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This footage comes courtesy of Laura Hofmann and was shot March 7, 2010.
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Manhattan Avenue, ca. 1980
Manhattan Avenue; March 12, 2010
When I saw this today I wondered if Chris, the proprietor of this establishment, was merely being mischievous or if this missive was addressing a bona fide problem. Although I have known this chap for some time even I can never tell for certain. After all this IS the man whose front window was once graced by a very real cooked turkey with, um, benefits for three whole days. I decided to settle the matter for once and all: I asked Chris what gives. His answer might surprise you.
Chris assured me that there has, in fact, been some confusion. Despite the awning gracing this property (which you can see clearly indicates spirits are sold therein) and posters in the window advertising discounted liquor some have inquired about footwear. Or have been upset that their liquor store is now shoe store— he didn’t indicate which. Given the near insurrection I beheld at a local pharmacy recently when their lotto machine was down (and thus could not issue tickets or give payouts) I would hazard to guess it’s the latter.
It looks like someone has caught a serious dose of St. Paddy’s Day spirit!
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East Williamsburg: it’s not for the feint of heart.
Have you ever asked yourself what is the difference between Greenpoint and the Ninth Ward of New Orleans other than, say, the latter was pulverized by a cataclysmic force of nature? If so, today I learned the answer.
According to a scouting agent for HBO, apparently nothing.
P.S.: I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this.
UPDATE, March 11, 2010: It has been brought to my attention by several folks that Treme will be shooting footage in Greenpoint that will actually depict New York City. I know, I know. I’m just as surprised as you are. Especially in light of the fact a substantial part our fair nabe’s waterfront has been given a make-over so as to imitate Atlantic City and there are in fact parts of Greenpoint that look like they have been on the business end of the wrath of god. You can read more by clicking here and here.
From Driggs Avenue.
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South 5 Street
Remember the crater/portal at the intersection of Newel Street and Nassau Avenue that Jay Lombard brought to my attention January 28, 2010? It took six weeks— but it has been repaired!
This isn’t earth shattering-ly amazing news BUT it was nice to see. Remember that photo I sent a few weeks ago of the large hole in the street on Nassau? Well, it was repaired recently and I like to think that calling 311 helped get it fixed a little faster than not reporting it at all. Won’t know the answer to that, but they did a damn fine job patching it up! Now if only we could stop drivers (and pedestrians) from texting when they should be watching where they’re going then the streets of NYC will be safe for EVERY body.
I even saw a dude texting while riding his bike down manhattan ave – at least he was in the bike lane.
As it would happen I spent a great deal of my time today communicating with a buddy of mine who is a community liaison for our State Assemblyman: Joe Lentol. First we discussed the lack of proper sanitation on Eagle Street. Then we went over the chicken feet at the American Playground. What does it say about our city when it takes six weeks to fix a pothole and a State Assemblyman feels compelled to raise said city’s awareness of quality of life issues in Greenpoint? The answer is very simple: not much.