Malfunctioned t1_ix0rby2 wrote

Here is the Google Map Street View of the 70th Precinct in Kensington, Brooklyn, between an ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) and a low income Joseph Belsky House.

Here is the 110th precinct in Elmhurst with (presumably NYPD and their personal cars, and crashed/impounded? vehicles) on drawn double parking spots, or driving up right against local residents' driveways often blocking the whole sidewalk and the residents' ability to use their in-property parking space/garage. At least the residents get good protection in return. I see orange cones on the sidewalk which is probably used to reserve the public street parking spots for tomorrow after they leave.


Malfunctioned t1_ix0lume wrote

I know a number of (small) independent retail businesses (food, services) that don't open until 10am-noon and don't come early to shovel. I bet their reasoning is that it is cheaper to get an occasional ticket (if any) than to come hours early (getting stuck in the morning commune) just to clear the snow or hire someone else (which is not always cheap during high demand snow days). The chance of getting a ticket is likely very low since DSNY don't have a lot of staff for enforcement and pedestrian has gotten used to walking over it.


Malfunctioned t1_iuftijc wrote

Some people don't want to deal with house upkeeps, snow removal, etc (same reason many prefer co-op/condo/rental over private house). Owning a car while living in a L.I. apartments is no big deal, unlike much of NYC. Much cheaper than buying a house too.

Houses in OK areas of Long Island aren't cheap. I was surprised when a friend paid $400K+ for a 3BR 1000sf (compact by LI standard, with NYC-esque smallish rooms but big enough for the extended family) house in faraway Babylon (Suffolk) because they couldn't afford Nassau let alone Queens. Fortunately, the work commute to Queen Village is surprisingly short (under 40 minutes) and no toll (they used to live in the Bronx) or stress (congestion).


Malfunctioned t1_iudi7r0 wrote

Here is a wider view, albeit at lower resolution:

Right edge of map, from top to bottom: some NJ land and The Palisade, Henry Hudson Bridge / Inwood / Spuyten Duyvil / Marble Hill, a bit of the Bronx Zoo, Bronx Whitestone Bridge, the large Cunningham Park, western Nassau County from Elmont to Oceanside

Left side of map: various regions of New Jersey from Irvington, Newark (Weequahic Park, Newark Airport), Bayonne to Richmond.

One can get a very similar view on Google Earth:,-73.99861917,24.79503829a,57103.51708693d,35y,-33.24886754h,75.69050898t,0r


Malfunctioned t1_isk0z9a wrote

Sugartown NYC at nearby 63 Bayard Street seems to be the only loose Asian snack store around. The store is tiny, which may be the reason why it is still hanging around instead of being replaced by another herbal/health store or pharmacy. It is also worthwhile to check the larger supermarkets to see if they have similar snacks in packaged form for (far) less.


Malfunctioned t1_isi3t9x wrote

I've noticed that a number if items I periodically buy from other large Target are not carried at the The Caesar's Bay store, which is surprising as the store is not small. It was the least busy of all the large Targets I've been to , though I primarily shop on weekday afternoons. The shelves are better stocked and neater than many others, which may indicate that they have more workers, or fewer shoppers.

I've been to large Targets (Atlantic, BK Junction, Gateway, Marble Hill, Queens Place, Flushing, College Point, Valley Stream) and small format ones (Bensonhurst, Tribeca, Forest Hill).


Malfunctioned t1_ishf0cy wrote

The original Hong Kong headquarter closed all 20 Hong Kong stores in June due to the severe (and widely criticized) lockdown. Hopefully they (and the NY licensee store) will come back as business recovers.

A family friend used to be part owner of the Mott Street store (franchised from HK headquarter) but later pulled out (most of the snacks were not unique to Aji and the licensing was expensive). He opened his own knockoff store on Main Street Flushing in 2007 or earlier, but it closed during the pandemic.