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Two sisters said they had to flee their East Harlem apartments after a landlord and her crew — including her Trump-supporting son — made life unbearable with increasingly ominous threats of harm and reports to immigration authorities.
But now they are fighting back to come home and stop the “relentless campaign of discrimination” being waged against them, according to their new Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
Araceli Ramos, 32, and younger sister Rosa, 29, lived in their apartments at the 115th St. building for more than a decade. The problems started in January when the landlord, Diane Marrero Pedrez, told the women that they and the rest of the tenants would have to get out because “she intended to sell ‘her’ portion of the building.”
According to the suit filed Friday, the woman is the day-to-day manager and the executor of the estate that has a 50% interest in the building, which the suit says is worth $2.2 million.
That’s when the harassment started, the lawsuit says.
One time, Araceli was outside the building when Pedrez and a defendant, identified only as “Bob,” said Araceli had to leave.
Bob let it slip he knew where Araceli’s kids went to school. The same man allegedly referred to Araceli and her family as “immigrant pieces of s–t.”
Another time, Pedrez allegedly “lunged” at Rosa after another attempt to make her move out, the suit claims. According to the suit, the unnamed son yelled he was happy he’d voted for President Trump and he was tired of “all of these immigrants.” The son said he was going to be sure someone “rounded up” the sisters and the rest of the family.
The lawsuit said things got even darker. Two days after Telemundo showed up, Dicks came back with demands the plaintiffs and their families leave. “This is an old building and the boiler isn’t working very well. It could catch fire anytime, and no one would know if it was on purpose or not,” the lawsuit quoted him as saying.
The suit said Rosa and Araceli “were terrified that remaining in the building would result in immigration consequences for, or grave physical harm to, them and their family.”
This may be an actual confirmation of using the culturally volatile environment set by the policies of Figurehead Trump and the unscrupulous abuse of the real estate market speculation/fabrication and sadistic chicanery slumlord tactics that’s been enabled by the campaign fund whoring by Mayor De Faustio.
What is truly confounding is that here we have 2 young women who are actually part of the millenial demographic that these slumlords are trying to replace them with. Maybe these long time citizens of East Harlem are not the types who frequent designer pizza joints and craft beer gardens or wait on lines around the corner for a disgusting rainbow bagel. And are not stupid to pay $3500 a month to live in modest apartment in Manhattan. But it’s certain that they live there because they need to, they want to, and despite the amount of money they earn for a living they have every goddamn right to.
And how the fuck is that building worth 2.2 million dollars? It doesn’t even have bland and shitty street art on the side of it. This supposed real estate market is going batshit crazy. I wonder if the rise of those hideous behemoth monoliths on 57st in midtown is having an effect on the worth of regular apartment buildings.
A pair of elderly Kew Gardens residents who survived World War II in their native Ukraine are facing possible eviction, as the owner of the co-operative building they live in wants to charge more in rent, according to the Legal Aid Society.
Sateesh Nori, the attorney in charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Queens office, says the two people — an 89-year-old great-grandmother Nellya and a 93-year-old Ukrainian Air Force veteran named Soloman — pay rent because they’ve been there since before the building was co-oped.
Because they pay less than $1,500 in rent with the help of Section 8 vouchers in a neighborhood where rents approach or exceed $2,000, Nori said, the landlord, Forest & Gardens Owners, started the eviction process more than two years ago.
But the housing cases stalled while Nellya and Soloman, whose last names were asked to be withheld, had guardians to handle their legal defense, finances and other aspects of life appointed to them.
Soloman has significant health problems that hampers his ability to represent himself in court, Nori said, while Nellya has been bedridden for about two years.
“Now that the eviction case is no longer on hold, their guardians contacted us saying, ‘we need your help,’” Nori said. “We’ve since looked back into the original court case and found numerous errors in the landlord’s legal argument.”
Nori added that Forest & Gardens Owners has failed to submit a lease renewal for the elderly residents, endangering their Section 8 vouchers.
“They’re aware, though,” he added of the residents, who don’t speak English. “What they’ve said to us through their translator is, ‘Why do you want us to leave? What have we done wrong?’”
Nori said the Legal Aid Society had no reason to believe the landlord has preyed on residents before, as the group has “never heard of them.”
Forest & Gardens Owners could not immediately be reached for comment by press time.
The Legal Aid group needs to be a little more cynical and aggressive, especially since Forest & Gardens (what a pretty, unthreatening name) couldn’t be “reached for comment”. As if persistently demanding two elderly people to move for 2 years doesn’t construe harassment. They got their rent on time, so what’s the problem. It’s not enough. And there is a demo market out there for this generation that is stupid enough to pay a grand or twice the amount to rent. Especially once an area gets deemed hip by the New York Times or any hack adverjournotainment website (say, Bedford and Bowery or DNAinfo and Gothamist, well for the latter two bothnow).
Though F & G owners are not letting the building rot from the inside or doing environmentally hazardous gut renovations or denying basic utility services. These are still, as with the East Harlem case, slumlord tactics. But maybe it’s time for a new malignant term for these scourges that ruining the fabric and soul of the 5 boroughs. Let’s call these awful people, scumlords. Because the behavior exhibited by these kinds resembles the traits of the scumbag, and since the Gentrification Industrial Complex of government, real estate (REBNY), private equity and the news media considers every crack on the sidewalk and streets hot property that definitively, there are no slums anymore.
These are precarious, trying times for tenants living in the most unaffordable city with the biggest homeless population in the nation. These 4 citizens are the lucky ones to get media attention and help from their communities. There needs to be more, possibly a lobby or real non-profit interest group for the poor and middle class to stop the scumlord scourge, for it’s obvious our overpaid city council don’t have the guts, will or stamina to aid their constituencies. For now, renters just have to use their own wits and know their rights. And not let the corrupt and the stupid disenfranchise them.
New York City school safety agents at Richmond Hill High School in Queens say they were outnumbered and unable to stop this fight on March 10, adding this was just the latest scuffle at the school with a serious gang problem.
When asked how often these fights happen at the school, one student said “not everyday, sometimes.” You might be saying, it’s high school. Students are going to fight every now and then. But Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, which represents the school safety agents says his members have also confiscated knives during these scuffles. “This was a full-scale riot,” Floyd said. “Our school safety agents were outnumbered.”
What’s more concerning, Floyd claims, is his safety agents are being encouraged by the de Blasio administration to hand out warnings to student trouble makers in lieu of arrests and summonses and intimidating agents into not reporting these fights back to their union.
“The Mayor seems content to say crime in school is going down when he knows it’s not true,” Floyd said. “And this is a cover-up because this is an election year for him, and he’s told the parents that schools are safe.”
PIX11 forwarded these claims to the Mayor’s Office for a response. A Mayor’s Office spokesperson Eric Phillips said there’s no truth to it.
“No evidence behind it. No idea where the suggestion comes from,” the statement read.
According to Mayor De Faustio and his spineless press speaker, what we have here is another marginal concern that is not that big a deal or a sign of escalating or pervasive gang activity among youths. It’s surprising that Eric Phillips there didn’t bring up the refrain that crime is the lowest it’s been in 25 years, which is usually the default reaction. But tone-deaf bullshit responses like that are usually uttered by the teflon mayor.
It’s bad enough that safety patrols, which are actually under the jurisdiction of the NYPD, not only have to fear getting injured or killed breaking up these moronic melees, but they have to live precariously for their jobs if they dutifully report them. Especially considering the recent disclosure of Officer Pantaleo’s prior abuses of authority that led to a CCRB member’s termination. Leaving it up to their union leader to address this issue. Which despite local media attention, will not result in necessary action.
