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Stasi: Blame Bloomberg what's happened to Times Square

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved and manipulated the 'improvements' to New York City according to his plan. Bryan Smith For New York Daily News

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved and manipulated the ‘improvements’ to New York City according to his plan.

Enlarge If the nearly nude women in Times Square bother you, don;t complain to them or de Blasio, go right to the source: Bloomberg.  Shawn Inglima For New York Daily News

If the nearly nude women in Times Square bother you, don;t complain to them or de Blasio, go right to the source: Bloomberg. 

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All the things New Yorkers hate about the city’s new look, from pedestrian malls full of nearly naked hustlers to parking spaces in the middle of traffic lanes, can be traced back to Bloomberg.

BLOOMY THE FIRST BOOB

So wait! The city spent bazillions to clean up Times Square in order to get rid of the half-naked hookers, pimps, buskers and hustlers – only to have almost totally naked women, pimps, buskers and hustlers take their places?

We went from “Taxi Driver” to “Uber Driver” and nothing has changed but the amount of cash changing hands. We traded great, old Irish bars for the fast-food chains found in every mall in America.

Hate it? Then call the mayor and complain! No, not the current mayor, but former Mayor Bloombucks, the one responsible for the mess we’re in.

All these things that we hate about New York City’s new cityscape – from the ridiculous pedestrian malls to parking spaces in the middle of traffic lanes to the annihilation of our most beloved neighborhoods which are continually being replaced by ugly, soulless, spacescrapers – can be laid at the elevator shoes of Mike Bloomberg.

Bloomberg's bike paths and pedestrian plazas have caused nothing but headaches for New Yorkers, says Linda Stasi.Spencer Platt

Bloomberg’s bike paths and pedestrian plazas have caused nothing but headaches for New Yorkers, says Linda Stasi.

These disastrous “improvements” were not just Bloomberg-approved but Bloomberg-manipulated during his reign as king of his temporary fiefdom.

See, back when Bloomie and his arrogant, nutty yes-woman DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, decided to make the city into a suburban mall in Florida, they more or less ignored the rules and flouted the law to make it happen according to their divine plan.

They spent our money to build what we didn’t want and we’re now stuck with ill-thought-out plazas in the middle of traffic, surrounded by chain stores on all sides. They turned Times Square into Tits Square.

When it was first announced, the Bloomies called it a pilot project whose permanence or dismantling would be determined after a set period.

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiDebbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News

Mayor Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan (l.) ignored the rules and set up their vision of New York City without much planning, turning it into a poorly run suburban Florida mall.

The plazas, bike lanes, etc., were built to “improve traffic operations, enhance safety for all street users and provide an appealing and distinctive walking and cycling environment.” Instead, we got impossible walking conditions, unsafe bikers, horrific traffic jams and nothing remotely appealing about any of it.

When it came time to judge whether or not Times Square and the other Bloomberg ideas we a failure or success, it was none other thanJanette Sadik-Khan's DOT who got to make that call.Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News

When it came time to judge whether or not Times Square and the other Bloomberg ideas we a failure or success, it was none other thanJanette Sadik-Khan’s DOT who got to make that call.

So they decided to make it permanent. How the hell did this happen?

It’s because a glitch in law allows such projects to be tried, tested and then denied or approved without the usually necessary environmental impact studies being done.

So who got to decide whether Times Square, etc. were successes or failures? Why none other than the Department of Transportation under Sadik-Khan who reimagined the street plans and hated malls in the first place!

In short, they simply ignored the review process. We now have pedestrian plazas filled with smoking tourists sitting in cheap aluminum furniture and sitting in ugly rafters where they watch naked hustlers and “real live New Yorkers” like a freak show.

Well, they can do that for the few months that it’s warm enough to walk around naked in the first place. Ahh, nothing says “New York” like sitting on a freezing aluminum chair in traffic during a blinding snowstorm waiting for topless women to show up.

Once again, with feeling, “Mr. de Blasio, tear down this mall!”

PARKING PESTS IN NEUTRAL

Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, says most of the businesses around Times Square like the pedestrian plaza, just not some of the hustlers it attracts.Go Nakamura/For New York Daily News

Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, says most of the businesses around Times Square like the pedestrian plaza, just not some of the hustlers it attracts.

