Queens Is Still Burning And More Housing Insecure: Three Houses Destroyed In Wind Whipping Fire, Family Of Three Killed In Basement

 

South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York

Queens Chronicle

A 5-alarm fire tore through multiple homes Friday afternoon in South Richmond Hill, taking the lives of three civilians and leaving five firefighters with minor injuries. 

Two of the three deceased were found in 104-18 125th Street on Friday night, the FDNY told the Chronicle. By Saturday afternoon, the third was found in the same building, the FDNY said; the search is still ongoing. The NYPD told the Chronicle that the victims have yet to be identified, as of Saturday afternoon.

The fire began at approximately 1:15 Friday afternoon, neighbors said. By 2:15, it had been declared a 2-alarm fire, and within less than an hour, it had been upped to 5-alarms. As the FDNY worked to calm the blaze on 125th Street between Liberty Avenue and 107th Avenue, neighbors stood on the sidewalk and sat on their stoops, watching in awe at the cloud of smoke. 

Residents told the Chronicle that the block is a tight-knit community; that was clear as some comforted their neighbors; meanwhile, others walked up and down the block, handing out water bottles to firefighters and police officers.

As many as five houses were affected by the fire, with three — 104-20, 104-18 and 104-16 — taking the lion’s share of the damage. Two homes across the street had their windows blown out. 

A fairly narrow street, many of the homes are quite close together, making it plausible for fire to spread across several of them. On top of that, Friday afternoon was particularly windy, which only made the fire bigger.

Though the FDNY press office said that the cause is not yet known, Rafena Santram, who lives in 104-16 and whose daughter was home when the fire began, said that a backyard propane tank was involved. Fortunately, Santram said, she has family in the area who she and her family can stay with in the meantime. Red Cross officers were on the scene by 4:30 p.m., working with residents to determine how best to assist them.

The Red Cross later said that it is assisting nine families — 29 adults and 13 children — affected by the fire. 

Nine families living in two family houses. A few of them living in the basements, which included the family that perished from the explosion and the inferno. While the block is a close knit community, these families could have lived in a safer home if the city didn’t have such an incremental “affordable housing” program for middle class and working poor families and built 75-80% of it for wealthier people. How many more citizens will have to risk their lives and livelihoods to find an affordable place to live? And how many homeowners can hang on to their properties with the massive taxes they pay compared to ones in wealthier enclaves that they have to rent out their basements to settle in their hometowns?

 

 

 

 

 

Red Light Camera Obscura

South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York.

As we all know from the past decade since it was implemented, the Vision Zero program to bring down traffic accidents and fatalities initiated by the abominable Mayor Bill de Blasio failed in its mission to do just that as more people got maimed and killed since it’s implementation as the years went on and exacerbated to new extreme numbers during the last two years of the pandemic. Well, look no further on why Vision Zero as well as enforcement and punitive charges traffic violations continue to fail New Yorkers with the condition of this red light traffic camera post; which has been violated with those obnoxiously ubiquitous Cash for Cars advertisements that are always illegally posted on traffic and electric utility poles all over the five boroughs.

 

It’s a pretty safe presumption that this thing is not operative and hasn’t been for quite some time since it’s actually facing the wrong way towards a mixed use apartment building and not at the busy free-for-all intersection of Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave. where it should be, where it would easily track every red light running double parking vehicle clogging up this vicinity on a daily basis…

 

Which the NYPD has also engaged and indulged in…

 

The re-affixing of this red light camera is clearly a worse offense than the annoying ads, for not only that it has made a perpetual daily car derby on Liberty more perilous, but it shows how extreme civil disobedience can be when the government and bureaucracy push people too far. It was not long ago when a gunslinger on a bicycle emptied his clip and shot up a red light camera in Woodhaven by Atlantic Ave. not long ago too. So traffic anarchy will continue in Little Guyana until the Department of Transportation stops worrying about a fringe minority of bike actorvists whining about childproofing bike lanes and actually gets serious about Vision Zero and restores vision to this zombie camera.

