On Thursday morning it was all he can stand and he can’t stands no more. Andy Byford, President of MTA transit services, up and quit his job in barely 2 years at the helm.
But we all saw this coming, in fact he actually tried to resign in October but he decided to hug it out with commuters for few more months. Andy really loves trains, and he really really wanted to conquer the perpetual FUBAR disorganization and dysfunction of the running and budgeting of our maligned transit services. He came to NYC and embrace the subway and buses like their were newborn twins. He really earned the title of #Traindaddy.
But the gargoyle overlord and head muckety muck of the MTA Governor Cuomo was not and never enamored with Andy’s passion for mass transit and as we will see a bit later, honesty and transparency. And after Byford’s spotlight interview on 60 minutes and a big spread in the New Yorker magazine, Mario’s son went the passive aggressive route to undermine his position and even responsibility to improve service and bring much needed renovations and remediations of the transit system. Cuomo basically took a page from former mayor and 9/11 exploiter Rudy Giuliani with his own undermining of his first police commissioner William Bratton when he got glowing attention from a national magazine cover story.
But no matter how hard Transit Poppa Byford tried, he just didn’t have the stamina to take total control (and he actually really did try, no one has this visible ever from the MTA and surely never will again). And it wasn’t is fault, because Mario’s son had to make sure all of his efforts were made to be insignificant so he can hog all the glory for any positive outcomes from them.
As this digital publication pointed out last time trying to get the traindaddy’s attention, he was doomed to from the start despite his fast forward plan as trains continued to break down, signals and switches still malfunctioned, infrastructure continued to fray and he also had to deal with that moron tyrant Cuomo constantly riding his ass, especially when Mario’s insecure son devalued his role and position as president and reduced Byford to basically a public relations flack for the subway.
It’s hard to get inside the mind of an intelligent dutiful public servant like Sir Byford, but I know how people can snap when they are being undermined, giving unreasonable demands and belittling reassignments on the job as well as seeing and experiencing things that just make your head explode and I think these were the things that broke his brain:
Starting with the L train revival. President Byford broke the news that the Canarsie Tunnel was so damaged from Hurricane Sandy six years earlier (on top of the certain internal dilapidation after not repairing for that amount of time) that it needed an entire overhaul that required the L to be shut down for a year and four months. Then when January 2019 came around, Generalissimo Cuomo got his official casual jacket on and went into the tunnel with some college professor eggheads and decided to keep the L train running and use another yet cheaper plan to repair the tunnel and reorganize the power supply while letting the L continue to run on limited schedules, thereby throwing Byford’s more feasible and responsible plan that took his entire first year assembling it and threw it in the garbage. The only thing that this really helped was to keep the ossified, overvalued real estate rental market solvent by the L’s train stations along Williamsburg and Bushwick. This heinous overvalued market speculation/fabrication has now spread further south to East New York. And now the MTA decided to add fucking Wifi to the tunnel also.
As if that insult wasn’t demeaning enough, Mario’s megalomaniac son then put Andy through his own summer of hell by diminishing his leadership role as NYCT president, transferring the control of all subway renovation and construction projects to advisory firm Alix Partners while splitting up the transit dept. causing Byford to lose control over the buses. With this unheralded demotion, Byford went from a proactive hands on manager to a glorified public relations flack to promote subway improvements and fixes for Sith Lord Andrew to glom credit for them. With one stroke, Cuomo reduced Andy Byford from traindaddy to Mr. Pitiful.
The tragic irony of Andrew’s decision to overhaul the offices and Byford’s responsibilities instead of the subway manifested itself in more terrible and predictable mishaps on the trains below and above ground. Most notably one afternoon at Grand Central Station, when the ceiling on the mezzanine broke and vomited gallons and gallons of water onto the floor, as MTA workers left a lone bucket there to catch it. Byford actually showed up and grabbed a big broom and was pushing the fetid water itself in a vain display of accountability. Unfortunately he wasn’t around in Long Island City at the Court Square station when a bearing wall from a tower development collapsed, forming a wave on the platform that nearly got a commuter killed by an arriving train.
Months after Andy was playing janitor, the recently appointed NYC Transit figurehead went into his new role as pitchman and led an embarrassing press conference for the implementation and unsubtle praise of the OMNY tap pay fare system as another day of transit chaos was happening simultaneously.
Andy also had to hit the streets to address all the rusty metal chunks and broken pieces of wood that were flying off the elevated tracks in Queens, landing on cars and nearly killing drivers and pedestrians. At least his hands on action resulted in getting netting for them.
These things, plus Cuomo’s micromanaging his MTA flunkie board to keep things hush hush about the spending and planning for projects and fixes for the subway and other projects like extending Penn Station from the general public and Andy and his transit team surely led him to consider and following up on quitting back in October but apparently the governor still needed him to stick around as the $51,500,000,000 MTA capital plan was about to be implemented and the optics would have been immensely bad for Cuomo if one of the main authors of it would leave town.
But come 2020, it was getting clearer that Andy wasn’t going to be around much longer and all signs were there that he mostly wasn’t. For when the Capital Plan was ratified by the MTA board, Byford was not there for it. And a few days after it was passed on the first Monday of this year as millions of people were going back to work and school, the entire transit system broke down after signal malfunctions on the 7 and a switch malfunction on the B lines, throwing all train lines into chaos. Even though it dominated the news on online websites and social media, Andy Byford oddly did not appear at all to assuage commuters.
Then there was the MTA’s decision to overhaul the entire bus map in Queens. While supplying their narrative by describing the new routes as remixes, cutting some essential bus stops as enhancements and supplying the routes with articulated buses, the MTA tried to enhance their plans by being sneaky as they opened their first workshop that with commuters that they barely publicized by holding it in a basement of a building surrounded by scaffolding in Jackson Heights. Thanks to social media and the blog Queens Crap (of which I am an admin) that published the meetings and the horrible new bus route remix, thousands of citizens showed up.
And what do you know, among the people in that crowded rumpus room was none other than the traindaddy himself Mr. Byford, even though his responsibility of running the buses were yanked away from him. Byford did what he did best and without fear and took questions, ideas and very loud constructive criticism from all and reassured them that the routes were subjected to change (or to be remixed again).
But the last straw that could have led Byford to quit so soon came last Thursday at the 71st Ave/Continental Ave. station. When workers in a control tower was overwhelmed so much by the sight of a bedbug (that’s right a single bedbug) that they evacuated their work space and caused four transit lines to be delayed for hours for it to get fumigated. Sure Andy quit because of his reduced role caused by an advisory firm hired by Cuomo that specializes in downsizing working staffs, but it’s not hard to imagine the Byford’s head getting beet red and blowing steam out of his ears to hear how those tower workers reacted. (Sorry to digress but why is it even called a tower when it’s actually a bunker since it’s underground).
And that is that. Andy Byford, the most hands on, accessible and accountable MTA official this city and state has ever had is gone. And he walks away after actually improving transit schedules thanks to Save Safe Seconds program that made the trains go faster and making the trains more handicapped accessible, even though the new train speeds may be responsible for all that heavy debris falling from the elevated trains and a judge’s decision favoring a class action lawsuit for the transit system provide such access respectably. The only mistake Byford did (and it was a big one) was approving a contract for Bombadier to supply new trains on the A, C, J, lines that kept malfunctioning, notably one incident where a door remained widely ajar as it was still moving (he actually had a similar problem with that train manufacturer when he ran Toronto’s transit. But at least he won’t have to put up with Cuomo’s moronic totalitarian bullshit and arrogance and de Blasio’s indifference and shirking of his own responsibility for the subway and buses that run in the city he governs (in fact it’s doubtful if the corrupt mayor was ever in the same room with Byford at all during his tenure).
Although he may be bailing out at the right time. In a few months, the Canarsie Tunnel is scheduled to be complete. It may have saved the commutes of millions of citizens and kept morons from moving from their 3,000 a month tenement and tower apartments but the ramifications from it may turn out to be dire being that Cuomo’s decision to use cinnabun glaze polymer to fortify the decayed walls might not endure and keeping the L running during construction as silica dust was floating in the ether on the platforms of 1st Avenue and Bedford Ave. will surely have an effect on commuters waiting for their rides in years to come akin to all those who cleaned up the twin towers remains at ground zero after the 9/11 attacks.
But at least we’ll all enjoy the convenience of using our phones to pay the fare dealing with this shit with OMNY. You won’t even have to take it out your pocket either for the scanners can usurp your data by walking past by or through the turnstile.
These things including a rise in crime on the subways, graffiti coming back, the homeless population preferring to use the trains and stations as safer alternatives for habitation and continuing persistent problems with the antiquated switches and signals and even new signals (especially now that the top expert vetted and picked by Byford quit a few days after), and most essentially the persistence of the moron tyrant governor and his MTA board’s continued secrecy and obligatory but opaque releases of the budgeting to fix and modernize mass transit, it’s plain to see that even the beloved Traindaddy couldn’t save Cuomo’s MTA, the worst fucking transit system in the universe.
