A Liberal Bastion With Racist Transit Enforcement

It was around 2:30 PM yesterday that a Bx12 Select Bus I was traveling on stopped somewhere in the Bronx between the Harlem River and Grand Concourse. The doors opened, and almost immediately came the shouts, more like barks, of NYPD fare enforcers telling people to have their fare receipts ready for inspection. Begrudgingly I dug mine out, the enforcement agent pausing awkwardly in the aisle as I searched my pockets. I found it and handed it over to the agent, who proceeded to inspect it with the same level of detail as a bank teller looking for counterfeit bills. … Continue reading A Liberal Bastion With Racist Transit Enforcement

Bill de Blasio: The Counterfeit Progressive

On October 19th, Mayor Bill de Blasio, the self-proclaimed progressive mayor of New York, gathered the press and some of his police officials to a press conference to announce the beginning of a crackdown on what he announced to be a menace to New York City’s streets. He described the risk the menace posed in stark terms, describing how the sinister machines on his radar go “the wrong way on streets, weaving through traffic, sometimes going on sidewalks.” In the course of that press conference, he depicted these machines as life threatening and dangerous, and as an issue that must … Continue reading Bill de Blasio: The Counterfeit Progressive

City Blueprint: The Second Avenue Subway (Part 1: Fixing The Money Pit)

It was like a dream come true to many when, on New Year’s Day, 2017, the first section of subway under Second Avenue finally opened to paying customers. As you can imagine, the enthusiasm wasn’t hidden: Blocks-long lines, filled to the brim with eager Upper East Siders, stretched from subway entrances, trains on the line quickly became packed (both with curious straphangers and VERY excited train buffs), and the station crowds soon resembled a calmer version of rush hour at Times Square. In short, it was a day of tremendous enthusiasm and good cheer that couldn’t be tempered, even when the MTA … Continue reading City Blueprint: The Second Avenue Subway (Part 1: Fixing The Money Pit)