Despite what you might think, the head of the Times Square Alliance, Tim Tompkins, says that most of the businesses around Times Square like the pedestrian plaza. It’s the hustlers and buskers and furry pests that they hate.

What does he think can be done to fix the mess besides tearing it down? He points to one solution that worked well at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco: designated areas for buskers.

Tompkins suggests turning Times Square into something like San Fran's Fisherman's Wharf.Dan Porges/Getty Images

Tompkins suggests turning Times Square into something like San Fran’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Boxes can be painted on the ground where the fuzzy creatures and naked ladies can do what they do. Parking spots for pests.

He also suggests that the NYPD assign more seasoned officers with dedicated Times Square beats instead of rotating rookies. “When cops know the players, they know the good guys from the bad.”

“Plazas work all over Europe. We need to figure out how to make them as appealing in New York,” Tompkins said.

Somehow, I just never remember any naked, painted ladies in the Piazza Navona though.

The heads at Subway finally ditched Jared, and so did his wife, but how didn't they see somethng like this coming?John Parra/Getty Images for Subway

The heads at Subway finally ditched Jared, and so did his wife, but how didn’t they see somethng like this coming?

JARED, HOLD THE BALONEY

Everybody tells their kids to stay away from the perverts on subways. Who knew we were supposed to tell them to stay away from the pervert from Subway?

Revolting sandwich pitchman, Jared Fogle went from pitching sandwiches to admitting to soliciting child prostitutes and collecting kid porn. When child porn allegations first surfaced in July, horrified Subway suits immediately severed ties with Fogle and his wife filed for divorce when he appeared in court Wednesday.

Fine, but seriously?

How is it that Subway suits and Mrs. Formerly-Fat Fogle didn’t know that as far back as 2007, VH1 had revealed Fogle’s former life as a budding dorm porn video rental king at Indiana? They finally deserted his sinking ship — after years of riding the pervert’s gravy train.

SEX AND THE PITY

The world continues to be shocked that Josh Duggar, who was a perv as a teen who sexually molested his own sisters, became an adult cheating perv. Why the surprise?

Duggar of the “19 Kids and Counting” reality show comes from a family whose alleged sexual-abuser-pastor, Doug Phillips, preached the inferiority of women and demands wives call their husbands “Lord.”

The world continues to be shocked that Josh Duggar maintained being a perv well into adulthood, but more shocking is that his wife Anna has said the cheating was partly her fault.Josh Duggar via Twitter

The world continues to be shocked that Josh Duggar maintained being a perv well into adulthood, but more shocking is that his wife Anna has said the cheating was partly her fault.

As in what? “Lord get your ass outta my house you cheating, lowdown Ashley Madison-hooker-loving-son of a bitch before I shove this broom you’ve attached me to down your throat?” Like that?

No, not like that. Duggar’s wife maintains his porn addiction, hooker hook-ups and stripper trips were partly her fault. I agree, she should have used the broom long ago.

IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME

Correctly guess to whom in hell the following quote refers and win a year of free opinions:

“He is in the ridiculous situation of needing the vote of the opposition to pass any law that is needed. It will be useful for him to have a stable government.”

Easy! Pick me! Pick me!

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras may know how President Obama felt during parts of his time in office.LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras may know how President Obama felt during parts of his time in office.

If you guessed President Obama and the congress–Oh damn! While you’re right, you’re wrong! The speaker was a Eurozone analyst talking about fluxing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. And you were so close!

EXPRESS LINES

Best line of the week is from Mark Simone, WOR radio host and my co-host on NY1’s “What A Week”: “Match.com is full of married guys pretending to be single and Ashley Madison is full of single guys pretending to be married.” …

MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALESTodd J. Gillman/AP

According to a report, actress Ellen Page went up to Sen. Ted Cruz as he was grilling pork chops at the Iowa State Fair and asked him about discrimination against gay people in the workplace.

Nothing sounds and looks as dumb as a man in an apron in Iowa cooking porkchops while arguing against gay rights to an openly gay actress. That would be Ted Cruz being confronted by Ellen Page. …

The FDNY carried an 800-pound woman out of a window when she couldn’t fit through the door. Is there such a thing as being healthy when you tip the scales at nearly half a ton?

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