Sunday, May 16, 2021

Please turn your Brooklyn down, we're tryin' to sleep ova heah

Okay, 5 hours ago was pretty early in the morning. Don't you folks sleep? Oh, sorry, you couldn't because of these assholes. In all seriousness, this isn't just a Brooklyn thing, it's happening ALL OVER the damn city and Queens is getting more than its fair share.

Why is absolutely nothing done about this? The progressives want cars banned yet have nothing to say about this wackadoo culture, which affects not "pedestrians," "cyclists" or "drivers" but people trying to sleep in their own beds?

The Blaz: "Why so serious?"

 


NY Daily News 

 Hizzoner has been in such a good mood recently, he’s been making numerous wisecracks and puns at public appearances.

The attempts at showmanship make for a strong contrast with his mood at events through the end of last year, when New Yorkers were wondering whether the COVID-19 pandemic was spiraling out of control.

But with a historic vaccination campaign underway and infection numbers down, Mayor de Blasio has been on much more jovial.

In his latest gag during a briefing, he cut to a video feed from the Shack Shake in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, where the chain’s CEO Randy Garutti touted an offer of free burgers and fries for people who get vaccinated.

By the time the video jumped back to the mayor in City Hall’s stately Blue Room, he had a Shake Shack meal in front of him.

“Did you say free fries when you get vaccinated?” he said playfully before he stuffed a handful in his mouth. “I got vaccinated.

“You’re saying I can get this — delicious fries — wait a minute, but there’s also a burger element to this?” de Blasio said with a mischievous smile.

“If this is appealing to you, just think of this when you think of vaccination,” he said before chomping down. “Mmm, vaccination! I’m getting a very good feeling about vaccination right this moment.”

The silly streak comes with just over seven months left in the de Blasio administration. During the mayor’s tenure, headlines have been dominated by the scandal over the Campaign for One New York — his nonprofit that nearly got him indicted — his humiliating 2020 presidential run and the coronavirus pandemic.

None of that made for an atmosphere of levity at City Hall and Gracie Mansion.

But with COVID-19 numbers improving, the mayor has been promoting the coming months as the “Summer of New York City,” expressing a love of the Big Apple long absent from his administration, according to his critics.

It probably doesn’t hurt that Hizzoner’s main nemesis, Gov. Cuomo, has been reeling from scandals over allegations of sexual misconduct and his handling of coronavirus deaths at nursing homes.

Asked why he’s been so upbeat at a recent press conference, de Blasio shied away from mentioning his arch-rival’s crises.

“There’s a lot of good stuff happening and a lot of people are working together. Those are the kinds of things that make me happy,” he said on April 22.

Admin note:

What I really like about this Daily News article is how it's similar to my post about how the Blaz and his media management monkeys have been slicing up their press briefing uploads, cutting out reporters questions and also the responses by the Mayor and his health commissioner. Which they did again in the most recent video where the joke from Park Slope was scarfing down fries and a burger like a degenerate slob. Most of all, I appreciate the Daily News for posting those briefings in full, because while I am still deplatformed on Twitter, I bombed the hell out of the comments section on those videos, so my voice will still be heard by the masses. (Well, maybe hundreds) Ciao, baby.

There's a new double COVID variant coming to town

 


  Progress New York

Despite the devastating toll of the double-variant of the Coronavirus wreaking havoc in India, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio (WFP-New York City) is keeping mum about conducting Genomic sequencing for the foreign mutation, designated as B.1.617. For this report, the press office supporting Mayor de Blasio refused to acknowledge that it was an act of “neglect” to fail to sequence for B.1.617 in New York City.

NYC Health, the Municipal health department, last reported Genomic sequencing on May 4 of a subset of virus specimens taken from New York City residents. NYC Health tracks five variants being monitored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (B.1.1.7, B.1.351, B.1.429, B.1.427, and P.1), in addition to three other variants being monitored by New York City health officials (B.1.526/B.1.526.2, B.1525, and P.2). But City health officials have not been tracking the B.1.617 double-variant from India.

In recent weeks, the B.1.617 double-variant has reportedly been detected in the San Francisco Bay Area ; Shelby County, Tennessee ; Clinton County, Michigan ; and Jefferson County, Ohio.

The oversight comes as the Coronavirus pandemic has been described as “changing too quickly,” given the emergence and spread of new variants and the decline in vaccination rates, leading to a reported loss of faith that global herd immunity might be achievable, according to a report published by the New York Times.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (WFP-New York City) was highly critical of the easing of economic activity restrictions by Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), according to a report published on Friday by the political magazine Web site, City & State. The success of the reopening would depend on whether New Yorkers continued to follow public health guidelines that recommended the wearing of masks and adhering to social distancing, Dr. Danielle Ompad, an associate professor of epidemiology at New York University, said for the City & State report. There was a sense that the public would change their behaviour in the face of changes in Government policy, Dr. Ompad said.

The emphasis to reopen the economy requires a change from focusing on public health to individual risk sensibilities, according to an essay by Joseph Allen, an associate public health professor at Harvard University, published in the Washington Post that was later cited in a CNN report.

Early in the Coronavirus pandemic, Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo were faulted for failing to condition the public to change their behaviour in order to contain the initial outbreak, according to a report published by the New Yorker magazine.

To promote the reopening of the economy, Mayor de Blasio has announced a tourism campaign to encourage travel to New York City, and Gov. Cuomo moved up the scheduled reopening from Mayor de Blasio’s proposed date of July 1 to May 19, according to reports. The moves fly in the face of past efforts by Gov. Cuomo to blame travel for the spread of the Coronavirus.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

High noon


 

NY Post 

Brazen gunslingers are shooting the daylights out of the Big Apple.

