Filed under: 10001, Gentrification, Illegal Hotels/AirBnb, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City
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.
In return I showed “Q”, being a good host, a not terribly unfamiliar sight in our fair city…
I speak of none other than a Vacate Order!
It is accompanied by a Red Cross notice. This is getting interesting!
A “restraining order”? This a whole new game. One which I felt compelled to investigate when I got home.
Behold the copious number of actions (94) and violations (103). Impressive!
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!
No sprinklers either? Oh boy.
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!
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…
Taken by Luis Peralta.
Filed under: Culture War, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, The Word On The Street
From Grand Central Station.
Taken by Rommel Parada.
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, Stuff The Makes Heather Sad
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…
*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.
Taken by mistergalaxy.
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.
Taken by mistergalaxy.
Filed under: 10018, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy
Filed under: 10018, Chelsea, Chelsea Manhattan, GENIUS, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, The Word On The Street, Urban Artifact
The previous content undoubtedly makes it clear that today I whiled away my time outside the Garden Spot. We have a friend visiting from out of town so we’re pulling out all the stops. Or more accurately: we’re stopping constantly. So as to feed my public pay phone fixation. The way I see it, these fixtures— or more accurately: what is to be found in them— are a reflection of the communities into which they are placed. These “urban artifacts”, however revolting they may be— and they frequently are— tickle my inner anthropologist’s fancy. Without further ado, here we go!
Sixth Avenue & 28 Street, Chelsea
This is located around the corner from Jeff Boss’s manifold number of missives (which I featured previously). There is a lot going on here, so let’s go in for a closer look!
One pair of neon yellow pants.
Rose petals grace the concrete.
Which brings me to the right-hand stall. We have what once was a bouquet and this.
No argument here. Upon closer inspection I discerned that both “stalls” bore this missive.
980 Sixth Avenue, “Fashion District”
This one is gold— in ways I could not begin to fathom.
Initially, I thought the above-depicted flyer was related to this incitement. Nope.
I have taken the liberty of highlighting my favorite passages.
I suppose it is not surprising he has not gotten any “takers”. Has not this fellow ever heard of Craigslist? It would save him a lot of money on fliers (which, in turn could be used to pay for entertaining). So it goes…
Here’s what I found placed deftly atop of the receiver. NEEEXT!
40th Street, Bryant Park
Not much to see here save a misshapen spoon. Now let’s proceed to the Upper East Side…
Second Avenue & East 68 Street
Public pay phones in New York City are often pressed into service as privies. This is hardly news. However, the elegance of what happened here is truly noteworthy. So much so I outlined it to my travelling companions like the tour guide I most assuredly am.
- This individual— a man— despite probably being in an inebriated state utilized the features of this phone in a rather clever way. He first placed the cup between the rails.
- He peed into the cup. That will make it easier for whoever is charged with removing it.
For the most part. Still this gets an “E” for effort. Closing on a poignant note…
59th Street & Third Avenue, “Midtown”
You can learn what Elizabeth Gardner did by clicking here. She was a lot more than a pretty face…