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  • #46
    Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

    yeah,

    let's go back to 70's. With graffiti-filled subways, muggings on every corner, homeless sleeping in the vestibules of townhouses, smog, porn shops in time square and real estate just about worthless. Gee, how i miss those days.

    sishka guy is a disgrace.

    Originally posted by minnie-me View Post
    J....so true.

    I came here in the mid-1970's when the city was MUCH worse ....crime-wise, dirt wise....etc. People didn't complain half as much as this "new newbie" influx. They would not have survived 5 minutes.

    People moved to NYC for the way it WAS, not to change it to be like the suburbs they LEFT. If you want to live in a bubble, stay there and ride around in your car all day. Why live somewhere you cannot or will not adjust to?

    When I read some of these posts, I am reminded of a line from Sex & the City...


    "New York is over....O...V...E...R..."

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    • #47
      Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

      Originally Posted by jmedwick

      let's go back to 70's. With graffiti-filled subways, muggings on every corner, homeless sleeping in the vestibules of townhouses, smog, porn shops in time square and real estate just about worthless.
      You're right and lets not forget the financial crisis, the blackout of '77 and subsequent looting that brought the city to its knees.

      sishka guy is a disgrace.
      Compared to the problems 20, 30 years ago, shishka guy just doesn't seem so bad.

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      • #48
        Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

        RE: "Compared to the problems 20, 30 years ago, shishka guy just doesn't seem so bad."
        You've hit on a really important point with this statement. Had this forum existed 20 or 30 years ago it would be almost totally devoted to stories and complaints about drugs and drug sales, shootings, auto theft, burglaries, assaults, muggings, arsons, prostitution, purse snatches, vandalism and the list goes on. I think it's GREAT that things have moderated to a point where the occasional major crime is big, big news. Most of the local complaints today seem to center around noise, traffic and the Clubs (which have cleaned up their act, at least to a small degree, over the past couple of years). This is something for which we should all be thankful - very thankful.

        Now for the bad news. With the economy going down (and I think it has a lot further to go) one Police Academy class has already been cancelled and several fire companies are slated to be disbanded. NOWis the time for YOUto start contacting the politicians, notably Jerry Nadler, Charles Scheumer and Kirsten Gillibrand who have at least some control over the Federal money that comes to the City, and David Patterson, Tom Duane and Dick Gottfreid on the State level. YOU have to make them aware that Chelsea's quality of life, including personal safety and fire safety, is appreciably better than it was in the not-so-distant past. YOU have to make them aware that you are a voter and a campaign contributor and that YOU do not want these vital services cut in Chelsea. If you wait until things get bad, it will be too late to complain. The Police Department has lost over 20% of its strength in the past seven years and over $94 MILLION in its last budget. This is not a good sign and it affects YOU personally, whether you realise it or not. A stamp only costs $0.42 and a phone call is even less. Are you willing to spend that to avoid a return to the mid-1970's through the early 1990's?

        Ask yourself: "If not me, who? If not today, when?"

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        • #49
          Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

          yep, you'll get a ticket if you smoke a cigarette in a bar or restaurant, but you can get a license to barbeque greasy lamb over charcoal on a residential neighborhood!

          go figure!!

          Originally posted by minnie-me View Post
          You're right and lets not forget the financial crisis, the blackout of '77 and subsequent looting that brought the city to its knees.



          Compared to the problems 20, 30 years ago, shishka guy just doesn't seem so bad.

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          • #50
            Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

            Seriously?? Are we really spending 5+ pages ranting and raving over a street vendor?

            Can't his presence just be filed under "NY and all its glory"??
            It's part and parcel of living in New York City...and Chelsea.
            Smells and sounds and the daily grind are all what makes this place unique and glorious. Calm down and embrace it.

            One of you even suggested he sell hot dogs rather than shish kebabs.
            I'm shocked that this is how some of you are approaching this.
            I suggest that if someone came to you at work and suggested you shift your livelihood because your current career choices "annoy" them, you'd be more than a bit put off.

            I've lived across from the elementary school on W21st Street for 15 years now. Every morning when they arrive for school it sounds like they are conducting recess in my living room. But that's what comes with living here- and if it bothers me, I shut the windows.

            If you don't like shish kebabs, I respectfully suggest you don't buy them.
            If the noise of his spatula perturbs you, shut your damn window.
            If the smell bothers your highly refined senses, cross the street.
            C'mon New Yorkers, buck up.

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            • #51
              Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

              you've got to call Christine Quinn's office and complain. it's the only way.

