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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

I bought a new cactus with my roomy. He has funny leaves. (Cactuses are mostly boys, right?) He is replacing Prometheus Maximus, the single, most boring cactus ever, who died tragically and unexpectedly after being carelessly sprayed by the bug exterminator.

I named the new cactus Carlos Danger.

He is an African Milk Tree Plant, according to Google, and according to my friend, also has poisonous sap.

Note to self: Do not ever ever lick Carlos Danger.

Background information:

Previous posts on this blog re Carlos Danger:

Happy Second Birthday to My Failed Anthony Weiner Tumblr!

My Failed “I am Anthony Weiner” Project. What I Learned about Social Movements.

I’ve actually met the Anthony Weiner press manager involved in the other mini-scandal. But I don’t want to link to articles about it because I’ve actually been caught on here talking about people I know “behind their back” before; you can go look it up yourself if you want. (She seemed like a pleasant person at the time.)

I also knew one of Weiner’s former key interns who has since quit the campaign in shame and heavy emotional resignation. That reminds me of something Weiner himself should do…

I think he’ll make it through the run-off, but not by much.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, New York City, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: Anthony Weiner, cactus, carlos danger, dick jokes, interns, plants, press secretary, puns, scandal, sexting, succulent, The Daily Show

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.)

Also…

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.

Sigh.

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

I got an e-mail from Tumblr today:

I am Anthony Weiner turned 2 today!
We hope it was a great year, and we look forward to sharing many more!

I wrote about this a couple years ago, but just in case you missed it:

My Failed “I am Anthony Weiner” Project. What I Learned about Social Movements.

Basically, I tried to start a “I Am Bradley Manning” Tumblr, expect for Anthony Weiner and with crotch shots: http://iamanthonyweiner.tumblr.com/

I thought there was a chance it might blow up. There was another crotch pics for Weiner website that pretty much copied me.

Both websites turned out to be epic failures.

I was thinking about opening it up again since Weiner recently came back to life with a bid for mayor of New York City. But now I feel like it’s too late. I made the Tumblr before the drama in which he came out as a liar.

If you’re a couple years behind on the Weiner news, Wikipedia has your back:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Weiner_sexting_scandal

I don’t feel like Anthony Weiner has a huge shot right now anyway. He probably could have survived the dick pic scandal on pride alone if only he hadn’t freaked out and and then lied about being hacked. So RIP, “I am Anthony Weiner” Tumblr. You had potential, just like Anthony Weiner himself.

Full disclosure:

I am a registered NYC voter now. (I was an NJ resident before. But now am a Brooklynite.) I am actually voting for Christine Quinn, but for reasons other than dick pics.

Categories: New York City, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Viral Things Tags: Anthony Weiner, christine quinn, dicks, mayor, new york citiy, NYC, politics, scandal, sexting, Tumblr, twitter, viral marketing

Snapped today in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY:

This sends so many signals and leaves so many questions.

Like, “How many bodies of minors are in that backseat?” (I was afraid to look) and “Is it legal to upload a picture of someone’s license plate?” (According to Google, yes, yes it is.)

Categories: New York City Tags: Cars, funny, Greenpoint, License Plate, Minors, New York, NYC

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!

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

Hello,
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

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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