In the News: Sword-wielding suspect attacks a man at Chambers

amNY reports that cops were looking for a sword-wielding suspect who assaulted a man on Chambers Street yesterday morning, after the two got off the A train. “The 29-year-old victim was on the A train when he got into a dispute with an unknown man, who appeared to be carrying a samurai sword. Police say that the suspect was menacing the victim with his sword.”

In the antidote to that story above — watch this to bring your blood pressure down — Lindsey Peers, the owner of The Craft Studio, stopped by Studio 1A for a TODAY show segment on easy holiday home décor you can make without breaking the bank. The pumpkin hole-in-one is genius.

Tribecan and transportation consultant Charles Komanoff has an excellent op-ed in Gotham Gazette that aims to outline the benefits of congestion pricing — and help untangle some of the issues that have come up in recent hearings. Congestion pricing is not “only about the revenue,” he writes. “Rather, congestion pricing will not only raise revenue to improve subway service — the economic lifeblood and equity linchpin of our city and region — it will materially cut traffic [by 10 to 15 percent downtown] even without crediting the ‘carrot’ effect of better mass transit luring some trips from automobiles.”

Hyperallergic has a story on the Perelman PAC’s support of the current plan for 5 WTC, making the argument that if the PAC could be built for $275 million, 5 WTC could be fully affordable. The PAC was largely built with donated funds, but it received $89 million from the LMDC. “For historian Todd Fine, a Hyperallergic contributor and president of the Washington Street Advocacy Group, the PAC’s excess spending contradicts state officials’ claims that a fully affordable 5WTC would be too costly. Fine also contends that the Perelman Center was “lobbying” on behalf of the developers, giving the impression of another luxury real estate deal disguised as a community benefit.”



  1. I hope congestion pricing will over time do far better than 10-15% reduction, although any bit helps!

    • @James: I expect that congestion pricing over time will indeed improve Manhattan travel speeds by more than 10 to 15 percent, as the “carrot” of improved subway service supplements the “stick” of charging motorists to drive into the zone. But the carrot won’t happen overnight, so I’ve been sticking to the conservative 10%-15% figure.

  2. Agree to disagree.. congestion pricing is ALL about the money.. money that sadly will go to the mess that is the MTA… no mater how much money we throw into it, unless we have some serious restructuring, it will be a waste.

    As to the reduction on traffic, im not holding my breath.

    • Perhaps it’s useful to look at the London results, although we should take care to see how similar or different the NYC plan is to theirs. They did experience substantial reduction in traffic, congestion, air pollution, etc.

  3. Some people just won’t let this 5WTC thing go it seems. The hundred million of taxpayer money given to build the PAC wouldn’t even build a couple floors of 5WTC. The tower is going to cost over a billion dollars, it is a completely different conversation at that scale

    • Agreed. This is absurd now. They need to let it go and be glad any type of affordable housing is being included at all. This was intended for strictly commercial space not too long ago.

  4. funny to see all the Dems getting bent out on congestion pricing, not a mention of the samurai guy tho.

    its all about taxes and money, never about safety

  5. I think it’s the editors of TC who refuse to print anything negative about Hochul or Adams. I’m 24 terrified of living here …I can’t afford to take a lyft. I graduated from a Jesuit college starting my career. It’s just that I don’t feel like encountering the possibility of death walking down chambers or getting on the subway.