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A truck driver struck and killed a 29-year-old cyclist at a Williamsburg intersection Monday, according to authorities.

The 70 year-old man was heading east along Boerum Street from behind the wheel of a cement truck at 12:19 p.m., when he struck the biker as she crossed the street heading north on Bushwick Avenue, cops said.

Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene, according to police.

Cops have not cuffed the driver, who remained on the scene following the collision, according to the department spokeswoman, who noted they are withholding the victim’s name pending family notification.

The woman is the 15th city cyclist killed by motorists this year, compared to 10 in all of 2018, with two slain just last week.

The war between bikers and motorists played out online:

These cyclists come right up on you full speed on the sidewalk with no warning..if you are talking and wave your arm outward forget warning, no whistle no bell just zooooms by...

Louis Franqui from Red Hook

I get that, Louise. Sometimes joggers scare me too, coming from behind at full speed. Once, I was hit in the arm by a purse, and another time, a stroller ran over my foot. In both cases it left a bruise. I just consider myself lucky that it wasn’t a truck, I guess. And, NYPD just announced that murder rates continue to drop. Good thing that they don’t take vehicular homicide into consideration, or it wouldn’t look so pretty.

Peter from Dyker Heights

Nobody asking what happened with millions of dollars spent on “Zero Tolerance”, 25 mile speed limit, cameras etc? It was obvious from the beginning, that won’t decrease accident, just another smart way to tax nyc people.

Guy from NYC

Its f**ked up what happened but this is the end result of the city that doesn’t punish motorists when they kill. They keep doing it over and over with no consequences.

Local from Here

It’s a tragedy. A terrible terrible accident. NYC is a major metropolis and the amount of bicycles on the streets mixing with traffic is a sure fire way to see an increase in collisions. I think if mass transit was Significantly improved more of both motorists and cyclists would opt in. The transit system in NYC is a disaster and things like todays incident is inevitable.

Peggy from Brooklyn

It’s a very sad situation. No one deserves to go this way!! As a crossing guard years ago I experienced a few incidents with bicyclists! “Some” are WRECKLESS. They stick the middle finger @ you, very disrespectful. They don’t follow traffic regulations. They pass lights, they damage parked cars. I don’t wish anything on anyone God bless us all!! God bless the young ladies soul and my deepest condolences to the family!! What else can the Mayor do, he done put freaken citi bikes in every corner of the streets. Then took away a lot of parking spots. I believe law enforcement need to take action the same way they ticket cars, they should ticket bicyclists as well. #JustSaying. No offense to no one.

A driver from Williamsburg

Pool cops

This year’s pool day was wet — and wild!

Parks Department staff shut down Commodore Barry Pool on Thursday, after cops tackled and cuffed a teen involved in a scuffle that occurred on the opening day for city pools.

The incident occurred as dozens of exasperated Brooklynites lined N. Elliott Place in the sizzling heat waiting for the Clinton Hill pool to reopen following a mid-day break at around 4:20 p.m. — about 20 minutes after the pool was scheduled to open.

The 16-year-old boy and his friend had been arguing, and at one point a NYC Parks worker tried to break up the fight, grabbing the teen, according one witness.

“Then the supervisor came out, he was hot-headed and started jumping on him like he was a grown-ass man his age,” said Daequa Turner, a friend of the cuffed teen.

The teen tried walk away from the scuffle just as several squad cars rolled up to the pool, and about a dozen cops tackled and then surrounded the teen, according to witnesses, who noted one female officer was spotted yanking on the kid’s hair.

“She pulled his hair and everything. She was going in,” said Sandra Rodriguez.

Readers discussed alternatives to violence online:

It’s shameful on both sides. The youth by all accounts was in a one on one heated verbal altercation with his friend and the situation escalated in a public venue. The Pool staff gets involved,the situation further escalates. The police are summoned to deescalate the situation... further escalation erupts. No arrest... Mediation

LT from Fort Green-Clinton Hill

Seriously... Do the police know how to react in *any* way other than with aggression? Teens being hormonal idiots, doing what teens do. It’s not acceptable behavior. And it should be corrected. This was not how you do that. This made the situation worse. I saw many fights break out (and many more get close to it) in my high school. Armed police, never mind a dozen or more, were ever needed. Ever. It was handled by ONE man deescalating the situation. In a rare instance, two men were required. No aggressive tackling. No swarming of a dozen officers with their hand on their weapons. (Not to mention, this kid is probably going to be charged with assaulting an officer — even though, all he saw and reacted to was probably a random man charging at him, not an officer)

Tyler from PPS

That could have been handled so much better. I think of how lucky we were as teenagers to not be under police watch. A lot of stupid —— that didnt amount to anything would have ruined our lives.

