Today In Illegal Hotels: 5 West 31st Street

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sojourning with some good friends of mine. One fellow— we’ll call him “Q”— took me on a tour of Inwood. Simply put, it was awesome.

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In return I showed “Q”, being a good host, a not terribly unfamiliar sight in our fair city…

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I speak of none other than a Vacate Order!

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It is accompanied by a Red Cross notice. This is getting interesting!

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A “restraining order”? This a whole new game. One which I felt compelled to investigate when I got home.

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Behold the copious number of actions (94) and violations (103). Impressive!

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Converting a three bedroom apartment into a five bedroom apartment with two bedrooms twhich sport no windows. Nope, our Bravest ain’t gonna like that one bit!

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No sprinklers either? Oh boy.

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So they converted three floors of residential space— seven, nine and ten respectively– into hostel space and were in the process of converting floors six and four— without permits naturally. That nonsense is for rank amateurs and these urbanoasisnyc.com folks are superstars!

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However their clients seemed to have liked them enough. You can see reviews, photos, etc. of this super-sized and quite illegal former hostel on Trip Advisor. Obviously they have not heard the news yet…

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Grand Central

September 3, 2014 ·
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

Taken by Luis Peralta.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Touche!

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From Grand Central Station.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Top Of The Rock

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

Taken by Rommel Parada.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

November 24, 2013 ·
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, Stuff The Makes Heather Sad 

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This was taken by a very nice lady named Stephanie on the N train at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street last night at 10:00 p.m. Given last weekend a homeless/”unhoused” fellow hereabouts died of hypothermia this made my heart sink. I suppose he (she?) is at least safe and warm— and if you are reading this, gentle readers, chances are you are as well. This is something to consider this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend replete with “Black Friday” sales.

Want versus need. This is something the Bloomturd administration* never really got the “jist” of. But they would not have been able to do what they did— for twelve years— without some semblance of approval. From us. We need to overhaul and/or gut the homeless shelter system as it operates presently. The McCarren Park Ice Rink: that’s a want. There is no reason someone should have to resort to our subway system to have a warm place to sleep (as opposed to freezing to death in out public parks). If Bloomberg can “give” us an ice rink…

Really.

*I have commenced creating a series of snow globe souvenirs of the Bloomberg Administration’s “accomplishments”. Obviously they have a decidedly north Brooklyn “twist” (as that is what I know best). However, suggestions are encouraged! Kick ‘em over via comments or my “tips” page.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Pretzels & Chestnuts

November 6, 2013 ·
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

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Taken by mistergalaxy.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Untitled

September 19, 2013 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

Freedom Ain't Free

As captured by Gotham Ruins who writes:

You know how you pay to go to the top of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock? Well today it was my turn to pay an admission fee. And not my usual $2.50 metrocard swipe. A 20 minute underground chase with a friend that ended in handcuffs. That was after they switched from on foot to in an SUV in the tunnel! Spotlight and all, it was game over. Not really though, i talked them out of arrest and we were given a simple trespassing summons and a ride through 2 miles of NYC’s best graff.

This photo was taken at a lower portion where it begins to open up. I advise anyone thinking of going down here to not.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Man Of Steel

August 17, 2013 ·
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

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Taken by mistergalaxy.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: What’s Up At Broadway and West 52rd Street?

July 31, 2013 ·
Filed under: Midtown, New York City, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy 

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Rose, one half of the dynamic duo behind Sol Sauce, writes:

Kinda like a Blue Man group “gone wild”, lots of painted penises out on the street outside now. What is UP with today.

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New York Shitty analysis:

I’m guessing this an attempt by Carlos Danger Anthony Weiner to, um, resuscitate his campaign. Anyone?

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Tesla Corner

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Why not take a moment today, on what would have been Mr. Tesla’s 157th birthday, and swing by the corner which bears his name?