The Lpocalypse Project: The Gaslighting Of And Austerity Plan For The New York City Transit System By Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio And The MTA

043And just imagine a barely functional and safe transit system and mobile daily commutes. 72nd Street Station surface upgrade by Yoko Ono Lennon. Not ADA compliant.

New York, N.Y.

2019 has and will become quite an historic year for New York City transit. But most definitely not in a good way. For the future of it looks fucking bleak despite all the optimism being expressed by elected and appointed officials about all the moolah for infrastructure improvements coming.

Now that it has been decided to keep the base fare of a subway/bus ride at 2.75 while eliminating the bonus charges and raising the cost of unlimited weekly and monthly cards, this would be a good time make a layman’s assessment about the current state of the New York City Transit System run by the MTA, the worst fucking transit system in the universe. Because recent incidents and decisions have given sunlight to the crisis below, as well as above and at ground level regarding our mass transit options, which will also have a deleterious effect on traffic on the island of Manhattan and on the streets and highways that will surely continue to deteriorate and the commutes regarding the and safety by all dependent on the buses and trains (not ferries, fucking please). And it’s also shown that no one is truly capable of being assertive, proactive and having independent or rational thoughts or ideas at MTA. It surely isn’t the board whose dithering members are appointed by the mayor and governor, despite it’s alleged independence and expertise.

But it’s clear who is and always was in charge and that’s our third go-round and self-christened progressive Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose very wrong hands and demented disruptor mind has determined the fate of the MTA transit imbroglio. Apparently, the governor is under the borderline mental delusion that he doesn’t have enough control and has divined himself the autocrat savior of the transit system. This is not even as ego driven like his overzealous order to get the 2nd avenue line finished so he can throw a new years party, this is Andy’s id taking control now with this idiotic and dangerous plan to keep the L train running on time. Even Moussilini would’ve shown more restraint and self-awareness.

But how did we get to this current lowly state of mass transit and the commuting crisis in general? It all began back in January, when the decrepit saltwater hurricane Sandy corroded Canarsie Tunnel was about to be shut down in a mere 3.2 months away. After three years of meticulous research and planning by the MTA board and recently installed transit president Andy Byford along with efforts by the D.O.T. to redesign the streets of the L’s path to remediate traffic with bike lanes and improve bus service on 14th st. (despite the haphazard designs), the Governor suddenly had an epiphany induced by a dubious recollection of being grabbed by a stranger who yelled at him, which led to a visit to the tunnel when he last looked longingly at things in there, and bemused to himself that the commute could still be saved.

So Mario’s son looked and pointed at things with an entourage of hoity-toity college academic officials with absolutely no experience assessing mass transit infrastructure, and decided to scrap the 15 month thorough renovation of the tunnel and rely on an earlier rejected plan to rearrange and restructure the infrastructure’s power supplies on top of the tunnel instead. Instead of fixing and fortifying the corrosion and cracks with good old concrete and mortar, the governor and his new egghead crew decided to go with a polymer glass coating instead. During this new surface coating, the L train will continue to run as scheduled on the weekdays while running on one track on the weekend and on nights after 8 p.m. in 20 minute intervals during the two year (or more) reconstruction.

Transit crisis averted? Not exactly, because this plan was previously and soundly rejected by Cuomo’s board because of the deadly risk of spreading and exposure of cancer causing silica dust that would be released during the construction as transit service re-opened. And the GIF NYC transit provided the public with showing how the trains will flow in one tube underwater looks scary as fuck. But Andy’s id was not going to let potential environmental hazard get in the way of slaying the Lpocalypse. This mentally ill megalomaniac decision is already causing reverberations to commutes and literally the environment along the L train’s tunnels path in the niche towns of Williamsburg and Bushwick.

Exactly a month after Andy’s L plan, the Graham Ave. Station in East Williamsburg (or Bushwick as it used to be called) had to be shut down because of an overwhelming pungent gas smell that sickened a few commuters on the train when it was stalled on the tracks and then nauseated the rest of the passengers as it was slow crawling to the ground zero station. In spite of this incident, an MTA official somehow discerned that the air was safe and the L train resume it’s schedule despite the peculiar appearance of high-powered fans laid on the gratings above the tunnel to extract the noxious fuel odors out.

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The following day after this announcement, three MTA workers got violently ill from the fumes that were alleged to be gone as other workers took the precaution of pulling their sweaters over their mouths until they received protective face masks.

The source of the fumes had become an evolving mystery but for some bizarre reason, MTA chief safety officer Pat Warren still claimed that the air at Graham Ave. was still safe to breathe. According to lifestyle and occasional actual news blog Gothamist and the NY Daily News, the MTA attributions of the source of the toxic entity changed during the first 48 hours. First it was determined that it was fuel that was accidentally spilled from diesel trains being used during weekend work construction; then it was blamed on an abandoned fuel tank underneath an abandoned gas station; and finally and absurdly, the MTA tried to pin the blame on superfund site Newtown Creek from a Greenpoint refinery spill from the 70’s. Of all those theories, the one that makes the most sense is the first one, being that weekend work has already begun. The other two theories are asinine considering that both of them were unfounded given that there was no evidence the station tank leaked, which probably led to conjuring up some ooze from Newtown Creek that suddenly migrated to the subway tunnels. It seems the MTA is coming up with these theories not to be more transparent but to obviously gaslight commuters and the press from finding out what the fuck is actually going on.

Or maybe the MTA is feigning ignorance. Because when the FDNY showed up in full Hazmat suits to determine the toxic levels of the leak, they did not bother to measure it on orders from the city and state environmental boards.

That’s not the only gaslighting by our servants of mass transit. A month following the gassing of Graham Ave., as the pungent toxicity rose from the crisis below and spread into the ether above permeating apartment buildings and stores in the area, evidence of the error of Cuomo’s Id and his crack Ivy league team’s L revival decision manifested at Bedford Avenue station in Greenpoint, as a cloud of thick dust inundated the station on another Monday morning rush hour.

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Well, guess what was the contents of the contamination that scared the shit out of commuters, it was the presence of the predicted silica dust that was prophesized. But the MTA spokesman wasn’t divulging much but did proclaim that despite evidence of the thickness and noxious odor of the particles and the sight of workers and police with protective face masks on the platform, that the air was still safe to breathe! It evidently seems that the MTA is utilizing the same spin control that Christie Todd Whitman utilized to assuage the public back in 2001 that the air was safe to breathe at Ground Zero weeks after 9/11/2001 so the traumatized city service workers could resume excavating remains at the destroyed WTC site.

