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New York New York What a Wonderful Town!

An old friend is fond of referring to New York City as, “Hell with good restaurants.” Well, I think we can delete the “with good restaurants” part.

NYC Chipotle besieged by rats feasting on avocado, employees After a closure of a few days for cleaning, the store reopened, but workers were still afraid of the rats, which had apparently grown fat off the constant supply of food. “The whole situation seemed crazy to us, we definitely felt it was incorrect to keep the store open while all of this was happening,” Paulino Ruiz said.

About a week later, the ordering system went down and the store was forced to close indefinitely, the workers said.

“A company as big as Chipotle shouldn’t be worried only about the amount of money they’re making, and leave their employees to keep working under dangerous conditions,” Paulino Ruiz said.

But don’t think about ordering deliveries: New York Proposes $3 Package Surcharge To Fund MTA

Under a new proposed bill, New York City residents would be required to pay a $3 surcharge on packages they ordered online, with the exception for medicine and food.

Assemblyman Robert Carroll, who proposed the bill, says the online shopping fee would raise more than $1 billion a year “to fund the operating costs of buses and subways in the city of New York.”

Or taking a walk through Times Square: Pair trampled by horse during wild brawl in Times Square

The mounted unit could be seen hopping over the men, as another person made off with a bike lying near them.

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  • nunnya bidnez, jr December 9, 2020, 9:09 PM

    “the online shopping fee would raise more than $1 billion a year “to fund the operating costs of buses and subways in the city of New York.”

    The MTA expects a budget shortfall of $8billion, so a measly $1Billion isn’t going to cut it.
    MTA is spending $6billion over the next two years to replace 6000 subway cars; that’s in addition to the annual operating costs shortfall.

  • gwbnyc December 9, 2020, 10:25 PM
  • Mike Anderson December 10, 2020, 4:24 AM

    “…workers were still afraid of the rats, which had apparently grown fat off the constant supply of food.”

    So how long did these sloppy lazy-asses work at the restaurant and allow it to become a friggin’ rat smorgasbord?

    And don’t give me some sad thumbsucker story about leftover food going into the trash at the end of the day. A good kitchen manager would control the amount of prep to minimize daily waste, and a clever restaurant manager would handle the end-of-day leftovers New Orleans Style, distributing to-go meal packages to the local down-and-outers. (I saw this trick myself a few years back in Jackson Square; a (white) hostess handed a big bundle of food to an old (black) man, saying “Sorry, but there wasn’t any etouffee left over today.”)

    Of course, trash collection in NYC can be iffy. Makes for an entire ecosystem of rats, from the mayor on down.

  • Anne December 10, 2020, 7:05 AM

    Chipotle opened a place close by. We went in about a month later. Those kids staffing the steam table were very poorly trained. One of the newest “great investments” that was made by our local small university was an investment in a cooking school. It was intended to generate new enrollment revenue. In the beginning they had a man in his mid 50’s heading up the training program–he was a well known faculty with good reputation. HOWEVER, immediately after his 2 year contract was up he was replaced with the standard version of leadership: single middle aged mom “trying very hard” , which of course does not strive to meet industry standards! The Chipotle staff was from that program and within a few months the Chipotle store was closed down for health reasons, re-opened, and closed down again for health reasons. It is open now, but I have serious doubts as to it’s life expectancy. It seems that there is some science involved and ‘everyone knows’ that science isn’t really necessary, etc.,etc.,etc.

  • PA Cat December 10, 2020, 8:03 AM

    Boy, Ol’ Blue Eyes was still a skinny kid in 1949, wasn’t he? And at least the sailors in On the Town were looking for dames rather than other guys.

  • EX-Californian Pete December 10, 2020, 10:56 AM

    New York City is one of the USA’s best examples of high crime and murder rates skyrocketing with the help of hyper-restrictive gun laws.
    Ever meet a New Yorker with a gun permit that was NOT a politician or a cop?
    Me neither.

  • Casey Klahn December 10, 2020, 2:13 PM

    The kind readers are used to me personalizing these blog posts. I see the world through my comparative experiences, but I hesitate to make things “about me”. So, forgive me while I go down memory lane on this post.

    NY, NY is a helluva town! Early this year, I had my finger hovering directly over the hotel reservations button, and I was due in Manhattan to teach an art workshop at the venerable old National Arts Club. Something held me back from touching that button, and the very next day it was either NYC, or WA where I live, that went into lockdown. That would’ve been my, I don’t even know, maybe my sixth time to The Big Apple?

    But my first trip was unforgettable! It was 1977, I was a Spec5 in the national guard, and the training money was spent for me to go for the entire summer. In the khaki uniform of the army, in large groups of young soldiers, we rode the Staten Island Ferry to downtown every evening after duty ended about 1700 hrs. We saw Peggy Fleming, in Holiday on Ice, at MSG, and for free. We’d stop at the MacArthur USO (was it 42nd and Broadway?), see what tickets they had, eat some cheap chow, and hit the city. I saw Yul Brenner on Broadway in The King & I. I saw the Rockettes 5 times…we got back to the fort every morning about 3, and I woke the soldiers at 5:30 to clean barracks. I was 19.

    This was one of my first assignments with women (WACs), because up till then I had been in infantry jobs. HFS, that was fine. Lots of pretty and fun-loving soldiers of the female persuasion, and at the same time the city was overrun with pretty “dames” who all competed to be the most made-up or gorgeous gal you could meet. All head-turners. The sea wall on the Staten Island post was off limits, and so we had it all to ourselves and the view of Brooklyn and Manhattan and Jersey City was off-the-hook with maybe a million or more bright-jewel twinkling lights, all reflected in the harbor.

    So, this film of the sailors doing the town has some personal meaning to me. My experience was more of a “shit the Vietnam War was a fuck-fest and now we all feel like shit in uniform” experience instead of a WW II support the troops kind of feeling. Anyway, we were young.

    Yes, the mice, the smog, the garbage. The traffic. I hope to go back to NYC some day but wonder really what will remain of it. I wonder if Escape From New York wasn’t more of a prophecy film than a fantasy?

    OK. Take care.

  • Casey Klahn December 10, 2020, 9:07 PM

    I hope you can tell by my age given and the dates of my story that I was not in Vietnam and don’t want that misunderstood. It was post-Vietnam. At my first couple of duty stations, the veterans of Vietnam had thousand yard stares, and you almost could smell the cordite on their uniforms. I joined in ’75.

  • M. Murcek December 11, 2020, 7:10 AM

    People who eat Shipotle exemplify the “Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are” ethos…