Department of Transportation

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

Posted May 19, 2022 at 5:10 am

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

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‘Oonee’ Modular Bike Parking Pod Comes to Essex Street Market

Posted April 8, 2022 at 5:09 am

There’s some interesting new street furniture on the backside of the Essex Market. The futuristic pod is part of a pilot program that Department of Transportation is touring around the city this spring. Putting current bike corrals to shame, the so-called Oonee Pod is a modular parking solution marketed as “safe, secure, and simple.” This […]

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DOT Further Protects Clinton Street Bike Lane

Posted March 1, 2022 at 5:05 am

Nearly seven years after its implementation, the two-way bike lane on Clinton Street (south of Grand) is the recipient of enhancements. The Department of Transportation last week began installing “lane hardening” traffic barriers. Also known as concrete blocks. Set by example. It was a milestone moment for the city in September 2015 when the bike […]

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City Turbo Charges Essex Street Municipal Garage with Electric Car Stations

Posted September 15, 2021 at 5:03 am

The municipal parking garage on Essex Street is charged up for a new future. That of electric vehicles. Last week, the Department of Transportation unveiled four new fast-charging stations in the carpark. The addition on the Lower East Side is the first in a rollout across the city for the technology, which provides an 80-percent […]

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Scaling the Span: High-Wire Repair Act on the Manhattan Bridge

Posted August 6, 2021 at 5:04 am

Work on the Manhattan Bridge of late has provided fodder for the camera lens. One reader sent us several images of construction crews scaling the span, in a high-wire repair act. This latest round of action on the Manhattan Bridge – ongoing for three years – is part of neverending rehabilitation efforts that began way […]

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Sticky Rice Outdoor Dining Foiled by Orchard Street Bike Rack

Posted January 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

Sticky Rice is stuck between a rack and an empty place. Bike rack, that is. Thanks to the sprawling, Department of Transportation issued bike corral at its doorstep, the fourteen-year-old Thai restaurant is unable to erect any dedicated structure to accommodate larger-scale outdoor seating. Like the one next door at Dudley’s. (There are currently two […]

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DOT May Shut Down Bike Racks in Municipal Parking Garages, Including Essex Street

Last modified September 3, 2020 at 10:31 am

The following guest post was written by Gideon Grudo, a writer and editor based in the Lower East Side. Six months after shutting it down for no reason, Department of Transportation says it’s planning to reopen a public bicycle space on the Lower East Side. The Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage — the only public […]

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A ‘Lovely Day’ for Open Restaurant Streets on Elizabeth and Spring Streets

Posted August 19, 2020 at 5:06 am

It’s a lovely day for open streets in Little Italy. With a street-closure permit obtained from the Department of Transportation, Elizabeth Street restaurants Lovely Day, Gohan-Ya, and Peasant will be expanding seating further into the roadbed and sidewalk starting this weekend. The trio of local eateries has successfully petitioned the city to close Elizabeth Street […]

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‘Open Streets’ Program on the Lower East Side Draws Local Criticism

Last modified May 11, 2020 at 8:48 am

As desolate city streets transform to pedestrian use, some locals are criticizing the implementation here on the Lower East Side. “Open Streets,” as the Mayor’s program is known, is the plan to restrict traffic flows, thereby creating free space to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. The aim is lofty – 40 miles of […]

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Open Streets: Hell Square Partially Closes to Motorists Starting Today

Last modified May 7, 2020 at 8:57 am

The streets of Hell Square are sealed to vehicular traffic starting today. This new change is part of the city’s overarching “Open Streets” initiative to free up pedestrian space during the coronavirus shutdown. Today’s changes include: Orchard Street, between Delancey and East Houston (already a pedestrian mall on Sundays) Ludlow Street, between Delancey and East […]

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