Open Thread Wednesday 11/20/13

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  • petercow

    Exactly. PUBLIC PROPERTY. I suggest you check out a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America at your local library. It’s full of interesting amendments and stuff!

  • petercow

    The KKK and Neo-nazis (or Nazis for that matter) have every right to hand out literature in the subway.

    Your 3rd grade civics teacher called – you need a refresh.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    MO you really need to get out more often, the shut-in lifestyle isn’t good for for the mind.
    The bridge is a huge success, carrying a steady flow of foot traffic during the day. It provides safe car free access to the park.
    If the money wasn’t spent on the bridge it would have been spent elsewhere in the park, not donated to charity.

  • MonroeOrange

    so 3 million dollars was well spent? really? foot traffic…you know if YOU got out more you would realize that if you walk down suicide hill it is is the exact same distance…so how was that 3 MILLION dollars well spent….I know you love alternate transportation options, but your are being a bit ridiculous on this one.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    I guess you don’t realize that “Suicide Hill” as you appropriately put it, is not ADA compliant. It is too steep and there are no level breaks for safely taking a rest, if one is in a wheelchair. The Bridge is ADA compliant and provides a safer access to all by avoiding the tricky Furman St /Old Fulton St intersection.
    Furthermore, It offers an exciting and scenic approach to the park. Yes, money well spent.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Ha! Intentional or not, ” I don’t think they have a right to be there. That is public property,” is one of the funniest things ever said on this blog.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Who are YOU to decide who has the right to occupy public space?

  • MonroeOrange

    gimme a break…i don’t care about the disabled? that’s quite offense….so you are saying a bridge couldn’t be built for at least 2 million dollars less that meet ADA guidelines…and how does a bridge that wobbles meet those guidelines? someone on permanent crutches or someone that is blind, will have great difficulty with the bridge…but regardless, my point, which is still valid, is that 3 million dollars was excessive…what contractor did they use?…Gravano, Gotti, Luchesse construction?!

  • Lady in the Heights

    I do not have that right. I was expressing an opinion. But the question is, is it really public space, or is it owned/rented by the city or state for MTA purposes, and if that is the case, does anyone have the right to be there handing out literature? I do not know the answer but would be interested to know.

  • Lady in the Heights

    Not a crime, but does anyone have claim to be there? Is it really public?

  • Lady in the Heights

    I am not saying they don’t. I am expressing an opinion about what is offensive to me. I used those other groups as examples for what might offend people. We all have our sensitivities. This is a matter of opinion – that’s what I thought this blog was for, to share opinions.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    No, the bridge could not be built for 2 million dollars less, the price is realistic for such a project. You obviously have no idea of the enormous costs involved with civil construction. Insurance alone is probably about 20% of the budget.

  • MonroeOrange

    incorrect again Arch, i will not list my qualifications, but i have much more knowledge than you as to how much this bridge could have been built for.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    I haden’t heard of that one before, hilarious. and so true.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Wow that is such a convincing argument.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    A not so known fact about Obamacare!

    I was a supporter of this legislation but now I’m doing a double take as I find my elderly mother, who is in a Medicare Advantage program is going to lose the only doctor she uses — one that provides house calls, which is what she needs.

    http://www.pnhp.org/news/2013/november/insurer-cuts-medicare-plan-doctors-%E2%80%94-patients-left-in-lurch

  • MonroeOrange

    Well Arch, tell it to Brixtony, she coined ‘Wobbly Bridge’ in her post, not me (learn to read all the posts, not just the ones with my name attached).

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    No matter who called it “wobbly” first, I was addressing you, who implied some people would have difficulty walking over it, without having any solid evidence.

  • MonroeOrange

    Wrong again Arch (your posts get more and more absurd)…my 90 year old aunt had difficulty walking over it…there is your solid evidence….I take back my ‘have a nice day’ comment.

    but im sure you will now say something negative about my aunt now…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Hearsay evidence, sounds made up.

  • MonroeOrange

    So, now im a liar…i expect nothing less from you…..say hi to Judy for me

  • petercow

    What part of the First Amendment don’t you understand?

    It is Constitutionally permissible to exercise one’s First Amendment rights on MTA premises.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Why do you care so much, why not just ignore them and move on?

  • David on Middagh

    I received a phone call today from someone trying to sell me solar panels. I don’t know if it was a legit illegal violation of the do-not-call list, or whether it was a scam through and through, but I hope none of you were tempted. (And I wonder where the stolen solar panels from the Brooklyn Bridge Park project wound up.)

  • Lady in the Heights

    I am referring to the display they set up in the train station. I understand what the first amendment says. Is it legal for anyone to set up a display in a train station?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    I didn’t call you a liar, at least not in the above comment. I said, your evidence is hearsay, which it is and that it sounds made up, which it does. Of course it might be true but we’ll never know, or care.
    Besides, you were already proven to be a liar, last spring on one of the Citibike threads. It’s your tree.

  • brixtony

    I’m not a “she”. Tony, originally from Brixton, London moved to NY many years ago. Hence: Brixtony.

  • Brixtony

    I’m not a “she”. Tony, originally from Brixton, London moved to NY many years ago. Hence: Brixtony.

    I’ve been calling it the Wobbly Bridge since it opened. And I do know people who feel insecure on it – my wife included. Dogs seem to like it, even in today’s blistering wind.