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              • #52
                Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                Originally posted by jmedwick View Post
                you've got to call Christine Quinn's office and complain. it's the only way.
                The only way??
                I suggest another way is to let the man earn a living- like you do.
                If he's got his permit/license in order and not breaking any laws, you need to move on and find something else to spend your time doing.

                Might I suggest packing and moving to the suburbs?
                C'mon....New York City!!! what happened to us??

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                • #53
                  Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                  you need to move on and find something else to spend your time doing.
                  Your ability to empathize with someone who is obviously upset by the intrusion of this vendor, preventing the quiet enjoyment of his living where he wishes to live, is quite frankly very underwhelming! Perhaps you should learn not to be so black and white judgmental.

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                  • #54
                    Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                    With all due respect, saying the 'only way' to deal with this issue is to call Christine Quinn's office is what I'd call 'black and white' and not very empathetic.

                    I don't mean to come off as abrasive- but these sort of non-issues that get blown out of proportion really irritate me. If he's not breaking the law leave the man alone.
                    End of story.

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                    • #55
                      Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                      I'd like to interject a little reminder here. If all you Db's (That's short for D'bags...in case you didn't know) were to have your way & shut down all the greasy immigrant polluters that stain the sidewalk & stink up the air with their ethnic offal... You would starve to death.

                      Do you normally see the person that is putting the food on the plate that you eat? So you call the local take out & they send up some mystery dish that you not only eat with relish (The verb, not the noun) & then order the same the next time. Do you ask them what they do with their 'grease'?...I thought as much.

                      At the risk of sounding like I always sound...take the time & get up off your fat a$$ & get down to the supermarket & put together a meal ( or 5) & don't buy anything from this horrible pig of a person (I don't really mean that..it's for effect).

                      Who in their right mind would buy this unsanitary, stinky hateful crap? (See above).

                      Grow the F-up. Watch, Look & listen. If what you see offends you...walk away...the market will take care of itself. If this 'foreigner' is so far off base with what he offers...IN THE LIGHT OF DAY...then no one will buy it...right?

                      Well guess what...look how old this thread is (5/25/08) & the dude is still there.

                      The market has spoken...SHUT THE F UP.

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                      • #56
                        Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                        TJ- I like your spirit!!

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                        • #57
                          Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                          I can't find this man, because I am curious about him now. I wish we could all just get along, however can't really pick a side without experiencing the offensiveness of his odifourous splendor. The only fair way is probably to let the market work. If he's that stinky, surely he won't have a lot of business. I don't think there's a huge market in "da'hood" for smelly fare. I must say the debate on this issue is one of the reasons I think this is a great site to blog. Who will overcome? We shall see.

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                          • #58
                            Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                            Originally posted by Anderson Black View Post
                            I can't find this man, because I am curious about him now....I don't think there's a huge market in "da'hood" for smelly fare.
                            Hmmm???? This thread is called "Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)" & I went by there today & there was the star of the show. I will admit, if one were to believe that their nose would get them there, I'm afraid they would walk right by because until I was about 6 feet away I smelled nothing. It was around 1:30 PM & he seemed busy as a lunchroom lady.

                            As for meeting the demands of the neighborhood, or "'nab" in a competing vernacular, there was an even larger cart set up at 23/7th.

                            Now that I have the good news - bad news out of the way, my real reason for bothering you all is to point out a very interesting article re street carts/food trucks from the NYTimes, and I quote:

                            "The Health Department set the number of full-time food vending permits at 3,100, in 1979. (In the fall, the City Council will vote on a proposal that would increase the number of permits to 25,000.)"

                            That's a better than eightfold increase. It could mean that in the area covered by Mr. Small-cart Smelly Guy (whose signage now proudly proclaims that he sells fish) & Mr. Way-Larger-Cart-&-Probably-Way-More-Smelly-Guy, there will be 16.5 more Smelly Guys. Let's here it for small business.

                            I have read elsewhere that in the area of curbside cuisine, New York is way behind the curve. As Ralph Cramden would say "It's da wave of da futcha!", I say it's a veritable tsunami.

                            Those that have a hard time accepting the present state of affairs may want to head over to the Port Authority & see if the Peter Pan Bus Company makes stops at Any-Where-But-Here's-ville because your world is about to get way worser before it gets betterer.

                            So is it Bon Appetit or Bon Voyage?
                            Be thankful you have a choice.

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                            • #59
                              Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                              Oddly, the last few times I've walked by, it wasn't as pungent as previous occasions.
                              However, I couldn't help but notice they make Fish Sandwish !

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                              • #60
                                Re: Shish Kebab guy (23rd/8th)

                                I saw him today. He had a line waiting for his fare. I was afraid to try it today but maybe will get my nerve up. He seemed friendly enough.

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