Urban Fur: Greenpoint Grocery & Deli

No one present seemed to know what this lass’s name is*— but as you can see this lovely calico is keeping a very vigilant watch over the Polish Gazette!

*Thus I am giving her the moniker “Szef”. That is “boss” in Polish!

New York Shitty Video/Photos Du Jour: Feeling Like Easter Edition

Wythe Avenue, 11211

Noble Street, 11222

57 Franklin Street, 11222

Without argument the lovely (and incredibly sweet) lady who resides at 57 Franklin can be trusted to roll out the most wonderful decorations for any occasion. But when Easter comes a calling she she goes over the top— in the biggest, brightest, and most wonderful way. Photos and video do not do it justice. Get down there and see it for yourself!

Southside Photo Du Jour: Looking Up

April 10, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11249, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken April 10, 2014.

Greenpoint Fashion Watch: Special B62 Bus Edition

Now that spring has arrived there is many a fashion statement being made in the 11222. However, none of them are on par with this lovely young lady. What’s not to like here, I ask? The leopard print pants? The zebra print socks? Her companion (a stuffed kitty cat)? The pink apparel? All the previous are awesome. However, when she donned her mother’s sunglasses I finally had to say something.

Me: Excuse me, I hope I am not bothering you but I have to say I own pants just like what your daughter is wearing— and she looks a lot better wearing them than I do!
Mother: (laughs)

I asked for permission to take Olivia’s photo. Her mother gladly obliged. Olivia, on the other hand, didn’t see what the big deal was. I suspect (or at least hope) we’ll be seeing her gracing the cover of Vogue soon enough. I give this ensemble— and Olivia— two enthusiastic thumbs  paws up. Well done!

The Word On The Street: Dunham Place

Taken April 10, 2014.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: El Sol 25

April 10, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11249, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken April 10, 2014.

Urban Artifact: Special Wythe Avenue Edition

April 10, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11249, Urban Artifact, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

The things one finds while taking a stroll in Williamsburg nowadays…

(Taken April 10, 2014.)

Spotted On India Street: Wanted

April 10, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

It is shaping up to be a lively day in the Garden Spot. Anyone know if this is for real or some attempt at viral advertising? In any case here it is. Consider yourselves warned…

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: <3 People

April 10, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Street Art 

Taken by amolho4.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: One Day Later…

April 10, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

April 9, 2014, 5:00 pm

April 10, 2014, 11:00 am

As you can see, someone has seen fit to divest 977 Manhattan Avenue of its sign. Steve, the owner of Goldscholle and Garfinkel (and therefore, if one wants to be a stickler, said sign is as well), was surprised by this. Not that he was the one who discovered this has come to pass: he was not. He opted to take today off from cleaning out the space. He heard about it from a Greenpoint citizen. Speaking for myself, I am not the least bit surprised. Let’s face facts: $3,000,000 $3,900,000* (or even a 6% commission thereof) is a pretty strong motivator to have such an item removed. Just sayin’.

Here’s what has been learned: per the fine folks at the Fresh Stop (which is located next door) two men arrived between 8:00 and 8:30 am with a ladder and commenced to take the sign down. These two men, per the folks from Fresh Step, were not familiar faces from the neighborhood (and trust me: if anyone is in a position to know, it is someone who operates a produce stand). In any case, I serious doubt these fellows wanted this item— at least in its “new” state— to grace their home. It is was really, seriously, UGLY. It was intended to be as such.

It’ll be interesting to see if their “handiwork” damaged the Bronx cable which provides power to the gate.  I suppose we’ll find out tomorrow…

UPDATE, 7:31 pm: it was intact when the Mister left for work this morning at 8:10 am.

*Per the listing at Miron Properties:

The building will be delivered vacant. Trust me. The “new” owner has done everything imaginable to make that happen.

Ms. Segal was the lady who not only asked Mr. Goldscholle to ask me to refrain from my “artistry”, but she later admitted to him (as he turned the keys over) that she had the sign removed. What’s a little petty larceny when there’s big bucks to be made, right?