Giving Me The Chills………

My sister sent me an e-mail while she was at work. She wanted to know if I had seen the story about the man found dead on the subway tracks at the Essex St. station on the J, M, & Z. She assumed I would want to blog about it. As I was preparing to thank her for the tip while letting her know I had already blogged about it, I read something that gave me the chills.

She was reminding me about a conversation we had a few days ago. In that conversation, she had mentioned a dream she had which involved a man being on the tracks. What gave me the chills is when she reminded me that the dream she had specifically featured a man on the tracks at a J train station. She did not know what station the dream took place in but remembered it was a stop the J train made. This conversation took place within the last 2-4 days so it is chilling to hear about this incident.

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Man Hits An Unlucky Exacta!

Subway tracks at the Junction Blvd station on the 7 train; Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

This morning, an unidentified man hit an unlucky exacta when he fell from a subway platform on to the tracks & then to the street when he tried to get back up to the platform. The accident occurred shortly after midnight at the Junction Blvd. station on the 7 train. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was last reported to be in stable but serious condition.

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Attempted Robbery Leads To A Woman Being Stabbed

169th Street station on the F. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

A 51 year old woman is currently listed in stable condition at the hospital after being stabbed in an attempted robbery. The incident took place at the 169th St. station on the F train. According to police, the woman was standing on the northbound platform waiting for an F train when a man approached her. The man attempted to snatch her handbag but was met with a resistance. As she continued to fight back, the man took out a weapon & stabbed her in the head & shoulder. Thankfully the 32 year old man was arrested & charged with assault, robbery, & criminal possession of a weapon in the attack.

This now explains the service alert I saw on the MTA’s website about a police investigation.

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Man Found Dead On Subway Tracks

Essex Street
Train tracks at Essex Street station on the J, M, & Z. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

An unidentified 50 year old man was found dead this morning on subway tracks at the Essex Street station on the J, M, & Z trains. MTA employees spotted the unconscious man laying on the ground & alerted police. When the police arrived, they found the man laying on the tracks with his feet touching the third rail. The victim was pronounced dead an hour later.

My question is how did the man go from laying on the ground which I assume was the platform down to laying on the tracks touching the third rail? I assume the cops came a short time after being called so how did all of this take place? Did any of the workers not try to wake the man up? Why was the man not watched while the cops were on their way? Either the events of this story were incorrectly reported or the scene was mismanaged.

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Round 2 A Dud?

This seems to be the thinking of many throughout the city as the 24 hour strike came to a close at 5 a.m. this morning. Just like last month, we once again have both sides spinning a different version of events & success. The Metropolitan Taxicab Board Of Trade estimated that more than 95% of the cabs were out picking up fares. As usual Bhairavi Desai of the Taxi Workers Alliance strongly disagrees.

One thing is for sure, this round of the strike created more turmoil between drivers. At one location, a driver who was out on strike berated another driver waiting to pick up a fare. The driver on strike shouted “Scabs! You would prostitute your own mothers!”

Here are some comments from both sides:

Mayor Bloomberg – “We made a deal and we’re going to stick to the deal and I think taxi drivers who try it will like it.”

New York State Federation Of Taxi Drivers Leader Fernando Mateo – “These are not strikes. These are small protests by small groups who want to do radical things.”

Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai – “Despite those poor, pathetic scabs, the streets were empty this morning. Whatever they do to break our strikes, they can never break our spirits.”

Cab driver Billy Acquaire – “If the mayor has to put in place a contingency plan, then the strike was a success.”

While I do support the reasons behind the strike, I am starting to question the effectiveness of these strikes. The city has yet to feel severe effects from the strike & they don’t seem to be backing off from their position. Maybe the Taxi Workers Alliance should go back to the drawing board. They clearly do not have the support of all or even a majority of their drivers. So with that alone, they are considered to be in a position of weakness. I don’t know how many more rounds the drivers can go before they get knocked out.

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