Grieving Mother on Charges Against Cab Driver: "It's a Traffic Violation for Killing a Child"


By now, 10 months on, the details of Cooper Stock's death are well-known: the nine-year-old was in the crosswalk, under the signal, holding his father's hand when he was run down by a cab driver a little after 8:45 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Partly because of the heartbreaking circumstances and partly because of the timing--shortly before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious new initiative to combat pedestrian deaths in New York City--the story has been repeated in countless articles since.

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No More Alternate Side of the Street Parking! Well, For Two Weeks. And if You're Lucky

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Those of us who are forced to comply with the ritual of alternate side parking know that it's a special kind of hell. You get in your car, you move it to the opposite side of the street; the sanitation department sends a little Zamboni down the street to spray some water and push some trash around; and the next day (depending on where you live), you're back in the car, desperately searching for a spot on the other side so the Zamboni can work its magic once again.

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DMV to Internet-less New Yorkers: Get in Line

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The new system is nothing short of revolutionary -- that is, if you've heard of it.
In February, the New York State DMV launched a revamped website capable of processing a bevy of transactions without requiring that dreaded visit to a DMV office. To expedite those transactions that still require in-person processing, the site offers a quick and easy online reservation system, with many same-day appointments available.

The new system is nothing short of revolutionary -- that is, if you've heard of it.

After checking in, those with reservations receive call numbers near the top of the waiting list, essentially jumping the line.

And those who have already been waiting -- in person -- for hours because they didn't make reservations? Their wait gets longer.

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The Ten Worst Speed Traps in the New York City Metro Area

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Monday: blech. The city's population is about to add 600,000 commuters coming from around the metropolitan area. To you, intrepid bridge-and-tunnel people: don't speed. New York gives out the third highest number of driving citations of any state in the country. No need to add any more grief to the start of your work week, so we at Runnin' Scared thought we'd do you a solid and compile a list of the top ten speed traps in the New York City metropolitan area.

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Federal Transportation Department Shuts Down a Staten Island Bus Company After It Strands 53 Passengers in Virginia for 24 Hours

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Did you know that when Nietzche wrote all of history happens in circles, that we are eternally bound to repeat the past in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, he was referring to delinquent bus companies in Staten Island? Kidding. But also: The U.S. Department of Transportation shut down All Nations Coach Inc. for stranding 53 passengers at a Virginia gas station for 24 hours without a replacement bus back in July. The investigation found that the company was in fact the zombie of a company that USDOT shut down in 2012 for multiple safety violations. An equally negligent zombie, it seems.

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Traffic on the George Washington Bridge Is About to Become Very, Very Bad

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If you're the sort who enjoys sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on superstructures spanning deepwater rivers, boy, do we have some good news for you. The Port Authority announced a plan to replace the steel beams that support the George Washington Bridge's upper deck. That means three of the four lanes in one direction on the upper deck will be closed for repairs every night until the end of the year. Being trapped on a bridge for more than an hour: Now that's a high that's hard to come by.


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Citi Bike Stations Moved From Wealthy Neighborhoods; Commence Class Warfare?

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Another week, another Citi Bike dilemma. As the bike share program blows past the 250,000 rides mark, the placement of stations has become the subject of contention since its Memorial Day inauguration. The reasons are varied: The streets are too narrow to fit them; the streets are too packed with them; the streets are too ugly because of them. But, as it turns out, the physical response by the Department of Transportation has created a more income-based controversy.

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Officials to South Brooklynites: No Ferry (in Lieu of R Train) For You

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Ferry service hasn't run out of this Bay Ridge station since 2010. And now commuters need it more than ever
A few weeks ago, we learned that the R train required drawn-out help. Its purveyor into Manhattan--the Montague Tunnel--was still wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; the construction witnessed the worst flooding of any other tunnel in New York. As a result, the MTA announced it would close the tunnel for 14 months, starting in August, leaving commuters strapped for travel options between Brooklyn Hall and Whitehall Street. Now they can strike "ferry service" off their list of possibilities.

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Bike Share Fever: Citi Bike Rides Pass the Quarter-Million Mark

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700,000 miles. That's the lengthy equivalent of about 280,000 Central Parks. Or a little more than 50,000 Manhattans from the bottom up. It's also the amount of miles CitiBike users--who have now clocked in over 250,000 rides--have covered in three weeks' time.

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The Green Cab Invasion: Court Upholds Outer Borough Hail Plan

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It's two o'clock in the morning on a Saturday night in Astoria. You've just left the bar with your friends and, because of the way the world works, the N/R/Q trains are running every hour and you just missed it. You try to hail a cab back to East Williamsburg, but to no avail, since, you know, you're in Queens, where cabs are an endangered species. This is the plight of thousands every night in the outer boroughs and, as of yesterday, it will end very soon.

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