In other incidents:
Bronx: In the Forest Houses projects, a woman, Aaliyah Alder, died from getting shot in the head in the apartment stairwell.
Also in Queens: In Astoria, the 2 men above stalked an 83 year old man to his apartment building, held a knife to him and robbed him of just $20 and his cellphone.
More truck adventures in South Ozone Park that are just not being addressed by this Mayor and his failed Vision Zero, Queens Borough President Katz, local elected officials and the 106th precinct, whose district all this illegal activity is taking place. The fact that the back door is busted wide open, would be enough to have a patrol car go out there. BUT this is the Dirty Southeast Queens, the lawless territory
From a reader:
This illegally parked tractor trailer has its backed door ripped wide open. And it is obstructing drivers views of traffic coming west on south conduit ave.. this truck is parked on 126th street and south conduit in south ozone park queens.
South Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y.
So many things glaringly wrong with this scenery, but before I get to the obvious which is right in your face right now.
What is going on in that lot? Presumably it’s probably for one of those environmentally palatable green street projects. Usually the case with these things being implemented is that before anyone gets to enjoy the sights of these, you have to deal with the environment around the area getting wrecked and the undetermined amount of time these projects actually get completed.
Also to be considered is why isn’t Vision Zero punitive measures being enforced here to get this thing towed. In order to cross into the conduit, the driver has to stop twice and look, or most likely has to run the stop sign to carefully merge into traffic.
And now the deal with this truck. Where did they get this, was it bought in a lot used by ISIS in Mosul and imported here? Because it looks like this was blown up with a pound of C4. As Joe Moretti points out on the link’s comments, this should raise an obvious red flag with the NYPD or at least draw some attention from the DHS.
It must be noted repeatedly of course, that what if this was parked and obstructing vision on intersections in niche areas in Brooklyn, like the Mayor’s beloved Park Slope, or the Borough President’s Forest Hills, or even in Whitestone, Williamsburgh, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, or even Westchester.
But again, this is the dirty southeast of Queens, the figurative bastard stepchild of the world’s borough. So blatant impunity like this is normalized. The only way this gets proper attention is when someone has to get mortally wounded or killed just for making a standard right turn.
These are some fucked up standards to abide by and tolerate. And this city is letting it happen in spades. And this has been happening regularly.
In Jamaica in the early evening on Sutphin Blvd., a disheveled raving woman confronted another woman, smacked her in the neck and yelled at her for being Muslim and saying she stunk.
In Elmhurst, A pickup truck driver killed a one year old girl as she and her mother were crossing an intersection with the right of way
In Flushing on 4oth Rd. A man threw a pug dog out the window over an argument with his girlfriend out of spite, killing it.
In Far Rockaway, A man (above) pushed another man into a platform pole and proceeded to rob him.
In Kingsbridge, two men, armed with a knife and a machete broke into an apartment threatening a mother and her 3 sons, stole 3 gold chains and fled the building.
In Crown Heights, Barry James murdered his grandmother, Joyce Spears with a knife and a dumbbell and left her body on the street rolled up in a carpet. The culprit was released by a criminal judge a few weeks before for assaulting another man on the street, in a similar fashion to the tragic murder of an EMT driver, Yadira Arroyo a week ago by a mentally ill habitual criminal, Jose Gonzalez, who was let go by another judge handling a prior crime he committed.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s glassy subway station makeovers are hitting Brooklyn — and they come with lengthy closures. Six-month shutdowns will begin on Monday at the first of at least 30 stations set for design overhauls that Cuomo announced last January.The first three stations on tap — 53rd Street, Bay Ridge Avenue and Prospect Avenue — are each 102 years old. Their renovations will bring new architectural flourishes, like canopies over station entrances and new granite tiling.Painted metal cages flanking turnstiles will be replaced with glass barriers. Digital wayfinding screens will be installed at street level and LED lighting will brighten the mezzanines and platforms below.“These first three stations to be renovated represent the start of a new age for our subway system,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim. “By using the design-build method, we are putting the onus on one contractor to get the work done seamlessly and on time.”
Sunset Park’s 53rd Street station will close first, on Monday, March 27, and won’t open again until the fall. The Bay Ridge Avenue station is scheduled to close on April 29 for six months; and the Prospect Avenue station is scheduled to close on June 5 for six months.
The three station makeovers will come at $72 million, led by a joint venture between the Citnalta Construction and Forte Construction corporations.
“The emphasis is on giving them complete access to the stations and the ability to get in, get done and get out as quickly as possible,” Hakim continued.
Sunset Park, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Oh me oh my, the people, especially the working poor people remaining in Brooklyn that are precariously living from check to check with the breath of the gentrifying vultures and denizens down their necks, are about to get their daily commutes and routines totally wrecked. Thanks to the supposed skills and faint influence of Mario’s Son’s ability to get things done on schedule. For he is still under the delusion of an effective politician because of his fast tracking to get the overtly elaborate 2nd Avenue subway line and modern art gallery done by New Year’s Day for his lame party.
What struck me about this plan is not the superfluous and unnecessary modern designs and ridiculous expense going into just 3 stations on the very long R line and the selective choice of just these three first when all it needs is just a once over scrub down and obviously new platforms (is this the first phase of his VitalBrooklyn fait accompli, which the announcement of these improvements actually are according to the area councilman). The thing that hit me like a punch in the nuts is the plan to use one contractor for each stop. Which is the same method being used for the pre-climate change glacial or larch tree growing process of the renovation of the Lefferts Blvd train station.
Which according to the sign above, is scheduled to be done at the end of the “first quarter” 2017. Not only does this type of dating is as antiquated as a deadline by King Arthur to rid a village of dragons, but it’s ambiguity is quite lame. Well, the end would be March 31st, which this Friday. Here’s how it looked a few days ago:
How on this planet or on what astral plane will this be done in 5 days.
Here is the “one” contractor tasked with this continuing 2 year mission:
The reasons for this delay are many, which mostly hinge on economical, racial and cultural makeup and demographics of the vicinity. And the lack of hipster sightings like coffee shops (not even a Starbucks) and cupcake stores, bespoke and thrift clothing shops. And with his recent decision to give a few stations in Brooklyn a long overdue makeover with a pretty sheen, and the ominous threat of federal transportation budget cuts by Figurehead Trump, this transportation hub, one of the biggest and most used in the 5 boroughs, will continue to get fucked over and neglected by our oblivious governor. So consider this a stern warning and prophecy.
But being that those stations are in Brooklyn, once mostly a working class borough now the biggest fucking marketing brand in the world, and after Andy’s 2nd avenue dubious achievement, it might actually get done on schedule. Or maybe not. Considering that the Gentrification Industrial Complex of government and real estate are not done remaking the borough into some upscale member high rent globalization theme park, and that will only be achieved by vexing the communities with massive inconvenience like turning their lives upside down for half a year by forcing them to new commutes and bus transfers. For that area has seen a lot of new transients lately and a lot of new commercial ventures involving tech companies and lucrative though mediocre entertainment and event planning. Transients will be able to work it out, because they have various driver apps to get to their preferred destinations. This will probably lead to more Shitibike dock installations by those stops too.
