Crosstown Local Photos Du Jour: G Is For…

Taken April 18, 2014.

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.

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.)

New York Shitty Video & Photos Du Jour: On The Waterfront

Today since the weather is amenable, I decided to see what’s happening in far north ‘Point. After revisiting my favorite urban artifact (as seen above, she can be found on Commercial Street not terribly far from the kitty condoplex) I swung over to the Manhattan Avenue Kayak Launch.

First, I encountered this. I do not know when this happened. But it did.

I was stunned at how many boats were moored, illegally I’ll add, on the Queens side of the creek. I have it on excellent intelligence that yes, some of these boats are being pressed into service as residences. Residences on Newtown Creek. Please take a moment to mull this one over, gentle readers.

I do know when this happened: June 9th, 2013. As you can see it has yet to be repaired. No one seems to know if, much less when, this will come to pass. That seems to be the “Greenpoint Way” nowadays.

I was rather distressed to see this: a tree in a clear state of distress. Onward I walked.

No exploration of the utter absurdity that is the Greenpoint waterfront is complete without a visit to the North Brooklyn Boat Club.

Lest any of you are wondering what this is, it is the “Ed Shed”. The “NBBC” (via Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn— remember the latter handles money for the previous) secured a $25,000 grant for this educational facility. Yes, you just read me correctly. This structure will feature a “Sewer In A Suitcase”, material/date about water quality and various art projects for the edification of school groups.

I found this rather large vessel moored to the west curious— but not as curious as…

this one which is affixed to the premises of the Department of Transportation directly under the Pulaski Bridge. Is this legal? No, it probably is not. While we’re on the subject of questionable legality, 51 Ash Street (the premises of the North Brooklyn Boat Club and the new location of the Greenpoint Boathouse) appears to have an al fresco kitchen…

… replete with a barbecue pit…

and “kitchen sink”.

Note that this fixture does appear to be fully functional— and begs a number of questions:

  1. Where is the water coming from? (Educated guess: 49 Ash Street).
  2. Were the proper permits filed to do this? (Educated guess: No.)
  3. How is it that an “educational facility” located on private property (which is under lock and key) can receive a $25,000 grant (and assistance from our local parks conservancy group) and public park whose fence was seriously damaged ten months ago is seemingly not worthy of attention— much less the funding— required to conduct repairs and routine maintenance?

Anyone?

From The New York Shitty Inbox: And Now A Word From Our City Councilman

A person whose identity I am going to keep anonymous writes:

No mention of CB1 meeting tomorrow … Did I miss it?

I checked Community Board 1′s handy online calendar and…

CB Calendar

sure enough there is a meeting at Community Board 1 tomorrow, April 8th 2014. The Combined Public Hearing and Board Meeting* no less.  Whoops.

*Whose agenda you can view here!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: Jilly Ballistic

April 7, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

JBNYS

By (who else?) Jilly Ballistic.

The Word On The Street: Rodney Street

April 4, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken April 3, 2014.