New York: From "Disneyland For Wall Street" To "Coffin-Sized" Living Spaces

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

There is no question about it, NYC feels more like “Disneyland for Wall Street” than ever before. The very rich are doing very well, everyone else, not so much. We are often told by charlatans and mainstream media propagandists that this mythical rising tide of wealth lifts all boats. If that’s the case, I find it quite perplexing that the homeless population in America’s financial center is exploding five years into the so-called recovery. Meanwhile, let’s not forget that 22% of the city is on food stamps.

How is this possible? Because we have witnessed five years of egregious corruption and crony capitalist theft, not a genuine recovery. That’s how.

The war on the homeless has been accelerating in recent years, as city officials across the nation would rather hide the problem that admit the economic recovery is bullshit. In most cases, the measures are subtle, but have the desired effect of pushing homeless people away from public view (in Columbia, South Carolina it is not so subtle and you need a $120 weekly permit to feed the homeless). NYC officials are a bit more nuanced. For example, I was shocked to see a sign posted in a park in Manhattan that said adults can’t come in without children. It looked something like this:

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No matter what spin somebody may put on this, the primary goal is to keep homeless people away.

I grew up in New York City and was a toddler in the early 1980′s, not exactly the safest period in the city. I remember playing in the parks around my parents’ apartment and there were homeless people everywhere. It was a part of my childhood for better or worse, but it was reality. I think I was better off knowing the homeless existed than if they had all been pushed away to the outskirts and everyone pretended they weren’t there.

The thing is, many of the very wealthy in New York City want to believe this bullshit story that things are generally getting better. Meanwhile, the statistics speak for themselves, and according to HUD, the homeless population in NYC increased 13% last year. That’s quite disturbing five years into raging bull market for stocks.

Moving along, we now we find that homeless people are living in coffin-sized spaces inside the frame of the Manhattan Bridge.

From the New York Post:

Crafty hobos are turning the Manhattan Bridge into a veritable shantytown, complete with elaborate plywood shacks that are truly “must see to believe.”


One of the coffin-sized living spaces — which have been built into the bridge frame near the Manhattan entrance — is secured with a flimsy bike lock and bolted to a metal beam by its inhabitant.


The pods are built into the underside of the upper deck, below car traffic but above the subway and bike lanes.


To reach his makeshift studio, the bridge dweller — a stocky, neatly dressed Chinese man in his 40s — climbs a chain-link fence to a nook above the bike lane, witnesses said.


He unlocks the red bike lock with a key, slides a plank of wood back like a door and crawls in.


The 10-by-1¹/?-foot shacks are cramped, but the rent-free homes sure beat the cost of living legit in neighborhoods nearby — like Brooklyn’s trendy DUMBO, so named for its location “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass.”

Here are a couple of photos.

First, the entrance to one of these makeshift shanties:


The interior:


Really, really sad.

Full article here.

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ZeroPoint's picture

Agenda 21 folks are tearing up with joy. That's what they want for all of us.

Tengri Temujin's picture

After having lived in NY for a few years I couldn't wait the heck out.  The weather, the concrete, the people, all of it was incredibly disgusting.  Even in the nice areas of Manhattan at night I could see rats scurrying around.  One day those rats will evolve a slightly bigger brain and take over that city from the rats that are currently running and residing in it.

ZerOhead's picture

"Crafty hobos are turning the Manhattan Bridge into a veritable shantytown, complete with elaborate plywood shacks that are truly “must see to believe".

Yes things have never been better for today's NYC hobo. Back in my hoboing days a simple cardboard refrigerator box full of raccoon shit outside in the exposed elements was considered to be living the sweet life...

WillyGroper's picture

OT folks.

Michael C. Ruppert dead. Suicide?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Jesus H Christ, that guy intro'd me to the world of CIA drug-running, way way before I ever went down the rabbit hole.  Suicide....  Yep.

SunRise's picture

"Jesus H . . . ", What does the "H" stand for?

StychoKiller's picture

Um, Hubert?  Hebrew? Horatio?

pagan's picture

Ruppert dead? Holy shit!