But of course if those plans don’t pan out, they should expect a massive delay that will extend to the next year. Unless Andy is planning a grand opening party on the Bay Ridge Ave. Stop with craft beers and folk/edm music.
Hang in there working people of the former borough of Brooklyn, it’s going to good wait. But it would be better if there was at least a proverbial bumpy ride.
The Trump presidency and the GOP majority House and Senate, now at 64, is for all intents, purposes and hysterical, fattening irony, is now embroiled in precarious dread and utter chaos. The same kind experienced by all those impacted by the Figurehead’s best words and stupid ass executive decisions and policy making.
The last few weeks, Trump has struck out on his campaign promises to curb terrorism via the arbitrary Muslim ban, shot down by federal district court judges yet again, this time from Maryland and Hawaii. And his promise to end the affordable care act, familiarly known as Obamacare, named after the first African American neoliberal President of the United States, collapsed as if by assisted suicide in Congress Friday afternoon.
And he may have truly fucked himself by accusing the prior executive in chief of wiretapping his tacky ass namesake tower on 57th and 5th, especially after going on social media the day of FBI chief Comey’s testimony about ongoing investigations into collusion between allies of the Figurehead and their and his ties to Russia intelligence operatives and oligarchs. Although not strictly tied to Don Worthless, two recent cases involving financial and tech crimes cannot bode well for his current stature and lend credence to his repeated denials, considering the preferred machinations and tactics that were employed ensuring his election victory. Also the lavishly paid work his campaign manager for 5 months last year, Paul “Mumbles” Manafort, in the Ukraine and his eccentric billionaire pal Roger Stone’s correspondence with Glucifer 2.0 might jolt his selective memory and probably inspire the feds to some subpoenas and warrants ready.
The aborted plan, the Crippled American Health Care act, was nasty from the start. And clearly assembled so poorly, except in obvious places where it seem most cruel and sadistic and spiteful. Like how it would throw out 24 million citizens off the rolls, raise premiums and costs for the elderly and indigent, make enrolling more expensive for those not on it and how tanning salons would get a break in fees, so as to remind those who make fun of his unnatural comical orange complexion. Fortunately, everyone involved in crafting this clusterfuck legislation, did so in haste and seemingly all those tasked to the plan are dumb as rocks, mostly the leader and muse of this colossal waste of time and tax expenditure, Speaker Paul Ryan, who might have signed his own political death warrant thanks to Figurehead Trump’s haughty demands. But mostly it’s due to the people all over the nation, confronting their elected representatives, at least those that didn’t try to flee out the back door, with assured absolutism regarding their needs for the health care they signed up for to keep the ACA intact.
For the brief bit of hope from the abysmal failure to overturn ACA is temporary now that the budgetary plans are in place, shoring up the military and homeland security complexes at the expense of practically everything that protects and maintains life liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every American. Their security too.
The greatest and biggest armed forces on the planet is about to get 54 billion dollars. The only reason for this is that Figurehead Trump is going to lead this nation into wars. And by ourselves without coalitions. Because in the past, poll numbers go up for leaders during wartime. And this estimate, probably low ball, if we are going to fight and terminate ISIS and the war on terror, a war on an idea, a war on faith, these massive costs of taxpayer largesse and eventually the lives of soldiers are going to set up camps in Syria to defend and shore up murderous dictator Bashir Al-Assad, who is a cross between Adolf Hitler and Latka Gravas.
The other reasons for justifying these new expenditures to the M.I.C. is our nation’s continuing presence in Iraq and in the never-ending yet mild war and occupation in Afghanistan. For the only reason in my opinion is to wrest control from the Taliban, who are practically a entrenched established political party and government apparatus there and to protect all that natural gas and heroin from getting in the wrong hands. (Speaking of smack, Trump actually added funding to heroin treatment and prevention in the HHS)
The only other two areas that are getting infusions are 2.6 billion for the border wall, the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for, and is definitely a low ball estimate in addition to being an imaginary goal. This wall may cost trillions if implemented, considering the engineering, labor and materials. As for materials, will they be made in the U.S.A.?
And of course there are the deployments of ICE agents in towns, roaming around like bounty hunters searching for illegal immigrants, getting the bad guys, but also getting the poor hard working law abiding guys. And the database that collects the info of their whereabouts via the Palantir corporation.
As is the other allocation of 1.4 billion for “school choice”, which could only mean that Betsy “Destroyer” Devos is going to be very busy at her appointed position, counting her personal filthy lucre from her corrupt charter school industries that will certainly accrue when or if this gets implemented. Vulture equity firms investing in these schools will also get off big. There is also the looming threat to the civil rights and the separation of church and state with the adamant use of christian doctrine imposed on the schools in her home state in Michigan and the selective use of funding of those schools that teach the good book.
As for the rest of the departments, they are as fucked as the state of normal:
The EPA, at 31% got the biggest cuts of all, no doubt influenced by the presence of that humanoid mass of methane Secretary Scott Pruitt. So expect the water and air to get a tad more decorative with pollutants.
The State Department, got a 29% cut, making Rex Tillerson’s job easier, although distributing aid to starving nations like Kenya and Sudan is going to get a lost riskier for those in need after suffering elongated drought. It’s going to be also a little harder to avoid getting into messy violent conflicts, but why should it matter because a lot of positions in the state haven’t been filled and probably never will.
Agriculture’s cut, at 21 %, is most recently noted for the SNAP program, so more kids and moms will be getting their nutrition from the 99 cent stores. And the elderly will be joining them as they painstakingly make the long trek to the Dollar Tree for vienna sausages and ramen noodles, as Meals On Wheels is also in jeopardy.
Labor’s cut will ruin the chances for the poor and vulnerable elderly to maintain work or get new jobs, it also will deny employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
Department of Health and Human Services cuts at 18% will fuck up Medicaid and Medicare. So don’t get sick or injured if you’re poor or old. Unless you have ACA. And cures and remedies to cancer and heart disease will have to wait too. Research, Smeaserch.
Commerce Department cut at 16% will deny funding to protect the coasts from future storms, which is a shock considering a lot of recent luxury tower development have occurred on coastal areas on the Pacific and Atlantic. But in places like Coney Island, where there are still poor project housing by the beaches, maybe this is almost like insurance for Trump’s developer peers. Speaking of housing-
HUD’s cut, seemingly sparse at 13 %, will cut funding for new development, leaving the projects at the mercies of private developers and gentrification. Making matters worse is the reminder that this will be run by the brain dead brain surgeon Ben Carson. A man who survived a stabbing thanks to his belt buckle.
The Education Department, cut at 14%, in the most bizarre redistribution of funding in all these heinous cuts, impacts the actual training of new teachers, summer school programming and aid programs to poor and first generation students at a cost of 3.7 billion in grants. So why does Betsy need 1.4 billion to encourage school choice, when the Trump administration is making it easier to choose charters to let public schools rot.
Transportation Department got a 13% cut, for all the talk of improving road infrastructure and airline security and safety. In the spirit of Reagan, this has a deleterious effect on air traffic control.
Interior Department cuts will affect the nation’s parks. That’s a lot of untapped real estate and energy mining for certain interests. The Energy Department’s cuts will impact the nuclear plants and stockpiles positively and studies on climate change negatively. The latter being that debates on the issue have to continue, perhaps indefinitely. The slight cut to NASA also will deny climate studies. It also cuts funding on the cost saving Energy Star program, because we need more coal resourced refrigerators and microwave ovens. Maybe we can use coal to charge all our Iphones now that we got Obamacare back.
