From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: The Word On The Street

August 28, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, The Word On The Street 

Taken by Scoboco.

Quicklink: A Story To Tell

screencapThis tome was brought to my attention by a fellow named Richard. Richard is a resident of Lawrence, Kansas. This Letter to the Powers That Be, not surprisingly, pertains to matters in Lawrence, Kansas. However, while reading this tome more than one community hereabouts— and the non/not-for-profit organizations (which purport to act as a “voice”/”advocate” for the aforementioned communities) came to mind.  I do not think I need to list/name the previous here, gentle readers. We know them.*

Follows is an excerpt from this essay so as the pique your interest:

…I have been long in forming my opinion of the Cultural Arts District and the 9th Street Corridor.  When the pros and cons of the issue are laid across a scale, I find myself on the side of favor.  I am in support of the Cultural Arts District and 9th Street Corridor in East Lawrence.  I am excited at the prospect of renewal and repair that the Cultural District designation dollars can bring.  I want new sidewalks and safer lighting and renovated limestone curbs and bricks in my streets.  I want the businesses in my neighborhood to thrive and prosper and have the funds to reinvest in my community.  I want an economic base that can support an East Lawrence or Downtown grocery store. I want my daughters to grow up in a vibrant, thriving neighborhood that supports the arts and creativity.  I am personally invested in positive outcomes for the Cultural Arts District. 

And yet…

There remains a sense of unease when I think about what will happen as the Cultural Arts District and 9th Street Corridor develop.  I cannot shake the feeling of anxiety, of foreboding, of “ick” in my belly and bad smell wrinkle in my nose.  And this time, it isn’t a downdraft from the wastewater treatment plant (Emphasis mine— Ed. Note) or the river.  It’s the aftertaste of cultural co-option.  But what does that mean, you say?  I can’t explain it to you without the help of Alice Walker.  Here’s where the story comes in… 

You can— no, make that should— read this essay in its entirety by clicking here. Pass it along. Who knows? Maybe it’ll inspire someone (else) in our fair burgh/city to speak up?

*Hence why I found this excerpt of Adam “GWAPP Advisory Board”  Perlmutter’s biography so fascinating:

Adam is a currently lawyer for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn opposing the Atlantic Yards project …

Speaking as a resident of Greenpoint for fourteen years now who knows quite a few bloggers— bloggers who have taken a keen interest in Atlantic Yards, no less— I have not once heard his name mentioned. What’s more, someone closely connected with DDDB confirmed my suspicions:

He isn’t in the employ and never was.  He volunteered with DDDB  about 9 years ago and helped them find their great lawyer Matt Brinckerhoff  - but he’s not done anything with them for about 7 years.

Hmm…

“About” seven years ago Mr. Perlumutter signed off on the by-laws of Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn.

Note the “Treasurer”. It is none other than Steve “Brooklyn Beer/I loves me some Atlantic Yards” Hindy himself.

Double hmm…

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: George Street

July 23, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn 

George Street nys

Taken July 20, 2014.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Stanwix Street

July 22, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, The Word On The Street 

hijo de putaNYS

I am not exactly sure how addressing one’s audience as a son of a whore is going to work, but to each his/her own I suppose…

(Taken July 22, 2014.)

Urban Artifact, Part II: Stockholm Street

July 22, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, Urban Artifact 

Stockholm Street 1

broomanddustpan

Taken July 20, 2014.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Knickerbocker Avenue

Knickerbocker 3 nys

Knickerbocker 2 nys

Knickerbocker 1 nys

It is fascinating (to me anyway— and not in a good way) when I see sentiments on a sidewalk which echo a snow globe I made not terribly long ago.

Of course now that Greenpoint and Williamsburg have become prohibitively expensive folks have to move somewhere. And with them come selective enforcement…

The Word On The Street, Part I: Typography Porn

107 Wilson Avenue NYS

Typography Porn NYS

107 Wilson Side view NYS

107 Wilson Doorway NYS

A spectacular specimen from times past at 107 Wilson Avenue. Check it out!

East Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Swoon

Swoon 1 nys

Swoon 2 nys

Taken July 20, 2014.

New York Shitty Feral Furniture Watch: Special Evel Knievel Edition

Sofa ramp nys

Ramp nys

Sofa Cum Skateramp NYS

Signs of recreation as discovered during today’s sojourn in parts Bushwick and beyond. Yours truly can only wonder if this will be next…

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: AiNAC

July 20, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, Street Art 

AiNAC nys

Taken July 20, 2014.