Bratton Cracking Down On Grave Subway Menaces: Acrobats, Sleepers and Churro-Selling Ladies

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A woman brazenly sells churros underground.
It's been two months since new-old New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton was sworn in, and much of the press coverage so far has focused on the NYPD's renewed interest in jaywalkers as part of Vision Zero, the initiative to end traffic deaths. But as the New York Times reports, much of that has focused on walkers, not drivers: jaywalking tickets are up eightfold over the same time last year. That's been sort of a mixed bag from a public relations perspective, with the nadir being 84-year-old Kang Chun Wong, who says he was beaten up by police officers trying to give him a citation.

As it turns out, Bratton's sick of talking about jaywalking and most especially Wong's alleged beating, which he calls "an isolated event." Instead, he'd rather discuss the other big plans he's got to make your city even safer, starting in the subway. Capital New York points us to a delightful interview Bratton did with WPIX yesterday morning where he laid out his plans to tackle the biggest menaces of the underground: sleepers, panhandlers, churro-sellers, and the "It's showtime!" dudes.

Speaking to WPIX's Kori Chambers, Bratton took a moment to tout the city's lower crime numbers and reduced reliance on stop-and-frisk. Asked about the Wong incident, Bratton said it was still under investigation, adding, "Jaywalking, you and the media have made a big deal of it. We don't make a big deal out of it." He also called the story "passe" and advised New Yorkers and reporters to "move on."

"That's an incident over a month and a half ago," he added.

Great. What's the new, hip police business? Subway panhandlers and peddlers, who Bratton saw himself on Tuesday night, when he rode the subway (it is news when top city officials ride the subway).

"We had to eject a number of unruly people off the train," Bratton said. "Dealt with another aggressive panhandler. A number of people sleeping on the train. So there are issues still below ground."

Unruly people, one aggressive panhandler and the odd snorer sounds like a relatively successful trip home after work, but go on. The "issues of concern," Bratton said, are the "quality of life issues: the acrobats, the aggressive begging, the people manipulating the swipe cards at the turnstiles. We're going to be having significant focus on those issues. You'll see more police and you'll see them more aggressively going after those so-called quality of life issues, which create fear, frustration and sometimes anger."

More than 274 panhandlers and peddlers have been arrested this year, including, as Capital points out, a lady selling churros on the platform.

Obviously, the city's criminal underworld must be quaking. How will the the city's red hot illegal churro market recover from the blow of Bratton's iron fist? Can the 'showtime' genre survive? Will sleepy criminals dare close their eyes, with Bratton's shock troops patrolling the underground? Only time will tell. In the meantime, sleep with one eye open, straphangers, because apparently you can get in trouble for that sort of thing.

Click through for the full interview from WPIX.



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KellyAnn
KellyAnn

No more churro sellers, no more train pole bouncers, no more career beggars!!

Chrstphr Ptrsn
Chrstphr Ptrsn

The subways are a thorn in my bourgeois backside and must be cleansed! Then we can get rid of the hipsters, blacks and anyone under-30.

Chrstphr Ptrsn
Chrstphr Ptrsn

I didnt move to NYC for dancing vandals and punk "culture." I came here to make a shit ton of money. I support Bratton. I demand safety and security.

Barraud Caterers Limited
Barraud Caterers Limited

If the city would provide enough safe shelters, (with attendant services as they do in other countries), for the homeless then they wouldn't be sleeping in the subways. It is the only warm(ish), safe(ish) place for them. Come on Commish-Brat - have a heart!

Joe Wiley
Joe Wiley

Please Bratton! Riding on the subway has increasingly become more intolerable. One is accosted along an entire ride for money or my valued peace of mind. Hopefully Bratton will rid the city of the explosion of graffiti. Looking out the window on the seven train through corona you with think we were back in the 1978 NYC. A shame. There is a place for art. That place is not residential walls or rooftops.

readforfilth
readforfilth

This is great. The skyrocketing rent, rampant poverty and wage stagnation are quality of life issues but dancing kids, indigenas trying to make a living for their families and homeless folks looking for a warm place to sleep are...