Treasury Department at -4% also seems ineffectual. The major exception with this is that most impactful and pervasive crime being committed, and by the most avaricious perpetrators, is money laundering. A lot of this is being done with the aforementioned Russian oligarchs, as well as domestic and other international billionaires. The timing of this can’t be worse in light of the confirmed fact of the hierarchy of Saudi Arabia giving financial aid to Al Queda for decades, even during the monstrous slaughter of 9/11.
And the Big Kahuna of cuts. To fucking 100 percent to nothing funding to National Endowments to the Arts and Humanities, Museum and Library Services, and Public Broadcasting, PBS and NPR. If this stupid and sadistic budget passes, this will be the last year for public access to information, history and creativity. The last year to enjoy plays and musical performances in the park and on TV and radio. The last year to see art exhibitions. The last year to get unfiltered and untainted reports on the nation, world and on politics left and right. The last year to get free help for filling out tax returns and getting employment.
These budgetary decisions are going to instill more cynicism and frustration into a populace already tired of the Figurehead’s bullshit. Even among the people he promised to make America First and Great Again. It’s going to break towns and cities with combined urban blight, rising crime and economic environmental devastation. It’s going to lead to decimation in law and order despite all the new money being disbursed to maintain it.
Especially in Donald’s hometown in Queens and the other boroughs in New York.
Which he already did with his chair bashing sneak attack firing of Southern District D.A. Preet Bharara. Right at the end throes of his investigation into the (once) illegal fundraising of Mayor De Blasio and his doling of services favorable to big money clients of various public relation and lobby firms that worked on his mayoral campaign and his city hall slush fund 501 (c) (4) he ran inside his office with the presence of said groups, dubbed agents of the city to foolishly avoid illegalities. And right at the start of investigations in to HHS secretary Tom Price shady insider trading investments and the misappropriation of funds by the Fox News Network to settle sexual harassment cases.
With that move, Figurehead Trump made Pay To Play and Honest Graft legal in NYC. For the time being all can hope.
But with these recent policy making gaffes, it does give a faint glimmer of hope that this budget will go down the crapper as with his travel ban and his shitty health care plan. And maybe he will refrain from saying stupid shit on twitter with lame attempts to distract news media, corporate and independent, our elected officials and the people of this nation.
Yet this afternoon…
“ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry,”
After an altercation between two men on 36th street and 9th avenue, a sharp dressed man stabbed another man in the chest and fled the scene of the crime. The victim went around the corner to the police station on 35th street, where he bled to death from his wound. The unidentified suspect (unidentified? why?) turned himself in, possessing two knives.
Three people were shot in Harlem in a span of 30 minutes short distances from each other early evening between 8 and 8:30 PM on 119st and St. Nicholas and 124th street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
An elderly couple were randomly attacked by a unhinged man, who suckerpunched the 70 year old victim and assaulted his 69 year old wife at the Port Authority Station on 42nd street and 8th avenue.
In Richmond Hill, in a billiard lounge (sorry billiards AND lounge) on Lefferts Blvd near Jamaica Ave., a brawl spilled out front between two women leading one of them to get stabbed by a man associated with one of the brawlers. The 102nd NYPD precinct is around the corner on 118th st.
In Jamaica on 171 st. and 107 ave., a woman was shot inside her home from a thug passerby.
A gunman fatally blasted a 22-year-old man in the face at a Brooklyn nightclub Sunday morning, cops said. The assailant shot a fellow reveler once in the face at Brooklyn Asylum, a late night venue on Flushing Ave. near Scott Ave. in Bushwick around 5:20 a.m., according to police. No immediate arrests were made as cops investigated early Sunday.
That’s supposed to be a nightclub? Shouldn’t there be a sign bearing the name? That looks like it should be the office of a hapless contractor, accountant, lawyer or fringe political candidate running for office. Of course it’s not the only one. And hipsters are willing to pay 2000 to 2500 dollars a month to live around there.
In other crime affected areas worth noting the past week:
In Rochdale, Queens a woman, Maria Palaguachi, was stabbed and slashed to death with a meat cleaver in her home by her daughter.
In East Flatbush, Brooklyn, a 19 year old, Trevon Dickens was shot to death after a conversation with two acquaintances.
In Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, a teenager was shooting a bb gun at passer-by’s from his apartment building. He has been caught.
In Forest Hills, Queens, Ryan Chin was plowing snow at his house when his neighbor attacked him with a knife and stabbed him.
In Harlem, Manhattan, Darnell Williams, 31 was stabbed to death with an icepick after he held a grocery store door open for a person that escalated into an argument and led to violent confrontation with his attacker.
And at a Pelham Bay Park train station in the Bronx, a commuter got stabbed multiple times by a mentally ill man. In the same story, the NY Daily News points out that stabbings and slashings are down 7.6%.
An FDNY emergency medical technician and mother of five was killed and her partner was injured in the Bronx Thursday when a man stole their ambulance and ran over one of the first responders, officials said.
EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, died at Jacobi Medical Center, where her partner, EMT Monique Williams, 31, was treated for minor injuries, sources said.
The nightmare unfolded in Soundview around 7:10 p.m. when the pair realized that a man was riding on the back bumper of their ambulance as they responded to a call about a pregnant woman, officials said.
The deranged joyrider — identified by NYPD as Jose Gonzalez — jumped off and tried to steal a backpack from a 21-year-old, sources said. The medics pulled over and tried to help.
As the emergency medical workers struggled with the man on both sides, the vehicle throttled backward — knocking Arroyo down.
“He reversed so hard and she was dragged,” Nagi said. “He ran over her and she went under the wheels.”
Jose Gonzalez had a black eye and a busted lip as he was led out from the 43rd police station in the predawn hours.
More than 35 EMT workers, decked out in full uniforms, had gathered outside and heckled the accused murderer as he stared at them, his face contorted in a twisted smile.
The 25-year-old Bronx man was slammed with three counts of murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
This is one of the most bizarre incidents I ever read. What compels a person to joyride on the back of an ambulance on call, then hop off and mug somebody. Apparently this idiot was equally loaded and mentally ill.
EMT’s Arroyo and Williams went beyond their duties to detain this man and tragically cost the life of an upstanding and courageous citizen and mother of 5 children.
And did the vigilant area citizenry and her colleagues do a number on that lunatic. Who unfortunately clearly enjoyed it and is reveling in the notoriety he has now. A speedy and lengthy conviction and a bus ride upstate is in order. This guy cannot be rehabilitated.
Governor Andy Cuomo, activating the pressure point for his observational ability.
The consternation by some, which consists of the 40% who view him unfavorably including the author of this site, might have to acknowledge the recent acts by Governor “Mario’s Son” Cuomo as evidence of his ability to take proactive responses and action to address the distressing demands of his constituents.
Even if it is motivated by being confronted by the irrepressible Marcia Kramer and his pathetic reoccurring and costly to the citizenry feud with Mayor “Big Slow” de Blasio.
Take a recent report covering a complaint of a Metro-North commuter and the unsanitary conditions of the train cars seats:
Needless to say, it was a bit encouraging. Too bad following this terribly brief report, the MTA reverted back to their daily routines of futility and neglect, as witnessed by thousands of commuters as bus stops still contained snow piles and elevated platforms in the outer boroughs were covered with sheets of ice and frozen snow, conditions more preferably to polar bears if they currently had it.
