Miami 2019 (I’ve Seen The Lights Go Out In Canarsie)

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Back in July on a Saturday night on the hottest week of this summer, the lights went out on Broadway as well as the entire 30 block radius spanning Midtown West to the Upper West Side for five hours on the anniversary of the 1977 blackout that plunged the city into a free-for-all crime wave. During this one though and fortunately for citizens and transients in that area at the time, particularly from Times Square to Columbus Circle, the power got wiped out when it was still daylight and the streets were still congested enough with vehicles and pedestrians that nothing really crazy or any purge-like mischief occurred on the streets. People were still milling about, some got involved in directing traffic until the NYPD got deployed and even actors and musicians from theaters and Carnegie Hall gathered on the sidewalks to entertain passerby as their shows were shut down.

Council speaker Corey Johnson made like Giuliani on 9/11 and immediately took charge since Mayor de Blasio was making an ass out of himself trying to pitch progressive policies he stole from Bernie Sanders to a handful of people in Iowa. All in all, it was practically a good time had by all who happened to be there. Although it was surely not appreciated by people relaxing or having company in their apartments or trapped in elevators; or commuters stuck on the trains or standing in a virtual schvitz in the subway stations; or tenants in public housing buildings going through another spontaneous shutdown; or patients and doctors in hospitals and even people seriously paying to watch Jennifer Lopez sing and dance at the Garden (maybe the only redeeming thing about the blackout)

But the aftermath was not so swell, as time came to demand accountability from Con Edison, and out came the righteous indignation bloviating from the likes of our Governor and Mayor. Andrew Cuomo got to do his alpha dog thing and condemned the corporate utility, peppering with threats against them by claiming to use another energy company, and Mayor Big Slow came up with blase’ hypothesis of his own after Con Ed’s ambiguous p.r. response for the causes of the blackout. (hey de Blase’, new insult)

Actually, responses. Crazy Con Eddie’s public relations team seem to be taken aback of the isolated region power failure, as they went back and forth trying to explain what triggered the blackout. Their initial assessment derived from a manhole explosion in the Upper West Side then announced that it was a technical glitch at a substation in Hell’s Kitchen while adamantly refusing to consider a grid power overload. It turned out that it was a faulty transfer that caused the explosion of a 13,000 volt cable underground on the Upper West Side. Which they waited 3 days to confirm after they got it right the first time. Three Days. Granted the mayor and governor were right to question the city’s sole energy providers strange ambiguity in divulging this information, as they themselves also rely on this deceptive tactic to mollify their constituents being the hypocrites they are.

A few days after Con Ed’s revelation, their flacks must have got self-conscious and thought that transparency was the way to go in order to ensure credibility with their customers of the five boroughs. So on the day when they finally told the truth about the Broadway blackout and with the weather forecasts predicting temps pushing 100 on the weekend, Con Edward glibly announced/warned that more blackouts would occur. While honesty like this is welcome, it’s dismaying when it’s coming from a billion dollar energy corporation responsible for power maintenance for 24 hours that should always be taken for granted.

Well the weekend came around and on this way hotter and sultry 100 degree Saturday night, Con Ed’s self-fulling prophecy manifested as the sole energy company decided to shut down power grids in Southeast Brooklyn and parts of Southeast Queens overnight and Sunday morning in a preemptive strike to avoid a citywide blackout

The reactions over 30,000 citizens from those selected areas victimized were admirably cynical and appalled. Especially from a woman in Canarsie who justifiably implied and accused the Con of regional discrimination with their disingenuous claims of preserving electricity.

“You’re making us suffer to preserve who?, Who are you preserving? Why are we not important?”

The answer to that can be clarified with pictures. Because they are worth more than a thousand words from Con Ed’s p.r. toady and from the obtuse statements from de Blasio and Cuomo, along with the latter’s abysmal demands.

These are what and who Con Ed and as much as they feign ignorance Your City are intentionally preserving energy for. These are just the obvious ones. On top is Times Square, which is not the Times Square of old, where the most creative living ad was a steaming cup of coffee. Apparently, the Department Of Buildings must have thought that putting 2, 5 and 20 story and about a block wide L.E.D. television screens and having them run every second was just a grand fucking idea. Somehow, while Con Ed was spinning the cause of the blackout for news consumption and with all these literally humongous obvious signs, they did not mention one time that it was a power overload that caused the cable to explode. Not fucking once. Who are they kidding, oh yeah, everyone.

Really tho, these bigger energy devouring monsters than Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man combined. Then you have to factor in the buildings these screens cloak and all the new luxury tower and hotel development in just under 5 years with Hudson Yards and further up the Hudson River side, plus Long Island City, Williamsburgh and Greenpoint, Park Slope and Downtown Brooklyn and imagine all the energy consumed with the A.C.’s on full blast as citizens in Canarsie and Jamaica sweltered in the darkness.

All the strips of those tony areas must be taken into account to, which are filled with high end bars, clubs and restaurants with rooftop access. Surely businesses in the southern part of Brooklyn had to be sacrificed to maintain those aforementioned town’s vibrancy because Con Ed’s intentional energy inequity and austerity shutdown.

A City Council hearing a few weeks ago addressed this concern. Council Speaker Corey Johnson found enough time to stop dancing and leaping in public like an idiot and grilled Con Ed’s representatives by abbreviating some cuss words with his accusations towards them as he other council members feigned righteous indignation as the electric company continued to bounce these questions off. Since none of those questions brought the scenario of an overload for the excessive use of electricity. Since they mostly focused on trying to maintain the infrastructure of the grid instead of the causation of the blackout. Focusing on the feature instead of the bug, which is that the grid cannot handle the energy consumed from these recently built towers and the overwhelming demand of a bigger and denser population residing in them. Which shouldn’t be a surprise because that scenario was never considered when a transformer exploded in Astoria that made the evening sky turn florescent blue last December that resembled the manifestation of Gozer or the return of the Highlander. But Corey was more concerned with the way Con Ed’s reps optics looked in how they were coming off. Yeah, he’s going to be some mayor.

Surely this will continue to happen while our officials dither and don’t probe deep enough in their inquiries and Con Ed will continue to be the city’s lone energy provider and surely fuck up when the next heatwave or extreme weather condition comes. Because with all the technology and actual demand for renewable energy sources and as the city got taller, denser and overpopulated, Con Ed never thought to build a backup power system deriving from solar or wind. Wonder how they are going to handle Google’s expansion and Disney’s new studios on Soho’s west side?

Maybe this is why Con Ed are being glib. Their VP for “government relations” in charge for dispensing this palatable information used to work for the city’s worthless, unnecessary and agency that has long outlived its usefulness except for the wealthy; the Economic Development Coporation.*

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The city got lucky there was no looting, rioting and fucking in the streets during the first blackout and the preemptive second one. Next time, especially if Ed pulls off the latter, people are not going to wait to question why or whom. They are going to demand answers with torches and yellow vests.

New Bad Days 63: Woman Gets Robbed And Raped With Family And Friends In Her Home; Lyft Driver Gets Wailed On By A Man With A Tummyache; Paranoid Commuters Nearly Cripple Each Other Fleeing From Presumed Gunfire In The Subway; A Douchebag Stole A Subway Train Master Key And Caused 740 Delays In Two Months By Pulling Emergency Cords; A Serial Killer From Florida Gets Caught On The L Train; A Dumb Broad Falls Off The Roof While Taking Photos With Her Obnoxious Roommates; A Drunk Driver Knocks A Building Down; Teenage Kids Assemble And Mug Random Women In A Park, Random Men On The Street, Rob Restaraunts And Harass Elderly People And Beat Up A Fireman; Homeless Men Make A Sty On The 2 Train; Violence And Blight On The Subways And Shootings At Public Housing Go Up As Well As On The Streets Along With Stabbings, Burglaries, Muggings, Reckless Driving, Child Molesting, Sexual Touching, Domestic Violence And Home Invasions In The Safest Big City…And Governor Cuomo Has Made Gravity Knives Legal To Carry.

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Queens

In Little Neck, two men burst into a house and held up a woman at gunpoint in front of her mother, daughter, nanny and friends then dragged around her around the house looking for cash and took turns raping her after finding the money, they robbed her of a total of $9,800 and drove away in a Mercedes Benz along with an accomplice who acted as a lookout.

 

In South Jamaica, a man burned his three year old daughter to death by leaving her in his car and setting it on fire with gasoline after being permitted weekend visitations by a judge. The bastard managed to set himself ablaze during the murder and jumped into a nearby pond to extinguish himself.

Also in South Jamaica, a cop got hit by a car with bogus plates when the driver hit the gas after he got pulled over. The driver and his accomplice ditched the car and fled but eventually got pinched.

Again in South Jamaica, a man brutally beat up his girlfriend with a cutting board then stabbed her to death in his apartment.

In Jamaica, a man tried to grab a three-year-old girl who riding a scooter beside her mother. Running away from the mother and samaritans who were trying to stop him, he ran into a house and held a 61-year-old woman at knifepoint then ran out the front door as cops were waiting to arrest him.

Also in Jamaica, a man crashed his car into a line of parked vehicles and died from his injuries.