After a shocking execution in Park Slope and last Saturday afternoon’s shooting spree in Times Square, The Post requested crime data to see if the impression that criminals have become bolder in broad daylight is true.

Sadly, it appears so.

As of April 25, the NYPD recorded 374 shootings this year — and 119, or 32 percent, occurred between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. During the same period last year there were 213 shootings — with 63, or 30 percent, happening in daylight.

The 2-percent uptick in the percentage of daylight-to-overall shootings was not as worrisome to the cops’ union as the surging frequency of daytime gunplay: the increase from 63 shootings last year to 119 this year represents an 89-percent explosion.

“The increase in brazen, broad-daylight shootings just confirms what we already knew: violent criminals have no fear anymore,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch told The Post.

“They know that the police are underfunded, understaffed and hobbled by pro-criminal politicians and a broken justice system,” he added. “They know that if we arrest them in the morning, they’ll be back out in time for dinner. If New Yorkers don’t want a city where criminals control both the night and the day, they need to push elected officials to act

 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Caption the Mayor of Shake Shack




 A very special extra caption Friday courtesy of the shamelessly shilling dope from Park Slope

 

This awful man is mocking every real New Yorker right now.

Caption this couple looking longingly and wantingly at the East River Pool

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Crappy Friday Les Miserables, it's caption time. Wonder what else this couple thinks about this stupid ass pool, which is clearly only meant for the wealthy denizens of riverfront Brooklyn.

Structual problems at Bayside LIRR station are being neglected







There are ongoing problems at the Bayside Long Island Rail Road Station that impact several thousand dally riders. I give the LIRR full credit for installation of new concrete ties and ballast.  This will insure a safer and more comfortable ride. They have also recently completed repairs to sections of the west bound platform edge.


As you can see by the accompanying photos, there is still other significant outstanding maintenance and repair work to be done. The original wooden support beams for various sections of the canopy have deteriorated.  Pigeons have moved into the rotting bottom section of the west bound canopy stairs roof. Other portions of the canopy roof are also in need of repair.  Pigeons droppings can be seen at the bottom of the west bound stairs and second set of stairs for the east bound platform.  The metal structure supporting the over pass connecting the east and west bound platforms have begun accumulating rust.  There is also a hole in one of the east bound steel stair cases.  Pigeons have also found a second home in the hole on the roof over the ticket office side facing the platform.


Why has the LIRR waited so long to allow these issues to grow even worse? When will the necessary repairs to these structural deficiencies be dealt with and completed? - Larry Penner


Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked 31 years for the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.  This included the development, review, approval and oversight for grants supporting billions in capital projects and programs on behalf of the MTA, NYC Transit bus and subway, Long Island and Metro North Rail Roads, MTA Bus and NYC Department of Transportation along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ).

 


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Willets Point housing development can begin

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QNS

 

The Queens Borough Board on Monday, May 10, voted to approve a long-term lease for Phase 1A of the Willets Point Development, which will contain affordable residential units, a public school, community facility space and public open space. 

Borough President Donovan Richards approved the motion receiving nine votes and one abstention, on the condition that the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) conduct reporting on the school remediation cleanup to the local board and borough president’s office, a meeting every other month to address concerns of the community as the development proceeds, and that Community Board 7 receive a 50 percent allotment of affordable housing, unless there are changes under the federal, state or Housing Preservation Department (HPD). 

Councilman Francisco Moya, who is the chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises and represents the area, said the historic vote is an exciting step toward getting affordable housing for residents. 

“After decades of bad deals and failed attempts, no project has gotten this far under Council members in past administrations. This is historic,” Moya said. “This historic project will bring the deepest levels of affordability: 1,100 units of affordable housing, zero market rate units, and units set aside for older New Yorkers and those transitioning out of the shelter system or formerly without housing. It will also bring a publicly accessible open space, a new public elementary school and environmental remediation.” With limited infrastructure and a history of environmental degradation, Willets Point — situated between Corona and Flushing — is located within the 100-year floodplain. The site is within proximity of the No. 7 train line, LIRR, major highways, LaGuardia Airport, Citi Field and Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It is also adjacent to Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. 

The city has been working with community partners such as Queens Community Boards 7, 3 and 4, to reimagine Willets Point in ways that would create new opportunities for residents and businesses, according to NYCEDC, a major partner in the city’s efforts to continue growing and diversifying economic growth throughout Queens. 

During its virtual presentation, NYCEDC’s 384B4 proposal for the site includes their policy goals, lease business terms, and the next milestones for the area that will become a major new mixed-income neighborhood. 

“Queens deserves better and Willets Point could be a place that truly serves the borough and surrounding communities,” said Jana Pohorelsky, assistant vice president of NYCEDC. “Under this administration, the city has been focused on delivering the first phase of the entire 61-acre special Willets Point District.” 

NYCEDC’s business terms for the Willets Point Development include new utilities and streets; approximately 1,100 units of affordable housing with 220 units designated for seniors; 25,000 square feet of retail space; 3,000 square feet of community space; 310 parking spaces; 1 acre of open space; and the School Construction Authority (SCA) development of a K-8 school that will have 650 seats — a 44 percent increase from the number of seats announced in 2018. 

About 23 acres of the site is under city control, according to Pohorelsky, with a focus on the first 6 acres of land, that is referred to as Phase 1, kickstarting the remediation and infrastructure investment that will pave the way for long-awaited public benefits for the area. 

