Category Archives: law & order

that’s harsh . . .


A guest staying at a boutique Flatiron hotel was slammed against a sidewalk by the hotel manager after she broke the front door, police said.

The 27-year-old woman, a tourist from Los Angeles who was staying at MAve Hotel on East 27th Street and Madison Avenue, returned at 4 a.m. on Sept. 9 to find the door locked, according to police.

She began kicking it to get someone’s attention, cracking it in the process, according to authorities.

Hearing the commotion, a manager of the hotel, a 37-year-old man, chased after the guest and repeatedly slammed her against the pavement and held her down by putting his arm across her torso, police said.

The woman suffered a cut on her shoulder, according to the NYPD.

Both were arrested by police shortly after. The woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, officials said.  more

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“your level of consciousness is  governed by how nice you are.”
~ matt kahn
 
 
 
 

hot off the press!


straight from the birmingham alabama  new york city news comes a red hot story of theft in the city.  we should all remain vigilant and be on the look out.

A woman was caught on video swiping a lucky horseshoe from an Upper East Side barbershop after walking around the shop taking photos with a cellphone.

The culprit was standing outside the shop when Rebzovic caught up to her, he said. Rebzovic demanded she return the item and when she obliged, he let her walk away, he said.

The horseshoe has since been returned to its original place.

if you see this woman, please be aware she is armed with a horseshoe and potentially very lucky.  (click on picture below for more details!)

VIDEO  Woman Tries to Steal Lucky Horseshoe

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.”
~ Buddha

 

unofficial rules of holiday shopping in the city


it’s tourist season and midtown is over flowing with shoppers, sight-seers, celebrity seekers and tree gazers!

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it’s a good thing for the city – not so much for the residents.  from december through january things become all discombobulated for the locals because tourists disrupt the flow.  it’s nothing that can’t be fixed and it’s not even their fault. they are simply unaware of a few simple things. when travelling into the city, i’ve noticed that at the bridge & tunnel tolls, it’s always the cars with out of state plates in the ‘cash only’ lanes – the regulars have ez-pass.  i’m thinking that a small list of “instructions” printed on the back of the bridge & tunnel receipts would be a great invention because it could list the rules and then they would know.   since that’s not the case, i will post them here.

rule #1
don’t think – just cross the street.

crossing the street in midtown is similar to participating in a game of football. there are two sides, face to face, waiting for the ‘go ahead.’ the difference is that in midtown, each team has anywhere from 25 – 50 people on each side where in football, there are only 11 on each side.  during the months of february through november, when the light says walk, the ‘teams’ advance towards each other and effortlessly manage to get to the other side of the street without knocking into anyone. they’re used to it; they don’t get nervous and foot traffic just flows. on the other hand, in december and january,  i believe that during the 2-3 minute wait between light changes, tourists get super focused on the opposing team which makes them nervous.  their brain begins to wonder how they will manage to cross the street through all those people about to charge towards them, and they begin to map out a strategy.  as soon as the light changes, they follow their mind map.  because they could never predict the mind maps of the opposing team, it turns into a giant cluster of frustrated people bumping into each other, scared they will never reach the other side safely. weird but true.

rule# 2

when you see a pretty store window, something shiny that catches your eye or a homeless person, do not just stop in the middle of the sidewalk.  this causes mid-sidewalk collisions and then you leave the city thinking ny’ers are rude.

rule #3

wear your comfy flat walking shoes or you will regret it.  and know that the people in the flat comfy walking shoes are the ones who must walk on the grates. women in heels have the right of way on the sidewalk whenever a grate presents itself.  there is no need to worry about falling through the grates and landing in the pathway of an oncoming subway, seriously.

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It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
 ~ Buddha

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charlie, star & melissa


we all know there are two sides to every story and often it’s only a third party that can see the point of view from both sides.   as a third party, i’m really trying here but i’ve come to the conclusion that no one can ever truly understand crazy.

80 year old charles manson is getting married.  he’s marrying an attractive 26 year old girl named afton, who calls herself star.  i am not even going to try and understand this but that’s not what has me so perplexed.  i’m more concerned about star’s mother, melissa burton, who is quoted in today’s ny post: 

“I know [Manson] has made lots of bad choices, but I don’t think he’s dangerous. The media has made him into more of a monster than he is,” she said.

“I’m not scared about [Afton’s] safety and I don’t believe my daughter is brainwashed.

