When you explore as much of NYC as we have, you can't help but to notice trends and issues - many of which our (often corrupt) elected officials ignore. It leaves us with a choice: advocate change and accountability, or sit aside watching the real crooks get away with crimes against society that we (the people they like to paint as crooks) never even consider

First responder staffing:

We are leading a budding effort to reopen firehouses that Bloomberg so short-sightedly closed, and calling out efforts to cut staffing (via attrition) despite massive population growth.

Photographers rights / Smart transit solutions

We love infrastructure and advocate for the sensible development thereof, without ridiculous rules.

Wins: In 2004 We disrupted and destroyed an MTA effort to ban photography within the subway system (even on platforms).

Green space:

We defend and advocate for open green spaces.

Wins: Willow lake trail reopened after we shamed the government into action.

NYC DOT / 311 Does not want to hear road repaving complaints (Updated)

NYC’s 311 website is not accepting complaints for streets that need repaving.

Updated: Why 1000 new cops won’t increase NYPD patrols

The City Council and Mayor Bill DeBlasio are currently debating whether or not to hire 1000 new police officers.

More People, No significant new city services: LIC Edition

As anyone who has been paying attention (or read my last article) knows, the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, LIC (and soon Astoria) have been seeing massive increases in population without significant associated increases in city services (first responders, transit, schools, hospitals, etc). We already know this is a problem. This article is will focus on […]

Reopen Closed LIC & Williamsburg Fire Houses

The abandoned FDNY Engine 212 firehouse in 2006. Over the last 10 years, Long Island City (LIC), Williamsburg and Greenpoint transformed from neglected low-population industrial neighborhoods to tightly packed thriving residential areas. Dozens of factories and warehouses have been replaced with high rise apartment buildings. Basic NYC government services have not kept pace with the […]

Forget the air train or a subway extension – build a Busway from Manhattan to LaGuardia

The idea: We should build an entirely new bus-only (or maybe light rail) route to LaGuardia (LGA).

10 years ago today we took on the MTA & NYPD and won.

In the late spring of 2004, the NYC MTA considered banning all photography in and around the subway system. They did so at the request of the NYPD, who grew afraid that terrorists were documenting the subway system to plan future terror attacks. We found this notion to be paranoid and dangerous – an infringement […]

Astoria Mountain Park: An idea whose time has come.

On the northeast border of Astoria, there is a forest covered urban mountain whose origins are shrouded in mystery. This would make a great location for a very unique new park. Unfortunately though, this forest and ‘mountain’ may be bulldozed soon.