And we the commuters have to choke on that.
I just thought of something else. Mario’s son’s hiring of Andy Byford came right after the summer of hell he declared for mass transit back in 2018 and at time Cuomo promised a new era of transparency and accountability just like when he promised he would bring the same to end the embedded and ingrained corruption in the halls of the state assembly and senate with starting the Moreland Commission. And like Byford when the transit system proved to overwhelming to fix, Cuomo terminated Moreland too when investigators found so much graft and corruption with the governor’s office and the leaders Silver and Skelos of the assembly and senate, leading to the arrest and conviction of those two scumbags.
From 8 p.m (6 Pacific) to 8:07 p.m. was the greatest and most pleasurable 7 minutes of TV history of this 20 year old century. Ricky Gervais, actor and comedian and mostly creator, producer and writer of “The Office”, demolished the fourth wall of celebrity and the power entrenched with it and reminded the audience of their complicity of everything wrong in society, the world and how they have obtained their obscene wealth.
Hosting the Golden Globe awards for the fifth and most definitely the last time (unless the rich and famous are purely sadomasochistic), Gervais went deeper with his vitriolic roasting of all the talent and executives in the audience than he did the last four times, which was just comparably ordinary roasting of their dubious talents and the mediocre product they put out. Because the last year have been quite different for the rich and infamous. Not only has the movie and TV industry over-saturated the market with garbage comic book series and unchallenging and unmemorable storytelling, unnecessary rehashes and “prequels”, but the whole poisonous crony culture and underlying corruption that was once kept secret from the masses. Ricky also deconstructed the phoniness of the industry permeating politics and discussion befouling social media and opinions and (hopefully) may have destroyed starfuckery.
Sure he got to skewer some fellow celebrities and odious pop culture contributions, most dutifully about Felicity Huffman’s brief incarceration making license plates and the odious infinitely singing talk show minstrel James Corbin and how he played a fat pussy last year and then starred in the bomb “Cats”. But this one cut deeper because like the comedy, it’s all about timing and easy targets. Especially when the targets are high up. And this years targets were Harvey Weinstein and Jeffery Epstein.
When Ricky brought up Weinstein, a big fat ugly movie producer who molested hundreds of actresses and models, he gave a warning to all those in the crowd of award contenders, assorted billionaires to be cautious if Ronan Farrow has a scoop on them. I wonder if the actresses who were already did his movies without having to survive his skeevy advances stifled a nervous laugh at that. Gervais responded to the nauseating collective groans with vicious disdain and told them to come off it.
As well as they should since Weinstein’s trial for his sexual harassment and sexual assaults just began. The big load is even showing up to trial pushing a walker with tennis balls on them since his fat ass and lousy posture has put too much weight on the stands. Even though only a few weeks before his first court appearance he was at an East Village niteclub sans walker but with an entourage and an astroturfed audience in tow, viewing a female comedy and improv show much to the horror of the performers there and some lady patrons seizing the opportunity to yell at him and his foul presence. Currently, the jury has finally been selected and Harvey is still pushing that walker to court. He’s either goldbricking being that he’s been producing movies all his life he figured he can give a performance too or pushing that walker is the closest he can get to simulating unwanted sexual advances on a woman.
But the next one was the granddaddy of all big shot audience roasting, as he was doing a joke that somehow integrated promoting his show on Netflix where he plays a person trying to kill himself and doesn’t, he compared the protagnists’ failure with the perfect execution of Jeffery Epstein, who didn’t kill himself either. That really killed the whatever noise was left in the ballroom. I don’t think anybody even budged. Ricky, absolutely delighted at the silence and surely the look of shame and menace on the faces of the powerful crowd, told them I know he’s your friend and mused aloud that they all must have been upset to take their own private plane to the Golden Globes.
It must have been easy to deliver the Epstein punchline and the body blow to the elite crowd when an hour before the Globes broadcast and Ricky’s monologue, 60 Minutes did 12 minutes on how Epstein didn’t kill himself by having a forensic doctor, Dr. Michael Baden, hired by the brother of the banker/hedge funder/secret agent man/sex trafficker/pedophile who proved just that.
Pictures showed the blanket that was alleged Epstein used to commit suicide and it didn’t even have any indentures on the fabric. Not only that, but the material looked so flimsy and weak that it’s doubtful that it can even be capable of squeezing the cream out of canoli. But there were plenty of electrical cords in the cell though. Then there was the xray of his neck which showed an extra broken bone that could only be done by strangling and not from self-harm. And the clincher that really should confirm a murder took place that night in the MCC, there was blood found in Epstein’s eye socket capillaries. According to the Dr. Baden, when you hang yourself to death, blood doesn’t flood to the head. And the blood mostly flows to your legs but Epstein’s were pale. This was just reconfirmed on the Dr. Oz show too.
Gervais nailed two perfect jokes with such uncanny perfect timing on that glorious evening. The real kicker is that it overshadowed as well as overwhelmed the actual awards show and winners. But Rick wasn’t through getting medieval on those superstar jabronis. For the last two minutes he railed about their hypocrisy embracing social issues and causes and the vicarious way they bring attention to them without doing anything of substance or even while still engaging in harm while being philanthropic. When he brought up Apple’s CEO for producing a show for their own network about women’s empowerment, Rick immediately brought up the fact that Apple still uses child labor and pays shit wages to factory workers assembling their cellphones. And in the best joke of the night, also how every actor is full of shit themselves for feigning concern for human plight when if terrorist organization ISIS had a streaming network they would jump at a chance to do a show for them (actually, ISIS has been using Facebook and other platforms for their streaming network for their mass murders for years). Then he capped it off by telling them to take their tacky trophy, thank their agent and their God and fuck off. Magnifique’
The only thing that was missing in his savage monologue was that he didn’t bring up how the best picture nominees, Motherless Brooklyn, was responsible for the death of a fireman and the destruction of a building that burned down after shutting down a sprinkler system and leaving other fire hazards behind during production. And the subsequent coverup and undermining of a fire marshall’s report by FDNY high brass.
While they should all fuck off, they should not thank whatever God they obey, they should thank Mr. Gervais, for he is their only God.
Why is that? Let me explain…
In the aughts after the tremendous acclaim and success of “The Office”, Ricky was given the opportunity by Hollywood for a full length feature film that he would star and produce in. A movie called “The Invention Of Lying”* It was highly anticipated (mostly by his fans) and it was taking quite a while to come out. The movie was about a utopian society (or planet) where the concept of lying was non-existent, everyone told the absolute truth, even when it was awkward. Then when someone close to Ricky’s character was about to die and saw how people were getting upset around him in the hospital room, Ricky invented a lie about a place where people went when they expired and it was managed by a big man who lived in the sky. Ricky’s protaganist then became a messiah figure among the general public for the rest of the film.
But on that Sunday night on January 6 2020, Ricky was (and still is) the big man on earth,using the truth like it was just invented to destroy the perpetual phoniness and power structures that are still gripping and shaping societal norms, wasteful celebrity worship, dubious self-serving philanthropy and an inequitable justice system.
While there are other entertainment truth tellers fomenting discord to the rotten and weak yet still powerful establishment like Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp and Joe Rogan, Ricky Gervais is clearly the most omniscient of all of them because of his creation The Office and the American version that starred Steve Carrel which lasted for 10 years and still going in syndication, so Ricky’s making lots of dollars to live comfortably, and continuing to create new shows and work standup and basically say whatever the fuck he wants being an A-lister himself. Money is power as well as speech in America and Gervais is using it wisely and brilliantly. Comedy hasn’t been used this efficiently against extreme and undeserving power structures since the late great Bill Hicks.
With his truth drones striking the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Gervais has basically become The One, like Kenau in the Matrix, our fact-based Messiah. And like Brian from the Life of Brian, he is a very naughty boy but doesn’t give a shit what the rich, famous and powerful think of him as he lays out their true selfish motives, dubious altruism and villainous business models for all to see and will surely continue to do so.
Surely he would hate this divinity as well as he would mock this take like he does to his orange shaped head engineer Karl Pilkington, but if Ricky doesn’t get sainthood when he dies much later on, for the sake of humanity let there be a hologram of Mr. Gervais hosting all the entertainment award ceremonies in the future. Plus an infinite stand up residency in Las Vegas.
*(The movie, while entertaining and heavy on pathos, didn’t do that well. Mostly because it was reduced to a romantic comedy instead of a dystopian story with unfortunate ramifications, which is what I expected. Jennifer Garner was lovely in it though)
The NYC Ferry is mostly used by the wealthiest commuters by the river towers that are owned and run by all of Mayor deFaustio’s developer overlord donors. Notably at the ports on the west Brooklyn coast line where it’s a leisure walk away from them (plus Hunter’s Point in Queens).