Good show NY.

Luis Orozco
Luis Orozco

Acrobats? Those kids are annoying idiots. Get them all off the trains.

Nadia Kashem
Nadia Kashem

I actually pay my fare for the train, not hop the turnstyle. I don't have to pay to have someone's sneakers shoved into my face. But I guess you're into that, you ghetto piece of shit.

Quany Quan
Quany Quan

no them people like experiencing talent im sure if you were good at something you would want to do it for a living you dumb shit and their young at that so its a way of having fun

klarter
klarter

Bill Bratton is an oligarch who doesn't care about poor people. People are just trying to feed their families by doing some artistic work and selling food. We should try to create opportunities for people.   http://ow.ly/uDjxd

linneaaugust
linneaaugust

But I like showtime! And I think of those guys that come around selling candy as kind of like the food service you might get on a long distance train. While they may not sell Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans from the Honeydukes Express, they sure are appreciated when you've missed dinner and have a two hour commute home.


Tell Police Commissioner Bratton to get his snooping off the subway and up in to the banks who are responsible for our actual quality of life issues.

Brandon Fisette
Brandon Fisette

Let them dance! It's a way for young people to hustle for some cash that doesn't involve selling drugs or otherwise exploiting themselves/others.

gold
gold

The NYPD can expand the concept and arrest everybody every day. That way crime is not only addressed, it is eliminated because the whole Stadt will be on lockdown - or parole. I like the emphasis on jaywalking and such. Hey, whatever happened to those cops who, oops, shot 7 civilians ( people)  by mistake? Does this mean that you get what you voted for? Can't be; no one has been arrested yet for jaywalking in the subway - but there's always tomorrow. Remember: arrests up, crime down. Statistics rule. So how do you like Moscow in 1975?

Nadia Kashem
Nadia Kashem

Finally! I always wondered what would happen if I stuck out my foot just a little, accidentally of course.

Krisan Cockburn
Krisan Cockburn

Thank you!!!!!!!!!! Im sorry for those who like experiencing people butts on the ceiling and dirty sneaks in your face, you can go to the circus for all that.

Dutty D Comedian
Dutty D Comedian

Thank god. And I would rather be on my phone. Better entertainment.

Da Martyr
Da Martyr

What about those asking for change or selling candy.

Luis Orozco
Luis Orozco

Thank God! These dopes are annoying.

Harriet Vinson
Harriet Vinson

Look, it's generally annoying, true, but better than a car full of people looking at their phones!!

C Andre Paz
C Andre Paz

Sucks, I'm never going to see someone get kicked in the face by a twirling breakdancer in my lifetime :(

Tommy Tombs
Tommy Tombs

it's about time. the breakdancers are an organized syndicate.

brendan.macwade
brendan.macwade

Mock it all you want. He's the best police commissioner this city has had in the last 20 years. He was comish when I arrived here in '95 from Beantown, and I'm glad he's back. Quality of life has to mean something. The showtime shit has to stop. Would London tolerate it? Nope. Neither shall we.

KellyAnn
KellyAnn

100% agree. And arrogant to death. Anyone teenager can learn in a day how to wrap around the train poles.

KellyAnn
KellyAnn

Because churros are bad produced stuff, hard, cold, and as w everything waaaaaaaaaay too much sugar. In short, disgusting!! and the sellers are sales bitches selling off of performers.

KellyAnn
KellyAnn

You should actually step up and tell that then and there. Do not leave the middle of train when these kids demand you to, don't get out of the way. Tell them to shut the damn noise. I am a subway performer and BEFORE I sing and play one note I made sure that I am no threat or safety issue or at risk of anything or anyone. I make music and my main concern is to present it and only then I hope to get rewarded and I'm a hard core trained musician. Not a monkey doing some trick training for a week to steal ppls money. So again please step up don't wait for the police.

KellyAnn
KellyAnn

It's not dancing and they are rude and disrespectfull to real performers. So off the train with them.

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