And since the Governor, who is wholly responsible for the MTA and the upkeep and running of it, as shown that he can wield his authority when he has to, maybe he can tell the contractor hired to renovated and rebuild the Lefferts Blvd. A line station to do some thorough cleaning also. Because as repeatedly documented here, it has been a feathered rat outhouse for the past year and half and possibly poses a bigger health risk than the grimy cushioned seats on the metro-north. Here’s a compilation of from autumn and early winter last and this year:
And this is from a few days ago:
As Ms. Kramer attests, it seems that the only way this gets any attention is to guilt Andy to submission in person. Of course after hearing a response coated with feigned concern and condescension and a lame statement by an MTA spokesperson. But what’s been going on in this station in Southeast Queens is utter bullshit and unacceptable. And should be rectified pronto and cleaning up this eyesore and obvious health hazard shouldn’t have to wait for this modernization to be complete. Which is late again, being that the first quarter of the year is almost up in a few weeks.
The rebuilder of the station and the curator of the daily pigeon shit mosaic
The Governor, in the proverbial zone, also noticed something striking, that there is still poverty and a dearth of crucial services in the borough of Brooklyn
Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a $1.4 billion initiative on Thursday that aims to transform Central Brooklyn, long one of the most troubled areas in the city.
Central Brooklyn includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick and Crown Heights, neighborhoods that struggle chronically with poverty, crime, poor health and low educational achievement.
The initiative, dubbed “Vital Brooklyn” would target and invest in eight areas in an integrated manner, Cuomo said. The largest chunks of the $1.4 billion would be spent on improving community health services ($700 million) and affordable housing ($563 million).
The remaining $166 million would be spent on increasing access to open spaces and recreation, assuring access to healthy food, resiliency, economic development and job creation, youth education and development and community violence prevention.
Cuomo said that the state’s former piecemeal approach to Central Brooklyn had proven ineffective.
(No shit Sherlock, emphasis mine)
“We are going to employ a new holistic plan that will bring health and wellness to one of the most disadvantaged parts of the state,” Cuomo told the approving crowd that included Central Brooklyn officials and union members from TWU and 1199SEIU health care workers.
“Every New Yorker deserves to live in a safe neighborhood with access to jobs, health care, affordable housing, green spaces and healthy food, but you can’t address one of these without addressing them all,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo told elected officials that while the state would provide the funding, they would have to provide the leadership and bring in the community, spread over ten Assembly districts. Districts would choose from a menu of options.
“You can’t impose anything on the community,” he said.
Cuomo also warned officials that it would not be easy to convince Albany, which will deal with the budget on April 1, to invest in the plan.
“Be ready for war when we go back” to Albany, he said.
In outlining his “Vital Brooklyn” plans at Medgar Evers College, Cuomo said Brooklyn lawmakers should prepare for a war in Albany as they try to shepherd the funding past colleagues from other regions of the state who might try to poke holes in the plan. But, the governor contends that $1.4 billion in spending now is money better spent than on dysfunction down the road.
“You want to talk about expensive: $50,000 a year to keep a person in prison, that is expensive,” Cuomo said, noting that tuition at Harvard University is cheaper. “Drug abuse is expensive. New York Police Department of 50,000 policemen, that’s expensive to keep people safe. Murder is expensive. It is dysfunction that is expensive.”
“I would much rather invest early on, prevent the problem in the first place, than pay for the manifestation of it later on,” he added.
The plan covers key themes state officials believe can make struggling communities more vibrant, including the creation and improvement of open green spaces, construction of affordable housing, promotion of violence prevention initiatives like midnight basketball, promotion of healthy food programs and improvement of connections between upstate food growers and downstate consumers.
So now the state recognizes the persistent and perennial blight and plight of the residency of this massive enclave. Which going by the towns targeted is actually larger in capacity and density than the recent tony and former affordable areas in the western coastal areas of the borough.
And you bet that the long suffering citizenry of these towns are skeptical at the intent of Governor 2020, with justified concerns of fear and anger of the obvious prospect of gentrification. Government sponsored gentrification.
Residents in central Brooklyn met the announcement with a mix of elation and skepticism. Parents who keep their children mostly inside for safety warily embraced it. Others worried about the potential for gentrification, leading to the displacement of the area’s mostly black and Latino residents.
“Why now? You had all these times to make these changes, now Brooklyn is a hot spot — everyone wants a piece of it,” Ms. Vieira said. “If you want to make it better for the community, why 2017? The community has been the way it has been since the ’70’s
In East New York, Dayon Hopkins, 28, walked with his cousin, Troy Millhouse, 7, along Fountain Avenue, scooping wet snow off the hood of parked cars and slinging snowballs at each other.
Mr. Hopkins, who used to live in Bedford-Stuyvesant until rising rents forced him to move farther east, said Mr. Cuomo’s initiative, known as Vital Brooklyn, sounded like a prelude to more gentrification and a forced exodus of current residents.
“They’ll take this right here,” said Mr. Hopkins, pointing to a building facade across the street, “And put a glass door, a brick wall on one side of the hallway, and now it’s a loft” he said. “And now it costs way more than people are making around these parts.”
He continued: “And I understand: It does get nicer. But where’s everybody else going to go? Down south? Where are we going to go?”
(I am always wondering about that too, my theory is that the predator developers and our spineless sellout elected’s want to push the rent-burdened as far east to the Atlantic Ocean off Montauk Point)
Andy’s big presentation happens to jibe with actual and disturbing development that is happening right now in East New York by the Broadway Junction and elevated train stations, as it seen rents rise and reviled hipster sightings, thanks to and enabled by Mayor de Faustio’s target genesis AQZ plan for the district, . Granted it expands more, but it needs a bigger push from the Assembly upstate. So possibly this plan and project will not manifest and it’s just another superficial presentation by our bloviating governor. But he has been on a roll lately with his fast tracking of the Tappan Zee and Kociosko Bridge replacements and the grand opening and craft brew cocktail new year’s eve party on the 2nd avenue subway line. A result of his slightly dictatorial style of legislating upstate.
One cannot argue about the allocations and programs in this proposal. Targeting affordable housing, healthy food access, park spaces (confusing since there are many parks in the area, and recent stats show that green spaces don’t guarantee safety and security), resiliency focusing on renewable energy, education, violence prevention (night basketball, a fave but slightly effective program by his dad), and health care. It’s just if the same perennially suffering residents will still be around to use and enjoy them. And if anything, it’s a crass insult to even name this superficial business conference posing as a sincere government proposal Vital. Like it’s a barren wasteland without signs of life or viable businesses, like the small businesses our elected officials like to praise so much. Like the people that already lived there now don’t matter enough to get prior attention. It’s like how developers and electeds like to constantly refer to vibrancy to bolster or even impose projects on towns they are targeting.
It’s still a real shame and a coincidence that improvements and necessities only come when someplace gets sudden cachet. Especially the case of Vital Brooklyn, or soon to be known as Brooklynland presented by Spectrum/ Citibank/ WeWork , for it’s been blessed and plagued with this label of coolness for at least a decade at the expense of thousands, possibly a bulk of the 60,000 currently homeless.
It’s like the Governor got inspired by this tax payer funded philanthropy by the lack of hipster sightings, pretentious restaurants and bars, superfluous cafes, and last but not least, luxury towers in places like Brownsville and Canarsie.
But mostly this could be just another undermining of his nemesis in City Hall. Which is getting old by the second and seems as genuine as feud between professional wrestlers.