Again in Jamaica, a man who was threatening to kill his wife during a domestic dispute was found to be in possession of 12 other guns during his arrest.

And again in Jamaica, a man pulled over by cops jumped out his car and shot at them three times and got away on foot.

In Flushing, man coming out of a karaoke bar got attacked from behind by another man who robbed his necklace and earring.

Also in Flushing, a man crashed his car into a sushi restaurant.

Again in Flushing, two men broke into a house and robbed two grand in cash.

And again in Flushing, two men wearing wigs and and one wearing a bike helmet armed with a shotgun held up a social club and robbed six men of $4,700 cash and their cellphones.

In Elmhurst at the Grand Ave. Station, a man got jumped from behind as he was walking down the stairs and got hit in the head while trying to fight back.

Also in Elmhurst at the Elmhurst Ave. Station, a man walking between cars on the R train slipped and fell under, causing his foot to be severed and the mutilation of his other body parts.

And again in Elmhurst, a man attempting to board a city bus without paying punched the driver in the face and fled.

In Corona, a man accosted a 12-year-old girl and exposed himself and jerked off when she walked over to his car when he called her. The perv was on parole after serving time for robbery.

Also in Corona, a woman got killed when she got hit by a car while crossing the street.

Again in Corona at the Junction Blvd. Station, a man pressed his genitals on a 15-year-old girl as she was napping on the 7 train.

In Sunnyside, a man and woman broke into a storage room at a electronics dept. store and robbed $14,000 worth of merchandise.

Also in Sunnyside, a man ripped off the front of an ATM machine and robbed it of an undetermined amount of cash.

In Ridgewood, a woman robbed 15 packages from a mailroom inside an apartment building.

Also in Ridgewood, a fire engulfed and burned down a two-story house.

Again in Ridgewood, a man ran up to another man on the street and punched his face, and robbed him of his cellphone and 5 bucks.

In Jackson Heights, a man got critically injured when he got hit by a car while jaywalking in the middle of the boulevard.

Also in Jackson Heights, a man robbed a bank of over $2,900 by handing the teller a note saying he had a gun. The next time that happens, the teller should tell the perp to draw it. On the note.

In Richmond Hill, a scumbag pharmacist and his rotten assistant were busted filling fake prescriptions of oxycodone and unlabeled bottles of the opioids that wound up being sold on the black market and on the street.

Also in Richmond Hill, a cop pulled over a vehicle that was reported stolen and tried to get at the thief by smashing the drivers window with his gun, which he wound up dropping enabling the thief to drive away. The perp abandoned the vehicle and fortunately for the cop, his government issued weapon.

In Queens Village, a woman threw a bottle at cops by a car wash and then pulled out a knife, leading to one of the cops to shoot her in the abdomen. Although wounded she ran away. She was tazed as the cops were trying to arrest her while she was still holding the knife.

In Astoria, a man got into an argument with six other men while he was watching a baseball game, then one of them slashed him in the face with a box cutter and the other psycho pulled out a gun and fired random shots at a playground.

Also in Astoria, a man injured his head when he crashed into a car while speeding on his moped.

Again in Astoria, a cretin placed thumbtacks in tree beds causing injuries to dogs doing their daily bodily excretions.

And again in Astoria, a man was jumped by a gang of men and beaten down inside a 7-11 and cut in three parts of his body with a broken bottle.

And again in Astoria, a man appearing ill ordered an app-hail driver to take him to a hospital along with his mother. When the driver wasn’t going fast enough for the man, he criticized his driving and cursed him out which led the driver to politely warn him that he will refuse to drive him there. The man then wails on him with punches from the back seat and slugged him in the face a few more times through the open drivers window and walks away with his mom. (Check out the end of the video with the effusively charming guy soliciting likes and related videos immediatly after the drivers horrified reaction to what he went through)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Ozone Park at the 104th St. Station, a man committed suicide by jumping in front of the arriving A train.

Also in Ozone Park, a grocery store owner was arrested for setting fire to another store in East New York because of their lower prices.

In Maspeth, two workers at a Mickey D’s got into an argument escalated into one of them getting slashed on his arm.

In Rego Park, a man stalked a woman to her apartment building and failed to snatch her handbag and ran away.

In Glendale, a man broke into a garage and robbed a set of tools worth $800.

In Long Island City, a 93-year-old woman got killed when she got hit by a car crossing a street by the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge.

Also in Long Island City, a man and a woman broke into a storage room of a Best Buy in middle of the afternoon and robbed $14,000 worth of cellphones.

Again in Long Island City, a man walked into a deli and stabbed a customer in his torso.

And again in Long Island City, a gunman fired shots at a strip club and hit a bouncer in the leg and shoulder and ran away with an accomplice.

In Far Rockaway, a man at a deli with his girlfriend who won 100 bucks playing the lottery got killed when a man he argued with at the door walked up to him and stabbed him in the neck.

Also in Far Rockaway, an 84-year-old woman died in a fire in her apartment at a NYCHA building.

In Averne, a man brawled with an Human Resources Agency officer at a SNAP center and ran away.

In Edgemere, a dead man washed ashore on the beach.

In Oakland Gardens, a brawl between two groups of kids on the street spilled into a nearby gas station and they attacked the workers inside, hitting one with a metal pipe. They then sprayed the delinquents with a hose to get rid of them but they returned with other weapons then fled when they heard the cops coming.

In Rosedale, a woman going through a divorce committed suicide by setting herself on fire behind her house.

In Springfield Gardens, a man pulled a gun in the middle of the street and fired it 8 times and ran away smiling.

In Middle Village, a man beat up a 66-year-old man inside his apartment.

In Kew Gardens at the Jamaica Ave/Van Wyck Station, a man committed suicide by jumping in front of the arriving E train. The body was found in the west tunnel from the train dragging it.

In the Midtown Tunnel, a man loaded on coke and pot drove in the wrong lane and crashed into a vehicle heading towards him.

On Rikers Island, an inmate punched a correction officer in the face. Certainly if he was imprisoned in a tower prison in Kew Gardens or Mott Haven, this would have never happened.

Despite legislation being drawn up for the legalization of marijuana and it being either deciminalized or legalized in 20 other states and up north in the entire nation of Canada, Queens is tops in pot possession arrests and 93% are of Black and Puerto Rican people.

Manhattan

In Herald Square, a fight between two men on the F/B/D/M escalated when the sound of a gunshot went off (or not) and led to mass hysteria as it caused commuters on the trains and platform to panic and mass into a stampede trying to flee the station, collectively losing their shit and leaving their stuff behind from strollers to venti cups.

Expectedly, the cops dispatched to the scene to detain the brawling men claimed that there was no gun and it was some undetermined noise that “startled some people”. Some people, like a screaming horde of thousands of people running for their lives to get above ground. The blue wall of insouciance grows higher and higher.

In Midtown, a former cop fired from the force for lying about drug busts and on probation sexually violated a woman in his car as she slept and assaulted her as she was trying to escape.

Also in Midtown, a woman with her husband and their child in a stroller accused a man of jerking off on the 6 train which the man vehemently denied then they all engaged in an argument that escalated when the husband grabbed him has he tried to run away. Which led into a brawl at the 59th St. Station between them and the woman stabbing him in the shoulder with a knife, compelling him to flee across the tracks to the other platform. Who was watching the kid during this fracas?

Again in Midtown, a man riding an electronic scooter brush by a man on the sidewalk. When the man argued with him about nearly hitting him, the scooter douche stabbed him with a boxcutter.

And again in Midtown, a man lured a makeup saleswoman to his hotel room with the impression that his wife will buy her products, then he emerged from the bathroom naked and pounced her on the bed and sexually assaulted her and tried to rip her clothes off.

And again in Midtown at the Bryant Park/42nd St. Station, a man got stabbed in the face and stomach after arguing with two other men over money on the D train.

And again in Midtown, a big ass charter bus parked on the street caught on fire.

And again in Midtown, a police officer comically crashed his motor scooter into a patrol car.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a man broke into two apartment buildings and robbed 28 grand worth of electronics, handbags and jewelry and also broke into an apartment in the East Village and stole 2 laptops and other merchandise totaling $6,500.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, a woman stabbed a pizzeria worker in the stomach after she and a man she was with were attempting to steal a handbag from a customer.

Again in Hell’s Kitchen, a man grabbed a woman’s thigh who was waiting on line for coffee and jumped over the counter and sexually molested two baristas at a chain cafe.

In Harlem, a man and woman pushed a 90-year-old man against the wall of an in apartment building elevator and robbed his wallet containing $300. They then got hungry and spent some of his money at Burger King.

Also in Harlem, a 15-year-old boy was shot to death on the courtyard at the St. Nicholas Houses in a gang-related attack.

Again in Harlem, a woman and her four children were killed in a fire in their apartment of a NYCHA run building. A man was also killed in another apartment during the blaze. Fire was caused by a stove that was left on.

And again in Harlem, a man got killed when he got hit by a car making a turn as he was crossing the street.

And again in Harlem, a city bus converted into a shuttle bus went into flames while parked on the curb.

