Saturday, May 15, 2010


In Red , White and Blue

Friday, May 14, 2010


Sleez and Sid "The Nazi" One Year Ago on Crusty Row in Tompkins Square Park ...

A few days before this picture was taken , Lesia Pupshaw and 2 males were severely beaten on Crusty Row in Tompkins Square Park by a wilding youth gang . Lesia died in bed the next day at her home . The event began a summer with several such wilding attacks in the Tompkins Square Park neighborhood .

Thursday, May 13, 2010


After the Wednesday Morning Fire at 14th Street and Avenue A ...

With a properly designed sprinkler system , fire rated non-combustible ceiling assembly and integrated fire rated floor-to-roof non-combustible occupancy separations , most of the jobs and businesses lost due to this fire that occurred Wednesday morning would not have been lost .

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


VICTORY FOR RAY : Yesterday the Green Card , Today Social Security Benefits , Tomorrow Citizenship ....

This morning at 9:30 or so at the Social Security Administration field office on 12th street at avenue C , we watched Ray display his new permanent resident Green Card and sign the last of the forms to complete the application and approval process for receiving his Social Security benefits .The whole process took a year and a half but finally this morning Ray's application was approved by the Social Security Administration . Within a month he will receive his first Social Security benefits .

Ray would like to thank all who have in all their various ways helped him . He would especially like to thank his attorney , Clinical Professor of Law Toby Golick and legal intern David Feingold of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for their generous assistance . Without their help this victory for Ray would not have been possible .

Ray says that he will soon begin the process to become a U.S. citizen .

Monday, May 10, 2010


When Bombs Talk ...

Back in the 90s when it was letter bombs that were in vogue , some local wit stuck this pithy little statement to a US Postal Service mailbox at the corner of avenue A and 4th street . What with all the recent "suspicious package" and "bomb" runs being made by NYPD these post Times Square bomb days , this little sticker still reads true .
Ever since Faisal Shazhad , with a reported 4 days of bomb making training in Pakistan , failed to set off his Rube Goldberg fizzler in Times Square , numerous expensive runs have been made by NYPD's bomb squad . Justifiably so : this $2000 fizzler had , at least as we understand the facts provided , on the order of 8 million BTUs of energy to deliver as a dramatic , explosively expanding ball of fire .This amount of energy liberated by a properly designed device over a suitably short period of time would indeed produce a damaging explosion ; especially so if a suitable oxidizer in the necessary quantity was contained in the device . Thus all such reports have to be taken seriously ; even though by doing so dear police resources are being consumed at a fearful rate , too much is at stake not to .
Considering all , it seems that some thrift minded bomb making terrorists have figured out how to get the biggest terror bang for their terrorist buck without even having to make much of a bang with their bombs .
For one of today's bomb runs :
...and again Tuesday in Times Square :

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