The Lpocalypse Project: The Gaslighting Of And Austerity Plan For The New York City Transit System By Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio And The MTA

043And just imagine a barely functional and safe transit system and mobile daily commutes. 72nd Street Station surface upgrade by Yoko Ono Lennon. Not ADA compliant.

New York, N.Y.

2019 has and will become quite an historic year for New York City transit. But most definitely not in a good way. For the future of it looks fucking bleak despite all the optimism being expressed by elected and appointed officials about all the moolah for infrastructure improvements coming.

Now that it has been decided to keep the base fare of a subway/bus ride at 2.75 while eliminating the bonus charges and raising the cost of unlimited weekly and monthly cards, this would be a good time make a layman’s assessment about the current state of the New York City Transit System run by the MTA, the worst fucking transit system in the universe. Because recent incidents and decisions have given sunlight to the crisis below, as well as above and at ground level regarding our mass transit options, which will also have a deleterious effect on traffic on the island of Manhattan and on the streets and highways that will surely continue to deteriorate and the commutes regarding the and safety by all dependent on the buses and trains (not ferries, fucking please). And it’s also shown that no one is truly capable of being assertive, proactive and having independent or rational thoughts or ideas at MTA. It surely isn’t the board whose dithering members are appointed by the mayor and governor, despite it’s alleged independence and expertise.

But it’s clear who is and always was in charge and that’s our third go-round and self-christened progressive Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose very wrong hands and demented disruptor mind has determined the fate of the MTA transit imbroglio. Apparently, the governor is under the borderline mental delusion that he doesn’t have enough control and has divined himself the autocrat savior of the transit system. This is not even as ego driven like his overzealous order to get the 2nd avenue line finished so he can throw a new years party, this is Andy’s id taking control now with this idiotic and dangerous plan to keep the L train running on time. Even Moussilini would’ve shown more restraint and self-awareness.

But how did we get to this current lowly state of mass transit and the commuting crisis in general? It all began back in January, when the decrepit saltwater hurricane Sandy corroded Canarsie Tunnel was about to be shut down in a mere 3.2 months away. After three years of meticulous research and planning by the MTA board and recently installed transit president Andy Byford along with efforts by the D.O.T. to redesign the streets of the L’s path to remediate traffic with bike lanes and improve bus service on 14th st. (despite the haphazard designs), the Governor suddenly had an epiphany induced by a dubious recollection of being grabbed by a stranger who yelled at him, which led to a visit to the tunnel when he last looked longingly at things in there, and bemused to himself that the commute could still be saved.

So Mario’s son looked and pointed at things with an entourage of hoity-toity college academic officials with absolutely no experience assessing mass transit infrastructure, and decided to scrap the 15 month thorough renovation of the tunnel and rely on an earlier rejected plan to rearrange and restructure the infrastructure’s power supplies on top of the tunnel instead. Instead of fixing and fortifying the corrosion and cracks with good old concrete and mortar, the governor and his new egghead crew decided to go with a polymer glass coating instead. During this new surface coating, the L train will continue to run as scheduled on the weekdays while running on one track on the weekend and on nights after 8 p.m. in 20 minute intervals during the two year (or more) reconstruction.

Transit crisis averted? Not exactly, because this plan was previously and soundly rejected by Cuomo’s board because of the deadly risk of spreading and exposure of cancer causing silica dust that would be released during the construction as transit service re-opened. And the GIF NYC transit provided the public with showing how the trains will flow in one tube underwater looks scary as fuck. But Andy’s id was not going to let potential environmental hazard get in the way of slaying the Lpocalypse. This mentally ill megalomaniac decision is already causing reverberations to commutes and literally the environment along the L train’s tunnels path in the niche towns of Williamsburg and Bushwick.

Exactly a month after Andy’s L plan, the Graham Ave. Station in East Williamsburg (or Bushwick as it used to be called) had to be shut down because of an overwhelming pungent gas smell that sickened a few commuters on the train when it was stalled on the tracks and then nauseated the rest of the passengers as it was slow crawling to the ground zero station. In spite of this incident, an MTA official somehow discerned that the air was safe and the L train resume it’s schedule despite the peculiar appearance of high-powered fans laid on the gratings above the tunnel to extract the noxious fuel odors out.

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The following day after this announcement, three MTA workers got violently ill from the fumes that were alleged to be gone as other workers took the precaution of pulling their sweaters over their mouths until they received protective face masks.

The source of the fumes had become an evolving mystery but for some bizarre reason, MTA chief safety officer Pat Warren still claimed that the air at Graham Ave. was still safe to breathe. According to lifestyle and occasional actual news blog Gothamist and the NY Daily News, the MTA attributions of the source of the toxic entity changed during the first 48 hours. First it was determined that it was fuel that was accidentally spilled from diesel trains being used during weekend work construction; then it was blamed on an abandoned fuel tank underneath an abandoned gas station; and finally and absurdly, the MTA tried to pin the blame on superfund site Newtown Creek from a Greenpoint refinery spill from the 70’s. Of all those theories, the one that makes the most sense is the first one, being that weekend work has already begun. The other two theories are asinine considering that both of them were unfounded given that there was no evidence the station tank leaked, which probably led to conjuring up some ooze from Newtown Creek that suddenly migrated to the subway tunnels. It seems the MTA is coming up with these theories not to be more transparent but to obviously gaslight commuters and the press from finding out what the fuck is actually going on.

Or maybe the MTA is feigning ignorance. Because when the FDNY showed up in full Hazmat suits to determine the toxic levels of the leak, they did not bother to measure it on orders from the city and state environmental boards.

That’s not the only gaslighting by our servants of mass transit. A month following the gassing of Graham Ave., as the pungent toxicity rose from the crisis below and spread into the ether above permeating apartment buildings and stores in the area, evidence of the error of Cuomo’s Id and his crack Ivy league team’s L revival decision manifested at Bedford Avenue station in Greenpoint, as a cloud of thick dust inundated the station on another Monday morning rush hour.

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Well, guess what was the contents of the contamination that scared the shit out of commuters, it was the presence of the predicted silica dust that was prophesized. But the MTA spokesman wasn’t divulging much but did proclaim that despite evidence of the thickness and noxious odor of the particles and the sight of workers and police with protective face masks on the platform, that the air was still safe to breathe! It evidently seems that the MTA is utilizing the same spin control that Christie Todd Whitman utilized to assuage the public back in 2001 that the air was safe to breathe at Ground Zero weeks after 9/11/2001 so the traumatized city service workers could resume excavating remains at the destroyed WTC site.

 

 

 

Evidently, the MTA is clearly trying to distract their worried commuters from the fact that the weekend work that was approved by Cuomo’s id is causing the environmental hazard it was expected to cause. Which is why this plan that was revived was rejected in the first place. And the MTA’s crass denials of the air quality should cause immediate pause to anyone that what if these were attempts by terrorists to poison the tunnels instead of just causations from worker incompetence.

Another little problem with Cuomo/MTA tunnel surface remediation plan? Well, last summer on the Jersey Transit, a PATH tunnel with similar infrastructure with overhead wiring exploded causing a metal bracket to pierce through a train’s ceiling like a spear, causing 700 passengers to evacuate awaiting a rescue train and another 350 remaining stuck on a train behind it from the sharpnel and debris on the tracks . Fortunately for them, they were near Penn Station. What’s going to happen when this happens on the L train when they are done moving that wiring on the Canarsie roof and putting that polymer balm on the cracks and crevices around the walls and the floor bed?

With the frightening prospect of taking the L as construction continues for the next 20 months (but certainly more than that). Mayor de Blasio, while nowhere to be found during those two toxic transit disasters as well as four recent incidents of transit debris falling from the elevated tracks in Woodside and Richmond Hill, continues to push his stupid and expensive NYC Ferry transportation option as well as funding another study for the loathed and loathsome BQX trolley.

As was expected of anything de Blasio promotes and focusing his attention on, the NYC Ferry has turned into a disastrously expensive boondoggle. For the subsidized costs for each $2.75 ride amounts to $10.73, which went up four and change from the 6 buck estimate from last year and went up two bucks from estimates a few months ago. As the costs of the new ferries on the way is going to cost another $369 million. The timing of this report coincides de Blasio’s announcement of the ferry’s expansion of new stops in Staten Island and Coney Island, which will not be ready till 2020 and 2021 respectively and another one at the Brooklyn Navy Yard which will be ready to launch this May. The launching of the Coney Island one next year is expected to balloon the already high subsidy costs to $24.75 for every fare.

As if de Blasio’s prioritizing of the ferry over the dilapidated condition of the subway and roads and the snails pace speed of the city buses wasn’t crass enough, somehow he couldn’t placate residents of the town of Canarsie with a ferry stop of their own, even though they compiled 6,000 signatures and actually have a dock ready for renovation. Which unsurprisingly validates the fact this ferry are basically ersatz yachts and is only beneficial and necessary for the wealthy and tourists and not meant for the commuting needs of the proletariat masses. Which the ready made stop at hipster frequented Brooklyn Navy yard as well as all the luxury development stops on the East River in Manhattan proves the inequitable treatment against the more frequented subway and bus services in spades (or anchors?). Besides, Canarsie didn’t have a chance because those real estate gentrification enabling porch monkeys at the city’s Economic Development Corporation didn’t put the town on the feasibility list, even though the Bronx town of Soundview never even had a pier before and they were declared feasible by the EDC. Amazing what becoming a real estate speculative hot bed with looming parasitic tower hyperdevelopment can do for an selective area. But despite being a reverse revenue generator, de Blasio’s inducement of the NYC ferry is a city taxpayer funded investment now even though the only benefit to come from this seasonal leisure  service will go straight into the bank account of EDC board member Mark Patricof who has a conflicted invested interest he holds in Hornblower from previously working in  private equity firm with holdings in the transit yacht provider.

But these are not the only transit offenses against the citizenry he swore to serve these last 6 long years, especially the poor he pandered to get elected in 2013. After much cajoling by house speaker Corey Johnson, Da Mayor relented and implemented the Fair Fares program to begin at the start of 2019 to be available to 700,000 struggling citizens. And what came naturally from the notoriously tardy and slow mayor, the program took nearly a month to send the discounts out and limited the distribution to 30,000 applicants. Expectedly from the two-faced liar, it was nothing but a half-measure because the cards were sent out as unlimited weekly or monthly cards instead of day to day purchases which these commuters usually spend, being that they don’t have 20 or 60 dollars to plunk down right away or even have the cash at all if they are without a job. The expected diminished result is barely over hundred people are using these Fair Fares. Why couldn’t the city tell the MTA to arrange the card like its done with the school and senior citizen reduced cards. But being helpful to the most financially burdened has never been much of concern for the notorious Mayor Big Slow.