Joe from Prospect Heights

Check-out drag!

Locals flocked to support a drag queen who read children’s books to kids at Brooklyn Public Library’s Crown Heights branch on Thursday, overwhelming a small group of protesters.

Just five people gathered on June 27 to express outrage over Harmonica Sunbeam’s presence at “Drag Queen Story Hour,” while more than 50 colorfully dressed proponents sang songs and chanted in support of the event.

One protester shouted biblical references into a megaphone to warn of the potential dire consequences of the drag queen’s presence.

“God wiped out cities because of this,” said the man who asked only to be identified as Tag. “We’re almost there. It’s getting worse now than it was back then.”

Supporters brushed off the ominous alarms, calling the protesters intolerant and a poor representation of the Crown Heights community.

“We’re here to stand against bigotry in whatever form it takes,” said Alice Tracey. “And look at how much we outnumber them by. I think that tells you all you need to know.”

Readers were divided online:

“Anti-drag queen protesters drowned out by supporters in Crown Heights” BWAHAHAHAH­AHAHAHAAAA­AAAA!!!!! “BBBBBut you’re not being tolerant of my intolerance”. This is NYC, keep your hatred out of here! We do not tolerate hatred.

Local from Here

Funny how the media always wants to downplay the bigotry of Hasidics while going ballistic over any Christian that doesn’t support gay marriage. And don’t get me started with Muslims cause they can behead gays and ban homosexuality in their countries but the media just adores them!Dr. Van Nostrand from The Institute

What a total political circus. Neither side really cares about the education or welfare of the children. They each have a clear agenda and nothing else matters. The media, special interests ,and politicians just feed into the frenzy. How truly sad. “ Pride proceeds the fall” Amen to that!James Maggio from Marine Park

Educate the elderly!

One of the best-kept secrets in Brooklyn operates out of a tiny office in an apartment building just off Brooklyn College’s Flatbush Avenuer campus, and is called BLL — Brooklyn Lifelong Learning. A continuing education program for seniors — some students are well into their 80s —it offers year-round classes, summer included, on everything from fiction to film, politics to performing, and math to money management. Hundreds of folks, most of them retirees, attend classes every week; I had the pleasure of attending the short story class this past year, as well as the actors’ workshop, which, as usual, concluded in May with a three-hour showcase of scenes, monologues, and poetry. Every seat was filled, and we were — no surprise here — a hit.

The problem: although BLL has been around for decades, the college’s commitment to it has all but disappeared. Rooms that used to be available aren’t any longer; time slots that used to be set aside for BLL classes have been declared off-limits. Recliaming even a modicum of the respect that BLL received from the school’s past administration has been a struggle.

The question is, why? Certainly, the matriculating students at BC take priority. But what about the senior citizens of the community who want to expand their horizons and learn something new? What about all the folks who simply want to get out and socialize? What about them?

For months now, BLL has been alerting its members to the possibility that the program might not survive. That it will —a summer schedule has already been released , and a fall brochure will soon be on its way — is soley because BLL’s administration, and its loyal membership, have worked so hard to make it happen.

Ultimately, however, Brooklyn Lifelong Learning is still hanging on by the proverbial thread — and at some point in the not-too-distant future, Brooklyn College may decide to sever that thread once and for all.

And what a loss that would be to the school, to the community, and — most importantly —to the hundreds of folks who enjoy the classes that BLL so generously offers.

