Plus, a new library branch may not be in the cards for the 5
Pointz rental towers—and more intel in today’s New York Minute
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What’s up with the anti-car road signs in Brooklyn?
About a week ago, electronic road signs on Vanderbilt Avenue in
Brooklyn started to have their messages changed, with construction
instructions getting replaced by a very different alerts: BAN CARS.
CARS ARE DEATH MACHINES. HONKING WON’T HELP.
The hacked signs have gotten plenty of attention, but no one
seems to know who is actually behind them. The
New York Daily News investigated, but did not name a culprit
(who could be charged with felony criminal mischief, apparently);
they did, however, speak to the company that operates those signs,
whose president said “We lock those signs up every night, but
sometimes people break in.” The road signs are apparently very
easy to hack, hence the pranksters continuing to break in and
retool the messaging.
According to the NYPD’s latest stats, there have been 171
traffic fatalities in 2019.
No library for 5 Pointz towers?
A Queens community board approved a change in plans to the
contested towers rising at the site of what was once 5 Pointz, but
new public space it was hoping for within the towers may not become
the City, CB2 did not run its idea for a library—which it
believes could be a replacement for the soon-to-shutter branch
within the Citigroup tower—by either the Queens Public Library
system, or developer Jerry Wolkoff, who is behind the rental
towers. And while the former has expressed interest in a new
branch, the latter said that “it doesn’t make sense” from a
And in other news…
- Getting in or out of LaGuardia Airport is going
to really, really suck this weekend.
- A corner lot in the East Village, known as the home of B Bar
and Grill, could give rise to
a much larger development.
- An apartment in Riverdale is listed for
a whopping $4.675 million, making it the Bronx’s priciest pad
- Supreme, the brand beloved by hypebeasts,
will make a permanent move to the former Germania Bank Building
at 190 Bowery, better known as the graffiti-covered landmark
previously owned by photographer Jay Maisel.
- The City Council may
submit a proposal to keep any new jail construction off of
Rikers Island, and to codify its planned 2026 closure date.
- And finally, the Museum of Modern Art doesn’t reopen for
another week and a half, but the reviews are already rolling in:
New York’s Justin Davidson says it’s “a work of confident
and self-effacing elegance,” while
Michael Kimmelman at the New York Times says “[i]t’s smart,
surgical, sprawling and slightly soulless.” More from us TK.
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‘Honking won’t help’: Anti-car street signs keep appearing in Brooklyn