New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Good Friday Tidings From Union Square

Or: What is wrong with this picture?

Today the Mister took the day off and we opted to take a sojourn into “the city”. Our first stop was Union Square. There we saw a number of fascinating things. Follows are a few selections.

This young lady who— for reasons which do not need to be outlined— elicited a great deal of “interest”.

And this fellow, Felix Morelo, drawing faces (as he is known to do) with sidewalk chalk. They lead to the “Kissing Spot”.

Here he is giving yours truly a “thumbs up”.

And here he is getting a verbal reprimand from this public space’s rent-a-cops and parks staff. They were not amused.

It was explained to Mr. Morelo that he is not to engage in this (clearly) disruptive, destructive behavior because they would have to clean it up.

Once again, gentle readers: he was drawing a “Kissing Spot”. With sidewalk chalk. You want to know why yours truly dislikes public/private parks “partnerships”, gentle readers? You just saw it. Sure, the proponents this arrangement like to extol upon its financial benefits. However, there is a down-side to this kind of thing: “gate-keepers” are brought in to enforce “standards”— and those standards can (and often do) reach this level of utter absurdity. Sue Bee said it best:

Sidewalk chalk. Are you fucking kidding me?

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Special Good Friday Edition

April 18, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11232, Sunset Park, Sunset Park Brooklyn 

Taken by Reuben Radding.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: The Word On The Street

April 18, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Street Art 

Taken by Scoboco.

A New York Shitty Public Service Announcement

April 18, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Attention all north ‘Point motorists! Please pay attention to this post and please circulate it to your brethren.

See the above parking space? DO NOT park there. Sure, it may appear to be a legal place to park— the white line cordoning it off would certainly indicate as much— but it is not. For the last week I have witnessed our local meter maids ticketing cars in this space with extreme prejudice. I have seen motorists protest that this space is legal, they paid the meter, etc. All to no avail. Inasmuch as I can understand (this is not exactly my area of expertise), the park sign was moved one space to the north. Hence rendering this space (white line or otherwise) into an ex-parking space. Spare yourself a parking ticket and a lot of aggravation and do not park here.

(a citizen explains this nugget of absurdity to a dismayed motorist)

That is all…

UPDATE, 12:02 pm: our beleaguered motorist has left and sure enough another fellow has fallen into the trap!

UPDATE, 4:48 pm: A lovely lady named Sherry writes

Yes, the bus stop was moved from the end of the block (Manhattan and India) one storefront down. Per Assemblyman Lentol, a Citi Bike station will not be going there but rather there will be some construction. Therefore, the buses need extra space.

So there have you!

Urban Fur: Flickinger Glass Works

It is not terribly often that I see a senior “working class cat”. This is a shame because there is a certain dignity and gravity about them. Today, however, was one such occasion. A lovely lady enjoying some springtime sunshine (if not the temperature to match)!

The Word On The Street, Part IV: Out

April 16, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11231, Red Hook, Red Hook Brooklyn, The Word On The Street 

From Conover Street.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Olek

Taken April 16, 2014.

The Word On The Street, Part III: Special Dr. Seuss Edition

April 16, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11231, Red Hook, Red Hook Brooklyn, The Word On The Street 

Taken April 16, 2014.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Injustice

April 16, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11231, Red Hook, Red Hook Brooklyn, The Word On The Street 

Taken April 16, 2014.

Urban Artifact: Coffey Street

April 16, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11231, Red Hook, Red Hook Brooklyn, Urban Artifact 

Alas poor Mr. Ed, I knew him well…

(Taken April 16, 2014.)