction started about 2007.
Mr. Haberman voiced a lot of opinions, all very pragmatic and many not popular. I was glad to hear all of them, as I, and probably many others, have shared these views. The section on those glaring, offensive views voiced at de Blasio's innaugeration referring to slavery is very appreciated! I often find myself horrified at the casual equating of common everyday annoyances to the holocaust or slavery. How dare they!
The Reverend Lucas' choice of words: yet another argument in favor of separation of Church and State.Clyde Haberman: two words -- GUEST HOST
Just to keep it clear, wage slavery does not equal slavery in anything other than a metaphorical sense. The use of word 'plantation' and slavery images to describe modern life is to cheapen the actual experience of American chattel slavery.
It's as offensive as calling the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians a holocaust. It's bad, but it is not as bad as that.
Clyde's Manhattan-centric hubris is glaring ... For many people in NYC, cars are not just a luxury.
It is 15+ months since Sandy -- how about finishing the escalator repairs in the Whitehall Terminal? It would be a bonus to reinstate car transport on the Ferry service -- who would have imagined on 9/11 that we would still not have this back!?
How about those "people" who get to the top or bottom of a staircase or escalator and just stop to look around while you are approaching the blocked exit!!!
Do any of these "No Parking, No Driving" advocates every take a cab? I bet they do.
Retailers should be prohibited from leaving their doors open so that A/C pours into the streets. This is a huge sustainability issue.
How about giving tickets to double-parkers, especially in Queens? I see cops drive right by without giving tickets. It's frustrating.
And bicyclists riding on sidewalks and riding the wrong way up streets. Why can't the police give them tickets? these are both dangerous activities and I never see any of these guys stopped.
Bloomberg's unconscionable 91st Street Waste Transfer Station plan, which is now under construction, should be stopped. De Blasio was in the minority of mayoral candidates (across both parties) to support the plan. Now that he's going to be living within earshot and noseshot of the site, perhaps he will realize his error and reverse course before it becomes irreversible.
Here is a superb article that appeared in the Huffington Post on September 3rd about the issue:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-chapman/bloombergs-marin-transfer-site_b_3857268.html.
I'd like less sidewalk vendors blocking space along major streets. One or two use to seem charming; however the area where I live (First Ave/18th Street) has cart after cart selling foods, books, inexpensive clothing accessories, etc. Overall, the scruffy appearance creates an unpleasant atmosphere.
The need for alternate side parking is due to the need to clean the streets. The need to clean the streets is due to littering. If we all stop littering - and convince visitors to the City not to litter - then there will be no need for street cleaning and alternate side parking will be a thing of the past.
Good luck with that.
I would love for the guy in Queens Village to call in now, while the talk is about our supposedly unnecessary cars. Vast swaths of the city have no subway service and the buses are notoriously unreliable.
Just as the recent caller mentions the alternate side parking circus. Larger than that is the city's overly punitive shadow taxing structure with MANY frivolous parking tickets.
The city plays this little game trying to get additional revenue. Fine I guess. I would love for this to be reduced, but Ok, game on. My biggest problem is when one tries to challenge the ticket, with evidence, common sense, the kitchen sink...and not getting the city to budge. They play this little tax game as sore losers with the fixed court/ appeals system.
"B"-list issue: don't leave the majority of New Yorkers out of the Citi Bike program! Expand the program to allow the rest of NYC to participate.
A no-brainer: add Citi Bike stations closely located along the West Side Greenway, which is an already established, mature, bike infrastructure route.This could extend Citi Bike all the way through Upper Manhattan with minimal additional work.
Car service honking. Livery cabs use their horns to not only pick up drivers illegally roadside -- but also to hurry their clients out of their apartments.
Say what? The Jewish holidays are valid but everyone else is a me-too-ist?
I hope the mayor works on upgrading our airports. They are slums compared to airports in other major cities around the world, e.g. Amsterdam, Bangkok, Hong Kong, etc.
Please give credit to VICKI ROVERE for "Where to Go in New York"thanks!
Thank you, Clyde Haberman, for raising the issue of Tamany Hall. For years, I waited for the time when I could plan a trip to NYC to see it in its restored glory. I hope you've helped start a movement to, as you said well, return it to the public.
Inequality in the city's hiring process and the sham that is civil service! The city has been making a practice of only hiring and promoting from the outside for years, the morale and city agencies is extremely low because of this. Paired with no cost of living increases and no merit raises , there is no way for an existing city worker to make a professional career in the city...there are many young people who went into city work because they believe in serving the public and the city (and their school loan forgiveness programs depend on it) and now they are "stuck".
Control traffic - drivers and pedestrians need to obey traffic lights. Cars running lights, bikers going against traffic and pedestrians ignoring 'don't walk' signs are dangerous for everyone. Give the traffic patrol authority to give tickets for infractions in addition to parking violations.
I completely agree with Clyde Haberman's comment about siren levels - if people are concerned with health issues, how is hearing health not under consideration?
My other pet peeve is the trash on the streets. So much effort and expense on the street sweeping / cleaning trucks - it seems to me that they just move the trash around the streets. And then the sidewalks are still filthy.
Ban all audible ice cream truck calls.No more mister softee jingle playing
maybe let them have hand rung jingle bells
For fans of Clyde, where can we find your work in the future?
Outlaw the distribution of store and restaurant advertising flyers! Where I live in Astoria these are blown about by wind and are nothing but litter!
I would like to see the law prohibiting motor vehicles from idling for more than three minutes enforced.
I hope the incoming mayor ensures that construction begins on Phase II of the Second Ave Subway, and that he funds construction of the 7 Train station on 41st St and 10th Ave.
Kvetch kvetch kvetch please, start a blog so those who want to can read it.
Something like 50% of NYers are "LIVING" AT OR NEAR THE POVERTY LEVEL and you beorgeoisie media get animated over words and ettiquette and other trivia...Haberman, you have no idea what poor/black folks are going through or why, and, worse, you don't even know THAT...
Yes, sanitation workers have critical, dangerous jobs. And yet they are paid a mere fraction of the Wall Street paper pushers telecommuting from minimansions today at $300/hr (at least), and YOUR FEATHERS ARE RUFFLED OVER A SLAVERY REFERENCE?
May your replacement have better vision and analysis.
Re the 'plantation' comment: If you had worked for 12 years for a mayor who refused to negotiate with your union not because he didn't have the money for a new contract, but simply because He Didn't Want To - wouldn't you feel as if you worked on the plantation? I am somewhat amused to see so many members of the ruling class made so uncomfortable by speakers at the mayor's inauguration merely telling it like it is.
Thank you Clyde Haberman to adding so much good to New York journalism.
Plantation means for me, everyone working for the 1% who are the power.
another one of these curmudgeonly elites, loser wolfsonn and haberman. his dauhgter at the nypost is keeping the lack of a family legacy alive writing wise too
I had the pleasure of meeting Clyde & his wonderful wife a couple of times through a Canadian diplomat that I know. I asked Clyde about the fabulous scandalous story that he initiated way back when he was a copyboy. That scandal ended, at the time, with something like, "You're finished here at The Times." I'm one of those readers that's glad his prank didn't end his career at The Times.
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