When she first came out with it, I was shocked because the media really makes him look crazy,”

here is a picture of the happy couple:

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Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
 ~ Buddha

lock the front door


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The White House’s new security plan: Lock the front door

every time i see a headline like this i wish i worked at the new york post.  it has to be fun . . . .   seriously though, if the peeps in dc need some high level security tips, i suggest they just spend the week in nyc during the general assembly – which happens to be this week.

i’ve been out sniper seeking with my zoom lens since saturday and haven’t seen 1 sniper.  these guys are good.

i’m not sure what the mission of these people is, but they are scattered about the sidewalks near the united nations building.  they look like they have bombs strapped all over themselves and i have to believe this would  effectively keep people from trying to break in to the white house.

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they do not like having their pictures taken either.

another effective tactic used by the diplomats to keep people away, is extreme noise.  i’m sure they do it on purpose so it must have something to do with their country’s security operations.  wherever a foreign diplomat decides to go, he is preceded by and followed by, an entourage of black suburbans with lights flashing and very loud sirens.  this goes on all day long.  entourages en route to the u.n. for morning meetings, entourages at lunchtime, entourages escorting their diplomat back to the hotel after daily sessions, and entourages chauffeuring diplomats all around town for dinner and nightly entertainment – all with excruciatingly loud sirens.  i believe the strategy here is simple sleep deprivation.  i know because i live just 3 blocks up first avenue from the united nations and i am just too tired to consider jumping the fence and breaking in the front door.

during the week of the general assembly there is no parking either.  every street in the neighborhood is lined with signs like this:

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if you live between 40th and 55th streets from the east river over to third avenue, you may not be able to go home if there happens to be a diplomat having a meeting, a meal or a cocktail on your street.  on each corner are stationed between 6 – 12 very young rookie cops, whose mission it is to question people to death and check i.d.’s before letting them step foot onto their own block to go home after a long day at work.  i’ve noticed that if you are 20 something, female and beautiful, the young rookie cops will hold you up for twice the amount of time than they detain others.  just an observation that probably has nothing to do with security.

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 I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete.’
 ~ Elayne Boosler

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how to pick a mayor in the city


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They’ll drink to that! Dem mayoral candidates vow to let New Yorkers swill beer on their stoops

They’ll drink to that!

Booze lovers are toasting the Democratic mayoral candidates, who say almost unanimously that if elected they’ll let New Yorkers swill a beer on their stoops.

When asked the question in the “lightning round” at Wednesday’s Democratic mayoral debate, all the candidates — except Erick Salgado, a minister — said city residents should be able to drink a beer on their stoops.

“I should be able to drink ’em in a park and at the beach, too,” Anthony Weiner added.

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“oy vey”
 ~ cags 

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40 times free?


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Police charged a Brooklyn man yesterday in a series of anti-Semitic arson attacks in which mezuzahs were set ablaze in Williamsburg apartment buildings, cops said.

Ruben Ubiles, 35, is accused of second-degree burglary, arson and criminal mischief as a hate crime in the burning of the religious items, which are hung at home entrances.  Eleven of the burnings came Monday — Holocaust Memorial Day.

Police picked up Ubiles,

who has more than
40 priors

while he was hiding under his girlfriend’s bed at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

i’m just going to assume you know what i’m thinking here . . . .

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Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.
 ~ Will Rogers 

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why the ny post is important


i often tell myself that the news is simply a waste of time, but then something happens and i just can’t help taking a peek at the front page of the ny post. here are some of today’s important events:

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A Port Authority security contractor whose job is to look out for possible suicides and terror attacks on the George Washington Bridge was busted for smoking weed on the job this afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

A PAPD cop on patrol noticed an overpowering smell of weed when he popped in on the guard at the south tower security booth around 1:45 p.m.

When he asked the guard about the stench, Sami Omar, 26, of North Bergen, he initially denied it, then said “I think it’s a passing skunk,” a source said.

and you’ll also want to know about this:

A Michigan medical marijuana facility is partnering with a member of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to cultivate and distribute a new strain of medical marijuana.

The Green Oasis and Stanley “Flesh-N-Bone” Howse have agreed to work together on “Phifty Caliber Kush,” which they say has a noticeable floral taste and is an effective pain reliever.

The Flint-area dispensary’s owner, Anthony Butler, calls the new pot strain “the best of the best.”

and finally, here’s some completely unrelated but also important news:

The corrections officer impregnated behind bars by convicted cop killer Ronell Wilson was excused from a court date this morning because she is having contractions, her lawyer said.