And again in Harlem, a high school basketball coach was arrested for his participation in an oxycodone drug dealing ring.

And again in Harlem, a woman yelling on the 6 train was found in possession of a air-pistol.

In East Harlem, a man shot a man to death and wounded his ex-girlfriend in her apartment.

Also in East Harlem, an unlicensed driver rammed his car into an ambulance in the intersection causing it to crash into a streetlight post.

In the East Village at the 1st Avenue Station, a man wanted for the murder of an elderly man in Miami, Florida was caught coming off the L train by transit cops and brawled with one before getting arrested. He copped to committing six other murders in his home state. Imagine this guy bunking in a homeless shelter.

The other good thing about this serial killer’s arrest is that it was made possible because of Cuomo’s autocratic decision to keep the L train running during the renovation of the Canarsie tunnel. So if Andys’ Lpocalypse Project inevitably fucks up, we’ll always have this to look back on.

Also in the East Village, during a $10 cover charge party attended by 300 teenagers in a basement of a NYCHA building, a person threw paint and acidic liquid from above on the courtyard, burning 10 kids.

Again in the East Village, a man broke into an apartment and robbed 6 grand worth of property.

In the West Village at the West 4th St. Station, a woman was jumped from behind then raped by a man on the stairwell at 3:40 a.m.

Also in the West Village, a man on parole after serving time for murder got caught trying to steal a man’s identity to cash a check at a bank.

Again in the West Village, a man pulled a knife on a custodian and robbed speakers from a shared workspace office.

And again in the West Village at the 14th Street Station, a truant threw a bitty firecracker on the F train as the doors were closing which later caused commuters to freak out collectively thinking it was a gunshot as they all barreled into the next car. As the train arrived at the 23rd St. Station, a stampede ensued the second the doors opened.

Station Transit President Andy Byford condemned the delinquent act while standing in front of podium and curtain backdrop shilling the OMNY card.

In the Lower East Side, cops noticed an unoccupied SUV that was reported seen at the shootout between cops and a man in Washington Heights in April. When they waited for the man to return he sat in the car and refused to cooperate with them during questioning and pulled a gun on them, leading one cop to shoot him with a tazer as his partners pulled him out of the vehicle. The man is claiming innocence and the cops account of the incident claims that he pointed a gun at two of them during the struggle. A later story reports that the suspect was inquiring why he was being stopped and he was using his phones Siri function to call his wife about his situation and then the cops swarmed on him. This is starting to look like it’s going to cost taxpayers another six figure settlement. …Oh my fucking god.

Also in the Lower East Side, a man stabbed another man in the back three times following an argument with him.

In Central Park, a man committed suicide by hanging himself with a plastic bag over his head under an archway.

Also in Central Park, an off-duty fireman was found sitting in car loaded on booze.

In Kips Bay, a stupid woman fell five stories off the roof as she was taking pictures and miraculously survived only with a few broken bones and a fractured pelvis by landing on an air conditioner and garbage cans in a alley following another obnoxious raucous rooftop party she threw with her roommates.

Also in Kips Bay at the 28th St. Station, a homeless man on the tracks got killed when he tried to get back on the platform and then he got hit by the arriving 6 train.

Again in Kips Bay, a man climbed the wall of a church and entered through a skylight and robbed it of a candle stand and 50 bucks. This guy is like another lame version of Venom.

And again in Kips Bay, a man abducted a bodega cat.

In Gramercy Park, a 73-year-old woman was attacked from behind by a man who snatched her purse then punched her face and knocked her over.

In Harlem, a private carting garbage man was held up at gunpoint as he was hauling trash and robbed of his wallet.

In the Upper East Side, a man on a scooter snatched a purse off an 86-year-old woman and dragged her on the sidewalk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in the Upper East Side, seven kids were harrassing and menacing an elderly couple on the sidewalk by cursing at them and riding their bikes around them. An off-duty fireman walking with his girlfriend intervened and told them to stop bothering them then one of the little shitty rascals suckerpunched him in the head, causing him to fall on the sidewalk and lie there bleeding. The brat busted in the beatdown previously punched a worker at a 7/11 when he caught him stealing cookies after he was released by a judge for youthful offender status for a home invasion robbery and assault of a 68-year-old woman.

Again in the Upper East Side, an elderly man crashed his SUV into two parked cars.

And again in the Upper East Side, a man sat next to 16-year-old girl on the F train and put his filthy hand on her thigh and kept rubbing it until he got off at the 63rd St./Lexington Ave Station.

And again in the Upper East Side, a trust fund baby and wannabe rapper attacked and beat his father with a ruler in his luxury apartment.

And again in the Upper East Side, some boob spilled 25 gallons of lye on the street, causing injuries to one person.

In the Upper West Side, 19 luxury cars were robbed of their rearview mirrors in a 2 month crime spree. The plundered items are worth up to two grand and contain cameras inside of them.

Also in the Upper West Side, a brawl between students outside a charter school after a girls basketball game led to an assistant coach getting stabbed and the principal did not even notify parents or call the cops about the melee’. The school has a high truancy rate of absence. This is a charter school.

Again in the Upper West Side, a physically ill man committed suicide by jumping from the 15th floor of a luxury tower.

In Chelsea, a man smashed another man in the head with a glass during a fight over a chair inside a bar.

Also in Chelsea, a man got robbed of his $40,000 watch and 25 large in cash by two women he hooked up with at a bar and brought home to his apartment. The ladies pulled the heist off by slipping him a Mickey.

Again in Chelsea, two cops in the midst of cuffing a man for causing a disturbance on a street corner were attacked by an off-duty corrections officer who tried to break up the arrest.

And again in Chelsea, a man feigning to work for Con Ed swindled an elderly man into buying a pre-paid card and gave the conman the ID number enabling him to spend over 7 grand using it.

And again in Chelsea, two drunk women decided to share a motor scooter and crashed it in the middle of the street.

In Union Square, a man walloped another man with a crowbar on a street corner.

Also in Union Square, a 76-year-old man going to his car got killed when a box truck ran over him while backing up.

In Times Square, a massive and garish eyesore LED billboard spontaneously combusted.

In Tribeca at the Chambers St. Station,a woman got stabbed by another woman during a fight on the A train.

Also in Tribeca at the Chambers St. Station, a man who claimed of being beaten up on the A train in a “hate crime” was found to be lying about it as witnesses said he was drunk and spitting on commuters.

In Soho at the Canal St. Station, a 16-year-old girl was caught with a loaded gun that slipped out during a fight with another commuter on the A train.

Also in Soho, a man shot two men after fighting with them in front of a nightclub and ran away. Where is the night mayor?

Again in Soho, a man shoplifted over $1,000 worth of merchandise from a fancy winter clothing designer store.

In Grand Central, an elderly man fell onto tracks and got hit by an arriving train yet survived.

Also in Grand Central, a homeless man walking in the tunnel got killed by the S train.

In Morningside Heights, a gang of teenage girls are involved in a month-long crime spree in the park, as a woman got suckerpunched and robbed of her phone, another woman got beat down by them when she wouldn’t give them her cell phone, and surrounding and beating up a teenage girl and robbed her purse. They followed this rampage with beating down a gay rights activist and concluded their spree with beating a woman up with a stick before they finally got arrested.

In Washington Heights, a man groped an 10-year-old girl on a city bus.

In Greenwich Village, a man has been robbing laptops from unaware customers at restaurants during the afternoon hours since last September.

Also in Greenwich Village, a man set his apartment ablaze when his lame electric unicycle exploded while being charged.

In Tribeca, a woman got hit by a drunk driver in a rental car who hit her on the curb as she was about to cross the street and demolished her foot causing it to be amputated.

In Noho, a man broke into a cellphone store looking like a reject from a netflix marvel comic show and left with nothing after failing to break open the cash register.

In Little Italy, a woman got killed by a cab driver who hit her while making a left turn as she was crossing the street.

In Downtown Manhattan, six female correction officers were found to be molesting womprisoners while conducting illegal strip searches on them in the Tombs.

Also in Downtown Manhattan at the Criminal Court Building, two female court officers engaged in a brawl outside the women’s locker room and then spilled out into the hallway. These ladies don’t play.

Again in Downtown Manhattan, a dead woman was found floating in the East River by the Brooklyn Bridge.

And again in Downtown Manhattan, two teens walked up to a man talking on his cellphone and one of them snatched it out of his hand and they ran away, a week later the duo ordered an app-hail ride and brought two girls with them and assaulted the driver and robbed his cellphone in Greenwich Village.

In the Financial District, where there a plans for an entrepreneur to open up a theater called “Sleep no more” that is getting resistance from residents, a drunk ass man passed out and laid face down on a pile of garbage.

It actually does look cozy…

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In Chinatown, a man leaped over the fence of a Buddhist temple and destroyed a statue.

Also in Chinatown, a man armed with a kitchen knife leaped over the counter at a pizzeria and robbed the register. He did the same thing a day later in the Lower East Side when he held workers at another pizzeria at knifepoint, stealing $500 from both of them. He then trekked to Bed-Stuy with his cutlery and held up a deil with it and robbed it of 20 bucks.

