Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Nice day on 14th st

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Who's this??

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Party all night long

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The beginning of spring

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Goodnight philly

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hello philly

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Extravaganza

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Shannons peeps

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A little turtle

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A cat named mommy

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A little puppy

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where the wild things are

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Delivery part two

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Delivery

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more mta fare hike info

The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted on Wednesday morning to enact a series of fare hikes and service cutbacks needed to keep the transit system from going broke.

The vote was broken largely into three parts: fare hikes, toll increases and service cutbacks. After hearing from the public and the board members, the board approved each by a vote of 12 to 1.

“This is your last chance or forever hold your peace,” H. Dale Hemmerdinger, the chairman of the board, said before the final vote.

The lone dissenting member in each vote was Norman I. Seabrook, president of the 9,500-member New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.

Board members called the combination of fare increases and slashing bus, subway and commuter rail cuts a disaster but said they could no longer wait for lawmakers in Albany to rescue them.

The fare hikes on the subway and buses, including an increase in the base subway and bus fare to $2.50, from $2, will take effect on May 31.

Commuter rail fares will increase on June 1. Tolls on the authority’s bridges and tunnels will also go up, with the increase taking effect in mid-July.

The service cuts are far reaching. They include the elimination of 35 bus routes and two subway lines, the W and Z. Off-peak and weekend subway, bus and commuter rail service will also be cut back. The city comptroller’s office Web site allows you to search for the cuts by zip code.

The authority’s board had hoped for a different outcome.

Gov. David A. Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have championed a financial rescue plan for the authority that would have prevented the service cuts and allowed a much smaller fare increase.

That plan [pdf], put forth by Richard Ravitch, a former authority chairman, would have funneled new revenues to the authority by creating a new tax on payrolls and tolls on the East River and Harlem River bridges. But several Democrats in the State Senate opposed the bridge tolls and blocked the rescue package.

“It’s truly sad that a few individuals can hold all these brave individuals hostage,” Mr. Hemmerdinger said when the meeting started.

Officials in Albany have said they still hold out hope that a compromise can be reached in the coming weeks. But the authority said it had to go through with the Wednesday vote to give itself time to plan and implement the fare and service changes.

If lawmakers do eventually pass a rescue package, authority officials say they may be able to stop the changes before they take effect.

Before the vote, the board heard from a parade of M.T.A. employees, transit advocates and city officials who criticized the fare hikes and service cutbacks that would affect a system that covers two-thirds of all mass transit riders in the United States. A number complained about how the cuts would disproportionately affect the middle class, who were already struggling in the city’s economic downtown.

Norman Siegel, a onetime candidate for the city’s public advocate and longtime civil liberties lawyer, tried to portray the board as out of touch, asking the board, “I am curious how many of you use the trains or buses regularly?”

When only some raised their hands, he said, “I hope that one day everyone here raises their hand.” He added, “You clearly don’t represent the diversity of the city or the state.”

David I. Weprin, the city councilman who is chairman of the Council’s finance committee, said that fare hikes should be the absolute last option. “They are neither new nor innovative,” he said. Instead, he urged for pursuing more aggressive advertising strategies and appealing to Washington.

Others used the opportunity to vent against Wall Street and the broader financial crisis, as much of the M.T.A.s’ financial burden comes from debt payments on money borrowed for capital improvements through Wall Street companies.

Elliot G. Sander, executive director of the M.T.A., acknowledged the cost of the spending binge earlier in the decade, describing the capital improvements made from 2000 to 2004 as being put “on a credit card.”



from http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/mta-board-meets-to-vote-on-fare-hikes/?hp

mta fare hike

Mythbusting the MTA Fare Hike
Today, the MTA will vote to raise fares again… this time to the tune of 23%. Your monthly Metrocard that cost you $81 this month will cost you $103 in June.

Yes, it’s outrageous. Yes, it’s unfair. But no, it’s not entirely the MTA’s fault. In fact, this fare hike could have been easily prevented by Albany in the past and present, but everyone finds it easy to blame the MTA for this. Stop blaming the MTA, and blame the people who deserve to be blamed.



from: http://eastvillageidiot.com/2009/03/25/mythbusting-the-mta-fare-hike/

wtf - mta fare hikes

In a final vote of 12–1, the MTA board approved a series of service cuts and fare hikes in order to stave off a growing budget gap. For riders, this means subway and bus rides in the city will go up to $2.50 from $2. Monthly MetroCards will go up from $81 to $103. On bridges and tunnels where there are already tolls, EZ-Pass charges will go from $4.15 to $5.26, and cash charges will go from $5 to $6.50. Fares on most commuter rails will go up between 20 and 30 percent. The East Village Idiot has a great walk-through of most of the issues behind this. Please, as usual, let us know what you think in the comments. We know you'll be raving on the subway platform, as per usual, so you might as well.


from : http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/03/mta_approves_fare_hikes.html

The new lunch spot.... If I was in a romantic comedy

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

End of new york city

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mug Shots




the day Shannon and I got booked

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mariah

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Frankies

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Simons that lived at 97 orchard st in 1890

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama video

Cookies

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

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JK Rowling's speech to Harvard last year



Wham! On orchard st

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SXSW cute video from andrew & andrew

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Thanks josh

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Nice day on 6th ave

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Picasso

Old ps 160 building on rivington st

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Happy st patricks day!

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Let the drummer kick

Not a video made by Citizen Cope but I thought this was pretty cool

Monday, March 16, 2009

M. Obama

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Hudson st

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Morning

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hicksville

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Long island

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For baby drogin

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Friday, March 13, 2009

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Kevin getting into the art scene

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I can relate

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The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dangerous driver!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

China town

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weird

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Katz's has breakfast




Katz's Deli

Gansevoort st

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