Update:

I was just informed by my comrade Queens Crapper that this traffic calming infrastructure device is actually a decoy. For there was another one that was plowed in Greenpoint by busy traffic arteries intersecting McGuinness Blvd and Meeker Ave. that was covered on the Crap blog nearly a decade ago.

Commenters on that post mentioned how the Department of Transportation decided to place these in the hopes that the dummy camera would reduce drivers temptation to beat the steady reds but were easy figured out, which is probably why the city didn’t even bother to maintain them. It’s a safe bet that camera is still standing in Greenpoint just as this Lefferts/Liberty decoy is still standing here today. Although it looks like some civil disobedient vanals in Little Guyana was unaware of the DOT’s ruse and had it reformatted like this to be on the “safe” side.

Anyway, it’s clear that with this little scheme the D.O.T has been running to trick reckless drivers that they are the dummies they always have been and still are. And now these useless inanimate sentinels are just more ugly street furniture to remain in perpetuity.

 

Breaking New Bad Days Live!: Big Trouble In Little Guyana

 

South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York

So this happened on a Sunday in broad daylight on the first day of Spring in New York Fucking City under Mayor Eric Adams. Two men causing a ruckus on a street corner at Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave yelling at each other about a money dispute that nearly got even more violent and bloody when one man pulled out what looked like a 24 inch bike chain and the other man retaliated by whipping out a very polished and sharpened meat cleaver in an attempt to defeat his foe and stain it and the pavement with his blood.

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Since everyone in the vicinity of the ruckus was just standing around gawking, I ceased filming and called 911 and the NYPD responded mighty quick. The two cops then drew their guns and the perp complied fast and dropped his weaponized food preparation utensil. After the man continued to argue with the cops still pointing their barrels on him, he turned around and they slapped the cuffs on him.

As the cops had the situation under control, one of them called for backup. Then more cops came.

And then even more cops came…

The amount of cops that were deployed here for one man was quite stunning. Normally would expect this response would be for a gang fight or even a protest. Especially the way these cops arrived and parked their patrol cars to the crime scene. Makes one worried that one of them might just come rolling in like Frank Drebin.

While the NYPD managed to prevent chaos on the sidewalk stopping someone from committing felony assault or a homicide, they managed to cause chaos on the streets creating congestion with their haphazard parking. With all that deployment, not one cop directed traffic to lessen the gridlock at one of the busiest intersections in Queens.

An ambulance arrived also, although its unsure who was being treated. Maybe the aspiring psychotic butcher might have nicked his foe during their row. The situation was quelled in about a half hour and things reverted to what passes for normal on this corner. An ambulance arrived also, although its unsure who was being treated. Maybe the aspiring psychotic butcher might have nicked his foe during their row. Although I couldn’t help but think about some other crime victim somewhere at that time could have needed the aid of a cop.

 

 

But this is sure a good way to start off the Spring in the Dirty South of Queens. In fact, less than 48 hours before two blocks north from this corner on 101st Avenue, a man shot two off-duty C.O.’s after he got bounced out of a jiggle joint by Lefferts.

 

It looks like it’s gonna get worse out here kids. If one can just bump into one crime scene into a crime scene in progress just going for a stroll on a pleasant sunny day is enough to realize that you might wind up in the “wrong place at the wrong time” in Mayor Adams New York City, which palpably feels like every place is the wrong place and every time is the wrong time.

Be aware of your surroundings kids.

Fin.

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Queens Is Burning: Inferno Disembowels House In South Richmond Hill

QNS

A vacant two-story building went up in flames in South Richmond Hill on Wednesday, Sept. 29 night.

The fire began at the back of house, which is located at 105-04 133 St., at about 10:48 p.m. and quickly became a two-alarm fire, according to FDNY officials.

The first arriving units encountered heavy fire, and were hampered by a heavy clutter, smoke and fire conditions throughout the house.

A nearby resident said it wasn’t the first time there was a fire at the location, saying there was another fire there “a few years” ago.

Najari Sigh, another nearby resident, said the conditions of the vacant house “are basically unlivable.”