In Inwood, an off-duty fireman beat up his girlfriend in his apartment.

In Washington Square Park, a giant limb fell off a diseased tree and fell on a woman, fracturing her skull and spine. It was last pruned and inspected almost 2 years ago. Great job NYC Parks.

At the Port Authority Station, five train lines experienced elongated delays because MTA workers had to find somewhere else to take a shit because their stations toilets were broken.

A lunatic 23-year-old man robbed a transit master key and used it to access the trains to cause disruptive mischief by pulling emergency cords on the 2 and 5 trains causing long delays for two months on 740 trains without anyone knowing why or who did it, including the fucking MTA. He would also hop on the trains from the rear to access the cabins (sometimes the doors were left open) and surf on the side of the cars by holding on to doors like a lizard. The mass transit reprobate is now free again because his mom paid his $5,000 bail, which his defense found was unjustifiably high because he was, ahem, “villainized” by the mass coverage of the mayhem he caused which he still remorselessly reveled in doing.

And a man was feeding a rat chinese food as if it was a cute little baby on the 2 train.

Brooklyn

In East New York, a man was sneak attacked by a gang of five boys as one of them slashed him on the head as the rest of them beat him down to the concrete and robbed his wallet. After leaving their victim with a deep head wound, the little droogies went to McDonalds and used one of his credit cards to spend $200 on food for their savage victory dinner and used it again at a Dunkin Donuts and spent seven bucks for dessert and coffee.

Two disturbing takes of this savagery were made by both the mother of one of the perps arrested and even by the victim. The mother claimed that they were not bad kids and the victim mused that it was unfortunate that the parents of the kids that beat him down weren’t also arrested, echoing presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s program to arrest the parents of students who cut class.

Also in East New York, a man was shot to death and two other were wounded by a gunman who fired shots at a bbq party in a playground at the Pink Houses.

Again in East New York, two men were shot at on a street corner.

In Prospect Park, a gang of five boys jumped a 17-year-old boy, slugged him in the head and robbed him of his backpack containing his cellphone and $4,000 laptop and are also suspected of ganging up on another boy and robbing his cellphone and another boy for $8.

In Sunset Park, three men surrounded a man on the street and pulled guns on him. They then punched him in the face and robbed his phone and $7,800 in cash.

Also in Sunset Park, a man shoplifted three chainsaws from a hardware store and drove away with an accomplice.

In Bushwick, a man attacked a woman at the Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave Station who wouldn’t give him a free swipe for the fare, so he jumped her from behind on the platform, shoved her to the floor breaking her foot and ran away with her purse. Then he snatched another purse from a woman on the platform at the Halsey St. Station a week later.

Also in Bushwick, a man stabbed his 77-year-old mother to death when she tried to break up a fight between him and his 87-year-old father as he stabbed him in the chest and slashed his arms following an argument over a pair of shoes in their apartment which the killer wasn’t wearing at the time.

Again in Bushwick, a man stabbed three teenagers with a screwdriver during a street hassle.

In Bed-Stuy, a U.S. postal worker struck and killed a man crossing the street with his truck. The driver was idling and obstructing the crosswalk before he stepped on the gas pedal.

Also in Bed-Stuy and in Brownsville, Crown Heights and Jamaica, two dapper men held up four cellphone stores at gunpoint, assaulted and knocked out workers and robbed them of cash and phones and other electronic items.

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Again in Bed-Stuy, two men kidnapped and tied up a man in the South Bronx in an attempt to get ransom money from his friend. After the man dropped a bag on the street corner, the cops caught the man who picked it up but another cop wound up getting hit by a getaway driver of the car that shoved the abducted man on the street still bound.

And again in Bed-Stuy, shots were fired at a BBQ party in a playground, wounding three men.

And again in Bed-Stuy,  a woman got shot in the foot as two men were trying to shoot someone at the Franklin Ave. Station.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man was shot to death on the street and left on a pile of garbage.

In Brownsville, an 83-year-old woman was beaten to death inside her apartment.

Also in Brownsville, a cop approaching a suspected stolen car got hit when the driver hit the pedal and hopped the sidewalk and ran over the cops foot. The cop then shot at the getaway driver.

In Crown Heights, a woman was cut in the hand and robbed of her purse by a man who slashed her with a knife on the stairs of the President St. Station.

Also in Crown Heights, a man taking a seat on the 4 train was confronted by a man who boasted of his physical appearance, threatened him then punched him twice in the face and broke his jaw.

Again in Crown Heights, a man got shot to death on the street following an argument with two other men.

And again in Crown Heights at the Franklin Ave/Botanic Gardens Station, a man pulled out a gun on the platform and shot three times at another man at the other side of the tracks, hitting a woman waiting for the train in the foot.

And again in Crown Heights, a man killed himself riding his bike when he blew a red light and got hit by a car with the green.

And again in Crown Heights, a man broke into a garage and robbed over a thousand shofars.

In Flatbush, a man pulled out a gun and shot a man twice on a street corner in the late afternoon.

In East Flatbush, a man flashed a gun during a street hassle with other men and then ran away when he saw the cops who then caught him the alley and arrested him. The skell was previously indicted on a weapons possession charge but was permitted to walk free until his sentencing by participating in a diversion program instituted by Mayor de Blasio which sounds like something cooked up by his wife’s THRIVE boondoggle and is obviously a ploy to ensure that the Rikers Island prison population stays low enough to justify the idiotic borough tower jails plan.

Also in East Flatbush, a man was shot in the leg on a street corner after he was followed by three other men.

In Borough Park, an off-duty cop punched a food delivery man in the head after he whizzed by his family riding his e-bike motorcycle on the sidewalk.

Also in Borough Park, a man committed suicide setting himself on fire in his car.

Again in Borough Park, a 16-year-old boy got killed while riding his bike after he swerved to avoid being hit by a man who opened his car door without looking, causing him to get run over by a box truck behind him.

And again in Borough Park, two kids in a car yelled at two Hasidic men that “Hitler did a good job”.  Council Speaker Cojo the Clown showed up for his usual opportunistic virtue signaling.

In Bath Beach, a three-year-old boy got killed when he rolled on his scooter onto the street as a driver in an advert-covered van hit him in the crosswalk and neglected to yield.

In Midwood, a man drunk as shit crashed his car into a building, causing two stories of the wall to collapse after speeding on the street going over 60 mph and blames it on hitting a bump on the road.

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Also in Midwood, a burglar broke into a house belonging to an elderly couple who were on vacation and robbed $300,000 worth of heirloom jewelry.

In DUMBO at the York St. Station, a man injured his knee and head when he fell from the F train walking between cars.

Also in DUMBO, a dead man was found floating in the East River by the Manhattan Bridge.

Again in DUMBO, a man involved in a car chase with cops for a robbery, ditched the vehicle on an off ramp and killed himself trying to escape by jumping over the railing to the street below.

In Williamsburg, two girls were brawling in the hallway in front of the principals office at a high school. The Progress HS for Professional Careers is the most violent and under-supervised school in the borough, as even safety officers, staffers parents of students and faculty including the assistant principal have been attacked by unruly students in the building. Another brawl days later between a boy and a girl couldn’t even be broken up by teachers and safety agents. Progress High (that’s just perfect) by a principal with close ties with Chancellor Richard Carranza, leaving staffers afraid to report the daily violence in fear of retaliation.

Also in Williamsburg, a man punched a man in the face and called him an anti-Semitic remark.

Again in Williamsburg, a boy ran up to a man walking on the sidewalk and sucker-punched him in the head and ran away.

And again in Williamsburg, a man walking on the sidewalk got verbally berated then attacked by four men who beat him down to the ground based on his religion.

And again in Williamsburg, two teenage boys pushed a 7-year-old boy to the ground based on his religion.

And again in Williamsburg, a woman about to cross the street got hit by a car in a hit-and-run by a driver that was being pursued by the cops in a high-speed chase. Before hitting the woman, the driver drove on the sidewalk. When a person went to aide the victim, the unmarked police car nearly hit both of them.

And again in Williamsburg, two people who demanded money from then beat down a homeless man when his shopping cart accidentally hit their car while he was picking up a bottle from the ground are still on the loose.

And again in Williamsburg, a man on a bike rode up to a man walking on the sidewalk and smacked him in the head.

In Coney Island at the Stillwell Ave. Station, an MTA train operator ending her shift on the F train was attacked by a man who punched her in the face right after she stepped off the train. The creep was found a month later incarcerated on Rikers Island after getting arrested for stolen property, stalking a woman and assaulting a cop.

Also in Coney Island, a man got killed getting hit by a dump truck as he was crossing the street. The driver was not charged.

In Greenpoint, a construction worker injured himself when he fell down an elevator shaft. The man was not wearing a safety harness as he was prying wood from fresh cement with a crowbar. The contracting firm was previously charged with work safety violations.

Also in Greenpoint, petroleum smells emitting from the sewers had been sickening and nauseating residents for weeks.

Again in Greenpoint, a man stepped into a car that was left opened, smoked a cigarette inside then lit the car on fire and walked away. The firebug was on parole after serving time for a robbery and torched two other cars since his release.

