Typical subway stairs .....Bloomberg's blizzard
You can take the measure of a mayor by how he handles some difficulty ... like snow. In New York City, it's how we judge our mayor. Clean the streets, keep us moving. And based on that simple test, Bloomberg is an abject failure. OMG.
While our Ground Zero mosque-obsessed mayor has been toiling to facilitate, expedite, and erect a victory mosque on the hallowed ground, the cemetery of Ground Zero, the city falls into chaos, disrepair, and bankruptcy. Bloomberg worked behind the scenes to get the Ground Zero Mosque approved -- he is obsessed with submission.
Like some madman on a mission to build mecca in the Hudson -- Bloomberg is incapable of handling the most fundamental of tasks. Even the lapdog NY Times admits:
As New York City struggled with huge snowdrifts left by a crippling blizzard the day before, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg acknowledged on Tuesday that the cleanup had been slower than expected and the impact worse than had been apparent when the snow stopped falling.streets across vast stretches of the city remained untouched, leaving tens of thousands of residents unable to get to jobs and many facing long waits for ambulances and other emergency services.
Plows were unable to clear scores of streets that remained blocked by stuck buses and cars.
City officials pressed resources from several agencies to work, as a chorus of complaints from residents and elected officials arose on blogs and call-in shows. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who has often sided with the mayor, said the city’s response to the blizzard was the worst in memory.
But Quinn is holding hearings to ban Wal-Mart. Quinn's NYC Council had declared December 14th "Hate Wal-Mart Day," and she is throwing stones? How ironical (/sarc). These are the village idiots running this city.
“Clearly, the response was unacceptable,” said Ms. Quinn, who announced she would hold a hearing on the matter. “We’re hearing reports from all over of people not even having seen a plow by the afternoon of the day after. This is a level of lack of cleanup that I really can’t recall.”
At a midday news conference, Mr. Bloomberg set a more somber tone than he had a day earlier, when he assured New Yorkers that the cleanup was proceeding smoothly. On Tuesday, he said he had visited all five boroughs, and asked for patience as the city dealt with the sixth-biggest snowfall in its history.
“It is a bad situation,” he said, adding: “Nobody suggests that this is easy. Nobody suggests that this is pleasurable. But I can tell you this: We are doing everything that we can think of, working as hard as we can.”
The intrepid Pamela Hall reports:
The Blizzard and NYC City- Day 2 (December 27, 2010)
Monday morning, December 26, 2010. Looked out my window and saw there had been NO snow-plow. Most unusual. The street was completely covered. Beautiful. But this was an impassible snow fall that still covered the street. Very odd.
As I headed out my front door, I captured some fun. A man and his dog. Playing in the snow. "Why not?", he said and then I saw "Why Not". There was a BUS (an AIRPORT bus) blocking our street.
At a very odd angle.
This is a very busy side street for taxis and busses. Thought a bus would be moved post-haste but as of today December 28 (evening of Day 3) it's still there. Plan on posting more video and pics on this road-block. It's become a bit of a tourist sensation...
Meanwhile back to Day 2. By now Bloomberg and his errant snow-plows are leading the news. And walking around mid-town Manhattan it's apparent what shoveling that has been done (sidewalks and streets) is by the businesses and apartments (and even that is hit and miss)
Most amazing are the crosswalks for the pedestrians. These remain BLOCKED by piles of snow. Pedestrians are forced to walk in the street with the cars, trucks. Once again, very odd. And certainly not safe.
As I passed through Times Square (Duffy Square actually) the very intense cleaning of this area is because of New Years Eve. Not because of say...the people....The crews there shoveled ALL day. I left and came back and they were still shoveling Duffy Square. I asked and they said...it was for New Years Eve .
Would that Bloomberg had focused on the city as he did on Duffy Square, maybe we wouldn't be feeling so neglected.
Back to Central Park and the Apple Store. Fifth Avenue seemed to be moving (though jammed with traffic) it was moving. And I even saw a snow-plow!
But, as I left the store, I was greeted by another bus that was STUCK in the snow. There was quite a commotion from the MTA officials trying to figure out out to get the bus dug-out and towed.