 

 

 

Evidently, the MTA is clearly trying to distract their worried commuters from the fact that the weekend work that was approved by Cuomo’s id is causing the environmental hazard it was expected to cause. Which is why this plan that was revived was rejected in the first place. And the MTA’s crass denials of the air quality should cause immediate pause to anyone that what if these were attempts by terrorists to poison the tunnels instead of just causations from worker incompetence.

Another little problem with Cuomo/MTA tunnel surface remediation plan? Well, last summer on the Jersey Transit, a PATH tunnel with similar infrastructure with overhead wiring exploded causing a metal bracket to pierce through a train’s ceiling like a spear, causing 700 passengers to evacuate awaiting a rescue train and another 350 remaining stuck on a train behind it from the sharpnel and debris on the tracks . Fortunately for them, they were near Penn Station. What’s going to happen when this happens on the L train when they are done moving that wiring on the Canarsie roof and putting that polymer balm on the cracks and crevices around the walls and the floor bed?

With the frightening prospect of taking the L as construction continues for the next 20 months (but certainly more than that). Mayor de Blasio, while nowhere to be found during those two toxic transit disasters as well as four recent incidents of transit debris falling from the elevated tracks in Woodside and Richmond Hill, continues to push his stupid and expensive NYC Ferry transportation option as well as funding another study for the loathed and loathsome BQX trolley.

As was expected of anything de Blasio promotes and focusing his attention on, the NYC Ferry has turned into a disastrously expensive boondoggle. For the subsidized costs for each $2.75 ride amounts to $10.73, which went up four and change from the 6 buck estimate from last year and went up two bucks from estimates a few months ago. As the costs of the new ferries on the way is going to cost another $369 million. The timing of this report coincides de Blasio’s announcement of the ferry’s expansion of new stops in Staten Island and Coney Island, which will not be ready till 2020 and 2021 respectively and another one at the Brooklyn Navy Yard which will be ready to launch this May. The launching of the Coney Island one next year is expected to balloon the already high subsidy costs to $24.75 for every fare.

As if de Blasio’s prioritizing of the ferry over the dilapidated condition of the subway and roads and the snails pace speed of the city buses wasn’t crass enough, somehow he couldn’t placate residents of the town of Canarsie with a ferry stop of their own, even though they compiled 6,000 signatures and actually have a dock ready for renovation. Which unsurprisingly validates the fact this ferry are basically ersatz yachts and is only beneficial and necessary for the wealthy and tourists and not meant for the commuting needs of the proletariat masses. Which the ready made stop at hipster frequented Brooklyn Navy yard as well as all the luxury development stops on the East River in Manhattan proves the inequitable treatment against the more frequented subway and bus services in spades (or anchors?). Besides, Canarsie didn’t have a chance because those real estate gentrification enabling porch monkeys at the city’s Economic Development Corporation didn’t put the town on the feasibility list, even though the Bronx town of Soundview never even had a pier before and they were declared feasible by the EDC. Amazing what becoming a real estate speculative hot bed with looming parasitic tower hyperdevelopment can do for an selective area. But despite being a reverse revenue generator, de Blasio’s inducement of the NYC ferry is a city taxpayer funded investment now even though the only benefit to come from this seasonal leisure  service will go straight into the bank account of EDC board member Mark Patricof who has a conflicted invested interest he holds in Hornblower from previously working in  private equity firm with holdings in the transit yacht provider.

But these are not the only transit offenses against the citizenry he swore to serve these last 6 long years, especially the poor he pandered to get elected in 2013. After much cajoling by house speaker Corey Johnson, Da Mayor relented and implemented the Fair Fares program to begin at the start of 2019 to be available to 700,000 struggling citizens. And what came naturally from the notoriously tardy and slow mayor, the program took nearly a month to send the discounts out and limited the distribution to 30,000 applicants. Expectedly from the two-faced liar, it was nothing but a half-measure because the cards were sent out as unlimited weekly or monthly cards instead of day to day purchases which these commuters usually spend, being that they don’t have 20 or 60 dollars to plunk down right away or even have the cash at all if they are without a job. The expected diminished result is barely over hundred people are using these Fair Fares. Why couldn’t the city tell the MTA to arrange the card like its done with the school and senior citizen reduced cards. But being helpful to the most financially burdened has never been much of concern for the notorious Mayor Big Slow.

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Andy Byford 

Of course, forgotten in this whole MTA mess is the man who was assigned to save it while stressing transparency and credibility for the agency, Transit President Andy Byford who arrived last year with such great fanfare and who was recently featured on 60 minutes last autumn, whose nfluence, authority and plans now been undermined and virtually eliminated by Andy’s id . His absence from the L train aborted shutdown announcement and his lack of input of the decision to sugarcoat the cracked tunnel walls and floorboards with polymer, which the initial contractor rightfully thought was a stupid and dangerous idea 2 years ago, was majorly conspicuous. Compounded with Gov. Stugots autocratic decision to junk Andy’s proven idea to upgrade the anachronistic signal system with a computer based CBTC that has been used successfully when he ran the tube in London and the subway in Toronto and has been effective since it’s been applied to the L line (figures) with some ultraband radio wave bullshit idea that Andy’s id got from Elon Musk, while Byford’s thoroughly detailed Fast Foward plan has not gotten one penny for its funding to this day since it was announced with great fanfare and widespread media coverage.

And it was looking very certain that he and FF will never get it, and recent and current history validates that horrendous fact according to NYS Comptroller Thomas de Napoli’s report as surmounting debts are going to interfere with all other moderation and renovations of the subways infrastructure. The Fast Forward plan as devolved into the Flying Fuck, meaning that Governor Stugots doesn’t give one about it at all. These two have not been in the same photo op together since I don’t know fuck when.

And Byford’s plan to make 50 stations handicap accessible was about to get chopped to 36 because of these looming debts, which derived from the blowback of the underfunding for the accessibility retrofits over a decade ago when just 1.8% was allocated for it and with the funding about to dry up as the final days of the current five year transit plan is about to end this year  If this wasn’t horrendous enough consider that 6 stations were shut down for months for surface and aesthetic modernizations like self-indulgent art and led screens flashing MTA bulletins and maps. The 72nd St B/C Station and the 23rd Street Station comes to mind.

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With these dubious upgrades, Andy’s id’s MTA proves that the only subway improvements are designed for tourists to navigate through the city and niche parts of Brooklyn and Queens (and even the Bronx) on nice screens like the theme park this city has turned into. And all this art being installed is just there for the Instagram addicted. Supposedly the funding is only a morsel of budgetary spending, that morsel could have been allocated for initial funding on an elevator that could have been installed at a station where a mother killed herself falling down the steps while carrying a full stroller and her toddler daughter.