In Marine Park, a man rushing home on his bike to catch a TV show got killed when a SUV hit him.

In Mill Basin, a driver on the wrong side of the street crashed into a school bus with special needs adults inside.

In Bay Ridge, a man flashed his junk at two boys on the street.

In Downtown Brooklyn, an indicted hedge fund criminal attacked and cursed out the prosecutor of his case inside the courthouse. He spent one day in jail.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn at the Barclays Center/Atlantic Ave. Station, a man critically injured himself attempting suicide by jumping in front of the arriving 4 train.

Again in Downtown Brooklyn and again at the Barclays Center/Atlantic Ave. Station, a man hopped onto the tracks and was spreading detritus on the track bed.

Again in Downtown Brooklyn, a woman threw hot coffee on a worker who told her to take her feet off the chair at a McDonalds.

In Bensonhurst, two men jumped a man coming out of a restaurant and beat him down on the sidewalk.

In Brighton Beach, a man passed out on a stoop was robbed of his chain, bracelet and designer vest he was wearing and wallet by a man who was lurking around by him for an hour. All items collectively worth over $3,000. Sounds like it would make a good showcase showdown prize on “The Price is Right”.

In Brooklyn Heights, a dead body was found in a basement water catchment of a luxury townhouse tnat used to be a pumping station for the fire department.

In Canarsie, a mother killed her 6-year-old son after driving on the wrong side of the street and crashing into a parked vehicle.

In Dyker Heights, a man jumped out of his car and shot at another man on the street.

In Kensington, a motorcycle rider got killed when an unlicensed drunk driver crashed into him. The woman, who actually was the designated driver because she had less drinks than her friends, is out on bail.

In Cypress Hills, a man robbed $24,000 worth of doors and bronze vents from mausoleums at the cemetery. (By himself, Daily News???)

In Prospect Park, a swastika was spray painted on the wall of a bridge underpass.

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In Allerton, a 2 train car is inundated with trash and full garbage bags sprawled out on the floor and seats.

In Fordham and Melrose, man recently released from prison after serving 20 months for Manhattan bank robberies and on parole, held up and robbed two banks by giving a teller a note. The judge released him for time served in the naive hope that he would change his ways because the ex-con was dying of cancer.

In Crotona Park, a man got killed from getting shot twice at point blank range inside an apartment building lobby.

In Mount Eden, three men attacked and beat down a 19-year-old autistic man in an apartment building lobby as they were able to get inside because he held the door open for a woman that was following him inside. The woman held the door open for the three men to gain access and left when they left.

In the South Bronx, a dead newborn baby with the umbilical cord still attached was found by garbage cans in the back of an apartment building.

Also in the South Bronx, a man molested an unconscious woman on a hospital bed and limped away when he got caught.

In Mott Haven, a man was caught masturbating on the 2 train by a NY Post reporter and was told by the cops at the nearest precinct that they couldn’t do anything because of lack of resources. The NYPD is the largest police force in America and they don’t have resources to get a public flaggelator?

Also in Mott Haven, a man walked into the 40th Pct. and pulled out a pair of knives and demanded that the cops shoot him. Two cops managed to calm him down and convinced him to drop the weapons without shooting theirs.

This display of stalwart professionalism agitated a “police source” who hypothesized what would have happened if the man had Uzis and decried the lack of “stationhouse security”.  Security? It’s a police department, everyone is armed. No wonder cops are always triggered to use the trigger first in an emergency situation.

In Edenwald, a man shot another man to death on the street after fighting about a woman at a party.

In Charlotte Gardens, a man shoplifted a radio from a 99 cent store was caught and chased outside by one of the workers and slugged him, then he swung at two other workers trying to retrieve the stolen item and ran away.

In Tremont, a livery driver got stabbed in the back by a man who demanded money from him after taking him to his destination.

In Morris Heights, a boy pulled out a gun at a playground and randomly shot at other kids on a basketball court and hit a 16-year-old boy in the foot and a man in the arm.

 

 

 

Also in Morris Heights at the 176th Station, a man attempted suicide by jumping in front of the arriving 4 train.

In Van Nest, three woman who were annoying and arguing with a worker in a bakery over prices smacked her and stole her tip jar.

In Morrisania, a 71-year-old bus driver who was coming off his break was jumped by a man who hit him with a blunt object by a charter school and then repeatedly pummeled him with it as he laid on the ground and knocking him unconscious.

Also in Morrisania, a man loitering in an African Food market stole a jar containing $4,000 from the counter when a worker’s back was turned while getting an item from a shelf.

In University Heights, a burglar broke into a bodega and busted down a wall to get into a check cashing place next door, then cracked two safes open and robbed $65,000.

In the West Bronx, a man rode his bike up to a woman on the sidewalk and snatched her purse. Two EMT workers who witnessed the crime chased the man in their ambulance and turned on the sirens to get him to drop it and they returned it to his victim. And the derelict Mayor, delusional candidate and scumbag de Blasio thinks EMT’s work is different.

In Highbridge, a gang of kids cornered a man sitting down on a seat on the D train and kicked and punched him in the head and body, filmed it and distributed the lynching video on social media

In Crotona Park, an off-duty corrections officer was attacked on the street by 20 men who threw bottles and chairs at him and got stabbed twice as he was running from them.

In Pelham Park, a man hooked up with a woman through a meetup app and got held up by her at knifepoint and robbed of $100 after he refused to pay her for sex.

In Fordham Heights, a puppy that ran away from her owners was found on a street corner by a woman who bought it home after trying to find the people it belonged to.. When she saw the dog on the local news shows, she went to the 52nd Pct. to turn her in, then was subsequently arrested for theft. Great collar, officers.

In Belmont, a cop shot and killed a pit bull that tried to attack them during an investigation of a home.

Also in Belmont, a man answered a knock on his door at his apartment then five men rushed in and beat him down, slashed him in the torso and robbed his cellphone.

In Kingsbridge, a man attempted to murder his two children by cutting their throats following an argument with his wife in their home.

In Mount Hope at the 175th St. Station, three men surrounded a man on the platform then one of them snatched his chain as he boarded the D train, the man got beaten down by the two other men when he tried to get it back.

In Throggs Neck, a man stabbed his roommate in the chest with a pirate sword during a fight in their basement apartment.

In Grand Concourse, a man was busted attempting to smuggle a full assault rifle clip of bullets into the Bronx Supreme Court house.

In Wakefield, police responding to a domestic dispute at a home where a man was beating up his wife and locked her outside of his house, discovered an arsenal of automatic rifles, handguns and bullets and also a set of fake badges.

In Pelham Bay, a 911 operator was caught skimming money from a vending machine.

Two men are wanted for robbing e-motored cycles from nine delivery people at knifepoint in a one month crime spree.

Three teenage boys are wanted for breaking into seven small businesses and robbing the cash from registers, their biggest haul was $4,850 from a restaurant in Laconia.

It takes the NYPD eight minutes to respond to an emergency call in the Bronx, which is the highest in the five boroughs and five minutes longer than the response time in Manhattan.

Staten Island

In Port Richmond, a man was stabbed during a fight at a Memorial Day party and later died from his wounds.

In Annadale, a woman who caught a man and woman vandalizing her house and breaking her windows got mercilessly beat down by them then snatched her phone and damaged it when she tried to call the cops and then broke more windows and keyed her car.

In St. George, a man arrested for breaking into a car reached through the bars and grabbed a taser off a cop’s holster at the 120th Precinct.

Also in St. George, a fight between two men escalated when one of them pulled out a hatchet in front of the Staten Island Courthouse.

Again in St. George, a man cursed at two cops then punched one of them in the face and knocked another cop down while resisting arrest after causing a disturbance by blocking the door of a deli.

In Dongan Hills, a man released on parole for burglary broke into and robbed cash from a flower shop then broke into and robbed a Century 21 in Grasmere two days later.

In Stapleton, a man held up a bank by threatening to shoot the teller in a note and robbed it of $1,000.

In Port Richmond, a man held up a bank with a note and robbed it of $1,400.

In Rosebank, a dead man washed upon the shore by Edgewater St.

In other extraneous chaos going on in the #SafestBigCity

Bullying in NYC schools went up 60% compared to last year in 5,875 incidents from 3,660, deriving not only from inside the schools but also on social media.

About 20 app-hail drivers are getting robbed of their cellphones from their fares, sometimes at gunpoint. The perps then change the debit card information on the app and rob whatever earnings the drivers made because their “employer”‘s security system is fucking weak and are less than helpful to their “employees” to say the least when they try to recoup their money. This is why the “gig economy” is fucking garbage, and why paying with a cellphone is going to make thievery a hell of a lot easier and convenient for muggers.

And our exalted leader of the State of New York, Mario’s son Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law making gravity knives legal. The kind of knives that you open by a flick of the wrist. The kind that are used mostly by the dregs of and menaces to society.

No matter the good, well-meaning and naive intentions behind this law, which the guvner previously veto twice, this couldn’t have been ratified at the worst time, being that rapes are up as well as knifepoint holdups. The original law against gravity knives sort of acted like the gun control law, with punitive penalties would be used against unlawful possession. Certainly it must have played a factor with violent crimes and murders going down in the last 25 years besides the oft-referred “Broken Windows” policy.