According to NYCEDC, the site will be leased to Queens Development Group, a joint venture of Sterling Equities and Related, pursuant to multiple ground leases each for a term of up to 99 years, on terms consistent with HPD affordable housing programs. QDG will participate in HireNYC, offering prevailing wage and setting a 25 percent target for hiring minority and/or women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) firms. 

Argh! United Towing & Collision illegal parking

 


Illegal Parking  -  Commercial Overnight Parking

United Towing and Collision 23-34 42 STREET, QUEENS (ASTORIA), NY, 11105 QUEENS

This business parks their damaged cars and trucks all over the neighborhood, creating an eyesore and taking up parking for the residents. There are feral cats living under some of the cars in the streets too.

They must be in cahoots with the police because the police do nothing. We have bene complaining for years to no avail. Come and take a look around the area and you will see their crappy cars and trucks everywhere. This is a quiet tree lined, grassy neighborhood and these cars parked all over really bring down the look of the area.

 For Example:

Abandoned MTA plow on 23rd Road near Sound Street.

Minivan with PA Dealer plates (J78 463J) on 23rd Road, there almost a year.

Winnebago van with VT plates (see photo below), parked there for almost a year.

Cars parked on Astoria Blvd North and across 42nd Street (see photo below).

 

Signed, Irritated in Astoria.

Chairperson of hate crimes task force trashes bail reform laws

 

Eyewitness News 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brad Lander funds the privatized police

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NY Daily News 

Comptroller candidate and City Councilman Brad Lander has been a vocal supporter of defunding the police, but when it comes to a private police force that serves Brooklyn’s Hasidic communities, he’s been a lot more forthcoming with cash.

From 2011 to 2015, Lander, a Democrat who represents Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, doled out $30,000 to the Shmira Civilian Volunteer Patrol of Boro Park for providing security in the neighborhood, Council records show.

Lander is now running for city comptroller, and if elected, would serve as the city’s top fiscal watchdog with oversight of the city’s vast pension funds. During his run, and in the months before, he’s been an outspoken proponent of the defund movement.

But his past support of the Shomrim patrol has raised hackles among fellow political lefties.

“He was funding an organization that hasn’t been trained as well as the police department has been trained. It’s incapable of handling situations like it should,” said Lander’s longtime colleague Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Queens). “If Brad really believes in deescalation and defunding the police, he should find groups that are trained in deescalation.”

Dromm also accused the Shomrim of being “notoriously homophobic” for not hiring gays.

Last June on the Council’s website, Lander expressed his support of defunding the police.

“I am fighting for $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD this year, and I am committed to voting no on a budget that does not make significant cuts to the NYPD,” he wrote.

His comments came during a bruising budget battle that led to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who’s also running for comptroller, being attacked for not cutting the NYPD’s budget more deeply. At the time, Johnson was planning a run for mayor, but dropped that effort. In March, he announced his comptroller run. Other candidates in that race include state Sens. Brian Benjamin and Kevin Parker, Assemblyman David Weprin, former CNBC journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, businessman Zach Iscol and Terri Lifton, a compliance officer in private investment.

In Council appropriation statements from 2014 and 2015, Lander justified spending on Shomrim, writing that the money was for “operational expenses, including two-way radios, uniforms and other supplies to assist in providing safety and security services for the community.”

 Shmira’s president during that time was Jacob Daskal, who in March was indicted for coercing a minor into sex.

The Department of Transportation lowers speed limits on boulevards and will build more of them for bicycles

 


 

CBS New York 

 The city is pumping the brakes on drivers. Mayor Bill de Blasio will lower the speed limit on 45 miles of streets.

The speed limit along a nearly four-mile stretch of Astoria Boulevard will go from 30 to 25 mph.

“These are not small changes in terms of their potential impact on the safety of New Yorkers,” Department of Transportation Commissioner Henry Gutman told reporters, including CBS2’s Kevin Rincon on Monday.

The city is focused on 10 major roadways where the most accidents happen, places like Woodhaven Boulevard, the Van Wyck service road, and Pelham Parkway in the Bronx.

In Queens, drivers have mixed reactions.

“It’s for the better, honestly, because elderly people walking by, you don’t want to hurt them. You don’t want to feel that guilt because you were rushing to work, or you had road rage,” one person said.

“The traffic has to keep flowing in this area or we’re all going to be stuck. So it could be good, could be bad. I don’t really know,” another driver said.

“Thirty is high speed, but 25 is okay, is low, is too low to drive, but I think it’s safer for the pedestrians,” another added.

Making sure cars go slower in congested areas is the mayor’s goal, as he tries to deal with a growing number of pedestrian deaths.

“It’s clear you have to do something differently when you see that,” de Blasio said. “In the end, lowering speed limits creates accountability and saves lives.” 

Queens Post.

The city will create a “bike boulevard” along 39th Avenue in Sunnyside by the end of the year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.

The avenue is one of five streets across the city that will be transformed into bike boulevards by either November or December this year. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be creating one “bike boulevard” per borough.

De Blasio shared few details during his press briefing this morning as to what the new initiative involves.

According to a press release from City Hall, the DOT aims to slow down cars and limit traffic volume along bike boulevards “to create low-stress bike infrastructure in a pedestrian-friendly environment.”

De Blasio didn’t name the cross streets along 39th Avenue where the bike boulevard would be created.

The City has already converted a section of 39th Avenue, from 45th Street to Woodside Avenue, to an Open Street, which is closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on most days. Local traffic, however, is permitted access for parking, deliveries and drop-offs at all hours.