Too bad and too little too late that a federal judge recently decided that the MTA had to require all station renovations must be ADA compliant. The problem of course is where to get the funding again to honor the judge’s decision, because Mario’s son’s MTA burned through all the money that was to upgrade other stations, which would have also went into art that nobody asked for instead of signal and infrastructure upgrades, unsightly dilapidation of the ceilings, walls and stairs and of course elevators for the disabled as well for the elderly and children’s strollers. The latter which recently got tragic attention when a woman died trying to carry her stroller with child down along with shopping bags as she fell down the stairs when there was no escalator available in the city’s 7th avenue station.

But all is not lost for these looming and practically insurmountable expenses, for Governor Stugots budget passed with the ratification of congestion pricing to supposedly fix the MTA once and for all. Expected to accrue funding for the subway, a tolling system will be put in place to charge regular car drivers $11 and commercial truck drivers $25 to enter Manhattan below 60th street to downtown. Because that’s the way to derive funding for mass transit and levy it on people who choose to own a vehicle so they never use it and also to people that are just in town to do their jobs.

The thing is this tax levy on car owning commuters and delivery workers (a glut of them who don’t make a living wage) won’t be implemented until 2020, conveniently after the next election for Albany’s assembly and senate.

The only saving grace for car owners is that the congestion fees/taxes for driving in Manhattan will not be implemented until December 2020 (conveniently after the next election) and won’t go into effect in another two years, or maybe more being that there will have to be a system to take all the congestion tolls. Probably something like those ugly ass LINKNYC data succubi kiosks.

Of course there were more reliable and faster ways to come up with the billions to fix the crisis below; like the long overdue, sensible and fiscally responsible legalization of marijuana. But the arguments among all officials (mostly paranoid) about how it will be distributed and who should profit from it first and also expected resistance from rigid Republican elected officials and the upper echelons of law enforcement. But it got nixed from consideration in the budget hearings, so New York is going to continue to lag behind other states like Colorado, Massachusettes, California and the nation of Canada and lose billions in tax dollars from the manufacturing and selling of it.

And the big dirty obscene open secret of the minuscule taxes oligarchs pay for pied-e-terres in supertall dark luxury towers. But that immediately got crushed when REBNY sent their wormtongue minions to inundate news sites with developer agitprop and to Albany and persuaded the Assembly that these investor citizens ossified personal wealth absolutely can’t be sacrificed for the transit needs and safety of daily commuters. Despite recent heinous news of a billionaire hedge fund owner who paid $238 million for a sky high home on Central Park South and Jeff Bezos looking to purchase another multi-million dollar abode in the same building along with the four other ones he owns nearby on Central Park West. Hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been extracted from these welfare oligarchs and also from other American and foreign billion and hundred millionaire sloths who purchased these tax shelters in various luxury monoliths that have sprouted in Manhattan as well as the East River coasts of towns in Brooklyn and Queens are now gone. Gone with all the money that was never accounted for prior to this proposal.

You think the feckless Albany cowards would have debunked whatever bullshit REBNY’s wormtongues were spewing when all they had to do is look at Hudson Yards, where a train station built there before the gilded age girder and glass beanstalks were planted. While the developers, city and state were gerrymandering districts (and including Central Park) to pilfer billions from areas that needed it for affordable housing to fund it’s manifestation, the station flooded every time it rained and the escalators consistently break down even to this day. In a way, it looks like having people walk up almost 3 flights from the subway is a good way to train for the useless shawarma art staircase that you first see coming out of the station.

Which leads to the obvious conclusion that our elected leaders, appointed officials and the fucking MTA are relying on the neoliberal doctrine of using austerity measures to rebuild and improve mass transit. What usually happens with cutting costs for government projects and the abject refusal from officials to accrue funding from the wealthiest individuals, austerity always devastates the livelihoods of the lower tiers of the income ladder. Because with congestion pricing, the needs of the few (or the one) outweigh the needs of the many.

Like the taxi drivers, who currently contribute $2.50 to add on to the base fare while  tech corporations like Uber and Lyft only charge an extra quarter even though there are five times more of those app-hail cars on the streets that’s actually is at fault for all the congestion. Because of cab and livery drivers taking their own lives in the past year, this has been dubbed as the “suicide surcharge” by taxi veterans and representatives.

And everyone else will also be levied with this tax when you go to any store that sells goods, from supermarkets to department stores, because those costs are going to be added right to your purchases, adding to the prices that are already rising because of onerous state and city taxes and rent ossification. Even all you pious non-driving, bike, scooter and skateboard riding dependent on your butler apps for Amazon to deliver shit to your shiftless asses, you will be seeing costs escalate for your online consuming too and y’all know Bezos is not above gouging his customers as you’re transit commutes get more chaotic.

As for the #LpocalypseProject’s schedule, Northeast Brooklyn’s millenial urban professionals (hey, Muppies!) who will not tolerate waiting for 20 minutes or more or even the risk of getting poisoned from silica wafting in the air, they will predictably press their little apps and take pricey trips in those Ubers, Lyfts and all their imitators (and certainly more to come) to the city. While the added fees will get accrued for MTA funding it will predictably cause more congestion. No wonder Uber spent 2 million dollars lobbying to get this austerity measure ratified. They are going to make huge bank in the next year and no wonder the city rushed to get the suicide surcharge approved for just the cabs and apphails. That actually makes fiscal sense despite the levies it’s placing on their customers. But if they can afford 1700 to live in an SRO or 2200 for an “affordable” studio, the Muppies can deal with this hardship. But it still going to be a pain in the ass commute for everyone from the not yet gentrified towns of East New York, Brownsville and the ferry-less Canarsie.

As for the Canarsie Tunnel, that also is an austerity measure with inequitable results between the affluent and the working class grinders. Because this polymer coating  is just a half-measured temporary fix that is going to have disastrous consequences when the next hurricane hits this city (remember that bitch Sandy was just a cat. 1, what’s going to happen when it’s a cat. 3 or even 2?), and this infrastructure donut glaze coating of the walls and floorboards is just as cheap and effective as treating a wall with mold and grime on it by painting over it, which the MTA actually did at Union Square last winter.

 

 

 

 

 

Or covering it up with a nice poster

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While service will continue to lag behind in the borough’s towns without niche, the city provided frequent bus transfers for L project sufferers so they can get to the J/M and G trains across town. Which will certainly be busier on the evenings and weekends than the rest of the borough’s long bus routes that are still suffering from slow speeds and late arrivals caused by…traffic congestion.