The current cost for each taxpayer for each $2.75 ride across the rivers and under the bridges is currently at $9.75. A seven dollar loss for each ride millions of people don’t take or don’t bother to take because they don’t live near the ports. And because they probably have no need and use for the boats because they are just plain inconvenient for where they are located and where they need to go.
If they are not the overvalued rental market rate rent paying tower people, it’s tourists and hipsters going to Rockaway Beach. Which is probably the most popular destination of the city gentrification yachts. Which is where some of this profligate spending on this boondoggle is located.
Because whats constantly overlooked about this obscene and overtly useless and consistently vacant aqua transit service is that there is a free shuttle bus service when you get off the ferry. Although ever since this started, you have to pay another fare to get on a city bus.
Now above is the Rockaway port, the picture was taken in 2017 late in the summer when it first started. It should be noted that these stylish shuttle buses weren’t available until late August and the city was actually using big ass charter buses to transport upper class denizens to the beach.
Above is the city bus stop for the Q22, now why are free ferry shuttle buses necessary when you can just set up a free transfer from the city bus to go to your desired destination, because both buses go to the same places east and west of the peninsula. Why clearly spend money irresponsibly on some private company buses when you got a long time city transit service right there in front of your face?
Because said private company, San Francisco based Hornblower wouldn’t be able to profit from reallocated funds usurped from city buses as service continues to get worse.
And nothing illustrates this more than two recent decisions by the MTA, the worst fucking transit system in the universe, about two major routes that are being gutted and also dissected with scattershot redesigns.
Take the B46 in Brooklyn (while you still can) that goes up and down Utica Ave through three towns and circuits through another four starting at Flatlands and ending in Williamsburg; just last summer the MTA cut 8 buses assigned for the route, cutting four buses from the evening rush and another four for the weekend routes plus the Select bus service line from Mill Basin. Leaving thousands of commuters wasting more time waiting at the stops and taking forever to get back home, in addition to working people reliant on these articulated buses winding up late to work to their weekend jobs. As if paying 2.75 for truncated service was enough of a burden for the majority of them earning around 25k or less a year. All for the MTA to save a measly 2.4 million dollars this year.
Despite the MTA’s pathetic attempt at positive reinforcement propaganda by calling these cuts “enhancements” and the size bigger buses to replace just as big and more reliable buses as “articulated”, commuters in East Flatbush, Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights are not fooled to say the least. Even the “articulated” bus drivers are livid with the service cuts “enhancements”. This enhancement transit service decision actually followed recent “enhancements to the B38, B15 and B54 bus lines that didn’t get as much local media attention.
Now the (mostly) boyz and galz at the MTA are taking their enhancement ax to Queens as they tried to sneak an expansive new city bus route redesign map on the world’s borough. And it’s a doozy, as it reveals more truncated routes, bus reductions and the elimination of bus stops. The MTA even had the audacity to hold a workshop meeting in a basement rumpus room under the radar from residents of Jackson Heights in a lame attempt at obligatory transparency. Citizens still showed up in droves waiting to get in to rage at Andy Byford’s face about the “enhancements” coming to their busy route. All he could do was feebly say that they are not set in stone.
The whole reason for these cuts in service was based on dubious data claiming that people weren’t taking the buses as much. So the bright idea and solution is to make them less available. Got it. Somehow these data manipulators (datanipulators?) contracted by the MTA weren’t aware of or too stubborn to recognize the existence of working people who didn’t work in Manhattan, elderly and handicapped people, teenagers, young and middle aged adults going on leisure jaunts would consider using the bus for transit.
So where and how does this correlate to the pleasure ferries for the rich, the millions of dollars all those bus service enhancements have to wind up somewhere. Well, the budget bill for these boats for the past 2 years is $637,000,000 and even with a spending freeze order for more Hornblower boats by Comptroller Scott Stringer. While the city provided the buses with only $250,000,000 during that time. Bill de Blasio and the fucking EDC has spent 2 1/2 times more funding the gentrification ferries than on the city buses since the boats set sail.
It’s bad enough that the NYC ferry is constantly vacant most of the time and doesn’t even compare to the millions of riders every day that take the bus to justify the inequitable subsidy and daily service funding, but even worse is that Hornblower is making the most money from it by just existing even though the city already had two reliable ferry companies. But wouldn’t it have made a little sense to align the Q22 with the ferry instead of having a private company shuttle transferring passengers around if they weren’t going to charge anyone? So taxpayers don’t have to subsidize Hornblower’s shuttle buses too? The same with the other ferry ports around the boroughs also.
But integration of the city buses and the ferry is far from the elitist mind of defiant hypocrite Mayor de Blasio. Because going by his recent decision to blow off the MTA’s capital plan meeting with Governor Cuomo and recent arrogant declarations of his disinterest of allocating funding to the transit system he’s also accountable for, it’s obvious he still doesn’t want to do anything with the buses at all.
Despite the colossal waste of money going into the water drifting boondoggle, it actually has made a little bit of progress regarding ridership with the addition of the Soundview port in the Bronx, which has made the ferries oh so less white in the past year. But the racial and class issue could have been remediated a lot more if de Blaz and the EDC would have gave the town of Canarsie a port stop, especially since the town actually wanted it. This would have done wonders for the income and race data being that the town and nearby Flatlands and Brownsville are mostly poor, middle class, Black and Spanish. But the Mayor and the EDC saw their petition and told them to drop dead. Unfortunately for Canarsie, the area has an inequitable lack of luxury towers.
There will probably (expectedly) be more belated revelations that will anchor the NYC Ferry with more unsavory things like rigged contracting and the expected donations from Hornblower to the constantly money soliciting and grubbing de Blasio while he continues to re-allocate city transit service funding on these subsidy leaking boats as the service expands to other locations in a few years like Coney Island, which at this moment predatory developers are looking to devour. Or “enhance”
de Blasio’s and the EDC’s enhancement of the breezy water transit for the tower people has led to austerity measures for the working people, aged and handicapped on the streets when it should be the other way around. A pointed ear alien once said that the needs of the many should outweigh the needs of the few. He also was very devoted to logic. And it is clear and obvious, just like this ferry report, that Blaz and the shitty EDC have no sense and never had any use of logic for the distribution of these boats. But they had the logistics for them. And it was for the people they prefer to convenience. And for everyone else that needs the bus, it’s all illogistics.
From the palatial confines of his resort country club Mar-A-Lago, the President of the United States Donald Trump got to fulfill something he surely was itching to do since he got elected by winning the electoral college; He ordered a drone shelling attack on one of this nation’s enemies by killing General Solieiami of the Quds Army of Iran while he was meeting two Iraqi officials at the Bagdhad Airport in Iraq, both of whom also perished in the explosion relegating them to collateral damage as the Pentagon used to say when the U.S. Air Force and Navy shelled villages and towns with air strikes during the invasion and the next 11 years occupying the sovereign nation.
I presume Trump was wearing his bathrobe snacking on leftover meatloaf and two big scoops of ice cream when he was making his fatal executive order and it must have gave him quite a rush to be able to do something so powerful and official similar to what a mob does when he orders some of his capos to “take someone out”. Especially since the President used to do business with these nefarious men to build his nascent empire of luxury towers and hotels back in the late 70’s and 80’s and his disastrous casinos in the early 90’s.
With this whacking though, Trump got to pull this off with the power of the presidency and the law and God on his side. He could not be questioned for his (but mostly the deep/steady state’s) decision, not even by Congress of which he had to get the approval of to execute the execution of the Iranian general. Really, fuck them, I’m the president the people speak through me!
Then the repercussions came.
Apparently Gen. Sulieiami’s assassination and the plans for it was a big foreign policy no-no and boo-boo for a very long time. The elected millionaires were up in bipartisan arms and shocked I tell you that Trump would pull off bombing the amoebas out of Sulli even though they all gave Trump about over 200 billion dollars the last three years building up the military he’s the boss of, watch with gaping mouth as he kiboshed the nuclear deal with Iran and then reinstate crippling economic sanctions against and give the approval of a mission center devoted to the buildup to war with Iran. Speaker Nancy “Pants” Pelosi and Senate Minority “leader” and pro bono AIPAC lobbyist Chuck Schumer (or “Schmuck Chumer”) both claimed to be blindsided by Trump’s autocratic whack job.
The last time there was an assassination of this significance was when Franz Ferdinand was whacked in Sarajevo in 1914, which led to World War I, the alleged war to end all wars. But Trump got on his twitter and stressed that this is fine. That Sulli should have been taken out a long time ago and only he could fix this (wait the latter was said in 2016, doh). Secretary Mike Pompeo crowed also that Solli’s obliteration was just and absolute. Period. Full Stop.
