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New York City: “Hell (with good restaurants) ” Hell Itself

New York, New York!
What a wonderful town.
The Bronx is up and the Battery down.
The people ride in a hole in the ground. . .

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  • flannelputz May 16, 2022, 1:56 PM

    Never going back.

    • Vanderleun May 16, 2022, 2:41 PM

      I hear you oh Putz of Flannel.

  • PA Cat May 16, 2022, 2:24 PM

    Hey, NYC has a mayor who ordered municipal buildings to be lit up in green light last Saturday in support of abortion rights. From the Norwood News, a Bronx newspaper:

    “Earlier on Saturday, the mayor, elected leaders, reproductive rights organizations, community leaders and activists, and thousands of New Yorkers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, calling for safe, legal access to abortion across the nation during the ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ march.
    ‘Abortion is health care and health care is a human right,’ said Adams. ‘New York City stands with everyone fighting to protect reproductive rights and against anti-choice extremists trying to strip away 50 years of precedent. While New York will never block access to an abortion, now is the time for us to make clear, with one voice, that we will not allow the nation to move backwards. We are the majority: The majority of this City, this State, and this country that supports reproductive rights, and we will fight like hell to hold onto to those rights.'”


    And we thought Warren Wilhelm, Jr., was the worst mayor NYC ever had.

    Parthian shot: the organizers of the “Bans Off Our Bodies” march didn’t consider the low humor in the acronym.

    • gwbnyc May 16, 2022, 2:56 PM

      -he also said abortion should be available up to the child’s birthday.

      • billrla May 16, 2022, 7:01 PM

        gwbnyc: I think abortion of the NY Mayor should be allowed through the end of his term.

      • Mike Anderson May 17, 2022, 5:35 AM

        Which birthday? the 21st?

        • gwbnyc May 17, 2022, 11:29 AM

          the only one until they extend that to facilitate sales negotiations for cadaver.

    • LP May 16, 2022, 6:10 PM

      “we will not allow the nation to move backwards” I guess they aren’t aware that if the nation moved just a little backwards from the Roe v Wade moment, you’d be back in the time when nobody in their wildest dreams could ever imagine doing harm to their babies, their offspring, which used to be the most beloved and wonderful thing in their lives, their children.

  • Mike Austin May 16, 2022, 2:51 PM

    New York City in the 1940s:


    The way we were.

    • Arty May 17, 2022, 7:05 AM

      Those black kids schucking and jiving on the sidewalk at the end of the video is the only thing that hasn’t changed.

  • Jack May 16, 2022, 2:54 PM

    In my wildest imagination I cannot imagine wanting to visit places NYC, Detroit, Chicago, etc. and living in any of those places is even further off of my wild imagination scope. I truly hope that all of THEM stay THERE.

    • ghostsniper May 17, 2022, 4:39 AM

      Same. Of all the places to go and things to see, none of the places you mentioned are any where near being on my list. Nasty human garbage.

      • Jack May 17, 2022, 6:36 AM

        Yep, nasty human garbage living in a human zo0. Nearly all cities all over the nation are headed that way to be exactly like them, only smaller with chain restaurants and even higher rates of despair, violence and death. Think of Memphis, Birmingham, Jackson, New Orleans and on and on; they are the finest shitholes on earth and they will never improve; never, ever and never again.

        And sadly, I am unable to think of a single town or city that is not headed toward that fate. It is what it is and in reality, beyond progressivism, ALL OF US know the real cause of this decay.

        I’m usually reminded of Dante’s sign above the Gates of Hell when I think of those places and with the exception of having to see a physician for some ache or pain, I stay out.

  • gwbnyc May 16, 2022, 2:54 PM

    when does he get to the bad part?

  • Anonymous May 16, 2022, 3:00 PM

    “I hope you learned something”

    HA! I just wonder WTF the attraction is? But please by all means, stay right TF there.

  • nunnya bidnez, jr May 16, 2022, 3:37 PM

    This building at 400 West 57th, also known as 869 Ninth Ave, has been mostly boarded up like this for more than 40 years. In the mid 1980s there were only a handful of people living there. CBS television’s studios are just down the block on West 57th. I never understood how a building like this could remain under-utilized for so many years, slowly deteriorating, when there is a “housing crisis”. I blame the Rent-Control laws, and the housing courts of NewYork.
    It is owned by WINDERMERE PROPERTIES LLC. (there are quite a few similarly named companies across the country.)

    “At a time when glassy new towers are becoming de rigueur all over the city, it is heartening to see a historic building restored to its former glory rather than razed to the ground and starting over. The Windermere, on the corner of 57th Street and Ninth Avenue, has spent years covered in netting and scaffolding. Both are coming down to reveal a rich red brick façade, restored architectural details, and new windows. The Wall Street Journal reports that the dilapidated apartments within are being converted to 175 hotel rooms.”