The appalling inequities that are present with the Lpocalypse Project I base on the fact that the MTA should have fixed this and shut down this tunnel immediately after the flood waters emptied out back in 2011. But that would have thrown a wrench on the over-luxury-hyper-development and fabrication-speculation market rate values of Williamsburg and then onward to neighboring Bushwick and Greenpoint and the Gentrification Industrial Complex of real estate, venture capital, private equity and the government they bought and now own were not going to let something like the safety of millions of commuters get in the way of the demographic  they want that are willing to spend frivolously and mindlessly to live in proximity of the dreaded L line.

The coddling of the moneyed hipster demo that overspends and resides along the L train line fearing that they won’t make any readjustments to their morning and evening commutes or routines. More essential to the Guvner and the Hotel and Hospitality overlords is that this L train fakeout will keep service still convenient for tourists residing in high end flophouse hotels and airbnbs in the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, LES, East Village and Williamsburg to continue frequenting all those theme bars, beer gardens, restaurants and cache take out joints in those areas being that they only need to travel a few stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn

And even the MTA is cognizant of this, because they are going head on to phase out the metrocard and replace it with a stylish but lamely named access card called OMNY, which operates as a worker I.D. card which will be used to tap a screen to pay instead of swiping. And it also will be app-accessible so you can use your cellphone to pay. Even though the brainiacs behind this stupid tech bullshit method refuse to reveal how this will effect people who pay cash (and people that will still prefer to pay cash). These type of transactions have proved to be discriminatory and the prospects for unwanted data extraction will be (hopefully) met with universal anger from commuters. Of course, the officials pushing this pay method (including Byford) responded with the tone-deaf default excuse that everyone already is distributing their data with their cellphone social media and app purchasing habits, so what does the right to privacy and individuality matter when convenience takes precedence over constitutional rights.

But like Moussilli, Andy’s Id still kept the trains running (assuming on time is pure conjecture at this point) despite all the ominous toxic signs from the two incidents in February in March. Further evidence of Governor Stugots austerity measures for the MTA is assigning his Ivy league team who convinced him to keep the L running during the tunnel reconstruction for every other remediation and renovation projects, which includes the upgrading of the signals thus superseding and undermining Andy Byford in the same manner that former Mayor Giuliani projected his seething jealousy on former Commissioner Bratton for his accomplishments in bringing down crime.

Cuomo’s adamant megalomania and de Blasio’s spineless indifference will add to the risks and dangers of the continued exacerbation of the subway. In the midst of this MTA manic depression breakdown, at least one of their board members reassured the reality of their transit surroundings by admitting and actually apologizing for the existential lousiness of the subway.

Now it’s day two of the Lpocalypse Project and as expected shit went wrong on the L with delays lasting up to 40 minutes. It looks like the folks at NYC Transit thought the GIF they provided of the trains navigating the single tube passage looked easier than they thought. But at least they deployed MTA workers to act as commuting ushers to help the critical masses of people to get on board the trains.

But tomorrow is Monday and that’s when shit gets real. Because there is still the menacing prospect of particle pollution that will surely appear again on Bedford Ave if the MTA doesn’t contain it, some of the workers moving commuters were already wearing masks as a precaution. And the shit’s gonna hit the fan now that it’s May and it’s almost summer. Will Governor Stugots Cuomo whoosh down from Albany to look at the results of his manic change of mind when the crisis below exacerbates?

Wait with abated breath. Which actually would prudent to do if you still are taking the L all the way through.

Good luck L commuters. You’re gonna really need it. But you’re gonna need a chemical mask even more.

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New Bad Days 59: Police Officer Gets Surrounded By Drunk Derelicts Then Drops Them One By One After Responding To A Citizen’s Complaint In A Train Station; Queens Con Ed Power Plant Transformer Explosion Fire Cracks The Sky And Social Media But Still No Revelations About Why It Happened; An Elderly Woman Gets Beaten Down By A Career Thug In Her NYCHA Apartment Building With Broken Locks; A Man Sneaks Into A House And Attacks A Woman In The Bedroom With Her Baby And While Her Husband Was In The Shower; Three City Bus Thefts Occur In Two Weeks, The Last Two By Teenage Hooligans; A Scumbag Steals A Motorized Wheelchair From A Handicapped Woman Who Needs It To Go To School And Shooting Heroin And Littering Needles In Public Parks Has Become Expected And Normalized By The Mayor And The NYPD

Manhattan

In the Lower East Side at the East Broadway Station, 5 drunk men attacked a cop on the platform who was responding to a complaint a woman made of being sexually harassed by them. The fiends got dropped one by one as the cop kicked each fiend in the midsection as they approached and defended himself with his baton as they kept coming at him. The last moron tried to catch the cop on a blind side but he caught him and barely got a hand on him and the dumbass fell backwards on the tracks. This is the best police work in real time I’ve seen in years. Ultimately, the cop’s bravery has been all for naught because of the city’s laws stressing leniency towards public drunkenness and public urination AND defecation, these derelicts were processed at the station as drunk and disorderly and were released without charges despite threatening to assault and endangering the life of a police officer. The main problem with this is that the NYPD only initially charged them with vagrancy which gave D.A. Vance (who sucks at his job) no choice but to release them, even though it stems from his ruling that decriminalized subway fare beating. Somehow, sleeping on the subway platform and attacking a cop are seemingly also exempt from prosecution.

Police officer Syed Ali, is a combat Army veteran who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was himself profiled for being Muslim and detained by TSA officers a year ago at JFK airport which stemmed from the effects of President Trump’s travel ban. As for the five wastes of life, they are back on the street and in the subway although three of them will finally face assault charges after much protestation by the citizenry and Officer Ali’s fellow cops. Too bad citizens who are related to victims of excessive force can’t get the same belated justice.

In Midtown, a man shoved a police officer on patrol by St Patricks Cathedral, injuring his wrist and elbow and another man swung at a cop inside a McDonalds on 8th Ave.

Also in Midtown,a corner newsstand suddenly went on fire.

In Harlem, a man died after arguing with a man who stole his cellphone as the thief knocked him to the ground when he tried to get it back.

Also in Harlem, a delivery man hit a transit cop with his e-bike motorcycle while riding drunk.

In East Harlem, a 12-year-old boy was caught in the shot in the leg in front of a deli.

In Downtown, a man recklessly driving his car with his dog riding shotgun, clipped another car while speeding and caused it to flip over and catch fire, killing the driver. Then crashed into two other moving vehicles and two parked vehicles, injuring three others and then tried to run away from the wreckage he caused.

In Greenwich Village, a man who attempted to break into an apartment building cut open his hand punching it through the door window, then got arrested after he called 911 and tried to blame it on a Hispanic man. The skel has 77 prior arrests in the past 30 years.

In Kips Bay, a homeless man brutally attacked a bus driver by reaching through the window and punching her multiple times in the face and chest while she was in her drivers seat.

In Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton Street Subway Hub, a woman mugged another woman for her coat by punching her in a bathroom.

In Chelsea, a man killed himself when he fell on the tracks walking between cars as the 2 train ran over him passing the 23rd Street Station.

In the Upper East Side, another man killed himself by falling on the tracks walking between cars on the Q train as it was moving, making it the fourth time in December that commuters got killed attempting this. No word yet if these were suicides or just lethal clumsiness.

In Greenwich Village, a man killed himself falling from a balcony of an apartment building where he smoked cigarettes.

In the East Village, a delivery man who parked his car in front of the Hells Angels Club to make a food delivery to an apartment building and was yelled at by a man telling him to move his vehicle. When the delivery guy returned he was confronted then beaten up by two men as one wrapped his arms around the victims neck while his buddy repeatedly punched him in the face.

Also in the East Village, a woman had her cellphone stolen by another woman who hugged her while saying goodbye in a bar.

Again in the East Village, a homeless man was found dead lying on the sidewalk.

On a crowded 4 or 5 train, let’s assume it’s Midtown, a homeless man sprawled on the entire bench whipped out his pecker and waved it around pissing on the floor like he was Jackson Pollack as the urine cascaded down as the train rolled. Then the bum went back to his nap while commuters seem to be adjusted to such a blight of humanity.

Queens

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In Steinway, the sky above Northwest Queens and the South Bronx radiated with an encapsulating electric blue blast emanating from a group of explosions of transformers at the Con Ed power plant. Scaring the shit out of the residents of nearby Astoria and L.I.C..

 

After Con Ed released a statement reassuring the brief electrical fire yet encompassing, frightening and disaster movie resembling energy withdrawal was under control on social media followed by replies by citizens busting out with the film references this resembled (from Thor landing (mine) and the manifestation of Gozer) the fire was doused and everything was fine and normal. Until the corporate local news teams covered this non-stop for the entire weekend.

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The only question that has not been asked during all that CNN-like pointless coverage is how this happened. There wasn’t a major storm that would normally cause something this major. The last time this happened was at the Con Ed plant in the East Village during hurricane Sandy. This might be premature and reactionary, but maybe…maybe the plants can’t handle all the power consumption generated from with the influx of new young professionals and posers that have populated NW Queens, crowding and inflating the rents in Astoria.

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And of course, doubtlessly from Long Island City, with all that tower hyperdevelopment, it’s an easy bet that too much energy is being consumed over there. What’s going to happen when Bezos and amazon’s gentries come to the area? (since the latter are already rapidly buying condos). Will the truth come out or will it be one of those #thingstheydidnttellamazon.

But for now, since this disturbing incident has predictably subsided in this 86,000 second social media driven news cycle, all heads must focus on whether Grover said fucking on Sesame Street.

 

In Laurelton, a man tried to board a bus without paying then punched the driver’s face multiple times when he told him to get off.

In Jamaica, a fire broke out in a storefront church and engulfed the apartments above it, killing a 64-year-old man and an 86-year-old man.

Also in Jamaica, a pimp that regularly beat, tortured and robbed a woman he exploited forcing her into prostitution got caught when he hit her with a wooden plank just to get $40 from her.

Again in Jamaica, the rear wall of an abandoned church collapsed to the ground. Neighboring residents have filed complaints to the D.O.B. about the building for 2 years.

In Jackson Heights, a disabled 18-year-old woman’s wheelchair worth $6,000 was stolen by a lowlife who clipped the chain off a fence it was attached to outside the home on Christmas Day. The mother chose to leave it outside because it was too heavy to carry to her second floor apartment.

Also in Long Island City, a man hammered down a wall and broke into an office building and robbed a bunch of handbags worth over $9,000

In Bayside, this months FDNY calendar fireman model bashed a bottle over another man’s head during an argument in front of a bar.

In Flushing, a man held up another man at knifepoint when he was talking aloud about how much money he earned then cut him as he tried to rob him and made off with his handbag.

Also in Flushing and Ridgewood, a hipster robbed $8,500 from bank ATM’s by using duplicated debit cards.

Again in Flushing, a woman kidnapped the baby Jesus from a manger at a church.

In Richmond Hill, a teenage male ripped the cellphones out of the hands of two people while whizzing by them on a bike

In South Ozone Park, a 16-year-old boy escaped from a group home for juvenile delinquents by pulling a fire alarm and jetted out the door when it triggered the magnetic locks to open. Cops have not released much information on why he was there and he is now on the loose in a residential neighborhood.

Again in South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, a man held up four women at gunpoint in the last three weeks, robbing three woman of their cellphones and cash and knocking down a 60-year-old woman to the ground who resisted and snatched her purse and cellphone.

In Ozone Park, a homeless man was found dead inside a van in a junkyard.

In Woodhaven, a massive fire engulfed a three floor mixed use commercial and residential apartment building.

In Far Rockaway, a man strangled his daughter during a domestic dispute.

In Maspeth, an off-duty traffic cop slammed a door into his husbands face during a domestic dispute.

Also in Maspeth, two men were walking around the town with a shopping cart ripping off package deliveries in front of houses. The cart pusher got arrested. (#BoycottAmazon)

In Sunnyside, a driver speeding on the L.I.E. lost control and flipped his car over and crashed at an exit.

In St. Albans, a fire broke out on the top floor of an apartment building, killing a teenage girl and injuring two women.

Brooklyn

In Coney Island, a man broke into 88-year-old woman’s apartment in a NYCHA building on 7 a.m. Christmas morning and beat her down as she laid in her bed as he shouted and demanded where the money was. After he ransacked her dresser drawers, he continued to beat her up on her bed and continued assaulting her after she pressed her life alert alarm and screamed causing him to run away.

The victim’s building does not have functioning locks on the doors, which were damaged during Hurricane Sandy six years ago, and is only manned by security guards during the day and not after 8 p.m.. The senior citizen also left her door ajar because she was expecting her home health aide, which the creep easily took advantage of.

The prowler eventually got arrested and was unsurprisingly found to have served in prison twice before. He had the audacity to blame the mismanagement and gross neglect by NYCHA (even this guy is right about that) for invading the woman’s home and his brutal assault on her, even though some mook on the grounds encouraged him to go in that building to “get money” because the doors were unlocked. Rikers is going to have to stay open a little bit longer.

In Brownsville at the Sutter Ave. Station, a man stepped off the L train and was ambushed by four men who jumped him and beat him down on the platform, kicking and punching him on the floor then robbing his backpack, phone, and headphones and leaving him bloody with a broken nose and swollen eye. The four thieves escape from the train stalled at the station by jumping over the metal ropes between the cabin cars.