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Andy Byford 

Of course, forgotten in this whole MTA mess is the man who was assigned to save it while stressing transparency and credibility for the agency, Transit President Andy Byford who arrived last year with such great fanfare and who was recently featured on 60 minutes last autumn, whose nfluence, authority and plans now been undermined and virtually eliminated by Andy’s id . His absence from the L train aborted shutdown announcement and his lack of input of the decision to sugarcoat the cracked tunnel walls and floorboards with polymer, which the initial contractor rightfully thought was a stupid and dangerous idea 2 years ago, was majorly conspicuous. Compounded with Gov. Stugots autocratic decision to junk Andy’s proven idea to upgrade the anachronistic signal system with a computer based CBTC that has been used successfully when he ran the tube in London and the subway in Toronto and has been effective since it’s been applied to the L line (figures) with some ultraband radio wave bullshit idea that Andy’s id got from Elon Musk, while Byford’s thoroughly detailed Fast Foward plan has not gotten one penny for its funding to this day since it was announced with great fanfare and widespread media coverage.

And it was looking very certain that he and FF will never get it, and recent and current history validates that horrendous fact according to NYS Comptroller Thomas de Napoli’s report as surmounting debts are going to interfere with all other moderation and renovations of the subways infrastructure. The Fast Forward plan as devolved into the Flying Fuck, meaning that Governor Stugots doesn’t give one about it at all. These two have not been in the same photo op together since I don’t know fuck when.

And Byford’s plan to make 50 stations handicap accessible was about to get chopped to 36 because of these looming debts, which derived from the blowback of the underfunding for the accessibility retrofits over a decade ago when just 1.8% was allocated for it and with the funding about to dry up as the final days of the current five year transit plan is about to end this year  If this wasn’t horrendous enough consider that 6 stations were shut down for months for surface and aesthetic modernizations like self-indulgent art and led screens flashing MTA bulletins and maps. The 72nd St B/C Station and the 23rd Street Station comes to mind.

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With these dubious upgrades, Andy’s id’s MTA proves that the only subway improvements are designed for tourists to navigate through the city and niche parts of Brooklyn and Queens (and even the Bronx) on nice screens like the theme park this city has turned into. And all this art being installed is just there for the Instagram addicted. Supposedly the funding is only a morsel of budgetary spending, that morsel could have been allocated for initial funding on an elevator that could have been installed at a station where a mother killed herself falling down the steps while carrying a full stroller and her toddler daughter.

Too bad and too little too late that a federal judge recently decided that the MTA had to require all station renovations must be ADA compliant. The problem of course is where to get the funding again to honor the judge’s decision, because Mario’s son’s MTA burned through all the money that was to upgrade other stations, which would have also went into art that nobody asked for instead of signal and infrastructure upgrades, unsightly dilapidation of the ceilings, walls and stairs and of course elevators for the disabled as well for the elderly and children’s strollers. The latter which recently got tragic attention when a woman died trying to carry her stroller with child down along with shopping bags as she fell down the stairs when there was no escalator available in the city’s 7th avenue station.

But all is not lost for these looming and practically insurmountable expenses, for Governor Stugots budget passed with the ratification of congestion pricing to supposedly fix the MTA once and for all. Expected to accrue funding for the subway, a tolling system will be put in place to charge regular car drivers $11 and commercial truck drivers $25 to enter Manhattan below 60th street to downtown. Because that’s the way to derive funding for mass transit and levy it on people who choose to own a vehicle so they never use it and also to people that are just in town to do their jobs.

The thing is this tax levy on car owning commuters and delivery workers (a glut of them who don’t make a living wage) won’t be implemented until 2020, conveniently after the next election for Albany’s assembly and senate.

The only saving grace for car owners is that the congestion fees/taxes for driving in Manhattan will not be implemented until December 2020 (conveniently after the next election) and won’t go into effect in another two years, or maybe more being that there will have to be a system to take all the congestion tolls. Probably something like those ugly ass LINKNYC data succubi kiosks.

Of course there were more reliable and faster ways to come up with the billions to fix the crisis below; like the long overdue, sensible and fiscally responsible legalization of marijuana. But the arguments among all officials (mostly paranoid) about how it will be distributed and who should profit from it first and also expected resistance from rigid Republican elected officials and the upper echelons of law enforcement. But it got nixed from consideration in the budget hearings, so New York is going to continue to lag behind other states like Colorado, Massachusettes, California and the nation of Canada and lose billions in tax dollars from the manufacturing and selling of it.

And the big dirty obscene open secret of the minuscule taxes oligarchs pay for pied-e-terres in supertall dark luxury towers. But that immediately got crushed when REBNY sent their wormtongue minions to inundate news sites with developer agitprop and to Albany and persuaded the Assembly that these investor citizens ossified personal wealth absolutely can’t be sacrificed for the transit needs and safety of daily commuters. Despite recent heinous news of a billionaire hedge fund owner who paid $238 million for a sky high home on Central Park South and Jeff Bezos looking to purchase another multi-million dollar abode in the same building along with the four other ones he owns nearby on Central Park West. Hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been extracted from these welfare oligarchs and also from other American and foreign billion and hundred millionaire sloths who purchased these tax shelters in various luxury monoliths that have sprouted in Manhattan as well as the East River coasts of towns in Brooklyn and Queens are now gone. Gone with all the money that was never accounted for prior to this proposal.

You think the feckless Albany cowards would have debunked whatever bullshit REBNY’s wormtongues were spewing when all they had to do is look at Hudson Yards, where a train station built there before the gilded age girder and glass beanstalks were planted. While the developers, city and state were gerrymandering districts (and including Central Park) to pilfer billions from areas that needed it for affordable housing to fund it’s manifestation, the station flooded every time it rained and the escalators consistently break down even to this day. In a way, it looks like having people walk up almost 3 flights from the subway is a good way to train for the useless shawarma art staircase that you first see coming out of the station.

Which leads to the obvious conclusion that our elected leaders, appointed officials and the fucking MTA are relying on the neoliberal doctrine of using austerity measures to rebuild and improve mass transit. What usually happens with cutting costs for government projects and the abject refusal from officials to accrue funding from the wealthiest individuals, austerity always devastates the livelihoods of the lower tiers of the income ladder. Because with congestion pricing, the needs of the few (or the one) outweigh the needs of the many.

Like the taxi drivers, who currently contribute $2.50 to add on to the base fare while  tech corporations like Uber and Lyft only charge an extra quarter even though there are five times more of those app-hail cars on the streets that’s actually is at fault for all the congestion. Because of cab and livery drivers taking their own lives in the past year, this has been dubbed as the “suicide surcharge” by taxi veterans and representatives.

And everyone else will also be levied with this tax when you go to any store that sells goods, from supermarkets to department stores, because those costs are going to be added right to your purchases, adding to the prices that are already rising because of onerous state and city taxes and rent ossification. Even all you pious non-driving, bike, scooter and skateboard riding dependent on your butler apps for Amazon to deliver shit to your shiftless asses, you will be seeing costs escalate for your online consuming too and y’all know Bezos is not above gouging his customers as you’re transit commutes get more chaotic.

As for the #LpocalypseProject’s schedule, Northeast Brooklyn’s millenial urban professionals (hey, Muppies!) who will not tolerate waiting for 20 minutes or more or even the risk of getting poisoned from silica wafting in the air, they will predictably press their little apps and take pricey trips in those Ubers, Lyfts and all their imitators (and certainly more to come) to the city. While the added fees will get accrued for MTA funding it will predictably cause more congestion. No wonder Uber spent 2 million dollars lobbying to get this austerity measure ratified. They are going to make huge bank in the next year and no wonder the city rushed to get the suicide surcharge approved for just the cabs and apphails. That actually makes fiscal sense despite the levies it’s placing on their customers. But if they can afford 1700 to live in an SRO or 2200 for an “affordable” studio, the Muppies can deal with this hardship. But it still going to be a pain in the ass commute for everyone from the not yet gentrified towns of East New York, Brownsville and the ferry-less Canarsie.

As for the Canarsie Tunnel, that also is an austerity measure with inequitable results between the affluent and the working class grinders. Because this polymer coating  is just a half-measured temporary fix that is going to have disastrous consequences when the next hurricane hits this city (remember that bitch Sandy was just a cat. 1, what’s going to happen when it’s a cat. 3 or even 2?), and this infrastructure donut glaze coating of the walls and floorboards is just as cheap and effective as treating a wall with mold and grime on it by painting over it, which the MTA actually did at Union Square last winter.

 

 

 

 

 

Or covering it up with a nice poster

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While service will continue to lag behind in the borough’s towns without niche, the city provided frequent bus transfers for L project sufferers so they can get to the J/M and G trains across town. Which will certainly be busier on the evenings and weekends than the rest of the borough’s long bus routes that are still suffering from slow speeds and late arrivals caused by…traffic congestion.

The appalling inequities that are present with the Lpocalypse Project I base on the fact that the MTA should have fixed this and shut down this tunnel immediately after the flood waters emptied out back in 2011. But that would have thrown a wrench on the over-luxury-hyper-development and fabrication-speculation market rate values of Williamsburg and then onward to neighboring Bushwick and Greenpoint and the Gentrification Industrial Complex of real estate, venture capital, private equity and the government they bought and now own were not going to let something like the safety of millions of commuters get in the way of the demographic  they want that are willing to spend frivolously and mindlessly to live in proximity of the dreaded L line.

The coddling of the moneyed hipster demo that overspends and resides along the L train line fearing that they won’t make any readjustments to their morning and evening commutes or routines. More essential to the Guvner and the Hotel and Hospitality overlords is that this L train fakeout will keep service still convenient for tourists residing in high end flophouse hotels and airbnbs in the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, LES, East Village and Williamsburg to continue frequenting all those theme bars, beer gardens, restaurants and cache take out joints in those areas being that they only need to travel a few stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn

And even the MTA is cognizant of this, because they are going head on to phase out the metrocard and replace it with a stylish but lamely named access card called OMNY, which operates as a worker I.D. card which will be used to tap a screen to pay instead of swiping. And it also will be app-accessible so you can use your cellphone to pay. Even though the brainiacs behind this stupid tech bullshit method refuse to reveal how this will effect people who pay cash (and people that will still prefer to pay cash). These type of transactions have proved to be discriminatory and the prospects for unwanted data extraction will be (hopefully) met with universal anger from commuters. Of course, the officials pushing this pay method (including Byford) responded with the tone-deaf default excuse that everyone already is distributing their data with their cellphone social media and app purchasing habits, so what does the right to privacy and individuality matter when convenience takes precedence over constitutional rights.

But like Moussilli, Andy’s Id still kept the trains running (assuming on time is pure conjecture at this point) despite all the ominous toxic signs from the two incidents in February in March. Further evidence of Governor Stugots austerity measures for the MTA is assigning his Ivy league team who convinced him to keep the L running during the tunnel reconstruction for every other remediation and renovation projects, which includes the upgrading of the signals thus superseding and undermining Andy Byford in the same manner that former Mayor Giuliani projected his seething jealousy on former Commissioner Bratton for his accomplishments in bringing down crime.

