The Word On The Street: Special Great Moments In Buffing Edition

Fuck The System NYS

Eat The Richnys

This novel approach to graffiti abatement hails from 47th Avenue. The Mister could not ascertain the redacted words in the lattermost item. This is when being an aficionado of Motorhead (which I most assuredly am) comes in handy!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Fog

December 29, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, New York City 

Taken by Rommel Parada.

Tomorrow: The Interview

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Gentle readers, you can (no— make that SHOULD) read the whole story here. Otherwise, I’d like to give a big New York Shitty shout-out to Queens Crap for:

  1. bringing this to my attention and
  2. THIS.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

This Weekend: Funky Fundraiser

Or: Announcing Animal Rescue of Queens!

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This event was brought to my attention by some fellow (and downright awesome) animal lovers here in north Brooklyn. What’s more they were kind enough to help me arrange to meet Howard Wu, the fellow who is behind this new (and much-needed) endeavor: Animal Rescue of Queens! Follows is a synopsis of our conversation.

Who: Mr. Wu has worked and volunteered in NYC animal shelters and rescue organizations for ten years. As such he has first-hand experience in animal rescue.

Where: Now he is striking out to start his own organization in Long Island City. To this end he has purchased a building at 11th Street and 44th Avenue.

When: Once the building is vacated, February 2015, Animal Rescue of Queens (“ARQ”) will need to thoroughly rework the space. This will cost $75,000 and includes (but is not limited to):

  • Installing a new heating system and ventilation
  • Overhauling plumbing and electrical wiring
  • Roof repairs
  • Refurbishing the adoption space to make it comforting for two-legged and four-legged critters alike. THINK: not what one thinks of when he/she hears the words “animal shelter”. Or, as Howard put it:”Our adoptable dogs and cats will receive a high level of care, and will be taught the skills needed to make transitioning into a home as seamless as possible, for them and their adopters. To do this, the center will be set up with rooms and not cages. The rooms will contain home furnishings, just as would be seen in a home environment.”

How: Howard explained to me his vision for “ARQ”. Simply put, he wants to create an adoption center where animals and potential adopters alike feel comfortable. He wishes to see the animal shelter/adoption experience as a welcoming, community-based one wherein folks can meet and make a friend for life. Hence why the pup featured on the above flier (and his business card*) wears a cape; the human/pet relationship is a two way street. It not simply a matter of “rescuing” an animal. Furkids are our companions. They cheer us up when we’re feeling down; love us when we feel unloved. The list goes on and on.

They are our heroes.

as he put it. Who can disagree with that?

This is why “ARQ” needs our help: they need funding to make these renovations happen! To this end they are having a fundraiser at Sweet Science this upcoming Sunday, December 7th. Check it out!

Funky Fundraiser For Animal Rescue Queens
December 7, 2014 starting at 5:00 p.m.
Sweet Science
135 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Those of you who are unable to attend but wish to make a donation can do so by clicking here. NOTE: these contributions are tax-deductible. Those who care to contact Howard can do so via email at: howard (at) ARQadopt.org. Otherwise, he has informed that me come February he plans to have an open house and fundraiser featuring artwork for auction. Take note, my north Brooklyn/Queens artist comrades!

*which also features a cat— but not prominently enough to satisfy this cat lady! Hey, you do not expect me not to good-naturedly bust his chops about this?

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From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: 5Pointz

September 17, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11101, Gentrification, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens 

Taken by Denn-Ice.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Vernon Jackson

September 17, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens 

Taken by autovac.

Long Island City Photos Du Jour: End Of An Era

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Taken September 2, 2014.

The Word On The Street, Part I: Sealed With A Kiss

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When I walked by the former 5Pointz today (which is where the above photos were taken) and saw what it has become I was reminded of something I saw written on warehouse on the Northside years ago:

Never fall in love with a building, it will only break your heart.

(Taken August 14, 2014.)

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Rush Hour

Taken by autovac.

An Honor Roll Of Restaurants Past…

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Last night I had one helluva time falling asleep. Instead of counting sheep I decided to recount restaurants I liked in this city that are no more. Let’s just say it has been on the brain of late.* Here’s a partial list:

  1. Bleu Drawes: Jamaican food in Greenpoint? Yes, once there was! This was on Commercial Street, now the space is occupied by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
  2. Oznot’s Dish: Berry Street, replaced by Silent h
  3. Silent h: (see above) , replaced by a French bistro. This was the place which really got me into Vietnamese food.
  4. Barossa: Graham Avenue, replaced by Gwinnett Street whose menu is mildly upscale “artsy” food. (I do not recall the latest name for this establishment, but I imagine part of the reason for the name change was one of the owners being charged with handling narcotics. you can’t make this shit up, folks.).
  5. Kenny’s Trattoria: Havemeyer Street, razed for residential development.
  6. Taco Bite: South 4 Street at Rodney, replaced by a short-lived vegetarian/health food restaurant.
  7. Grand Sichuan: Canal Street, razed so as to build a hotel.
  8. Conos al Pescatore: Graham Avenue. Replaced by Sage an upscale Asian fusion establishment (which I will admit serves pretty good food— but still).
  9. La Vuelta: 45th Road, replaced by a barbecue joint.
  10. Village Mingala: Burmese restaurant whose East 5 Street location is now a Michelin recommended bistro. ASIDE: this leaves one Burmese restaurant in New York City.
  11. El Paso: Houston Street, new tenant TBD
  12. Casa Mon Amour: Franklin Street. They served Dominican food. Now the space is occupied by Vamos al Tequila (which is a fairly good replacement). The folks at Vamos al Tequila have my business for life for simply having the temerity to post the sign gracing the beginning of this post. I can only imagine what necessitated its creation.
  13. Driggs Pizzeria: Driggs Avenue (duh), replaced by Two Boots. This one infuriates me as much as Village Mingala’s closure (READ: A LOT).
  14. Monsignor’s: Bedford Avenue, now Lokal
  15. Rocco’s Ristaurante: Thompson Street, taken over by these guys.
  16. L.A. Ristorante: Manhattan Avenue, now a magazine/cigar store. To their credit, they did retain some semblance of a restaurant— but it really isn’t the same.
  17. Bean: North 8 Street. A nice little Mexican restaurant; now it is Pop’s.

Is it just me or is there an overall trend here? Anyone care to add?

*Thankfully it would appear John’s of East 12 Street has dodged becoming statistic. At least for now, anyway…