Google street view of vacant lot used for parking and surrounded by chain link fence and shrubbery in East New York

New Yorkers Need Land. NYPD is Sitting on Nearly 150 Lots.

A new map reveals how much land in New York City is being wasted by city police—often sitting vacant, rather than serving the public good.

May 23, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

Washington Square Park, New York City

Manhattan Residents Cling to Public Space Amid NYPD Crackdowns

The city's police has begun issuing citations and implementing curfews in public parks that became oases of social activity during the pandemic.

June 16, 2021 - Gothamist


Report: NYC Not Doing Enough to Prioritize Buses

According to a bus advocacy coalition's progress report, New York City hasn't yet delivered on promises to get buses moving faster with comprehensive and well-enforced bus lanes.

October 8, 2018 - NY Daily News

New York Subway

Planned Service Expansions Put on Hold to Save Cash for MTA

New York's transit system will cut cleaning positions, reduce overtime, and delay service expansions to save money in the coming years.

August 19, 2018 - Curbed

Polk Street Bikes

On Bike Infrastructure, Cities Can Do Better

Urban bike infrastructure is plagued by three related problems: design, politics, and security.

July 28, 2016 - Slate

Statistics Show NYPD Enforcing Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Initiative

The law enforcement results are in from the first year of Vision Zero policy in New York City.

January 27, 2015 - StreetsBlog NYC

Could a "Broken Windows" Approach Work for Traffic Crashes?

The "Broken Windows" theory of policing - targeting minor crimes to reduce major ones - has been credited with helping to bring down violent crime rates in several cities. Could such an approach reduce traffic violence?

November 20, 2013 - STREETSBLOG.ORG

NYC's Open Data Rollout Collides With Reluctant Departments

The NYPD's failure to produce usable traffic crash data, or agree to change their data gathering and reporting procedures, is just one example of the obstacles confronting implementation of the city's landmark open data law.

October 13, 2013 - WNYC: Transportation Nation

Are America's Cities Doing Enough to Protect Pedestrians?

Though more and more cities realize that walkability and livable streets are essential to their prosperity, their approach to pedestrian safety is often lacking. The slow pace of policy change isn't fast enough for the victims of "accidents".

September 19, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Camera Cultivation: Urban Security in the Austerity Age

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Eric Jaffe explores how cash-strapped cities will handle terrorism. "The short answer is public surveillance cameras. The long answer is smarter public surveillance cameras."

May 8, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

New Technology May Help NYC Cut Crime, and Turn a Profit

The futuristic sounding "Domain Awareness System," NYC's newest crime fighting tool, utilizes cutting edge technology to further cut down on crime in what has become "one of the safest big metropolitan areas in America."

August 10, 2012 - The Guardian

Watch Your Behavior on the 'F' Train

Put you feet up on an an subway seat, and risk going to to jail. Bad behavior, sure. But criminal? In an effort to make the subway safer, NYPD is viewing even minor code violations seriously.

January 7, 2012 - The New York Times

NYC Launches Major Traffic Safety Campaign

The new initiative from the city's Department of Transportation and Police Department will target speeding and failure-to-yield violations, including rogue cyclists.

November 3, 2010 - Streetsblog

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