Saturday, September 3, 2016

LinkNYC-Zoltar showdown on 2nd Avenue



The latest LinkNYC kiosk went up yesterday on Second Avenue near St. Mark's Place...near the watchful eye of Zoltar. Not so sure this will be a friendly rivalry. ("I see you over there...")

14 comments:

cmarrtyy said...

Just what we need another homeless drop-off site. in the EV. Thank you Mr. one-term Mayor.

Anonymous said...

These horrible Link things are just places for people to set up camp, strew their stuff around, and lie on the sidewalk whilst plugged in. Hasn't anyone from the city studied the way these kiosks are used and noticed this?? They are a big detriment to the neighborhood, I really don't see any pluses...

Anonymous said...

Touch the glass

Up your ass

Anonymous said...

These kiosks must yield a lot of ads for susbstance abuse treatment based on the consistent demographic of people using them. Whole shanty towns are popping up around them.

paddy523 said...

I saw one of these in midtown and 2 homeless guys (both with i phones) had set up there stuff, chairs, shopping carts etc, all around it!! No else could use it and one of the guys was telling a woman that this was "his spot"!!! Debozo did not think this one thru!!!

Anonymous said...

The druggies in Chelsea camp out around these. They block the sidewalks. Sometimes they drink alcohol out too. As if it is their living room.

Anonymous said...

The fact that homeless people use these is not an argument against them. Homeless people use everything that's public, including parks, libraries, you name it.

Gojira said...

Same story in Harlem, where these things have been placed on pretty much every block between 116th and 125th on 3rd Avenue. They're like KOA campgrounds for the homeless or for people who want to hang out on the street rather than in their apartment. Seeing someone set up a lawn chair and plug in for the interim lets me know these things are not being utilized in the way they were meant to be, for the benefit of many, not the one or the few, and that whatever bright bulb in city government decided big dark hulking monoliths offering free services that most of us have to pay for would be a good idea to put on public streets reeeeeaaaally didn't think it through.

blue glas said...

anon 10:02 AM "The fact that homeless people use these is not an argument against them. Homeless people use everything that's public, including parks, libraries, you name it. "

it's not that homeless use the kiosks, parks, libraries, bus shelters, etc - it's when they take over and claim a public spot making it their own private space, impossible for anyone else to use, and in many cases bringing their carts and garbage along. (yes, they have to lug their belongings with them, they are homeless!)

it is not anti-homeless to object here - it is anti-homeless to think that these public spaces are the answer to an aways growing nyc homeless crisis.

Anonymous said...

I am enough of a neanderthal to not know about using one of these kiosks even if I wished to. To me, these are the Manhattan equivalent of the statues on Easter Island: large, hulking, mysterious - and of no use to most people.

Seriously, would someone please fill me in on WHAT you can do on these things, and HOW you use them? All the ones I've seen are either (a) occupied by someone homeless or (b) not yet connected. And honestly, given the people who seem to camp around these kiosks, I haven't wanted to get close enough to read the instructions.

Anonymous said...

Off-topic:

How bad is The Departed? Overacting, bad pacing, Jack Nicholson is totally implausible as a Whitey Bulger type especially when he kills no one.

Johnny Depp as Whitey was much better and realer e.g. when he kills the girl. Black Mass shows these guys were far from just Irish hard-on louts who just steal and that they were vicious, murderous thugs. I don't get that from The Departed at all.

Even Goodfellas had a constant menace to it despite alot of darkly humorous scenes and it always reminded you that viciousness is the main fuel for these guys e.g. Tommy killing Spider over Spider telling him off. They were not nice men.

Joey Blau said...

Oh look! Another porn palace!

Anonymous said...

Probably an unpopular opinion but I hate both the kiosks and the zoltar.

Anonymous said...

blue glas, I wasn't saying anyone was anti-homeless. I was saying that homeless people using public spaces is not an argument against public spaces.

These kiosks are wifi, right? How are people saying they can't use them then? All you have to do is be near it -- you don't have to plug into it.