Flushing Airport, Fire Salvage, and the only NYC Fire Rig to ever be abandoned.

September 10th, 2015

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When we went to flushing airport, it was just a few days after the 9/11 attack on the world trade center. Get the details —>

Cuomo’s excuses on the Hudson river tunnels are disgusting.

August 25th, 2015

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

June 25th, 2015

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NYC’s 311 website is not accepting complaints for streets that need repaving.
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Updated: Why 1000 new cops won’t increase NYPD patrols

June 10th, 2015

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

Reopen Closed LIC & Williamsburg Fire Houses

May 18th, 2015

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Crew quarters
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 growing population, and one of the most overlooked and life threatening of those services is the NYC fire department.
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Forget the air train or a subway extension – build a Busway from Manhattan to LaGuardia

February 6th, 2015

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

Backpack ban? #MTAOffMyBack !

November 18th, 2014

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On November 17, 2014, MTA board member Charles Moerdler stated “I’d like to ban them, frankly”, while speaking of people carrying backpacks on the subway.

One could say the MTA was overdue for proposing something completely stupid. Fortunately for them I’ll happily remind them of what happens when they propose completely ridiculous things.

The main problem with this backpack idea is the victim blaming. Ridership on NYC’s subways continues to grow, and the service is absolutely not scaling with growth. 8 to 12 minute wait times during rush hour are routine. When the train does show up, it’s packed, and it moves slow if it moves at all. At least once a week there seems to be a catastrophic service change during the height of rush hour. The infrequenty, slow service results in stations like 59th & lex, that are packed to a point of being dangerous. Homeless people can be found all over the system these days, laying on seats and carrying carts full of junk during rush hour. Kids swipe people’s phones all day, and never seem to get caught. We are basically back to the service experience of the 1970s, only without the graffiti.

Maybe the MTA should focus on fixing the tracks and increasing service instead of talking down to its customers.

Maybe the MTA should focus on fixing the tracks and increasing service instead of talking down to its customers. Yes, people should be careful not to bump people around with their bags. Yes they should take them off and hold them if it is really crowded… but what’s next? Banning wheelchairs? Banning baby strollers? Service animals? And who is going to enforce this ban? Is the MTA going to hire a few thousand cops to put on bag patrol? (Here’s a hint: increasing service would probably cost less).

School kids have to carry books in bags. NYC’s high schools don’t generally offer bus service, and a student in any boro can go to specialized schools anywhere in NYC. Workers have to carry laptops, and frugal workers such as myself carry their lunch and other work supplies in a bag. People carry gym bags. Bags are a way of life in NYC. Just like nathans hot dogs and jaywalking. Good luck trying to change that. It’ll never happen.

Let me ask this: If I can’t carry a bag on the subway, is the MTA going to pay for my lunch every day? Is it going to buy me a second and third laptop to leave at my clients offices?

The answer is No. Just the same, the public’s answer to this ridiculous ban idea is No.

It’s bad enough you want to charge more every 2 years for this garbage ‘service’ – now you want to play dictators and tell us what we can and cannot carry? The answer is No.

Starting immediately, we can all start voicing our disgust via social media. Go ahead, use and abuse hashtag #MTAOffMyBack, and we’ll make sure these clueless clowns get the message. If they don’t, maybe we need a million backpack commute in protest. (Oh wait – that happens every day).

The solution is more trains, not more unenforceable, completely ridiculous rules.

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

June 5th, 2014

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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 upon our constitutional rights. Criminalizing photography? No way. We immediately decided to hold a protest.
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Astoria Mountain Park: An idea whose time has come.

March 10th, 2014

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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.

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Who wants to play Bloomberg-opoly?

December 30th, 2013

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A few years ago a goon I know created this – I thought it’d be nice to updated it a little and bring back for Bloomberg’s finally few hours in office.
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