All the surviving citizenry, the true residents of this part of Brooklyn, have to do is stay informed, organize and remain vigilant. Take a cue from the residents of Crown Heights, who are getting bombarded with combined gentrification and homeless placements from oblivious city planners. For any plan, no matter how progressive, is to be thoroughly scrutinized and vetted, for there are jackals that still have to profit immensely no matter the cause. And Andy should know from recent prior experience with the Buffalo Billion mess. And as shown, criminal embarrassments like that will not deter him at all.
Which confirms his continuing inability and even unwillingness to notice things, mostly the obvious.
According to two reports, on March 1st, in a fried chicken and burger restaurant, a man with a cane offered to buy two other men behind them food, which the perpetrators saw as a slight and proceeded to assault him with kicks and punches. As the victim attempted to fight back, two more men rushed in and aided in the pummeling of the disabled man. As the beat down ended, another man came in and robbed the victim when he was on the floor.
From the agility these bastards displayed and all the leather they were wearing, they did not look malnourished in the slightest. This attack was possibly premeditated. Yet another senseless gang attack occurrence.
editors note: these incidents will be numbered, like UFC fight events. Being that these happenings have acts of wanton brutality in common
Cops recorded the lowest number of murders and shootings in any January since 1993, NYPD officials said Monday, though rapes were up.
There were just 20 murders reported in the first month of the year, compared with 22 in January 2016 — a 9.1% decline.
By comparison, there were a whopping 189 murders in 1993 — or six a day.
Rape in January rose from 101 in 2016 to 110 in 2017 — an increase of 8.9%. Officials at a press conference about the stats did not elaborate on the change.
Last month saw 58 shootings, compared to 59 in January of 2016 — a decline of 1.7%. By comparison, there were 477 shootings in 1993.
And for only the second time since 1993, there were fewer than 8,000 major crimes reported to police in the month. Overall crime dropped by 2.7% compared to January 2016.
“2017 is picking up where 2016 left off, reducing violence and driving crime down further,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
The year 1993 has been a bellwether because it was one of the worst years in city history for crime. The NYPD’s vaunted CompStat crime fighting strategy started the following year, and crime began to decline.
Overall, in January, there were 7,992 major crimes reported, compared to 8,011 in January 2016 — a decline of 0.2%.
Robbery and assault also declined, the NYPD reported.
Mayor De Blasio credited neighborhood policing and additional officers on patrol for the continued decline in many crimes.
Dermot Shea, the Chief of Crime Control Strategies, said January was the 10th straight month showing reduced crime.
“We have now, when you look at New York City as a whole, we now have periods of 24-hour periods where we do not record a shooting incident,” Shea said. “This is the new normal. We wanna build on it and we feel that we will build on it.”
The transit system saw three fewer crimes in January — 209 compared to 212 the year before.
There were 405 crimes in public housing in the month, compared to 413 in January 2016
LAST MONTH was the safest February in New York City in over 20 years — although murders for the year have increased slightly, police said Wednesday.
As February came to a close, NYPD detectives were investigating 42 murders, compared to 40 by this time in 2016, representing a 5% bump.
Shootings so far this year are down by nearly 15%, to 99, from last year’s 116 during the same period.
“It always concerns us when there’s an uptick in murders,” Mayor de Blasio said at the monthly crime stats meeting on Wednesday. “We take that seriously, but thank God, overall (it’s) still a low number.” Last month, there were 40 shootings with 44 people shot. That represents a 36% drop from the 62 shootings for February of last year, when 77 people were victimized. The mayor called the decline “extraordinary.”
There were 85 rapes last month, which marks a 21% drop compared to February 2016, when there were 108.
Felony assaults — 1,287 last month — were also down, an 8% drop from the 1,400 the previous February.
Robberies saw a 13% decline, from 1,113 to 965. There were 14% fewer burglaries, with 878 this year compared to 1,020 in February last year.
Grand larceny was down 8% and grand larceny auto was down 4%.
O’Neill credited neighborhood and precision policing for the positive trend.
“In reality, it’s really a very small percentage of people in this city committing the bulk of violent crime,” he said. “With precision policing, we’re identifying those people — the small groups, gangs and crews — and we’re taking them out.”
These are the most conflicting of times. Judging by these reports from the NYPD, as impressive as they are, well as should give the citizenry great comfort and sense of security, but how come it’s still a tad scary out there. And why of the scarce crime being committed, is the severity of the acts as comparably violent and sadistic as the bad old days of NYC, with the exception of high murder rates.
The other day in the East Village at 2:30 in the afternoon, 2 men pummeled another man to the concrete, repeatedly assaulting him with kicks and punches. In broad daylight as some people stopped and looked and walked away. The perpetrators jumped in a car and fled.
Sure it’s just one incident but this is in a massively gentrified area, and inhabited with modern art galleries, high rise luxury towers and obscenely high rate walk-up apt. rentals and bars and trendy upscale artisanal restaurants and faux dive bars, and barstaurants. Which makes this public beat down so shocking that it actually happened today and not, to quote the city statisticians, 1983, where in the same area it was surrounded by poverty, rampant and blatant drug use and crime, and dilapidated and hallowed out tenement buildings and rubble and garbage strewn lots.
Because the city may have actually reached the tipping point in curbing crime. Or maybe it’s so overpopulated in the metropolitan area now from transients and tourist influx and the new towers are so high they are casting eclipsing shadows, that it’s easy to overlook some things. Especially to people that have to live by or just happened to be there at the moment of the scene of the crime.
And in every report about a recent incident, either by obligation or complicity with the NYPD, the news dailies sometimes puts positive crime stats almost after every report, no matter how big or small the article is.
Take for example the lists provided by the Daily News above. When the January results came out, they not only correlate the month of this year with last, but also from 24 years ago. The strange and unsettling thing is that the lowering is not much of an improvement, just 8 less serious crimes. But juxtaposed with a year from the bad old days, the first year of Giuliani Time by the way, it gives quite a charming and soothing impression that the 5 Boroughs is a shining utopia in comparison.
I have come to this theory when a few grisly crimes happened on the same block a month or so apart on Liberty Avenue, South Richmond Hill, Queens, NY. One maniac stalked his ex-wife where she worked, stabbed her multiple times and tried to behead her with a knife he bought at the 99 cent store, right at the corner of the block. A month later, on the same block around the corner, a man got shot in front of a nite club over a chain. This has more significance, despite how rare these things happen compared to 33 years ago, because it was the city’s first murder of 2017.
Another theory that came to me was the way the mayor and upper brass of the NYPD has described certain incidents and belittled crime trends when asked about them from the press. Especially from a police chief in Greenpoint who redefined what constituted a rape. I have referred to this previously as the Marginal Victims Unit. But that telling and tone deaf response may be policy and protocol, previous to that tone deaf statement, Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton undermined the level of crime in areas by and inside public parks last year.
Crime in city parks jumped thirty-two percent over the last nine months. Violent crime rose nineteen percent and increased in all four categories. Five hundred and two people reported being the victim of violent crime during the first three quarters of 2016. Robberies increased twenty-nine percent.
The de Blasio administration continues to maintain that park crime is,”rare.”
Violent crime rose nineteen percent and was up in all four categories during the first three quarters of 2016. Five hundred and two people reported being the victim of violent crime – eight people were murdered, fourteen were raped, three-hundred and two people were robbed, and 178 were victims of felony assaults.
The author neglected, as well as he should, what the crime stats of 1993 in parks were.