In East New York, three teenage boys stole a city bus and went on a joyride ending up at South Conduit ave just a few miles away. MTA officials were not sure how they were able to steal it, but an incident that happened regarding another bus theft in the Bronx mentioned here later should debunk that denial.

Also in East New York, a woman about to enter her home was held up at gunpoint by two men and robbed her of her purse.

In Vinegar Hill at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a man held up a business office at gunpoint and robbed $800 and a cellphone from a woman employed there.

In Prospect Heights, two men held up a hip cafe by gunpoint and stole and rolled out with an ATM machine.

In Cypress Hills at the Cypress Hills Station, a man grabbed a woman on the elevated platform and tried to force her into blowing him. She kicked him in the balls and fought him off as he tried to pin her down causing the big pussy to flee.

Also in Cypress Hills, a woman was held up at gunpoint by a man in broad daylight and robbed of her wallet and cellphone.

In Sheepshead Bay, a man ripped off a cellphone from a store and a worker gave chase. The man then ran up the elevated train station and tried to flee on the tracks and wound up dead when an express Q train hit him.

In Crown Heights, a man jimmied a lock of an apartment building with a screwdriver and robbed a package containing sunglasses worth over $1,000 from the vestibule.

In DUMBO at the York St. Station, a man kicked and punched a commuter in the stomach and head on the F train during an argument over a seat.

In Sunset Park, a cockfighting ring in a barber shop was raided by police and arrested it’s manager.

In Williamsburg, a man forced opened a door of an apartment building and robbed a package containing shoes that was left in front of a tenants door.

In Bed-Stuy, a 58-year-old disabled woman died of a heart attack in her apartment as EMT’s couldn’t get to her because of the dilapidation of the building from the roof collapsing months before made access impossible.

Also in Bed-Stuy, a man was paddled 200 times on his ass after partying with a fraternity group in a brownstone building.

In Brighton Beach, a 64-year-old woman was jumped from behind in her apartment by a  man who shoved her to the floor and robbed her of 12 bucks.

Also in Brighton Beach, a woman washed up dead on the shore by the boardwalk.

Bronx

In Eastchester, a fat slovenly man sneaked into a house in the late afternoon and attacked a woman who was lying in her bedroom with her 2-year-old son in a crib by her. The man took a jumping rope and tried to tie her up as the child was screaming, the woman fought him off but was grabbed and strangled by the deviant as she was furiously knocking on the bathroom door to get her husband to come out of the shower. He came out and punched the invader who then ran away leaving his rope behind. The family just moved into that home after being homeless for half a year.

In Charlotte Gardens, a crew of five men broke into a supermarket, cracked the safe and robbed it of $21,000. It was the eight business they have burglarized in the past 4 months in the borough by cracking safes and busting open ATM’s stealing a total of over $166,000.

In Mount Eden, an off-duty traffic cop involved in a car wreck took out a machete to confront the other driver.

In Foxhurst, a man was shot to death after meeting his killer on the street and bled out when he returned to his apartment

In Parkchester, a man was killed on the street from getting shot in the back.

In Claremont Village, another man was killed on the street from getting shot in the back seven hours later from the murder in Parkchester.

In Norwood, an off-duty police officer strangled his mother following a dispute she was having with his father.

In University Heights at the 183rd St. Station, a man got on the 4 train, sat next to a 4-year-old girl and slid his grimy hand underneath her to cop a feel. He then threatened her mother when she yelled at him then got off at Grand Central.

In Hunts Point, a man snatched a crate of beer off a freight train and got killed by another one as he crossed the tracks running away.

In Riverdale, an 80-year-old man slipped under a city bus when he tried to get on and the driver crushed his legs under the rear wheels as he kept going.

In Longwood, a man stole a city bus from an MTA yard and drove it around for 8 hours, going to Queens and back. Transit system workers were not even aware it was missing and one bus driver pointed out that all you have to do to start the engine is to press a button.

And again in Longwood, six teenagers stole another bus that was left parked in front of a shopping mall and went on a triboro tour cruising through the Bronx then Queens and Brooklyn and ditching the bus a half a mile away from where they stole it. This makes it the third time an MTA vehicle was robbed in two weeks.

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In Mott Haven at St. Mary’s Park, despite a city program to tamp down on heroin abuse heroin addict littering by placing receptacle boxes for the needles and other works has barely made a dent (or a jab), as needles and vials are still being disposed on the grounds in full view by the junkies, who according to one honest addict observed that those boxes give them permission to shoot up with impunity.

At St. Marys, over 20,000 needles were found on the grounds where citizens and families go and kids play. The grounds that Mayor Big Slow de Blasio exhorted to critics that would not be ceded when he announced the 60 million dollar social engineering policy to place 60 kiosks to place at 3 parks including this one. That’s 1 million dollars for each smack waste basket and they are only being utilized by junkies barely above 10% of the time. Not in Central Park or Carl Schulz by Gracie Mansion. Not even by Prospect Park which is near his own home in Park Slope.

After acknowledging the failure, Mayor Big Slow and NYC Parks decided to go back to the city largesse again for $350,000 and hire six big hearted individuals to clean up the dope fiend detritus and another 450 large for mental health workers to aide junkies to rehab centers. NYC Parks already has over 50 people cleaning up these biohazard materials. So that algae that is amassing at your area parks lake is going to have to wait.

To be fair, St. Mary’s is actually an ideal place to implement a needle disposal program, despite how stupid it is, for that park has been a junkie haven for decades. And it’s understandable why addicts don’t want to go near those boxes for fear of the cops popping up to cuff them, but mostly because they are too loaded and and too weak to clean up after themselves. But it’s clear they have nothing to fret because they continue to shoot out in the open even though the NYPD presence at St. Mary’s had spiked (pun intended) after a NY Post reporter witnessed five of them getting doped up.

As for the citizenry and the children of Mott Haven who frequent St. Mary’s, they are collectively pretty much jaded and sick of hearing the empty declarations and promises from Mayor Big Slow and also say they haven’t seen any punitive actions or even the slightest hassle towards the junkies from the cops as well. The only reported recent action and admonishment by police to move along was toward a father and his son, who were in the park riding their bikes and sat by a bench where one of those needle boxes. Surely knowing how bizarre that look, the cops also hassled 3 addicts and searched them in a token act of law enforcement. It’s like the NYPD is enforcing Murphy’s Law to manage this societal malaise.

The NYPD was thinking of their safety of course and also not to disrupt de Faustio’s social engineering debacle, but for the law abiding people and innocent kids it’s just another blight they have to get adjusted to as their towns slowly become “opportunity zones” for oligarchs and wealthy developers and investors to profit from.