Cuomo’s adamant megalomania and de Blasio’s spineless indifference will add to the risks and dangers of the continued exacerbation of the subway. In the midst of this MTA manic depression breakdown, at least one of their board members reassured the reality of their transit surroundings by admitting and actually apologizing for the existential lousiness of the subway.

Now it’s day two of the Lpocalypse Project and as expected shit went wrong on the L with delays lasting up to 40 minutes. It looks like the folks at NYC Transit thought the GIF they provided of the trains navigating the single tube passage looked easier than they thought. But at least they deployed MTA workers to act as commuting ushers to help the critical masses of people to get on board the trains.

But tomorrow is Monday and that’s when shit gets real. Because there is still the menacing prospect of particle pollution that will surely appear again on Bedford Ave if the MTA doesn’t contain it, some of the workers moving commuters were already wearing masks as a precaution. And the shit’s gonna hit the fan now that it’s May and it’s almost summer. Will Governor Stugots Cuomo whoosh down from Albany to look at the results of his manic change of mind when the crisis below exacerbates?

Wait with abated breath. Which actually would prudent to do if you still are taking the L all the way through.

Good luck L commuters. You’re gonna really need it. But you’re gonna need a chemical mask even more.

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New Bad Days 57: Saudi Arabian Sisters Found Dead By The Hudson River Duct Taped Facing Each Other Crucifix-Style Doesn’t Warrant Further Investigation Or Local Or International News Intrigue ; Career Woman Stabbed To Death By Fellow Tenant At Co-Op Building; Elderly Man Killed By Asshole Trying To Catch The Train; Racist Picks Fight With Man In Pizzeria And Cuts His Eye With A Knife; Bronx Bodega Owners Demand Panic Buttons Following Frequent Violence And Robberies At Their Stores; Thief Easily Robs A Jewelry Vending Machine; Gang Chases A Man Into A Brooklyn Mall And He Shoots And Kills One Of Them As Security Guards Back Away; Man Stabs ACS Worker During Child Welfare Check; Teenager Brawls With Rikers C.O. And Kerry Kennedy Pays His Bail; Crime Scene Filming At Beauty Parlor Where Eric Garner Was Killed Gets Disrupted By Pissed Off Residents; Teenage Girl Escapes Custody From Cops That Inspires A Massive Deployment Street Search; Various Subway Violations Ranging From Groping, Lewdness, Assaults, Stabbings And Obnoxious White Privilege Vagrancy And Vandalism Rises Up As Well As Shootings, Stabbings, Muggings, Gang Attacks, Domestic Violence, And Road Rage By Citizens And City Service Workers And Alec Baldwin Gets Punchy Again.

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Above: Tala and Rotana Farea. Sisters at the mercy of apparent Saudi Arabian oppressive sexist policies and American indifference.

Manhattan

In the Upper West Side in Riverside Park, two sisters were found dead duct taped by their wrists and ankles together in a crucifix position facing each other lying on the rocks by the Hudson River. The 22-year-old woman and her 16-year-old sister ran away from their home in Virginia when they got a notice from Saudi Arabia for them to return to their home country. Only recently they tried to apply for immigration asylum status in the U.S.A, but couldn’t get it (Trump’s draconian immigration policy could have had an effect on this).

Which is how they wound up in the city with both of them deciding to end their young lives in Manhattan living the high life and splurging on shopping, fine dining and swanky hotels until their credit maxed out. Winding up sitting by the Hudson and praying to their deity according to a passerby who last saw them.

Despite being duct taped together face to face and their bodies showed no trauma that would appear from jumping off a bridge, The NYPD is still determining that this was a suicide. How do you get the momentum to jump in the river or even move when you are bound like a cross facing each other? How does two people or even one capable of bounding each other together by their extremities with duct tape? I’m not a cop and never watched an episode of CSI and only occasionally watch Law and Order SUV (which with these sisters troubles and demise would make a great episode), but the only plausible way to commit a suicide pact like this would be that they would have bound each other while laying down by the water on the rocks in the hopes that the river would rise to take them in. Or kind of like pushing a boat or a kayak into a pond using your arms as oars.

The rebuffed asylum request by America’s immigration services along with the demand from their oppressive oligarch-royal ruled homeland makes this even more sinister, especially considering that asylum requests are usually by migrants to flee from oppressive and entrenched criminal nations. And it’s weird that these young women were rejected in the first place as if they were suspected terrorists or something.

Weirder still considering the NYPD’s apparent insouciance for this case considering the notorious and now transparent fatal tactics used by the heirarchical government of Saudi Arabia to get what they want and in contrast of the efforts the NYPD and the NYFD took to find Karina Vetrano’s killer. There is also the factor that these sisters were spending lavishly in the city which shows that they probably came from a wealthy family and the trail they left at the various places where they made their purchases would undoubtably be of interest to Saudi officials looking to detain them as well as ICE agents who trace the whereabouts any illegal immigrant working in this city alone. And what about that witness? Is there a timeline of when he saw them praying and when they died? The determinations and conclusion of this case by the NYPD’s CSI of these two sisters has become WTF and FUBAR.

The second most distressing thing about the death of these two sisters is the total and revolting lack of local news coverage for this tragedy. What would have been the reaction by the local stations of CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and Pix if these two women were White, or even Black, Spanish or Asian. Or American citizens in general? The only news coverage the deaths of Tara and Rotana Faera have received recently was on RT News.

It should be noted that the killer who slaughtered and dismembered Brandy Odom in Canarsie Park in Brooklyn is still on the loose.

Also in the Upper West Side, a 70-year-old woman was murdered in her apartment by a 24-year-old woman and upstairs neighbor who stabbed her in the neck. The woman had a long career in creative divisions of every ad firm. Her home life at her building was marred by the invective confrontations by newer tenants for her dogs that she rescued and feeding pigeons daily by the building and Riverside Park leading to constant badgering by the buildings co-op board who were inundated with complaints, at time dubious, from fellow tenants, leading her to be fearful of leaving her apartment in her final days.

Again in the Upper West Side at the West End Secondary School, a teacher attacked one of his students by pulling the chair from under him and pushing the desk to pin him against the wall.

And again in the Upper West Side, a vandal spray-painted swastikas on an concrete outpost by the Hudson River.

And again in the Upper West Side, a man committed suicide by jumping off a roof of a building at the Amsterdam Houses.

In Penn Station at the 34th Street Station, an elderly couple that just got off the 3 train were bumped by a man who ran into them trying to catch it from leaving. The selfish savage glimpsed briefly at them and turned and boarded the train instead of seeing if they were o.k. as the 89-year-old man he knocked down was lying on the platform unconscious and bleeding from hitting his head on the concrete. The victim died two weeks later after being in coma from pneumonia from internal bleeding in his brain.

In Midtown, a man ran towards an off-duty police officer and punched him in the head, then wrestled with him on the ground while trying to wrest his gun. The cop fought back and the man ran away but was apprehended by him and another detective. The attacker had a prior arrest for assaulting an MTA cop back in February.

Also in Midtown around 2 p.m. by Bryant Park a food delivery man attacked and assaulted a 64-year-old man with his bike lock and whacked him in the twice then five more times as he laid on the ground.

Again in Midtown, a manager at a restaurant got attacked by a man who feigned looking for employment who put her in a chokehold in a basement office then robbed her backpack and $400. The suspect is also wanted for breaking and entering into a synagogue robbing it of $400 and breaking into the basement of a fabric store and assaulting a maintenance worker there and stealing hi wallet.

And again in Midtown, another recidivist petty criminal rap star’s crew went buckwild when they were turned away on the orders of the “talent’s” new manager at a restaurant where there was a party being held for the “talent” for his clearing of sex abuse charges of using a minor for a lascivious video. The rapper’s crew returned to the ritzy joint and got into a tussle with the security as one of them crashed a chair over a bouncer and an ex-cop working security shot his gun hitting one of the “talent’s” acquaintances in the gut.

And again in Midtown, a man got stabbed in the back and arm during a fight with his attacker.

And again in Midtown, a man riding his bike on 5th Ave. got hit and critically injured by a private waste carting truck driver that was driving beside him

And again in Midtown at the Trump Tower, guarded by a NYPD surveillance tower and a phalanx of city cops, a man shoplifted a $1,600 bag from the Gucci store and split.

And again in Midtown, a vandal spray painted something in Spanish on a wall of a church run by the United Nations and ran away when the guards caught him in the act.

And again in Midtown, a venture capitalist scumbag and his three toadies got a man drunk and went to his luxury apartment to beat him down and tortured him for his bitcoin account and stole his laptop, cellphones and a thumb drive containing his password.

In Hell’s Kitchen, four teenaged boys are involved in a robbery and mischief spree in various restaurants and bars  as they robbed a cash box from a restaurant during closing hours; provoked and menaced customers at a restaurant as one pulled a knife on a worker who ordered them to leave and popped a football player balloon at a bar they got kicked out for harassing customers for cash and last robbed customers of their phones and a pocketbook a sushi restaurant, noodle shop and another bar on the same night.

Police on Tuesday released photos and videos of a group of teenage robbers who have hit seven restaurants and watering holes since Sept. 29.

In the East Village, a man held up and mugged a sanitation worker at knifepoint on the block where the city decided to park the garbage trucks after their lot closed for a luxury developer on West 30th St. and West St in an unsettling karmic irony of the city’s incompetence, obliviousness and crass deference and obeisance towards the real estate overlords.

Also in the East Village, a man lamping in his car smoking a cigarette while showing off his $95,000 watch was approached by three men on bicycles as one of them asked if he could spare a cig, then another one of them yanked the watch off his wrist and they all rode away. Yoink!

Again in the East Village, a man snatched a credit card from an apartment building and went to Target at the East Village’s Greatest Apartment building around the corner and used it to spend $327.

And again in the East Village, a man who committed suicide in his car by ingesting poison was found by police a week after his confirmed death.

And again in the East Village, a man attempted suicide by jumping from an apartment building.

And again in the East Village, fireworks being set off  sent misinformed people running in a panic on the streets thinking that they were gunshots.

In Harlem, a father and son both got stabbed by a man who got into a scuffle with them and later came back with his crew and ganged up on both of them. The son wound dying from his wounds. A woman was arrested for holding the murder victims arms while the killer stabbed him nine times in the torso and two brothers involved in the stabbing are still on the loose.

Again in Harlem, a man walking by a convenience store shot at another man twice at point blank range, wounding him and also injuring a woman in her leg who was inside from the shattering glass.

In East Harlem, a man got shot in the leg by the Jefferson Houses.

In Hudson Yards, a woman was found dead in her bathtub in a condo of a luxury apartment building after she fell on her head on the lobby floor and she was left behind by her ex-boyfriend

Also in Hudson Yards, a charter bus driver hit and killed a homeless man crossing the street and kept driving until the cops pulled him over by the Holland Tunnel.

