The allegations that officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration ordered the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close some lanes of the George Washington Bridge (I-95, US 1 & 9) is disappointing on several fronts. What isn’t disappointing is that my friend and former colleague from my Gannett days (and fellow Penn State College of Communications graduate), Mike Pettigano, has been part of the Bergen Record/NorthJersey.com team breaking the story. Some of you may even remember Mike from when he was running Penn State sports blog Black Shoe Diaries or the preview magazine, We Are Penn State 2013 (He’s doing that again this year).
As for Christie, I’m disappointed the people he selected appeared to have acted in such a vindictive way. I’ll be curious to see what the Record learns about his involvement. I have great affection for the Garden State, having been born there and then visiting family, friends and of course, the Jersey Shore, regularly and I was pulling for Christie to rise in his party. Now, I’m probably not feeling that way.
In the latest of a string of Google Maps errors, interstate 99 has been extended beyond its existing northern terminus near State College all the way into New York State and I-86/NY 17 near Corning.
This is an extension that is expected at some point, but i-99 needs high speed interchanges built along I-80 near mileposts 160 and 178. Additionally, multiple sections of US 220 need to be upgraded between Lock Haven and Williamsport. North of Williamsport, US 15 which Google Maps says is now also i-99, is now an interstate quality highway all the way into New York State as of earlier this fall.
i-99 is a controversial highway in general. For one, the number was legislated by former Rep. Bud Shuster. The bulk of the initial routing was through his district, pork barrel spending. The extension to State College was a disaster as Shuster legislated that it be exempt from environmental testing. That didn’t work out — it turned out the road and all of the earth-moving required for it unleashed pyrite (aka fool’s gold) that contaminated the water supply. Four years and $79 million later, there was remediation in place. The money spent on this highway would have been better directed at improving the US 322 corridor – widening the Lewistown Narrows (which happened eventually) or upgrading the Boalsburg to Seven Mountains stretch which hasn’t happened.
In the future, i-99 will probably be posted along these roads and perhaps replace I-390 to Rochester.
US 209 which goes from PA 147 north of Harrisburg (it should go down to US 22/322 though) to US 9W in Kington, N.Y. (it really should go all the way to US 9 on the other side of the Hudson River) joins the ranks of mis-labled highways that I keep documenting; I guess this is a new hobby. Some parts of the highway are now marked as Interstate 209.
Mickey Mantle’s sports bar closing – NY Post Game over for Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant – NY Daily News
I ate at Mickey Mantle’s several times, including my 19th birthday. I recall having a tasty strip steak for what seemed like a really good price at the time for New York City. Prior to eating there once (if memory serves) we saw a hanson cab run a red light going down 5th Avenue at 59th Street; middle finger — FULL EXTENSION. If you had put that in a movie, people think you would be overdoing it.
That it lasted so many years is somewhat impressive, particularly since the host hasn’t been around since 1995. As you can see, I still have a pint glass from Mickey’s.
That reminds me — I need to get my copy of “The Last Boy” back. I have been meaning to blog about Jane Leavy’s Mantle biography for some time.
Lots of trouble for the New York Yankees right now — Jorge Posada forgets he’s hitting .185 when complained about hitting 9th. He apologized. The team is in a freefall as well, losing 5 in a row and 9 of 12. Getting swept by the Boston Red Sox is no fun either. Had the Yanks been able to take care of business against the Sawx this season or even split the two series, they would be in first place right now.
So, is there are meeting at the NY Daily News or NY Post whenever the a cover headline is the same? I’d be very curious to find out how the deal with doing exact same thing as their competitor.
Even though I don’t really follow the NBA and I was getting tired about hearing about Carmleo Anthony being traded from the Denver Nuggets. Anthony’s debut with New York Knickerbockers yielded a win and the same backpage headline on the NY Daily News and NY Post. I guess the latter gets credit for the exclamation point. Points off for not having a larger version of the backpage yet though, I’ll see about changing it if/when it becomes available.
It has been a long time since the tabloids had a same headline. Oh and I insist on calling the Madison Square Garden basketball tenant the Knickerbockers, I wish Spike Lee would do the same.
Commenters on Anderson’s Facebook profile suggested that reports that Clearview was mandated by Federal Highway Administration maybe incorrect. That mandate may happen in the future though.
I’m skeptical of the claims that mixed-case street makes street signs safer and I can’t stand the Clearview font, even though Penn State had a hand in its development. However, I’ll make an exception for one New York City road — the Clearview Expressway (I-295).
New York Giants QB Eli Manning got destroyed in last night’s preseason game (played in New Jersey) against the New York Jets. He christened the artificial turf at New Meadowlands Stadium with blood gushing from a massive head wound that needed a dozen stitches. The tabloids both had the same though with their backpage headline.
Yes, diver/whiner Sidney Crosby making the winning shot in overtime for Canada to beat the United States for the gold medal is the worst case scenario. The New York tabloids know this to be true. Look at him up there will the poster boy for birth control expression on his face. Ugh. You couldn’t have made one more save Ryan Miller?
I wonder how many Yinzers were rooting for Canada yesterday.