“[Bike boulevards are] going to come with a variety of measures to make it a safe environment for bicyclists and connect key bike lanes to each other,” de Blasio said during a morning press conference.

The Department of Transportation will present proposals for each bike boulevard to local lawmakers and community boards in the coming weeks.

De Blasio also announced that the DOT will be creating a new protected bike lane along Northern Boulevard to connect the 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge.

The DOT has already installed “Bike route” signs along Broadway, which connects Northern Boulevard to 34th Avenue.

Update: By the luxury tower enthusiasts at blog Gothamist.

 A chart of all the open boulevards across the city

Over the next "few weeks," ten stretches of roadway in New York City will be transformed into Open Boulevards, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, bringing outdoor dining, picnic tables, community activities, art, and performances to car-free streets.

The program, which was designed in partnership with the Department of Transportation and NYC & Compnay, the city's official tourism organization, is meant to create destinations for both locals and visitors from out of town.

"This is the kind of thing people are going to love, because all the life and vitality of New York City, all the diversity, all the energy will be on display," the mayor said. "This is going to be the summer of New York City, and Open Boulevards are going to be a great example of a reason people will flock here."

 The announcement came after the City Council voted late last week to make the Open Streets program permanent, to put it under the Department of Transportation's control, and to expand the program to neighborhoods that have been underserved by it thus far.

Andrew Rigie, the head of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, applauded the Open Boulevards announcement, adding that the Open Restaurants program thus far has allowed about 100,000 jobs to return.

"I have no doubt when we expand this program through the Open Boulevards program and weave it with beautification and art installations and cultural initiatives and really get communities involved, we build back a more resilient, a more livable city that supports everyone in so many different ways," he said.

Responding to concerns that blocking off traffic on major commercial roads such as Ditmars Boulevard would create a mess off traffic on residential side streets, Jee Mee Kim, the Chief Strategy Officer for the Department of Transportation, said the Open Boulevards locations were selected based on pre-existing Open Streets. But she acknowledged the "underlying tension" about how streets are prioritized.

"The reason why all the Open Boulevards and Open Streets are temporary is that we're trying them out," said Kim. "Hopefully it will be a raring success, and folks will get used to driving around these streets. And I think in the end we're going to see a net benefit for the community and the businesses."

The reason I highlighted this is because de Blasio just might be using money from the federal emergency stimulus funds President Biden gave New York to make these "Open Boulevards" happen.

de Blasio. Doesn't. Care. About. His. Constituents. Especially those who need (and have an absolute right) to drive.



City approves fancy pool on filthy river

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NY Post

 This watery venture just scored a formal street address in the middle of the East River.

Futuristic floating swimming-hole project Plus Pool (+ Pool) has officially been given a city-approved location to drop anchor slightly north of the Manhattan Bridge, in the water adjacent to the Lower East Side, Curbed reported.

The project was first conceived in 2010 when four friends at design firm PlayLab floated it by two members of architecture firm Family.

“It started as a simple idea: Instead of trying to clean the entire river, what if you started by just cleaning a small piece of it?” states a project history on Plus Pool’s official website. “With this thought in mind, four designers proposed + POOL — a floating plus-shaped pool in the inner harbor of the NYC waterfront, designed to filter the very river that it floats in through its walls, cleaning more than 600,000 gallons of water every single day.” 

The friends then crowdsourced over $40,000 for their giant East River Brita-filter idea, tested some of its filtration mechanisms at Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011 and pitched it to city officials.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Queens Black Lives Matter mural doesn't matter anymore

 

Impunity City

 

In a few weeks, New York City (and other American cities) will be recognizing the one year anniversary of the extrajudicial murder of George Floyd committed by Officer Derek Chauvin and also the start of the Black Lives Matter mass protest demonstrations that followed it.

Which brings up Mayor de Blasio’s feeble recognition of that momentous tragedy and other preventable deaths at the hands of overzealous police based on the race of the victims. Inspired by Mayor Muriel Browser, who ordered a mural of the movement’s universal political slogan on a street in Washington D.C, the Blaz decided to sextuple down on Browser’s tribute and painted 6 murals on the 5 boroughs. The one placed on the world’s borough of Queens was on Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, right in front of the landmark Rufus King house and park. 

So the Blaz DOES know crime is up in the subway


  

Wall St. Journal

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says that crime on the subway is low, but his office is still launching a travel-buddy program for government employees who feel unsafe commuting to work.

The city announced the program in an April 30 email to employees ahead of an estimated 80,000 government workers returning on a rotating schedule to their offices this month. Most municipal offices had been closed over the past year because of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Returning employees have the option of signing up to be matched as travel partners with another worker in their neighborhood, according to the email, which The Wall Street Journal reviewed. A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio said it was too soon to say how many employees signed up for the program.

“Our mission is to make New York City safer for everyone; that’s why we have transit officers and mental health teams in the subway system, and that’s why we’re spearheading this effort to make our colleagues feel comfortable after a year away from the office,” the spokesman, Mitch Schwartz, said in a statement.

Officials at the state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s subway, have spent months calling for more police officers in the system.

Looks like the Blaz doesn't know what the hell he's talking bout either about how unsafe the subway is. 

Oh, look no further where that Thrive funding is being spent; on chaperones for frightened city workers from gentrified parts of Brooklyn.

Monday, May 10, 2021

NYC Thrive continues sending city money and services into the void

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THE CITY

In the fall of 2017, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene signed a contract to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to rehab a 14,000-square-foot former IRS office inside an anonymous beige Bronx building covered with graffiti.

