Saturday, February 21, 2009
Feeding of Birds
BEWARE FELLOW CABBIES: POLICE TICKET BLITZES ARE ON THE RISE. THE CITY IS STRAPPED FOR CASH AND YELLOW CABS ARE BEARING THE BRUNT. WATCH YOUR EVERY MOVE. YOU'RE NOT SAFE ON ANY STREET, AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT. THE BLUE MEANIES ARE HUNGRY AND THEY LIKE THE YELLOW MEAT.
The Javits Convention Center will be good the first half of this week. 3 simultaneous shows will run for three consecutive days: Sun, Mon, and Tue.... the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Same thing at Piers 90, 92, and 94. It's best to approach these by going under the Henry Hudson at 59th St. and following that service road past the Sanitation docks because using the turning lane on the Westside Hwy. can take several light cycles. Remember: there are no subway lines this far west so everyone uses US. Pull into the taxi stand inside the parking lot accessible on 11 Av at 38th. Busiest time to find fares is in the afternoon, especially leading up to closing (6p on Sun/Mon and 4/5p on Tue.).
RECENT NYPD TRAPS:
If you're EB on 14th, making a right unto Broadway, do not turn wide to circumvent the crowded crosswalk. They're standing on the left side, motioning folks to pull over.
The restricted right turn unto 7 Av, off EB 34, is still being enforced the very second it becomes 8:00 am on Sunday mornings. You wouldn't think they'd bother cause this rule exists only to alleviate vehicular congestion when the crosswalk gets crowded, which doesn't happen at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings. It's what you call an extremely cheap shot.
Every single day, as I come down Second Avenue, I see the same patrol car sitting in the closest parking spot to the crosswalk on any given street in the middle single digits, just past St. Marks Place. Every third or fourth light cycle they'll pop out with their sirens and strobes, and pull someone over. Running an orange, shifting lanes without signaling, could be anything. Just read this veteran cabdriver's personal run-in with the sleazeballs. Happened to him late at night, but I see them doing it all daylight long too.