NotSpot King of the Week
Stuyvesant Town’s 1 Ave & E 18 St station was left staring at its realm of slack-jawed docks for 26 hours until 11 on Monday when a rebalancing crew arrived. Hey, the dictionary says "rebalancing" isn't a word. But it's an important job now.
Got a lot of ink this week, as they used to say
BikeshareNYC wants to thank, in chronological order, the following reporters for having confidence in the quality of the blog’s numbers and our assessments of the bike-sharing system's service levels:
Andy Newman of the New York Times
Joe Coscarelli of New York magazine
Janet Upadhye of DNAinfo New York
Younjoo Sang of NY City LensTheir reporting is highlighted on the ugly but functioning News Archive page.
Week 9 summary
The NotSpot℠ Index made its debut, giving us an easy way to rank service levels day by day and week by week. Here’s a look at the year, week by week. We don’t like the trend line.
Top 10 NotSpots, by station and neighborhood
|WEEK 9||NEIGHBORHOOD||STATION||NOTSPOT HOURS THIS YEAR||NOTSPOT HOURS THIS WEEK|
|1||Hells Kitchen||W 52 St & 9 Ave||296||14|
|2||Hells Kitchen||W 54 St & 9 Ave||267||8|
|3||Midtown North||W 49 St & 5 Ave||244||0|
|4||Midtown North||W 37 St & 5 Ave||228||2|
|5||Tudor City||E 43 St & 2 Ave||197||19|
|7||Lower East Side||Clinton St & Grand St||173||21|
|7||Times Square||Broadway & W 53 St||161||NEW|
|8||Midtown North||E 53 St & Madison Ave||153||0|
|9||Midtown North||W 44 St & 5 Ave||149||0|
|9||Midtown East||E 51 St & Lexington Ave||149||0|
|9||Civic Center||Centre St & Chambers St||149||0|
|10||Greenwich Village||Washington Square E||143||NEW|
There was an aggressive attack on the NotSpot℠ hours at the two top, and chronic, offenders. The Hells Kitchen stations logged a combined 71 hours in Week 8, 22 in the current week. At that rate, they won’t stay on the list forever.
|WEEK 9 BROOKLYN||NEIGHBORHOOD||STATION||NOTSPOT HOURS THIS YEAR||NOTSPOT HOURS THIS WEEK|
|1||Downtown||Clinton St & Tillary St||379||14|
|2||Downtown||Cadman Plaza E & Tillary St||304||38|
|3||Brooklyn Heights||Columbia Heights & Cranberry St||249||48|
|4||Fort Greene||DeKalb Ave & S Portland Ave||226||36|
|5||Clinton Hill||DeKalb Ave & Vanderbilt Ave||221||41|
|6||Williamsburg||S 3 St & Bedford Ave||216||0|
|7||Bedford-Stuyvesant||Hancock St & Bedford Ave||202||18|
|8||Bedford-Stuyvesant||Lexington Ave & Classon Ave||182||0|
|9||Clinton Hill||Washington Ave & Greene Ave||174||20|
|10||Fort Greene||Myrtle Ave & St Edwards St||160||32|
What’s happenin’ in Hells Kitchen ain’t happenin’ on Tilllary St
Now, the neighborhood Top 10
|WEEK 9||NEIGHBORHOOD||TOTAL STATIONS||TOTAL DOCKS||NOTSPOT HOURS||HOURS PER STATION||HOURS PER DOCK||MINUTES PER DOCK|
|2||Lower East Side||18||518||114||6.33||0.22||13|
Stuyvesant Town hasn’t made the Top 10 since Week 4. Too bad. It was a nice run.
|WEEK 9||NEIGHBORHOOD||TOTAL STATIONS||TOTAL DOCKS||NOTSPOT HOURS||MINUTES PER DOCK|
Brooklyn’s NotSpot℠ numbers continue to be almost double of those across the river.
Bike count above 4,000The week started with 3863 available bikes and ended with 4100, topping out at 4360 on Thursday.
"Have a nice night tonight and a good day tomorrow. Goodnight, all."
From John Thomas Ralph Augustine James Facenda, who trademarked this phrase when he was a newscaster in Philly. He later became known as 'The Voice of God' as narrator for NFL Films.
In an interview back in the '70s, he said he started using the phrase when he realized he was the only one saying good night and good morning to a whole lotta people.
The phrase even found its way into the 1956 film The Burglar, starring Jayne Mansfield and Dan Duryea.