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Joyce Brown was a New York City resident and homeless woman who was involuntarily hospitalized in NYC in 1987.

On October 28, 1987, Ms. Brown was transported to Bellevue Hospital as the first patient under Project HELP, a city program spearheaded by Mayor Ed Koch, a program aimed at the hospitalization of the homeless. She had been living on the streets in Manhattan and often used the fake name “Billie Bogs” to avoid being found by her family.

On December 18, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan upheld her involuntary commitment.  However, the judge that wrote the dissenting argument claimed that there was not enough evidence to support the notion that she was a danger to herself.1

Dr. Francine Cournos, an assistant professor of psychiatry  Columbia University, stated that although she thought treatment would be helpful, it was not advised treatment be given against her will. On January 15, 1988, a judge ruled that Joyce Brown could be not involuntary medicated.2

The appeal to confine Joyce Brown was eventually successful, with help from lawyers from NYCLU, whom she had called herself for legal support. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert Lippmann determined that she was competent enough to not be a danger to herself or others. She was released after nearly three months of involuntary commitment.3

She went on to seek gainful employment and many have written published articles about her civil rights case and involuntary medication and commitment.

1. Kirk Johnson. The New York Times. Court Backs Treatment of Woman Held Under Koch Homeless Plan. Published: December 19, 1987.

2. Josh Barbanel. The New York Times. Joyce Brown Obtains a Ban On Medicine. Published: January 16, 1988.

3. Jeanie Kasindorf. New York Magazine. The Real Story of Billie Bogs.Published: May 2, 1988.

Related reading:

Treatment Advocacy Center: Involuntary Hospitalization in the Modern Era: Is “Dangerousness” Ambiguous or Obsolete?

Categories: New York City, Social commentary Tags: ACLU, bellevue hosptal, Billie Bogs, confinement, ed koch, homeless, hospitalization, Joyce Brown, Manhattan, new york city, NYC, Project HELP, psychiatry

Louis C.K. describes the worst part of the subway perfectly.

Hat-tip to Brokelyn for the Link:

Man, I miss his TV show. (The second one, of course, although Lucky Louie wasn’t actually all that terrible.)


Louis C.K. re-imagines classic jokes:

“I don’t know why the chicken crossed the road… Shouldn’t it be on a farm fucking other chickens?… There is no dialogue or conversation with a chicken; It just gets eaten and I take a shit.”

Categories: New York City, Social commentary, Viral Things Tags: comedy, funny, Louie, Louis C.K., Louis CK, New York, new york city, NYC, stand-up, subway

Sorry to go to from funny to serious in one post. But, Jesus fuck, this is outrageous.

Via NY1:

On top of demanding answers about that particular case, City Council members were looking for more general accountability from the ME following revelations the office mishandled DNA evidence in over 50 rape cases.

This is on top of the picture scandal in the Bronx over a dead body hanging out in a health department truck with household trash bags.

Demand transparency from your state. Demand transparency from your health care professionals.

I’ve spent too much time working in healthcare to know that providers who make mistakes are often not above covering their own tracks.


Categories: Health Care, New York City Tags: bronx, health, health care, medical, new york city, NY, NYC, rape

Props today go to Trojan for recovering from their permits incident that ruined their free vibrator promotion day.

See: “Police Shut Down Trojan Vibrations Free Vibrator Carts in Manhattan”

To my surprise the Trojan people collecting e-mail addresses after the crack-down weren’t just there to momentarily placate us in our times of blue balls and unrest, but actually did follow-up to get us our free vibrators!

From: Trojan® Vibrations [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 12:47 PM
To: Me
Subject: Trojan® Vibrations Pleasure Cart Event Follow-up

The makers of Trojan® Vibrations personal massagers thank you for participating in our vibrator giveaway. We are sorry you were not able to receive a vibrator on the day of the event in New York City.