One last thing. The cops are treating the Bronx junkies with kid gloves while they had no problem slapping the cuffs on thousands and thousands of Black and Puerto Rican people for smoking and possessing pot during de Faustio’s 5 years corrupting City Hall.

Staten Island

In Port Richmond, a man whose car was sideswiped from a hit-and-run driver followed the perpetrator to his job at a deli and walked in there brandishing a metal bat and challenged the man to step outside, where he swung at his arms and legs then ran away.

In Great Kills, a man robbed $30 off an 87-year-old woman who was heading to the mailbox to send a stack of Christmas cards she was carrying.

Also in Great Kills, a man driving drunk crashed his car into an elevated train track post.

In Port Richmond, four men beat down and robbed a man on a street corner.

In New Springville, a retired internal affairs officer had 2 loaded shotguns and 2 stun guns confiscated from his home due to a warrant stemming from him posting threatening videos and shitlists against other cops on his blog.

Also in New Springville, two was arrested for robberies of tech gadgets worth five grand from two stores at the Staten Island Mall

In Cottage Place, a woman through her cat out of her window, causing the feline to lose a leg.

And somewhere in S.I., a man walked up to a porch and robbed an Amazon delivery despite getting caught by the homeowner.

Happy new year, citizens of all ages. Remember to stay and even get more informed and be aware of your surroundings. Yours truly from Impunity City…

..your city.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Walk Away From The MTA, Transit President Andy Byford

https://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/TWCNews/010719_nyc_andy_byfordpngAndy Byford and that moment of clarity he abandoned to take the reins of the MTA, the worst fucking transit system of the universe.

Andy Byford may have just realized he is in way over his head and out of his league in his well-paid state service leadership position (yeah it’s redundant, I’m writing about the MTA again so fuck off).

President Byford is trying really hard though. He did come up with that budget study assessing that it would take $37 billion dollars to overhaul the mega-shitshow mass transit system, despite having no current idea or plan how to pay for it. I mean, he is not a bad bloke, he kind of resembles a mixture of Moby and Thom Yorke and he is a big fan of legendary new wave band The Smiths, so big that he thought it was prudent to mention and discuss fave tracks by them during a live social media style town hall with frustrated commuters complaining about consistent shitty service a while back (my personal fave by the way, is the WLIR extended remix of “This Charming Man”), but at least he has been apparently honest and straightforward.

But with recent incidents unfortunate and even optically progressive, he’s starting to sound like and resemble a harrowed Karl Pilkington, trying to cajole and persuade the public that their commutes will be fine in light and in spite of delays, dubious improvements, and potential and real time infrastructure hazards. In which all three occurred at once at Borough Hall one lazy afternoon. 

The Borough Hall station, which serves the 4 and 5 express trains, had a giant slab of plaster and concrete from the platform’s ceiling collapse on a woman, whose life was spared by the dangling lamp above. This station, which is one stop away from the gloriously renovated Atlantic Avenue Station thanks to the existence of the Barclays Arena and was visited by gubernatorial longshot candidate Cynthia Nixon on June 1, has been going through it’s own purgatory-like state of neglect by the MTA that makes the five year (but scheduled for three) upgrade at the Lefferts Blvd. Station look almost punctual and efficient by comparison.

President Byford showed up with his safety vest and his expertise and pointing his fingers at the obvious problem made clear by the exposed brick and ribar displayed above and stating that “There is evidence of water ingress. You’ve got a bit of paint peeling,” (a bit?) and “This is a very old station, at the end of the day, but we will get to the bottom of what happened.” I guess it’s a good display of transparency, but sandwiching that wretched cliche “at the end of the day”?  What the fuck you need to say that for, Andy? Really failed to reassure and salve the public there. Although it’s hard to really do damage control when the damage is a big pile of jagged plaster lying on the platform.

The woman assaulted by the MTA’s neglect made a great point how she could have been killed, but also how fortunate that it was 3:30 in the afternoon, a few hours before rush hour and school is out for summer, because certainly a group of kids would have got killed or injured at that moment.

In spite, or maybe more like passive indifference towards social media sharing by commuters and solid reporting by the now digital Village Voice, the MTA’s approach for maintaining this station has been quite an embarrassment. For all the cosmetic improvements that have graced certain stations, this is what one of the station entrances looks like a few months ago:

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Speaking of such station cosmetic improvements, I mean, errrr enhancements, Byford even got a little defensive and testy trying to explain the admirably swift completion of two elevated stations in Astoria featuring more art, windowed walls, aesthetically pleasing benches, wifi and usb ports. although it also has the obligatory fuckup with a low hanging destination sign that a commuter bonked his head on.

“Don’t be fooled by the beautiful artwork and cosmetic nature,” Byford said. “These were fundamental, deep-rooted repairs that we made to the underlying fabric of the station. It’s very important.”

Surprisingly, Andy was not the slightest sussed by the utter absence of an elevator at these new decorative stations, again denying the handicapped, elderly and mothers and children in baby strollers for safe egress. A necessity that was previously a crucial concern for the overburdened transit president in his previous job in Toronto.

But the worst gaffe to come from the president’s mouth in his myriad efforts to spin these issues and pathetic attempts at damage control may have been what he said just days before the Borough Hall ceiling collapse. Andy Byford, your humble transparent public servant, believes that the presence of overcrowding does not effect the slow service of the trains. And he is/they are going to eradicate this debilitating and growing contribution in future transit reports.

This is an interesting development as well as a demented irony being that the only overhauling being done at the MTA is re-categorizing reasons and origins for horrible service, which they did rather deftly when they previously blamed it on Con Ed. Something is afoot here. Although the passengers only offense is actually paying $2.75 for crappy service and not for the notorious pace of and indifference to essential repairs to the system, most likely the tracks, the singles and now the ceilings, it is undeniable that overpopulation from the amount of people that have moved to this city and the relentless yearly amount of tourists has had a massive effect. Especially and most devastatingly on the stations in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn closest to Manhattan and in the metropolis itself.

Here’s proof, this photo was taken on the A train while between the Jay St. and Hoyt St. stops, and there was barely even a delay

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This is the result when the train is late for less than 2 minutes. The capacity for trains at the end of the day like the F going to Brooklyn, the E going to Queens and the 6 in Manhattan, the latter a fucking local train, is where it’s actually like sardines in a crushed box and it’s in areas where the most and highest tower development pestilence has occurred. And then there is the fucking L train to northeast and central goddamn Brooklyn, where airbnb and other moronic app-based room rentals are consuming dwellings where regular folks with common sense used to occupy and definitely in buildings owned by LLCs’ where one room apartments were converted to two rooms by predatory landlords, packing in more dumb frivolous spending bodies. It makes it easy to cynically assume that perhaps the cabal/pogrom/overlords of the Real Estate Board Of New York might have had an influence in Andy’s decision (as they do with every other fucking thing to make the city impossible to afford and run your own business) to exempt the moneyed, condo-owning and arrested development types in their 20’s and 30’s overpopulation of this city from being partly responsible for these delays.

