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Sign of the times

How the recent “NYPD crackdown” on cyclists has made people feel like crap and realizing:

“HOW NYC SUCKS in 2011″

Writer Alec Hall got a $270.00 ticket for riding his bike in the auto-free (for most of the day) Central Park. I mean of all the places to be riding your bicycle? That bicycle loop in the park…the nerve of some people.

He wrote a nice piece on how this crackdown sucks for all of us.

Why the NYPD Bicycle Crackdown Is a Sign of How New York Sucks in 2011
By: Alec Tuesday January 18, 2011 10:40 am
Something is rotten in the state of New York. The putrescent miasma, leaching out slowly from the windows in towering pre-war apartments, from out of the sidewalk vents where one can hear from below the failing heartbeat of the subway system, slowly being bled to death. The stench is everywhere… thick, suffocating, lethal. Some are immune, born with the resistance through inheritance, countless others traded away their soul for it. Everyone else just has to suffer.

We’ve all heard the talk: New York isn’t what it used to be. What does that really mean though? The city largely looks the same, save for some new towers here and there (generally positive additions too, architecturally speaking). The streets are cleaner, crime is down to levels unimaginable in the 1980’s. Parks are well maintained and farmer’s markets litter the public spaces on the weekends. So why all the nostalgia? Surely people can’t actually miss the muggings at gun point in broad daylight, the landlord arson, the needles in Union Square and gradual erosion of communities as residents flee to the suburbs. Yet the talk remains the same: New York isn’t as great as it used it be.

Read more here.

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