Reasons why New York Sucks

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  1. LawrenceMD

    LawrenceMD Senior member

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    NYPD cops clearly aren't in an emergency situation - who drive the wrong way through one way streets, drive through red lights, and pull illegal left/right hand turns and nearly/end up causing accidents. I always picture them in a hurry to get to a Dunkin Donuts.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, in the summer the coffee counter girls freak out when I order a hot coffee. Iced coffee to me is a completely different drink. Doesn't satisfy the same vice.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I work around the Union Square area and on 13th street between 3rd and 4the ave there is this firehouse. Literally every single day around lunchtime a firetruck full of firefighters come blasting out of the garage sirens blaring and driving like maniacs. I honestly feel they are just trying to get to their lunch spot. There is no fucking way there is a fire somewhere near Union Square every damn day.

    I complained about this to a coworker and he said they probably do drills to see the best, fastest routes to different areas in their "jurisdiction". I refuse to accept this. I think they are just fuckers.

    Then again there was a fire in my condo building a few years ago and they got there in like 2 minutes. So I guess I am just a cranky bastard in the end...
     
  4. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    there is a firehouse a block or two away from me, and they are called to work very frequently. Rare is the day that I don't hear them (and I remember this because the dog howls at their sirens).

    I suppose it's different in a residential part of town where most buildings don't have "fire safety wardens" to assess things before the call is made.

    Then again, I've been in my neighborhood for a few years, and I can recall three no-fucking-around fire situations in neighborhood buildings that I witnessed, and i'm only really around at night and on weekends. I got some sweet video of one such fire. I suppose this is why the FDNY in my neighborhood doesn't fuck around. A vacant apartment in my building had a carbon monoxide detector with a near-dead battery, so it was constantly doing the beep, and I called to see if somebody could get it to STFU (tried 311), and the whole fucking brigade came down to investigate this beep. It was soon silented.
     
  5. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    whenever I go to Arthur Ave--I mean, literally, 100% of my forays there--there is always at least one fire truck double parked on the avenue with all the boys provisioning themselves with lots of eye-tie goodies. Last time I went I saw three.
     
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    gomestar Super Yelper

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    the one time I've been there, with you, we picked up snapper, I ate some oysters, and then we GTFO. You mentioned the fire trucks before getting there, and then we observed them while there, even though it wasn't a long time at all.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The town a grew up in had a volunteer fire department. A bunch of fat, drunken idiots. If they came into your burning home they would go up in flames because they had so much booze in them. Essentially one of those get-away-from-the-missus clubs.
     
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    Don't forget, fire trucks get called out as first responders. Someone has a heart attack? Roll the fire trucks. The lunchtime thing is suspicious though.



    Somehow, I have a hilarious image of this in my head which makes this much more acceptable to me. Were they cops, I'd be more annoyed for some reason.
     
  9. romafan

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    I may have posted this in unexpected encounters way back when, but just past the firehouse is a strangely-located delux bldg (american felt?:confused:) where katie holmes rented during her broadway engagement back when tomkat was just finishing up. whenever i stopped in everyman on the way home there'd be a huge phalanx of paparazzi set up waiting, and then a mini-motorcade of back suvs would pull up & this tiny girl would get out & rush into the bldg - what an awful f#cking life. would see them (tomkat) in that pizza-by-the-yard place on 4th next to alabaster books



    yes, the firefighters get hungry! it's not so bad when they stop for grocery shopping at a supermkt, but when they swoop into a smaller place they really take over - they can sometimes be a little goodfellas-like w/ their sense of entitlement - doesn't matter what was going on when they got there, once they're there it's "take care of us"
     
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    Yep, the Felt Building. There seems to be some sort of yoga/gymnastics/dance school there. It is very busy. I have seen Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal at Everyman a bunch of times. Also comedian Todd Barry is there a lot.
     
  11. Manton

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    one nice thing about arthur ave is that every business seems to have about 50 people behind the counter--extended family in a lot of cases I would guess--so I never have to wait for service.
     
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    You do realize it doesn't require "fire" for the firefighters to get out on full speed. Smoke detector, burnt stove, over cooked pop corn in the microwave, and just imagine a 7 years old says fire! on the phone...

    The dorm I lived in high school was right next to a firehouse, every night between 11PM to 1AM they would get out with siren blasting, I get used to it after 2 days...
     
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    many years ago we went up there to do xmas eve food shopping - what a scene! every place, randazzos, mikes, casa della mozz, teitel, etc had lines extending out the door, but w/ the staffing (i think they had even more holiday help) everything moved relatively quickly - you had to know what you wanted, but is was probably no more that 15-20 mins per store - much quicker than di palos

    **w/ this arthur ave talk we are in danger of inverting this thread!


    WTF is that? :happy:
     
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    Speaking of disasters, what's the deal with the fallout shelters these days? Was walking in midtown when I saw another sign.

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    Who do I have to know to get in when the shit does down? Or is it like The Shelter episode of The Twilight Zone?

    lefty
     
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    Do they still even work, or it's just like a big empty space these days (no radio/food/water, etc.)
     

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