Filed under: 11385, GENIUS, Ridgewood, Ridgewood Queens, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy
Yes Sir: there are few things scarier than the New York Post. Well done!
(From Bleecker Street.)
Filed under: 10003, Culture War, East Village, East Village Manhattan, GENIUS, The Word On The Street
Taken October 2, 2013.
Filed under: 11222, BAD ASS, GENIUS, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Hooliganism, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy
As some of you might recall, yesterday I encountered the above installation while running a few errands. What you may not know is who is responsible for this chicanery. His name is Josef, and he is quite awesome. Which brings me to today…
He has added quite a bit of new material. Including:
These two missives. He elaborated on the one to the right. It reads:
Everywhere. Everyday. We’re with you.
This was gleaned from an advertisement for TD Bank. He explained to me that that DOMA being overturned made him quite happy because:
I do not care who you love— or who loves who.
Right on— but let’s continue.
Here’s a rather lovely mirror graced by one of Josef’s paintings. He employed dried parsley, poppy seeds and mustard seeds so as to give it some “texture”.
This is portrait of himself “back in the day” with some blue paint thrown in for good measure.
And a few slices of bread and a paint brush now accompany the kiwi fruit.
Where’s the kielbasa?
I inquired. His answer was somewhat hard to decipher. But here it goes:
- Ne noted it was fascinating how the sun seemed to cook it. I countered that given how hot it is, this is not surprising.
- Someone stole it. (To eat? Who knows.)
- Someone posted a picture of it on the Internet.
Was it you?
He added. I answered to the affirmative. He went on the explain that he could not afford kielbasa today, so slices of bread will have to do. I mulled this development over. ”Fuck it”, I thought to myself. “I may not be a Medici or a Guggenheim but I am going to do my part to patronize a local artist”.
Here’s five dollars. Go get some kielbasa and some lunch.
And went on my way.
When I came back home I stopped to see if Josef kept his word. Well, the following speaks for itself…
Alas he was not present. (I wanted to request he place a sign next to the meat stick stating “Weiner For Mayor”). However you can see both bread and kielbasa were procured. The latter has been hung (pun completely intended) for everyone’s edification.
What’s more, Josef left the price tag of his purchase (so as to ensure my donation was spent on sausage) AND he left business cards for the establishment from which he procured said meaty goodness: W-Nassau Meat Market. This makes for one of the most inspired low budget advertising campaigns in my humble opinion. Is it ideologically consistent for a vegetarian to enable this hooliganism? No, probably not. But it is awesome nonetheless. Viva Greenpoint!
Filed under: 10018, Chelsea, Chelsea Manhattan, GENIUS, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, The Word On The Street, Urban Artifact
The previous content undoubtedly makes it clear that today I whiled away my time outside the Garden Spot. We have a friend visiting from out of town so we’re pulling out all the stops. Or more accurately: we’re stopping constantly. So as to feed my public pay phone fixation. The way I see it, these fixtures— or more accurately: what is to be found in them— are a reflection of the communities into which they are placed. These “urban artifacts”, however revolting they may be— and they frequently are— tickle my inner anthropologist’s fancy. Without further ado, here we go!
Sixth Avenue & 28 Street, Chelsea
This is located around the corner from Jeff Boss’s manifold number of missives (which I featured previously). There is a lot going on here, so let’s go in for a closer look!
One pair of neon yellow pants.
Rose petals grace the concrete.
Which brings me to the right-hand stall. We have what once was a bouquet and this.
No argument here. Upon closer inspection I discerned that both “stalls” bore this missive.
980 Sixth Avenue, “Fashion District”
This one is gold— in ways I could not begin to fathom.
Initially, I thought the above-depicted flyer was related to this incitement. Nope.
I have taken the liberty of highlighting my favorite passages.
I suppose it is not surprising he has not gotten any “takers”. Has not this fellow ever heard of Craigslist? It would save him a lot of money on fliers (which, in turn could be used to pay for entertaining). So it goes…
Here’s what I found placed deftly atop of the receiver. NEEEXT!
40th Street, Bryant Park
Not much to see here save a misshapen spoon. Now let’s proceed to the Upper East Side…
Second Avenue & East 68 Street
Public pay phones in New York City are often pressed into service as privies. This is hardly news. However, the elegance of what happened here is truly noteworthy. So much so I outlined it to my travelling companions like the tour guide I most assuredly am.
- This individual— a man— despite probably being in an inebriated state utilized the features of this phone in a rather clever way. He first placed the cup between the rails.
- He peed into the cup. That will make it easier for whoever is charged with removing it.
For the most part. Still this gets an “E” for effort. Closing on a poignant note…
59th Street & Third Avenue, “Midtown”
You can learn what Elizabeth Gardner did by clicking here. She was a lot more than a pretty face…
Filed under: 11222, Advanced Life Forms, GENIUS, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, Wow, WTF
I encountered the above tableau on Huron Street while taking Ma and Pa Heather out to dinner this evening. They depart our fair city tomorrow, thus I was very pleased that they got to behold some bona fide Garden Spot magic before their departure. Methinks they were not as enamored of my find as I was. So much for “taste”. Anyway, the fellows sitting nearby (on stools, milk crates, etc.— those who reside on or near Manhattan Avenue between Huron and India will know exactly about whom I write) told me I was the sixth person they had seen photograph this exquisite piece of Greenpoint glory. No surprise there…
Filed under: 11222, GENIUS, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, The Word On The Street
From Huron Street.
Filed under: 11206, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, GENIUS, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, Urban Artifact
I have seen my fair share of sight gags and general chicanery over the years. This one is by far one of the finest. Well played, anonymous merry hooligan!
Taken by John Fullard.
Filed under: 11211, GENIUS, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Taken December 16, 2012.
Filed under: 11222, Advanced Life Forms, GENIUS, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, WTF
As captured this morning on Java Street. This is Greenpoint people. Live it. Learn it. Love it.