Tuesday, April 25, 2017

AG Sessions is right: The NYPD is soft on crime AND corruption

I still think of the idiocy of the Trump Administration (such as Spicer's comments on the holoucaust) but U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III said what IS right:  The NYPD is soft on crime in all ways, AND soft on corruption too.

Take a look at these pictures of illegal license plate covers, very well ignored by the NYPD - - all parked outside 100 Centre Street - - aka Manhattan Criminal Court or the Tombs next door.   These vehicles belong to NY State Court Officers and NYC Correction Officers working in the adjacent jail.

That's just the tip of the iceberg - - there is the 10 to 20 daily photos posted by Placard Abuse and other users (including me) on Twitter that has been gaining momentum in the past month with many other users backlashing against the NYPD's corrupt practices in parking abuse.  If the NYPD was not soft on crime and corruption, then it would take swift and decisive action against the hundreds of NYPD and non-NYPD law enforcement officers using illegal license plate covers to steal city and state revenues from tolls and red light/speed camera fines.   License plate covers are not small potatoes - - they prevent identification of a vehicle involved in a hit and run accident, a felony if the accident causes death of another individual.  License plate covers rip off toll authorities to millions of dollars, which results in higher tolls, be it from law enforcement officers who do this.

Then there is De Blasio's soft stance on quality of life - - public urinating or carrying an open container of alcohol will get you a free pass in the courts because that is no longer an arrestable offense  even though they show disorder and decay in NYC.  De Blasio's argument is that this frees up 10,000 cases in criminal court.   How about going after the Court Officers and NYC Correction Officers who use license plate covers outside Manhattan Criminal Court as I have shown?  How about  the end of filing false 311 reports by the NYPD claiming they took action (summons or tow)
when it is clear that they didn't?  How about making Traffic Enforcement Agents do their jobs in ticketing or towing personal vehicles owned/leased by NYPD officers and civilians which are illegally parked, have expired placards, or illegal license plate covers - - instead of ignoring them.   (Do you want to be reminded of that illegally parked vehicle in Times Square??   Consider this article which might shed some light on the parking abuse and corruption)

Friday, April 7, 2017

East 180th Street IRT stationhouse already in shambles

Thousands of people a day use or pass through the East 180th Street station on the IRT 2 and 5 lines in the Bronx.  Most customers are unaware of the station's historical significance, especially the landmarked stationhouse entrance which sits at the NW corner of East 180th Street and Morris Park Ave in the Bronx.  The stationhouse was built in 1911 for a now defunct railway called the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway (NYW&B Railway) which ran a no-frills commuter rail service between Port Morris terminal in the South Bronx and either White Plains or Port Chester.  You can read all the history of the NYW&B railway on two great rail history websites here and here (a month's worth of viewing).   MTA New York City Transit undertook a beautiful restoration of the East 180th Street stationhouse which was completed in 2013 with Lee Harris Pomeroy as the architectural firm hired to draw the blueprints for the restoration process.  The station is listed in both National Register of Historical Places and a NYC Landmark so it's something which NYC Transit should preserve.

Now 4 years later, the stationhouse's exterior is already in shambles from the elements of mother nature and the cold harsh winters.

Side views of stationhouse:

When you paint a house, you should be able to maintain the paint - - primer it before painting then do a new repainting job every 4 to 7 years (in NYC, it's more on the 4 year side because of those brutal winters, LOL).  You don't let paint peel off in large areas like this - - and it's only 4 years old.   It's sad that MTA New York City Transit will let this house (which is registered as TWO landmarks) decay again, unless they do some overcoat within a year or so.  While I talk about the stationhouse, there is a very interesting "exhibit" just to the right as you enter from the Morris Park Ave (main) side - - a 1970's Hagstrom wall map of the Bronx.  Take a look at this:

Bronx campus of New York University, now Bronx Community College

Hostos Community College and Lincoln Hospital not yet built.  

Third Ave el. and Wilkins Ave, now Louis Nine Blvd at Freeman St

High Bridge Station on the old PCRR Hudson line

Bronx State Hospital, now closed.  Jacobi and Albert Einsten Hospitals remain. 

Manhattan State Hospital

Newly constructed Bruckner Interchange which now all highway traffic bypasses a traffic signal at Brush Ave.  

Southern terminus of 3rd Ave el at East 149th Street.  Map appears to be somewhere between 1972/73

Co-Op City - - note old exit numbers on I95 and some unfinished loops inside the complex - - no malls.  Today, the exit numbers on I95 are 11 and 12.

138th Street station on the old Penn-Central.  

This is not some ordinary stationhouse like Franklin Ave and Fulton St in Brooklyn - - this is a landmark and of great historical significance which the MTA New York City Transit should not ignore.  It's very sad for them to let this crown jewel decay into the current state as the East 180th Street stationhouse represents part of the glory days in railroading history.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

MTA keeps ignoring error on missing bus stop near Citifield

Play ball, the boys of summer are back today  - - baseball is back and let's hope for another NYC Subway Series with the NY Yankees and Mets this fall.

And another year which the MTA NYC Transit keeps telling us about a bus stop that no longer exists, for years.  Last Thursday, MTA HQ released a press release about encouraging baseball fans to take the bus or train to their favorite baseball home.  Buried in this PR are directions by bus to CitiField, specifically the Q19 and Q66 bus routes which run along Northern Blvd, just north of CitiField.   They tell you that westbound Q19 and Q66  (towards Astoria and Long Island City, respectively) buses "stop" at 126th Street and Northern Blvd, about two blocks from the stadium.

Trouble is, there never was a westbound bus stop for years, here are the latest photos taken Saturday which show that there is no room for a bus stop, nor signs.  Guardrails are protecting the north side of Northern Blvd, except for a cut at the crosswalk.

The MTA Bustime app and Trip Planner also has errors, the Q66 route shows the bus stop for the Westbound side of Northern and 126th Street - - even Trip Planner+  will get you lost if you follow their directions from Downtown Main Street.  The Q19, which only was recently extended to Flushing-Main Street area, correctly does not have the westbound Northern/126th Street bus stop in MTA Bustime.  

So how long has this error been ignored by the MTA?   How about 2016  2015 and also here and here although it appears the MTA lied in a purported email from this user on the (often volatile) discussion board Subchat in 2016 that they "corrected it"  - - presently there is NO bus stop according to NYC DOT which maintains a database of parking regulations.

So MTA, how many decades will it take for you to correct this egregious mistake which you have ignored and lied about in multiple press releases and news stories?