Stuart R. Brynien from Sheepshead Bay

Posted 12:00 am, July 7, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says: Vicious cycle: De Blasio’s temporary transit crackdown won’t end bicyclist deaths By DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD After four deaths in the last two weeks, a horrifying 15 bicyclists have been killed on New York City streets so far this year, up from 10 in all of 2018. For a mayor whose Vision Zero initiative promised and for many years delivered a falling tide of fatalities, this is an emergency. Alas, Mayor de Blasio’s proposed solution, a three-week surge of enhanced traffic enforcement, is tragically half-hearted. No matter how many tickets NYPD officers hand out in the short term, surges in the numbers of bike riders and erratic law enforcement will almost surely mean more deaths around the bend. A far better answer is sustained enforcement coupled with street redesign that gives bicycles their own, protected lanes on designated thoroughfares. New York residents and visitors took almost half a million bike rides per day in the city in 2017, more than double the number a decade earlier. In part because Mayors Bloomberg and de Blasio encouraged their proliferation, in part because of broader cultural trends, cyclists aren’t a novelty. They can’t be wished away. They’re a fixture. Yet according to the city, 11 of the cyclists killed this year were riding on streets without bike lanes. Not every street needs a bike lane, but where they exist, they must function properly. Cops must consistently punish trucks, buses and cars — including police cars — that block them. Wherever possible, lanes should be protected, with barriers preventing heavy vehicles from encroaching on bicycles’ space. The burden is not on drivers alone. Too many cyclists ride outside of bike lanes even where they exist. A shocking number of city bicyclists was recently counted flouting traffic laws. Even though those breaches don’t typically threaten lives as the bad behavior of drivers does, they shouldn’t be tolerated. Why aren’t highly visible bike safety campaigns as ubiquitous as other city sponsored public health ads? Safer streets depend upon the actions of thousands of actors. But the heaviest burden by far is on de Blasio and the NYPD.
July 7, 2019, 5:38 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Heavier enforcement of self entitled scofflaw motorists. They cannot be trusted to follow the rules of the road.
July 8, 2019, 10:18 am
Barry from Kenya says:
Heavier enforcement of self entitled scofflaw cyclist. They cannot be trusted to follow the rules of the road.
July 8, 2019, 10:43 am
Barry from Kenya says:
????????????Sniveling twatwaffle????????????
July 8, 2019, 11:07 am
Barry from Kenya says:
July 8, 2019, 11:54 am
Barry from Kenya says:
I agree, Fake Barry from Kenya is an idiot
July 8, 2019, 11:56 am
Typical Hipster Doofus from Billyburg says:
My parents spend good money for my $8,000 carbon frame bike. With all that money invested into my bike, I have no need to follow any rules of the road and will go as fast as I want. I am superior to mere pedestrian and motoring mortals. Bow to my spandex shorts and granola bars. Hear my expletives and move out of my way.
July 8, 2019, 1:16 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
July 8, 2019, 2:35 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says: A bit of snark Staten Island: Interesting how the initiative to curb cyclist deaths as described by Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill is geared towards dangerous drivers. I guess the cyclists are all safe and regulation-conscious riders. Lingsworth Pendley A partial fix Brooklyn: It’s a great idea to have a crackdown on drivers driving badly who are risking the life of cyclists. If they don’t do the same for cyclists, then it’s another job half done by the experts in charge. Both groups are terrible when it comes to following the rules. Enforcement is lacking all over. And let’s not forget pedestrians. They ignore all the rules. To eliminate needless deaths you need all the rules enforced. Stop blaming just the drivers. Safety is everyone’s responsibly. Greg Ahl Make ’em work North Plainfield, N.J.: To Voicer Sean T. Sabelli: I’ll be the first conservative to say it, I would prefer trillions of tax dollars to any of your aforementioned ideas and I’ll tell you why. As a taxpayer, I don’t want to be part of funding more handouts than those that are already in place. I personally feel that more freebies offered creates more of an atmosphere of entitlement and of stagnation. I do not have dental insurance at the moment, but I’m looking for a job that will give me insurance. If it were just handed to me, what would be the incentive to strive for a better job? I’m all for having our taxpayer money go for good causes — for the veterans, the elderly, disabled, and homeless children — but there needs to be limits. Otherwise, half the country will be sitting on their ass doing nothing while the other half foots their bills. Patricia Stracquadaine