But it wasn’t just convincing enough for Iran and Iraq. With hundreds of thousands of Iranians marching for their beloved military commander as the Iranian fighter planes took the skies (didn’t know Iran had an air force, oh shit). Messages from Iraqi officials to the U.S. State and Defense department officials and generals were blunt. They didn’t want U.S. around anymore, as if Iraqi’s storming the U.S. Embassy in solidarity of the missile attack on Hezbollah in Iran days before the assassination wasn’t enough of a message. Seriously, it looked like after over a decade of an empire’s occupying force (except from the U.S. military bases built there) and the genesis and rise of ISIS, the Iraqi government and the populace had enough of U.S.’s presence.
Following a general’s acknowledgement of Iraq’s sovereign demand, another U.S.A.F. general went on T.V. running off at the mouth that it was all misstated and their staying put. Everything’s fine. But it didn’t stop Mr. President from talking shit about levying sanctions on Iraq like in the bad old days of Saddam Hussein even though we had to invade their nation based on 9/11 complicity lies so we can give them sweet democracy.
As for the drone bombing, Pompeo kept going on the podium and gaslighted his faceanus off justifying Trump’s attack. Pomp has without an ounce of shame reduced this drone attack to literally assuming what was Soliemani’s mind at the time. Trump assumed/assured that Solie was going to bomb four embassies in Iraq as Pompeo humiliated himself to the press by saying he had solid confirmation of imminent attacks based on his own clairvoyance yet he couldn’t conjure the exact days and times when presumed/assumed attacks on embassies were going to occur. Leaving the impression that Trump and Pompeo each contracted a case of the “Known Unknowns” or what’s unknowingly known as “Rumsfeld’s Disease” period full stop
Around the time this shitshow was on, Iran’s government decided to exact revenge on their beloved and regionally famous general and attacked two U.S. military bases in Iraq. No casualties or even injuries were reported from the enemy missiles shelling them. This reveals two things and that is we got some bad ass technology to detect an attack from hitting U.S. and that our nation retreated from an actual imminent attack and defend our ground. Unfortunately, when Iran did this they also shot a civilian passenger Boeing jet out of the sky, killing over 160 people including about 70 Iranians. Which shows they are also careless while playing war games too and also aren’t ashamed to lie about their deadly incompetence.
Which is basically what this whole conflict is about even if it’s good that the U.S. is trying to avoid one. Because since the whacking of Soliemani and the shit-tweeting and self-righteous colonial boasting that followed, Trump and the boys have been retreating constantly trying to downplay the severity of their deadly mistake, even calling their attack an act of peace. A classic case of talking a big game but being afraid of the bloody consequences and of losing the battle.
Richard Clarke, the man who was in George W Bush’s Defense Dept. during the 9/11 attacks has to remind everyone that engaging in a war with Iran will lead more years of fighting, trillions of dollars more spent and millions of people dying, crippled and displaced and the result will still be Iran being a sovereign nation. But it’s doubtful that Trump, Pompeo, the military industrial complex and the neocon Republicans and fauxgressive DC democrats will give a shit because the only reason why we get into wars preemptively and gratuitously is for only one thing. Profits. While Pelosi was diddling with her impeachment papers, Trump was making the rounds at Mar-a-Lago telling his members something hyuge was going to happen in the middle east, then suddenly stocks in defense manufacturing went up.
Sure it’s suspect that Trump only whacked Solli to distract the nation from impeachment and also to fuck with the Democratic primary to have them focus on foreign policy and not domestic issues in high demand like free health care and college and taxing the multi-billionaires. But finding away to spend all that military cash just to build up more for it is the American way and has been for the last century plus six years. This isn’t going to stop anytime soon. But in the meantime, our current leaders are acting chickenshit in executing our empirical goals.
As expected from a bunch of warmongering chickenhawks and a draft evading, spoiled rotten and barely educated mook from Queens.
Robberies went up by 3.1 % (probably stemming from cellphone theft from peoples dependence on them for purchases and also addiction to texting and binge watching)
Assaults are up 1.4% (due to sudden rise of attacks based on anti-Semitism)
There were 766 total shootings a rise of 2.9% from 2019 and murders cracked the 300 mark in three years with a total 318 in the safest big city in the world
One evening in December, one murder would wind up getting international attention.
In Morningside Park, an 18-year-old woman, Barnard college student and bass player went for a walk in the park nearby her school and then was attacked and brutally beaten on the base of the stairs in a robbery attempt and was stabbed multiple times all over her body. The woman crawled up the stairs while bleeding profusely that got the attention of a patrol guard by Columbia University who just came back from doing his rounds. A butterfly knife and a phone belonging to her were found next to her body. The woman bled to death hours later.
What was initially described in the NY Daily News and NY Post as an attack by a group of men was debunked when the NYPD arrested a 13-year-old boy suspect that reportedly confessed to being an accomplice to the murder. The boy told investigators that he was with his two friends, both 14, and was just looking to rob people. He said they came upon the woman after his friends saw a man and didn’t bother with him and went after her. The boy then recounted his friend putting her in a headlock and going through her pockets then stabbed her when she fought back and bit his other accomplice on the finger.
One of the boys was also arrested but was released for lack of evidence, and the boy suspected of committing the murder reportedly showed up to the precinct for an interview but ran away and was out of state for weeks. The NYPD then put up his picture for publishing in the local papers and websites. He finally returned to Harlem with his relatives and met with the defense attorney and was subsequently not charged and released, as the boy in custody remains the only one charged with the killing even though he claimed he never stabbed her. Although he alleged in his account of the homicide that he did pick up the knife and handed it to the alleged killer before they both ran from the park. Then there is part where the victim bit the boys finger that led to the stabbing, so far no DNA report has surfaced of the suspect who just resurfaced. The lone suspect is still imprisoned in a juvenile facility as he awaits trial in family court in March, as the killer is still roaming on the streets.
As the search for the murder weapon on the parks grounds and ponds were fruitless, the NYPD has been extremely cautious in handling this. The chief of detectives, on his first week on the job, refused to respond on the progress of the homicide case (although he did reveal that the third suspect never did run away when he was brought to the precinct). In a combination of trepidation and stonewalling, it’s clear that the NYPD and prosecutors don’t want this to turn into a Central Park five case from exactly 30 year ago that will cost the city another 50 million dollars.
Mayor de Blasio’s response to the murder from his crooked mouth was moronic and tone-deaf as expected, as he remarked how unbelievable that a killing like that could have happened in this city and under his watch at that place (his actual sentence structure). But as usual with the pathological, habitual lying mayor; the facts on the ground belie those parsing words. Because Morningside Park is still treacherous to walk around there at night (and day) despite all the constant reports and press release boasts of lowering crime in the last two decades as robberies have rose 82% in the park in the last year.
In fact, just a few weeks before Tessa Majors murder in Morningside Park, a man was attacked inside a dog park by a man who attempted to hold him up at knifepoint, but the man clocked him in the face and the suspect ran away as the man fell down a flight of stairs after the tussle. Outside of the park a food delivery man was held by two men brandishing a knife and a gun and robbed his scooter, $60 and his cellphone. During the search of the park a few days after the murder, cops nabbed a man for holding up an app-food delivery guy and stealing his bike.
But it’s not just the usually clueless mayor to cite to blame, for Columbia and Barnard were not diligent enough to warn students about the rise in crime in Morningside Park, as students either had to hear from more streetwise students or presume it was safe probably because of the safest big city narrative being constantly bandied about by elected officials and NYPD monthly pressers and parroted by corporate local news media.
Speaking of the NYPD, the NY Post did a followup story on rising crime at Morningside Park with a student from Columbia who was attacked on those very same steps where Ms. Majors was slayed, when three boys surrounded him and robbed $120 off him when one of them flashed a box cutter at him. This was his recollection:
“They asked me where I was from and if I had any money. At first, I didn’t think they were threatening me, so I told them I didn’t have any money. Then, they showed me an open knife, so I gave them my wallet and they took my money,” Yu told The Post Friday from his Harlem apartment.
“I was surprised this happened to me. Before I came, I heard that New York is pretty safe, but I encountered these things and it’s really unfortunate.”
When Yu went to the NYPD to report the incident, he was told “several people” had been robbed at the same place “by the same teenagers” but cops couldn’t do much about it because “they aren’t adults.”
“When I heard about the girl who was killed, I thought it was the same group of teenagers, and I was scared,” the student went on, adding he plans to take the campus shuttle from now on.
Do you know what this really means? That if Tessa Majors survived the mugging instead of bleeding to death on the stairs and being that the accused are all minors, the NYPD would have done nothing to help her.
It means that the NYPD is culpable for the death of Tessa Majors.
As well as New York City and State for these misinformed and poorly written bail reform laws and quite possibly the unethical machinations that led to ratifying the eventual closing of Rikers Island. But mostly the culpability of Majors death and any recent past and current victim of violent crime is on de Blasio and the departed commissioners William Bratton and James O’Neill for continuing the blue wall of insouciance.