Reading the papers, usually the NY Daily News, I started tearing some articles from the papers, putting together a roughshod crime blotter, and couldn’t help but noticed a disturbing trend in contrast to the sunny touting of lower crime stats by city officials and their parts gleeful and exasperatingly relieved expressions. These various crimes were happening frequently in less niche areas of Brooklyn, Southeast Queens which has seen a gradual increase in brazen criminal activity and The Bronx is still experiencing high criminal activity. As well as locales with high rental market rates and areas targeted for gentrification.
Two teens got shot in E. Flatbush at 2:30 PM. by an assailant who jumped in a car and fled. A woman got hit by a stray bullet from marauding gun toting bike riders in Bushwick at 4:30 PM
A commuter was set on fire by a teenager on the G train, as the lowlife laughed at the victim. A 19 year old was stabbed after an argument on the J Train at 3:00 PM. A man tried to shove a person on the tracks at the City Hall 2 and 3 lines at 4:00 PM
In Bed-Stuy A guy smoking crack sets himself on fire and continues to walk. A sex offender murdered a woman in Flatbush and intimidated a garbage man to drive him to dumps to get rid of the severed remains. A 28 year old man from Springfield Gardens attempts to kill his mother with a screwdriver, subsequently shot dead by police.
A homeless woman from Brooklyn took her child out naked in the streets. A mother beat her son to death in a bathtub after he dropped an egg in their apt. A mother strangled her 15 month old daugther to death in Elmhurst.
A Guy stabbed is wife and 17 year old son to death then shot himself in Luarelton after he attempted to kill her before. A 20 year old man was stabbed to death in East New York by Crescent St. at 3:00 PM, A Bronx man was beaten to death coming off an elevator by a brute with 20 prior arrests.
A Mother and her two sons got slashed by a attacker in Brownsville. A Retired Cop in Staten Island got shot to death at 6:30 PM
A tailor got stabbed repeatedly by a robber for 80 bucks, A 22 year old recidivist criminal beat a 76 year old man in the 167th station 4 train in the Bronx, and and 83 year old woman on the Fifth avenue 7 station.A Bronx 78 year old man was mugged, his face bloodied to a pulp in Norwood, stealing 220 dollars, Also in the Bronx, a man holds an elevator door open for an 81 year old Bronx woman, then shows a knife and robs 200 dollars from her in Mount Eden. A 93 year old got robbed of 1,110 dollars by 3 masked bandits at 7:30 Pm in Harlem, 145st. A 78 year old man got attacked from behind was choked and robbed of 750 dollars and A 53 year old infirm wheelchair bound man got mugged for his cell phone and debit card relaxing in front of his building by a thug brandishing a knife in Brownville. Another wheelchair using man in Manhattan got shot with a taser by 3 crooks and robbed him of 107 dollars in the Lower East Side waiting for the bus by project apartment buildings. A 78 year old woman in East Flatbush was bludgeoned to death with a hammer by an unknown assailant.A teenage male punched an 88 year old man in Fordham in the Bronx
A Woman in Hollis was held up in front of her house taking the garbage out and the perp robbed 3000. Another woman from Queens Village was jumped and stabbed by 3 mooks
A Pharmacist in Woodhaven was found stabbed to death in his studio over drugs.
Four individuals beat and molested a homeless man with a Coke bottle who was collecting scrap in Corona. They stole 15 dollars. A Girl was shoved on the subway tracks after being pummeled by a gang of over 10 boys they stole her hat jacket and 20 dollars
A cashier at a pharmacy got assaulted and robbed in Brownsville at 3:40 PM. A pair of robbers held up a bodega in Maspeth, sticking their guns in the face of a 9 year old girl and her grandfather.
A gay man was bashed with a pipe and a rock from a bigot in the Bronx. A homeless man assaulted a woman in Murray Hill in a purse snatching attempt.
A gang of thugs is responsible for muggings and attacks in a concentrated area of Queens in Corona and Elmhurst. They are still at large.
A 71 year old woman was attacked by a mother at a 2nd avenue station in Manhattan for suggesting teach her child some manners after the two barged into an elevator as people were exiting. A 40 year old man kicked a pregnant woman on the 4 line.
All these run the gamut of rampant criminal activity, which can easily be overlooked from the high towers constructed in the past decade from hyper development and the influx of billions of tourists tramping on every crevice and crack of the city like it’s some fucking six flags theme park or universal studio exhibit.
There are crime trends that is seemingly not being addressed. Especially on attacks and robberies on the elderly and rapes attempted and committed on women. The dramatic rise of splinter gangs. There are also a lot of home invasions. And a lot of these crimes are happening in daylight. Also in consideration, is the dramatic rise in child abuse, which has been enabled by criminal incompetence and neglect by the ACS. Two high profile cases, Zymere Perkins and Jaden Jordan, just got upgraded to murder.
What is more disturbing is that the omniscient presence of surveillance cameras is not even deterring these acts of senseless and random violence and robberies. As a lot of these crimes take place in full view of them Take for instance this incident in the Bronx, in similarity to the L.E.S. beat down above, where a food delivery guy was beaten, stripped and robbed in an apartment building by 2 lowlifes, a man and a woman, as a bunch of jackasses hanging in lobby just watch. That couple actually went inside the building after the attack as if they lived there.
It would be easy to dismiss this as hyperbole, but add the scandal that is the homeless census of 60,000 plus, the massive discrepancy of wealth, the horrendously ignored situation of a majority of rent-burdened citizens and these are not the best of times despite how comparably safer it is than it was 24 or even 34 years ago when crack was on the streets. Although it should be mentioned that heroin is back in a big way, similar to the rocks sold back then in that it’s cheaper and diluted.
This is going to get worse if those in city hall, the higher echelons of the NYPD, and all these demented city planners with lysergic visions to turn the boroughs into an interconnected social networking wonderland ever acknowledge the problems of the people that make this city truly run and hold steady in the first place. And cease bringing up the bad old days already, it’s bad enough you people actually put up a photo exhibition for a few hours in the Brooklyn Museum, only to dismantle it when the Blaz’s press gaggle was done and throw it down the memory hole.
This digital publication will make sure of that. Hence the post title. Let’s be careful out there. And be aware of your surroundings. Because our elected oblivious overpaid officials surely won’t.
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bill Ward officially ends it. 1969-2017
Don’t want to leave out the late resident of Long Island, Ronnie James Dio
5 decades of headbanging heavy metal mayhem. This was rock and roll kids, not your pussy sensitive hipster shit of introverted folk and flatulent laptop beat making that is permeating the airwaves, clubs, bars and fucking workspaces.
Her scene in Scarface was the best part of the movie. And her performance of her response to her lowlife disappointment son should serve as the perfect contemporary allegory for any lying motherfucker elected politician today who comes out of the blue with belated promises to help struggling citizens and communities and pandering for their support and votes come election time. And a recent one who is shitting on everyone he manipulated of their emotions, desperation and worst feelings to get to D.C.
What an uncomfortable and yet unpleasant sight it still is to see the words President Trump together, as well as the everyday reality of accepting that fact and of the bedlam he is causing in his position. Which made it even worse when the day arrived of his first address to Congress. To see him walk down the aisle in the role given to him by a desperate, disillusioned and disgusted with the status quo and elitism in government, it still looks unnatural and it gives the impression that his election victory and current occupation is just a spin-off from his rotten reality genre NBC program.