Another resident at the scene was screaming at an alleged squatter to “get out of the neighborhood.”

The Department of Buildings made sure to put a full vacate order notice on the house to discourage further squatting by the accelerating homeless population, which is currently pushing close to 80,000.

Safe bet even the housing insecure will give this blackened pile of crap a hard pass

 

 

This 99-year-old house is racked up over 30 complaints and over 100 violations in the last decade and racked up over $700,000 in fines for recidivist illegal construction.

And it shows.

Way to ruin the neighbor’s house, fellas.

 

Rest in peace. Make way for another McMansion or luxury public housing. (more to come about that bullshit)

Scenes Of Queens: Positively 118th Street

 

This scene is in South Richmond Hill, 118th Street and 103rd Avenue. Back again.

The sinking hole is “repaired”. Just like the other ones on the ave.

Seriously.

Didn’t even know there was a sewer cap there before

Asphalt is not even hardened, and it’s sinking again. It’s like they opened up the street immediately after it was patched up.

 

Another great shit job D.O.T Commissioner Gutman, fucking asshole, a bulbous waste of flesh Blaz crony hire who has 0 experience about city road infrastructure and traffic issues, who is using his shyster skill sets in “intellectual property practice” to “re-imagine” city streets.

Portrait of NYC DOT Commissioner Henry Gutman taken outside, in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

D.O.T. Commissioner Asshole

Keep pandering to the fucking Bike Taliban and rendering policies and designs from those agents of the city shitbricks at Transportation Alternatives asshole. If this street collapses, the blood’s on your hands motherfuckers. And that goes for you too Donnie Richards, enjoy gorging on food at “hip” restaurants with the dotard mayor.  Dick.

 

Scenes Of Queens: Across 118th Street

This scene takes place in South Richmond Hill on 118th Street and 103 Ave.

In the middle of the road yeah.

This is not infrastructure maintenance, this is a meme

I remember when this slowly collapsing sinkhole was just a baby back in Mid-August…

 

 

There are more pitiful asphalt patches here than a pair of hippie bell bottom pants. All these cracks indicate that it’s going to reach a full cave in the not so distant future. It’s a mystery who put that plundered shopping cart there, but it was a yoeman thing to show how deep the crevice is.

 

All signs indicated that current mayor de Blasio’s Department of Transportation, which is run by one of his Brooklyn aristocrat city planning buddies Hank Gutman, did a major less than half ass job laying the blacktop on this. Because this is what it looked like a week before some creative type did a near approximation of Homer Simpson’s rage motivated contemporary art piece.

Truly a WTF FUBAR in process.

Apparently the DOT got some 311 calls and filings and sent some workers to remove the shopping cart the following day and marked the territory in orange spray paint and placed less damaged but not really new hazard cones to warn approaching drivers coming from both sides and from the north.

Another day went by and those poor cones couldn’t survive the rigors of traffic, so de Blasio’s D.O.T., or more likely some local denizens took matters into their own hands again to salvage the dreaded sinkhole and filled it with cobble stones and a strip of aluminum siding.

 

 

 

 

 

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Although this is another embarrassingly abominable display of city neglect and incompetence and another example of the city infrastructure dilapidation, this will eventually be remedied with a better and hopefully more thorough renovation, because this evolving crater is not to first to infect 103rd Ave. For their were similar former and potential cave-ins discovered on numerous blocks west from this current blight.

Both examples were found on only 2 blocks away on 116th, with one recently blanketed over in the intersection and the other that is certain to collapse in probably a week or a day.

Another dilapidated touch up found on 115th.

Surrounding cracks for this shit job between 114th and 113th shows this asphalt comb over will fail soon

More dilapidation on 112th St.. The jagged double yellow stripe indicates that they didn’t even wait for the asphalt to dry when it was painted over.

Same case with this baby on 107th Street as well.

 

Crossing the border into Ozone Park at 102nd St.  is where the last of the asphalt wonder chasms got the shit as extra frosting treatment. But it’s obvious that vehicular wear and tear is having an effect.

