In the News: A Glimmer of Hope for Canal Street

••• “New booth-less toll technology leaves Republican congressmen with no more excuses for maintaining the Verrazano Bridge’s one-way toll structure, which sends cash-strapped truckers from the outer boroughs and beyond flooding into Lower Manhattan, Downtown advocates say. […] The Verrazano’s exorbitant $16 toll for Staten Island- and New Jersey-bound drivers sends hordes of outer-borough and Long Island motorists—especially trucks—pouring over the toll-free East River bridges into Lower Manhattan [….] Canal Street in particular has earned a reputation as a hazardous speedway in the years since the Verrazano toll went one-way. [But] the Verrazano is the only local toll bridge that falls under federal jurisdiction, and the Republican-dominated Congress has been reluctant to back any change that would agitate conservative Staten Island voters. Republican congressman Dan Donovan, who represents voters on both sides of the bridge, vowed to oppose any measure to restore the two-way toll until he’s seen data proving that the change would decrease traffic and increase revenue.” —Downtown Express

••• Brookfield Place is going to screen films in the Winter Garden. —DNAinfo

••• The story of Battery Park City Day Nursery, which celebrates its 31st anniversary this year. —Broadsheet

••• “Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed more than $25 million through 2020 to guarantee dedicated crossing guards at all school posts citywide, and some of that funding will go towards reforms that may help solve the chronic understaffing that has plagued Lower Manhattan.” —Downtown Express

••• “Police hope that surveillance video will help them catch burglars who two nights in a row broke into the construction offices of 50 West Street.” —Tribeca Trib

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