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Staying Warm and Comfortable

This Winter Was one of the worst that NYC has seen in a long time. It was a true test of my new underwear. What? you say, yes my underwear. You see this year I donated my old well worn cotton long johns and tops, and replaced it all with the new Hi-Tech UnderArmour. I spent some serious money,but it was worth every buck. My biggest problem is when I become active I sweat a lot, and with the old cotton underwear when that gets damp, it stays damp, and you are no longer warm and comfortable. My friend if this all too familiar than you need to switch. After you get passed the price tag, trust me, you will be much happier for it. I recommend the ColdGear Evo Longsleeve Compression Mock Baselayer Top, and the Compression Bottoms. Don’t forget the Heavy Cushion Boot Socks. You can still keep your cotton underwear and put it over the UA. Not only will will you be Warm and Comfortable,but Dry as well.

Changes to New York State DMV Law

Effective October 28, 2013 changes will be made to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle cell phone and texting laws for motor carriers and commercial vehicle drivers.  You can access the information at www.dmv.ny.gov/cellphone.htm

The article also lists changes that have already gone into effect for non-commercial drivers.  Share this information with them as well. 

Restrictions in Truck Routes

Here is a partial list of changes that were made to the Legal Truck Routes,that are not shown on the Map.The following are in Manhattan.
Eastbound 23st No Left Turn onto Northbound 1st avenue
Eastbound 34st No Left Turn onto Northbound 1st avenue
Westbound 34st No Left Turn onto Southbound 2nd avenue
Westbound 23st No Left Turn onto Southbound 2nd avenue
No Left Turn onto Southbound 7th avenue
No Left Turn onto Southbound 9th avenue
Westbound 14st No Left Turn onto Southbound 2nd avenue
Northbound Bowery No Left Turn onto Westbound Kenmare/Delancey street
Eastbound Kenmare st No Left Turn onto Northbound Bowery st
Eastbound Delancey st No Left Turn Northbound Christie street
Eastbound Grand st No Left/No Right turns onto Bowery st
That is it for now. More to follow,as if this was not enough.

THE NEW WTC 3

Work in progress (2012)

FOOD VENDOR’S IN NYC

This is for all you new drivers (or even tourists) who are making deliveries (or visiting NYC)  help get some good and reasonable food.  When you walk or drive the streets, you’re going to get hungry, and then the decision is WHERE to go.  The sidewalk vendors are readily available. 

You’re going to see and smell numerous food carts/vendors all over the place.  Most of them selling hot dogs, pretzles, etc.  Don’t waste your time unless hot dogs are REALLY what you want.  To me dirty water hot dogs (boiled in water with saurkraut juice for flavor) only goes so far – and the price!

Here’s a little secret we New Yorkers know.  I’d like to share and educate you on it.  New York City has a large middle eastern cuisine.  Do not be afraid to try it –  it’s something different but really good.  If you see a sign that says “HALAL meat” all that means is how the animals are handled.  Similar to “kosher” as I’m sure you already know the term. The usual plate they offer consists of: rice, vegetables and then lamb/beef or chicken (seasoned very nicely with sauces on the side) and a  drink for the  grand total of $6.00 – a major bargain in the City.  Enjoy.  The other thing on the menu is something called a GYRO. It containes all of the ingredients listed on the plate and then some . Just think of everything on PITA bread . Which is a round flatbread , that when  folded has not only the lamb and beef ,but all the vegetables and sauce it can be come a Royal Mess. As your eating this creation it becomes apparent that I’ts dripping all over your shirt and pants. Not a recommended sandwich if your going to take it back to the TRUCK 

BAD ROADS

Among the many things that NYC is famous for, is it’s Bad Roads.It not only affect’s Truck Drivers, but Pedestrians as well. The reason for this condition we are told, is that during the Winter month’s the City dumps tons of Salt on the roads,which causes widespread deterioration of the road bed. Yes that is true BUT, it wouldn’t be nearly as destuctive if the CITY would just Enforce a Rule, which they are famous for doing, that all Contractors that have to dig up the street, Put it back the way they found it. There is no such thing. WHY? I live in a suburb of NYC called Nassau County, every time they have to dig, they return the road back to the way it was, Avoiding a lot of problems in the future. They don’t use Salt, they use sand. OK there is the diference. But if you return the road back to original specs,the Salt will not be such a factor. Maintain the Roads the way you should, you would not have the problems you have.Wouldn’t it be far more economical to have the Contractor’s do the Job Right the first time,then having to come back several times after, only to never really Fix the area completely.It seems to me that the City is more concerned with much more important issues, like Bike Lanes, Flower Pots, Tables and Chairs and Painting the streets in many different colors. They have no money to do the Right things, only the frivolous. What’s the point in doing cosmetic’s, if your foundation is falling apart.

WTC1 next to Tower 7

The new WTC1 next to the already-completed WTC 7.

NYC INSANE

In Brooklyn, New York there is an intersection of Flatbush Avenue extension and Myrtle Avenue –  both legal truck routes.  It used to be that if you were headed Manhattan bound on Flatbush Avenue you could make a right on Myrtle Avenue and proceed deep into Brooklyn.  Now trucks can not make the turn onto Myrtle Avenue because the CITY in its efforts to go GREEN has decided to put a concrete divider that is so wide that a truck cannot physically make a right hand turn.  There was an instance where the Fire Department had to go down to answer a call (and didn’t know this new route) and the fire truck couldn’t make the turn.  Well does NYC care about what i’ts doing? It’s crazy, it’s insane.  The City is so crazy about going GREEN that it forgets about reality for its people.  What are people to do in an emergency?  How do they get down the street?  The only recourse for the Fire Department is for them to back down the street and if the fire is not there to spin around if they can to make the turn wasting precious time and perhaps lives.  But the GREENERY looks great.

WTC 4

The New soon to be completed WTC 4.
This American Flag and 911 banner was hung on the steel girders by the ironworkers at the base of WTC-4.

DAMN Bike Lanes

In NYC’s quest to go GREEN, hundreds of bike lanes have been painted on the city’s streets. As a result, the streets had to sacrifice a travel lane, thus choking traffic.  It also killed valuable parking spots, vital to trucks trying to make deliveries. So now Trucks have to Double Park outside the so very important bike lane, further interfering with traffic.  I’m in the city most of the day going all different directions, and if count a dozen bicyclists, I saw a lot.  And that’s on a fair weather day.  Let’s not try to make a Truck Driver’s job a little easier – because all they do is bring in all the supplies and services that keeps this City running.  Let’s care more about a handful of bicycles, that’s much more important…