The project was part of a key criminal justice reform Mayor Bill de Blasio adopted in 2014. The idea: to create state-of-the-art “diversion centers” staffed by mental health experts where police could drop off people experiencing mental health crises instead of escorting them to hospital ERs or jail — institutions ill-equipped to deal with their needs.

The city committed $52 million to fix up and run the Bronx facility for a decade. But nearly four years later, the place sits empty.

Meanwhile, the city dedicated $51 million to a similar operation in East Harlem that opened this past November. The number of people brought in for help so far: 45, or $1.1 million per visit.

Diversion centers eventually became part of the Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC, a broader program run by de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, to improve the lives of New Yorkers struggling with mental health issues.

ThriveNYC has come under fire for costs upwards of $1 billion and for the administration’s inability to provide evidence the program is working. Last week, de Blasio rebranded ThriveNYC — changing its name to the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health.

The purpose behind diversion centers was to stop cycling people with mental illness through the criminal justice system instead of getting them treatment and other services.

Meanwhile, deadly encounters between NYPD officers and people in emotional distress have led to 18 fatalities in the last five years — driving demands to remove cops from the equation.

Even as the diversion centers sit empty or underused, de Blasio made the surprise announcement April 29 that another $112 million would be spent on a new program to pair EMT teams with social workers to handle 911 calls citywide about people having a breakdown, without sending police.

EMTs, though, aren’t signing up in big numbers.

You can say the only diversion center that actually functions in this city is de Blasio and McCray's joint mayoralty budget money laundering apparatus in City Hall.

Homeless man gets murdered on the street a month after criticizing and avoiding city shelters for their lack of safety

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Queens Eagle

It’s become a weekly event for Lukasz Ruszczyk: Sanitation workers visit him on the sidewalk beneath the train tracks that mark the Ridgewood-Glendale border. A Department of Homeless Services employee encourages Ruszczyk to move into a city homeless shelter and looks on as the Sanitation crew tosses his stuff into a garbage truck.

Ruszczyk declines the recommendation to leave, and the laborers come back a few days later. They have visited three times in March, according to notices left by outreach workers informing Ruszczyk of the pending sweeps.

Ruszczyk, 38, says they can keep coming. He has no intention of leaving unless it means securing a permanent and private home. 

“I went to a shelter. I was robbed several times,” he told the Eagle Tuesday, minutes after the latest sweep. “I’d rather freeze than go back.” 

Queens Post

Lukasz Ruszczyk, who was living on the streets of Ridgewood, succumbed to his injuries at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center nearly five days after he was assaulted by another homeless man, police said.

Ruszczyk was found intoxicated and beaten, laying on the sidewalk by a bus stop at Forest Avenue and Putnam Avenue on Friday, April 30 at 3 a.m. A witness called 911 and an ambulance rushed him to Wyckoff Heights, police said.

Doctors discovered that Ruszczyk had bruising about his torso and had suffered a severe brain injury — signs of an apparent assault. Hospital officials called officers from the 104th Precinct to investigate.

Police later learned that a woman had called 911 just before 6 p.m. on Thursday to report a group of homeless men fighting at the same location where Ruszczyk was found hours later.

Officers arrested 35-year-old Piotr Wilk, who is also homeless, on murder charges.

And now a word from the original Crapper:

So this Ridgewood homeless guy refused to go to a shelter because they are too dangerous yet the RTU calls people racist for opposing these same shelters and fought for him to remain on the street where he was killed. You can't make this up.

What's your opinion? We like to know-JQ LLC (channeling the old WPIX editorial guy)

Two new luxury public housing buildings arise in Astoria and Long Island City

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Queens Post

Two affordable housing lotteries are now open in Long Island City and Astoria, but only to people who make at least $68,500 a year.

In total, 13 apartments are up for grabs across the two apartment buildings — which are both located on Crescent Street. To be eligible for the lotteries, residents must make 130 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

There are six units available in a newly constructed building at 38-35 Crescent St., with three one bedrooms and three two bedrooms.

The one-bedroom units are open to households of one to three people who make between $72,858 and $139,620 combined annually. Rent costs $2,125 a month.

Three two-bedroom units are open to households of two to five people who make between $86,572 and $167,570 combined annually. Rent costs $2,525 a month.

Tenants must pay for electricity, including the cost of heat, in addition to rent.

The Long Island City building owner is offering three months of rent free on initial leases, according to the NYC Housing Connect site. The building offers a host of amenities such as an elevator, laundry room, parking garage and roof deck.

There are also seven units available through the lottery at 30-82 Crescent St. in Astoria.

One studio apartment is available for $2,000 a month to households of one to two people who make between $68,572 and $124,150 combined annually.

Five one-bedroom units are available for $2,200 a month to households of one to three people who make between $75,429 and $139,620 combined annually.

One two-bedroom unit is available for $2,823 a month to households of two to five people who make between $96,789 and $167,570 combined annually.

 

 


Malcolm Smith was sprung from prison last year and nobody knew about it.

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 NY Post

 Former state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith was quietly sprung early from prison last year — and is being allowed to complete the remainder of his seven-year public corruption sentence at his home in Queens, The Post has learned.

News of Smith’s home confinement comes after ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was furloughed for a few days after having served less than a year of six-and-a-half year sentence for corruption — but was quickly ordered back to the clink by federal authorities.

The federal Bureau of Prisons said Smith, 64, was transferred from Lewisburg prison in Pennsylvania to “community confinement” on May 27, 2020, during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Smith’s projected release date from custody is Oct. 22, 2021.

