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The MTA Released Alternative Travel Plans for L Train Shutdown and They’re Awful

New Yorkers are fearing the impending April 2019 shutdown of the Manhattan to Brooklyn L subway line. The contract for Hurricane Sandy repairs spanning the train tracks between 8th Avenue and Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, was awarded two years ago and plan to last at least 15 months, ending by August 2020.

The issue has been a hot topic among local politicians who are generally pushing for alternative travel routes including other subway lines, a new inter-borough bus line, and expansion of select bus services.

The L train services over 400,000 commuters daily with at least 250,000 depending the line to travel between the connecting boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

So what’s New York state going to do about suddenly losing this essential subway line? Well, the MTA released a 38-page PowerPoint presentation explaining their plans and they’re not pretty: http://web.mta.info/sandy/pdf/Canarsie-6-08-17_website.pdf

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  • 75% – 85% of commuters will be shunted to other subway lines. The M and J lines connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn will bear the brunt the burden, with the G suffering on its connections going up to Queens.
  • The MTA admits 75% is the ideal target to avoid overcrowding. They have not yet released specific plans on how frequently trains will be running to accommodate all the new riders.
  • Only between 5% – 15% of riders are estimated to use a proposed inter-borough shuttle bus service.  This is where plans get messy. THERE IS NO DIRECT SHUTTLEBUS ROUTE PLANNED IN BETWEEN 8TH AVENUE AND BEDFORD AVE.

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  • As you can see, the shuttle buses will run from Grand St. L stop to no further than Prince St./Broadway.  This means if you want to get from Bedford Avenue to 8th Avenue you will have to transfer 3 times in between shuttle buses, subways, and select bus service.
  • The rest of anticipated ridership will consist of ferries, bicycles, and taxis.  The MTA has not yet released plans for increases in ferry ridership.

The Democratic Primaries this year fall on September 12, 2017.  When you vote please pay close attention to the travel agendas of your city council candidates.  Hopefully, local politicians can address this mess of a plan and fight to keep New York City’s subways running effectively and efficiently.

Click here to register to vote.

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Joyce Brown – Billie Bogs and NYC’s Forgotten Involuntary Confinement Program

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?

Quick Update – Job and More Drinking

August 15, 2013 2 comments

I got a a job. Unexpectedly. In finance. (I studied biochemistry in college and dropped out after 30 credits.)

Basically, I’m a personal assistant, except I think my job also involves coding. So yeah, front end and back end. Should be interesting. Maybe I can fix this layout finally.

I’m in some very fancy places (mostly bars) all the time. I think my boss’s girlfriend who works in high fashion is going to come shopping with me with the company credit card.

It’s fucking insane. And pretty awesome.

Somebody remember to punch me if I start talking “Gucci Gucci Louis Louis Fendi Fendi Prada.”

Louis CK Explains NYC Subway Frustration at the Comedy Cellar

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.”

NYC Allegedly Mishandles 50 Cases of DNA Rape Evidence

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

Via NY1:

City Council Members Demand More Transparency From Medical Examiner’s Office

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.

Best of Overheard in Brooklyn # 4

Best of @heardinbk

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Sorry, guys. I’ve been neglectful of my cross-posting. Yes, I know tweets have an easy embed feature, but I like the way this looks better.

“I’m always afraid my sister’s profile is going to come up. She lives near here”–man talking about OkCupid at the bar #overheardinbrooklyn

“There’s this great tamale place in Midtown in an abandoned elevator shaft.” #overheardinbrooklyn

And then she said, with firm conviction, “I miss The Harlem Shake.”

“My cat still has PTSD from my leash-training attempt.”

“Do you know your Myers-Briggs type?”

today is the day: “learn on the internet how to love a plant” ~ overheard in brooklyn

Overheard near Grand Army Plaza: “Where’s the line between gossip and processing interpersonal dynamics?” (cc: @HeardInBK)

“The other [frozen yogurt] place in Williamsburg sold out of fruit once. It was disgusting. I was so angry.”

yo i’m adam but my club name is “DJ Cisgendered”

 Retweeted by Overheard Brooklyn

“It’s like the whole movie’s on Instagram.” Regarding Moonrise Kingdom.

“I’ll love him so long as he doesn’t turn out to be a Republican or a Red Sox fan.” -guy holding baby #conditionallove

Overheard in Brooklyn: “there needs to be some sort of national bong functionality standardization” @HeardInBK

Overheard cellphone conversation in Brooklyn: “I’m failing miserably at this human experience. What are you doing?”

 Retweeted by Overheard Brooklyn

“Her fashion sense is something like an Amish person meets a transvestite.”

“Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Cats! Everybody!” < #Shots for lonely, introverted people.


Happy Second Birthday to My Failed Anthony Weiner Tumblr!

I got an e-mail from Tumblr today:

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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.