Daily Archives: March 3, 2016

World Trade Center Transit Hub Finally opens

A portion of The World Trade Center’s new $4 billion transportation hub opened today.

The Oculus, is a huge pristine white hall that will stop you dead in your tracks.

WTC inside 2

The architecture has many New Yorkers staring in awe or shaking their heads. Architect Santiago Calatrava designed it to look like a dove, but many have compared it to angel wings or bones.

Most importantly, it will serve as another memorial for those lost in the September 11th attacks.

The hub will connect 11 subway lines, the PATH system, and Battery Park City Ferry terminal. It will allow access the 9/11 memorial and World Trade Center buildings. Retail stores and restaurants will be occupying spaces in the months to come. Paul Bergen, northjersey.com

World Trade Center Oculus

With the opening of the Oculus, the rest of the memorials and the daily bustle of commuters coming into the city from New Jersey one can only imagine the increase of pedestrian traffic on the surrounding streets.

If you are a cab or Uber driver please be mindful and obey all traffic rules by World Trade Center. And if you receive a ticket in that area I can help you fight it! Call me at 212-227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com with any questions.

Photo: NY Times

If You Commit a Minor Crime You May Not Be Arrested

The New York City Police Department and Manhattan district attorney announced a policy shift on Tuesday. People who commit minor crimes such as drinking in public or riding between subway cars will receive summons instead of being arrested. This shift was announced in an effort to reduce a backlog of cases pending in criminal court.

“Officials estimate the changes will result in about 10,000 fewer cases being prosecuted in Manhattan Criminal Court each year, freeing up police officers, prosecutors and the court to focus on more serious crimes.” Ashley Southall, NYTimes.com

Arrests will only be made if the offense is seen as a threat to public safety. Also, if the offender has any open warrants they will be taken into custody to handle the summons.

Certain moving violations are considered criminal, if you commit a criminal violation the summons will look like this:

Summons

If you are caught driving in New York without a license, driving under the influence (DUI) or while intoxicated (DWI) you will receive a summons. Its great news that they aren’t arresting most offenders but it’s imperative that these summonses are taken care of.  If you receive a criminal summons I can help you fight it. Call me at 212-227-9008 or email me at michaelblock.law@gmail.com with any questions.