Nancy Gonzalez, 29, of Huntington Station, is hours away from giving birth to a boy and is awaiting transfer to a local hospital, her attorney Anthony Ricco told the court.

Gonzalez said she agreed to carry Wilson’s child to give the killer something to look forward to in his life despite facing life in prison.

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
 ~ Albert Einstein

new facist city?


i don’t drink soda.  not because it doesn’t taste good, but because i think it’s bad for my body.  i love carrot cake!  once in a while, i even eat some. i hate to think that one day carrot cake will only be sold by the  ‘sliver’   because someday i may want to buy a whole cake  or,  maybe even two carrot cakes at once!

and salt!  i love salt.  and i can have as much salt as i want. i wouldn’t recommend it for people with high blood pressure just like i wouldn’t recommend antibiotics for people who aren’t sick.  salt is not the demon.  most people who get too much salt are the ones who exist on pre-packaged salt laden foods and food-like substances.  

i also understand that working out everyday is good for my body, but do i work out every day?  no, i don’t,  even though i know i should.  whether i work out or not, i am free to choose  –  at least for now.   i am however getting a little scared that mayor bloomberg may soon start taxing people with over 21% body fat.  i can picture little bmi stations set up along side the toll booths and commuters and tourists will have to be fitness tested prior to entering the city.

i’m not anti-bloomberg, really i’m not.  there are a lot of people in my life who i like a lot even though they do really weird things.  

when i began to write this article it was going to be focused simply on noise rules in the city but it has now morphed into a story of personal freedom.  at first i wanted to simply point out that the city is inundated with signs promising a $350 fine for needless honking of car horns.

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and if you’ve ever been to the city you have no doubt heard hundreds of car horns in just the first hour of your visit.  if you stay a week or so, you could possibly hear more than 1946 beeps – or more – that’s just an estimate of course.

so lets just say the traffic police who are honked at multiple times with each changing light in this town, were actually minding the law and giving out tickets as promised.  $350 x 1946 honks per week per neighborhood.  there are approximately 65 neighborhoods in manhattan alone so, without including queens, the bronx, brooklyn & staten island which are all part of nyc, the city could make  ($350 x 1946 honks per week) x 65 neighborhoods = $44,271,500.00 per week.

THATS OVER 44 MILLION PER WEEK!

of course we couldn’t expect the traffic police to be present for every honking incident because we all know that would be ridiculous.  they’re too busy just standing there.  i realize most of us would be fired from our jobs if we followed the law just 10% of the time, but just for arguments sake let’s say the traffic police got just 10% of the honkers.   10% of  $44,271,500.00 would bring in $4,427,150 per week.  that’s over $230 million per year!  but instead, according to new york magazine, “the NYPD gave just 206 summonses for the offense last year.”

206 summonses translates into $72,100 last year for the city.  i suspect that wouldn’t come close to covering the cost of the signs, labor for installation, sign maintenance  and,  the salaries for the many, many important people who no doubt met for hundreds and hundreds of hours to determine placement of honking fine signs  – and god knows what the court filings and implementation of said sign laws cost  –  and it just goes on & on.

i didn’t vote for that.  if you voted for the honking signs, would you please identify yourself?  

if i were mayor and allowed the city to spend all that money on signs,  i would at least enforce the law.  the costs would be covered before the first year was out and quality of life in the city would actually be improved.

laurie  for  mayor!

and just, fyi, if you’re interested, on the nyc website,

You can request street signs installation, relocation, or removal.  You can also buy a personalized street sign. No Honking signs (the Department of Environmental Protection will study the intersection and approve or deny the request based on study results)

you may have noticed my lack of patience for imbecility but after all that money spent on salaries, bureaucracy, sign design and what ever else, how is it possible that the city does not enforce that law, yet agreed to fine a man for laughing too loudly in his own home?


Long Island man issued summons for laughing too loud in his own home.

There’s no pursuit of happiness for this Long Island man — local cops busted him for laughing too loudly in his own home.

Robert Schiavelli, 42, was recently slapped with two “absurd” summonses because his next-door neighbor complained that he could hear his hearty guffaws from across the driveway.   story

and it gets better!  this week the post also reported:

Mayor Bloomberg’s new health crusade: too-loud earbuds  –  Mayor Bloomberg — who has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks — is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.  story

i’m tempted to continue ranting on personal freedom, but i think  fay voshell has already said it best:

What could possibly be next?