The contractors sure were in a rush to steam roll this hole by the look of the detritus that got stuck in the tar.

Can’t recall the last time this avenue was milled and repaved but it doesn’t look that long ago. But there’s still something disturbing going on here to see these many chasms on consecutive blocks and not so far apart on one avenue in just two zip codes. Especially an avenue that is only about over a mile and a half. (It’s about 50 blocks running from 84th to 134th). It’s even more infuriating that as this avenue continues to turn to shit and is most likely to lead to injury or fatality if the ground just gives way as someone is driving over it, that the city is prioritizing building fucking “bike boulevards” and designating and blockading “open streets” for Queens cycling colonizers to play on.

Here’s a good example of one of these open streets on 34th Ave. in Jackson Heights (where a massive inferno engulfed an apartment building, disenfranchising over 400 people from their homes), what the current mayor and bike taliban agitprop news site Streetsblog calls the “gold standard” of returning streets “back to the people”.

Good luck finding the people.

 

With Speaker Cojo the Derelict Dancing Clown and the City Council Cronies and a pandering and weak NYC mayor hiring a fellow Brooklyn patsy like Hank Gutman to run the D.O.T., this confederacy of dunces and douches exerted more effort into open streets and now bike boulevards for self-serving enlightened bike and “open space” lobby groups, they abandoned the rest of the streets in deeper enclaves of Queens, streets that are necessary for commerce and personal livelihoods. Also got to mention all the new bike lanes they painted that doesn’t do a fucking thing to keep pedestrians bikers, drivers and even the environment safe. But the dirty underlying reason why 103rd Avenue is decaying is that it’s part of the city’s neoliberal plan to induce demand into people to give up their cars, their choice to commute. And what better way to do that to use hostile redesigns like keeping open streets closed to vehicles and using demolition by neglect to let the streets crack and collapse below them, and certainly local cyclists and pedestrians too. But I guess they will all just be collateral damage to satiate the self-righteousness of these fauxgressive politicians and social media urbanish gadflies.

Sure it sounds conspiratorial, but this is how NYC government has been operating for the last decade, notably under Bloomberg’s illegal third term and through 8 years of slow water torture governing by the Blaz.

On the way back to South Richmond Hill, there was a hole on the street I rode past over by 112th St. and sure enough it’s the same protrusion I caught on 118th back in August. It’s a sure bet that this will progress into something bigger, but at least it will lead to more inspiration in an effort to conceal it.

From the looks of this little weed, this cave-in is already alive.

Meanwhile, back on 118th St., Autumn equinox:

The siding is destroyed, the road hazard cones are gone, but more cobblestones have been dumped in the hole to convey the illusion of infrastructure road remediation.

Keep safe while driving Queens…

 

 

Scenes Of Queens: The Van Wyck Garbageway

This scene takes place on the Jamaica/South Richmond Hill border on the east service road of the Van Wyck Expressway.

Queens Chronicle

Illegal trash piles have been growing in South Ozone Park, and with them, residents’ frustration.

Aracelia Cook of the 149th Street South Ozone Park Civic Association recently documented several of the chronic illegal dumping spots in the neighborhood, where 311 complaints haven’t stopped trash from piling up for three weeks.

“You have rats out there, raccoons out there, rodents — all these things. And that’s not to talk about the smell,” Cook told the Chronicle on Friday.

Cook reached out to the Chronicle after trying to work with the Department of Sanitation. There were two areas of concern for her — one at a residential intersection, and another along the Van Wyck Expressway service road in between Rockaway Boulevard and Conduit Avenue.

At the residential location, on the southeast side of 146th Street and Rockaway Boulevard, a large trash pile containing tires and crates sat on the sidewalk as of last Friday.

A 311 log from July 7 shows that a complaint had been “investigated and addressed,” but the trash remained there for weeks after, Cook said.

The mess at that intersection has been a chronic problem for months. Google street views from November 2020 captured a similarly sized heap sitting on the intersection.