In Soho, a man who is a video game executive that’s refusing to pay over $28,000 in rent and threw loud parties in his loft sub-letted by a woman who for months have tried to evict the derelict by legal means wound getting herself arrested instead by the NYPD on claims that the obnoxious tenant made threatening phone calls to him. Despite the fact that the woman has an actual eviction order for him notarized by the marshall’s office.

In Kips Bay, a man in his birthday suit repeatedly punched a police car.

Also in Kips Bay, a man followed a woman and solicited her for money then followed her to a building and grabbed her purse but failed to snatch it from her despite verbally threatening her.

In the Lower East Side, a man randomly slashed another man in the face with a knife by the Sara Roosevelt Park.

Also in the Lower East Side, a man slashed another man in the head after a brawl broke between patrons at a bar.

In Union Square, a man ran up to a woman and punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground after he randomly punched another woman nearby.

In Washington Heights, a man expecting a date to arrive at his apartment through a social networking app was ambushed when he answered the door by five men who barged in and robbed him of $400, metrocards and headphones.

Also in Washington Heights, a man wearing the mask from Scary Movie shot at a man three times hitting him in the chest, groin and leg and a 17-year-old girl in the chest and ran off.

In Chelsea, an app-hail livery driver got killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver when he stepped out of his vehicle to drop a passenger off.

In the Upper East Side, a man killed himself crashing his motorcycle into a NYPD Tactical Emergency vehicle.

Also in the Upper East Side, a man had his 10 large watch stolen by a woman he banged in his apartment that he hooked up with on a social network dating app.

Again in the Upper East Side, a man broke into a Dunkin’ Donuts at a quarter to four in the morning and made off with bags of bacon and coffee. (Could be for a worthy cause.)

In Times Square, an idiot tourist playing with his toy drone crashed it into an office building window and got arrested after he offered to pay for the damages.

Also in Times Square at the station of the same name, an idiot bum stood at the edge of the platform, dropped his pants exposing his ass and proceeded to urinate on the tracks as the R train was arriving. And yes, service had to be suspended so he could finish.

SubwayCreatures on Instagram ““That_s New York City for you” train stopped a foot before where he was standing subwaycreatures”

In Gramercy, a man held up a 7-11 at gunpoint. The suspect had purple hair and was wearing a hat.

In Central Park, a man walking with a woman was attacked by a man who smacked him in the head with a rock and rode away on a bike.

In Herald Square, two men snatched shopping bags full of merchandise from a man who was trying on clothes at Macy’s. When the vic pursued them down the escalators, one of the robbers punched him in the face and he and his accomplice ran out the department store. Somehow security couldn’t stop those thieves being that merchandise was probably paid for but mostly that despite all those cameras as well as security and undercover guards they still got away untouched.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a homeless man hit a man on the head with a broomstick by a fruit stand after his victim refused to give him a dollar.

In Stuyvesant Town, a man sidled into an apartment building as a woman was entering it and then followed her into the elevator and proceeded to sexually molest her. The woman ran out of the elevator and the man caught her and dragged her to the stairwell and forced himself on top of her and strangled her. He ran away when she managed to scream.

Also in Stuyvesant Town, a man held up a bar at gunpoint and robbed it of $700. He was wanted for 3 other armed robberies in Brooklyn.

Again in Stuyvesant Town, a 66-year-old man committed suicide from jumping from an apartment building landing on the oval loop.

And again in Stuyvesant Town, three people tried to swindle a chicken wing restaurant by attempting to get change for fake hundred dollar bills for small purchases.

In Greenwich Village, a man attacked an 83-year-old man and a 69-year-old man in two mugging attempts as he was walking westward and made off with nothing.

Also in Greenwich Village, a three-time Emmy award winning actor punched a man in the face who sidled in a parking space one of his relatives was saving for him. That’s what you get when you stop an entitled guy from taking his reward.

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In Inwood, a woman walking through a park was jumped by a man who held her up by gunpoint and then robbed her phone and forced her to sexually please him.

In Washington Heights, a man got killed driving his motorcycle when a livery cab driver ran a red light and crashed into him. The driver did not have insurance nor owned the car he was in.

In NoMad, a man got stabbed in the leg then his attacker ran off.

In Downtown Manhattan at the Brooklyn Bridge Station, a man grabbed a commuter on the platform and pushed him to the tracks. The commuter was saved by a Samaritan who pulled him up in time as the 6 train was arriving.

Also in Downtown Manhattan, a two vehicle collision caused a box truck to careen into the pillars by the World Trade Center memorial.

Again Downtown Manhattan, a vandal scrawled a racist threat on the African burial ground monument on Reade St.

In Columbus Circle at the station of the same name, a man came off the 1 train with giant fucking palm tree.

Also in Columbus Circle at the station of the same name, a man boarded the D train and stood behind a woman and whipped his dick out and whipped it good and came on her and fled when the train arrived at the Rockerfeller Center Station. Check out the super funny NY Post take.

Man accused of ejaculating on woman on Manhattan subwayIs Ms. Logan referring to the perp’s mental faculties or the fact that a bodily fluid was excreted?

A man with 50 priors got sentenced for breaking into 16 Metrocard dispenser machines in the past four months.

Also in the subway, the city is allowing a man to vandalize advertisements posted in subway stations because they lamely mock Donald Trump. Anyone else that would tag these posters or graffiti the walls with political opinions would get fined or even cuffed, but it’s some entitled transient gentry geek so it’s acceptable.

Update to the Proud Boy beatdown in the Upper East Side, the man who organized the event at the Republican club where he was recreating the public butchering of a Japanese Socialist activist was brandishing a sword in full view like Jack Sparrow after the brawl was broken up as a bottle flew in his direction and then he fled in an Uber vehicle. Instead of taking the weapon from that bloviator, the NYPD hunted for the bottle chucker instead. One of the Proud Goons arrested is a resident of Jackson Heights.

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Now, imagine that this was a Black man waving around an object in a threatening or even joking manner and cops were deployed to quell the situation, because I can.

Bronx

In Mott Haven, an unhinged man walked into a pizzeria spewing racial slurs and targeted his vile rage to a man sitting at a table who then moved to another one to finish his slice to get away from the jerk. The vulgar racist then stood in front of the door when the target of his rage was trying to exit and raised his elbow to him. The man then threw a cup of soda at him and got slashed in his eye by the psycho.

Also in Mott Haven, an off-duty cop was driving home with a fellow cop when they got caught in a crossfire between two gangs and wound up getting hit and wounded.

In Allerton, a man got killed from a shot to the face by a man he was arguing with.

In Norwood, three men held up a deli at gunpoint, tied up the workers and robbed it of $1,100 and drove off in their getaway car.

Also in Norwood, a 19-year-old man entering the 205th St. Station was approached then chased by three men who caught him and stabbed him multiple times in the stomach.

In Soundview, a man attempting a stick up at supermarket got shot to death by the manager who was armed with a shotgun and blasted him when he jumped the counter.

In White Plains, a app-hail livery cab driver molested a woman while she was napping in the back seat and then drove her to Conneticut and abandoned her there. The lecherous pervert still charged her for the fare for the obscene amount of $1,047.

In other app-hail related chaos in the Boogie Down, a livery driver got hit in the head with a brick by a passenger when he got pissed when the driver picked up another passenger to share the ride because the attacker ordered a pool ride by mistake.

In Fordham Heights, a man followed a 63-year-old man to his apartment and sucker punched him, knocking him down to the floor and then stood over him and robbed his groceries and $40.

In Claremont Village, a man was killed and his son was wounded as they were going home when they got caught in the crossfire of a shooting on a stairwell inside the Butler Houses

Also in Claremont Village, a man stabbed his brother to death after fighting with him in their apartment.

In Claremont, a 15-year-old girl arrested for grand larceny made a dash for it by jumping out of a police car and running away while handcuffed. The NYPD spared no expense in hunting despite her not getting that far:

A phalanx of cops, including K-9 units, an NYPD helicopter, and Emergency Services Unit officers with shields and body armor, descended on a six-story apartment building on Sheridan Ave. by E. 172nd St.

For a teenaged girl, they deployed an excessive amount of cops akin to what the city is using to escort El Chapo to his court hearings. It’s like they were hunting some Marvel comic mutant.

In Highbridge, in a crime scene similar to the lynching murder of a teenage male that made national news just last summer, a gang of teenage males chased a 15-year-old boy into a bodega and savagely beat him down in the store aisle. They were heroically chased out by the store’s manager and employees.

Also in Highbridge, 12 men ganged up on one man and pummeled him with a baseball bat and a cane.

Again in Highbridge, another gang of kids tried to rob a deli while menacing other customers, but the store manager chased them out with a pipe. This lead to a protest rally with other store owners and the appearance of their district councilman to demand the stores be equipped with panic buttons.

In Sugar Hill, a man was stabbed to death and his father was wounded during a brawl with a man they were arguing with inside their apartment building as he called his crew to assist him.

In Morrisania, a teenage boy followed an 11-year-old girl into a park bathroom and raped her.

In Melrose, an 87-year-old woman waiting on line at Mickey D’s was randomly grabbed by a man who shoved her to the floor and walked out with his rolling luggage.

Also in Melrose, a manhole exploded on the street, injuring 3 citizens and 2 cops

In Longwood at the Intervale Ave. Station, a man got stuck on a escalator by his shirt causing him to get choked to death.

In Fordham, an ambulance crashed into a store and injured three people inside.

In Kingsbridge, a man running from the cops tried to escape by jumping onto a fire escape from another building, but hit the railing with his head and fell three stories to the ground. Yet he survived, just like Wild E Coyote or Jason Bourne.

In University Heights, a man fell five stories from the roof of a building and lived when he landed on a pile of garbage. Almost like how Susie Greene survived a fall by her sicko nanny.

In Wakefield, a man threw hot oil at his sons and daughters and a 60-year-old woman and a 87-year-old woman during a dispute, burning his 2-month-old grandson and trapped them all by moving furniture to the front door and sparked a blaze inside the apartment by torching the couch.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn thief sees golden opportunity, heists $13,000 of jewelry from vending machine

In the dumb hipster capital of the world Williamsburg, some stupid woman who placed a vending machine filled with bespoke upscale expensive jewelry in a park area by a shitty luxury apartment building had it plundered by a man who used bogus credit cards to steal over $13,000 worth of merchandise.

Also in Williamsburg, an intoxicated off-duty cop crashed his car into a parked vehicle going the wrong way on a one-way street.

Again in Williamsburg, a man stole a ninja bike parked in front of a crappy looking luxury apartment building.

And again in Williamsburg, a boy threw a pipe at a window of a synagogue and ran away with his 3 buddies.

