Sunday, April 12, 2009

They're not on an Easter egg hunt, folks!

From the NY Post:

A violent Easter ritual has Times Square businesses beefing up security as they brace for a surge in post-Auto Show gang activity this weekend.

Easter Sunday -- which has become known as "Gang Initiation Day" because of the parade of hoods wearing Bloods colors who swarm the area -- has scared tourists and store owners alike.

"They come in, they throw chairs, they throw cups of ice at each other. It's a disaster," said John Andersen, 32, a manager at the 24-hour McDonald's on West 42nd Street.

"This year, we've got eight security guards working. That's twice what we normally have."

In 2006, the same McDonald's was one of several advised by cops to close "for safety reasons" as more than 200 gang members strutted through the neighborhood. Three stabbings were reported.

"It's the same nonsense every year," said a patrol cop. "It's been going on a long time."

Cops have also beefed up patrols in the area in anticipation of large groups of youths passing through the area tomorrow for the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center.

Workers there have been told to be on guard.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a citywide "event" Coney Island Is/was another site./

Anonymous said...

Funny never reported.

The myth that crime is down is ... well ... a myth.

Salvatore said...

Can't really report the crimes! Gotta keep European tourism alive! No European tourism = NO NYC ECONOMY

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up.

I just ate there 2 weeks ago.
I won't go back now.

I noticed some shady guys hanging out there then.

You used to get the shifty Harlem crowd setting up shop on 42nd Street...guys with Polaroid cameras and backdrops hustling tourists before the the redux.

Now it's coming back...er...this time in "spades".

Walt Disney won't like this!

Anonymous said...

But doesn't that go with the "Lion King"..."ungawa...ungawa...ungawa"!

Anonymous said...

They need to bother the old fashioned shopkeepers with the sawed off shotgun under the counter.

Then we would have an initiation and a termination on the same day.

Nelson S said...

In a perfect world gangs would me arrested and euthanized on sight. But, woe is us.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Thanks for the heads up.

I just ate there 2 weeks ago.
I won't go back now.

I noticed some shady guys hanging out there then.

You used to get the shifty Harlem crowd setting up shop on 42nd Street...guys with Polaroid cameras and backdrops hustling tourists before the the redux.

Now it's coming back...er...this time in "spades".

Walt Disney won't like this!

Sunday, April 12, 2009
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I'd rather hang around in Harlem than hang around in your neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

That's good, because I would rather you did that as well.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Thanks for the heads up.

I just ate there 2 weeks ago.
I won't go back now.

I noticed some shady guys hanging out there then.

You used to get the shifty Harlem crowd setting up shop on 42nd Street...guys with Polaroid cameras and backdrops hustling tourists before the the redux.

Now it's coming back...er...this time in "spades".

Walt Disney won't like this!

Sunday, April 12, 2009
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I'd rather hang around in Harlem than hang around in your neighborhood.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Anonymous said...
That's good, because I would rather you did that as well.

Sunday, April 12, 2009
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I have already--lots of time. You ought to try it. It's a nice place.

Anonymous said...

of course, the Post does a lot of factual and accurate reporting.

Anonymous said...

I would feel safer in Harlem, where I take classes every day, than in that seedy area. I am as Irish as paddy's pig and no one in Harlem ever bothered me.

42nd Street on the other hand was a sewer most of my life. It took a lot to wrest it from the gutter and if we don't watch out, it's going back that way.

ew-3 said...

why not offer free food to cops and firemen for a few weeks.

free insurance.

Anonymous said...

42nd Street on the other hand was a sewer most of my life. It took a lot to wrest it from the gutter and if we don't watch out, it's going back that way.

The writer of the above - words of wisdom of a wise individual. Re-read -repeat.

Police should not be cut back in any period of downturns.

Wade Nichols said...

Isn't this just a part of the Vibrant! and Diverse! Times Square that we used to know and love?

I love how all those white hipsters always pine for the "good old days" when Times Square had 45 porno shops all over the place, street walkers galore, heroin addicts, etc. etc. and then they whine how it's been "Disneyfied" and the neighborhood lost it's character.

Sorry, hate to inform you, the "good old days" were not so good. As lame as it is now with cheesey sketch artists and vendors selling schlocky wares to Euro Trash tourists, it's a helluva lot better then it was back then.

NYPD: Bring out the Paddy wagon. It's time for an Easter Sunday Easter Egg hunt. Round up the usual suspects!!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah...
you would rather hang out in Harlem? Be my guest!

Did just that... 2 years back.

I unwittingly pulled a blue handkerchief from my pocket to catch a wet sneeze at the top of Sugar Hill one night when I suddenly spotted a silver auto pistol being pulled from a brother's pocket.

That's right folks...a "Blood" gang banger.

They though I was a "Cripp"
rival with my blue hankie.

I quickly mentioned some local names and all was cool.