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Bloomberg Eyes Making 34th Street One-Way

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — From the mayor who brought you picnic tables in Times Square and bicycle lanes in Chelsea, a revolutionary plan is being entertained to make 34th Street one-way, but as Magee Hickey reports, that plan is not going over well with Murray Hill residents and business owners.

“It’s going to destroy our neighborhood,” said resident Marisa Bulzone.

“I am sorry Mr. Bloomberg but I don’t like it and my business is going to die just because of it,” said restaurant owner John Ivanac.

The proposal, intended to speed up buses, would be to create a pedestrian plaza between Fifth and Sixth Avenues where all cars and trucks would be banned.

From Sixth Avenue, cars and trucks could only go west to the Hudson; from Fifth, only eastbound to the East River. Buses would still operate in both directions.

“The intended result is a four-minute improvement cross town. Is four minutes worth potentially safety issues with fire, because they’re going to put a concrete barrier here?” said Sam Milgrim, spokesman for 7 Park Avenue Co-op.

The East Side neighborhood of Murray Hill has formed the 34th Street Transit Action Committee to fight the plan. “East, west, east, weat, east, west as if it’s a highway. This is not a highway. This is the heart of a residential neighborhood,” said spokeswoman Aline Chatmajian.

To Murray Hill residents, the 34th Street transit way proposal is just one more example of Mayor Bloomberg getting whatever he wants. As one resident put it, he’s ramming it down our throats, but a Department of Transportation spokesman said it’s barely a proposal yet.

The spokesman added: “No design is final as we continue to work with the community on a plan that addresses the serious issues facing 34th Street’s 33,000 daily bus riders while accommodating block-by-block needs.”

Transportation expert Gridlock Sam Schwartz said it’s an intriguing idea. “I think you can do it without heavy construction. Give it a shot and see. We’ve been wrestling for years with how to get crosstown. The old joke is you have to be born there.”

A preliminary design will be presented next spring. The City was hoping to make 34th street one-way by Fall 2011.

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  1. Fudd2010 says:

    Does anyone know of a stop Bloomberg organization I can join? I am sick of living in a Nanny State run city where all he does is look to make NYC one big generic tourist disney land tourist central copy of France.. Not to mention the leasing of public land to private enterprises.
    Bad enough NYers have to avoid Time Square and Central Park .. Some of us need our cars. I have to sit in traffic just to get down 9th avenue and leave out the Lincoln Tunnel. Now they jack a$$ wants to make me sit in traffic to go from Westside out Midtown tunnel?
    Bloomberg just get the trains to run right before you do anything else Including throwing all your friends into office as favors.. I mean pick a school chancellor that has some experience in education.
    TO post with spelling corrections.. ha.

  2. Fudd2010 says:

    Does anyone know of a stop Bloomberg orginisation I can join? I am sick of living in a Nanny State run city where all he does is look to make NYC one big generic tourist disney land tourist central copy of France.. not to mention the leasing of public land to private enterprizes.
    Bad enough NYers have to avoid Time Square and Central Park .. Some of us need our cars. I have to sit in traffic just to get down 9th aveenue and leave out the Lincoln Tunnle. Now they jack a$$ wants to make me sit in traffic to go from westside out Midtown tunnel ?
    Bloomberg just get the trains to run right before you do anything esle Including throwing all your friends into office as favors.. I mean pick a school chansoler that has some experiance in education..

  3. Kyle Harris says:

    I’m sorry, snarky and MR LIBERAL. My bad.

    There are a few Bloomberg supporters out there who (and I mean a FEW) have multiple handles, drop by wherever there’s a “Comments” page and “write and run.” It gets so ridiculous on the YouTube comments.

  4. DanTe says:

    Looks like Hitler is planning his massive Autoban again.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both unilaterally broke the law on term limits and extended their terms due to an “emergency”.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both like to dictate what healthy activity or food the peons need to do or eat. Hitler was a vegetarian too.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both have grand automobile/people mover plans. The Autoban and the massive lane changes in NYC.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both hates it when civilians are allowed to own guns. Gee, I wonder why they both like a helpless citizenry.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both use “emergencies” to increase their special police’s powers. NYC’s SS even perform overseas “investigations”, like NYC is a wholly separate little dictatoriate.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both just love to control how our youths are “educated”.

    Bloomberg and Hitler people both wear monochrome colored shirts in a uniform manner. (While it’s true, this is placed here more so that the fascists can have something to respond to.)

    I wonder what “emergency” will occur for Bloomberg to break the term limit on the Presidency?

    1. harriet in ny says:

      you are nuts, i suggest that you find a doctor immediately,

      1. cxb says:

        You didn’t REBUT a single point made, meaning even YOU think you’re a liar.

        EX: WHY NOT prove that Bloomberg and HItler have nothing in common? For instance, show us that Hitler was a fan of term limits and only served 8 years unlike Mike! GOOD LUCK! Stupid liars.

        Nice try, Team Bloomberg!

    2. Kris says:

      DanTe, you’re a miserable little person, aren’t you? You sit around, bemoaning everything Bloomy says or does, comparing him to Hitler, of all people. I agree, you need help.

      1. cxb says:

        OF COURSE DANTE is a MISERABLE person. Do you REALLY believe all the people in Hitler’s COncentration Camps were jolly? We live under the mini-Hitler and so it’s only SANE that he’d be miserable.

        it’s also legal proof YOU ARE INSANE. But of course, you don’t believe anything you wrote. You were PAID BY TEAM BLOOMBERG to write your empty insults.

  5. Name says:

    I don’t understand why this is news all of a sudden. This has been a plan for at least 2 years now.

  6. Kyle Harris says:

    No. Explain how this is “genius” and “another brilliant plan” to all of us? Maybe if you convince me (and the rest of the public), we might join you. So far, many of you Bloomberg supporters seem to come out, write something, and run (like scared cowards)! And no, the majority didn’t elect him last year. Most of the people didn’t give a damn and hated “the other guy” (who was a weak candidate, btw) and stayed home while the majority of his “supporters” were minorities who voted for him because of the rumor that they might lose their welfare if they didn’t!

    1. snarky says:

      Kyle, cant you see sarcasism when you hear it?

  7. Bloomberg H8R says:

    Bloomberg has a napolean complex. This egomaniac thinks he’s the King of NY. Time to end his reign.

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