Monday, July 01, 2013
By Joseph Capriglione : WNYC/NJPR
While those affected from Sandy continue to rebuild, there's new help for volunteers.
The non-profit Citizens Committee of New York will be awarding micro-grants of up to $2,000 to support volunteer-led groups, rather than individuals.
Monday, May 20, 2013
By Jennifer Hsu
VIDEO. Area beaches officially reopen to visitors this weekend for swimmers, the first time since Sandy ravaged the area. But for the city's surfers, the beaches never closed. Surfer Michael Miller was back at Rockaway Beach a mere five weeks after the storm.
Monday, April 29, 2013
I was born and raised in the Red Hook projects and we’ve weathered a few storms. The last one — Sandy — has people pooling resources to brace us for future disasters. I believe I know the biggest resource that should be in any storm-plans.
Friday, March 01, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
Red Hook’s Fairway market is re-opening to much fanfare — but the renovated store has yet to incorporate new flood precautions into the building four months after Sandy floodwaters shuttered the store. Andy Zuleti, general manager, told WNYC “we’re exploring a lot of options, but haven’t done anything yet.”
Friday, December 07, 2012
Chef Monica Byrne, partner of the Red Hook based home/made restaurant and Roquette Catering, and one of the founders of Restore Red Hook, will be joined by Wally Bazemore, long-time community activist and resident of Red Hook Houses, and David Sharps, president of The Waterfront Museum and captain of the Lehigh Valley barge, to give us an update on Red Hook post-Sandy.
Friday, June 29, 2012
By Jim O'Grady
(New York, NY - WNYC) Service on the sole bus route serving Red Hook, Brooklyn, may be erratic and over-crowded during peak hours, but riders can now use a smartphone to figure out where their bus is dawdling on the neighborhood's waterfront grid.
Or maybe it's approaching. To find out, riders can fire up the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Bus Time technology.
Red Hook is subway-less, surrounded by New York harbor on three sides and cut off from the rest of Brooklyn by the Gowanus Expressway as it approaches the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.
The program fits out buses with GPS units. That allows riders to check the Web or send a text to find the location of the nearest bus.
It's already in place borough-wide in Staten Island, on the M34 Select Bus Service in Manhattan, and was originally piloted on the B63 in Brooklyn in early 2011.The MTA says every line in the city will have it by the end of next year.
Red Hook residents have long complained of living in a transit semi-desert. It got worse last year, when the MTA cut costs by eliminating three bus lines serving Red Hook and nearby neighborhoods. Some residents adapted by making the long walk to the subway stop at Smith and 9th Streets in Carroll Gardens. But with that stop now undergoing a year-long renovation, many Red Hook commuters have had no choice but to use the problem-plagued B61.
City Councilman Brad Lander and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, both vocal about beefing up Red Hook's bus service, say they're pleased by Bus Time's arrival. “Bus Time will help Red Hook residents with their commute by providing real time information on buses’ locations,” Velázquez said.
Lander similarly praised it, then reminded the authority that further improvements are needed on the line. "I look forward to taking further steps to making the line a great bus for the neighborhoods it serves.”
TN MOVING STORIES: House Blasts Feds Over Chevy Volt Battery Fire Investigation, PATH Ridership Booming
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN: The president gave two nods to transportation in his State of the Union address -- to the auto industry and cutting red tape. San Francisco and Medellin won the ITDP's Sustainable Transport Award. New York State released a report saying there were no environmental barriers to replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge. A Maryland county is exploring bike share. Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood -- which has only one bus line -- will get two more buses added to that route later this year. And the Bronx will join Staten Island in having real-time locating information for all its buses.
