07
Feb

How To Stand Up To Cab Drivers Who Say 'No' To Brooklyn

Moral of the story: if you need a ride to Brooklyn or Queens and the cab driver says “no,” report him to 311.

I almost always take the subway because cabs are too expensive but one time I was carrying a TV around Union Square and was told by a driver, after I had lugged the TV into his cab and told him where I lived, that he “had to pee” and therefore couldn’t take me to Brooklyn. “Then why did you pick me up?” I asked. There was a long pause before he responded, “Look man, I just ain’t going to Brooklyn.” I quietly seethed but didn’t report him, which I’ve always regretted. I’ve also heard of much worse scenarios where women who are alone and far from home late at night are refused a ride. In those instances, a driver unwilling to travel to an outer borough is violating the rules and possibly putting someone in danger. If that happens, get the driver’s name and the medallion number, and then call 311. 

05
Feb
There are trains without power and buses stuck in snow, yet parking tickets are still being handed out in New York this morning. Pure evil. 
(photo via ABC 7’s Bill Ritter)

There are trains without power and buses stuck in snow, yet parking tickets are still being handed out in New York this morning. Pure evil. 

(photo via ABC 7’s Bill Ritter)

01
Jul
This is easily the most terrifying pamphlet I’ve ever received.

This is easily the most terrifying pamphlet I’ve ever received.

02
Nov

Who opposes the marathon? Not Quinn, yet

Christine Quinn kinda supports and kinda opposes the marathon, just like she kinda supports and kinda opposes everything. 

(via capitalnewyork)

19
Oct
A New York City woman hacks into a lamp post to charge her cell phone

A New York City woman hacks into a lamp post to charge her cell phone

10
Oct

Christine Quinn said she doesn't actually want to raise taxes on the wealthy, as she once indicated, and she's still not a fan of paid sick leave, even in its new, watered-down form

Christine Quinn rarely offers coherent positions on issues and when she does, she tends to be wrong. Stringer and de Blasio are better options for mayor. 

29
Sep

Norman Mailer’s 1969 Race for Mayor of New York City

Mr. Mailer…was perhaps the greatest writer since Winston Churchill to seek elective office. If that was not disqualification enough, he had also been convicted of stabbing one of his wives. He promised that, if elected, he would at least deliver the bad news couched in “elegant language.” But he also delivered sufficient offense to fill a devil’s dictionary of political incorrectness.

Even his three-word campaign slogan — a vulgarization of “No More Bull” — was unprintable.

“The difference between me and the other candidates,” Mr. Mailer said, “is that I’m no good and I can prove it.”

Mailer’s platform included the following:

New York City would be split off from the rest of New York State, and achieve independent statehood as the 51st State of the U.S. The campaign sought to free the city from the control of “upstate legislators who don’t care about the city but control our schools, police, housing, and money.”

All private cars would be banned from Manhattan Island. Buses and taxicabs would be permitted, with the number of cabs increased. Parking lots would be built outside Manhattan at strategic locations. A monorail, built around the circumference of Manhattan, would service these lots, stopping also at rail stations and water ferry terminals. A free bus and jitney service would operate in Midtown, the city’s most congested area. Publicly owned bicycles would be available to all at no cost.

The elimination of private cars from Manhattan Island would reduce pollution there by 60%. All vehicles and incinerators in the city would be required to have pollution control devices.

Local neighborhoods would know best how to control crime in their communities by employing policemen who have the respect of the community because they live there. The City-State would fund neighborhoods to administer their own crime prevention programs, and would aid them only if they so desired.

Murray Rothbard wrote in a 1969 issue of The Libertarian Forum:

Norman Mailer’s surprise entry into the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City, to be held on June 17, provides the most refreshing libertarian political campaign in decades. Mailer has taken everyone by surprise by his platform as well as his sudden entry into the political ranks. The Mailer platform stems from one brilliantly penetrating overriding plank: the absolute decentralization of the swollen New York City bureaucracy into dozens of constituent neighborhood villages. This is the logic of the recent proposals for “decentralization” and “community control” brought to its consistent and ultimate conclusion: the turmoil and plight of our overblown and shattered urban government structures, most especially New York, are to be solved by smashing the urban governmental apparatus, and fragmenting it into a myriad of constituent fragments.

12
Sep
A fake subway entrance for Law & Order SVU…or as I call it, the subway to nowhere

A fake subway entrance for Law & Order SVU…or as I call it, the subway to nowhere

22
Aug
Go home for the holidays and run into old friends from high school. When you tell them that you live in New York, watch their eyes widen. They’ll say, “Oh my god, New York? That’s so crazy. I’m so jealous!” Have a blasé attitude about it but deep down inside, know they have good reason to be jealous.
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How to Live in New York City

The smugness imbued in everyone who moves to New York is so terrible and yet oh so justified. 

17
Aug

Protests Scheduled in Support of Pussy Riot in NYC Today

15
Aug
07
Aug
The nearly 700,000 stop-and-frisks conducted by the NYPD last year targeted men of color overwhelmingly, but not exclusively. Today, the New York Times reports that among those stopped on the street by police, 46,784 were women, and 16,000 were frisked. Those searches turned up just 59 guns — which puts the rate of finding a firearm at .13 percent, compared to .12 percent for men — but resulted in 3,993 arrests. (Stop-and-frisks have been known to end more often with low-level weed charges.)
04
Aug
L Train Hell.
I’m considering swimming across the East River to work every morning instead of taking the L. Being in this type of crowd does things to your brain. You begin despising and fearing the people around you. You start to wish physical harm on those who shove their way into an overcrowded train. This is no way to live.
Edit: #firstworldproblems
Edit 2: Although our status as a first world country is debatable when adjusted for inequality.

L Train Hell.

I’m considering swimming across the East River to work every morning instead of taking the L. Being in this type of crowd does things to your brain. You begin despising and fearing the people around you. You start to wish physical harm on those who shove their way into an overcrowded train. This is no way to live.

Edit: #firstworldproblems

Edit 2: Although our status as a first world country is debatable when adjusted for inequality.

29
Jul
28
Jul

You can’t have a test for what the owners’ personal views are before you decide to give a permit to do something in the city. You really don’t want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a permit, that’s just not government’s job.

Freedom of speech—everybody’s in favor of it as long as it’s what they want to hear. Well the only way that you have your freedom of speech is if you give other people freedom of speech…This is just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen in New York City.

- Michael Bloomberg, opposing a Chik-fil-A ban in New York City

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