NYC Marathon: Stupid Media Tent For Even Stupider Race Gets Power Before Thousands Of New Yorkers

Categories: Hurricane Sandy
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UPDATE: Mike Bloomberg Defends Running the Marathon.

If you're reading this, you're probably one of the lucky New Yorkers who currently has electricity -- or you're in a NYC Marathon media tent in Central Park that (as outrageous as it may sound) is getting electricity via-several diesel-powered generators.

If a stupid media tent for an even stupider race getting electricity before the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who currently are without power seems insulting, ridiculous, and flat-out idiotic, that's because it is.

As it stands, nearly 600,000 New Yorkers are without power. Many of those people aren't expected to have power restored for up to 10 days. But the sporting press for a stupid foot-race has all the juice they need -- and then some.

The New York Post reported this morning that the Marathon's media tent is getting fueled by "three diesel-powered generators" that "crank out 800 kilowatts -- enough to power 400 homes in ravaged areas like Staten Island, the Rockaways and downtown Manhattan."

In addition to the three generators pumping electricity into the tent, there is a backup generator on standby -- just in case any of the three fail.

While we hate to be redundant, this is for a stupid foot-race that only a few thousand people -- across the globe -- give even half a shit about. It's not the Super Bowl. It's not the Olympics. It's a foot-race.

The only thing more boring than running is watching other people run. And marathon runners don't even run fast, they run for distance. Watching a marathon is like watching a real race in slow motion. 

That said, the media tent at the NYC Marathon is only there so sports journalists can report to the miniscule audience of marathon enthusiasts what we all already know: a Kenyan's probably gonna win, several people completed the race in wheelchairs, and running is fucking boring.

Because a state of emergency has been declared in New York, the governor, mayor, or even president Obama could order the generators used to power the media tent be used to pump some juice into the homes of New Yorkers without power.

Bloomberg, however, has said that the race will go on. Obama's got Ohio to worry about right now and probably isn't concerned that a few jerks were insensitive enough to use generators to power a media tent in Central Park, and Cuomo has shucked and jived his way out of taking a side on whether the race should go on.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer seems to be one of the few politicians as outraged over the misuse of desperately needed generators as every New Yorker should be.

Stringer issued the following statement in regards to the Marathon:

"But New York has experienced a tragedy of historic proportions. New Yorkers in Staten Island, the Rockaways, Coney Island and Lower Manhattan are struggling to keep body and soul together, deprived of basic essentials as temperatures drop.

"For this reason, and after significant deliberation, I believe we should postpone and re-schedule the New York City Marathon in order to focus all of the City's resources on the crucial task of helping our neighbors recover from this disaster. New Yorkers deserve nothing less than to know that the entire government is focused solely on returning the City and their region back to normalcy.

"The next several days will test the mettle of our city's infrastructure, its residents and its government. We will come back stronger than ever - but only then can the marathon be an event that all New Yorkers can celebrate."

In addition to the generators getting wasted on a media tent, the race itself will require city resources -- including police, ambulances, etc. -- be used to control the parade route. New York City doesn't have resources to waste right now -- especially on a stupid race.


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Midniterider
Midniterider

@nycrunninggirl: Just remember for your hobby the Coast Guard families went without power while your precious marathon was powered up on Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. These brave Coasties (some of whom lost all their worldly possessions and a few cars) were busy clearing the harbor of errant containers that were swept overboard in the storm, too much debris to mention and buoys to replace just so you could gas up your Lexus. And they would never even mention it to you in public. One guy I met came in to pick up a fresh uniform after the only one he had left had been worn for 36 hrs straight working said "it's just things, and things can be replaced". I suggest you adopt a similar attitude towards the fallen and the suffering from this disaster. 

jayp
jayp

The thing that amazes me most (and not in a good way) is that Bloomberg actually said--when defending his decision to go forward with the race--that those killed in the storm would want the marathon to happen because they would want to see an economic boost in the city.  First off, fuck you and don't speak for the dead.  Second, fuck you, not everybody (dead or living) is a money grubbing fuckface.  Maybe the deceased would want the city's resources to go to those in need.  God I hate politicians.

ohnostudio
ohnostudio

17:14 Update - Breaking News ;-) on the Marathon - it will NOT take place this Sunday. No further info. I don't know if it will be pushed to another date or if it will be outright cancelled. I guess public outrage does work. Verified on NY Chl 4.

JAF90
JAF90

not shocking at all at times like these people show they're true color and how much they care for their fellow new yorkers.. I hope a giant tree falls on top that tent and generator..

hongpong
hongpong

One factor though, It is not easy to rig generators into power grids like the way this article describes, however indeed there are many emergency needs, not just the grid as an option.

nycrunninggirl
nycrunninggirl

@mbsthinks some people have serious anger issues. #wtfiswrongwithpeople

Divine54
Divine54

@villagevoice that is such bs!!

ohnostudio
ohnostudio

I am a running fan and even I think this is a bad idea. It's an ostentatious display and it's also a sign of extreme disrespect for people who are suffering.

SemperFi-Seabee
SemperFi-Seabee

 @hongpong ArmyCorp of Engineers,FEMA with ConED can Helio EVAC & park those 11 Diesel Generators from Westchester & Central Park directly outside NYC 14th ST Substation Junction and hook to the 25 transformers, and replace with new breakers,switches, relays and establish a mobile outside digital control command outpost located  outside of the 14th St substation Junction Faciliity. It was done in Iraq and Kuwait.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

 @hongpong Yes. And remember the substation where that spectacular explosion happened? That will have to be totally replaced and it will take quite some time to do that. Meanwhile, crews working to restore juice will have to work around the burned-out transformers and just figuring out how to do that will also take considerable time.

SinoSter
SinoSter

They got 6 more large generators in Westchester near  Poughkeepsie,Newburgh,Middletown and Brewester, Those generators need to be reallocated to Downtown NYC to serve the Chinatown and Lower Eastside.

Those areas were not hit that hard.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

 @SemperFi-Seabee  @hongpong I suggested yesterday that the Navy bring a aircraft carrier to NY, tie up somewhere in lower Manhattan and tap its reactors into the grid. It has two 550-megawatt reactors on board. That would supply juice to an awful lot of buildings.

SinoSter
SinoSter

There are 5 large generators not 3 generators that are misallocateed along various points along Central Park on the Upper Westside & Upper Eastside to accommadate the marathon while people got no food,no water and of course no power in Downtown Manhattan. People are trapped in Apts & houses down in Chinatown. No FEMA or FDNY help. The cop cars don't even bother to roll down the streets of Chinatown. The neighborhood got no street lights and breakins and robberys are frequent.

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