Determined to Prove Critics’ Predictions Right, De Blasio Oversees Resurgence Of Graffiti & Urine Smell Reminiscent of Scorsese’s 1970s ‘Taxi Driver’ Era New York

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Graffiti was an infamous symbol of the decline and decay of New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, and some now say it appears to be making a comeback.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Graffiti was an infamous symbol of the decline and decay of New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, and some now say it appears to be making a comeback.

As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported Monday, residents have noticed and they want it gone.

Bold graffiti lines parts of walls, ramps and pavement at the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station in Queens.

“It’s awful,” one man said.

“Most of the time it’s ignored,” said City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-29th).

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Koslowitz said the graffiti has been there since the summer, and she said she has been in touch repeatedly with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to get rid of it. But she said in the ensuing months, things got worse.

“I’ve seen a lot more graffiti then I’ve seen in a long time,” she said.

And it is not an isolated occurrence. Citywide, some say graffiti appears to be more and more prevalent.

According to the NYPD, the number of graffiti complaints citywide in 2015 is up 15 percent from last year. Meanwhile, arrests for graffiti are down 10 percent compared with last year. Read the rest of this entry »


Japanese Movie Poster: Taxi Driver, 1976

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‘Taxi Driver’: The Book

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Movie Poster of the Day: Taxi Driver 1976

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Liberal Nostalgia: Vision for NYC’s Future

De Blasio’s victory wouldn’t be possible without Giuliani’s successes and liberals’ short memories. 

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The Big Apple’s Left Turn

Jonah Goldberg writes: The new mayor of New York City is a Red Sox fan. According to the rules of the New York I grew up in, I’d expect to see the Hudson turn into a river of blood and Zabar’s to close owing to a locust infestation before that happened.

But if de Blasio’s remarkable rise proves anything, it’s that the rules can change. A liberal’s crazy liberal, de Blasio still waxes nostalgic about the noble struggle of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, for whom he raised money in the 1980s. He violated the ban on travel to Cuba for his honeymoon with his formerly gay wife, and he often talks as if he’s handing out literature in Union Square for the left-wing New Party, for which he used to work.

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