JFK Airport Experience

“Saskboy doesn’t recommend John F. Kennedy International Airport.” Here’s the summary I left for them on Facebook:

They weren’t able to let us deplane for an hour due to a thunderstorm when we arrived.
New York
New York

We departed late, in part because there was another plane at our gate for longer than expected, so hard to know where the fault was there.

The things they could directly fix:
-There are NO BENCHES or chairs (aside from about 6 at the accessibility wicket) in Terminal 4 before you enter a secure area.
-The disposable cutlery in restaurants could be biodegradable.
-Alcohol prices in the restaurant was $11US and up, which is exorbitant.

One thing that was alright was the Air Train, except it’s not clear to a traveler that you’ll be paying $5 for using it, until you’re already on it. It would be nice if the MTA card options were made more clear, but the experience was helped by a retailer near the exit of the Airtrain who explained the unlimited 7 day MTA pass ($33), and reloadable $5 MTA Airtrain card were the best options for our trip.

Once we were on the subway car at Jamaica Station, we were using the map on the wall to figure out where our next transfer was going to be, and where we’d be getting off. We hauled our bags up some stairs, and found our AirBNB about a block away. There was no elevator, as we knew, so we climbed the old stairs, and then headed out to find a place to have supper. The waiter was a jovial and helpful fellow named Justin, and we had an excellent meal with some complimentary ‘slaw too. I enjoyed a bourbon barrel flavoured ale, and we made a point to come back the next evening after supper elsewhere, for a nightcap.
New York

Bike Derangement Syndrome at Wall Street Journal

If you’re suffering from low blood pressure, I have the treatment:
WSJ hack interviews an editorial board nutcase Dorothy who says among other things:
“Look, I represent the majority of citizens.”

She’s “appalled” that bike sharing has happened in NYC.

“Best neighbourhoods are begrimed by these blazing blue CitiBank bikes.”

“It is shocking to walk around the city, to see how much of this they have sneaked under the radar, in the interest of the environment.”

“The most important danger in the city is not the yellow cabs, it is the bicyclists…”, opined Dorothy.
Nicole Gelinas wrote that for 4 years, said the WSJ hack, “no pedestrians have died underneath a bike in New York, but 597 have been hit [sic; “killed” said Gelinas] by cars and trucks.”

“The bike lobby is an all powerful enterprise,” without a hint of satire.

“New York is not London, or Paris,” says the interviewer hack. “Or Amsterdam!” pipes up Dorothy. Well actually…

bike distance

I hope I don’t ever get as crazy as poor Dorothy when I turn a million years old and become an orange dinosaur too.

Bikes, along with closing Times Square to cars, have “ungridlocked” New York. Dorothy sees bikes everywhere as the sign of a “totalitarian” regime. It’s unfortunate that she’s an editor of one of America’s largest newspapers, but helps explain why America has to struggle to pull itself out of the 20th century.


Hat tip to Sean Shaw