    • gwbnyc May 16, 2022, 4:08 PM

      I see they went “affordable”…

      I wonder if it has to include Section 8 as many new buildings do, now.

      • ghostsniper May 17, 2022, 1:24 PM

        “To compensate for past tenant harassment, 20 affordable apartments will also be provided.”
        Reparations will be it’s death knell.
        Another large scale suicide.
        It was probably required of the owner in order to secure financing.
        All part of the gov’t plan to constantly bring the bottom closer to the top and destroying everything along the way. The owner will get his percentage up front then walk away.

  • Casey Klahn May 16, 2022, 5:22 PM

    I just checked the map; it was E 57th Street that had some high end art galleries in the 2000s. They’ve fled to 22nd and the Chelsea, I think it is.

    I want to go back but I’ll need body guards and a battle pan just for survival (dear FBI I’m only planning for my personal safety, you assholes).

    In 1977, I was an E-5, eighteen years old, and on the loose for the summer. TDY and pockets full of money. Discounts and free shows and venues. Just take the Staten Island Ferry, to Downtown, then 2 subways to Times Square, hit the MacArthur USO center on 42nd St and Broadway. Tix to Yul Brenner in the King & I, on Broadway. Peggy Fleming in Holiday on Ice at Madison Square Garden. The Rockettes at RCMH. Girls! We had girls in the WAC, and they were solid brass palace athena broads just like in the Gene Kelley movie. The local girls all competed against one another for how sexy they could be. The sea wall on post was off limits, so when we went there at night, no one else was there, and Brooklyn to Manhattan to Jersey City all laid out in lights from one end to the other.

    Damn that was great! Saw Grease and Saturday Night Fever, and disco danced at the nightclub where Travolta filmed his movie.

    Fukn New York City, baby!

    That’s all gone, I guess. But, I made the most of it. It was dream then, and a ghostly apparition now, I guess. Imagine boarding a plane for JFK, getting off, and a few days later, bullshit! You can’t board to return home because you’re not vaxed. Against what? Nothing, that’s what. Extended stay in NYC, hotel prices out the ass, 5 taxes added on daily. Eating your food through a hole in a mask.

  • billrla May 16, 2022, 6:54 PM

    It’s not unusual for entire blocks of retail space to sit, unleased, while developers go through the very lengthy process of clearing out all tenants in the building (including the floors above street level), so that the property can be demolished and re-developed.

    There could also be ongoing legal disputes that have brought re-development to a standstill.

    57th & 9th Ave. would seem to be prime real estate for redevelopment as pricey residences.

  • SD Plissken May 16, 2022, 7:37 PM

    I love that scene in Escape From New York where cabbie is watching the show with the lovely NYC song and the dragsters are up on stage at the empty opera house.
    The last one out won’t have to turn out the lights because the Long March fellow travelers of the CPUSA will make sure that there aren’t any.
    If you have nothing in your comrade’s hovel besides a Jo Jo Brandon portrait, the Red Guards will leave you alone…for now.
    New York is a construct of the white male patriarchy, property is theft, to each according to his need, forward, yes we can!

  • PA Cat May 16, 2022, 9:20 PM

    There is only one event I’d be willing to travel to NYC to see (with the requisite SWAT force for security, of course), and that’s watching an out-of-town MLB team (preferably NL, but an AL team will do) beat the living daylights out of the Mets in Citi Field. I’d use a cruder term, but Gerard’s spam filter would probably object.

  • Bill in Tennessee May 17, 2022, 7:32 AM

    I expect at some point in the very near future to watch — from a great distance, of course — the horrifying but educational internal meltdown that will become of the late, great New York City. It’s a fate that probably will be repeated in all the large cities….Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, LA…. and so on. Living in flyover country hath its charms, and not being NYC is one of them.

    • Denny May 17, 2022, 8:47 AM

      Give white men bricks and they’ll build a city, – give black men a city and they’ll turn it into bricks.

      • nunnya bidnez, jr May 17, 2022, 9:47 AM

        Sure, blacks might rip the city apart brick by brick, but it’s still The White Men* that create the conditions that allow that to happen. Not all of the White Men, just those commies and other assorted leftists who go into local politics, they enable the destruction of whatever city they happen to control at the time… Detroit, Newark, Philly; it’s soon to be NY’s turn.

        *and White Women,and gays and lesbians

  • azlibertarian May 17, 2022, 7:40 AM

    “…(preferably NL, but an AL team will do)….

    How would you know the difference? **Shakes my fist in the direction of the nearest Designated Hitter.**