Tag This. City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. sent out a release today about all the fake ‘Peter Vallone” stickers popping up around the city. Vallone is an outspoken anti-graffiti advocate (in addition to being an anti-homework, anti-skywriting, and anti-pitbull advocate), and feels the stickers — which isn’t exactly graffiti — means he’s “doing something right.”
What’s next? A tweeted photo of me spray-painting over an Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge sign?”
I think he just gave lots of people good Photoshop ideas. The stickers are mostly harmless, and only forgot to include the ‘Jr’ — which means these could have actually been intended for his father, Peter F. Vallone Sr.
For too long, dangerous and lethal drivers have gotten off with minimal or, astonishingly, no charges at all.
That’s Paul Steely White, the executive editor of Transportation Alternatives, a group dedicated to creating safer streets for cyclists, pedestrians, and (yes, even them) cars. They’re unveiling a site later today — crashstat.org — that will display a map to detail accidents in the five boroughs from 1995 to 2009. The site is hoping to fix problematic crossings and educate people on the most dangerous intersections, including Park Ave. and 33rd St. (163 injuries in 15 years) and First Ave. and Houston St., which came in second with 37 crashes.
After the mayor’s response, Castello asked whether the mayor understood what he was being asked.
"How about ‘financial?’" Castello said. "Do you know what that term means?"
Bloomberg testified that it was personal money but that he had fully expected Haggerty to spend it as promised.
"Instead, he took the money for personal gain," Bloomberg said.
"Isn’t that what you regularly did at Salomon brothers?" said Costello, referring to the mayor’s pre-Bloomberg LP place of employment.
"Excuse me," Bloomberg said, sounding astonished.
Mayor Bloomberg took the stand yesterday in the John Haggerty trial , where his credibility was questioned by defense lawyers for a majority of the three hours he was up there. Even passages from Bloomberg’s autobiography, Bloomberg on Bloomberg, were brought up, in an effort to establish that the multibillionaire mayor threw his money around during the 2009 campaign, and didn’t even care or notice that the $1.1 million he gave to the political operative wasn’t used for the intended purpose. The mayor was calm and controlled on the stand, in contrast to his sometimes testy demeanor, especially in the presence of reporters. Joanna Molloy from the Daily News had only one question to ask: “Who are you and what did you do with our mayor?”
If you get out and walk, you see all sorts of other clues. Why is the hub of downtown such a mixture of things? Why do office workers on New York’s handsome Park Avenue turn off to Lexington or Madison Avenue at the first corner they reach? Why is a good steak house usually in an old building? Why are short blocks apt to be busier than long ones?
Jane Jacobs is still amazing and right, 50 years later.
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The President of Manhattan with the President of Tumblr, John Maloney.
I’m proud to announce the launch of my “In a Manhattan Minute” Tumblr, becoming one of only several elected officials across the country that utilize the micro-blogging platform. My Tumblr will showcase photos, video and daily updates on the activities and initiatives of the Borough President’s Office. To celebrate the launch, I visited the Manhattan-based headquarters of Tumblr, a company founded in 2007 that recently rated the 10th largest online social network. Tumblr currently hosts 20 million individual blogs.
Welcome to Tumblr, Mr. Borough President!
This is a place to get drunk while eating chicken wings. A bar here would be a real aberration and a lot of lives would be affected.
That’s Linda Steinman, a lawyer who lives in Park Slope and is vehemently against the proposed Lucky Lou’s Bar in her neighborhood. People who live in the area fear their little corner of the world will be overrun by wing-eating drunks, instead of strollers, and they are ANGRY. Neighbors came out in droves to the last community board meeting to grill the bar-owner and question his character, turning it into a “Matlock” trial, said the Brooklyn Paper. Who else will stop the evil chicken wings?
Panic On The Streets Of Brooklyn. Looks like the lamest resident of Williamsburg was not a fan of the concert by jam-band Widespread Panic on the waterfront last week — they sent a letter to the Open Space Alliance, complaining about the “lawless drug nightmares” that hit their street Saturday night. It all started at…9:40 p.m, which is a pretty tame time for such an outbreak, considering most of the drug-fueled locals don’t hit the hip Williamsburg streets until at least midnight. The local witnessed fans buying balloons and inhaling the gas from them, making them “even more highly intoxicated”, and reminding me of my favorite activities at Sweet 16s. Gothamist had the full letter, which prompted concert attendees to reach out to the site and say that, actually, it wasn’t all that bad. If this resident seems bothered by hoards of jam-band fans laughing and acting sort of stupid, they probably shouldn’t live in Williamsburg.
Pancake Club. An IHOP opened this week in the East Village, and the company is so certain the location will be an after-hours hot spot that it hired a bouncer. Manager Michael Carlos told the Post the universal truth — “When people have a few drinks, they can get rowdy” — to explain his hiring of an off-duty copy who will stand in front of the restuarant from 11 p.m to 7 a.m every night. As for the IHOP opening, it’s just further proof that the East Village is about as cool as Times Square.