Please click the link* below and provide us with your valid U.S. mailing address by August 22, and we will then ship you a free Trojan® Vibrations Pulse or Tri-Phoria® massager**. You can expect to receive your product within the next 3 – 4 weeks.

[Link for special people, only.]

Please note that your email address will not be added to the Trojan® Vibrations mailing list. And, as always, we will never share your information with a third party. To view our Privacy Policy, please click here.

Thank you for your patience.

Warm Regards,

The Makers of Trojan® Vibrations


I’m not sure which one is coming (see what I did there?) in the next 3-4, so that’ll be a surprise. Yay, free vibrators!

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, New York City Tags: brokelyn, condoms, customers, free vibrators, gothamist, Manhattan, new york city, NYC, police, trojan, trojan vibrations

Line for the Trojan cart minutes before it was shut down by the police. -photo by Flagrant Bagel.

Free Vibrator Day turned out to be a bust, with Trojan apparently failing to get the proper permits. The Gothamist has more:

Thanks for coming out to the Trojan Vibrations Pleasure Carts today! Due to overwhelming demand the team is reloading. Please stay tuned for updates to our page for future locations.


People on Facebook are not happy:Mike Renna: Be honest – you screwed up the promo and the police shut you down. Reloading? Relocating to where you can do this without bothering to get the right permits. MORONS

Samantha Kahn: will you add an extra one tomorrow to make up for the shut down of the 4-6 in the flatiron

Francis Botero: Looks like you got people waiting at 14th street.

Lory Moralesz: ya should come to BROOKLYN! 😀

Candice Hall: Po po shut them down around Flatiron. Should have started a chant–“2, 4, 6, 8. We have the right to masturbate!”

Elvis Camilo Teran: A guy passed by and said it was canceled. He was driving the truck, he wouldn’t give them out. He said he had a full truck. Gotta wait until tomorrow I guess.

Alba M Hernandez: they should announce if its canceled for today…Elvis Camilo Teran: I’m still waiting here on 14th and 3rd.with a bunch of people.

Laura Stewart: ‎250 people left left waiting…no orgasms in sight. Thanks a lot Trojan. Next time we’ll use Lelo. Spread the word.

Francis Botero: You guys have a lot of sexually frustrated people down in the meatpacking district

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, New York City, things that amuse me Tags: customers, free vibrators, Manhattan, new york city, NYC, police, trojan, trojan vibrations

My Tianeptine article was #1 this past weekend on Reddit Psychology hot list.  If you’re a Redditor, do me a solid and go Upvote!

I visited MoMA this past weekend and now all I want to do is remain unemployed and sit at home and make art all day. #firstworldproblems

It inspired me to write another Suite 101 article.  I’ll get back to the Health & Wellness category soon, I swear.

I also need to get into the habit of taking my own pictures for articles, like this one.

At 630,000-square-feet, MoMA’s contemporary and spacious 6-floored building holds a vast array of 19th-21st century artwork. This prestigious museum encompasses a plethora of mediums including installations, paintings, photography, architecture, and vanguard digital media. If you have never visited an art museum before or are an art connoisseur on the prowl for new and exciting experiences, this floor-by-floor guide will provide the details on what New York’s MoMA has to offer.

Read more at Suite101: Guide to the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) by Candice Hall

Categories: I arted, Reviews Tags: art, MoMA, museum of modern art, new york city, psychology, Suite101, travel, travel writing

I don’t have any weird news today.  I have this instead:

“Keep your money in your pockets. Your erections and your moist panties are thanks enough for me.”  Ah New Yorkers–they are passionate about what they do.

I haven’t seen it yet, but Magic Mike is getting surprisingly decent reviews from critics and audiences.

A BuzzFeed staffer goes and interviews male strippers at a contemporary NYC strip club to see just how accurate the movie is about modern male roles in the lapdance industry. It’s pretty accurate, she says.

Categories: What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: Magic Mike, male strippers, naked, new york city, nipple tassels, nudity, NYC subway, strip