After the Chronicle reached out to Sanitation, the agency cleaned it up over the weekend, but by Monday afternoon Cook said more trash had already begun to pile up again.

That is an understatement. Behold, like the cherry blossoms at the Bronx Botanical Garden, every week detritus is in full bloom in the dirty Southside Queens…

Someone couldn’t find a place to discard these windshields, but I can understand the logic leaving them on the street. In due time, cars will roll over them and the glass will be grounded naturally into the asphalt.

That’s how ecology works around here. Follow the science.

The Van Wyck Garbageway also comes with amenities like this cushy living room set, providing a break for curious immersion tourists.

Which makes the sight of daily traffic commutes and the occasional illegal dirtbike and ATV caravan evoke a feeling of trainspotting.

Remember to hold your nose.

Here are the ruins of a basement studio apartment.

This is a shitty way to honor the memory of Jaki Byrad, who was a seminal and influential jazz musician who played with Charlie Mingus and many other iconic jazz legends. What’s evident is that this exhibition of crass pollution and city indifference is a sad allegory for his career as a composer and solo artist and ultimately how he tragically died.

As a leader, Byard recorded a string of albums for the Prestige label during the 1960s. Some of these albums included Richard Davis on bass and Alan Dawson on drums, a trio combination described by critic Gary Giddins as “the most commanding rhythm section of the ’60s, excepting the Hancock-Carter-Williams trio in Miles Davis’s band”, although it existed only for recordings. One such album was Jaki Byard with Strings!, a sextet recording that featured Byard’s composing and arranging: on “Cat’s Cradle Conference Rag”, each of five musicians “play five standards based on similar harmonies simultaneously”.A further example of Byard’s sometimes unusual approach to composition is the title track from Out Front!, which he created by thinking of fellow pianist Herbie Nichols’ touch at the keyboard. Popularity with jazz critics did not translate into wider success: a Washington Post review of his final Prestige album, from 1969, remarked that it was by “a man who has been largely ignored outside the inner circles”. Giddins also commented in the 1970s on the lack of attention that Byard had received, and stated that the pianist’s recordings from 1960 to 1972 “are dazzling in scope, and for his ability to make the most of limited situations”. Following his time with Prestige, Byard had more solo performances, in part because of his affection for musical partners he had become close to but who had then died.

Byard died in his home in Hollis, Queens, New York City, of a gunshot wound on February 11, 1999. He was shot once in the head. The police reported that Byard’s family, with whom he shared the house, last saw him at 6 pm, that he was killed around 10 pm, that there “were no signs of robbery, forced entry or a struggle”, and that no weapon was found. The death was soon declared to be a homicide, but the circumstances surrounding it have not been determined, and the case remains unsolved.

Let this show that street re-naming is the original virtue signalling.

The Garbageway concludes at Atlantic Avenue, bordering Richmond Hill and Jamaica and the majestic high speed rail pillar of the JFK express train, buoyed by circle of discarded clothing and shopping carts…

Oh wait, this isn’t discarded and not ordinary garbage. People live over here and that’s all what they have left to their names. It’s unsightly and probably smells like hell, but it’s 100 times safer than being forced to live in one of Mayor de Blasio’s and Stephen Banks congregate decrepit, health hazard and crime ridden homeless shelters.

This is only just a segment of the Van Wyck Garbageway, but as the Queens Chronicle noted above it’s the most recognizable for frustrated residents and recidivist litterbugs. It might get cleaned up eventually, but garbage will continue to re-materialize as long as the grass keeps growing and the earth keeps spinning on it’s axis and as long as Southside Queens streets continue to be the city’s linear dumpsters.

So it goes..

 

Scenes Of Queens: Vaccine Bussing Bust

This scene takes place in South Richmond Hill, Liberty Ave. and Lefferts Blvd.

The sight was quite incredible and truly unexpected.

Two massive vaccine buses giving out two vaccines, one for the two-dose Pfizer and the other for the one-shot Johnsons

Only one problem…

Nobody was doing it.

After spending about an hour scoping this out, zero people lined up to get vaccinated.