Supposedly the rationale for the legalization is that the majority of arrests target minorities and that they are commonly used by people in food and carpentry professions. If the latter is the case, couldn’t they just leave the knives at their workplace? As for the former, this decision will probably lead to more “minorities” getting injured or killed.

But in general, individual muggers and rapists will surely take advantage of this new liberty bestowed upon by the obnoxious pseudo-omniscient governor looking to build up his progressive bonafides to get re-elected for a fourth term. Funny thing is that he’s quick to legalize gravity knives but is still chickenshit tenative when it comes to legalizng weed.

Cuomo’s fauxgressive bleeding heart decision is going to lead to bleeding chests, backs, abdomens and stomachs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Cuomo And Cynthia Nixon Are Progressive Poseurs

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It looks like Mario’s son, Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally found his inner populist again. The first time when he bombastically gestured that he was going to put an end to perpetual corruption in Albany and assembled the Moreland Commission to do just that, only to annihilate it once it got too close to his inner circle aka his the two other men intthe room, Sheldon Shady Silver and Dean Skelos, leading to their indictments. All it took was for all his friends in the Buffalo Billion scandal to get indicted and his honorary kid brother Joey Percoco to get convicted for using the government offices under Andy’s purview for monetary and influential gain for him and his wife to find it.

Now that he lost all his friends, Andy came downstate to the city to expose even further the inhumane and wretched state of public housing with PIX news in tow all while Mayor de Blasio was out of town promoting himself as a supposed resistance fighter. Pictures showing the Guv pointing at dilapidated things and roach colonies and making obvious observations about how revolting it all is.

Well, let’s say his sudden presence payed dividends, because the apartment he made an example of NYCHA’s criminal neglect, resided by a paraplegic, got the urgent repairs and cleanup it needed. It may have also led to a similar fast track cleanup of an 83-year-old woman’s apartment that was inundated with mold. He also found $250 million dollars somewhere to speed up repairs for other NYCHA buildings (that’ll cover it in about the time he’s campaigning for re-election, natch). The Governor managed this with the same quickness as the opening of the 2nd Avenue subway line so it would be ready for his New Years Eve party and christening a few years back.

To top off his blatant photo-op tour, he participated in the city schools solidarity protest for the Parkland High School massacre, and died on the ground with the children around him.

His recent forays, even if did some good and was driven by spite to embarrass his fauxgressive mayoral foe, are doubtlessly suspicious. For one this drew some attention away from his idiot friend’s sentencing, how everyone he contracted to shore up the economy upstate with a solar factory are under indictment and of course his selective spending for the MTA, and another is that he obviously needs the city’s constituents to re-elect him so he’s doing some nice things, even piggybacking on a gun control youth movement. Yet he still won’t legalize pot.

In a way, Gov. Andy is trying to fast-track his own self-image as a progressive politician in a Scrooge like awakening. But it’s actually more like Robert Duvall’s minister in his masterpiece “The Apostle”, when after he cracks a guys head open with a baseball bat that puts him in a coma, he leaves town and shows up out of the blue into a broken poor town, assists in building a church and gives an inspiring sermon to the congregation.

Unfortunately, the sheriff comes for him and frog marches him out in handcuffs in front of everyone. Don’t know if Andy will have the same fate even though he clearly deserves it being what he has turned his elected position into, which is a sold-out figurehead compromised by his donors instead of a representative of the people.

But is surely shouldn’t be awarded to an actress with no prior elected office experience because she’s got progressive values or has been to political fundraising parties.

https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/vulture/2018/03/20/20-cynthia-nixon.w710.h473.jpgCynthia For N.Y. ad. Don’t call her Nixon for now.

Cynthia Nixon, who appeared in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus and is famously renowned for her role in a TV show and movie spinoff and is very cute, officially announced her run for Governor. Actors have run for office before and she certainly has her right, but she is definitively not qualified and already has negative aspects about her candidacy.

For one, she has never held any office in her life, for she spent most of her career in the entertainment industry. For that alone is the reason why this state, and as you, the people have seen with Figurehead Trump, is reason alone why no one can just up and say they want to govern because they feel like they can. I don’t doubt Nixon’s intellect, (her Miranda character was a lawyer I think, yeah I watched the show, anyone who had a girlfriend when it was on HBO were obligated to view it), but Don Worthless has ruined it for everyone inexperienced in public service. And speaking of the fat pussy who fires people on Twitter, she is using the same tactics but from a liberal bent. Slamming Cuomo for being the bought off politician he is and allowing corrupt cronies to run rampant and his unforgivable management of the MTA, but she doesn’t have her own solutions or plans for governing. And while she’s directing falsehoods about his progressive stances when he endorsed and helped legalize same sex marriage in the state making it possible to for her to marry her girlfriend. And it’s interesting that she didn’t bring up his fundraising or his budgetary misdirected and profligate spending.

And two, and this a big number two pun intended. For all the inferring talk on Cuomo’s corruption, Nixon is way too close to the most corrupt mayor in the past 170 years and stupidest mayor anywhere of all time, Co-Mayor Big Slow de Blasio. It’s going to be an interesting debate if Nixon brings up how Cuomo’s influenced by donor cash when she associates with the biggest whore in the nation dependent on real estate money and his own blatant illegal fundraising in city hall. There is also the inconvenient truth about how he let lobbyists tied to his mayoral campaign get access and sit down and participate in meetings concerning city services and planning.

Coincidentally, her campaign is being managed by two of his agents of the city too. Her first ad shows her with her toddler daughter, commuting on the train on a peculiarly bare platform and car (when was this filmed, 4 a.m. on a Sunday?) and speaking at rallies, notably one on a podium with a rainbow colored filled RESIST emblazoned on it. That’s three of the four food groups of optical progressive campaigning right there.

It’s early in the year but this competition looks solidified, being the fact that lots of money runs politics and Andy has lots of it in his coffers and certainly Cyndi will soon. Andy sucks, but Cyndi is not the answer or even a good alternative, although clearly the lady is way easier on the eyes. And again the Republicans aren’t putting up anyone good or even distinctive and they denied the one guy a chance, Joel Giambra, who actually has independent thoughts and actual progressive ideas (including an EXCELLENT one to legalize pot to fund the MTA with taxes from it’s sales) to campaign on the GOP line.

In the meantime, look forward (or not, I won’t and neither will you, the people) to a lot more nauseating feel-good electioneering and feel-good false promises from Mario’s Son and T.V.’s Miranda in the next 6 months.

It’s a choice between two poseurs. At least it’s not two evils. Well Cuomo was evil once, but he’s turned face because of mitigating circumstances. This state and democracy are quite fucked.

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Get money out of politics. Repeal Citizens United and the McDonnell decision.

http://endcitizensunited.org

 

http://www.wolf-pac.com/

http://www.citizen.org/home

https://berniesanders.com/issues/money-in-politics/

 

 

 

New Bad Days 46: Like It And Learn To Love It, Rikers Island Shutdown Is Underway As It Was Announced 60 Hours After A Group Of Five Gangbangers Crippled A Correction Officer; A Class Size Group Of Kids Beat Down A Homeless Man On The A Train; A Dead Baby Abandoned In A Park; Two Women Beat Down A Pregnant Woman And Slam A Door On Her Feet; Rap Crew Films Shitty Video And Shows Off Their Stash While Imprisoned; Super Crazy Guy Jumps Roofs In Bed-Stuy And Multiple Random And Intentional Slashings And Deadly Domestic Disputes.

https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/rikers1.jpgRikers Island, pariah government center on scrumptious speculative real estate.

From the elected denizens occupying City Hall, they have begun the dizzying ill conceived official program to shut down Rikers Island and transfer all convicts present and future to four jails in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan. But not Staten Island, because supposedly no one commits crimes there.

This is where the Mini-Rikers will be:

  • Manhattan Detention Center, 125 White Street, Manhattan, 10013 (The Tombs)
  • Brooklyn Detention Center, 275 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 11201
  • Queens Detention Center, 126-01 82nd Avenue, Kew Gardens, 11415
  • NYPD Tow Pound, 320 Concord Avenue, Bronx, 10454

This transition is suppose to take a decade or if crime drops first. But apparently these fauxgressive hacks aren’t even going to wait for the latter, especially now that Gov. Andy has decided to up the ante with his jackass boisterousness and wants Rikers shut down earlier than that.

Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson announced an agreement today to move forward on closing Rikers Island and creating a smaller, safer and fairer borough-based jail system. Together with the Council Members representing these areas, the Mayor and Speaker have agreed to a single public review process for four proposed sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. These sites together will provide off-Island space for 5,000 detainees, and will include the three existing DOC facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, as well as a new site in the Bronx located at 320 Concord Avenue in Mott Haven.

“This agreement marks a huge step forward on our path to closing Rikers Island,” said Mayor de Blasio. “In partnership with the City Council, we can now move ahead with creating a borough-based jail system that’s smaller, safer and fairer. I want to thank these representatives, who share our vision of a more rehabilitative and humane criminal justice system that brings staff and detainees closer to their communities.”

