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Tuesday, May 23, 2021

read the burn
Gotta love the subway. Between the record-setting filthiness and the big comeback in train graffiti, the experience is better than any amusement park ride.

I guess we’ll have to learn to live with the grime. But the City is getting proactive about the defacement by spending $25 million to refit cars with Mylar coatings that protect windows from paint and the new strain of acid-etched markings.

I haven’t noticed the dirtiness, but then, I’ve yet to take the E Train. I can live with that; just one more reason to avoid Queens…

But I have noticed the new-fangled graffiti. It’s hard not to — practically every car seems to have been victimized. Not that any sort of graffiti is tolerable, but this acid-burned kind strikes me as too crude to be distinctive. Since you have to apply the chemical super-quick to make a mark, the results are usually pretty sloppy.

I won’t miss the artificial scenery once the Mylar is applied. But my eyes won’t get bored, of course: In addition to gawking at my fellow passengers, there’s always the all-over in-your-face advertising wraps inside and outside cars. That’s not considered defacement, but…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/23/2006 11:27pm
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Why did Roosevelt Union Free School District become the first-and-only school district ever to be taken over by the State of New York?

Maybe a superintendent junket to Argentina to the tune of $6,010 had something to do with it:

The audit questioned trips arranged by [district superintendent Ronald] Ross and a previous superintendent. The trip to Argentina, scheduled by Mr. Ross through a national group of superintendents, was what the audit called a 13-day “professional development” conference that included a cruise to the Antarctic. Though the trip was canceled, the $6,010 cost was not refunded. The audit questioned the trip’s “reasonableness and necessity.”

The real howler is Ross’ unrepentant defense:

“Yes, I need time off, and I might need to go not only to the South Pole but also to the North Pole,” Mr. Ross said. What he learns on such trips benefits students back home, he said. The audit claimed that Mr. Ross canceled the Argentina trip because of “the potential for opposition within the community.” But he denied that, saying he was simply too busy to go. “Why would I let some old biddies in the community stop me?” he said.

As long as it ultimately benefits the schoolchildren, Ross might as well indulge in that exceptional Argentine steak. What’s another thousand or two when education is at stake (pun intended)?

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/23/2006 10:45pm
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