Yes, this post is not about some of the filthy conditions of Forest Hills, though those issue still rage on (Austin St pedestrian underpass is still a mess of graffiti, human feces, litter, empty beer & alcohol bottles, while Queens Blvd (between 82 Ave & 78 Ave) still has constant homeless panhandlers bothering hard working people every day, litter all over sidewalks (that places like CVS and FED Ex Office never clean up) and who knows what else lurks in other parts of this neighborhood, but I am sure many Forest Hills/Kew Gardens residents had to deal with another commute from hell (which by the way is pretty much an every day occurrence in this poorly run, filthy, corrupt, extremely EXPENSIVE and over-crowded third world country city (which has TONS of money). BUT hey, lets bring in an awful company like Amazon to make even a more mess of this city.
AND Daily News, you should be ashamed of yourself (besides jacking the price up to 50%, less news, less sections, cutting over 50% of your staff, etc) for the title. NO, Thursday’s weather was NOT A FREAK SNOWSTORM. It was not a FREAK of nature nor was this a snowstorm AND we had well in advance about the weather. It was a small mix of rain/snow. AND why did I see TONS of salt just poured on streets in narrow columns (and I mean DUMPED) at the intersection of Cuthbert & Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens around 10am, right near the Homestead Gourmet Shop, that pigeons were pecking at it like a tractor trailer of bird seed overturned and they all hit the jackpot.
Start to read the great blog (Impunity City) which goes into detail about this city and Queens as it slides further down the crap shoot, especially with its posts called “BAD NEW DAYS” (already up to Day 57), which sums up all the crime, all the nonsense, all the corruption and all THE SHIT that is fit to print in a nice summary (and check out the few examples below that Impunity City posted.
AND NOW for the WORST behavior on the subway, not done by a homeless person, a drunk, a masturbator or the annoying pole dancers, but by the entitled hipster HIPSHITS who have to constantly post photos of their minute existence for the world to see. BUT what people really see is WHAT ASSHOLES MANY OF YOU ARE thanks to crap like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, You Tube and SnapShit.
YEP, the inmates are running the asylum called City Hall, MTA and NEW YORK CITY. Yes, dumBlasio, you did not create all this mess, but you sure as hell added more SHIT to the heaping steaming SHIT PILE.
From The Daily News:
Freak snowstorm causes commuter hell, shuts George Washington Bridge, Port Authority Bus Terminal, slides buses and trains to a halt
New York became a frigid commuter hell Thursday as a slushy snowstorm froze train service to Long Island and upstate, slid buses and subways to a halt, and closed the George Washington Bridge.
And Mayor de Blasio was right on it — at 5:16 p.m., hours after the snow began to fall, he tweeted that “plows are out in force.”
By then, government agencies had already failed commuters.
Headed for the suburbs? Eight Long Island Rail Road lines and all Metro-North main lines were delayed.
Headed for New Jersey? The Port Authority Bus Terminal got so crowded after NJ Transit cut service — delaying buses for up to three hours — frustrated commuters were turned away as a safety precaution.
“@NJTRANSIT @PABusTerminal I’m gonna need you to give all port authority bus commuters a one month free bus pass this is RIDICULOUS !!,” tweeted frustrated rider Krystal Baldie.
The bus terminal delay dragged on for hours. “No estimate of normal service. NJT bus passengers should use rail/ferries as alternatives,” the Port Authority tweeted at 10:37 p.m.
Did you want to drive to New Jersey instead? Well, the George Washington Bridge shut down during rush hour, the city Office of Emergency Management reported.
A 25-car pileup on the snow-slicked Manhattan-bound side of the bridge about 3:25 p.m. caused the delay, said a source.
No one was badly hurt — but it took hours for crews to clear the mess.
The Port Authority was so badly prepared for the storm that it had to call city Sanitation Department crews to plow the bridge, said the source. Usually, the Port Authority plows the bridge itself.
City and Port Authority spokespeople denied that the city was asked to plow the bridge. In any case, the bridge didn’t reopen around 6:30 p.m., the city reported — but the residual delays continued for hours.
There were no problems with the Port Authority’s preparation for the storm, insisted agency spokesman Steve Coleman. “We were not blindsided, and we were not unprepared,” Coleman said.
As for NYC Transit subways and buses — well, look at what people wrote on Twitter:
“@MTA what’s wrong with the 456 trains they keep stop for long amount of times,” wrote @popieeastside.
“Hope no one’s planning on moving to w86 [street] since all the @MTA #m86 buses are grounded because #nyc did not prepare at all for this storm!” wrote@ReasesPieeces.
The Sixth Ave. line was delayed by a signal problem at Rockefeller Center, disrupting southbound B, D, F and M trains.
A switch problem at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. in Queens forced service changes on the N, Q, R and W lines. Those lines were recovering from a signal problem at 14th St.-Union Sq. around 4 p.m.
Delays were also reported on L train, and on all the numbered lines except the 7.
Commuting to Long Island was also no fun. Malfunctioning track switches west of the Woodside station in Queens slowed six Long Island Rail Road branches, officials reported. Trains were delayed up to 15 minutes, and some trains were canceled.
“I love the snow, but man the tri-state area sure f*cked this one up big time,” wrote Casey Cipriani at the handle @CaseyCip. “Schools were not closed at a good time, offices making people stay late, and ZERO prep on the roads via salting or plowing. How was this so poorly handled?”
City officials said they did their best, and the Sanitation Department reported it had 700 salt spreaders deployed by noon. Later on, the department added 300 additional pieces of equipment to the job.
“The afternoon snowfall was much heavier than had been forecast by all weather outlets requiring that we deploy plows,” said Sanitation spokesman Vito Turso.
“Complicating issues was the fact that several bridges were closed and traffic, particularly in the Bronx, upper Manhattan and on Staten Island, came to a halt with our snow clearing equipment stuck within.,” Turso said.
Trees downed by the heavy snow were a big problem, Torso added.
De Blasio was scheduled to head to Washington to give a speech Friday. But he scuttled the trip to monitor the storm.
Other elected officials say his administration will have to answer for its handling of the situation.
“The City clearly didn’t properly prepare for tonight’s snowstorm — it’s a mess. My office will be following up with the Department of Sanitation to demand answers,” City Controller Scott Stringer wrote on Twitter.
“Hearing reports from all over the city about slow response to today’s storm and I’ve seen downed trees outside of each event I’ve attended tonight,” tweeted City Council President Corey Johnson. “I’m working to get in touch with DSNY to get some answers because this is unacceptable. Stay safe out there everyone.”