 Little Guyana is one of the areas currently with the highest COVID infection rates in Southside Queens and likely also one of the top ranked areas in vaccine hesitancy among it’s residents.

The Blaz, a disaster of a mayor and selfish human being, has been talking about equity regarding these vaccines for months and even by sending two mobile vac sites he is still failing his constituents, mainly because the city has not made an effort to inform people of the side effects and there is zero data about re-infections after vaccinations.

What’s interesting about this over-deployment of vac buses is why send two to this one spot instead of sending one of these mobile sites to other neighborhoods with higher COVID infections and hesitancy and lack of available vac sites, notably in other lower income Southside Queens enclaves like Far Rockaway? I guess because of the demographics there is higher chance for the India-based Delta Variant of COVID-19 to spread or maybe it was because the Blaz was on this block a few weeks ago for a street renaming event.

It’s easy to see why the Blaz and his NYC Dept of Health desperately overcompensated to get residents around Little Guyana inoculated and why vaccine equity is all performance, because they have been more concerned with getting tourist destination areas clear of COVID spread first, notably in Times Square by opening up a vac site on Broadway complete with a musical performance to entertain the Blaz and his elite producers, hospitality CEO buddies and Lin Miranda Manuel. And has is typical of the Blaz’s touch of failure, this site is now out of commission because the contractor fucked up and let vaccines spoil. The Blaz also sent, make that used the mobile vac buses mostly as promotional events when he showed up at an event featuring his fauxgressive ally Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Jackson Heights and other stops in the West and East Village in Manhattan so his son Dante got to promote his side hustle DJ act.

 Not much is known how many people got the jabs ever since these buses have been on the streets in the last few months. Looking at this, it gives the impression that it might be on the block for about a week but it was only set up for one day. Although the sight of these buses should give a sense of confidence, it’s ultimately wasteful to send them on the same day the primary election races for Mayor, City Council and Borough President is going on and extremely insulting how late the city took getting at least one bus to this area after months of being one of the city’s highest infected enclaves.

This scene in Queens looks more another exhibition of equity than it is for public health equity and it’s also another exhibition of the mayor’s persistent profligate spending of city tax dollars. Which ultimately results in more passive disenfranchisement of city services.

 

 

Scenes Of Queens: The Last House On The Left (The South Richmond Hill Horror)

This scene is located on Lefferts Blvd on a corner in South Richmond Hill. This house has been abandoned for quite a long ass time. Except as a reliable sanctuary for squatters and precocious teenagers in need of a place to play hooky or imbibe and get high with impunity.

A fire engulfed this once modest home back in 2015, a homeless man was found dead in the attic after the flames were put out. And last year a homeless man was found dead on the porch with his head caved in and left there by two men and a teenage girl who were found squatting inside.

Oddly enough, the house is being used for very raw and free advertising. Looks as if it’s appealing to a certain demographic looking to make a few Benjamins in a huff.

The house is thoroughly sealed.

And it still has satellite TV.

For a house that’s been blighting an area for over a decade, the hedges and bushes still look well maintained. And going by it’s history, it’s doubtlessly still being inhabited by the city’s housing insecure populace, for it probably is still safer to reside in than the city’s notorious homeless shelters, including the hotel ones. But what this abandoned home (and many others like them) and the aforementioned shelters truly shows it’s that it’s the only genuine real affordable housing that’s available in NYC.

Affixing A Hole

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New York is not only famous for being the biggest city in the world (by default, reputation and hype) but it’s also infamous for it’s potholes which manifest from time to time and also notorious for the tardiness to repair them. But decades riding (and at few occasions driving) in this big city of dreams, I don’t think I have ever seen the creative and quarter-assed way Mayor de Blasio’s Department of Transportation has displayed to remediate or even fix these blights on the roads and pavement. Especially with the usage of traffic cones.

Take the header photo of the subway grating. Clearly the hatch door is missing. Either it fell off or some enterprising derelict managed to rip it off and sold it for scrap. Or maybe by a MTA low paid contractor worker.

