Sunday, March 16, 2008
Scavengers are stealing our garbage! So say city officials who claim that in 2007, New York City lost $150,000 in recyclable metals. We’ve prosecuted and fined those who were caught in our cans and impounded over 100 vehicles yet refuse robbery continues. Apparently, "one man’s garbage is another man’s gold (or other valuable scrap metal)." The City Council has raised fines from $100 to $2,000 to protect New York’s rubbish. Hopefully, this will slam the lid down hard on this sanitation problem.
The Plaza hotel has reopened in Manhattan after years of extensive renovations. It remains one of the premier hotels in the world. Not surprisingly, an overnight stay there still costs more than the nearest Motel 6. It’s less expensive though than buying one of their new co-op apartments upstairs.
A new type of security device emitting a high-frequency sound is creating a buzz around town. This “Mosquito” irritates people between the ages of 13-25 with high-pitched decibels. The sound is so annoying that it chases most kids away from the immediate vicinity. Yet, it’s unheard by nearly everyone else! Has something to do with how our hearing changes as we age. Did you hear that??? It's already big in England (at least with property owners). Now, it’s being installed in more and more NYC buildings to chase youths from building lobbies and hanging outside of stores. Sounds like a good idea, just so long as it’s been properly tested and won't cause any long-term harm.