Since I'm both a 911 thuther and a peakoil beliver I've been aware of him since 2007.

Brilliant man, but he was also borderline weird.

svayambhu108's picture

2006 same for me, sad news indeed.

His last show 2 days ago, he seems pretty much upbeat about a new TV series:



RafterManFMJ's picture


If you blow the IQ curve out on either side, you will be by DEFINITION considered weird by the vast middle whose aggregate behavior and culture defines what is normal.

samsara's picture

Sad Day. 

Mike Ruppert and  was my introduction to Peak Oil and so many many other things.

Started reading his site back around 2001ish (right after 911)  My knowledge and view of the world was changed to the roots.  

His site started me on the road to knowledge about whole areas of things I didn't even know were happening.

He awoke many many people.  

Yes, he was strange.  But being that far out in the wilderness,  it goes with the territory

Rest in Peace Mike.


I would highly recommend his book "Crossing the Rubicon"  if you want to know some of the back story to 911 and more and more.....

or the PDF now.

DaveyJones's picture

Same here, I forget how I tripped upon him. As a prosecutor I already began to suspect who was truly behind the drug game.The documentary Collapse is an interesting look at him. Funny that both his parents worked in intelligence. He was indeed a bit insane but most sane are driven there when they witness and live what he did.

Here's to Mike 

tip e. canoe's picture

vice just released an hour-long doc with him filmed less than 6 months ago:

just watched it today.   deeply poignant, considering recent events.

see you in the spirit world, brother.

Quus Ant's picture

well fuck.  That dude danced with the devil by the pale moon light for longer than I would have ever imagined.  Are we talking about a Micheal Hastings kinda suicide or an Aaron Swartz kinda suicide?

RIP Mike.  Thanks.

DaveyJones's picture

they say self inflicted gunshot but I found this comment on his site kind of interesting


# Robert9554 2014-04-15 17:42
A tragic loss for all of us. What I don't understand is that up until a few days ago Michael seemed reinvigorated by his return to to California. He had also mentioned that he left his guns behind in Colorado and no longer had any use for them. He was happy that his woman was coming out to visit him, and he was excited about a mainstream media deal he had going on. He had expressed these sentiments not only on his Facebook page but also on The Lifeboat Hour.This is a very sad....(sigh)

Doubleguns's picture

So if his guns were in Co where did the gun shot come from. 

kurt's picture

for a second I was happy thinking it was the other Ruppert

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

The streets make you feel brand new,

The bright lights inspire you...


Well, Limerick King, Chumba Wumba, go to work!

Skateboarder's picture

If you're looking for a place to live,

Then be most prepared to give,

Your left nut... and your right one too.

midtowng's picture

"crafty" hobos. It almost sounds like a menace that needs to be stopped

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

And proportionally, the percentage of homeless is growing because families like mine getting the fuck out of this stinking city. You have to be fuckin wealthy or fuckin poor to live there. NO middle class.



Fuckin over it. 

AchtungAffen's picture

Agenda 21, yeah sure. This sounds more like "Let em richies do whatever they want no matter the consequence", and the consequence here it is. Stop blaming the drought on lack of human sacrifices. Stop blaming every problem on some "Agenda 21" fit-for-all idiomatic construct.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

The idea of Agenda 21 is to cram everyone into cities, Brave New World-style.  Make access to the 'outside world' restricted, and you have to get a pass to go for a walk in the forest, let alone live outside of a metropolis.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Very true.

Dune is the real tell of past, present, future.

Barony is the current power set's dream world.


tip e. canoe's picture

Do They Dream of Electric Sheep?

or Fake Plastic Trees?

AchtungAffen's picture

What? Stop sucking Alex Jones mate. Agenda 21 was non binding and voluntary. To the point where the US opposed it with nails and fangs.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

I'm pretty sure that the following is a good representation of Agenda 21 action, which happens to be embedded in local gov't all around where I live.

AchtungAffen's picture

Well, I still fail to see where the 1984/Brave New World/Soylent Green thing there is. It just looks a lot like what many other local governments worldwide are doing to manage to generate less pollution, less trash, save green spaces and resources and all that BS. But from that to the Master Plan to Rule the World... I just don't get that leap of faith.