In Midtown, concrete from a building facade broke off and landed on a woman walking on the sidewalk, instantly killing her. The woman was a professional architect. The building was cited for maintenance violations of the facade back in April and the management never bothered to fix it.
Also in Midtown at the 34th St. Station, a man drunk off his ass fell off the platform onto to tracks just as the E train arrived and rolled over him. The man survived.
Again in Midtown at the 49th St. Station, a brawl between two homeless men led to one of them getting his fingertip bitten off.
And again in Midtown, ice falling off a tower led to streets being closed off for hours.
And again in Midtown at the Port Authority Station, a man snatched $70 out of 10-year-old girl’s hand when she was helping her blind mother sort out the cash in her wallet.
And again in Midtown, a man punched and kicked a 65-year-old man on the street and then called him a bigoted slur.
And again in Midtown, a homeless man took advantage of Jeff Bezo’s supermarket generous offer of free samples from his hot bar by taking hefty morsels from the trays and filling it in his cup and licking his fingers before reaching for grub again as employees gawked and guffawed watching him.
In East Harlem, a man who is an unlicensed driver hit and killed a 3-year-old boy and injured his mother after she was crossing the street while pushing him in a stroller.
Also in East Harlem, a man was shot twice in the face while standing on the street.
Again in East Harlem, a 70-year-old man was dead for a week inside an apartment he shared with his 30-year-old son, who was taken from the premises for medical examination because he was malnourished.
And again in East Harlem, a man got killed by a truck jaywalking across the street. The driver was drunk at the time.
In Harlem, a man went on a 20 minute perverted fondling spree as he stalked three women while loitering at the 145th Station. First he grabbed a woman’s ass after following her for two blocks, then he grabbed a woman in her coochie walking back to the station and then grabbed a woman while she was walking on the steps to the station and grabbed her ass and threw her down.
He’s also been cited for four more molestations at the St Nicholas Ave Station and on a street corner in three of them where he threw one victim against the fence and ripped her tights off.
Also in Harlem, a man got shot four times getting hit in his leg and stomach following a street hassle with four other men on a street corner.
Again in Harlem, two construction workers were dangling on a broken lift that fell while working on a building development.
And again in Harlem, three people got injured when two cars they were in collided into each other, sending an SUV careening to the sidewalk and crashing into a pharmacy and a city housing department car crashing into a building scaffold.
And again in Harlem at the 125th St. Station, a man randomly shoved a man onto the train tracks. The victim was rescued by other commuters who pulled him out. The pusher man made a scene and yelled at the prosecutor during his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse when all his nearly 60 prior arrests were pointed out to him, including the nine times from 2019 alone.
And again in Harlem, a homeless man lying down on the street got killed when a car ran over him.
And again in Harlem, a man was found dead inside his apartment.
And again in Harlem, a man was found dead on the fire escape of an apartment building.
And again in Harlem, a man got shot to death inside a hotel after having an argument with his eventual killer.
And again in Harlem at the 125th Station, a man jumped on the tracks and was digging for treasure/refuse around the third rail. When the man found his trash booty, two men got into a brawl on the platform and the victor threw his rival onto the trackbed.
In Times Square, at the 42nd St. Station, a man got into an argument with another man who was with his wife and then brawled with him and stabbed him in the neck on the A train.
Also in Times Square, a man got stabbed in the leg following a street fight and staggered into a hotel claiming he was shot.
In the Upper West Side at the 103rd St. Station, a shopping cart left abandoned on the platform was lit on fire and exploded. Some psycho left a bunch of aerosol cans inside of it. Was this the work of some mental case or raw terrorist test plan?
Also in the Upper West Side, a gang of four men committed ten burglaries in seven residence and three restaurants where they robbed over $5,200 in cash. They broke into apartments and businesses by entering through a back door and on the rooftops.
Again in the Upper West Side, a homeless woman clobbered a 70-year-old woman on the head with a block of wood. This perpetrator has been dwelling in that area for months.
In the Upper East Side, aman hassled a man sitting in his car and yelled at him, then he took out a knife and chased him around his car. Then he walked down the avenue and sucker punched a woman in the face while she was looking at her cellphone. He then walked east cross town and intentionally bumped into a man and woman on the sidewalk and raise his knife and threatened them.
Also in the Upper East Side at the 86th St. Station on Lexington, a man shoved a woman on the floor of the 4 train and robbed her cellphone.
Again in the Upper East Side, a man got killed riding his bike as he was about to exit the transverse in Central Park when he slipped on ice and a school bus ran over him.
Again in the Upper East Side, a man called another man a jew bastard and then continued slurring him as he beat him down on the sidewalk.
In Columbus Circle, massive chunks and blades of ice fell from the two new Billionaire Row towers to streets. Surprisingly, only one person got injured. The towers are still being developed.
In Hell’s Kitchen, two men robbed 22 app-food delivery workers of their e-motored cycles by cornering them as they are dropping off orders and spraying pepper spray in their faces in a three month mugging spree. All while riding around on e-motored cycles themselves.
Also in Hell’s Kitchen, a man was gruesomely killed as he was crossing the street when a private garbage recycling truck driver hit him while failing to yield turning into the intersection.
In Penn Station, a man got stabbed during a fight with another man during rush hour by the Amtrak station entrance.
In Chelsea, a man shoplifting three cases of beer from a chain pharmacy (pharmacy that sells beer, hysterical) pulled out a dirty syringe and threatened the store manager that tried to stop him, enabling the crook to flee with the cervezas.
Also in Chelsea, a homeless woman and her trusty dog were forcibly removed from a spot under a building scaffolding where she was taking shelter from the elements on the orders of New York City Council Speaker and Mayoral Candidate Corey Johnson, a man who was once homeless himself.
The woman was given an ultimatum to go into a shelter or have her belongings taken and destroyed and given a summons. Weeks before this bumrush ordered by Cojo, the woman was sexually harassed by a man who kept persisting and her dog mauled the deviant.
Again in Chelsea, a cop got injured when his patrol car lost control and crashed into three other vehicles the flipped over while responding to an emergency. Probably responding to a homeless person keeping warm napping under a scaffolding.
In Chinatown, a man taking a cigarette break slipped off the roof a building and fell six stories to his death.
Also in Chinatown, a man robbed a little dog that was sitting in a car as his owner was ordering food in a restaurant.
In Soho, a man tried to flee from police in pursuit of him and got caught after trying to maneuver in backed up traffic by the Holland Tunnel exit.
Also in Soho, a bunch of young adults dressed like Kringle hopped the turnstiles at the Houston-Lafayette St. Station.
Again in Soho at the Houston/Lafayette Station, a man went berzerk and yelled at a 78-year-old woman and her 80-year-old husband for accidentally bumping into him while boarding the F train. He then accused them of racism and kept jabbing at them with his umbrella, stabbing the elderly man in his ear.
And again in Soho, a woman got killed while crossing the street when a driver backed his box truck into her on the crosswalk.
And again in Soho, a woman partying on an apartment building rooftop with her friends attempted to hop to another rooftop by walking on cover connecting them and fell ten feet when it collapsed under her, causing her to be trapped between the gap of the buildings as her friends forgot about her.
In the Lower East Side, a man and a woman sneaked into an apartment building and stole a bike that was locked to a pole with a cable that was weaker than a shoelace.
Also in the Lower East Side, two men got caught shoplifting bags of M&M’s and one of them pulled a knife on a worker who tried to stop them.
And again in the Lower East Side, an argument between two men in front of the LaGuardia Houses escalated when one of them stabbed the other in the chest.
And again in the Lower East Side, a man bashed another man over his head with a bottle to win an argument in a bar.
In the East Village, a domestic dispute between a man and a woman in her apartment gruesomely escalated when the man threw two dogs out the window. The dogs froze to death in a yard.
In Greenwich Village, a man reported missing for 3 days was found dead behind an apartment building he fell off the top from.
In the West Village, two men knocked off an app-food delivery man off his e-motored cycle and rode away on it. The men then snatched another e-motored cycle that was left unlocked. Both motorcycles were collectively worth $3,600
In Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton St. Station, a man thrust his pelvis on the backside of a woman on the 5 train and continued molesting her, then stalked her on the train when she tried to avoid him. The deviant was just released from prison a month ago after serving time for prior sexual abuse incidents and this marked the 55th time he got arrested for his lascivious acts.
Also in Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton St. Station, a 2 year-old-boy got killed when he slipped off the platform and fell under the arriving 2 train.
Again in Downtown Manhattan, a reporter for a corporate news network got caught with a crackpipe in his pocket at a courthouse.
