Goodnight

Neil Innis, 75, Singer, Songwriter, Monty Python

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Don Larsen, 90, Pitcher, New York Yankees

Jack Sheldon, 88, Singer, Songwriter, Schoolhouse Rock

David Stern, 79, NBA Commissioner

Ex-NBA-Commissioner David Stern gestorben

Lee Mendelson, 86, Producer, Television, Peanuts

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Sue Lyon, 73, Actress, Film And Television

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Allie Willis, 72, Singer, Songwriter

Ram Dass, Guru, Author, Endorser Of  LSD

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Emil Richards, 87, Percussionist

 

Chuy Bravo, 63, Sidekick, The Chelsea Lately Show

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Don Imus, 79, DJ, Talk Show Host

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The Boulevard Of Zombie Condo Development

Woodside And Elmhurst, Queens, N.Y.

Remember when Queens Boulevard was called the boulevard of death? Because of the high amount of vehicular accidents that put the fear of death in pedestrians that out of necessity would dare to tread across the four lane quasi-highway? Well, it has got comparably safer to commute and cross than in the past, but it has been replaced by a new form of existential threat, and that is over-development. With this post, I bring forth three technically new buildings that have been built but have remained strangely unfinished and apparently have yet to be occupied. (But strangely they are already on the market).

Welcome to the christening of Queens Boulevard as the Boulevard Of Zombie Condo Development here in Impunity City

Your city.

Lets begin at this mesh covered monstrosity at 64th St.

 This sign has aged quite a bit, but upon closer inspection, this building was supposed to be completed a few days from now in the year 2018

Next, let’s cross the BQE and check out this budding condo building by 69th St.

Look it’s already garnering interest, but too bad the poor buyer is going to have to wait a little much longer, for this was supposed to be done in the vague completion date of Winter 2018

But the one down the block by 70th St. and Queens Blvd. is the most undead of them all.

But at least it comes with genuine street art, so the developer saves a few dollars on artwashing, avoiding to commission some bland pseudo famous graffiti tagger.

Lo, this zombie condo complex is four years behind schedule…

This building gives off quite an ghoulish aura of mystery. For who knows when construction actually started for this development and when it actually stopped. And of course why it stopped, for there is no D.O.B. certificate on it like the others and a stop work order was clearly and vainly ripped off the building placard.

To be fair and balanced here, those photos were taken in late August/early September. And some progress had occurred when I returned on a mild day just before Thanksgiving…

The mesh was taken off of the 58th building. But it still remained dormant and not a creature was stirring. Well, surely rats might be stirring in this one, they are fricking everywhere and prefer to squat in these ample abodes if they are not in a NYCHA building.

Well, most of the mesh is off. And the faded placard is still there after 3 months.

The 69th St. building was less zombiefied. For what looked like there were what I assume are contractors or realtors present.

But the zombie building on 70th is still in craptacular shape…

…and to go along with the eerie vibe when one passes by, it seems the zombie condo building has become haunted. Because some entity or apparition put up some real estate banners on some of the crappy little balconies on the higher floors.

The genuine graffiti still remains. The same tags too.

And the same placards still remain too, even the scraped stop work order wasn’t even removed by the elements or even a dabble of goo gone. Which doesn’t do much to ward off suspicion about why this building is still like this for so much time. And it’s safe to presume that there is no “affordable housing” in these complexes because the developments were initiated before the de Blasio’s bullshit Housing New York program got implemented.

With the widely reported and countless updates about the dearth of affordable housing and the escalation of the homeless population, it’s shouldn’t be perplexing why these luxury condo buildings (at least what they are advertised to be) are wasting so much space without being used for so long. Another big waste is how the city gave them permits to build these zombie condos in the first place despite the need for more more housing and better quality housing for the poorest citizens of the five boroughs.

The biggest irony of all is the next big residential complex a few blocks away is the Pan American Hotel, which has operated as a homeless shelter in almost the exact amount of years has the 70 St. Zombie Condo development has been behind schedule for completion. In fact, the hotel may have started being a shelter the same exact year as the perceived schedule completion date!

Another interesting about these zombie buildings is that those bike lanes were approved and installed as these were still being constructed (except for ol’ 2015 there). Surely the city expected those residents there to be utilizing these lanes on the regular. But as those three zombie building eyesores remain lifeless, the bike lanes that were once universally rejected by the communities of Woodside and Elmhurst continue and still remain barely used and barren most of the time.

It might be apt to also call these zombie bike lanes too. Too bad this wasn’t much help for this bike shop since it got stretched to Rego Park either.