Speaking of these demographics, these people are the worst violators of commuting with their eyes constantly averted down and fingers relentlessly tapping their phone screens as they are entering the train, blocking the doors and even exiting and entering the station. And they also crowd into the cars nearest their exits at their stop, leaving everyone completely fucked as they are not able to board because of the crush of the bodies concentrated as the doors open and shut.

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But what else can Andy do, the poor sod. He’s only been here barely a year and he is wracking his brain trying to fix the MTA and over a half century of incompetence, profligacy and neglect and the ramifications which seem to be manifesting all at the same time. It would have been nice to have Andy around when the MTA gave Forest City Ratner a big ass gift with their knuckleheaded sale of the Atlantic Transit Yard a decade and a half ago.

And it must be thrilling to wonder what’s going on in Andy’s mind now that these very  ramifications resulting from said profligacy by the other Andy, Governor Cuomo with his decision to accelerate the first half of the 2nd Ave Line for his New Year’s Eve party along with the 7 train extension to the Blade Runner development Hudson Yards and the billion dollar one-stop Metro-North extension to Grand Central from Penn Station. And how even the new aesthetic masonry of Penn Station and even the 2nd Ave line are starting to show cracks and debilitation. And don’t forget all those tech inspired enhancements! And the Kusciusko Bridge laser light shows!

There are many, many more that can be sited for the reason that the Borough Hall station looks like and has got the same maltreatment as a NYCHA apartment. But it’s clear that Andy Byford, admirable and courageous that he is to take on the worst fucking transit system in the universe, is not going to last long in this town despite putting up a brave front. So maybe it’s best if he just walks away and leaves it for another man or woman to deal with this festering shitshow.

There’s too much to handle, too much money that’s not available, too much bullshit, too much pain. Just walk away Andy. It’s really not worth it. This subway will never be fixed in our lifetimes and will barely be there in the future. Sorry about this fatalistic and bleak prognosis, but this is the reality all these rich, educated derelicts responsible for it have created.

If you haven’t figured it out Mr. President or are just a trusting nice guy; the MTA held off on repairing the Canarsie Tunnel right after Sandy hit because it would have interfered with the continuing gentrification and luxurification of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and the cancerous creep into Bushwick. If the tunnel was repaired like it should have been, if the MTA showed any responsability and common sense and got it enhanced, every stupid hipster and yuppie would have moved out of those aforementioned towns and the real estate magnates would have never built or bought anything and the rental and housing market wouldn’t be insanely overvalued and inflated like it is now for them to heinously profit from.

Besides, you don’t wanna be around when the L shuts down in 10 months (10 minutes to midnight ha!), because there is no fucking plan for it. I don’t think you even have one. Just admit it, believe me you’re definitely not alone. No. One. Has. A. Fucking. Clue.

Just walk away, Andy. Fuck the MTA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colluding Developer/Real Estate And Contracting Firms Ordered To Pay $76,000,000 To Workers In Money Laundering Conspiracy To Deny Their Complete Wages And Benefits.

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NY Daily News: Union workers win $76M from Midtown construction firm that used alter-ego company to skirt collective bargaining

A Midtown construction company accused of creating a bogus business to avoid union wages and union benefit payments has to cough up $76 million to the workers it cheated.

In a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences for city developers, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Colleen McMahon found that Navillus Tile fraudulently invented an alter-ego company to try and get around collectively bargained agreements it had with several major city construction unions.

The company also had one of its legitimate offshoot businesses act as a Navillus stand-in on a job it wanted to do non-union, the ruling found.

The collusion also involved real estate giant Related, one of the city’s most prolific developers.

It knowingly engaged with one of the alter-ego companies on its Upper East Side luxury development on 92nd St., Judge McMahon’s ruling said.

In her scathing, 95-page ruling delivered late Thursday after a three-year court battle, McMahon said that Navillus’ founder, Donal O’Sullivan had “perjured himself” more than once and noted that another company principal was “obviously lying” in some testimony.

Her feelings were clear in the $76 million award — a massive hit for Navillus Tile.

The financial pain has to be carried by Navillus, which was the main generator of the alter-ego scam, but developer Related – which is currently doing the city’s Hudson Yards project — also played a role, the attorney noted.

The lengths certain people will go through to save a boatload of money in the name of progress or hyper-development, depending who you ask.

This lawsuit was filed 3 years ago when it was discovered that $35 million dollars never made it to the checks of their hard working employees. Navillus, a masonry company that usually gets 4 to 5 star ratings, shit on their workers and fucked them over despite the efficiency that gave them accolades. Related Properties, who run some of the biggest commercial and residential buildings in Manhattan and tonier parts of the outer boroughs, saw nothing at all wrong with partaking with Navillus in laundering the workers hard earned pay through 2 bogus firms with bland and downright stupid names so they can employ and underpay desperate immigrant workers and thought they were shrewd enough to fool them and their union lawyers. Really, Time Square Construction?

And for what cause. Instead of paying them the 35 million they earn and nefariously stealing it, now they are out an extra 41 million and who knows how much more to their counselors trying to defend their stupid grand theft scheme. It’s amazing that these fiends have this much money and reputation to burn.

But they and the city, especially the DOB, doesn’t care because the city has to keep improving. Every little crack on the sidewalk is prime real estate ready for taking and laying mortar, steel and glass up to the skies. Tower building is arguably the only manufacturing the city has done in the past decade and a half. Governor Andy didn’t give them those skyscraper welfare tax abatements just for his developer donor overlords to do nothing.

The sick thing about this criminal conspiracy is the fact that apparently no one from Navillus or Related will go to damn jail and serve 5 to 10 years, which I presume would be the same amount of time that some poor schmuck or recidivist would get if they tried to hold up a bodega or deny people their collective bargaining rights and steal their wages and funnel it through bogus shell companies. I guess because they have contributed so much and continue to add to the hyper-development of the city that these two corporations are too big to fail also. For they are involved in the construction of the massive Hudson Yards mini-metropolis and other city affordable housing mixed-use tower projects and government buildings.

It’s a terrible predicament with the over-saturation of development suffocating the city, but at least the people building it will get paid in full. It be a lot better if these executives would see a bit of divine justice and get indicted, imprisoned and clad in orange jumpsuits along the way. And maybe the old ball and chain for these greedhead executive assholes to approximate the toll the body takes building their behemoths.