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Reasons why New York Sucks

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Manton, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. mgm9128

    mgm9128 Senior member

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    I once got a $60 parking fine for getting back to my muni-meter 1 minute late. I was getting some fish or something. The women was right there writing it up, and when I tried reasoning with her, she didn't even respond. Those parking meter assholes are the scum of the earth.
     


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    They are all over certain neighborhoods in Boston. Really dumb looking.
     


  3. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    Seriously? I've seen many hundreds of them and I've only been to NY for about two weeks in the past year. They are everywhere, I've even seen them on cabs.
     


  4. gdl203

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    I don't know - maybe the neighborhoods I frequent are not typical "overnight parking areas" but I don't see those around at all. Maybe I'm not noticing them...
     


  5. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    Mr. Fancy Pants
     
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  6. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    what makes me laugh about those things is that no one has them on the front bumper
     


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  8. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    if I ever purchas a car while living in the city (which is extremely doubtful I ever will) and decide that its best to park it in the street (even less likely to happen than me purchasing a car), I'd buy a Range Rover and arm it with those big utility bars on the front and back.

    that should do it.
     


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    :slayer:
     


  10. GusW

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    I see that all the time but what is the union connection? This is interesting.
     


  11. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    It's a labor law make-work requirement. In every other city in the world, you see routine maintenance done all the time without scaffolding. Scaffolding is only erected when the job absolutely requires it. In NY ANY minor repair requires by law, the scaffolding of the entire facade and sometimes the entire building. Total waste.
     


  12. Bhowie

    Bhowie Senior member

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    Random question that ties in with unions: For all construction near a street it requires at least one off duty cop to stand there. This is for the entire state and not just Boston. I once saw a cop in Cambridge standing near a tree stump which had been cut down hours ago. There was nothing else happening. They had cleared away the tree that morning and there was no equipment either. I can understand this for populace areas, but it is everywhere.
     
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  13. dopey

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    This is not really correct. The requirement is not union driven. The law was put on the books by lobbyists hired by the scaffolding companies (there are only a few and watch the backs of you and your family if you try top start a new one). I don't even know if they need to be erected by union workers and it would not surprise me if they didn't. In any case, that is my recollection. You should find some intern to research it for an article.
     


  14. gdl203

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    You guys are talking about sidewalk sheds.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124812702555366417.html


    And yes, they suck. And they're partly a result of the Local Law 11 requirements for regular inspections at all NYC buildings. And when there's LL11 inspection and work (there's always something that can be fixed), a shed has to be erected. At least that's my experience in our small co-op.

    Some take years to come down...
     
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  15. GusW

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    What a sweet business. They probably never even noticed there was a recession.
     


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