Will the “don’t drink, don’t smoke” goody-two-shoes food police aim at the amount of pizza consumed? Will pizza parlors soon be able to sell only two slices at a time? Will pizza shop owners have to file a permit in order to sell a whole pie? Maybe customers will have to show they are fit enough to consume pepperoni topping by doing twenty jumping jacks; and those who dare to order a meat lover’s pizza will have to do thirty pushups. .  .

They should ask themselves questions like, “How would I like it if Muslim food laws were forced on all of New York City’s inhabitants?” Or, “Would it be fair if Seventh Day Adventists stopped all New Yorkers from eating bacon?” Or, “Would I like it if Gaia worshiping vegans ruled the City’s restaurants?”

that being said, i’m going to do my laundry.

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“There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk”
 ~ Anais Nin

is there a new rule i should know about?


do pedestrians now have to stop for cars?  because i thought it was the other way around and now i don’t know what to do.  if you have information on this, please let me know.  thank you in advance for your help.

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“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
 Robert McCloskey

signs in the city


do you think a parking sign could make nyc feel sober, subdued & in control?  how would one measure this?

new parking signs are going up between 14th street and 60th streets in manhattan and apparently the designer of the signs was going for the feelings of sobriety and subtle control.   going forward, i will make a point of noticing the energetic differences when i travel downtown, to the upper east, or upper west sides, and i will let you know if the new parking signs have affected the overall vibe of the peeps in midtown.

according to michael beirut, a partner at pentagram, the design firm hired to create the new look,  “we just tried to make it feel a little bit more sober and subdued and in control.”   the new york observer  identifies michael beirut as “one of the most renowned designers in the world.”   i wonder if it was really necessary to hire one of the most renowned designers in the world from an international design firm for this particular job.

referred to in this article  as  “a longtime supporter of syntactic clarity,”
(?? . . .    “hi, meet my friend jane, a longtime supporter of syntactic clarity.”)  “you shouldn’t need a ph.d in parking signage to understand where you are allowed to leave your car in new york,”  said city council member daniel garodnick.

here is what the international design firm has developed:

before                                        after

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the epoch times reported that the project cost $180,000.00.  i don’t know how much of that was paid to the international design firm for their part in this project, but i’m 99.9% sure i could have done this myself and for a lot less money. i sure wish the city would check with me on this type of stuff before making the final decisions.

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“All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.”
~ Sai Baba 

east 52nd street reality show


2 months after i moved into my first doorman building, the doormen went on strike.  along with the strike came no more ups deliveries (or any other union organization services like verizon, garbage pickup, con-edison) broken laundry machines,   foul odors from rotting garbage, rodents and many other inconvenient features i could easily have in a much lower rent, non-doorman building.    

a temporary staff of inexperienced people willing to work for minimum wages was put in place for the last 18 months.  the application process consisted of responding to an ad on craigslist and telling the owner of the staffing company what the name on the weekly paycheck should be.  it should be noted that the owner of the staffing company, modern staffing and security, has a criminal record for indecent exposure, writing worthless checks, theft of state funds, lewd & lascivious behavior as well as a long list of liens and judgments against him)  yes, he would be in charge of staffing the building with people who have complete access to our building as well as the resident’s keys.  most residents claimed their spare keys quickly and many others simply moved out.  to add levity to a disastrous situation, the east 52nd street reality show was born.  
all of the stories are true.

[Note to reader: Building Residents are referred to as Resident Cast Members or, RCM’s,  William Koeppel is the devious owner of the building and James Rexroat is the owner of Modern Staffing & Security, the company in charge of the replacement staff]

The Ultimate in a Full Service Building!

Here at East 52nd Street all of the cast & crew have been given the opportunity to pay exorbitant rents in exchange for services that truly go above and beyond other doorman buildings in midtown.   For instance, the doorman will graciously give your key to anyone, just for the asking. Where else can one get that kind of service? Only at 350!

[scene: Early on a Saturday morning,  Resident Cast Member X (RCM-X) sits with his coffee and his thoughts in the privacy of his own living room at 350 East 52nd Street. To the shock and surprise of RCM-X, the door to his apartment opens and in walks a complete stranger.  Scene begins with RCM-X flying off couch in surprise as steaming hot coffee spills onto couch, carpet and self]

RCM-X:  OMG! Jesus Christ!  Who are you??? What are you doing in my apartment?

Stranger:  I don’t know.

RCM-X:  Get the [bleep!] out of my home –

            Now!

Stranger scurries back into hallway.  