The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to give more weight to factors including affordable-housing policy in deciding which local mass-transit initiatives will get federal money. (Bloomberg)
Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- has produced so much gas that the price is at a ten-year low. (NPR)
Maryland's Montgomery County wants to use bus rapid transit, not rail, for its Corridor Cities Transitway project. (Washington Examiner)
California's high-speed rail project relies on risky financial assumptions and has just a fraction of the money needed to pay for it, the state auditor said in a new report. (AP via San Francisco Chronicle)
Adolfo Carrion Jr. -- former Bronx Borough President and HUD executive -- will launch a consulting firm that will advise "private sector businesses that are building roads and bridges and pipes and wires and buildings." And: "I'm going to work with players in the affordable housing production universe and I'm going to advise governments about smart growth here and around the country." (New York Daily News)
Airlines are turning increasingly to renting planes -- and the trend is likely to keep growing. (The Economist)
The head of the MTA’s largest union — currently locked in bitter contract negotiations with the transit agency — refused yesterday to rule out the possibility of a crippling subway strike. (New York Post)
Elected officials in Toronto are pushing a new transit plan that could have a new busway operational in less than three years -- and shovels in the ground for new light rail lines by 2014. (Toronto Star)
Disabled parking placard abuse is rampant in downtown Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)
House Transportation Chair John Mica intends to release text of the “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs” proposal perhaps as soon as Friday. (Transportation Issues Daily)
A House committee is holding a hearing this morning on whether NHTSA delayed warning consumers about possible fire risks with the Volt because of the federal government's financial investment in General Motors. (New York Times)
Residents and officials in Tenafly (NJ) blasted a plan to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail through the community, saying it would bring pollution, accidents and noisy train horns. (The Record)
Customs officials intend to shut down their inspection station at Brooklyn's Red Hook terminal. (New York Times)
More commuters rode PATH trains across the Hudson River in 2011 than in any other year since the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took over the rail system in 1962. (Wall Street Journal)
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
By Kate Hinds
The B61 -- Red Hook's only bus line -- will get some additional bus service this spring. New York's MTA said at a committee meeting Monday that it will tweak the schedule and add service on the beleaguered line.
This change follows a report put out last month by Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander that said buses on the route don’t come often enough -- and bunch up when they do. Lander said he was happy the MTA plans to add buses to the line, but added there's more that could be done to improve service.
"We're looking forward to sitting down and talking with them about the crowding, about all the long waits, about all the buses that are skipping stops, and the need for real-time bus information and some route changes," he said, "but this is an important first step."
The B61 goes from Windsor Terrace to downtown Brooklyn. The MTA, which monitors schedules and makes adjustments to bus service quarterly, will put two additional buses into service along the route during the afternoon rush hour. But that's not the only bus service change this spring. The agency is making 82 bus schedule changes on 63 different routes. (See the list here, beginning on page 73 of the pdf.) Thirty-eight of those changes reflect increases in service frequency or running time. The remaining 44 represent reductions in frequency.
The changes go into effect in April.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
By Jim O'Grady
The B61 bus is the sole transit lifeline for residents of Red Hook, Brooklyn. But a report by two Brooklyn elected officials says the buses don't come often enough and bunch up when they do.
The report says the B61 arrives on time during rush hour only 43 percent of the time. And buses can be so full that they routinely skips stops, leaving passengers stranded. City Councilmember Brad Lander says neighborhoods like Red Hook with no subway need more reliable bus service. "There's only one bus line that goes there right now, " Lander says. "The B61 is the only transit way in or out."
The MTA cut costs last year by eliminating three bus lines serving Red Hook and nearby neighborhoods. Some residents adapted by walking to the closest subway stop at Smith and 9th Streets. But with that stop now undergoing a year-long renovation, many Red Hook commuters have been force to use the problem-plagued B61.
The report, by Councilman Lander and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez urges the MTA to add express buses during peak hours that are equipped to hold green lights in their favor to get riders quickly to subway stops during rush hour.
The MTA says it's reviewing the report.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Many residents of Red Hook who chose to ignore the mandatory evacuation order and weather the storm in their low-lying Brooklyn neighborhood emerged from their homes Sunday and were not surprised by the extent of damage that Tropical Storm Irene left in its wake.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The city is launching a new green port initiative in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that will allow cruise ships to power up from the city's electrical grid when docked.