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The New York Police Department (NYPD) released surveillance video this week of a flash mob of thieves allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods from New York City sneaker stores.
The alleged gang of about ten thieves robbed several stores on at least three separate occasions since June, the Daily Mail reports.
Authorities say the men appear to be in their late teens to early 20s, have stolen goods from a Nike store and a Jack Rabbit store, and took at least $2,500 worth of merchandise each time.
Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That’s what New York City government spent to build a “comfort station” in a park.
I went to look at it.
There were no gold-plated fixtures. It’s just a little building with four toilets and four sinks.
I asked park users, “What do you think that new bathroom cost?”
A few said $70,000. One said $100,000. One said, “I could build it for $10,000.”
They were shocked when I told them what the city spent.
No park bathroom needs to cost $2 million. An entire six-bedroom house nearby was for sale for $539,000.
H/t reader kevin a.
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There is an inherent dilemma for most of the people living in cities.
Even those who are aware of the extremely fragile fabric of society are often stuck living urban lives. Perhaps they plan to retire to a country abode, or construct a hideaway to escape to if the need ever arises, but for now, they are stuck in the city making a living.
This is true even for the rich, but now, they have a back-up plan.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has requested $35 million from The White House to cover the costs of amped-up security for President-elect Donald Trump and his family.
While Mr. Trump is slated to move to The White House himself following inauguration on Jan. 20, the president-elect has already noted that he intends to spend as much time in New York as possible, and will likely go back to his $100 million penthouse in Trump Tower on free weekends. His wife, Melania, plans to continue to live in the city full time at least until their son Barron’s school year comes to a close next spring.
That plan raises concerns for the New York City Police Department, which is currently aiding the Secret Service to ensure the Trump family’s safety – and racking up costs of some $400,000 daily in doing so. While New York City’s police force is the nation’s largest, it’s also tasked with protecting 8.5 million residents and more tourists in a 300 square-mile area, and maintaining additional security forces for Trump presents another challenge to the department.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Like I said, Economics is bullshit theory of behavioural theory and nothing more.
More than half of all New Yorkers don’t have enough money saved to cover them in the event of a lost job, medical emergency, or other disaster, according to a new report by the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development.
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You know me – I’m not prone to conspiracy theories (cough). But, I noticed some weird things about the pressure cooker bomb attacks that took place in New York City and New Jersey this weekend and the subsequent arrest of the alleged perpetrator.
Some things just don’t add up. Trust me, you won’t even need to don your tinfoil because none of this is outrageous.
Three people were arrested with multiple loaded guns, rifles and ballistic vests at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday when police stopped them for driving with a cracked windshield, authorities tell NBC 4 New York.
The three individuals, two men in their 50s and a woman in her 20s who may be from Pennsylvania, were stopped on the New Jersey side of the tunnel around 8 a.m., authorities said. A search of their vehicle revealed the weapons cache.
The guns seized included long-range weapons as well as handguns. A camouflage helmet with what appeared to be night goggles was also recovered.
Following ‘Jade Helm’ last summer, 2016 appears to have seen an escalation in social unrest and domestic terrorisim threat reaction among America’s authorities. FEME undertaking domestic riot training in the south last month, battle-tanks rolling through Houston last week, and now the Department of Homeland Security plans a bioterrorism attack drill next in the NYC Subway.
Last summer the state of Texas was ablaze over concerns surrounding the Jade Helm military drills held across the state prompted some to speculate that the Federal government was preparing for either a local insurrection, secession planning contencies for the Lone Star state or even a “Texas takeover.”
In its latest attempt to instill fear far away from the battlefield in Syria, or the recently terrorism-plagued countries of France and Belgium, last week Islamic State supporters published the names and addresses of 3,600 New Yorkers in an apparent “hit list” designed to escalate the group’s campaign of sowing fear far from the battlefield in Syria.
According to the CSM the names on the list were released last week by a group calling itself United Cyber Caliphate on the encrypted chat application Telegram, which IS supporters have used to recruit supporters and spread propaganda. As Reuters adds, the group has urged followers of the militant group to target these 3,600 individuals and to facilitate that the hacker group has posted their personal information with the demand that “we want them #Dead.”
Buchanan, NY — An uncontrollable radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant continues leaking into groundwater, which leads to the Hudson River, raising the specter of a Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.
The Indian Point nuclear plant is located on the Hudson River, approximately 25 miles North of NYC, and serves the electrical needs of an estimated 2 million people. Last month, while preparing a reactor for refueling, workers accidentally spilled some contaminated water, containing the radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium, causing a massive radiation spike in groundwater monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing by as much as 65,000 percent.
– What Bubble? 6 Castles That Are Cheaper To Rent Than An Apartment In NYC Or SF (ZeroHedge, Sep 10, 2015)
– Strapped for Cash in NYC? You Can Now Sleep in a Taxi or Van for $39 a Night (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 18, 2015):
Who says there’s no affordable housing in NYC or San Francisco?
A couple of weeks ago, I published an article titled, The Rent is Too Damn High – San Fran Residents Pay $1,000 a Month to Live in Shipping Containers. Here’s an excerpt:
Luke Iseman has figured out how to afford the San Francisco Bay area. He lives in a shipping container.
The Wharton School graduate’s 160-square-foot box has a camp stove and a shower made of old boat hulls.
Iseman collects $1,000 a month for each of the 11 structures parked in the 17,000-square-foot warehouse he rents for $9,100. Tenants include a Facebook Inc. engineer, a SolarCity Corp. programmer and a bicycle messenger.
Now we have New York City’s answer. From International Business Times:
… and Rockefeller surely did it out of pure love for humanity.
Although it is situated in New York City, the land occupied by the United Nations Headquarters and the spaces of buildings that it rents are under the sole administration of the United Nations and not the US government. They are technically extraterritorial through a treaty agreement with the U.S. government. However, in exchange for local police, fire protection and other services, the United Nations agrees to acknowledge most local, state, and federal laws.
The US$8.5 million (adjusted by inflation US$83.4 million) purchase was then funded by his father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who donated it to the city.
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This is the target the U.N. is aiming at …
– “Why Do New York Restaurants Suck?” – The Surprising Answer (ZeroHedge, Oct 11, 2014):