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Hello 114th precinct, it’s me again.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Since my last post on this subject, concerning “Los Borrachos” on Astoria’s Broadway, the 114th precinct has definitely been doing “something.” Can’t say exactly what, but the population of these alcoholic mendicants has been visibly reduced from the mid July high of 20-25 down to a late August bakers dozen. The shot above, and several of the ones following it, were gathered at the Times Square of Astoria – 42nd and Broadway – which is the central muster point that these fellows use, just last weekend.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

NYPD continues to inexplicably roll right past these guys, however. What sets me off, incidentally, and what has made these inebriates rise to the top of the list of “things I have to deal with” are reports from the ladies of Astoria as to the comments they are offered while passing by this crowd.

Even passing familiarity with the old “espanol” is enough to piece together sentences and phrases from the lingo which include “chupa” and “mi penga.” Sexual harassment of women walking down the streets by a drunken crowd of vagrants… is that OK?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A Sunday afternoon, and public drinking is not challenged nor noticed by the cops. Everyone else in the neighborhood notices it, as people move to and fro with their children. If you’re curious, that’s Vodka that fellow is drinking.

Gordon’s Vodka to be precise, an assertion of brand loyalty which is based on the empty bottles littering the curbs along Broadway. The Times Square of Astoria indeed, only it seems to the Times Square of the 1980’s around these parts.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The effects of the alcohol reduces these fellows to an insensate condition, regularly. For all of you “City Club head up your ass liberal” types who seldom walk the streets of New York – preferring your Uber or Limo for getting around – Progressivism isn’t about permissiveness. This is not something which Eleanor Roosevelt would have reacted to with any sort of empathy. John Lindsay or David Dinkins, on the other hand…

Don’t get me wrong here, I like a good tipple as much as the next guy – more so in fact. It’s the fact that this situation has gotten completely out of hand this summer, and whatever your intellectual notion is of who these guys are is completely fabricated from your own politics. These are bums, drunks, and hobos. We have a decent number of Homeless people here, who are referred to as “The Harmless.” Mostly down on their luck or mentally ill folks, Astoria takes care of its own – whether it’s just a slice of pizza or a bottle of water or a buck slipped into their palm.

The fellows showcased in these posts get off the R train, drink in the neighborhood all day, and then commute back to somewhere else if they can still keep it together enough to do so. If not, they just pass out on the sidewalk.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Often, Astoria’s Broadway looks like a WW1 battlefield, with bodies arrayed haphazardly on the street. The shot above was from a Friday afternoon around 2. All that’s missing is a dead horse in the tree.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A smoke condition down in the Subway drew the FDNY to the Times Square of Astoria last Sunday, whose actions and blaring sirens served to awaken the sleepers from their distillery dreams. Other units of FDNY would undoubtedly be back on the corner later, to scoop up the insensates. NYPD?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Three in the afternoon on a Sunday. 

The funny thing about this shot is that a friend of mine who works for the City spent years working on installing these Subway grate covers (intended to keep snow melt and storm water from infiltrating down to the tracks), which were specifically designed with the idea that they would be fairly impossible to sleep on.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Notice that white car with the blue stripe just at the edge of the shot above? 

Guess which uniformed and highly trained branch of City Government drives white cars with blue stripes. Why, 114th precinct, is this being allowed to continue? Do you really want the civilians in this neighborhood to be the ones to deal with this, as we currently are forced to? A day doesn’t go by when one of us is forced to shoo “Los Borrachos” off their stoop or out of a driveway. Often the only thing which will get them to move on is the threat of calling “La Policia.” The Police, however, seem reluctant to lance this boil.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

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  1. Mitch: You make $90,000 per year? The cops do. . .after 5 years. Why does the citizenry earning I’m sure far less have to put up with these drunks? Outrageous that the cops just pass this by. What do they DO to actually earn this high salary? And maybe Ramos of Univision to do a story on these Hispanic drunks.

    georgetheatheist . . . eyes open

    August 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    • As a note – the ethnicity of these characters is entirely unimportant. Could be drunk Martians or Alabamians as far as I’m concerned. You do not have a constitutional right to pass out drunk on the sidewalk in NYC. Thanks to De Blasio for making me agree with the witch king of Angmar himself. – Rudy Giuliani.

      Mitch Waxman

      August 27, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  2. I have nothing but contempt for the 114th precinct at this point. A few months ago I called them to my apartment after someone left my wife a very threatening note on the door about her practicing her musical instrument (she’s a Dept. of Ed music teacher) and when the officers showed up 5 hours later (at 1am after I had given up and gone to bed) they told her “maybe you should do what he says and not practice as much? And then tried to get me to not file a report.

    Since then I still haven’t been able to get anyone on the phone to give me the complaint number of the report I made them file. It’s been 4 months.

    That precinct is a bunch of lazy do-nothings who block parking spots and bike lanes and otherwise just hide in their cars all day.

  3. Most of these fellows are looking for construction jobs. They start to indulge as the day wears and no one comes to hire them. To be fair, I think you should have mentioned why these folks congregate in the area.


    August 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    • actually, I have mentioned it in prior postings on the subject. The large number of day laborers who congregate around Tsigonia Paint are not whom these fellows are. These cats aren’t looking for work, rather the day laborer guys feel sorry for them and palm off a few bucks when they “get picked.” These guys are pissing, pooping, sleeping one off on the sidewalk, and drinking liquor in front of kids.

      Mitch Waxman

      August 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

  4. […] a flurry of posts and social media efforts, starting with “unknown things,” and “parched and terrible.” My efforts at documenting the neighborhood and its issues continued with “later […]

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