And again in Downtown Manhattan at the Brooklyn Bridge Station, a man mugged two women in four days. The first one when she was going up the stairs as he snatched her purse and robbed her debit card, then the second one where he grabbed her purse as she was entering the revolving door turnstile and held her up at knifepont while he was inside with her and made off with 25 bucks.
And again in Downtown Manhattan, a woman wanting to sit down on the 4 train got yelled at by a woman who was hogging space. The rejected woman then sat across from her and had a conversation with her friend in Hebrew which set the paranoid seat glomming woman off and started yelling bigoted slurs and threats at her. When the woman who was subjected to her abuse filmed her tirades on her phone, the crazy bigot grabbed her face and cut her cheek with her nails.
And again in Downtown Manhattan, a prisoner attacked a C.O. and beat him down breaking his nose and damaging his eye socket.
And again in Downtown Manhattan, a bunch of prisoners filmed a rap video inside the Tombs despite rules banning cellphones during processing and in the cells. When the first day of Christmas came, C.O.’s did a surprise contraband search and found thick baggies of weed, loose cigarettes, vapes, cellphone chargers, cellphones, and for some reason barbeque sauce.
It kind of makes you wonder if these low rung criminals are able to stash this stuff in cubby hole spots in the Tombs, imagine what some rogue federal official would be able to leave behind for a mercenary killer to pick up and use on an international person of interest in a understaffed prison with exhausted and jaded C.O.’s like the Manhattan Correctional Complex a block away on Centre St.
In Herald Square, a 165-year-old boy shot a security guard with an air gun at Macy’s while he was about to get searched for shoplifting over $700 worth of merchandise.
Also in Herald Square, service on 2 lines were delayed because a pencil got jammed in a door on the W (TF) train.
In Kips Bay, a man who looks like Arnold Horschack broke into a Yeshiva college and set off three fires as students were sleeping in their dorms. The man was released by a judge and then got busted in Staten Island vandalizing property knocking down fences at residents homes, this time looking like current Howard Stern.
In Washington Heights, a man walked into a mosque with a hand truck and robbed a safe containing $1,500.
In Inwood, a fire in an apartment building spread from the second to the sixth floor, killing a boy.
Also in Inwood, three men busted into an apartment a woman was renting as a hotel room and held her at gunpoint then robbed her designer wallet and credit cards.
In Richmond Hill, a man loitering by the steps of the 111 St. Station yelling at various people passing by focused his attention on a 14-year-old girl and menaced and threatened her, compelling her to run. Then he followed and chased after her, causing her to run onto the street and getting hit by a car, leaving her legs with serious injuries. The girl’s father, a fireman at a nearby station house was sent to respond to this incident on a 911 call, showed up immediately and carried her to safety. The man above has been previously diagnosed as a schizophrenic and has over a dozen prior arrests. The girl’s father has called out incoming Queens D.A. Melinda Katz to administer justice to make sure his daughter’s attacker doesn’t get back on the streets and accused the prosecutor of being negligent.
Also in Richmond Hill, a man arguing with a man who made a pass at his girlfriend at a bar escalated as they took their beef outside. During the brawl, the man then punched the man and caused him to land on his head on the pavement, the impact from the hit killed him a few weeks later.
In Jamaica, a couple that just left a grocery store got confronted by two men who held them up at gunpoint and went into their pockets and stole two cellphones and a wallet. A week later they confronted then threatened a man on the sidewalk and robbed his watch and jewelry.
Also in Jamaica, a man got killed by a car in a used car lot when it backed up over him from being turned on remotely.
In South Jamaica, a mailman found three men sitting in his postal truck and then the trio ganged up on him and pushed him to the ground and stole his cellphone. Wonder if they know they committed a federal crime by attacking him.
Also in South Jamaica, a man was found dead lying in front of a building.
In Ozone Park, hundreds of slot machines have gotten their windows smashed by frustrated gamblers at Resorts World and one evening the management decided to make a scapegoat out of one customer. The tacky casino’s stingy machines have led to 500 people getting arrested for criminal mischief since the glamorous dump opened in 2011.
Also in Ozone Park, a man jumped over a fence and broke into a parked truck in a backyard and stole $260.
Again in Ozone Park, a man got killed crossing the street by a hit and run driver.
In Astoria, a man walked into a deli, shoved his hand in his jacket to feign a gun and robbed $750.
Also in Astoria, a woman was found dead inside an apartment at the Ravenswood Houses.
Again in Astoria, a man broke into an elderly man’s home and stole $9,000 from his bedroom.
And again in Astoria, two men got shot in a hail of bullets on the street, as the both got hit in their leg and arm.
In Long Island City, a man in a stolen car got it stuck on the Pulaski Bridge when he drove it on the pedestrian path and got jammed in the middle. The city’s reaction to prevent another moronic breach like that was to put a yellow plastic stick in the middle of the path’s entrance.
Also in Long Island City, a man was pulled over by a trooper at the Midtown Tunnel entrance for driving in a truck only lane and then the driver hit the gas and gunned for the tunnel in the left lane as the cop got in his car and raced after him The man sideswiped and wrecked five other vehicles during the high speed pursuit and injured 3 people including his girlfriend who riding shotgun. After initially refusing to comply he surrendered after the cop drew his weapon. Turns out the perp wasn’t licensed and the car was stolen and was rented on a social media photo sharing app.
In Ridgewood, a 66-year-old man got killed when he got hit by car while crossing the street.
Also in Ridgewood, a gang of four men were running after a car heading down the street and one of them shot at it.
Again in Ridgewood, a man was approached by a gang of five men as one of them held him up at gunpoint and robbed his cellphone.
And again in Ridgewood, a 61-year-old man got killed as he was hit by a car while crossing the street when the driver ran a stop sign while making a turn.
And again in Ridgewood, an 82-year-old man was pushed to the sidewalk by two men who then rifled through his pockets and robbed $20 off him.
And again in Ridgewood, a man was struck and killed by one of Jeff Bezos’s delivery vans when it’s driver plowed into him while he was crossing the street.
In Flushing, a woman was run over by a car after she stepped out of her own car that she just parked. The man who drove into her then beat her down to the pavement and stole her handbag and cellphone. The man’s passenger was busted using one of her credit cards at a store.
Also in Flushing, a city bus and a fancy car crashed into each other while both drivers were turning at the same time, causing six people to be injured.
Again in Flushing, a man got hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk as the driver was turning into a garage ramp. The man died a week later.
In Elmhurst, a man walking home got ambushed by a man as he was about to enter his apartment building. The mugger then slashed the resident in the face multiple times then robbed $900 and his cellphone.
Also in Elmhurst, a 15-year-old boy lured a woman into the Queens Center mall parking garage and raped her there. The judge presiding at his bail hearing set him loose and told him to return to family court the next day but the boy celebrated his birthday that day by blowing it off and took a selfie while holding a gun and put it on a social media platform.
Again in Elmhurst at the Grand Ave/Newton Station, a drunk ass man bumped into a pillar and almost fell on the tracks but was rescued by an MTA worker, then the vagrant showed his appreciation to him by pushing him on the tracks.
In East Elmhurst, a man got confronted then attacked by four men as he was exiting a livery cab with shopping bags. The men then ganged up on him and ripped a chain off him, then one of them flashed a gun and the man ran away and left his bags behind.
In Jackson Heights, a man randomly punched a 67-year-old man in the face and ran down the sidewalk.
Also in Jackson Heights, a man attempted to rape a woman who worked at health center when he demanded to bang her and then threw her on a couch and laid on top of her. The deviant attempted to rape two women at a massage parlor a month earlier in Astoria.
Again in Jackson Heights, a man that was with a group of showtime dancers bothered a commuter to move so they could perform on the E train and he said no. When the train arrived at the 74th St. Station, the man attacked the commuter while he was walking away and punched his face twice on the platform then got back on the train in time to escape.
And again in Jackson Heights at the 74th St./Roosevelt Ave. Station, a man punched a blind man and broke his nose after he barely touched him with his walking stick while getting off the 7 train.
In Sunnyside at the 52nd St. Station, a big slab of concrete fell off the ceiling above the stairwell and almost creamed a commuter walking on the steps.
Also in Sunnyside at the 40th St. Station, a man grabbed a woman’s ass as she was walking down the stairs.
In Woodside, a man got killed as he was crossing the street by a hit-and-run drunk driver who blew past a red light. The reckless and unlicensed killer driver then blew another red light and crashed into a taxi trying to get away, causing it to crash into two other cars.
Also in Woodside, a man stabbed another man in the leg he was fighting with on the LIRR train. A couple of obnoxious jerks in silly outfits going on a dumbass yuletide bar crawl piled on the stabber and subdued him. Looks like Santa’s going to give them fifths of bourbon and vodka in their stockings.
