|When we were good|
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Posted by Be the BQE at 2:36 PM
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The most interesting stat for me is the "delay per hour in peak period." This measures how much additional time a driver is likely to spend on a roadway during the most congested period by comparing it to travel in so-called "free flow" time. In NYC, it's just 21 more minutes on, say, the BQE at its worst. In Warsaw, it's 52 minutes on the W-Z. For Varsovians with a 30-minute commute, that adds up to an extra 106 hours on the road every year. For New Yorkers it's a mere 61--not even a three-day weekend. No wonder Poles wish each other Szerokiej Drogi for Bon voyage--literally "Wide road."
Posted by Be the BQE at 4:43 PM
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Here's a an ex-hack that's avoiding the whole problem with a homemade "Not for Hire" sign. What's next? Retired police cars with the motto: "Not to serve and not to protect"?
Friday, September 21, 2012
|(Source: PAP, Nauka w Polsce)|
The KUL-Car does not yet exist. Her designers are currently trying to raise funds to build it and sell it. They estimate it should cost 20,000 Polish zlotys, the equivalent of about $6,250.
Shouldn't there be a wellspring of international support to make these cars widely available?
Posted by Be the BQE at 3:43 PM
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Couldn't they have thrown in an extra stairway while they're at it? 82nd St. was ranked the 87th (of 468) busiest subway station in the system in 201. 15,811 riders a day on an average weekday. 3 stairways. You do the math.
Posted by Be the BQE at 8:52 AM
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Nice Smell Zone, I got another whiff of the Virginia Dare extract output. Not a bad commute.
Posted by Be the BQE at 5:38 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Looks like the vaunted BTB Research Bureau got this one wrong. Turns out it's not fenugreek being processed over in New Jersey wafting across the bay to Brooklyn after all. It's vanilla mixed with perhaps a bit of cocoa being processed by the Virginia Dare plant on Third Avenue. The company was founded in 1835, at one time it produced wine, root beer, lime rickey, as well as vanilla and all kinds of other products for cooking.
I guess I've never known fenugreek at all. A bittersweet thought. Or smell. Oh hell.
Posted by Be the BQE at 5:32 AM
Friday, September 7, 2012
So why not get off at Atlantic Avenue, I thought, and do the local route through Red Hook and Sunset Park? I tried it. 20 minutes from Atlantic Avenue to 60th Street, rejoining the BQE just before Antenna King. Lots of construction vehicles, water streaming off the BQE above (from the curing process), and some pretty dramatic lane shifts. But it moves! I may never use that stretch of the BQE (and Gowanus Expressway) again, construction or no construction.
Posted by Be the BQE at 4:02 AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
And to fellow 7 Riders...
Enjoy the annual U.S. Open suspension of service delays!
Happy Labor Day!
|"One small step for a man..."|
Posted by Be the BQE at 5:36 AM