A truck carrying a large shipping container collided with a tree planted on Clinton Street between Stanton and Houston this afternoon, snapping its trunk from the sidewalk. Police were on the scene with the driver. Apparently, the driver hit the tree while trying to avoid construction taking place on Clinton street. In these photos, the name “CRV Truck Lines Corporation,” a trucking company based in Brooklyn, is visible on the truck cab. The container is marked “‘K’ Line,” and may belong to an international shipping company of the same name. More photos from the scene after the jump…
We all know that myth about New Yorkers being cold and unhelpful to each other is untrue. This week’s proof: someone stopped a bike thief on East Houston Street Monday morning and is trying to return the bike to its rightful owner. This note is posted on the south side of the street just west of the intersection with Allen Street. (We presume they mean bring the key in that last sentence.) If you know the bike’s owner, tip them off. If you have interesting photos from around the Lower East Side you’d like to share, tip us! firstname.lastname@example.org.
The push to oppose the city's plan to revamp Chatham Square is picking up momentum. Yesterday City Councilman Alan Gerson, NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson and community organizers rallied and delivered petitions to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. They're demanding the LMDC withhold funding due to community opposition to the plan.
In the New York Post, columnist Jacob Gershman speculates about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's reasons for supporting mayoral control of NYC's schools. He theorizes that, since Governor Paterson is practically on political life support, Silver is, essentially, the state's de facto governor. And, he says, some people believe this has inspired him to "adopt less combative and more statesman-like style."
Also in the Post, an analysis shows that about $1.3 billion in federal stimulus money is already being spent in New York. Among the projects underway: $23 million to reconstruct a portion of East Houston Street.