Again in Woodside, two men jumped a man from behind who was walking on the sidewalk and punched him in the stomach and robbed $70 off him. 90 minutes later and a block away they jumped another man from behind and threw him on the sidewalk and robbed his cellphone and wallet. Three days later they attacked another man walking on the sidewalk from behind by placing an umbrella on his neck and robbed his cellphone and wallet while choking him.
In Fresh Meadows, a man broke into seven homes and a garage in a two month span, making off with tools, jewelry, cash and merchandise and damaging property in attempts where he find anything to loot.
In Middle Village, a man stalked a woman into her apartment building, then sexually molested her in the elevator and threatened her to disrobe by claiming he had a gun and a knife. The woman refused and he ran away.
Also in Middle Village, a woman snatched a credit card from a wallet that was placed on a shopping cart and she used it at a nearby video game store.
In St. Albans, a man jumped a 66-year-old woman from behind and threw her to the pavement and robbed her purse. He then tried to rob another woman in broad daylight on the same day by trying to grab her purse but ran away when the woman resisted.
In Far Rockaway at the Mott Ave. Station, a man ran up behind a woman walking on the platform and whacked her in the head with his umbrella.
In Rockaway Beach, a man standing in front of a supermarket was shot to death on the sidewalk by a man who escaped in an SUV.
Also in Rockaway Beach, a water main broke in the middle of the night, breaking the asphalt and swallowing a parked car while flooding the street.
In Forest Hills, a fingerprint scan time keeping clock was destroyed at a LIRR station.
In Bayside, two men got into an app-hail livery driver’s car and held him up at knifepoint and ran off with his cellphone and $850.
In College Point, a man loitering by a shopping center parking lot in his car whipped his chode out to a 17-year-old girl who walked by him.
In Kew Gardens,at the Jamaica/Van Wyck Station, a woman walking on the tracks got killed when she got hit by the arriving E train
On Rikers Island, an inmate attempted suicide in his cell as C.O.’s watched on a live video feed.
Also On Rikers Island, an inmate was ganged up and beat down by six other prisoners.
In East New York at the Broadway Junction Station, a woman got killed and another woman broke her arm when they were stumbling drunk as they exited the train while staggering holding each other on the platform, then one of them slipped and dragged her friend onto the tracks as she held onto her as the train was departing, running over both them.
Also in East New York, a man punched a 71-year-old man in the face when he stepped into his apartment building that stemmed from an argument the two had earlier.
In East Flatbush, a two car collision at street intersection caused by an off-duty cop driving drunk and a man that ran a stop sign killed a woman that was in the front seat with him and seriously injured another woman in the back seat. The man then fled the scene of the accident by abandoning his vehicle with the women still inside. The cop didn’t get charged with the woman’s death despite his DWI charge.
Also in East Flatbush, an 81-year-old woman got hit by a car while crossing the street while the driver was backing up.
In Flatbush, three men are involved in a two month crime spree attacking and robbing six food-app delivery workers as they wait for them to enter buildings and ambush them as they drop off their orders, making off with their cellphones, cash as well as the food.
Also in Flatbush at the Newkirk Plaza Station, a man laying on the tracks got killed when the Q train arrived and ran over him. While tragic and sad, this act of selfishness caused service delays and pissed off a lot a commuters as the MTA was vague describing the reason for them.
Again in Flatbush, a 9-year-old boy got hit and dragged under the road by a car when he ran into the street as the driver was making a turn.
In Bed-Stuy, a couple of men dressed as police officers as part of religious based community patrol roughed up a teenage boy by throwing him against a fence because they claimed he was disrespecting a Muslim woman. Then a group of men from the Bloods gang showed up at their mosque, one of them being the boy’s father and one of them that came strapped, and demanded accountability and made ominous threats even while some NYPD cops where sent there to calm the situation. Four days later, two of the Bloods beat down a random Muslim man in front of their mosque. The victim did not even work for or with the patrol.
This chain of violence uncannily resembles what led to the Crown Heights riots between the Black and Hasidic communities 30 years ago. From the boy victim that originated it to the innocent victim that got caught in the middle. The difference is that nobody died and the groups involved are religious extremists and gangbangers. And this story got ignored because it was covered by a Christian news website and an right-wing blogger.
Also in Bed-Stuy, a fireman and a garbageman got into a street hassle and then brawled with each other over a parking spot. One of them got charged with weapons possession, but the NYPD did not disclose to news scribes what kind of weapon it was.
Again in Bed-Stuy, two men moving out an apartment building were approached by five men who grabbed one of them and forced him inside a van. When the man’s friend tried to stop them, one of the men shot at him and missed and then they drove off. The men bounded their abductee with duct tape and zip ties and put him inside a car that they met up with. The driver and his passengers dumped the man in East Flatbush and stole his cellphone.
And again in Bed-Stuy, a man was stabbed to death inside an apartment building lobby as two men ran from the murder scene.
And again in Bed-Stuy, a man was shot at when he was entering a car as he got hit the leg while the livery driver got hit in the back.
In Brownsville, a man got caught by cops beating the fare by going through the emergency gate and also got caught with a loaded gun when they searched him.
Also in Brownsville, a woman got shot to death in her apartment and her boyfriend jumped out of the window from the second floor and broke his leg trying to get away. A suspected gunman is still on the loose.
In Bushwick, a man took a brick and threw it through a basement window and invaded a woman’s studio apartment. The fiend then threw her on the bed and raped her, then he stole her cellphone, cash and credit cards.
Also in Bushwick, a man departed his car after parking it and was approached by a man and a woman coming fast down the block and they both jumped him and beat him down to the ground, then robbed his cellphone and wallet.
Again in Bushwick, an off duty cop strangled his girlfriend at a thrift store during a fight over money.
And again in Bushwick, a man was attacked by two women who threw him to the ground after he tried to film them shouting anti-Semetic slurs and threats at him.
In Williamsburg at the Lorimer St. Station, a man was shot at three times in the back on the platform by a gunman as the M train was arriving.
In Sunset Park, a 75-year-old woman got killed crossing the street by a driver who ran her over while making a turn.
Also in Sunset Park, an 85-year-old man got killed crossing the street when a box truck driver hit him.
In Crown Heights, a man sneaked into a police station locker room and stole an NYPD t-shirt, jacket and boots and tried to come off like a new detective who just got promoted by higher brass at 1 Police Plaza but got figured out eventually and was arrested for impresonating an officer and was found in possession of crack and a pipe. The man was just sprung by a judge a few days earlier on a misdemeanor assualt charge.
Also in Crown Heights, a man was sucker punched by a man who walked by him with a group of people.
And again in Crown Heights, a man entered that same Lubavitch center and yelled at the congregants that he was going to kill them all.
And again in Crown Heights, a man walking on the sidewalk was hit with a chair from behind thrown by a boy who was with six other kids. When the man confronted them they chased him and punched him in the face. The man didn’t file a police report because of his awareness of the state’s new bail reform laws that doesn’t set bail for misdemeanors like random assaults based on bigotry.
The little fuckers then approached and punched another man a few blocks away and pushed him to the ground and beat him up as one dickhead filmed the assault on his phone.
In Gravesend, a woman approached a woman with her 3-year-old son and called her “fucking Jew”, then physically assaulted both and ran away.
In Midwood, two men yelled a bigoted slur and pulled a knife on a 17-year-old boy on the street.
Also in Midwood, two men wrestled and beat each other up on the street in the middle of traffic.
Also in Downtown Brooklyn at the Nevins St. Station, a man reached into another man’s pockets while he was sleeping on the 4 train and then stabbed him in the back when his victim fought back.
Again in Downtown Brooklyn at the Atlantic Avenue and Borough Hall Stations, four men held up a newsstand operator at knifepoint, dragged him out from behind the counter and beat him down and robbed cash from him. 6 days later, they held up and beat down another newsstand worker and robbed cash and candy from his business.
And again in Downtown Brooklyn, a raccoon has called the Nevins St. Station his/her home and refused to cooperate with the NYPD and their food bribe they left in a trap by the tunnel.
And again in Downtown Brooklyn, a man being a nuisance as he was bothering passerby and drinking booze in public, was approached by two cops who told him to move along. The vagrant then sucker punched the cop and wrestled him to the ground and would not release him, as his partner tried to remove him by pleading with him as she hit him with her baton that had no effect on him.
The vagrant was eventually arrested and brought to court then immediately released without bail. So he predictably went back to the location where the incident took place. He was so enamored with his good fortune, he gave a big cuddly smile sporting a little bottle of vodka too . Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
In Coney Island, a man was shot in the stomach in the hallway following an argument with another man inside the Callway Houses apartment building. He later died from his wound.
Also in Coney Island, four men and a woman shoplifted $40 worth of candy from a chain pharmacy and the woman sprayed a chemical liquid at workers who tried to stop them.
In Borough Park, two men sneaked up behind a woman and forced her to sit on the sidewalk. Then one of them took her cellphone as she was trying to call for help and smashed it on the concrete and then robbed $300 off her.
