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The Bronx’s Sheridan Expressway redesign is now complete
This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a long-in-the-works redesign of the South Bronx’s Sheridan Expressway is now finished, transforming the Robert Moses-planned highway into a “pedestrian-friendly” boulevard. The project, which Cuomo first announced in March 2017, links Crotona Park, West Farms, and Soundview, and includes a pedestrian bridge, a two-way bikeway that leads to Starlight Park and the Bronx River Greenway, and three new crosswalks.
Cuomo also announced that the first phase of a $1.7 billion project to rebuild the interchange of the Bruckner Expressway and the new Sheridan Boulevard is now underway. But advocates and locals say their concerns about that project were ignored. They had proposed that access ramps to be built on Edgewater—in the middle of a residential neighborhood—should instead be placed in a more industrial area so truck traffic to Hunts Point Market wouldn’t pass by people’s homes, Streetsblog reports.
“We have concerns about the Edgewater ramps and just kind of felt like the state DOT wasn’t very transparent and communicative with the community about other options,” Maria Torres, executive director of nonprofit The Point CDC, told Streetsblog.
And in other news…
- A report by the National Transportation Safety Board found that a doors-off helicopter tours company allegedly exploited an FAA regulations loophole to be able to operate without the agency’s restrictions.
- A Trader Joe’s is coming to Long Island City.
- What renters and buyers should consider when looking at virtually staged listings.
- CityLimits has a new series on NYC’s family homelessness crisis.
- The city halted construction on the new building replacing the Lower East Side’s Sunshine Cinema.
- Recently announced plans for a Columbia University 34-story residential tower in Harlem has sparked protests by the neighborhood’s residents.
- A homeless charity is pushing out the elderly tenants of a Hell’s kitchen senior citizens residence.