In Downtown Brooklyn, where tower hyperdevelopment is taking place, guns are being stashed in those construction sites by gang members for their self-defense from rivals in the area before they go to their court hearings.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, six gang members chased a man into a shopping mall. When the man ran into the Target dept. store, the security guards were to scared to stop them. As the gang surrounded the man inside the store, the man pulled out his gun and one of the gang members pulled out a knife and started fighting with each other. It ended with the man shooting his pursuer in the chest and killing him and ran out the store with the gangbangers chasing him into the street. According to relatives and friends of the dead man, he had a “bright future”.

In Brownsville, a drug dealer beat one of his customers to death when he found out his victim bought drugs from another pusher which prevented him from buying blow for himself.

Also in Brownsville, a man lurking on the street sneaked up behind a 68-year-old woman walking with a cane on the crosswalk and snatched her purse while dragging her on the asphalt.

Again in Brownsville, a bus driver contractor left a crying 2-year-old girl alone in his bus.

In Prospect Heights, anti-Semitic graffiti was found scrawled on and inside the halls and stairwells of a synogogue on a week of heightened bigoted attacks influenced by the carefree vitriol spewed from Figurehead Trump’s mouth. After misinformed assumptions that led to the cancellation of an event, it turned out that the vandal was a typical White supremacist it turned out it was a Black man that once worked campaigning for Barack Hussein Obama and Bloomberg’s Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

In Flatbush, a 14-year-old boy got shot in the face during a dispute with other teenagers and a 17-year-old boy got shot in the leg three hours later in another part of the town.

In Canarsie, a man got murdered in front of his apartment by a man who shot him in the head and chest.

In Ditmars Park, a man approached a parked car and shot a woman livery driver sitting in the driver’s seat three times in the shoulder, arm and chest.

Also in Ditmars Park at the Church Ave. Station, a woman was attacked by a man who stabbed her in the chest, punched her in the face and called her a racial slur after she stepped off the Q train.

In Clinton Hill, a man jumped and punched a woman as she was jogging by him and attacked her three hours later by hitting her with a cane as she was walking back to her home. The suspect is still on the loose and sports a face tattoo. Hard to believe Mike Tyson’s worst decision to ink his face decades ago would become a lifestyle trend.

In Sunset Park, three teenage males jumped a drug courier from behind, threw him into a parked vehicle and robbed his backpack containing the product by cutting the straps with a knife.

Also in Sunset Park, a drunk man got hit by a passing vehicle when he walked into traffic and suddenly paused.

Again in Sunset Park at the 72nd Precinct  in a reverse #MeToo, a police sergeant stuffed a pair of clean panties in a fellow cops mouth when he complained of her leaving her skivvies lying around the locker room they share. The NYPD has transferred the sexy sergeant to the 17th Precinct in Manhattan.

Graphic content: New photo in the case of the NYPD 'underwear' copWell at least the dildo looks clean too.

Again in Sunset Park, a man was followed to his home by a group of men from a neighborhood security who accused him of yelling an anti-Semitic slur at them and was initially sparked over a street hassle over a parking space. The men surrounded him in front of his door, assaulted him and tried to drag him out as he was going inside.

And again in Sunset Park, a man stabbed an ACS worker in the back after she advised him to properly bathe his kids during a visit following a report about the children not getting proper care from their guardians.

In East New York, a man got shot to death around the corner of a restaurant after arguing with three men defending a waitress they allegedly harassed.

Also in East New York, a 14-year-old boy tried to smuggle a loaded gun in his backpack into his school then ran away when he got caught.

In Bed-Stuy, a man was shot to death by a man he was arguing with inside his apartment.

In Sheepshead Bay, a man in a ski mask walked up to two men in front of a bodega and shot at one of them hitting him in the elbow.

Also in Sheepshead Bay, a 77-year-old loan shark was murdered in his house from a gunshot to the back of his head.

Again in Sheepshead Bay, a man attacked an off-duty cop while he was walking his dog, hitting him twice in the face.

In Gowanus, a delivery man got slashed three times with a huge knife by a man who got pissed when he was asked to back up his car so he can move his truck to let him pass through.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man murdered his girlfriend in her apartment by slashing her neck and attempted suicide by slashing his own.

In Fort Greene, a man hit another man in the head with a fan during an argument in a homeless shelter.

In Brighton Beach, a man jumped a woman as she was crossing the street and dragged her to the ground while robbing her handbag.

In Manhattan Beach, two men, one clad in a yellow safety vest, robbed an 87-year-old woman of $2,500 after she let them in her house when they told her they were utility workers.

In Midwood, a mentally ill man was inexplicably walking up and down the block while waving two knives in his hands passing by a synogogue.

Also in Midwood, a man walked up to a man and kicked and punched him in the head causing his yarmulke to fall off. This should be a good time to write that bias crimes are on the rise in your city.

In Bushwick, a man shot a woman to death and killed himself inside her mother’s apartment.

Also in Bushwick, a man who got bludgeoned in his head stumbled into and passed out inside an apartment that was for sale and was found by the broker who was showing it to a client

In Borough Park, a 74-year-old man dazed from a medical episode crashed his car into other parked vehicles and collided into a elevated train stanchion. He was then roughhoused by a cop who aggressively tried to pull him out of the drivers seat until he was stopped by two EMT’s. The driver was smoking a cigarette at the time.

In Brooklyn Heights, a garage door was tagged with swastikas written in what looks like chalk or correction fluid. (It’s chalk)

In Bay Ridge, an MTA worker out on bail for flashing four girls was busted again for lewdness when he backed up his vehicle obstructing an 18-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk. And when she went around the car, he left the door open so she can see him choking his chicken.

Also in Bay Ridge, six dud grenades were found in a closet that were left behind by a previous tenant.

In Gravesend, a mentally ill man cut up his 91-year-old mother days after she died in their home of a heart attack.

In Park Slope on the F train, a man rubbed up against a woman’s thigh and masturbated after molesting her.

In Greenpoint, two men shoplifted pills, Rogaine and whitening strips in two robberies from the same chain pharmacy store.

In Bensonhurst, a 65-year-old man got hit by a car while he was riding on his motored scooter. Which incidentally, is what a bunch of stupid ass nerds and a hipster scrotum licking city councilman wants citizens to commute with when the L train shuts down.

On the R train, a woman was slapping a man so silly it made him scream and cry.

On the J train, a stupid hipster woman arranged a luxe birthday party in a train car that included imbibing alcohol that lasted throughout the whole route of the line despite MTA rules and vagrancy laws prohibiting it and being witnessed by commuters and a transit worker. Despite the high end meal, it had the ambiance of and the planning, assembling, and creative stylings normally utilized by white trash. The shitty shindig’s nadir was when the hipshits set up a pinata and the moron smashed it with a wine glass. Hey Andy Byford, where’s your new zero tolerance anti-social policy concerning littering you bloody twit?

Grotesque gilded age entitlement in action. Instagram and snapchat must die.

On the L train, a kid laying down on the seats playing with his cellphone had his comfort zone disrupted by a fat hipster who sat down on his legs as he was ensconced on his cellphone.

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Queens

In Sunnyside, a man killed himself crashing his car into a telephone pole seconds after speeding down the street in a drag race.

Also in Sunnyside, a man driving a motorcycle was killed along with his passenger when he rode the wrong direction on a one way street and crashed into a van.

Again in Sunnyside, a man wanted for breaking into a woman’s apartment and jerked off beside her on her bed, stalked another woman walking her dog to her apartment building then leered into her window and flogged his junk again.

In Jamaica, a bouncer at a niteclub arguing with men outside pulled out his piece and shot at them, wounding one of them in his leg.

Also in Jamaica, a street hassle between two men ended when one of the men whacked the other in the head with a baseball bat.

Again in Jamaica, a man got shot in the leg by a man he was arguing with in the middle of the street.

And again in Jamaica, three women shoplifted three wigs from a beauty shop and assaulted and knocked down a worker who tried to stop them. The wigs were worth a total of 87 bucks and colored black, brown and black with purple highlights.

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And again in Jamaica, a man got shot to death by a man who he had a fight with at a baby shower earlier in the day.

And again in Jamaica at the Sutphin Blvd. Station, a man got stabbed in the face while he was sleeping on a bench on the platform.

And again in Jamaica at the Parsons Blvd. Station, a woman challenged a woman to a fight on an escalator then walloped her in the face with punches.

And again in Jamaica, a man got stabbed repeatedly during a street brawl.

And again in Jamaica at the Sutphin Blvd. Station, a bunch of hustlers are jamming metrocard machines in order to sell swipes for two bucks to tourists trying to fill their cards for fares. One of them called PIX News reporter Mary Murphy a bitch and another one called her a snake in the grass as he rapidly scurried away with his cane. Without limping.

Also in Woodside, a man leaving a strip club got surrounded by five men as he was about to get in his car. One of the muggers pulled out a gun then the gang jacked him of $150,000 worth of jewelry.

In Woodside, a doctor and three of his workers were arrested and indicted for running an illicit oxycodone prescription drug ring from his clinic where the pills wound up being sold on the street by pushers.

Again in Woodside at the Northern Blvd. Station, a man boarded the 7 train and sat down,  spread his legs and crowded a commuter next to him. When the man complained, the spacehogging asshole punched him in the face, breaking his nose and glasses.

And again in Woodside, a serial pervert home invader and peeping tom has been menacing the town for a year.

In Richmond Hill, a man robbed a bank of $17,000 just by a showing a note to a teller. Two hours after he ran away from a bank in Woodside he tried to rob after the teller pressed a button to notify police.

In South Ozone Park, a 90-year-old woman got killed by an unlicensed hit-and-run van driver as she was crossing the street on her way to her home

Also in South Ozone Park, two men shoplifted power tools worth $1,795 from a Home Depot and easily waltzed out.

Again in South Ozone Park, a man held up a cellphone store by feigning to have a gun and robbed it of $850 in cash.

And again in South Ozone Park, a woman was accosted and yelled at by a drunk off-duty fireman parked by her house then grabbed her by her neck and hair and attempted to hit her with a metal rod.

In Ozone Park, a cop committed suicide by shooting himself in front of the 106th Precinct after he left a bullet on a desk, drove around the block and following an argument with 3 other cops.

Also in Ozone Park, an off-duty corrections officer along with three of his friends brutally beat down a man who crashed his car into his. When cops arrived to find the man beating down the victim, the three other men already fled and they had to pepper spray and use a taser on the man as he resisted arrest to try to attack the other guy again.

In Maspeth, three women held up a livery cab driver at gunpoint, made him drive to Elmhurst and forced him to apply a condom to his penis then robbed him of $49.

In Long Island City, a man was found dead in the drivers seat of a parked truck.

Also in Long Island City, a woman in a hotel room answered a knock on her door and four men barged in and assaulted her, tied her up with duct tape and robbed her phone, drivers license, credit card and $100.

Again in Long Island City, a man got jumped, beaten and slashed by four men on the street.

