Culture on the Cheap
Now On Manhattan Avenue: Christine Quinn
Filed under: 11222, Crosstown Local, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
As the Mister and I were coming home from taking one of the furkids to the vet this morning, we spied a most interesting sight: Christine Quinn and Councilman Levin and Bramer speaking at the India Street stop of our very own Crosstown Local. I went in for a closer look and spied my buddy Charlie, the block mayor of India Street.
Charlie: She wants to cut the fare for the ferry in half on weekends.*
Me: Of course she does. This is because it is an election year. The rest of the time she could not give a fat rat’s ass about this neighborhood.
Charlie nodded in agreement and I went home.
*This is all well and good— but is it really going to be an effective replacement for no G train service (as opposed to, say, more buses)? This is thinking in triage terms at best…
UPDATE: Here’s what CBS has to say:
“The MTA should step up and help with financial to accelerate CitiBike; to make sure that the CitiBikes come to Long Island City and Greenpoint immediately,” Quinn told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. “That would help people get to where they need to go more easily while the train tunnel is under reconstruction.”
Quinn also said a ticket for the East River ferry should cost the equivalent of a MetroCard swipe while G Train service is partially down…”
This is all well and good— but it does not really address the transportation needs for seniors, those who are mobility-impaired (the ferry stop hereabouts is kind of a schlep) or do not have credit cards so as to secure a Citibike in the first place. We need more buses. Plain and simple.