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.

‘Queensway’ – So much for democracy?

Here is a story that will frustrate anyone who has ever been tasked with trying to get to JFK airport from anywhere in NYC. Instead of reusing a branch of the LIRR which was shut down back in the 1962 (when LIRR was the red-headed stepchild of the Pennsylvania railroad – which looted its cash), […]

Freight Rail ‘detour’ in Queens: A Bad Idea.

Over the last few years a group of NIMBYS in central Queens have been basically advocating for the eradication of rail freight through Queens. The people behind this campaign seem to live close to Fresh Pond Yard (which has been a rail yard since at least 1906). After years of freight rail decline and the […]

How much does it cost to arrest a graffiti writer?

Low flying helicopter leads to graffiti arrests Many Sunnyside residents were awoken in the early hours of Monday morning by a low-flying police helicopter. The helicopter was flying over 42nd and Queens Blvd at 2:00am as police were pursuing three teenagers who were tagging the building above Dunkin’ Donuts. The police tracked them down and […]

There is no snow in NYC!

The city is going fine, Broadway shows were full last night. There are lots of tourists here enjoying themselves. – Mike Bloomberg For anyone that doesn’t get it Epic Photoshop cred: Grep

Underbelly Arrest Roundup, Demands to Open it to Public

Gothamist continues to cover the Underbelly story in depth. Today they have a roundup of stories from some of those who have been arrested. Our original estimate of a dozen or so people having been arrested has continued to trend upward, with sources stating that the tally at the moment is closer to 30. NY […]

Response to Underbelly, from MTA and the public.

First, let’s look at what the MTA has to say about this situation – from the second ave subway saga blog MTA Response: I asked the authority about their official response to the so-called exhibition, and it was as you might expect. “NYC Transit is working with the NYPD in the investigation and follow-up on […]

Why riding the LIRR to Penn Station just became 500% more dangerous

LIRR ‘protect’ locomotives getting into position just before rush hour, one late summer day in 1991 If you can cut through the foamer speak, this thread is pretty scary. In a nutshell, on September 13, 2010, the LIRR eliminated a ‘rescue’ train that helped maintain service and protect commuters lives. Elimination of ‘the harold protect’. […]