Back in December 2020 I made a FOIL request for all the data for the DEP Citizen Complaint Idling reports. On June 4, I received an Excel spreadsheet file via email with 20,000 records. [Original file] [Google sheet]
As a reminder, the DEP launched a program in 2018 where NYers could submit “citizen complaints” of idling vehicles (eg a truck with its engine running for more than 3 minutes). …
Well this was a pretty shitty year for the world. In March, when NYC shut down, it was clear this pandemic was just getting started and with Trump in charge, we were going to be in serious trouble. I was prepared to rip up my OKRs and just try to survive. Like a lot of people, we adapted to the new normal and tried to make the best of the situation. But over the months I made a few revisions to my initial 2020 OKRs and in the final tally, I think it’s valuable to still evaluate them. …
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Another year brings another personal OKR (Objectives: Key Results) performance review.
I’ll assess my 2019 OKRs, what they were, whether I achieved the goals and new goals that popped up through the year. The reason I do this publicly is to (1) express my values (2) set clear expectations for myself in a public forum and (3) hold myself accountable for these goals.
Asterisks * signify a Key Result that was added during the year.
My OKRs break down into 3 buckets:
I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year for Reported. This post has several sections:
At the beginning of 2019, I had set an ambitious goal of getting 5x as many reports as 2018 — we were able to do 4x. To do this, I set several key results for the year. Here’s what we achieved.
Marriage. Kids. Bakfiets. It’s life changing.
PSA: Follow the Instagram account @cargobikemomma for amazing shots of biking around NYC. Like this one
In September 2019, my wife and I decided to get an Urban Arrow Family electric cargo bike. We now use it for tons of activities as an alternative to the bus, subway or taxis and have incorporated into our family routine.
This bike is our own teleportation device. Simply put, it is the most fun, easiest, cheapest, most convenient way to get around NYC with kids…
Update: June 18, 2021
I put the calendar together and planned to send to Mayor Deblasio in early 2020. But I got delayed and then, of course, the pandemic hit.
But now that NYC is re-opening and electing a new Mayor, I thought it’d be good to get this calendar off my windowsill where it’s been collecting dust, and into the hands of someone whose job will be to improve the safety of our streets.
The following was the letter I had written to Mayor Bill Deblasio and would have sent with the calendar but never did. …
In 2018, we did a 2-week “house swap” with a family in Leiden (30 mins from Amsterdam). We all fell in love with the Netherlands and decided to maximize our time spent there for the following summer. So this year we swapped with a family in Amsterdam-Noord and they stayed in ours in Harlem.
Here’s some of the stuff we got to do and some hacks we wanted to share.
On Sunday May 5th, 2019 I rode the 5 Boro Bike Tour. It is a 40 mile ride through all 5 boroughs of NYC on streets and highways entirely opened to people (or, closed to cars, if you have a windshield perspective).
I was part of the Planned Parenthood team and dozens of my friends and family supported the ride with over $1,000 of donations.
I did it on a Citi Bike.
When I did it in 2018 on a Citi Bike with no planning, I hit $35 in overage fees. …
Another year brings another OKR (Objectives: Key Results) review, in which I get to review my performance on my 2018 OKRs I set back in January (2018). (For reference, here are my OKR reviews from 2017 & 2016)
I’ll assess my 2018 OKRs, what they were, whether I achieved the goals and new goals that popped up through the year. The reason I do this publicly is to (1) express my values (2) set clear expectations for myself in a public forum and (3) hold myself accountable for these goals.
Asterisks * signify a Key Result that was added during…