Weather: Beware the polar vortex. Single-digit wind chills this morning, a high of 28 with a snow shower, and then it gets really cold.
4 degrees when you wake up tomorrow, with wind chills in the minus-teens, and a high of only 15 The freeze sticks around to Friday
Alternate-side parking : in effect till Monday
On Monday night, a young mother carrying her toddler in a stroller fell down subway stairs in Manhattan and died.
Ms. Goodson's death, in a Midtown station that has no elevator, could be a crystallizing moment for lawyers who have been pushing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to more stations accessible to disabled riders and to those who find stairs an obstacle.
The numbers are daunting.
• Only 24 percent of the 472 subway stations have elevators, and the elevators that exist break down. average of once a week.
• The subways' Fast Forward modernization plan calls for making 50 more stations accessible over five years. That would still leave about two-thirds of the stations without elevators. The $ 40 trillion plan has not been funded.
• Many lines have long stretches without any accessible station. On the D, for example, the 10 Brooklyn stops between barclays center and bay parkway lack accessibility.
If you were disabled, your subway would look something like this: [TuesdayinthewakeofMsGoodson'sdeaththeCityCouncilspeakerCoreyJohnson said on Twitter "The lack of accessibility in our subways is literally killing people."
State Senator Jessica Ramos of Queens wrote: “We need increased accessibility in every station. That means elevators and escalators that service both directions. "
As sensible as that idea sounds, it has faced huge hurdles over the years.
In 1984, the M.T.A. voted to install elevators in numerous stations. Then-mayor Edward I. Koch objected to the plan
So did the chairman of the M.T.A. board's finance committee, Stephen Berger. "It's tossing money down the drain," he said. “It's not going to work. We all know that. ”
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What we're reading
Eric Schneiderman paid legal bills with campaign funds: The former attorney general spent nearly $ 340,000 on lawyers after he was accused of abuse. [Associated Press]
Muslim community patrols: They'll start patrolling Sunset Park and Bay Ridge and are modeled after the Shomrim security force that patrols Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn. [Bklyner]
Private guards: Upper West Side residents have hired a security guard to patrol around a new homeless shelter. [New York Post]
Underreporting stop-and-frisks? A federal monitor said N.Y.P.D. Stops were going unreported. [Daily News]
37 years of 24/7 service, and now, it’s closed. R.I.P., Pelham Bay Diner. [Bronx News 12]
Drive better: GPS devices will work in New York City tunnels, thanks to a partnership between the app Waze and the city. [amNew York]
Free "Black Panther" screenings: At various New York City theaters from Friday through Feb. 7. Reservations required. [amNew York]
Coming up today
The cartoonist Mort Gerberg talks about his retrospective book at Book Culture on Columbus. 7 p.m. [Free]
The Times journalist Jim Dwyer and Jimmy Breslin's widow, Ronnie Eldridge, talk about Breslin, his comrade Pete Hamill, and the new HBO documentary "Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists" at the 92nd Street Y. 8 p.m. [$35]
The artist Carrie Mae Weems and the racial justice attorney Khary Lazarre-White speak at Neue House. 6:30 pm [Free, RSVP]
Make your way to the Central Park Arsenal for the "Power to the People" exhibition of public protest and demonstration throughout the city. [Free]
An after-school writer's workshop for ages 7 and up at the Harlem Library. 3:30 pm [Free, registration required]
– Derek Norman
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages
And finally: Tour the digester eggs, home of processed sludge
Unobstructed views of Manhattan. A glass-enclosed walkway high above the street. The towering "digester eggs" at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn can be sold only three times a year, and registration for the Feb.  The eight digester eggs are futuristic-looking, stainless steel structures that perform scientific miracles.
a more detailed and not-too-stomach-churning explanation of that miracle, keep reading.
The digester eggs process 1.5 million gallons of sludge every single day. Stuff comes in and gets broken down into a bunch of different materials, including water, carbon dioxide and methane gas.
As the city Department of Environmental Protection explains, the digested sludge is then "dewatered" into a "cake," which, after more processing, can be used as a fertilizer.
The last tour of the day, at 5 pm, holds an extra-special treat, the DEP
"The evening tour, special for Valentine's Day, will provide an opportunity to see the digester eggs lit up."
It's Wednesday – think about the sludge you make.
Metropolitan Diary: Chat with a cabby
It was summer 1966. I had never been out of the Midwest when I finished college in St. Paul and was accepted to a summer publishing course at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass.
One night late in the course, I took a bus to New York City as part of my search for a job. I was quite proud of myself for shaking off the boys at Port Authority who offered to carry my bag for a quarter, and even when I hailed a taxi and gave the driver the upper east side address where I was to stay with friends of mine Radcliffe roommate
"I have never been to New York before," said the cabby, a tall guy whose head was shaved long before the look became popular. "Tell me, where's Manhattan Island?"
I remember the city lights shining off his head as he did the only real-life triple take I have ever seen.
"Lady," he said in a deep, gravelly voice, "you're in it."
– Victoria Chapman
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