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Story: Planned 25-story luxury development in Corona
slated for completion in 2024
Summary: Plans for a new 25-story, mixed-use luxury
development, Eastern Emerald — which will be located
on Northern Boulevard in Corona — are moving forward.
Reach: 4,880 (as of 05/28/2021)
Right of way
As New York City becomes
more and more bike-friendly, Citi
Bikes stations continue to pop all
over the city as part of the current
Citi Bikes are now available in
all of Manhattan and most areas
in the Bronx and Brooklyn, along
with a relatively light population
in Queens. Th ere are even Citi
Bikes in Jersey City!
New York City, in general, has
tried in the past decade to become
a much safer city for bikers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision
Zero initiative cleared the way for
additional bike lanes and paths to
be constructed all across the city
over the past 7 ½ years, yet plenty
of safety issues still remain to be
Even so, for the most part, the
city is headed in the right direction
when it comes to making the
city safer for bikes.
Citi Bike ridership has been
surging in the past year, suggesting
people are in favor of biking
becoming a more realistic and
available mode of transportation.
Th e added stations, however, are
taking up parking spaces.
Parking in the city had been a
hassle long before Citi Bike came
to be, but it fi gures that drivers will
feel even more of a squeeze in the
years to come.
Some Citi Bike stations are
physically on the street, removing
parking spaces that are already few
and far between. Citi Bikes have
put parking at even more of a premium.
Th is has led to an increase
in the frustration of drivers.
Cycling is becoming a more
popular activity and parking will
continue to be a casualty in the
eff ort to support it. Th at will continue
to grow as the city further
develops its bike travel infrastructure,
and eco-conscious residents
decide to pedal themselves to
work rather than hop on a bus,
train or cab.
Th ere has always been contention
between drivers and cyclists
on the street. NYC is much more
driver-friendly than it is bikefriendly,
but the added Citi Bike
stations across the city are a signal
of change in that regard.
New York is headed toward
being a bike city, whether or not
drivers are ready for it. Drivers
don’t have to like it, but they’ll
need to adapt.
Photo courtesy of New York City Department of Transportation/Flickr
New York is headed toward being a bike city, whether or not drivers are ready for it.