Law enforcement sources said it’s not unusual for the BOP to transition inmates to community supervision or home confinement near the end of their sentence.

Smith is back at his home in Jamaica, Queens, and was outside wearing a bathrobe and watering his lawn Sunday morning. 

 Malcolm is home. I spoke to Malcolm and I spoke to his wife,” said Queens Assemblywoman Vivian Cook. “He’s doing fine.”

Another pal who spoke to Smith said, “Malcolm sounded terrific. He’s a man of faith,”

The Manhattan US Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted Smith, declined comment.

Smith, a Democrat who represented southeast Queens in the state Senate, was convicted of corrupting the political process by trying to buy his way onto the Republican ballot in a scheme to become mayor of New York City in 2013.

He was done in when he unknowingly turned to Moses Stern — a crooked Rockland County developer turned cooperating federal witness — as well as another man Smith thought was a developer but who was actually an undercover federal agent.

Smith pushed both for money to aid in his mayoral dream by steering funds to city Republican Party officials.

In turn, Smith promised them $500,000 in transportation funds for a project in Spring Valley.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

To be the next mayor, the old medium is still the message

  

The Jewish Voice

The city comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, is kicking off his first television ad campaign this week, marking the beginning of a new, intense, and expensive phase of the race eight weeks out from the June 22 primary that is likely to determine the next mayor of New York.

 The first phase of the most important mayoral campaign in our lifetime did nothing to help the public find a new mayor who can reverse the economic destruction caused by COVERT to the city.   Phase one of the campaign consisted mostly of candidates taking selfies with supporters around the city for twitter and Facebook and zoom calls. The zoom calls often had several candidates speaking to special interest insider groups, were not debates, but talking point discussion written to gain the support of the group hosting the call, written by the candidate’s public relations consultants

 So far, we know the candidates want more money for bike lanes, animal rights and everything else, but they do not explain where the city which is suffering the worse fiscal crisis since the depression, will get the funding.  The voters have no idea which of the candidates will better manage or fix the city’s long-term problems like homelessness or the new ones like 40% of the city’s businesses closed permanently, because they are not discussed beyond the candidate promising to fix all the city’s problems.

   There has been no vetting by debates or by journalists of any of these candidates’ promises or plans.As the TV phase of the campaign now begins more New Yorkers will be exposed to the better funded mayoral candidates as their TVs, Phones and Computers will be bombarded with campaign ads, but those commercials will still be talking points written by campaign consultants.  However if the past is prolog those TV ads, if done right. could be enough to elect the next mayor.

In 1977 the Brilliant TV commercials created by media genius the late David Garth were enough to elect Ed Koch as mayor.   Mario M. Cuomo was running for mayor against Mr. Garth’s come-from-behind creation, Edward I. Koch, Mr. Cuomo sardonically demanded: “What hath Garth wrought?”   

Koch often said he would never have been elected mayor without Garth’s commercials.  He was 10 points behind before Garth started his commercials.

 The late Roger Ailes, former Fox News president and political consultant himself, said “Garth was a political guy who learned how to use television rather than a television guy who learned politics,” Mr. Ailes said. “Nobody knew New York better.   Years after his lost to Koch, Mario Cuomo would recruit Mr. Garth for one of his own campaigns for governor, which he won.   So did Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg who both became mayors of NYC.

Shout out to @UnitedNYBlogs, who wrote this post for the Jewish Voice and ran the essential True News blog, for still tagging me in his tweets even though I'm still unreasonably and unjustifiably deplatformed.

  #FreeJQLLC

The South Richmond Hill Horror

 

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Impunity City 

 

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Two women and a little girl got shot in Times Square in broad daylight

 

Impunity City

Seems like bad old days again in the new Times Square…

Why wait for Broadway to re-open and spend a grand on Hamilton when you can see a duel between two shitty gunmen on the street?

 NY Daily News

Three people — two women and a four-year-old girl — where hit by stray bullets when a gunman took aim at another man in Times Square on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Police were called to the area near W. 44th St. and Seventh Ave. around 4:55 p.m.

The victims were rushed to local hospitals. Two victims taken to Bellevue Hospital, including the little girl, did not suffer life-threatening wounds, said police.

None of the three victims were known to each other, law enforcement sources said. One of the injured woman is 23 years old, and the other is 42 years old.

The mayhem began when two men on a street corner started arguing, and one of them pulled a gun, said police sources.

Caption The Blaz screwing off on the Empire State Building

Dance troupe misses out on city's arts and culture recovery

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QNS

 

As New York City moves toward its COVID reopening May 19, the renaissance comes too late for a dance company in Astoria.

The board of the Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre announced Thursday that it is dissolving the organization, closing its Astoria-based dance center and the dance company due to “the ongoing difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic,” effective immediately.

“On behalf of the board, we’re saddened to announce the dissolution of the organization and the closure of the RIOULT Dance Center,” former Chairman of the Board Hope Greenfield said. “We had expected many great things for the future of the company, especially with our new center in Astoria, but the pandemic has sadly brought an end to our plans.”

For nearly three decades, the Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre was part of the city’s dance community performing 12 of its New York seasons at the Joyce Theater in Manhattan. The dance company also performed at theaters and festivals across the country including: New York City Fall for Dance; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Central Park SummerStage; the American Dance Festival in Raleigh, N.C.; the Annenberg Center; and Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, California.

International venues included the Cannes International Festival, Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France, the Tamaulipas International Festival in Mexico as well as venues in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Japan.

