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OT: ScaryNY 2.0

I've decided to make the switch from Blogger to Movable Type. Blogger is fun and all, but the lack of a real RSS feed (I know, I know... there's now an Atom feed), comments, permalinks that actually sorta work and a few other things started to get on my nerves. I'll eventually set up a redirect or something here, and I plan to do a lot of design/functionality tweaks over the next few weeks, but check out ScaryNY 2.0.

I'll probably be posting in both places for the next week or so, but will eventually abandon this little corner of the Web.

Thanks for reading and hopefully thanks for moving over to the new URL with me.

- posted by matt @ 2/09/2004 08:01:00 PM

Kitty, 40 Years Later

"Forty years ago, on March 13, 1964, the picturesque tranquillity of Kew Gardens was shattered by the murder of 28-year-old Catherine Genovese, known as Kitty. The murder was grisly, but it wasn't the particulars of the killing that became the focus of the case. It was the response of her neighbors. As Ms. Genovese screamed - 'Please help me! Please help me!' - 38 witnesses did nothing to intervene, according to reports; nobody even bothered to call the police. One witness later explained himself with a phrase that has passed into infamy: 'I didn't want to get involved.'"

A Kew Gardens residents stand up for his community. Joseph De May Jr. says, "...this wasn't 38 people watching a woman be slaughtered for 35 minutes and saying, 'Oh, I don't want to be involved.'" Read his take at A Picture History of Kew Gardens, NY. Also...

Harold Takooshian, Professor of urban psychology at Fordham University (my alma mater) will be holding a symposium on March 9th "to revisit many of the conundrums posed by that night 40 years ago." I'll be there... no doubt. I can't find details now (Fordham's Web site has always sucked), but if I hear anything, I'll share.

- posted by matt @ 2/08/2004 11:25:00 PM

2 men fight, fall 3 floors but still live

"A slugfest between two men over bootleg music CDs ended when both crashed through closed elevator doors yesterday and plunged three stories onto the elevator car in a Manhattan building, police said."

This isn't the first time two this sort of thing has happened. Elevator doors look strong, but I guess they're not.

"'When you get them behind an elevator like that they are usually dead,' said Moran, a 23-year veteran. 'He's lucky to be alive. He is probably going to lose his leg above the ankle. That was nasty.'"

What exactly does "lose his leg above the ankle" mean? Are they going to attach his foot to his pelvis? Doesn't it just mean he's going to lose his entire leg?

- posted by matt @ 2/08/2004 11:05:00 PM

Death Traps

"Dozens of electrified manhole and service-box covers that could zap you to death have been discovered throughout the city, Con Ed revealed yesterday."

In case you didn't get that the first time, they can "zap you to death." It must be fun working for the New York Post.

- posted by matt @ 2/04/2004 02:28:00 PM

'Taliban' taunt in sex attacks

"Accused East Side sex attacker Kevin White threatened to 'go Taliban' on a male victim and allegedly violated him with a pair of scissors, court records revealed yesterday."

Go Taliban? What exactly does that mean and what's the appropriate response? Interesting to note: "Taliban" is not in MS Outlook's spellcheck dictionary.

- posted by matt @ 2/04/2004 12:45:00 AM

Powdery Envelopes Prompt Postal Scares

"Three envelopes containing white powder that turned out to be harmless were discovered yesterday at three U.S. Postal facilities in New York -- one in Brooklyn and two in Manhattan -- authorities said."

So this happens from time to time. Can someone tell me who's mailing powder?

"Chemical tests conducted by the New York Police Department and the Department of Environmental Protection determined that the powder found in Brooklyn was coffee creamer, the Morgan center's was Sheetrock dust and the Farley building's appeared to be a 'simple household product,' said Tom Boyle, a postal inspector."

Ok, so now we know what it is, but we don't know how it got in there. When was the last time you mailed something and accidentally got coffee creamer in there? Dumb.

- posted by matt @ 2/04/2004 12:32:00 AM

Gothamist: Death's Decline in New York City

Gothamist does a fine job of making death cheery.

- posted by matt @ 2/04/2004 12:29:00 AM

F.Y.I.: When MetroCard Fails

"Q: Occasionally my unlimited MetroCard will fail, and there is inevitably a long line for the attendant - or no attendant at all. Am I breaking any laws if I save everyone's time and hop over the barriers?"

"A: Don't do it. In the eyes of the law, it's still fare-beating. As Paul Fleuranges, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, says: 'A police officer who sees you go through doesn't care that you have a monthly card. He's going to give you a ticket.'"

Ok, I'll remember, thanks.

- posted by matt @ 2/02/2004 01:17:00 AM

Arrest Warrant Issued For 50 Cent

"Police issued an arrest warrant for multi-platinum rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, after he allegedly threatened gun play at a video shoot yesterday (January 31)."

Woops. Read the story. It's not clear if he even had a gun.