Yet still more unaffordable and unattainable condo development is still on the way on the Boulevard of Zombie Condo Development, leaving the working poor and shrinking middle class go wanting for a roof over their heads and the luxury of privacy.

This fugly zombie condo complex by the Queens Center Mall is a year late too.

Apparently, one clear reason that these buildings are taking so long to be finished is because of mandatory safety training rules that had to be made into law. Somehow they didn’t have the sense or the morals to implement these rules in the first place.

Somehow, these buildings are still just standing there unoccupied. Could be these condos are too pricey or to shitty looking to risk putting your savings in there and living in it for the rest of your life and probably too risky and not ample enough to raise a family in.

But at least the developer of this monster is showing some accountability:

It’s too bad when all of these zombie apartment buildings finally get done (with the exception of Zombie 70), they will remain lifeless. These zombie condo buildings will just sit there gathering moss and dust as the real estate market speculation/fabrication for the cost of these dwellings ludicrously rise.

These towers only reason for existence is to show that you can work in this city, but you sure as hell can’t live in it. While hundreds of thousands of citizens can barely scrape enough cash to save to transition or to make the rent where they are right now.

Which sort of makes them zombie tenants.

 

The Worst Wonderful Time Of The Year

Midtown, Manhattan, New York

NY Metro

New Yorkers and tourists alike can rejoice over extra elbow room this holiday season as they visit the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree in Midtown. Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced a temporary expansion of the pedestrian space around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall to help ensure the safety and comfort of visitors at the famous holiday tree.  

“The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is New York City’s crown jewel during the holidays, and we’re always excited to welcome the world to see it—but when the world descends on Rockefeller Center for a month on end, additional tools are clearly necessary so that our Vision Zero agenda stays in place,” de Blasio said. “This historic announcement pedestrianizing Rockefeller Center will keep holiday revelers safe while ensuring minimal disruption to the rest of the life of the city.”

Officials will be using moveable barriers to help with partial or full street closures to help with foot traffic.

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CBS New York

The FDNY-Uniformed Firefighter Association is criticizing the decision to shut down streets around Rockefeller Center for pedestrians during the holidays.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city would expand pedestrian space in the area and close streets to traffic, saying the increasing number of people in the area is “creating a real safety issue.”

Gerald Fitzgerald, president of the firefighters union, put out a statement Sunday saying he believes there will be increased citywide gridlock as a result of the changes — and that gridlock could affect emergency vehicles.

“The move to increase ‘pedestrian space’ surrounding Rockefeller Center is misguided and makes this city less safe – plain and simple. As it is, traffic is interfering with our firefighters’ abilities to reach the scene of a fire, but this new plan will have wide-felt repercussions in the form of traffic from river-to-river. We all want pedestrian safety, but a key component of safety for all is the ability for New York’s first responders to reach the scene of an emergency, and this is not the best way to ensure the safety of New York’s over 8-million residents and millions of holiday visitors,” he said.

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It’s the worst wonderful time of the year

As the city’s decision has caused such division regarding safety fears

It’s the worst wonderful time of the year

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At the worst fucking area of all

At Rockefeller Center there’s too much congestion for daily commuters to bear

It’s the worst fucking area of all

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There’s barriers and bollards and cops that are guarding the masses from unconfirmed terrorist threats,

The buses are backed up and people are mashed up like cows trudging to their abattoir deaths.

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It’s the worst wonderful time of the year,

With thousands of cops deployed to four blocks for danger perceived to be near

It’s the worst wonderful time of the year

(Swinging part)

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Traffic’s a standstill from pedestrian overfill of tourists and commuters on cellphones

From taking pictures and texting their messages to all those that no one else gives two fucks about.

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It’s the worst wonderful time of the year.

Now this space is established as bus service gets ravished to convenience holiday cheer

It’s the worst wonderful time

The worst wonderful time

It’s the worst wonderful time

of the year!!!!

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(Here’s the fucking tree, the reason for all this stupidity)

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Goodnight

Carroll Spinney, 85, Puppeteer And Voice Actor, Sesame Street

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Danny Aiello, 86, Actor, Film, Television, Theater

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Robert Evans, 89, Producer, Film

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Rene Auberjonois, 79, Actor, Television And Film

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D.C. Fontana, 80, Writer, Television

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Robert Walker Jr., 79, Actor, Television And Film

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William Ruckelshaus, 89, Lawyer, Federal Prosecutor, EPA Administrator Of The Nixon Administration

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Irving Burgie, 95, Songwriter

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John Simon, 94, Critic, Theater

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Shelley Morrison, 83, Actress, Television

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NYPD Fraternity Group Abuses City Placard Law On The Day City Council Ratifies Placard Abuse Law

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Elmhurst, Queens, New York

This was posted first on Queens Crap but it bears repeating on here. And it surely fits the title of this digital publication, because this is one of the most brazen acts of impunity ever photographed considering the brief chain of events in the course of 12 hours.