The RIOULT Dance Center opened in October 2018 in Astoria and quickly became a safe and welcoming space for dancers from all across the New York City area to take classes, rehearse and create, as well as function as a home for the dance company. The school was dedicated to community-based arts programming, providing an educational resource for western Queens.

“I am sorry that my dream of establishing a home for the company and school that celebrates the diversity and richness of dance has come to this unfortunate end, and has necessitated the closure of the dance company,” Founder Pascal Rioult said. “I am grateful for the dedication of my Board, my staff, my dancers, my teachers, and the artists who made the center a vibrant place. I am proud of the reputation RIOULT Dance NY has garnered over 27 years. My entire life has been dedicated to dance and even though this chapter is closing, my choreographic career has not come to an end.

 

NY Senate bill is a firestarter

 


 QNS

Two key figures in the western Queens NYCHA community have joined a coalition of leading business organizations and consumer product safety advocates who are warning that a proposed ban on flame retardants in New York state could increase fire-induced deaths, injury and property damage and further ravage an already struggling economy.

The ban would prohibit the sale of a broad range of products for use in residential settings that contain some of the most commonly used fire retardants, products that provide an important layer of protection by helping to stop or delay the onset and spread of fires, providing additional life-saving time to escape a fire, according to the American Chemistry Council.

“The threat of fires is something we live with every day as public housing residents,” Astoria Houses Tenant Association President Claudia Coger said. “It is deeply troubling that lawmakers would consider taking action that could make it easier for fires to spread and even more difficult for residents to escape in a life-or-death situation.”

If enacted, the ban would impact a broad range of fire retardant substances found in everyday household items — including computers, televisions, mobile phones, video game consoles, children’s toys, electronics used for infants, exercise equipment such as stationary bikes and treadmills, couches and mattresses — which would become fuel for fires across the five boroughs. Research has demonstrated that fire death rates are higher in states with larger percentages of people who are African-American, lower-income and smokers, and have less formal education.

Fire safety is also a critical issue for senior citizens. Older adults continue to experience a disproportionate share of fire deaths. Although adults aged 65 and over are only 16 percent of the U.S. population, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data shows that individuals 65 and over make up 33 percent of fire deaths. According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, by 2060, the number of individuals ages 65 or older is expected to be 95 million — nearly double the amount in 2017. Of the 114 civilian home fire fatalities in New York in 2020, 43 were older adults.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Brooklyn woman sick of de Blasio's denials about subway crime

Maybe more painting and dancing on the subway might help... 

The Blaz's recovery for all of us is being trumped by the new bad days.

de Blasio cares more about unvaccinated tourists than unvaccinated constituents

 

NY Post

A hotdog from Coney Island, an “I heart NY” T-shirt from Times Square… and a COVID-19 vaccine from the Department of Health. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to make a jab in the arm the Big Apple’s next great souvenir — by offering the coronavirus vaccine to tourists, he announced Thursday. But the state would need to approve the idea.

“This summer you’re going to see tourism come alive again in New York City,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing. “We want to go the extra mile, make it easy for tourists, if they’re here, get vaccinated while you’re here.”

The de Blasio administration is hoping to set up mobile immunization sites at popular destinations around the city like Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, and the High Line in order to get out-of-towners inoculated against COVID-19 with Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine, Hizzoner said.

“It makes sense to put mobile vaccination sites where the tourists are,” de Blasio said. “That is good for all of us that they get vaccinated. It’s good for them, it’s another reason to be here and know you’re going to be taken care of.”

I guess it hasn't dawned on this idiot at all that people from other states and nations might have got their shots where they are from. This might work with visitors from India, but they are sort of not allowed to come here right now. Maybe send these mobile vac sites to people that are here now.

The Blaz adds Thrive to permanent government

 

NY Post

In trouble? Try a rebranding.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has quietly moved to rename and make permanent first lady Chirlane McCray’s embattled billion-dollar ThriveNYC mental health initiative, shifting the program into City Hall and creating the Office of Community Mental Health to house it.

De Blasio signed the executive orders inking the changes without fanfare on Wednesday, a few days after the initial announcement was buried by the news of sexual harassment allegations leveled against city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The transition was swift.

The next day, City Hall sent a press release that identified ThriveNYC’s top honcho, Susan Herman, as the “director” of the new Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health.

ThriveNYC went entirely unmentioned in the Thursday statement, though the email address for inquiries from the press still used the ‘thrive.nyc.gov’ domain. 

 Meanwhile, the website for McCray’s controversy-scarred initiative quietly added a banner to the top that reads: “We’re becoming the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health. Learn Why.”

It’s a far different picture than the one painted by Hizzoner and McCray as they rolled out the new office during his daily press briefing on April 29.

“And third, we want this work to deepen and we want to make sure it’s community focused. So, [we’re] establishing a permanent Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health,” said de Blasio during that morning press briefing.

“In the end, the way to reach people with mental health challenges is early and often – it’s schools, it’s at community-based organizations, it’s in shelters, it’s in so places where people need help, but, historically, have not had a place to turn,” he continued. “This vision and this office will ensure that mental health services are available at the grassroots all over the city.” 

You know what this means right? This means Chirlie is not leaving. Tweed-le Dumb.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Hi Ho Silver

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Corrupt ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver returned home to the Lower East Side on Tuesday, appearing frail and gray as he entered his apartment complex in a wheelchair after spending eight months and eight days in an upstate federal prison.

Silver, 77, was released by the federal Bureau of Prisons over the adamant objections of prosecutors amid claims that he is in poor health.

