Monthly Archives: December 2004

Raising Awareness or Undermining Credibility?

Startsandfits.com strongly supports the encouragment of bicycling in New York City for about a million reasons. But I am unsure whether the monthly Critical Mass ride, which consists of hundreds of riders who operate against the wishes of the NYPD, … Continue reading

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Fantastic News About Central Park

Here is an e-mail message that just came across the transom. It is worth quoting in full. As always, emphasis is added. Beginning next week, for the first time in the modern era, the city will close off car access … Continue reading

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Critical Massing

Due to circumstances surrounding its former day job, Startsandfits.com has never participated in a Critical Mass ride, despite eight years of avid city cycling. However, I am looking forward to changing that this New Year’s Eve in what promises to … Continue reading

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Car Alarm Hell

Transportation Alternatives is conducting a campaign to have car alarms banned in New York City. That campaign has focused attention on the fact that car alarms degrade our quality of life but don’t actually stop thiefs from stealing cars. As … Continue reading

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S.U.V. Goes "Off Road"

The automakers bombard us every day with images of S.U.V.s driving off road, perhaps on the theory that some percentage of people who aren’t sickened by the images will want to drop some $599.99 a month for 36 months for … Continue reading

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Holiday Travel

The New York Times begins a report about holiday travel in today’s paper this way: CHICAGO, Dec. 23 – Snow, ice and high winds extended from the Great Lakes to the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, tying up traffic, delaying flights … Continue reading

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"Love Parking, Hate Traffic"

I want to bring up for your consideration three items that I think are worthy of attention: 1) On Tuesday night I attended the monthly general meeting of Manhattan Community Board 12, which serves the area from West 155th Street … Continue reading

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Speculating at a Prime Corner

505 Fifth Avenue, the speculative office tower at 42nd Street, is coming along quite nicely on a corner formerly occupied by a tawdry one-story taxpayer. They say you can’t build speculative office buildings anymore, but here’s one that begs to … Continue reading

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Rockefeller Center in … Brrrrr … East Harlem

The newly created East Harlem Board of Tourism sponsored a tree-lighting ceremony this evening at 106th and Third that was billed as the first annual. The highlight of the event, other than the 16-degree chill, was an appearance by none … Continue reading

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Light Rail Proposal for Staten Island

Wow! After years of dedicated lobbying by Auto-Free New York for a light rail line on 42nd Street, Staten Island might beat Manhattan to the punch. Crain’s New York Business has an article (registration required) about a $50,000 study conducted … Continue reading

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