“Today is a historic day, as we are yet one step closer to closing Rikers Island.  The New York City Council is proud to have spearheaded the historic Close Rikers movement by creating the Lippman commission and passing legislation enacting many of its recommendations. The Council has also funded innovative programming to keep cases out of the criminal justice system altogether, such as the CLEAR and HOPE programs, which provide treatment instead of incarceration to those with substance abuse issues. We all know that closing jails on Rikers means opening more humane, community-based facilities elsewhere. I am proud to stand with my Council colleagues and thank them for their support on this crucial issue. I look forward to working closely with Mayor de Blasio, my Council colleagues representing these communities, and the communities themselves in finally achieving our shared goal of closing Rikers Island,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.

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This is being done because the violent environment and corruption in Rikers has become too endemic. As opposed to the equally well know graft in the city and state government high offices for a century and at a pinnacle today? Is this really what voters, meaning the less than 25% who showed up to elect these dusted democrats, really asked for from them.

What are the costs going to be to retrofit those four jails and how they are going to manage to fit all those prisoners and even staff. Especially what the speculative costs will be to convert that garage in the Bronx into a functioning high security apparatus. Most essential is how this goal of 5,000 convicts going to be accomplished to justify these transfers.

As simplistic and cynical as it sounds, which this utopian program resembles the former in spades, the only way this can be achieved is by not convicting anyone who commits crimes it seems. Which de Blasio has already assured with recent accusations by a police captain of stations lessening crime charges and the recent and similar doctoring and reclassifying of crimes committed at homeless shelters

As for sounding like the latter, it has been known for a few years that the Gentrification Industrial Complex are salivating at the prospects of all that scrumptious real estate waiting to be taken. Even the Corrections Officers Union President Elias Husamudeen smells a rat and sees this for the fauxgressive ruse it is. Although coming from the namesake of the commission report that inspired the Rikers shutdown, Johnathan Lippman, it ain’t like those interested in all that city property are shy about their passively heinous ulterior motives masking as a humanity cause:

…former New York State chief judge Jonathan Lippman, who heads the New York City Council-created criminal justice reform commission that oversees the Rikers-study committee, said it’s only natural to explore “potentially doing some of the things we’ve done with other vacant, large pieces of land, whether it be benefiting public health, education, research institutions.”

But he also sought to emphasize, and then re-emphasize, that real estate is in no way the central focus of his committee.

“At the outset, let me say that the future of Rikers Island as a physical location follows—and certainly doesn’t precede—improving our jail system,” he said.

“The political center of this will be about how we make the system more humane and just,” he said, “and at the same time recognize that you do have a very strategically placed and valuable piece of real estate there that could have a multitude of public policy purposes to develop it.”

None of these elected idiots surely not have thought through this but predictably are following de Faustio’s (bottom) line. Particularly Speaker Corey Johnson who in just a short month after exhorting that he was going to be a bulldog critic and a check on the mayor’s machinations and decisions has devolved into the typical partisan loyal neoliberal lapdog he is. And Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz who has officially thrown her hands up and quit and gave her approval, selling out her constituents and her credibility.

While we all want to live in a city or even a world without crime, this program is being foisted on the public without a clarified thought or what the ramifications might be or how much the goddamn new Mini-Rikers are going to cost.

And one huge fact is if that when this transfer officially begins, will that endemic violent and corrupt prison culture will carry on in the new jails or will exacerbate. Because this is clearly not going to happen overnight or most certainly, well, never.

Because in Rikers Island, a correction officer was attacked and beat down by five prisoners as a guard in the same room just stood there and watched and did not help his fellow officer, who wound up with severe spinal and neck injuries from the savage gang attack. The first one who barged in the room planned the premeditated the attack during a phone call according to another inmate.

We shall see how this shit enfolds. This post illustrates that this isn’t starting off well.

Queens

In Long Island City, an 18-year-old man was accosted by a man in the elevator withim if he could hook him up with a job but then ambushed him and punched him repeatedly and stole his phone.

In Jackson Heights, a woman entering her apartment building was attacked by a man with a knife who shoved her against the wall and tried to steal her purse, but she resisted and dragged the mugger outside while holding on to her property.

Also in Jackson Heights, a man fell off the elevated tracks at the 74st Train Station and died.

In Far Rockaway, a 15-year-old boy was shot at twice and killed by two other teenage boys on the street at 4:30 p.m. in a gang-related shooting. The parents of the victim moved to the neighborhood from gentrifying Astoria because it was affordable.

In Ozone Park, a poor woman was killed in an fire ignited by a hot plate she was using in an apartment with multiple illegal conversion violations.

Also in Ozone Park, two men held up a man at knifepoint and robbed his wallet.

In South Ozone Park at Resorts World Casino, a 19-year-old man slashed a 72-year-old man in the face.

In Kew Gardens, a 50-year-old woman sitting on her porch at 8 p.m. was approached by a stranger who asked for the time then attacked her and slammed her into her car during a struggle and robbed her purse.

In Astoria, a newborn baby was found dead with his tube still attached to his belly in a garbage can at the Dutch Kills Playground.

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Also in Astoria, at the Broadway Station, a man taking a piss on the platform was caught in the act by a commuter who decided to film him (unwise) and then whipped out a knife and threatened him then stalked him as they left the station

In South Jamaica, a hooker from California arranged a hookup with a woman through a website instead was confronted by an man with a gun who took her by a building where an armed woman was waiting and robbed her phone, I.D., and debit cards. The woman was forced into a cab and was about to be pimped out by them but was able to escape.

In Rosedale, 2 unattended pit bulls wandering around Brookville Park attacked a man then tried to attack cops coming out of their car, which led one of the officers to shoot one of the dogs in the legs.

In Forest Hills, a man killed himself as he crashed his BMW in a parking lot after he lost control of his vehicle.

In South Richmond Hill, a similar car burned to a crisp is parked on 107th avenue for some unknown reason.

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In Richmond Hill, three men are still at large for 2 armed robberies of 2 bodegas and another bodega in Jamaica.

In Maspeth, a man robbed a bank of $2,200 when he gave the teller a note.

In Flushing, a burglar robbed the same house twice within the hour in the same day, stealing cash and jewelry totaling $2,200.

In Woodside, an 83-year-old woman was killed crossing the street by an SUV at 2:30 p.m.

In Fresh Meadows, parked cars are getting damaged from students of a driving school  during lessons.

In Glen Oaks, a man was found dead in a house after it was on fire.

Manhattan

In Columbus Circle on the A train arriving at the station of the same name, 20 to 30 kids attacked and savagely beat up a homeless man who asked them for money. This is like the first thing the Droogies did after leaving the milk bar in A Clockwork Orange but 5 to 7.5 times worse.

In the Lower East Side, a man attacked a restaurant worker on the street by calling him a racial slur then punching and slashing him in the face and stealing his cellphone.

Also in the Lower East Side, a man randomly slashed two women in the face blocks apart, the second attack was near a police station.

In the East Village, a vandal used a branch to smash the back windshield of a car.

Also in the East Village at Tompkins Square Park, a pile of christmas trees collected for mulching was set on fire overnight by pyromaniac vandals.

Again in the East Village, a man feigning to be a customer robbed a store at gunpoint and stole $500

And again in the East Village, a pitbull belonging to a homeless woman bit a homeless man when he tried to steal her food.

And again in the East Village at the 3rd Avenue Station, a man sat down next to a woman on the L train, whipped out his shlong and started jerking off.

And again in the East Village, proto-punk legend Handsome Dick Manitoba was charged with beating his ex-girlfriend in his apartment.

In the Upper West Side on the tracks of the Broadway express lines, a man jumped onto the tracks from the 96th St. Station, rested for a bit around 86th St. Station while holding a record then ran up the steps where he was detained by police kicking and screaming.

In Harlem, a man got shot to death after he engaged in an argument with three men in front of a public housing building.

Also in Harlem, a cab driver got stiffed for $18 from a couple and got assaulted by the male passenger when he tried to get his money as witnesses gawked at the beatdown.

Again in Harlem, a woman committed suicide by jumping out the window in front of her 11-year-old son.

In East Harlem at the 125th Street Station, a 17-year-old boy got slashed and robbed by two men for his sneakers that he was trying to sell via an arrangement on a social media platform. This is the umpteenth incident of it’s kind.

In Soho, a fire escape step that was being inspected by the Department of Buildings at the time fell off when a contractor was looking at it and fell 7 stories and landed on two people, critically injuring one and killing another.

In Greenwich Village, a man randomly attacked a woman and two men on the same block by punching them in the face.

Also in Greenwich Village, a man stabbed himself in the neck in front of his house over a break-up.

Again in Greenwich Village at Pier 40, a man was robbed of his bag containing his $2,000 laptop by two kids.

In the West Village at the 4th Street Station, a man going through the turnstile had his wallet snatched by a thief who then punched him in the face when he tried to get it back.

In Union Square, a man slashed his co-worker in the face at a juice store.