Doubleguns's picture

You do not have to get it. We will do the thinking for you. 

AchtungAffen's picture

I'd rather not. I've seen what you call "thinking" and have to pass. Thanks but no thanks. I'd rather do my own... without "Alex Jones"-like leaps of faith.

Doubleguns's picture

posted twice. Must be the computer got excited. 

Doubleguns's picture

Sooooo, now you understand the problem with common core.

kurt's picture

Teachers are puking Agenda 21 into your kids' head. The slow grift.

Broccoli's picture

Behold the wonders of the economics profession and modern GDP calculations.

Only in this magical profession can government cronies and the government itself steal wealth from the less powerful, leverage that stolen wealth through debt issuance and fiat monetization approximately 80%, and then count both the stolen wealth and the leverage as additional GDP gains! This is how you have economic growth with falling incomes and growing unemployment. The magic of modern economics.

I earn $100. The government takes $20 at the point of a gun. The government borrows $18 from the wealthy and the Fed who dilutes the monetary base, all on the good faith and credit of my 5 month-old's future earnings. It gives most of this $38 as corporate handouts, unproductive military spending, or buying votes from the permanent and intentionally promoted underclass. This equals $138 dollars in GDP from this series of transactions. Behold the wonders of the magic Keynes created.

The real question is how can GDP ever go down if you count G as a net addition. Our central planners are really imcompetent to rig the equation and still not make it come out positive.

NuckingFuts's picture

If you like saxophones.

I love living in the city... Where junk is king and the air smells shity.

Dave Thomas's picture

FRESH FLESH is what comes next!

NuckingFuts's picture

Nice work Dave, never figured you for a fan.

Freddie's picture

New York City. Assume these **ckers had one wish from a genie on who they could have play center field for the Yankees today.

1. Mickey Mantle in his prime. He had a .298 batting average over 18 years! During his prime years about .325.


2. Fidel Castro - with a batting average of about .230 and he has trouble with a hanging curve and his fielding ain't too great.

They would pick Fidel - hands down.

Sabibaby's picture

It's good to see Lulu Lemon supporting the homeless.

Grande Tetons's picture

Bums need yoga pants to make their asses look nice too. 

Kaiser Sousa's picture

"I wanna be a part of it...New York, New York..."

"sanctuary for everyone...."

i_call_you_my_base's picture

There are more homeless people, but there are much less functioning poor. You have to remember that the vast majority of homeless people are either crazy, drug addicted, or both. They aren't making sound economic decisions. Regular low income people, the normal working class, have all left because it's far too expensive.

If the entire city is really getting poorer, why is crime at an all time low and why did last year have the least amount of murders on record?

Ribeye's picture

They arent making sound economic desisions


yeah, its the homeless in NY that are destroying the global econony, 

ParkAveFlasher's picture

"Crime is at an all time low" because Safir's crew fluffs the numbers, or local precincts simply don't accept reports filed.  There are plenty of low income people living in the five boroughs stuffed into apartments.  The "flourishing" of the homeless in Manhattan is a shakedown from the upstate facilities as they release their costly populations so that they naturally gravitate to the city where there are plenty of spots (like between bridge girders) to exercise their "crazy" and plenty of garbage bags to feed from.  Guiliani was not credited for curing homelessness, which he didn't; Guiliani was credited for removing the homeless, which he did, via greasing upstate palms.  Those palms do require greasing still, evidently.

i_call_you_my_base's picture

Crime is lower than it has been in the last twenty years. Murder has dropped significantly. It's not about massaging the numbers.

My point is more or less that the health of NYC has nothing to do with finance or homeless people. It's a place that people want to move, particuarly young people with money. That's what's supporting the NYC economy and RE prices. Also speculators, etc, but that's my point. I don't think there is anything to be learned from NYC, it's a bad model and indicates nothing.

i_call_you_my_base's picture

Nice rejoinder...what's your fucking problem? Argue against any of my points.

Here are murder rates in NYC:,_crimes_an...