In Sunnyside, a 64-year-old man in his car was confronted by two men and engaged in an argument with them. One of the men punched him through the open window and ran away with his buddy.

Also in Sunnyside, a man and a woman held up a commuter gunpoint on the 7 train and robbed his cellphone then got off the 40th St. Station.

In Ridgewood, the town had the highest total of opiod overdose deaths in the borough in the last year.

Also in Ridgewood at the Grover Cleveland High School, cops were called to detain a belligerent 19-year-old student but were disrupted by a guidance counselor who was goading the student to resist and then punched one of the cops in his face. Ironically in a case when it comes how the NYPD deals with their own rogue cops, the D.O.E. decided to re-assign the counselor elsewhere.

Again in Ridgewood, three men that broke into a home got caught in the bedroom by it’s resident. One of the home invaders grabbed him and held him at gunpoint, then decided to run away with his accomplices on the roof.

And again in Ridgewood, three men held up a man at gunpoint and robbed his wallet, phone and sneakers.

In Bayside, Little Neck and Whitestone, two men broke into four houses but came out with nothing during the invasive spree.

In Elmhurst, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest across the street from a school, 3 individuals were charged.

Also in Elmhurst and in Corona, a man robbed four women at knifepoint and slashed two of them making off with $2,500 in cash from two purses, a wallet and their cellphones.

In Flushing, a woman got killed crossing the street from a driver making his turn in his SUV.

Also in Flushing, an off-duty cop was mugged at gunpoint and robbed of his backpack.

Again in Flushing, a car exploded on a road by the Van Wyck Expressway, killing it’s driver.

And again in Flushing, a man was shot to death on the street around the corner from his house.

And again in Flushing, a woman got hit by a pick-up truck as she was crossing the street and died from a head injury.

And again in Flushing, a man got stabbed to death inside his apartment.

And again in Flushing, a man clobbered a 14-year-old boy on his head from behind with a blunt object after the kid accidentally bumped into him walking on the sidewalk

And again in Flushing, a man going into his car was jumped by a man who placed an automatic pistol to his head then stole his backpack.

And again in Flushing, two men broke into a bar and robbed a bottle of hooch and a cellphone.

And again in Flushing, an 86-year-old man got killed in the crosswalk by a driver in SUV making a turn.

And again in Flushing, a couple in their sixties were both found stabbed to death inside their apartment in a seedy SRO building.

In East Flushing, a man got shot to death by two men in front of his house.

In Auburndale, a man broke into several parked vehicles by schools and day care centers stealing property left inside.

In Hollis, a man hit another man with a bat to his head during a street hassle.

In Forest Hills, a man robbed a bank by handing a teller a note after he got blown off by a teller in a bank across the street that he tried to rob. He then successfully robbed a bank in Elmhurst using the same method.

Also in Forest Hills, a man got killed crossing the street by a hit-and-run driver who thought he hit a log and was scared to stop according to a man who wasn’t with him at the time. Even though the jerk kept driving despite wrecking his windshield

In Astoria, a man broke into three apartments in the same building and robbed two of them stealing $6,400 worth of cash and jewelry.

Also in Astoria, a hit-and-run driver hit a 13-year-old boy and broke his ankle while he was crossing the street

In Fresh Meadows, a man was stabbed to death in his bedroom and left dead there for days until his grandmother showed up after not hearing from him.

In Middle Village, a man trying to break into a house got caught by a woman inside who banged on her window and scared the man to fall off the second floor deck. The prowler then ran away like Mike Myers.

In Jackson Heights, a man got stabbed by a man in a lighted mask who attacked him with a butcher knife.

In Laurelton, a man molested a 13-year-old boy inside a deli at 5 in the afternoon.

In Maspeth, a pack of raccoons have occupied the Grand Avenue Bus Depot scaring the shit out of bus drivers and city workers and beating the shit out of alley cats. The furry fat urban animals have also occupied the wonderfully named Jackie Gleason Depot in Sunset Park in Brooklyn.

https://i2.wp.com/queenoftheclick.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nyc-wants-you-to-live-with-raccoons.pngNo worries, they’re citizens like you and me.

In Bayside, an app-hail livery driver was caught masturbating by a 14-year-old girl who was in the back seat when she noticed he was leering at her in the rear-view mirror. The service, LYFT, refused to cooperate with the NYPD in disclosing the creeps name and allowed him to pick up fares for the corporation for another two weeks.

In Roosevelt Island, five men were nailed swindling a homeless woman who won a four million dollar settlement from the city from a subway accident where she lost both of her legs. The woman gave one of the men $800,000 so she can run up a tab at his deli to get cartons of smokes to resell at a profit, and a check worth $880,000 that she placed in a bible she carried was robbed from her wheelchair.

On Rikers Island, an inmate threw a table at a C.O then attacked him. After the C.O. fought him off and tried to restrain him, the inmate broke free and charged at him as he wrestled the C.O. and started swinging punches at him on the floor. The C.O. got up and the inmate continued with his attack which extended across the hall and seemingly ended with the inmate throwing a garbage can at the C.O. All this happening as other prisoners just casually walked by like it’s just another regular day at the prison complex and top brass officials at Rikers blows it off as minor incident.

Well, it turns out that watered down incident report worked, because that aggressively hostile inmate is an 18-year-old man with eight prior arrests for robbery, gun possession, i.d. theft, and assault just like in the video footage just had his $1,500 bail paid off by the RFK foundation in their obliviously self-righteous ill-conceived program to bail out prisoners that can’t afford to pay, no matter what their prior charges were and how violent they are. So he’s back on the streets again. Stay tuned.

Also on Rikers Island, two of the suspects from the Trinatarios gangbanger machete killing of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz attacked two C.O.’s by throwing a bottle of piss at them and verbally threatened them with murder.

Reported rapes are up 50% reaching a high not seen in 25 years in precincts in North Queens. NYPD is still attributing this disturbing crime trend on the #MeToo  movement even though there wasn’t social 25 years ago when women were getting raped at this level.

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In Stapleton, in front of the beauty parlor where Eric Garner was murdered after being placed in a chokehold and pinned face first to the concrete by Officer Pantaleo, a bottle was thrown in the direction of an actor and profanities were yelled at a film crew that was shooting an arrest scene of him and two other actors as cops for a TV show featuring a cop-killer actor, an actress that was involved in a burglary of a studio with her son in Astoria, and an actress who played a character that offered to suck “The Dude”‘s cock for a grand. The director, a former NYPD cop, professed not knowing that was the exact location where the fatal abuse of excessive force occurred.

In West Brighton, an off-duty firefighter was found in a car wreck after his brother crashed the vehicle they were in into a telephone pole. A Corrections Officer neighbor of theirs tried to aid them by offering to park the car in his driveway. After he does that, the fireman gets in the C.O.’s face and starts assaulting him as his buddies show up and ganged up on him and his song while he’s trying to ward them off with a broomstick as they were assaulting them with punches.

In Edward Markins Gardens, a drunken domestic dispute between a couple at their home escalated into the husband getting stabbed in the gut and killed by his wife.

In Clifton, a professional boxer attacked his ex-girlfriend at her apartment and strangled her while violating an order of protection against him.

In Stapleton, a man stopped another man on the sidewalk and told him to submit to a body search then robbed his wallet containing $500.

In Marines Harbor, two men attacked two other men by slashing one and punching the other robbing a cellphone and headphones.

In Port Richmond, a man with a prior felony conviction for drunk driving smashed his car into a fence while DWI.

In New Springfield, a man was caught videotaping a woman with his phone while she was in a changing room in a clothing store.

In Concord, the woman who killed two children running a red light in Park Slope committed suicide in her apartment.

 

Just Walk Away From The MTA, Transit President Andy Byford

https://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/TWCNews/010719_nyc_andy_byfordpngAndy Byford and that moment of clarity he abandoned to take the reins of the MTA, the worst fucking transit system of the universe.

Andy Byford may have just realized he is in way over his head and out of his league in his well-paid state service leadership position (yeah it’s redundant, I’m writing about the MTA again so fuck off).

President Byford is trying really hard though. He did come up with that budget study assessing that it would take $37 billion dollars to overhaul the mega-shitshow mass transit system, despite having no current idea or plan how to pay for it. I mean, he is not a bad bloke, he kind of resembles a mixture of Moby and Thom Yorke and he is a big fan of legendary new wave band The Smiths, so big that he thought it was prudent to mention and discuss fave tracks by them during a live social media style town hall with frustrated commuters complaining about consistent shitty service a while back (my personal fave by the way, is the WLIR extended remix of “This Charming Man”), but at least he has been apparently honest and straightforward.

But with recent incidents unfortunate and even optically progressive, he’s starting to sound like and resemble a harrowed Karl Pilkington, trying to cajole and persuade the public that their commutes will be fine in light and in spite of delays, dubious improvements, and potential and real time infrastructure hazards. In which all three occurred at once at Borough Hall one lazy afternoon.

 

 

 

 

The Borough Hall station, which serves the 4 and 5 express trains, had a giant slab of plaster and concrete from the platform’s ceiling collapse on a woman, whose life was spared by the dangling lamp above. This station, which is one stop away from the gloriously renovated Atlantic Avenue Station thanks to the existence of the Barclays Arena and was visited by gubernatorial longshot candidate Cynthia Nixon on June 1, has been going through it’s own purgatory-like state of neglect by the MTA that makes the five year (but scheduled for three) upgrade at the Lefferts Blvd. Station look almost punctual and efficient by comparison.

President Byford showed up with his safety vest and his expertise and pointing his fingers at the obvious problem made clear by the exposed brick and ribar displayed above and stating that “There is evidence of water ingress. You’ve got a bit of paint peeling,” (a bit?) and “This is a very old station, at the end of the day, but we will get to the bottom of what happened.” I guess it’s a good display of transparency, but sandwiching that wretched cliche “at the end of the day”?  What the fuck you need to say that for, Andy? Really failed to reassure and salve the public there. Although it’s hard to really do damage control when the damage is a big pile of jagged plaster lying on the platform.

The woman assaulted by the MTA’s neglect made a great point how she could have been killed, but also how fortunate that it was 3:30 in the afternoon, a few hours before rush hour and school is out for summer, because certainly a group of kids would have got killed or injured at that moment.

In spite, or maybe more like passive indifference towards social media sharing by commuters and solid reporting by the now digital Village Voice, the MTA’s approach for maintaining this station has been quite an embarrassment. For all the cosmetic improvements that have graced certain stations, this is what one of the station entrances looks like a few months ago:

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Speaking of such station cosmetic improvements, I mean, errrr enhancements, Byford even got a little defensive and testy trying to explain the admirably swift completion of two elevated stations in Astoria featuring more art, windowed walls, aesthetically pleasing benches, wifi and usb ports. although it also has the obligatory fuckup with a low hanging destination sign that a commuter bonked his head on.

