FR8 Chronicles 32 – Island Stomp 10

July 1st, 2015

Someone shoulda got to those bilevels...

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

June 25th, 2015

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

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

June 10th, 2015


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

The Express Stop That Never Was

June 2nd, 2015

The tunnels of the NYC subway system are dark and full of mystery.


FR8 Chronicles 31 – Island Stomp 9

June 1st, 2015

Oil trains... not exactly the best canvases... There's nothing worse than seeing headlights on the horizon only to realize that it's another god damned oil train... Nice for 'foreign power' and foaming through, I guess.

More People, No significant new city services: LIC Edition

June 1st, 2015

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 LIC and clarify the scope of this problem.

Reopen Closed LIC & Williamsburg Fire Houses

May 18th, 2015

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.

FR8 Chronicles 30 – Island Stomp 8

May 1st, 2015

The Octagon, Roosevelt Island – 2005 reconstruction

April 30th, 2015

Publish Date: 8/7/2005

We make our way around and find an entrance right by a security trailer. This security trailer... it bugs me out a bit. I can't tell if anyone is in it, but I know someone's in this building we're heading for. You can just sorta feel that sort of thing sometimes. You can almost smell it...

The Octagon, Roosevelt Island – 2002 – Abandoned Remains

April 24th, 2015

The octagon was NYC's first mental health hospital. It was closed in the 1970s and was set on fire multiple times. The wings of the building were knocked down, leaving only 'the octagon' shaped building that was previously the main entrance.