Hurricane Vickie Edition – Streetsblog New York City
It’s hard not to be both attracted and repelled by council member Vickie Paladino’s made-for-Twitter confrontation with a suspected squatter in her east Queens neighborhood. You kinda have to see it to believe it (and wait until the end when the would-be squatter blows pot smoke in the curator’s face):
There’s a known squatter in my neighborhood at 20th Ave and 146th Street in College Point. This morning I visited the house and personally confronted the squatters.
It won’t fit on my watch. Landlords have rights and our neighborhoods deserve better. More action to come. pic.twitter.com/8Qtr6y5cnr
— Councilman Vickie Paladino (@VickieforNYC) August 15, 2022
We won’t claim to know what’s going on – and none of the other outlets Paladino alluded to in the video posted yesterday – so if we hear anything, we’ll let you know. But it’s a truly priceless moment when Paladino threatens the would-be squatter with media coverage:
“The newspapers are going to be there, you know,” she says towards the end.
“To do what?!” the alleged squatter spits back.
It’s must-have TV (but please, everyone, please: film horizontally!)
In other news:
- The Daily News exacerbated Rep. Ritchie Torres’ concerns about congestion pricing to almost sound like the Bronx congressman is now hesitating. The post office turned the day into a full love fest on Torres-Malliotakis (which it wasn’t, as we reported). More than amNYKevin Duggan covered Gov. Hochule doubling the vital traffic revenue and mitigation measure, and he also covered The Torres bailer in the Bronx. His colleague Ben Brachfeld covered the Malliotakis-Gottheimer clown convention.
- Speaking of congestion pricing, it’s odd that the Times still hasn’t covered Wednesday’s release of the environmental assessment about which so many stories have appeared elsewhere. Indeed, it is the cover of the newspaper yesterday of the MTA’s budgetary problemsit had to be linked to a Bloomberg article on congestion pricing!
- Maybe this labor dispute with Staten Island Ferry workers will be resolved? (The city)
- Delivery workers are pushing back against NYCHA’s e-bike ban, which aims to rob workers of their ability to earn a living without giving them the tools to succeed. (gothamist)
- The Daily News learn more about the sad accidental death of Be Tran, a 74-year-old delivery man. The post office also covered.
- Finally, a car park serves the public (in this case, prevents a casino)! (The city)
- And finally, PBS airs “The Last Cyclist” tonight at 6:30 p.m. It’s not what you think – it’s a drama about the victims of a Nazi death camp featuring a morale-boosting prank, but the play within the play centers on the persecution of cyclists. And it stars “Murder at the Food Coop” director Eric Oleson (left in the photo below with Patrick Pizzolorusso)!