- posted by matt @ 2/02/2004 01:08:00 AM

Suspect Arrested in East Side Sex Assaults

"Police announced the arrest on Sunday of a man believed to have sexually assaulted a woman and a man on separate days this week in their Manhattan apartment buildings."

Well that's good news. I guess it's rare for someone to attack members of both sexes.

- posted by matt @ 2/02/2004 01:03:00 AM


"A Manhattan woman was electrocuted in a freak dog-walking accident because utility workers failed to properly wrap an exposed wire one year earlier, Consolidated Edison announced Thursday after an internal probe."

Well negligence doesn't really make it a freak accident, does it? Rather than replacing an exposed wire last January, ConEd workers simply wrapped some electrical tape around it.

- posted by matt @ 1/29/2004 05:40:00 PM

NYC Department of Records - Photo Gallery

Howard Sherman points to the "Crime and Criminals" section of the Municipal Photo Gallery (after he was pointed to it by the Manhattan User's Guide). Jeez, complicated. Anyway... some photos of criminals and crime scenes from years ago.

In happier civic photography news,'s Guide to Queens, NY, John Roleke, sends us to the NYC Municipal Archives for "photographs of every residence in Queens and all of NYC from 1939 to 1941." You have to pay a few bucks, but it sounds like it could be a cool housewarming gift.

Yeah, I was a little link happy in this post. Sue me.

- posted by matt @ 1/27/2004 11:08:00 PM

City Sanitation Worker Killed in a Freakish Truck Accident

"A city sanitation worker died in a freakish accident in Brooklyn yesterday after she was pinned on top of a garbage truck by a mechanical lever, city officials said."

There's a reason why they call sanitation workers "New York's Strongest."

- posted by matt @ 1/27/2004 10:38:00 PM

Queens Coyote Goes With Floe

"A not-so-wily coyote landed in the doghouse with would-be rescuers yesterday after getting cold feet and refusing to hop to safety from a floating chunk of ice in Jamaica Bay."

They make it seem like they got the coyote, but "Once on dry land, the coyote 'high-tailed it' into a wooded area, Ziel said."

So there's a coyote walking the mean streets of New York as I type, most likely assembling something or other from Acme Co., ready to unleash the contraption on the fine citizens of New York. Super. Beep beep.

- posted by matt @ 1/27/2004 10:35:00 PM

Snow School

[unable to blog this due to the weather]

- posted by matt @ 1/27/2004 10:23:00 PM

SubText: [1] NYC Commuter "Tough"

"Truth is that almost all New Yorkers either look or TRY to look a little scary on the subway."

By the way... in case you haven't seen it, SubText is a moblog with images and text captured in the New York City Subway System. It's pretty cool.

- posted by matt @ 1/27/2004 05:13:00 PM

Winter storms wallop Midwest, East

"Winter storms are glazing roads, delaying flights and causing deadly car crashes Tuesday throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast."

Run for your lives! It's going to snow! Forget the cat... get out of the city as soon as possible!

I love snow in the city, but I hate "the media's" reaction to it. Christ. It's just snow. Wear some boots, grow a pair and get over it.

- posted by matt @ 1/27/2004 02:09:00 PM

I'm a Conspiracy Freak

Jan 25, 2004 12:42 pm US/Eastern: One Dead In Brooklyn Banquet Hall Shooting

"A man trying to break up a fight at a banquet hall in Brooklyn has been shot dead.

"It happened at about 4 a.m. at a Masonic temple in Broadway Juntion. Witnesses say a fight broke out early this morning at the Brooklyn Prince Hall Temple at 70 Pennsylvania Avenue. Someone pulled out a gun and three people were shot."

The story goes on, but that's pretty much it. Then, I see this today:

Jan 26, 2004 6:54 am US/Eastern: Gunplay Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Hurt At Brooklyn Club

"A 22-year-old man is dead and three other people are hurt after they were shot or stabbed at a social club in Brooklyn.

"Police say Blake Harper was pronounced dead at the scene early yesterday after he was shot once in the chest. The three people injured - two who were shot and one who was stabbed - were taken to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition."

The second story has more detail (go read it), but loses the mention of "Masonic temple."

- posted by matt @ 1/26/2004 03:24:00 PM

Rat Trap

"A Bronx neighborhood group is using bacon, peanut butter and cheese to lure some ten thousand rats to their deaths within a month."

Can someone get pictures of this? Please? I'm imaging 10,000 hypnotized rats making their way towards their eventual death.

- posted by matt @ 1/26/2004 10:28:00 AM

Free Rape Prevention Seminar

"Jiu-Jitsu utilizes physics and science through leverage, off-balance, and the knowledge of human anatomy to overcome an attacker with as little effort possible: maximum effect with minimum effort."

Date: February 27, 2004
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30p.m.

New York Jiu Jitsu School
577 Broadway 2nd Fl.
(btwn. Houston and Prince)

Register online. And while you're at it, check out some of the awesome video clips.

- posted by matt @ 1/26/2004 12:33:00 AM

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