July 8, 2019, 2:49 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I didn't mean to put in the last letter, because it wasn't about enforcement of traffic laws, and I don't know why I can't space these anymore, which would make them more readable.
July 8, 2019, 2:51 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Don’t worry Tal, nobody cares to read your garbled comments.
July 8, 2019, 2:54 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Replacing all wheels with squares that identify as circles will stop this nonsense.
July 8, 2019, 4:12 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Replacing all idiot racist trumpturds with real patriotic Americans will stop your nonsense.
July 8, 2019, 4:37 pm
Typical Hipster Doofus from Billyburg says:
If circles have no sides and squares have four sides, wouldn't triangle wheels be better since they only have three sides?
July 8, 2019, 5:35 pm
What's a hipster?? says:
If you had a brain, wouldn't it be better if you shut your fool mouth? 2003 called, they want their hipster jokes back.
July 8, 2019, 6:27 pm
Typical Hipster Doofus from Billyburg says:
I remember 2003. We has the Bush derangement syndrome at the time. We protested with freedom fries in our hats to make sure he got one term.
July 8, 2019, 8:03 pm
What's a hipster?? says:
I remember 2003 as well, everyone laughed at you for calling french fries freedom fries because you were so triggered by the French. We didn't even use the word "triggered" back then, we just called you jackasses. LOL
July 8, 2019, 9:16 pm
What's a hipster?? says:
I bet you wear your flip phone on your belt too. LOL, grandpa!
July 8, 2019, 9:17 pm
Typical Hipster Doofus from Billyburg says:
My blond dreadlocks say otherwise.
July 8, 2019, 9:51 pm says:
Hipsters had dreadlocks? Call me, from your iPhone ;)
July 8, 2019, 10:22 pm says:
my number:
July 8, 2019, 10:23 pm
Barry from Kenya from says:
What's a hipster?
July 9, 2019, 7:17 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says: Too busy for bikes Middle Village: Amen to Voicer Gary Taustine. We will never have a Vision Zero scenario in New York City because it is New York City. Bicyclists are given a false sense of security thinking they are protected. We are a city of more than 8 million people that operates on a 24/7 basis. This includes car traffic, truck traffic, pedestrians, deliveries and pickups from every single office building. To think everyone can be accommodated is ludicrous. I think instead of accommodating the minority at the expense of the majority, we should rethink what our city is all about. Linda Dobson
July 9, 2019, 1:05 pm
Barry from Kenya from says:
Who cares what some old crack Linda thinks?
July 9, 2019, 1:10 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
If it got printed in the Daily News, then somebody really did care.
July 9, 2019, 1:40 pm
Barry from Kenya from says:
Wrong, stupid.
July 9, 2019, 3:24 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says: In Jersey, bikes take over the road Garwood, N.J.: I’ve been watching the back and forth from New York City Voicers on the cyclists versus drivers issue. Obviously here in New Jersey we don’t have nearly the amount of either group. However, the cyclists do seem to have an extreme air of “this is my road.” It is particularly prevalent on weekend mornings when groups of five or more feel they command the road. Taking up an entire lane and not stopping for lights or crosswalks is not unusual for these weekend warriors who are getting their two days of exercise and trying to put on a fashion show at the same time. I’m assuming their first commandment of road etiquette is to never make eye contact with auto drivers. Then all is okay. I’m glad I don’t live in the city where you have to put up with their crap every day. John Deichmeister Traffic stop Middle Village: In response to Voicer Lingsworth Pendley: I understand your position after listening to the police commissioner that you feel as if the new crackdown on dangerous drivers in response to the abundance of bicyclist deaths over the last few weeks is aimed solely at drivers of automobiles. I’m here to let you know that last week, while walking to the train to go to work, I observed a uniformed NYPD officer “pull over” a bicyclist. I clearly heard the officer explain that he observed the rider go through several red traffic lights. He requested his ID and proceeded to write him a ticket. I wanted to share this story because, one, I’ve never witnessed this before and two, it would seem as if the directive to officers goes for both automobile drivers as well as bicyclists. Worst case scenario, more drivers and bicyclist are made aware of their reckless driving and we “the walking public” are a little bit safer from the dangers of both. Christopher Cassidy
July 10, 2019, 10:30 am

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