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Stabber Flips Lid

I saw this on the front page of the Post this morning, but I had no idea about this part:

"his one-legged, wheelchair-bound brother..."

Damn. By the way, the Post is retarded. The copy on the front page said "Fan kills brother..." or something like that. When someone stabs his brother, "Fan" is the last adjective one should use to describe that person.

- posted by matt @ 7/12/2003 05:47:00 PM

Talk to Me!

Here are two people (and I guess a bunch of others) who are trying to make this city a little less scary. I'm posting this from Bryant Park as, oh I'd say about 200 - 300 total strangers are talking to each other. "Not with any agenda, hidden motive, or business deal behind it, but just plain ol' fashioned friendly conversation."

Folks have nametags, there are chairs with topics of conversation labeled on them ("what is terrorism?") and signs that say "what's our story?"

Of course, I'm sitting here with my face pointed directly at my screen. It's a problem I have. I'm working on it.

- posted by matt @ 7/12/2003 05:13:00 PM

My Neighborhood Statistics

More ways from City Hall to get info on scary stuff in your neighborhood:

"My Neighborhood Statistics lets New York City residents know how City agencies are performing in their neighborhood by viewing locally mapped performance statistics using a street address or intersection."

An example. In my general neighborhood (the area covered by Queens Community Board #1):

* 12% of restaurants failed their initial inspection

* The city picks up 183.7 tons of refuse... a day!

* 2002 saw 3,358 instances of Major Felony Crimes

- posted by matt @ 7/12/2003 12:26:00 AM

If Disaster Hits New York, Hide Under a Desk - City

Reuters gets "snarky" as they rip apart the city's new "Ready New York," an Emergency Preparedness Guide. Some tips:

"If you are in a building collapse or explosion, get out as quickly and calmly as possibly," it suggests, before adding, "If you can't get out of the building, get under a sturdy table or desk."

"What to do if exposed to radiation? Well, it depends on where you are. If you're outside, the city suggests you go inside. And if the event happens inside, going outdoors might be a good idea."

For pets: "Among the seven items suggested for the survival kits, 'Plastic bags for pickup.' After all, even when buildings are collapsing and bombs are exploding around you, it's still polite to pick up your own dog's dirt."

Read the whole silly thing.
- posted by matt @ 7/11/2003 12:59:00 PM

Gothamist: Queens Boulevard of Death

Gothamist does a nice job of rounding up the coverage of the latest death on Queens Boulevard.

"Newsday says the Department of Transportation is planning a review of the intersection and accident."

All they have to do is set up a lawn chair, grab some iced tea and a notebook and just sit there for a day or so. That road is scary as hell. It's about 20 lanes wide and I think the speed limit is more a suggestion than anything else. They've been thinking about planning to get ready to think about doing something about QB for ages.

UPDATE: the injured woman died bringing the total number of deaths from this accident to two.
- posted by matt @ 7/11/2003 10:49:00 AM

Woman Found Dead in Subway

"A woman was found dead yesterday inside the tunnel of the No. 7 subway line after apparently being struck by the Manhattan-bound train, police said."

No one knows what she was doing in there or if she was dead or alive when the train hit her. The story goes on to say:

"Shortly before 9:30 p.m., a 38-year-old man jumped onto the tracks at the Grand Avenue station along Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst just 'to see what it would be like' to have a train pass over him, a police source said."

Ok. People smoke pot "to see what it would be like." People spin around in circles "to see what it would be like." People try escargot "to see what it would be like." People should not jump in front of trains to "see what it would be like." I wonder what it was like.
- posted by matt @ 7/10/2003 04:42:00 PM

Foster Mother Charged With Dumping Girl

"A foster mother has been charged with dumping the body of a severely disabled 8-year-old girl whose remains were left in a plastic bag amid garbage sacks lining a sidewalk, police say."

Maybe it's just all of the TV movies I've watched over the years, but doesn't it always seem that it's foster parents doing this kind of stuff?
- posted by matt @ 7/10/2003 04:33:00 PM

Dead Body, Deep Mystery

"A city marshal trying to evict a Queens tenant behind on rent made a horrifying discovery, the mummified body of a badly decomposed woman, police said."

Of course, I feel terrible about this whole story, but two things come to mind. 1) This lady has neighbors. They lived next to this for months. 2) Someone's going to move into this apartment now.
- posted by matt @ 7/09/2003 03:09:00 PM

Man has arm torn off by city sanitation

"A city sanitation truck tore the arm off an elderly Brooklyn man who stepped outside to get the newspaper in front of his house yesterday, police said."

- posted by matt @ 7/09/2003 03:06:00 PM

Brooklyn Dollar Van Driver Is Shot to Death by Passenger

This is the kind of stuff that scares me. Secondary violence. Van driver gets shot (and dies), van smashes into a minivan. Minivan smacks into two other parked cars. People start running and screaming. Attempted car-jackings. Guns waving in the air. These people got mixed up in something they had nothing to do with.
- posted by matt @ 7/08/2003 06:40:00 PM

They Call Him Tiny

(first one under "Bronx")

"A 300-pound, 6-foot-3, grand-larceny suspect escaped police custody early yesterday, but was recaptured seven hours later on a Woodlawn street, cops said."

How does this happen? He's 6-foot-3, 300 pounds. Oh, and I like how the post describes his attire.

By the way, is anyone else getting sick of those Google AdSense ads on EVERY page on the Web?

- posted by matt @ 7/08/2003 06:32:00 PM

3 Accused of Groping Girls in Pool

"The city in recent years has cracked down on underwater groping, or whirlpooling, by unruly youngsters."

They have a term for that?

- posted by matt @ 7/08/2003 06:20:00 PM

Bears Won't Listen

So I spent the last 5 or 6 days in Lake George, NY. Let me tell you something.

New York City is a scary place. You walk down the street and you run the risk of getting mugged, stabbed, shot, etc. In Lake George, you run the risk of being eaten by a bear or clawed to death by a mountain lion. I'd rather take my chances in NYC and here's why.

You can reason with a mugger. Bears won't stand for it. Mountain lions are known for their inability to listen to their prey's screams for help. At least with a mugger or something, you can try to convince them to spare you. No way a wild beast of a bear is going to cut you some slack if you're having a bad day.

- posted by matt @ 7/07/2003 10:17:00 PM

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