Also in Union Square, a man got busted trying to snatch a purse inside a supermarket and was wanted for prior similar thefts in the area.

Again in Union Square, a man attacked two cops by biting and kicking them when they were trying to remove him from a chain pharmacy store.

In Penn Station at Madison Square Garden, an off-duty cop seeing a kids show with his wife and kid caught a fugitive from a shooting in his precinct in University Heights and busted the perp with the help of his fellow officers.

In Hell’s Kitchen at the Intrepid Sea and Air Museum, a man attempted to rob a sweatshirt and demand five dollars by threatening a worker with a hammer.

In Waterside Plaza on the FDR drive, a mentally ill man being sent to Bellevue jumped out of the back door of the ambulance as it was leaving the highway exit.

In Chelsea at the Fulton Houses, a woman was raped by two men in a bathroom at an apartment while a house party was happening.

In Times Square at the 42nd Street Station, a man punched a woman in the face because she accidentally bumped into him.

Also in Times Square, a man harassed a woman and then pulled out a knife and slashed her face after her boyfriend tried to defend her.

Again in Times Square, a homeless man slashed a pedestrian in his face when he bumped into him.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a woman committed suicide as she leapt from the 28th floor of an apartment building.

In Midtown, a man was found dead in his apartment after he overdosed on huffing spray paint.

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Also in Midtown at the 7th Avenue Station, a man shoved a 79-year-old man into a wall on the staircase and caused him to fall down the stairs.

At the Joralemon Tunnel under the East River, although there was a smoke condition the train continued to run on the 4/5 line.

In Downtown at City Hall, a livery cab driver shot himself in his car with a shotgun by the front gate in protest of the city’s ineffective policies regarding the amount of app-based hail car service vehicles clogging the streets and the monopolization of the industry and the elected officials who let it fester and grow. Never Forget Doug Schifter.

Also in Downtown at the Chambers St. Station on the J line platform, a woman was accosted by a man on the other side who took out his dick and started masturbating in front of her.

In the Flatiron District, two men went into an upscale handbag store and stole 3 grand worth of purses.

In Waterside Plaza, a man and a boy with hammers mugged a woman for her cash.

Brooklyn

In East New York, where a hipster population is growing like a repulsive skinny tattooed stupid tree in Brooklyn which is what the city wants above all else, a man strangled his girlfriend in his apartment and was busted by the cops later at a barber shop in possession of a stolen loaded gun and a knife.

Also in East New York, a NYCHA employee grabbed the nuts of a man she was working with because she was about to get off probation for something.

Again in East New York at the Gateway Mall Shopping Mall parking lot is where the most car break-in thefts in the city happen.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man attacked and stabbed to death a husband and wife when they were walking back home from their store. The motive of the murders seem to be that the attacker bought bad mojo from them.

In Crown Heights, a man was shot twice in the face and stomach and killed around the corner from where he lived and nearby where the voodoo store proprietors were stabbed days before.

In Crown Heights, a group of men arrested for illegal trespassing taken to the 71st Pct. were never searched and were able to record a video from a cellphone in their jail cell and were showing off a big bag of weed and talking shit a mile a minute as officers were trying not to acknowledge them. Thus The Blue Wall Of Insouciance gets denser and higher.

Again in Crown Heights, a man dressed as a superhero with a costume ensemble of sandals, long johns, bermuda shorts, a ripped wifebeater t-shirt, a beach towel and a banana was jumping from roof to roof and was detained by cops after he posed with his trusty potassium power source on a fire escape and was about to jump and defy gravity and lose.

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No need for Black Panther or Ghost Dad, Banana Lantern is here to fight gradually rising street crime and forced gentrification. Or maybe it’s Blankman II (are the Watchmen recruiting??)

In Flatbush, a barber who told a man to stop bothering his customers at his salon was shot by him two hours later.

In Bed-Stuy, a man shot his girlfriend in his apartment after an argument and barricaded himself inside from the cops.

In East Flatbush at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 63 headstones and statues were vandalized and knocked down.

In Prospect Heights , a man and woman robbed a bank and 6 others previously in the past month. 2018 Bonnie and Clyde.

In Williamsburg, a man broke into an apartment at 2:40 p.m. and stole expensive tech items, a laptop, a video game console and a purse.

In Cobble Hill, a man was found dead in the basement of a former hospital under development for luxury housing.

In Brighton Beach, three men are wanted for 4 violent muggings in 4 weeks from late December to January.

Also in Brighton Beach, three apartments were burglarized blocks away from each other.

In Seagate, a woman was slashed in the face by a man after an argument they had at a diner.

In Marine Park and Mill Basin, an employee of a department store aided a crook in stealing clothes and a woman’s car window was smashed and her pocketbook robbed.

In Coney Island, a deli was held up by a masked gunman who robbed the register.

In Sheepshead Bay, a woman was attacked by two men who put her in a chokehold and punched her in the face and was robbed of her cellphone, purse and shoes and a bodega was robbed overnight as was the portable ATM machine by it as the burglars made off with over 5 large.

Also in Sheepshead Bay, two boys robbed a kid of his bicycle when one of the jerks shot a stun gun at him.

Again in Sheepshead Bay, two men stole thousands of dollars worth of cellphones from a store.

And again in Sheepshead Bay, two men slashed a 17-year-old boy and robbed his cellphone and wallet,t hree people pounced on a 14-year-old boy in a park and beat him down for his sneakers and metrocard and two 18-year-old men broke into an apartment armed and ran when the kids inside started crying.

In Gravesend, an 18-year-old man got beaten up and robbed by a man he knew who stole his cellphone and hat after they got off a bus together.

In Bensonhurst, a woman was scammed and robbed by a con artist of 3 grand who promised her a job if she sent her a check, a man clobbered another man with a broomstick cutting his head open, three men sneaked up behind a man making a withdrawal at an ATM and stole 900 bucks, two men held up a man at gunpoint and robbed his cellphone.

Also in Bensonhurst, a man followed a woman to her apartment and forced his way in and attempted to rape her. The woman managed to elude him by running away and locking him out when he pursued her.

In Bay Ridge, a man held up a store at gunpoint and stole lottery scratch games worth $300.

Also in Bay Ridge, a woman found her screen window busted and $1,800 worth of jewelry missing when she came home after a few days.

Again in Bay Ridge, a man walking on the street drinking beer slapped and grabbed a woman’s ass.

In Bath Beach, a man held up a store at gunpoint and robbed $900, a gang of five men rolled up on a man sitting in his car with a BB gun and stole 30 bucks and his phone.

Bronx

In Woodstock, a pregnant woman was attacked by two women who knocked her down and kicked her repeatedly as she laid on the steps and slammed the door on her leg then robbed her cellphone. Two supporters for the lady thugs were arrested at their arraignments for disrupting the court process with their yelling and refusing to vacate the chambers.

In Kingsbridge Heights, a teenage girl was attacked in an apartment building lobby by three men and two women who all beat her down to the floor with punches and kicks then threw bleach at and slashed her face.

In Mott Haven, a wheelchair bound woman with one leg was randomly slashed in the face by a man she recognized in front of corner bodega.

Also in Mott Haven, a man randomly slashed a father in his face when he walking on the sidewalk with his 1 year old son.

In Morris Park, a man was shot to death while sitting in his car at 5:30 a.m.

In Pelham Gardens, a man broke into a 64-year-old woman’s apartment by climbing through her window on the second floor then beat her up with a crowbar after she tried to take his skimask off. He then tied her up with a phone cord and stole her wedding band and $500.

In Allerton, a man was was found in an apartment lobby floor with a stab wound in his chest and died from his wound.

In Norwood, a man shot his girlfriend three times in their apartment after an argument.

In Fordham Heights, a man shot at two teenage males on a street corner after midnight.

In Pelham Bay Park, a man and woman boarding a bus got into a brawl with a commuter who the woman attacked with a screwdriver, then the man attacked the driver with an umbrella when he refused the suspects demand to keep driving.

In Belmont, while filming a segment for his news report about people getting swindled, PIX news correspondent Howard Thompson got attacked at an auto repair shop by a mechanic with a baseball bat who managed to hit Help Me Howard on the arm and also his cameraman on his hip.

In Claremont Village, a man tasked with watching a puppy pit bull stabbed it 50 times and killed it after the little dog bit him.

Goodnight, Onyx, 18 months.

In the South Bronx, a commercial building being used as a brothel was raided by cops leading to the arrest of seven men

In Parkchester, $100,000 in fentanyl was found inside box coolers of fish after a police investigation of a car.

In Morris Heights, a man and woman waltzed into an apartment and stole 4 grand worth of kicks.

In Foxhurst, an agent from the Immigrant and Customs Enforcement abused his position when he threatened to shoot a man with his gun having his car repossessed by his repoman cousin and later was arrested himself at the police station he brought his victim to because he was not suppose to use his government issued weapon while off duty.

Staten Island

A cop from the borough was busted in a bank fraud scheme with an accomplice who used his dead father’s identity, stealing $1.5 million from citizens.

Two men are ripping off people by placing skimmers in gas station pumps in this borough and Flushing and using cloned card numbers for shopping sprees.

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

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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.

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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.