“Don’t be fooled by the beautiful artwork and cosmetic nature,” Byford said. “These were fundamental, deep-rooted repairs that we made to the underlying fabric of the station. It’s very important.”

Surprisingly, Andy was not the slightest sussed by the utter absence of an elevator at these new decorative stations, again denying the handicapped, elderly and mothers and children in baby strollers for safe egress. A necessity that was previously a crucial concern for the overburdened transit president in his previous job in Toronto.

But the worst gaffe to come from the president’s mouth in his myriad efforts to spin these issues and pathetic attempts at damage control may have been what he said just days before the Borough Hall ceiling collapse. Andy Byford, your humble transparent public servant, believes that the presence of overcrowding does not effect the slow service of the trains. And he is/they are going to eradicate this debilitating and growing contribution in future transit reports.

This is an interesting development as well as a demented irony being that the only overhauling being done at the MTA is re-categorizing reasons and origins for horrible service, which they did rather deftly when they previously blamed it on Con Ed. Something is afoot here. Although the passengers only offense is actually paying $2.75 for crappy service and not for the notorious pace of and indifference to essential repairs to the system, most likely the tracks, the singles and now the ceilings, it is undeniable that overpopulation from the amount of people that have moved to this city and the relentless yearly amount of tourists has had a massive effect. Especially and most devastatingly on the stations in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn closest to Manhattan and in the metropolis itself.

Here’s proof, this photo was taken on the A train while between the Jay St. and Hoyt St. stops, and there was barely even a delay

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This is the result when the train is late for less than 2 minutes. The capacity for trains at the end of the day like the F going to Brooklyn, the E going to Queens and the 6 in Manhattan, the latter a fucking local train, is where it’s actually like sardines in a crushed box and it’s in areas where the most and highest tower development pestilence has occurred. And then there is the fucking L train to northeast and central goddamn Brooklyn, where airbnb and other moronic app-based room rentals are consuming dwellings where regular folks with common sense used to occupy and definitely in buildings owned by LLCs’ where one room apartments were converted to two rooms by predatory landlords, packing in more dumb frivolous spending bodies. It makes it easy to cynically assume that perhaps the cabal/pogrom/overlords of the Real Estate Board Of New York might have had an influence in Andy’s decision (as they do with every other fucking thing to make the city impossible to afford and run your own business) to exempt the moneyed, condo-owning and arrested development types in their 20’s and 30’s overpopulation of this city from being partly responsible for these delays.

Speaking of these demographics, these people are the worst violators of commuting with their eyes constantly averted down and fingers relentlessly tapping their phone screens as they are entering the train, blocking the doors and even exiting and entering the station. And they also crowd into the cars nearest their exits at their stop, leaving everyone completely fucked as they are not able to board because of the crush of the bodies concentrated as the doors open and shut.

https://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/TWCNews/byfordadelays_jpg?wid=640The Andys. The disappointed and the overwhelmed but still arrogant.

But what else can Andy do, the poor sod. He’s only been here barely a year and he is wracking his brain trying to fix the MTA and over a half century of incompetence, profligacy and neglect and the ramifications which seem to be manifesting all at the same time. It would have been nice to have Andy around when the MTA gave Forest City Ratner a big ass gift with their knuckleheaded sale of the Atlantic Transit Yard a decade and a half ago.

And it must be thrilling to wonder what’s going on in Andy’s mind now that these very  ramifications resulting from said profligacy by the other Andy, Governor Cuomo with his decision to accelerate the first half of the 2nd Ave Line for his New Year’s Eve party along with the 7 train extension to the Blade Runner development Hudson Yards and the billion dollar one-stop Metro-North extension to Grand Central from Penn Station. And how even the new aesthetic masonry of Penn Station and even the 2nd Ave line are starting to show cracks and debilitation. And don’t forget all those tech inspired enhancements! And the Kusciusko Bridge laser light shows!

There are many, many more that can be sited for the reason that the Borough Hall station looks like and has got the same maltreatment as a NYCHA apartment. But it’s clear that Andy Byford, admirable and courageous that he is to take on the worst fucking transit system in the universe, is not going to last long in this town despite putting up a brave front. So maybe it’s best if he just walks away and leaves it for another man or woman to deal with this festering shitshow.

There’s too much to handle, too much money that’s not available, too much bullshit, too much pain. Just walk away Andy. It’s really not worth it. This subway will never be fixed in our lifetimes and will barely be there in the future. Sorry about this fatalistic and bleak prognosis, but this is the reality all these rich, educated derelicts responsible for it have created.

If you haven’t figured it out Mr. President or are just a trusting nice guy; the MTA held off on repairing the Canarsie Tunnel right after Sandy hit because it would have interfered with the continuing gentrification and luxurification of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and the cancerous creep into Bushwick. If the tunnel was repaired like it should have been, if the MTA showed any responsability and common sense and got it enhanced, every stupid hipster and yuppie would have moved out of those aforementioned towns and the real estate magnates would have never built or bought anything and the rental and housing market wouldn’t be insanely overvalued and inflated like it is now for them to heinously profit from.

Besides, you don’t wanna be around when the L shuts down in 10 months (10 minutes to midnight ha!), because there is no fucking plan for it. I don’t think you even have one. Just admit it, believe me you’re definitely not alone. No. One. Has. A. Fucking. Clue.

Just walk away, Andy. Fuck the MTA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MTA Fucks Itself: Slow Train Comin’ And Goin’ And Stopping Short

030This is what it said when entering the Queens Lefferts Blvd destination A train on 14th Street in Manhattan. Fuck the MTA.

It’s been almost a year since this digital publication decreed the MTA as the worst fucking transit system in the universe, which to no surprise to me is the most read post in the existence of Impunity City. Your city and mine. Since then, there has been a multitude of articles by professional journalists actually confirming my vulgar opinion. But none as deftly infuriating as the most recent piece by the now full time digital Village Voice. It ultimately turns out that the rationale for the perpetual shit service of the transit system is because of the actual modernization of the signal system leading to a policy of running the trains at a slower speed which was discovered in a three year old study by an intern at Columbia University that the MTA, in their hapless way, tried to throw it in the memory hole. (The only bright side of this is that this study probably didn’t cost taxpayers a dime).

The Village Voice: The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down

The root cause of the subway system’s decay, it turns out, isn’t budget cuts or overcrowding — rather, the collapse of the subway system appears to have been primarily self-inflicted by the authority itself, in response to a single accident two decades ago that set the transit system on a path to disaster.

 But there is one type of delay that’s gotten exponentially worse during that time: a catchall category blandly titled “insufficient capacity, excess dwell, unknown,” which captures every delay without an obvious cause. From January 2012 to December 2017, these delays increased by a whopping 1,190 percent — from 105 per weekday to 1,355. In December, one out of every six trains run across the entire system experienced such a delay. The increase has been steady and uninterrupted over the past six years.

In 1995, a Manhattan-bound J train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge rear-ended an M train that was stopped on the bridge, killing the J train operator and injuring more than fifty passengers. The National Transportation and Safety Board investigation placed most of the blame on the J train operator, who the NTSB suspected had been asleep. But the NTSB also identified potential issues with the signal system that contributed to the accident, which it found didn’t guarantee train operators enough time to apply the emergency brakes even when awake.

“They slowed the trains down after the Williamsburg Bridge crash,” a veteran train operator who asked not to be identified told the Village Voice. “The MTA said the train was going too fast for the signal system.” As a result, the MTA, quite literally, slowed all the trains down, issuing a bulletin informing employees in April 1996 that their propulsion systems would be modified so they could achieve a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, down from the previous high of 50 to 55 miles per hour on a flat grade.

But the MTA didn’t stop there, internal documents show. One of the NTSB’s safety recommendations was to set speed limits. As a result, the MTA began a still-ongoing process of changing the way many signals work to meet modern safety standards. Previously, trains would encounter green lights if the track ahead was clear; if not, a red light would trip the train’s brakes if it tried to cross that section of track, stopping it a safe distance from the train ahead. (Restarting the train after it is tripped can take anywhere from one to ten minutes, and the incident gets noted in the operator’s performance file, according to MTA sources.) Under the new program, generally referred to as signal modifications, the brakes would be tripped based not only on whether the track ahead was vacant, but also on the train’s speed.

NYCT’s estimates were so off in part because they didn’t account for a human element. The most problematic of the newly modified signals were “one-shot timers,” so called because the operator has only one chance to meet the posted speed limit. One-shot timers are easier and cheaper to install, say MTA sources; the more “shots” the operators have to get under the required speed, the more timing mechanisms have to be installed across a longer portion of track. (An MTA spokesperson disputed this, characterizing the decision to install one- or two-shot timers as safety-related.) But the consequences of going over the speed limit are high — the train is stopped, and the operator gets penalized — so many operators now opt to go well below the posted speed limit just to be on the safe side.

So because of a train wreck on the bridge, the trains have been pussyfooting across the rails for the past two decades, extending platform wait times and commutes. And this exposes the dirty little secret of the daily refrain during the daily sojourns of commuters “train is delayed because of red signal ahead”. It also explains why the commute the day after this Voice article came out that the trains were moving sloooowwer than usual.

Now with the city’s population explosion from all the tower development and rampant tourism growing every year, in addition to the reprehensible etiquette of commuters lethargically boarding and exiting trains while gazing at their phones, the frightening overcrowded platforms especially by major transfer hubs where commuters have to wait on the stairs, it has made this fubar transit system slower and slower. Which must be throwing those new countdown clocks and jumbo touch screen schedules off kilter.

This is ultimately an existential and irremediable disaster. But my prophecy is becoming possible because of the feud nobody likes of the two top officials nobody likes, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andy Cuomo. de Blasio refuses to pony up half of the money for the $830 million action plan (which the Voice points out won’t help much, but it’s a start since it’ll supposedly fund overtime work) and at the last MTA board meeting in a stroke of funding blowback, Mario’s son decided to allocate 1 billion dollars for renovations and modernizations at 6 stations. So instead of signal modernization. track repairs and train maintenance, expect more art on the walls to ignore or pricey novelty take-out eateries on the mezzanines.

This retarded targeted spending comes on the heels of the NY Times expose of the MTA’s expensive moronic contracting, worker redundancies at work sites, and the transit union’s abuse of overtime hours. And with the recent revelations of the new crop of hired operators and conductors had insufficient training, it makes the MTA’s decision to run trains at a slugs pace for safety reasons utterly without merit. It should be worrisome how quick their reactions are when they confront those sudden switches from those pesky “one stop timers” which explain why lately the trains are always stopping short in the tunnels and arriving at the stations.

(On the subject of lacking merit for safety, at a train yard in East New York, four workers have filed suit against the MTA refusing to place flags on tracks to warn arriving trains of their presence on the rails and withheld their pay and denied them work hours the more they continued to address the hazards in their surroundings.)

