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Sometimes justice is served—it just takes more than half of a year. On December 6, 2015, 30-year-old Victoria Nicodemus was struck and killed while walking on a Fort Greene sidewalk by 39-year-old driver Marlon Sewell. Sewell, at the time, said he had swerved to avoid a car and a bus, and that he was high from a carbon monoxide leak in his car. Despite the fact that video surveillance showed Sewell recklessly careening onto the sidewalk outside...
I have always been completely perplexed by the appearance of the deep, dark slush pits that appear on New York City street corners, the kind that have cropped up everywhere since our favorite blizzard ever, Jonas, bestowed upon us more than 26 inches of frozen moisture on Saturday. I grew up in Minnesota—historically a place that is gifted with many, many more blizzards than New York City—and not once do I remember seeing, nor falling victim to, a similar pit...
There are a number of reasons to be upset about the fact that Marlon Sewell, the driver who killed 30-year-old Victoria Nicodemus on December 6 in Fort Greene while she was walking with her boyfriend in the very center of the sidewalk, is free without bail. But if you need another reason to be upset, how about this? Sewell hasn't even had his license suspended because, per the words of Criminal Court Judge Marguerite Dougherty on Monday,...
Just last week I was walking to my office in Downtown Brooklyn when a police officer handed me a brochure titled "Getting to Zero: Tips for Sharing the Street," which outlined the most important elements of Mayor de Blasio's plan for Vision Zero, what he calls his initiative to reduce traffic deaths and injuries to, uh, zero by the year 2024. The pamphlet touches on what it means to be a responsible pedestrian, driver,...

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