In the News: Margaret Chin on Tribeca’s Most Urgent Issue

••• The Broadsheet asked city councilperson Margaret Chin ten questions, including what “the most urgent, individual priorities” are for each of the neighborhoods she represents. Her response regarding Tribeca: “It is [mitigating the effects of] hugely disruptive infrastructure projects on Chambers Street and now Worth Street [above] that are negatively impacting the quality of life of residents.” The Chambers reconstruction project was completed over two years ago. Perhaps she meant Warren Street.

••• A report on the debate that Chin skipped. —Downtown Express

••• A rundown of the candidates in the city council race. —DNAinfo

••• More on the Pierre Yovanovich show at R & Company. —T

••• “A sightseeing ship full of tourists caught fire near Governors Island on Friday morning, officials said. No injuries were reported.” —New York Post

••• The subjects in this week’s “The Hunt,” in the The New York Times Real Estate section, are a couple who couldn’t bear living near the entrance of the Holland Tunnel anymore—which is interesting given the amount of development in that area. (I sublet at 80 Varick for a summer years ago and the honking was indeed unbearable.)



  1. Margaret Chin’s priorities tell you nothing and her record tells you everything. She has had two terms to attempt to make a difference and now she’s running for the same third term that people blasted Bloomberg for. All these problems for her district have gotten worse on her watch, especially the transportation and traffic issues, with committees she belongs to and legislation that she cannot get passed and constituent matters that get ignored. Why believe she is now going to do anything about the problems she watched bloom? (It’s like Andrew Cuomo decrying the absence of leadership at the MTA and the subways, even though as governor, he has been the one for YEARS who controls the MTA, appoints the leadership, cuts the ribbons at the new Second Avenue Subway, etc.) Do politicians think that voters have mass amnesia?

    I believe that having three primary opponents works in the incumbent’s favor here. They will split the opposition, if they do not coalesce behind Marte, and Chin will be reelected again.

  2. Why isn’t anything done about the honking?
    Isn’t honking supposed to be for emergencies only?

    Why on earth did NYC actually take down the no honking signs?
    One way or the other the law should be enforced. This would improve quality of life and the income from tickets would go to the city.

    • I’ve lived by the Holland Tunnel for MANY years, and I don’t think the signs really did anything. There needs to be some kind of actual enforcement, and I don’t think that will happen until the pols decide to do something.

  3. Here’s an article on the bizarre move of taking down the “No Honking” signs:

    It’s a serious quality of life issue and nothing is done about it.

  4. The traffic and honking is a huge problem. The City ignores all complaints related it. Unfortunately it will take a tragic event for them to understand the magnitude of the problem. Hudson Street is a crossroad of careless, rushed commuters disobeying traffic laws and families living in the area. It is only a matter of time before something tragic happens which was avoidable, had the City enforced the traffic regulations.