But the necessity to worry should take hold for the MTA under the new leader Andy Byford, who is very cognizant of the inefficiencies causing commuters to lose money every day. He has ordered office workers to get out of their cubicle pens and head underground donning orange vests to assist and mollify commuters to make their terrible train rides easier, making them basically yoeman subway escorts as they through no fault of their own disregard their actual responsibilities to make the MTA operate. Get this, they called this the Subway Action Plan, just like the continuing dormant joint city and state plan that is currently languishing in civic purgatory.

And that’s not all that twit directing the worst fucking transit system of the universe just did, they took another dump on the bureaucratic shitshow by inventing a new executive job called Chief Customer Officer and hired some chick from a marketing firm who the MTA contracted for consulting services last year. Apparently, according to the press release, the CCO’s focus is to not alleviate the constant delays that is effecting the customers salaries every goddamn day, but to get workers to be more customer friendly (holy shit, just like what was mentioned right above this paragraph!) and get rid of “transit jargon” which you would think would be the same verbal pablum excuse for every damn delay but it’s actually the workers euphemisms and abbreviations for the technical problems plaguing the system. Which is actually a workplace order and nothing familiar to what the populace are paying $2.75 for every fucking day.

This woman is getting paid $200,000 for doing what Byford calls in his own native Britain euphemistic terms, doing away with redundancies like token booth clerks and putting them on “the field” to help commuters. Which is bloody ironic and hysterical since the idea was already in place, making the Chief Customer Officer position fucking redundant itself!

It can’t be any more transparent that the MTA is more concerned with spinning the optical quality of the transit service than actually running it efficiently.

All this fucking nonsense, squabbling, machinating, marketing and incompetence as the MTA’s debt is now at fucking $38.6 billion dollars.

Fuck the MTA. Nah, it’s already fucked.

 

 

Update:

At a MTA committee board hearing the other day, an official, Stephen Plochochi audaciously revealed that the transit agency recently extended the contracts of corrupted firms that have settled billion dollar suits involving bribery in three nations, the U.S. Army and for half-assed work at a nuclear power plant. They are tasked with upgrading the antiquated and jiggered for slow service for the last 20 years signal system and the renovation of the Cortlandt St. station by the New World Trade Center.

How is the new Chief Customer Officer going to spin this craven bullshit of wanton stupidity and enabling to the commuting public.

Quoted VP Stephen, who clearly doesn’t give a fuck:

“New York City Transit and the MTA as a whole for many, many, many years — for the 30 years that I’ve been here and for many before that — have looked at this as a rehabilitative organization,”

Except when it obviously comes to rehabilitating the essential infrastructure of the subway and the fleet of train cars. Fuck no, it’s to rehabilitate recidivist criminal contractors who are so corrupted and moneyed that they can still thrive and get rewarded for their unethical standards and tactics.

Plochochi said the MTA has a “robust program” for overseeing contractors that includes assigning monitors to ensure “good ethics and compliance” by companies with checkered pasts.

Yes, these firms will be good little boys and girls now that they got another billions of dollars which will surely go to its targeted and intended purpose, even with the MTA’s and the state’s sordid past and present for unchecked wasteful spending and obvious lousy vetting. Actually, the latter is clearly intentional and standard executive-driven procedure at the fucking worst and robustly unprofessional transit system in the universe. Fuck Plochochi, Fuck Byford and fuck the MTA.

 

 

 

 

Mission Virtually Accomplished: The Lefferts Blvd. Elevator Is Activated.

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South Ozone Park, N.Y., U.S.A.

In what I admit could be an abberation in the usual posts that get written here, here is an actual good news bulletin and sign of albeit late ass civic progress. As reported here since this digital publication’s inception, it took almost 4 years, but the main entrance of the Lefferts Blvd has completed with the activation of the elevator! And it actually is quite shiny and nice. It officially got turned on about a few weeks ago about 4 months ahead of the proposed 3th quarter deadline.

Check it out!!!

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Hard to believe this took almost half a decade. But at least the essential part of the station is done being that it’s by the death defying horror show intersection that is Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Blvd where two accordion buses stop every day, making egress to the street finally a satisfying routine.

All is not well though, for it’s still the worst fucking transit system in the universe. For there are still bollards, barricades, equipment, vehicles and miscellaneous debris and materials cluttering the curbs taking up two blocks worth of parking spaces. For the station exit and entrance at the west side of the station are still under renovation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the continued cantankerous position with this? Because it looks like the elevator finally got the long overdue fast track initiative when the new sheriff of the MTA came to town from Toronto, Andy Byford who is a big stickler when it comes to the handicapped commuters. For MTA brass clearly noticed what he accomplished by making Toronto’s transit system entirely handicap accessible while cleaning up his new office.

It is a tad surprising that they got the elevator operating, but all that street hoarding under the El looks like it’s going to remain there a while and perhaps might pile up more. When I saw the first card sensor on a turnstile and the dumbass energy wasting digital screens inside train cars a few weeks before the grand debut of the Lefferts Lift, I almost plotzed.

 

 

 

The rush to get these out there is pretty goddamn stupid and no doubt at huge expense, especially that the screens were installed on the old cars that are being planned to be replaced by a new fleet and the payment method won’t be implemented until 2019 and has the potential to fail and be prone to errors. The MTA decision to start a rummage sale of all their “antique” discarded signs, seats, benches and garbage cans, is a pathetic shitty way to start to re-accrue these moronic expenditures. The funny thing is that those antique garbage cans, which were misguidedly decided to be removed from the platforms in an attempt to curb litter and rodent colonies, can obviously still be useful.

Cynical observations aside it is a timely tiny miracle the Lefferts Station entrance got done, for the MTA is still having massive FUBAR snafus, being all the other various problems the system has got going for it this year.

Like the new countdown clocks which are already showing consistent inaccuracies and placed in ridiculous hard to view spots.

A thorough 21st century modernization of the Penn Station hub has exhibited a massive wall to wall crack on the floor just a short few months after the state of the art passageway opened.

That a lot of delays are actually caused by commuters looking down at or diddling their fingers on their cellphones as they enter and exit trains, giving the effect of a herd of lobotomized sheep or herd of cattle slowly marching to getting shed or milked or to their certain death.

That small businesses along the north elevated tracks in Astoria have lost 50% of their customers because of the storage of materials and vehicles for way overdue renovations hogging parking and sidewalk spaces.

And of course the obvious long overdue shutdown of the irresponsibly neglected Canarsie Tunnel on the L line. As doomsday draws near in just another year, the MTA and the city still doesn’t have a concrete plan for commuters, especially the effect it will have to the already crushed sardine boxes on the Queens and Brooklyn lines. It looks like the appointed subway ambassadors will have to update their itineraries and probably have to don body armor or chainmail to ward off the frustrated masses.

But most fortunate of all for the citizenry reliant on the Lefferts Station to start and end their grinding workdays and the easement of physical stress on the aged and infirm is that it has evaded the perpetual distraction nonsensical battle of half-wits and directionless obstructionist feud over transit and transportation funding and policy making between the neoliberal bags of dead dicks and shit Mayor William de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Mario’s son has gotten deserved heat for his rush to open the four stop 2nd avenue for his grand opening suarez. Since that day and his proclaimed summer of hell, he has allocated and spent billions on boondoggles, minor transit extensions, and prioritized profligate ornamental improvements over infrastructure improvements in the city’s dilapidated subways, like the aforementioned newly cracked and ruined floor at Penn Station.

There is the recent decision by Cuomo through his intern commissioner Joe Lotha to add a third track on the LIRR between two close stops for a (not so) cool $1.8 billion. There was the not surprising revelation that the cashless and humanless toll booths in the past 5 years incurred over 80 million dollars in lost fares and fees.

And for shits and giggles in an egregious stunt that would make Chris Christie share his taco bowl with Mario’s son, the governor emailed commands to his MTA staffers relayed to transit supervisors to defer most of the blame for power failure transit delays to Con Edison by cooking the books on the number of them four-fold just so he can justify his tainted stats while doing his occasional Excelsior shirt sleeves rolled up subterranean photo op to divert attention from the generally known fact of the consistency of the antique signal system breakdowns.

And the topper might be what Guv’ner Andy announced in the state of the state and of his delirious mind when he promised to build another subway tunnel going to Red Hook, Brooklyn by extending the local 1 train from downtown Manhattan to coincide with the prospective hyper-development plan in a hurricane flood zone to build affordable luxury towers and a park there for the next hipster pilgrimage. This was considered as Trump’s tax cut law, the Oligarch Welfare law, will put a stop to that plan just like it officially did on the extension of the 2nd Avenue Q line to 125th Street.

Mario’s son’s costly congestion pricing plan to fund transit took a big hit when Doug Schifter took his life in protest of this extra tax on struggling independent cab and delivery drivers. And de Faustio millionaire tax plan, which he pilfered from assemblyman Michael Ginaris, is seeing absolutely no support at all.

As for the perjuring mayor of the city where the subway runs, well, apparently it did not deem worth a mention either an acknowledgement in the new city budget which actually exceeded 4 billion dollars from last year. Yet somehow his staff and his real estate donors lobby group is still pushing for the BQX line to get built despite the lead cheerleader quitting on them and a study detailing it’s unsustainability and ballooning costs and it’s unpopularity from the furious residents living by the prospective tracks.

Mayor de Faustio stubbornly refuses to contribute to fund the subway re the emergency plan put forth by Lotha for the city to contribute a little more than half of the $800 million needed to improve it (It actually should be more), for the reason he repeats that the state should pay for it entirely and that they squandered earlier city funding. He would have a point and a justification to his obstinancy if he wasn’t supporting that cruddy BQX, and how he ordered his MTA picks to blow off $200 million for station fixes  because the stations he wanted done were for areas that are in his gentrification fostering and escalating mandatory inclusionary zoning plans for East New York and the South Bronx.

Although de Faustio did find some loot, about a couple million, for an express bus route to Rikers Island.

This summer, the city will also test-run express buses shuttling people directly to and from Rikers out of two public-transit hubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The jailhouse jitneys will cost taxpayers $846,000 this fiscal year and $1.69 million each year after that. The DOC wouldn’t yet say if the shuttles will be free to ride.

N.Y. Post

Both them do share common ground when it comes to the rent and food burdened poor straphangers, since they both saw no need to alleviate their struggles by denying them extra transfers and reduced-fare cards. But as for the funding concerning the maintenance and sustenance of the worst fucking transit system in the universe, of which both are mostly responsible for it’s status, their sniveling petty little rivalry continues as riders get fucked over for another year and possibly infinity.

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For now, the Lefferts Station is the only aspect of this fucked up transit system of this broke ass city and state that is worth admiring. Even if it’s only for the few minutes entering and exiting it during the elongated overcrowded ride to Manhattan and back. Making it the approximation of a commuting shit sandwich.

It was a four year wait, but ultimately, as with all the chaos that will ensue with all mentioned, it was actually worth it.

It will break down in a month or two though.