After calming heart palpitations and icing burns on body, RCM-X storms down to lobby where he finds new weekend doorman who appears to be about 17 years old.   RCM-X asks the child “manning” the lobby how the [bleep!] someone had the key to RCM – X’s [bleeping] apartment and what the [bleep] was going on?  The door-child was pretty close to a complete loss for words and then offered the following explanation:  They asked me for the keys.

RCM-X:  So you just gave them my keys?

Door-Child:  Yes.

RCM-X:   What he [bleep] is wrong with you?

About this time RCM-L returns from morning walk with dog and enters lobby of 350.

RCM-X says to RCM-L,  This guy just gave my keys to a complete stranger who just walked into my apartment!  What should I do?

RCM-L:  Someone just walked in on you in your apartment?  Did you call the police?  I would call the police.

RCM-X  turns to door-child and demands he find the stranger –  ”NOW!” and stranger is summoned to lobby for questioning.  Door-child begins shaking and tells self how sorry he is. He becomes wrought with fear over the possibility of losing his job after only 3 weekends on duty. Both Resident Cast Members take a few seconds to contemplate the moment.  Suddenly, the intruding stranger emerges from elevator bank and rounds the corner into the lobby to answer to RCM-X.

RCM-X: How did you get the keys to my apartment?  Who are you?

Stranger:  I asked the doorman for them. I hope I didn’t  get him in trouble – this was a mistake.

RCM-X:  Who are you???

Stranger:  Charlene.

RCM-X:  Why did you have the keys to my apartment?  Do you live here? Do you know anyone who lives in this building? Have you ever been to this building before?  Do you know the doorman?  How did you even get in the building?

Charlene explains to the irate RCM that she did not live in the building, had never been to the building before, did not know the door-child, had come to clean an apartment on the 2nd floor and apparently there had been a mistake at the “office”, as they had instructed her to go to apartment 12-X rather than 2-X.

RCM-X  asked Charlene the name of her cleaning company to which Charlene replied,  Well it’s really just me and my husband. We advertise our cleaning services on Craigslist and someone from this building called. When my husband got the call, he must have wrote [sic] down the wrong apartment number.

RCM-X:  So you don’t know the person who called you, you have never been to 350 East 52nd Street before, you ran an ad on Craigslist and the doorman just handed you my keys?

Charlene:  Yes, I hope I didn’t get him in trouble.

WARNING& DISCLAIMER:
Modern Staffing employees, who are only required to write their first and last name on a post it and have no proper training, do not warrant their ability to provide the tenants with a safe and secure environment, commiserate with the advertised “Luxury Living” standard. Tenants shall look solely to Modern Staffing and William Koeppel who shall remain liable for the personal safety as well as any and all incidental, consequential or special damages arising out of their failure to provide “Luxury Living” standards tenants were promised.

Note from the Sponsor: We have advised both Modern Staffing and William Koeppell on several occasions of the vast array of problems (see past episodes-especially ARREST) and they have steadfastly refused to conduct basic background checks, train the new staff, or responds to any of our complaints.

more of my favorite episodes can be found here, here, here & here.

obstacles and all,  i remain eternally committed to being zen in the city. 

“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”
 ~ Buddha 

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be sure to check our show!

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september 11th, 2012


a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9-11.
union square subway station.

two of my brothers helping with the rescue.  another brother was working right across the street from the trade centers.  when i saw the plane crash i called him to see what happened.  he told me he looked out his window & saw a ticker tape parade & wondered why.  he quickly realized otherwise.  he managed to escape the horror by jumping on a boat that took him over to nj.

“i thank you God.”
 ~ laurie cags

never in wisconsin!


often what happens in ny can really only happen in ny.  take, for instance the story in today’s ny post.  there’s a trial going on to decide the fate on robert morales.  rob shot his parole officer & now he’s on trial for attempted murder. one of the juors on rob’s trial, juror #6, is an aspiring actor who recently applied to audition for a part on one of only 3 shows i watch; law & order.  i love that show.

luckily, today juror #6 got a call back for the audition.  yay, juror #6! he told brooklyn supreme court judge wayne ozzi and asked if he could go. the judge said yes.

according to the post,”

Ozzi delayed opening statements until later this afternoon and told the juror, “Good luck. We’ll be looking for you on TV.”

The juror will return after his audition to decide the fate of Robert “Poison” Morales, who is charged with shooting his parole officer at the officer’s downtown Brooklyn office.

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and for more important news, tanorexic, patricia krentcil, toned down her tan to prove she’s not an addict.  see the ny post for details!

 

wishing a fabulous weekend to all!

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“This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.”
 ~ Plato