Tribeca Citizen | Citi Bike on Duane continues to trigger troubles for companies
In a traditional case of paperwork getting in the best way of coverage, no progress has been made on the Citi Bike station on Duane, even after a Division of Transportation rep was on a Zoom name with CB1 and neighbors to handle the difficulty. And I needed to change from Weight loss plan Coke to wine simply to hear.
The Transportation Committee assembly stretched to 4 hours total, and it was not till three hours in — after a hours-long presentation on fictional proposals for the Brooklyn Bridge — that the committee allowed residents to debate the problems on Duane, the place the station impedes curbside areas for 2 eating places. Already Tokyo Bay has closed completely — partly consequently — and The Hideaway is barely in a position to eke out an existence regardless of getting 1300 folks to signal a petition in assist. (The just-now announcement of indoor eating beginning Sept. 30 may assist transfer the needle, however doubtless not at 25 %…)
“This can be a actually large concern. I’m not saying New York Metropolis doesn’t have greater fish to fry, however on this neighborhood these are our buddies and our neighbors,” mentioned Karie Davidson talking for the Buddies of Duane Park and clearly pushed to frustration by each the DOT and CB1. By that hour — 3:12 into the assembly — seven of her fellow members had left the decision. “The DOT has pushed itself past group session and we’re counting on you to say put a pause on Citi Bike places the place the group has not been correctly consulted.”
The town has mentioned it won’t transfer road furnishings — together with Citi Bike stations — in assist of its personal Open Eating places program, which the mayor additionally promised would come again subsequent summer time. To make issues worse, DOT known as Duane Avenue enterprise house owners earlier this summer time to warn them that it was increasing the station, triggering a panic for Duane Park Patisserie particularly, since an expanded dock would take away their curbside cafe. In the meantime the Buddies of Duane Park has lobbied to get the town to maneuver the dock to Greenwich, the place it may simply slot in entrance of the previous Finest Market area.
“We’re struggling,” mentioned Madeline Lanciani, who owns Duane Park Patisserie. “We’d like all of the alternatives we are able to to remain alive for the subsequent three months, 4 months, six months. We don’t know when it will finish. The Citi Bike station needs to be moved to present Hideaway an opportunity for survival. I can’t consider the town needs to deliberately put small companies out of enterprise. That’s why I’ve sat right here for 3 hours.”
The town comptroller has already introduced that 1,200 restaurants in the city have closed already and consultants predict there are extra closures to come back. (I additionally really feel obliged to notice that not everybody within the neighborhood helps the full of life motion on Duane. There have additionally been complaints concerning the crowds, the noise and the rubbish on the road. However people need to be a bit tolerant. No bar proprietor *needs* to run a enterprise on the street.)
The committee additionally requested concerning the station on Liberty and Broadway that has disappeared (no rationalization from DOT, although there’s now a station on Liberty and Nassau) and sadly nobody addressed the station on Warren and Church, which has but to be restored now that building is completed.
One of many closing phrases was from CB1 chair Tammy Meltzer, who requested that the DOT sit down with the board to take a better take a look at stations and do a grasp plan. “We assist Citi Bike. We search for growth,” she mentioned. “Nevertheless it must be at the side of working with the group.”