But before he addressed congress he acknowledged the First Lady Melania Trump and it may have been the first time that raucous wolf whistling and guttural whoos ever greeted a woman of such a dignitary position.
The contents of his speech he gave mostly was another rerun of all his shallow campaign promises, ludicrous budget spending proposals and pandering jingoistic bromides. More billions for the fucking wall on the Mexican border which is based on speculative profits and theories about returning jobs but for now WE THE PEOPLE are going to pay for. Something called VOICE, which looks like his crack(ed) team aides struggled to come up with a mnemonic for asinine program, which a special victims unit for those subjected to crimes by alleged illegal immigrants. More billions for the Military and Surveillance Industrial Complex. To pay for all this government expansion, which for some reason all the supposed conservatives in the house and senate based their campaigns and tenures rallying and fights against wasteful government spending and overreach, there will be drastic cuts to arts and education, and inevitably on the abolishment of the taxpaying citizens health care apparatus of Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA, along with the de-funding of social security.
These plans, although little detailed and devoid of any substance or sustenance as effective policies, anticipates that international wars are on the horizon. As shown by Figurehead Trump’s bonehead attack on a village and Al Qaeda base in Yemen, resulting in the deaths of not only enemy fighters but civilians including children and the destruction of multi-million dollar fighter chopper and the death of Navy Seal, Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens . This was the result of Trump leaving all his war making decisions on Defense Secretary Mad Dog Mattis, whose prior experience supervising quagmires in Iraq should have gave this attack some slight hesitation. But it’s horrible results just made a soldier’s wife a widow and an excuse for the Figurehead to pass the buck and blame the generals (after all, it was their decision). If there is a lesson here, it’s shown that despite Trump’s repeated assertions, not warning about an attack on the enemy like his predecessor did, doesn’t yield success or even intel, no matter how many times he invokes it and how his press secretary over-enthusiastically yells it.
And nothing will be questioned by the sycophantic lobotomized monkey Republican majorities in the House and Senate for his mystery war plans, especially after the elongated standing ovation, deservedly so, to sad sight of the widow Carryn Owens, praying and weeping to the heavens. Despite the sick, make that SICK, comment of the ovation breaking a record, any mission Figurehead Trump will assign will get partisan majority support in homage to yet another fallen fighter on a misguided and poorly planned attack. Despite the call of a thorough investigation by the Navy Seal’s father William Owens
Which brings this to the crux of this post, the mainstream news media of print, digital and broadcasting.
Prior to the address, former Daily Show and actual Fake News Anchorman, Jon Stewart, made a plea to the fourth estate to be aggressive with their collective reporting on the daily diarrhetoric bullshit, brazen incompetence and policy bedlam results coming from the Trump Administration, in addition to Trump’s libelous, slanderous accusations of their networks, newspapers, and news websites reporting. Jon, still funny and current but very rusty, implored them with a very old and kinda lame popcult reference to “get their groove back”.
Which apparently fell on deaf ears, because the general and collective response after the speech was numb and neutered. For the reason that he spoke his best words about his best plans in a somber tone. Stunningly overlooking all the shit he spewed about the news media in the past month as President Figurehead. Stephen Colbert, comeback player of the year, aptly remarked as if the media was impressed that the unhinged president had become hinged. After all the twitter vomit the Figurehead spewed from his stubby vienna sausage fingertips, the news conglomerates resumed normalizing him.
In denial of the omniscient fact that…
Well, since they won’t get their groove back, and they never had any groove in the first place, I like to also offer some proactive motivation. In the hopes of inspiring the insipid throngs that are actually paid to inform the masses. And to use a legend’s recent passing to guilt them into it.
What Would Wayne Barrett Do?
Wayne Barrett was a stalwart, tenacious, muckraking award winning journalist for the Village Voice. And the most persistent chronicler on the wheeling, dealing and stealing tactics of Figurehead Donald J. Trump when he was a real estate scion wonderboy developer in NYC in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. While Donnie was making a name and local celebrity of himself with his grand ventures in redeveloping hotels, sweeping up prime Manhattan real estate, and starting his idiotic ruinous conquest of casino franchises in Atlantic City, Wayne Barrett was dissecting his deal-making by diligently and thoroughly and uncompromisingly reporting on the corrupt machinations within them. Wayne got under Donald’s skin and broke his brain to the point when the few times they ever met or were acquainted, Donald actually offered to buy tried to bribe him with a luxury apartment when he learned he resided in Brownsville and an incident that got him arrested pursuing Trump on his birthday.
The dogged determination and persistence of Wayne Barrett to inform the public about the habitual cheating and sociopathy of Trump, before he became the brand and the leader of the free world and the mess he inherited, may be the inherent reason why the Figurehead has such a vehement imagined distrust and the modus operandi for controlling them and the narrative around his deranged directives.
Wayne Barrett was the under-heralded seer regarding Don Worthless. For he saw and wrote how unmerited his earnings and status were, by ripping off many contractors and exploiting migrant workers. Associating with a nod and a wink with mobsters and gangsters, characters he can easily identify with their similar achievements of dishonest wealth. By frivolous litigation at the expense of city taxpayers to get zoning permits and tax abatements, which he would eventually get with the aid of spineless elected majority democratic officials. He had fucking perditious subhuman traitor to Americans, Roy Cohn for a lawyer. And through his biography of his subject, which was unfortunately renamed to make Trump look like a fucking hero, confirmed and set in stone his documenting of the trust fund baby and predatory developer he was. Which subsequently led to his temporary diminishing of his personal wealth and investor and bank support, forcing him to regain his celebrity and wealth with creative tax evasion and becoming a charlatan on TV by becoming a recurring character on WWE shows and his own culture killing show The Apprentice, parlaying that to his transformation from human to brand, slapping his names on towers around the world without lifting his stubby vienna sausage finger or losing a hair, or in his case without mussing his weave. And still dealing with mobsters and gangsters.
Which as this nation now knows, did not deter him the least.
For if it wasn’t for the news conglomerates obsession with celebrity, no matter how lame, the elevation of Trumpy would probably never happened. If they would have did what Wayne Barrett did and reminded the nation and him personally of all the shit he pulled, the strife he caused, and the lives he ruined and the weakening of government he opportunistically took advantage of, maybe he would not be goddamn fucking president.
Now there are some out there carrying on the spirit of indefatigable intrepid reporting, but like Wayne Barrett, in a limited setting, despite the omniscience of the internet. The Young Turks, The Intercept, Reason, Democracy Now, Propublica come to mind. But they are not big enough like the whales that are the major networks of CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC and their cable and local affiliates or the corporate owned establishment papers like the Washington Post and The New York Times. And the only anchorman that approaches the zeal of Ed Murrow, Walter Chronkike, and Bill Moyers, is Keith Olbermann, who is limited in 5 to 10 minute snippets via GQ magazine. So the majors and the celebrity anchors, editors producers and writers, if they truly give a million shits and flying fucks about this country, the environment, it’s laws and the need to inform the masses, who are getting massively pissed off on both sides of the ideological aisles, better start doing their jobs that they are getting paid billions of dollars from advertising and ratings to do.
If anything there is no excuse to avoid the uncomfortable facts to show a celebrity’s appearances, spending habits and palatial dwellings. Because the biggest and dumbest celebrity is signing the orders and directing the laws right fucking now and for the next 3 and 3/4 years.
So all of you professionals in the news industry and even you executives, (especially you Les Moonvees) and especially those attending the White House Correspondents dinner next month…