Despite how hideous and hazardous that looks, it doesn’t remotely compare to what the DOT is enabling or even ordering to temporarily remedy new road hazards on the streets this summer. Like this patch job on Central Park West.

 

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Looks like something went wrong on this road here, which looks like it was milled and repaved not long ago.

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Looking at this, I had thoughts of what else could be down there. Although I am partially glad that it the city affixed this hole, even if a rabbit won’t be able to make it to brunch with the Mad Hatter. Anyone could have rode over it and got a nasty flat or even ruined their wheel. Or maybe fall into another dimension or time. Other concerns I had was some sort of entity (or entities) that would rise from the depths of the netherworld like those shadows in “Ghost” or even worse a hipster version of Chutulu.

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Take a look at that depth, that’s about the size of the standard foot and a half high cone that are frequently used. Usually the safety standard would entail that inverted cone and a few others to surround that hole and obviously for a work order to close the street to repair it. But now the D.O.T., which is ever so busy with other things like shutting down streets for film shoots and helping arrange fun festival weekends barring driving on weekends, is now just looking at these spooky craters and putting a big orange cork in it.

After placing a message on the city’s social media account, the void did get remedied as it got tagged for eventual repair.

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They also stuffed it with what what looks like powdered sugar covered wet paper towels.

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After this I thought for sure the city won’t be stupid enough to be this lazy and careless when the next hole appears. But I stood corrected and beside myself when I saw this asphalt buttplug again in Hell’s Kitchen.

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This one was even worse. Fortunately this hole was actually not much of a danger to cars being that it was pass the crosswalk and away from the lane, but one could easily fall into the abyss walking, skating or riding on it. Especially when your staring at your phone screen like a stupid junkie.

To be fair, the DOT are still applying these orange cones properly for the majority of unsightly road hazards, when the holes are too big to use them as buttplugs.

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Well, sometimes.

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But the de Blasio’s D.O.T.’s shiftlessness is not limited to the lame efforts and solutions to warn citizens of road hazards, it also applies his Department of Environmental Protection for our dilapidated water catch basins. Especially the ones in the perpetually ignored neighborhoods in Southeast Queens.

Like this one here. This fucking wreck in South Richmond Hill has been like this for about a year. There’s suppose to be a big metal thing there on top. It’s a wonder how the city is able to lose parts like that and how mindblowing it is that they don’t immediately replace it.  Supposedly some homeless people or junkies find it (or pry it out themselves) and sell it for scrap too.

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This gives the impression that the city contracted Fred Flintstone’s employer Slate Quarry to renovate it.

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Then there’s this abomination:

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I want to mock this with another cartoon analogy but it’s just too repulsive. Fortunately, it probably will get repaired since it’s on a corner and it’s part of the citywide renovation to make them better for the handicapped.

And isn’t it nice of the de Blasio’s D.E.P. to provide a one legged girder along with a taped orange cone? It’s the equivalent of tying a string on your pinky to remember something.

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It looks like the D.E.P. noticed this too while they were still around town. So they had a spare leg, girder and orange cone to remedy any resident’s worries.

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Surely, this was encouraging that remediation was on the way. But as Staten Island rock heroes Anthrax used to say…NOT!

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Unfuckingbeilievable and rigoddamndiculous. The D.E.P.’s saw fit to blacktop patch the hole and reinforce it with some discarded wood and just removed the leg from the fucking girder and left it there. Yeah, that looks durable, schmucks.

Who knows what 99 cent store inspired dinky fixes this city will to do our slowly crippling infrastructure. Because potholes don’t discriminate.

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Rest assured that these holes will get the standard safety cone buttplug treatment, as it’s now being applied to broken off parking sign poles like this one:

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And citizens, if you see these holes, say something about them. The city’s social media accounts do respond fast. But if results aren’t manifesting fast enough, don’t be shy to be proactive and do it yourself. How hard can it be to shove something in a disturbing looking hole.

The de Blasio D.O.T. standard street apparatuses won’t be hard to find.

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