Rotten to the Core

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office has announced that housing support payments to the New York City families left homeless by Superstorm Sandy are to be stopped. It seems compassion and decency has its limits within the halls of absolute power and these victims are a disposable commodity. Like most political cowards, city officials waited until the nation’s gaze has moved on to other things and then lash out from the shadows. Superstorm Sandy’s victims’ desperate situation will now miraculously disappear from the ‘things to do’ list at City Hall and will make Bloomberg’s record look a little neater when he is finally dragged from his office kicking, grimacing and posturing at the end of this year. The removal of financial aid for temporary accommodation will leave thousands of New Yorkers with nowhere to go, hundreds of families will be cast onto the streets and left to fend for themselves through no fault of their own.  Disgraceful? Callous? Shameful? Yet another example of the rungs at the bottom of the ladder being sawn through? Yes, yes, yes and yes. But hey, on the brighter side, the NY job figures in the private sector have reached an all time high. Well done Mike!

With over 50.000 people already living in shelters or on the streets here you tend to think that there isn’t room for even more of the desolate and the broken. But this is New York, the greatest city in the world, there is always room, come on in, make yourselves at home and repeat after me: “can you spare any change?”

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28 thoughts on “Rotten to the Core

  1. Money is god. If you don’t have any you don’t matter. Governments are there to perpetuate themselves. They use disaster as a platform to get more money and possibly more votes for themselves. As you say, so beautifully, when no one is looking, the true nature of government rears its ugly head. Your photographs go a long way in documenting the truth. Excellent post.

  2. Really I despair of our so-called governments. Soulless and inhuman. The attitude is similar over here to anyone who is vulnerable, because they know they’re not endangering any votes by casting them aside. Great post – shame you had to post it.

    • As I say, cowards thrive in shuttered rooms. Martin Luther King Jr said “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now” sadly it seems to be sinking. thanks for the comment.

  3. My old home town. But the beddings gone upscale, used to be all cardboard. As it was in Paris in
    the sixties.
    Sad to see, good for the mood, very New York.

    • Cardboard is still the bedding of choice for most to be honest. the few with sleeping bags, blankets etc are relatively new to the streets. Within a few weeks they will be stripped of any ‘comfortable’ covers either by having them rot in the rain, chewed by rats or stolen. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. The alert for this post has been sitting in my inbox for a couple of days. Normally I pop right over, but I knew this one was going to just set me off again. I was right. God I hate these people.

    • Husband and I will be coming to New York in week. We’ll do the tourist thing, because I’ve never been here before, but your photos and words will be in my mind and heart as we wander your city.

      • Hey Carissa, please don’t let my images of NYC influence your trip here. As a photographer, I tend to gravitate to the darker side by nature. I try to portray the underbelly of this great city and I am well aware that my photographs would never be included in any tourist publication. Saying that, New york is a fantastic place to visit and I would strongly recommend the ‘tourist thing’ if you want to see as much of it as you can in the time you are here. Just make sure you pack your camera and if you see an English bloke running around photographing anything and everything, it could well be me. Enjoy!

        • Oh, I plan to enjoy myself and take Lots and Lots of photos!

          New York City has been on my bucket list since before I knew there was such a thing (read: since I was a little kid), so I am as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve.

          I’ll keep my eyes open for you. And if you recognize me, tap me on the shoulder. 🙂

      • Just like to back up the reply to you; New York was one of the most inspiring places, photographically, I’ve been to (just once, long ago), especially at night.

  5. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to NYC. Bloomberg has been at the city’s helm for many years now. What’s his current approval rating? If there was an election today, and he ran again, what would be his chances?

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