Filed under: 11206, 11211, Brooklyn, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Ridgewood, Ridgewood Queens
(in Brooklyn, that is)
My anonymous tipster, “T” writes:
You may have seen these, but just in case. Posted up under the train along Broadway.. On almost every truss/pillar.
Actually, I have not. But then again:
1. I received this mailer from a tipster who resides in the 34th.
2. I reside in the 33rd— wherein a great many of my fellow citizens seem to be in a state of denial that our incumbent City Councilman, Steve Levin, was the Chief of Staff and in fact mentored by this lovely fellow.
Why is this so? For starters, I’d hazard to guess that when compared to David Yassky or Ken Fisher, Levin’s predecessors, he seems like an improvement. The sad fact is, Levin probably is an improvement.
But that just goes to show how low the expectations are here in Greenpoint— and how disappointed I am that no attention by reformers is being directed to the “race” here. Yes, there is one…
Supplemental/suggested reading: this tome by City & State. Here’s a choice passage:
…Possibly the most bizarre example of the staffer-as-candidate phenomenon is taking place right now in Brooklyn, where two former chiefs of staff to Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Council Members Stephen Levin and Diana Reyna, currently occupy neighboring districts. In a veritable warren of political intrigue, Lopez is running against Reyna’s chief of staff, Antonio Reynoso, while next door Levin is making every effort to pretend that his own re-election campaign has nothing whatsoever to do with the scandals plaguing his former boss…
Filed under: 11206, Criminal Activity, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, WTF
You know the drill, north Brooklynites: if you have seen Oliver (who was apparently last seen in East Williamsburg wearing a Louis Vuitton collar) or know of his whereabouts, please say something to his people. STAT.
Filed under: 11206, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Urban Artifact, Urban Fur
One of yours truly’s favorite ferals, Callie, holds court.
Not only she has acquired a new friend, but anyone seeking to get a jump on this year’s holiday season may be interested in this curiously well-preserved tree. Only 115 days ’til Christmas!
Taken August 29, 2013.
Filed under: 11206, 11222, 11385, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Ridgewood, Ridgewood Queens
As you can see Vito “Gropez” Lopez has employed imagery from the game Monopoly. I for one find this more than a little appropriate.
After all, Mr. Gropez has for all intents and purposes received a get out of jail free card. Do NOT even get me started on what Vito probably thinks constitutes the “Community Chest”…
Filed under: 11206, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Feral Furniture
As spied on Boerum Street today, August 29, 2013. Where’s John Cleese when you need him?
Filed under: 11206, 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, Dung of the Day, Other Shit, Wow
(Or: God Bless the Internet)
That’s right folks, you read the title of this post correctly: “Dung of the Day”. Those of you who have followed New York Shitty for some time are undoubtedly aware that the initial premise of this site was documenting the rather pervasive problem with poop in my community. Over the years I have gone in a different direction. There are two reasons for this:
- As I became more attuned to the issues facing Greenpoint (and north Brooklyn, for that matter) and noticed they were not getting attention via the “mainstream media” I decided that this blog would be an excellent means raising awareness about them.
- I have seen so much magnificent merde— be it human, canine or otherwise— that quite frankly I have become acclimatized to it. I have become a shit snob.
Well, today while walking around Bushwick that changed.
To preface: today I met up with a buddy of mine who resides in the 34th City Council District. This person has been generous enough to save and share the manifold number of Vito Lopez campaign material which has found its way to his/her mailbox. This, of course, includes the infamous example of Team Gropez’s rather interesting use of Photoshop. The “plan” was to take a tour of the 34th and its Industrial Business Zone. Yours truly played “tour guide”. Granted, I do not actually reside in the 34th— but neither does Mr. Lopez for that matter and I digress.
One part of our peregrinations was Melrose Street. There we saw an affordable housing project being built at the behest of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. Just a Snapple bottle’s toss away we found something so extraordinary it merited a mention on this blog. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
This is one of two homeless encampments to be found on said street. As you can see, something has gone very wrong.
Unfortunately, I did not have the presence of mind to tote along a tape measure. Thus, I had to repurpose a locally-sourced, gently used bottle of Snapple so as to establish a sense of scale. Regardless, this is rather impressive once one gets past the revulsion/”upchuck” factor. I can assure you, gentle readers, I came to the estimate of 30″ in a very deliberate— if not exactly scientific— fashion. More specifically: when I arrived back at Chez Shitty I ran a Google search for “How tall is a bottle of Snapple?” The following speaks for itself.
But let’s get back to the conclusion on this tale of turdage. My travelling companion and I continued our walk down Melrose. As we did we noticed a number of Maritza Davila posters. That’s when my friend noted:
Too bad you didn’t take that Lopez mailer with you.
My reply was as follows:
Oh, but I did!
Filed under: 11206, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, The Word On The Street
Taken August 29, 2013.
Taken August 29, 2013.
Filed under: 11206, 11211, 11222, 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Ever since I have posted the good news about Mr. Gropez’s lack of Photoshop skills (part of which can be seen above), I have been wondering:
Who was the fellow who lost his head?
I suspect my comrade over at the New York Daily News, Celeste Katz, has as well. She writes:
A moustached man with glasses stands between the two in the middle of the original photo…
Well thanks to an anonymous tipster I have ascertained the identity of this fellow… (drum roll please)
Will the Honorable Richard Velasquez, stand up please! Now of course the question (in my mind, anyway) is why Gropez and friends saw fit to remove him. Anyone?
P.S.: You can (and should) see the original New York Daily News article from which I grabbed the above insert by clicking here. Otherwise, you can read the follow-up article wherein Gropez says the Photoshopping is no big deal and he and Hillary are buds by clicking here.