In September, we covered a tragic crash between an MTA bus and chartered tour bus that resulted in three deaths and 15 injuries in Queens. At the time we wrote:
Occurring on Labor Day weekend and wedged in a news cycle that includes two catastrophic hurricanes, you may not have heard about the tragedy that occurred in New York City on September 5th.
In a terrible reminder of the times we live in, our city was once again the scene of a grizzly terrorist attack on Tuesday. In New York City's deadliest attack since 9/11, a 29-year-old man drove a truck onto a bike path, using the truck as a weapon to kill 8 people and injure a dozen more.
Like any activity we engage in, getting behind the wheel or sitting down in the passenger seat has its risks. What starts off as a simple commute to work or trip to the store can quickly become a tragic accident that leaves people injured or worse.
Fans and passing acquaintances of Gilligan's Island, the popular 1960s television show, are familiar with how quickly things can go from a fun-filled adventure to a life-changing experience.
Sadly, August offered no respite from the string of tragic injuries and deaths that have plagued our city in recent months and years.
A new rule being pushed in New York City would grant unions a significant amount of control over non-union projects. Proponents of the measure say it would be an important step toward holding builders and property owners accountable for worker safety. Critics of the bill say it is simply a power grab by unions who have lost a sizable portion of the city's construction projects in recent years.
New York City is adding bike lanes, and they will start to provide more of them every year until the city has the number they need to allegedly keep cyclists safe. This will start with 10 miles of protected lanes, and move toward that number of miles of lanes every year. The project will take years to complete because of the sheer size of the city, but it will tie in with the bike lanes that are already there and that provide current value for cyclists who commute to work, school, the store, and other city locations.
The wages for construction workers in NYC are now at an all-time high, and that's both good news and bad news. While it would seem like only good news when wages go up and people have more money, there is a flip side to the issue that is causing some problems for others in the city. There are concerns about the quality of construction, and about the safety of the workers who are currently in these high-dollar jobs. With that in mind, it is important to explore the issue in more depth, to see where the red flags are.
In NYC, there are serious concerns with the subway system. Not only do the trains often fail to run on time, but the safety of these subway trains is also in question. From derailments, to trains sitting in the heat for nearly an hour at a time, to years of maintenance deferred since the subway was created, there are problems. Much of this has come from planning that was careless at best, and negligent at worst. A better understanding of what is really taking place with the NYC subway system is vital to understanding what steps can and should be taken to improve the system and help victims who have been injured.