Category Archives: urban planning

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • “A handful of topless women should not be the basis for removing the pedestrian plazas that have transformed Times Square.” – Mitchell Moss on De Blasio’s consideration of removing the neighborhood’s pedestrian plaza (Link)
  • Gateway tunnel project is in need of aid from both NY and NJ governors (Link)
  • Williamsburg to host city’s first bike-in movie featuring “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (Link)
  • What are your real NYC neighborhood’s borders? Sketch them out on DNAInfo. (Link)
  • How Americans commute to work in major cites (Link)

Photo Above, “Woman Threading through Traffic because Cars Are Blocking the Box,” from WNYC’s excellent Real New Yorkers Stock Photos collection.

Post By: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What We’ve Read Online:

  • Schumer proposes plan to save Amtrak and NJ Transit riders in his speech at the NYU Rudin Center (Link)
  • Some of Manhattan’s uptown residents are not welcoming Citi Bike with open arms (Link)
  • Subway delays have increased on most lines, according to one study (Link)
  • Uber boosts its political savvy (Link)
  • Rethinking NYC’s buses (Link)
  • Outer space transportation: NASA’s new web app simulates control of the Mars Rover (Link)

Photo above by: Ian Muttoo                                                                                           Post by: Sean Lewin

Press Roundup: Senator Schumer at the Rudin Center

Coverage of Senator Schumer’s talk at the NYU Rudin Center yesterday about the Hudson River tunnels was covered in several media outlets:

  • Daily News: “Chuck Schumer pushes new agency to handle Hudson River tunnel project” (Link)
  • The New York Observer: “Schumer Calls for a ‘Gateway Development Authority’ to Fund Hudson Tunnels” (Link)
  • The New York Times: “Schumer Says Corporation Should Oversee Hudson Tunnels Project” (Link)
  • Capital New York: “Schumer rushes into a leadership vacuum on cross-Hudson rail” (Link)
  • Second Avenue Sagas: “From Schumer, a two-state solution for the trans-Hudson problem” (Link)

Additional event photos have been posted on our site.

Senator Chuck Schumer spoke at the Rudin Center

Senator Chuck Schumer​ visited the NYU Rudin Center today to outline a plan for new Hudson River tunnels, including the establishment of a Gateway Development Corporation with multi-stream federal financing.

What We’re Reading This Week

What We’ve Read This Week:

  • “The city’s for-hire vehicle cap is a terrible idea, and not just because of how it will hamstring Uber” (Link)
  • Can taxi carpooling help reduce NYC congestion?  (Link)
  • BART’s system may have become too complicated for locals to use (Link)
  • A look inside the MTA’s ancient control system (Link)
  • Citi Bike arrives in Queens (Link)
  • Map: NYC subway deserts (the areas not reachable by subway) (Link)
  • How significant was New York’s LaGuardia problem? (Link)

Photo Above By: Robert Couse-Baker                                                                     Post By: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What We’ve Read Online this Week:

  • NY’s hottest subway stations, mapped (Link)
  • Jamaica Station surroundings to receive face lift to attract tourists (Link)
  • Should the new LaGuardia Airport be renamed?  (Link)
  • Avoiding interaction with your phone while driving might not be enough to keep you from getting distracted by it (Link)
  • Many DC Metro cars contain asbestos (Link)
  • Bikers everywhere are worshipping this “cycling superhero” – video below: (Link)


Photo Above by: Jeremy Segrott                                                                                 Post By: Sean Lewin

New report: Making Sense of the New Urban Science

Dr. Anthony Townsend, Senior Researcher at the NYU Rudin Center, has released a new report, “Making Sense of the New Urban Science.”

He writes, “The world’s leading universities have embarked on a building boom for urban research. What does it mean for the future of cities?”

“If present trends continue, by 2030, new urban science institutions could connect thousands of researchers and students, and represent more than $2.5 billion in current and future investment.”

Click here to read the report. (pdf)

Timeline of New Urban Science Institutions  from "Making Sense of the New Urban Science."
Timeline of New Urban Science Institutions from “Making Sense of the New Urban Science.”

On LaGuardia’s Renovation: Mitchell Moss in the Daily News

MitchellMoss, NYU Rudin Center Director, wrote a guest column in today’s Daily News about the excellent plan to renovate LaGuardia Airport.

“The plan will reduce delays, and it’s going to make it a much more humane experience”

Click here to read the column.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Speaks on a Rudin Center Panel

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited the NYU Rudin Center on July 21st. He spoke about “Transportation, Social Mobility, and Cities,” on a panel with David R. Jones, President and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York, Sarah M. Kaufman, Assistant Director for Technology Programming at the NYU Rudin Center, and Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU. The panel was moderated by NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell L. Moss.

The discussion focused on improving access to education and job opportunities, as featured in the Rudin Center report “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods.” Secretary Foxx shared his childhood experiences that led him to value the importance of transportation in upward mobility. Sharkey emphasized the need for low-income populations to escape clustering effects. Jones explained the exceptional difficulties faced by low-income workers trying to travel in NYC, and Kaufman recommended the use of data for intelligent transit planning.

Photos by Don Pollard.

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

    • Uber launches a “DeBlasio option” to protest potential new caps on service in NYC (Link)
    • Select Bus Service grows throughout the city (Link)
    • From Rockefeller and Lindsey to Cuomo and De Blasio, the battles continue (Link)
    • Citations for public urination, mapped (Link)
    • This app makes cars into app platforms (Link)
    • Subway etiquette, bike etiquette, and now, pedestrian etiquette (Link)
    • Meet the man behind the voice of “Stand clear of the closing doors.” (Link)
    • In case you missed it, we hosted a hackathon with NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission and Google. Here’s the video of that event:

Photo Above By: Nick Harris                                                                                          Post By: Sean Lewin