… as the people take over.
ASTORIA, NYC- I posted yesterday about how the pandemic was over in NYC. This was my neighborhood last night, a few blocks from my apartment:
— WA CARTIER 💫 (@WaWacartier) July 18, 2020
— 𝙅𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙨 𝘼𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙖 𝙈.𝘿, 𝙈.𝙎🧬🔬 (@jesusanampa) July 18, 2020
Steinway St. in Astoria, Queens on 7/17 at 1:39 am. pic.twitter.com/HZg2W74cpK
— Alla Lefkowitz (@LegalGal83) July 17, 2020
People are really out of their minds at this point. The Mister Softee truck?! 🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/nPcPqxHvE3
— Irv (@thisisIRV) July 18, 2020
Meanwhile the authorities are yapping about Covid and how all their hard work keeping us locked indoors and illegally shuttering businesses is going to be wasted. But what were they saying as tens of thousands of protestors / rioters were yelling in screaming in the streets, fighting cops, and smashing windows? Nothing. Apparently, if you go out into the streets and say black lives matter you’re not spreading Covid, but if you go into the streets and say or do anything else you’re killing old people and risking our re-opening “privileges” being revoked, as though our government officials are nannies whose job it is to scold us.
But I’m not sure if they even have that power anymore. People came from all over the city and took over Steinway last night. They turned the place into a giant street party — they were selling booze out of the trunk of cars and setting off fireworks — and the police did nothing. The few police who showed up did little other than ask the drivers of a few illegally parked cars to move.
The city hung their police out to dry and now they’re paying the price. They undermined their authority and implicitly gave people the go ahead to resist them. They cut their budget. They cut down an effective anti-crime unit. They did little as police officers were violently attacked — the guy who put a cop in a headlock on video last week was released without charges. Now the city expects the police to go out and shut down an unruly drunken mob who has had enough of the lockdown, the restrictions, the bullshit who just want to go out and have fun again.
It’s not going to happen.
As New Yorkers are shooting each other at a rate unseen in decades, beating cops on bridges, and engaging in wide-scale civil disobedience it’s not my impression that a Steinway street party is very high on the police’s list of priorities.
The BLM protests showed us how tenuous the city’s grip on control is, and I don’t believe this was lost on anyone. The people of New York have taken over the city, and they know it. There may be something historic in this.
I’m going to walk over to Steinway tonight …
On top of all of this NY State just announced another idiotic social / commercial restriction: people are no longer free to go to a bar and just order alcohol. Nope, we now need to buy food in order to get a beer. The rationale — if there’s any — is that the state wants to limit the number of people in bars, and they are doing this by raising the price required to drink.
But it seems to be backfiring. Most bars seem to not be enforcing the new regulation while others came up with a clever work around: a $1 food menu. So if you want to drink you need to pay $1 for some chips or pickles or something. It’s just another hoop that the government is trying to make people jump through, and we’re all so fucking sick of it.
This regulation went into place two days ago … so, from the view on Steinway last night, it’s clearly not working.