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…

East Village Photos Du Jour: The Maginot Line

Cordon Sanitaire 1 NYS

Cordon Sanitaire 2 NYS

Although located in the East Village, I am certain plenty of folks on this side of the East River (especially those who reside in Williamsburg and along Franklin Street) can relate to what is being attempted here: a cordon sanitaire so folks who reside in the adjacent building do not have ingress and egress precluded by patrons of the establishment next door.

Cordon Sanitaire 3 NYS

Sadly, it appears to be about as effective as its namesake.

Update, June 29th: I stand corrected! A fellow named Robert writes:

Your posts are usually on the money. This post:
Is totally wrong, sadly; It’s not a resident line, or anything; Abraço opened up a little 2nd market store, roughly 6 doors down: the pink line is in fact a number of arrows leading their customers down the street.
(I was there yesterday)
So there have you!

The Word On The Street: Welcome to Jerklyn

Jerklyn 600

Williamsburg Bridge 600

Taken June 20, 2014.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Queens Boulevard

Taken May 30, 2014.

Crosstown Local Photos Du Jour: G is for…

Taken May 5, 2014.

The Word On The Street: Special East Village Edition

Taken April 18, 2014.

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Good Friday Tidings From Union Square

Or: What is wrong with this picture?

Today the Mister took the day off and we opted to take a sojourn into “the city”. Our first stop was Union Square. There we saw a number of fascinating things. Follows are a few selections.

This young lady who— for reasons which do not need to be outlined— elicited a great deal of “interest”.

And this fellow, Felix Morelo, drawing faces (as he is known to do) with sidewalk chalk. They lead to the “Kissing Spot”.

Here he is giving yours truly a “thumbs up”.

And here he is getting a verbal reprimand from this public space’s rent-a-cops and parks staff. They were not amused.

It was explained to Mr. Morelo that he is not to engage in this (clearly) disruptive, destructive behavior because they would have to clean it up.

Once again, gentle readers: he was drawing a “Kissing Spot”. With sidewalk chalk. You want to know why yours truly dislikes public/private parks “partnerships”, gentle readers? You just saw it. Sure, the proponents this arrangement like to extol upon its financial benefits. However, there is a down-side to this kind of thing: “gate-keepers” are brought in to enforce “standards”— and those standards can (and often do) reach this level of utter absurdity. Sue Bee said it best:

Sidewalk chalk. Are you fucking kidding me?

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Oblivious

Taken April 5, 2014.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Ten Eyck Street

Taken February 20, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: (Words Fail Me)

February 12, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11249, Culture War, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This comes courtesy of an anonymous tipster who writes:

Really, we need a memo about this! Who are these parents?

Indeed. Then again if residents of the Viridian had to be advised not to let their dogs to crap in the indoor garden (and just this has come to pass) is this really surprising? No. It is not. Still it is as good as a reason as any to roll this out…