Also in Borough Park, a man broke into a house while brandishing a big knife. And then walked out when he heard the resident slam a door.
Again in Borough Park, a man got obstructed by a man that walk towards him who then slugged him in the head.
In Canarsie, a tow-truck driver towed a car off a public housing parking lot with a one-year-old girl inside when her mother went to drop off her laundry.
In Gowanus, a man got killed when he was hit by three vehicles as he was crossing the street.
In Fort Greene at the Classon Ave. Station, boy snatched a cellphone out of a man’s hands as he got off the G train. When the man chased him, the perps boys were waiting for him and he and his crew beat down their victim.
Also in Fort Greene, a man had his e-bike stolen even though he locked it up.
Again in Fort Greene, a woman had her groceries stolen while she was napping at a bus stop.
In Park Slope at the 7th Ave. Stationt, a man fighting with two other men on the platform escalated into one of them getting shot in the ankle.
Also in Park Slope, a man got his face bashed in during a fight with another man on the street.
In Prospect Park, a man swiped a cherry picker and spray painted some words on the arch of the Grand Army Plaza, just moments before a rally against anti-Semitism and a mass rash of attacks motivated by it was about to take place.
In Brighton Beach, a man held up a clerk at a laundromat by gunpoint and robbed $500.
In Clinton Hill, a man got slashed in the face by another man as he was walking on the sidewalk.
In Boerum Hill at the Pacific St. Station, a man attempted to snatch another man’s cellphone on the platform and then punched his face when he failed to steal it.
In Downtown Brooklyn at the Jay St./Metrotech Station, a couple got into an argument with a man on the A train, and the man finished the debate by hitting the woman in the head with his cane.
Also in Downtown Brooklyn, a man robbed a jackhammer at a construction site.
In DUMBO, a man broke into a woman’s apartment and robbed it of clothes and shoes worth over 12 grand.
In Mill Basin, a man pulled a gun and attempted to shoot a man in front of his house while looking for his wife who ran away from him back in Missouri. The gun misfired and the jilted man ran away.
In Dyker Heights, streets are filled with garbage left behind by tourists and visitors invading the neighborhood to see the now world famous house Christmas lights displays.
In Carroll Gardens, a man shoplifted $1,000 worth of cold medicine from a pharmacy. There’s going to be some meth on the streets soon.
In Bath Beach, a man bashed a woman in her face with a bottle in a hotel room then robbed her ID and broke her cellphone.
Also in Bath Beach, a man sneaked into a truck with the door left open and robbed a box containing over 5 grand in checks and cash.
A 19-year-old man got indicted for hacking into 2 cellphones using 75 aliases and looted over a million dollars in cryptocurrency from their accounts through his own phones using multiple SIM cards. Still wanna use your phones like wallets people?
In Greenpoint, a rat was found dead by a mesh surrounded chain link fence by an overpriced chain cafe that sells rancid coffee and stale pastries and sandwiches.
In Morrisania, a 61-year-old man and his boyfriend were confronted by a gang of men who demanded money. The two then ran but the elder man got caught by one of the men who grabbed him by his coat, spun him 720 degrees and threw him to the ground, then stomped on him and punched him in the head various times as another man ran up and kicked him. Then another man picked up a city garbage can and threw it on the victim. The lynching went on for 15 minutes. They then robbed the beaten man of a buck and left him lying unconscious. The man died from his numerous injuries four days later.
Only one person has been arrested from this lynching and it’s a teenage male who said he never touched the victim as the other thugs are still on the loose. Sounds like what’s going on with the Tessa Majors case.
In Grand Concourse at the 149th St. Station, a gang of six men repeatedly beat up, slashed and stabbed a 15-year-old boy while he was in the turnstiles. Though the victim survived, this attack isn’t that distinguishable from Junior Velasquez’s brutal lynching death on a Bronx street corner last year.
In Concourse Village, four men getting high and being obnoxious while loitering in an lobby at an apartment building invaded an apartment where a family was celebrating Christmas and stabbed four men inside.
In Hunts Point, two teenage males engaged in a knife fight over a girl and one wound up in the hospital from getting stabbed in the chest and the other one wound up dead after getting stabbed three times in the torso.
In Castle Hill, three men surrounded a 13-year-old boy and beat him down to rob his cellphone.
In Jerome Park, a man pulled out a gun during an argument with his app-hail driver and threatened to shoot him and then he jetted into the street.
In Crotona, a 74-year-old man sitting his car was confronted by a man and a woman who yelled at him about parking there, then the man punched his face and the woman did the same and stole his cellphone.
In Melrose, three men knocked on the door of a family’s apartment and attempted to barge in. Then one of the men took out a gun and the father shut the door on him and his wife took a power drill get him out. The man then shot all his bullets and killed a little dog that was there to mate with the family’s dog to make puppies. The residents were held up and robbed of over $10,000 in their apartment two months before this killing.
In Norwood, a woman followed a pregnant woman who argued with her into an apartment building elevator and punched her multiple times and robbed her purse containing $400.
Also in Norwood, a shootout occurred inside an abandoned house during a party with nearly 30 people attending. Squatters occupying the place were then evicted from the property.
In Baychester, a woman left her 2-year-old alone in her car in a mall parking lot as she went shopping.
Also in Baychester, a disabled 69-year-old man burned to death in his bedroom during a fire at his house.
In Kingsbridge Heights, a janitor goaded two teenage girls to make out in front of him at a high school.
In Soundview at the Morrison Ave. Station, a man in red is talking to a teenage girl on the 6 train and then he suddenly picks her up and gets off and sits on a bench with her in his arms. The girl breaks free and wakes up the man next to her and her brief captor walked away as the man she was with threatened to shoot him “if she was his daughter”.
The next day, the man in red wore black but was immediately recognized on the street from the viral video and was treated to heaping load of ultraviolence by a group of men who shoved him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly as he pleaded that he didn’t harm her. Cops detained and then released him on his own recognizance. I think this guy is just eccentric and attention should also be paid to the guy with the girl on the train who left his gun at home.
In Orchard Beach, a man lost control of his car and crashed into a tree after another driver cut him off on the highway.
In Throggs Neck, the Hells Angels bought a house for their new headquarters and are driving their neighbors crazy with constant noise from their revving motorcycles.
A fugitive pimp wanted for sex trafficking three teenage girls and extorting a 17-year-old girl was caught and arrested after hiding out at a buddy’s apartment and tried to flee from the cops by jumping out his window. The pimp went on the down low in an attempt to kill time until the bail reform laws become official on New Year’s Day so he can get off for a few days as a civilian before indictment.
In Co-Op City, a 17 story wind turbine generating power for three billboards standing below it dismantled when the fucking wind blew and fell off the ugly black post and crashed onto the street and demolished a car. One of the billboards also came down and landed on the gas station it stood over. The piece of shit green energy generator was only installed a few weeks earlier against the community’s objections and in the middle of the night as they slept.
In Stapleton, a man was shot to death on the street and found with a gun beside him. The victim was recently off parole from after a career in the drug game for serving time for robberies.
Also in Stapleton, a man got hit by a car when the driver jumped the curb and drove onto a house’s lawn.
In West Brighton, a 16-year-old boy was chased by a gang of men and got shot to death in front of his house.
In Meiers Corners, a man injured two police officers while he was fighting them while resisting arrest stemming from a brawl on the street with other men.
In New Springville, a woman lifted a wallet from a from a 71-year-old woman and used her credit card the next day at a department store.
In West Brighton, a man banged on a woman’s apartment door and shot a man she was with in the face when she opened it at the Berry Houses.
In Port Richmond, a FDNY lieutenant ripped off a catholic school fundraiser by sticking his hands in a bucket of money meant for it.
Also in Port Richmond, a person smashed a car into a parked vehicle and a utility pole and abandoned it there.
In Annandale, a man was arrested during a raid where cops found two loaded guns in his house.
In New Brighton, a man threatened to shoot his wife during a domestic dispute in their home.
In Clifton, a man was found possessing a loaded gun when cops came over when they saw him smoking pot with his friends.
In (didn’t know S.I. had a) Sunnyside, a piece of shit lowlife hacked into a security system made by Jeff Bezos’s company and terrorized a 14-year-old boy through the speaker.
In Elm Park, two men broke into a business office by cutting the locks but left with nothing.
In Pleasant Plains, a woman who was on a TV show and her husband were busted following a warrant on their home where cops found two loaded guns and a load of painkillers and pot.
On the Staten Island Expressway, two women driving in a black car were pulled over by troopers and caught possessing loaded guns, one in the trunk and one strapped to one the goils leg. Thelma and Louise 2019.
In neighborhoods policed by the 121st Precinct, garages and sheds are being broken into and burglarized of bikes and tools in a crime spree.
Final note on the sputtering homicide case of Tessa Majors: