Wednesday, July 29, 2015

it’s lonely at the bottom

Puerto Rico went on a 10 year spending deficit and now they need a $79 billion dollar bailout.

The Feds are refusing to reward this behavior.

But Bill de Blasio wants to bail them out.  

Because he was elected by Hispanic New Yorkers.

Despite a record low election turnout...

...94% of Mott Haven voted for deBlasio.

Last month de Blasio trashed Governor Cuomo and then went on another vacation.

So last week Cuomo returned the favor, announcing a new La Guardia with VP Biden.


While the mayor was nowhere in sight.


Now Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, born and raised in Puerto Rico and one of the mayor’s closest allies is distancing herself from him.

He tried to take the credit for the deal she cut with Uber.

While he was on vacation.

So here’s the truth:
De Blasio was elected 
with the support of just 18%
 of the city’s registered voters,
less than 10%
 of the total population of the city. 

And now he’s losing them.

Al Roker called Bill de Blasio a "one-term mayor."

He's been pretty good with forecasts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

a HighLine for the rest of us

That’s what the High Bridge between the Bronx and Manhattan looked like about 1900.


It hadn't changed much when I visited in October, 2011.

But it was closed. Locked up.

I couldn’t get through gates at that time so I went back 6 months later, in March, 2012.

Still closed.


But just look at it now, 
three years and almost $62 million dollars later!

Mayor Bloomberg began this restoration project as a way to give uptown its own version of the HighLine.

Now folks can walk or ride bikes directly across and connect in minutes. 

Public transport used to take hours.

This was mostly city money but the Feds helped too, including new mortar for the brick, paint for the antique railing, new lighting and safety fencing.

The steel needed paint and the stone was dirty in 2012.
Not anymore!
There were opening parties in the Bronx and Manhattan 
but this is a Bloomberg initiative so,
 de Blasio did not attend.

Still, the views are fantastic!

So get up there and walk to Manhattan!

You can even smell the water beneath you.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

such Swede sorrow


Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city and one of its oldest, founded in 1275. 


The castle is more recent, built in 1532.


And the beloved old water tower hosts art in its museum.

For centuries Malmö has been a center of broad religious discussion, from Lutheran settled in 1527 to a Jewish Synagogue, founded in 1903.


It was a great place to raise and educate your kids.
But Malmö is at the southern tip of Sweden, and the gateway for Swedish immigration.

Local tolerance has changed in the last decade, with 41% of the local population now no longer Swedish. 

The largest group immigrated from Iraq.

The National Review published a piece called “Losing Malmö” as broad stretches of the city are no longer safe for non-Muslim firefighters, police or medical technicians.
These “no-go” zones are reinforced through threats and violence.

As a result, this once peaceful Swedish town 
is now off limits. 

The Synagog was bombed.

But not by Swedes. They ran to help.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

situation normal, afu

Luis “Salsa” Garcia from Puerto Rico was 40 years old and had already been arrested 32 times.

Last Autumn he was busted in the Bronx holding four bags of cocaine and a hypodermic needle in his sock.

In better days he was known as a “street mechanic”, someone who would repair your auto while parked in a public space.


It all went wrong last Thursday morning in front of the La Cocina Restaurant.


A man walked up behind him and shot him twice in the head.

He died at Lincoln Hospital.