Saturday, September 12, 2009

All thanks to Bloomberg

From Lost City:


Anonymous said...

Years ago a car with a smashed window had an "I love New York" bag taped over it to keep out the rain.

Gotta love the irony.

Anonymous said...

They got that right. Way too expensive to live here anymore. Taxes, utilities, transit, rent, everything keeps going up. We are in a recession for pete's sake! Stop the increases for a while.

Anonymous said...

Bloomberg is intent on squeezing the middle class out of NYC like toothpaste from a tube!


Because they are his most vociferous critics.

The poorer working class "slobs" (as he sees them) have no spare time to attend rallies and such to criticize hizzoner's poor performance because they're holding down at least 2 jobs and need their beauty sleep.

Suzannah B. Troy artist said...

The above link is to comparing Mike Bloomberg to "Being There" but the movie would be a comedy horror flick more horror than comedy about how nothing he does wrong or any scandal like the Steve Rattner money manger pension fund scandal seems to actually touch him.

Regarding that image -- I had one years ago written in to the end of this poem as a t-shirt
"I love NY, I just can't afford it anymore t-shirt"

I had a verbal battle with Amanda Burden on the phone about St. Ann's 120 East 12th and that made it into the poem along with the mayor's cigarette campaign contrasted with him closing our firehouses.

Thanks Queens Crap,
Suzannah B. Troy

ceiling on my head lady said...

How about my new song.. Toot tootsie Goodbye... New York mayors always lie.

Where's my agent?

Love the poem Suzzanah.

faster340 said...

Everybody else gets poorer while Bloombucks gets richer! Go figure!

Ridgewoodian said...

"All thanks to Bloomberg"

Hmmmmmmm.....I remember it being a pretty pricy town under Giuliani. And Dinkins. And Kotch, although I was only here for the last few months of Kotch. I don't know if it's ever been a cheap city to live in; it certainly hasn't been for the twenty years I've been here. Maybe the mayor bears some responsibility but I don't think you can blame it entirely on him.

Anonymous said...

Houses in my neighborhood were $200,000 under Giuliani. Under Bloomberg, they went up to $750,000. Yet the salaries of people living here didn't go up along with the home values.

Under Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani, there were many low and middle income people living in Manhattan. Today, there are maybe a third of that population left.

When Bloomberg took office, the subway was $1.50. Now it's $2.25.

Property taxes have gone through the roof as well as water and sewer charges. Soon he'll tax the air we breathe, but offer a tax break to those living above the 20th floor.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget the ticket blitzes.

It's true. Under all previous mayors most could afford to buy a home in the neighborhood they grew up in. Today that's rarely the case unless you are willing to get in over your head, which is why we have so many foreclosures.

Anonymous said...

It's also why they dumped residency requirements for many city jobs like police. They could not have it both ways--pay a rookie under 30K and have him pay several hundred thousand for a home or over a thousand a month for an apartment at the same time.

Anonymous said...

It was relatively cheaper "Ridgewoodian" with more resources available and far less over development straining our infrastructure.

And it's "KOCH" not "KOTCH".

Any real New Yorker would know that.

But I must confess that I prefer your spelling because it sounds like crotch.

And what a dick Mayor Ed was...connected to the Donald Manes scandal, etc. !

I recommend reading "City For Sale" for a vivid view of the Koch years.