First by the NY Post:

City Council members overwhelmingly backed Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s plan to rein in widespread abuse of city-issued parking permits, approving all nine of his bills he put forward to crack down on placard abuse.

“Placard abuse is corruption,” Johnson told reporters ahead of the Council’s Tuesday vote. “We’ve tolerated it for years as one of those unchangeable facts in New York City, but those days are hopefully over.”

Tell me/us more, tell me/us more Cojo. And maybe with less trepidation this time.

Critics frequently complain the NYPD fails to crack down on placard abuse since cops are frequently spotted misusing them, but Johnson told reporters DOI’s involvement ensures NYPD will take the issue seriously.

“We wanted an outside check,” Johnson said. “Traffic enforcement agents who are supposed to be writing the summonses and tickets … don’t always do it because they are afraid of policing the police.”

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for both of those final comments by the speaker to manifest. Thanks to the ace photography of long time Queens Crap commentator and blogger George The Athiest:
Who:  The Columbia Association of the NYPD.
Where:  In Elmhurst on the Queens Boulevard south service road between the new Georgia Diner and Grand Avenue.
When:  Tuesday evening, November 26, 2019.
What:  Columbia Association police membership needs convenient and difficult to find on-street parking.
Why:  It seems that this membership has parking privileges that the rest of the citizenry does not.  

Screenshot_2019-11-28 Off-Duty Cops Get To Park On Sidewalk Next To Bicycle Lane (1).  

Regular street parking cannot be found, so we
 drive up onto the sidewalk.  Nice.

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As far as the eye can see, along the service road:
 dozens of bumper-to-bumper private cop-owned cars
 parked to the right of the bike lane up on the sidewalk.
  The Grand Avenue cross street is just below photo at the
 bottom.  The Georgia Diner is situated way off in the
 distance in the upper left behind the stopped bus.

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Illegally parked vehicles “respect” the bike lane by
not intruding on it although the drivers’ sides of these vehicles
are on the sidewalk.   Why can’t non- police owned vehicles 
do the same in light of the recent loss of parking spaces
caused by bicycle lane construction?

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All that’s needed is an official placard?

Apparently, the answer still is yes. But why would they de Blasio’s NYPD do this so brazenly and arrogantly? Back to the NY Post:

Of the nine bills passed, all but one was approved unanimously.

However, five council members voted against a ban on city officials parking in bike and bus lanes, at bus stops, in crosswalks, on sidewalks and in front of fire hydrants.

So that’s how the NYPD will continue to get away with placard abuse, it’s transparent that during the writing of this bill some beneficial loopholes had to be placed (wonder who the furious five were). But come on now, to do this on the same day? They could have waited maybe a day or two to go back to their recidivist power tripping habits and parked all their cars in a nearby garage, since they and de Blasio are usually obsessed with optics.

But what’s more concerning is the shocking lack of local news media scrutiny, especially from the so called city blogs that publish anything bike related like Gothamist and Streetsblog. Maybe it’s Thanksgiving and all but this happened on Tuesday and I published it immediately on the night it occurred when it was messaged to me by GtheA. I even made sure to tag it on the Twitter to the intrepid placard corruption and they immediately like and retweeted it.

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Usually when they do this it goes viral, but for some reason nothing came up, no likes no retweets and no subsequent news or even a request from the networks or papers. You think with all the coverage that bike commuting is getting, from new infrastructure and street redesigns to a rise in cycling advocacy that this didn’t get any follow up outrage from them.

It’s sour grapes but I don’t give a shit. The NYPD should not have been doing this and it sets a bad example to every citizen, young and old and will cause even more scofflaw behavior among them because they will have a reason to justify their illicit actions behind the wheel or even riding a bike or scooter. You think these cops on that evening would have thought for a second how their own illicit behavior here would set a pattern akin to the Broken Windows concept that they keep bringing up to enforce laws against lesser crimes.

And the fact that the aforementioned city blogs did not even pick up the scoop of this defiant abuse of power like they usually do whenever a biker gets hit by a car or a row of patrol cars block a bike lane is perplexing.

So to all these off-duty cops and the city blogs and also local corporate news media, what’s the fucking excuse?