He arrived at his longtime home in the Hillman Housing Co-op on Grand St. at 5:10 p.m., clad in sweats and a gray baseball cap as he was pushed along a wheelchair ramp into one of the complex’s buildings.

“He needs privacy. He needs to recover health-wise,” said Rabbi Akiva Homnick, president of Pidyon Shvuyai Yisroel, a Jewish prisoner support group. Homnick spoke to Silver after his release.

Asked how Silver is doing, Homnick said: “How could one be doing when you endure solitary confinement for a good chunk of 6½ months? It was quarantine, quarantine, quarantine, imprisoned in solitary confinement.”

“He is stoked to return,” Homnick added.

Desperate times call for desperate measures

So this guy Derek Evers is elected to office as a Democratic district leader, and also was appointed to the local community board by Donovan Richards (which may be a no-no as per the city charter), yet he conveniently neglected to mention he's also Juan Ardila's paid campaign manager...

Prior to reading his ridiculous screed against Ardila's opponent, here's a partial fact check:

- The contentious homeless shelter in the 2017 race was located in a Maspeth hotel. It's gone now.
- Holden was never chair of the community board. If he was, that would be displayed prominently on his campaign material, no?
- The HCQ thing links to an article where Cuomo pleads for it, not Trump.
- There's a screenshot of an undated Facebook post with a blurred out name purported to be from Holden's Deputy Chief of Staff that shows a pro-Trump rally but doesn't show the breach of the Capitol or praise of same. Kinda stalkerish to be snooping on a staff member's Facebook page regardless.
- Chokeholds have been banned by the NYPD patrol guide for decades and the legislation in question was not to make them legal.
- Not sure what Holden's age has to do with anything unless the Ardila campaign is ageist along with everything else (likely).
- By his own measure he's failing on graffiti? Or is it more like police aren't making graffiti arrests because the DAs are declining to prosecute and the judges are dismissing the charges now in New Woke City?
- How can 40% of the district be Latino and also be gerrymandered?
- People of all races hate those loud car speaker/biker/ATV assholes and besides that they are dangerous to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, but it's good to know the Ardila campaign is in favor of them. (This position seems to be against the progressive doctrine to oppose motorized vehicles at all times. I guess there are exceptions.)

Now go ahead and have a good laugh:

Dear Democratic leaders of Queens,

I’m tired.

I’m tired of living in a District run by an angry man who uses his votes and his rhetoric and his relationship with the press to divide and separate our wonderful community. 

Robert Holden does not represent District 30 in a manner befitting of any elected role, regardless of what political party he wants to align with. At his core, he’s a divider who preys on people’s fears to create a “path to victory” in local elections. 

Of course, this is nothing new. This is what Robert Holden does.

He did it in his 2017 race against Elizabeth Crowley, drumming up hatred for a homeless shelter that was inevitably still built after he was elected. Yet, despite his own failures to stop construction or to address the homeless crisis in his district, he continues to lean into it with hate-filled rhetoric, saying things like the men who live there “will never assimilate into the neighborhood, they'll never blend in." 

Even as far back as his days as chair of the Community Board there are stories of people being scared to run against him because they knew the Juniper Berry would smear them if they tried.

And now that he’s running for re-election he’s going to try to pull the same Trump-like “divide and conquer” strategy. So I implore you, do not look at the Robert Holden who is running for re-election, look at his voting record to see what kind of man he really is.

Robert Holden wasn’t running for re-election when he voted against a bill that would prohibit employment discrimination based on an individual’s sexual and reproductive health decisions. 

Or when he voted against a bill that would allow individuals to change their sex designation on their birth certificate to conform with their gender identity. 

Or when he voted against a bill that would establish diversity working groups in each community school district. 

Or when he appeared on FOX News to say NYC should not be a sanctuary city.

Or when he voted against creating an Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. 

Or when he voted against an order that would replace the word “alien” with “noncitizen” in the City Charter. 

Or when he introduced a bill that would re-allow the police to use a chokehold like the one that killed Eric Garner. 

Or when he quit the Immigration Committee because he thinks ICE agents should be allowed in New York state courthouses without warrants

Or when he parroted Trump’s call to use the anti-Malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID patients. 

Or when he remained silent as his Deputy Chief Of Staff praised the Jan 6th insurrection on Facebook, calling it “beautiful” and ending it with “Donald Trump I will fly your flag everyday no matter what”.

Then of course there’s the veiled racism in a district that is nearly 40% Hispanic but gerrymandered so heavily that the Latino portions of our district are under-represented. It’s no coincidence that he continues to target loud music in the park, young men of color who congregate with their cars in park parking lots, or boys of color who ride their bikes in groups.

He’s been on the graffiti task force for 20 years and yet, by his own measure, he’s either failing or repeatedly brings it up as just another dog whistle. And despite the reputation of having one of the best school districts in the city, we have a dismal SHSAT record of racial disparity and zero dual-language programs for public elementary schools that are 70% Latino. 

I am a middle-aged man and Robert Holden is older than my father. I would say he should know better, but this is who he is. This is who he has always been.

So I implore you, as fellow Democrats, please do not buy into his words and heed the warnings of his actions. If you don’t have the bravery to stand up to his hate-filled record of divisiveness, then do what our parents told us to do when faced with a bully — ignore him and try not to engage. 

This is not the leader our community wants or needs. I hope you remember that when you speak to your friends and neighbors, and most importantly, when you head to the polls.

Thank you
Sincerely,

Derek J. Evers
Democratic District Leader, AD37B