Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: The Word On The Street

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Taken October 19, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Coming To 214 Franklin Street…

October 19, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Fuck This Shit, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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Those of you who cannot get enough folks traversing our sidewalks and subways sporting luggage— or watering holes on Franklin Street, listen up. I have some news which will undoubtedly please you! A person we’ll call “C” writes (in an email entitled “New Hotel On Freeman @ Green Street”) simply:

http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=2&passjobnumber=320576925&passdocnumber=03

Naturally my curiosity was piqued (Freeman Street does not cross Green Street, no doubt a typo on “c’s” part) so click on the above link I did. Follows is what I found awaiting my delectation.

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As you can see, gentle readers, this plan was approvedjust over ten months ago. I would be remiss if I did not point out that it is the handiwork of north Brooklyn’s good friend, none other than Robert Scarano. Well, he did not file the permit. We all know this fellow, a poster child for the ethically-challenged, is not allowed to do so. If my memory serves me correctly it had to do with a little latitude/liberties he took on Freeman Street? Why yes, that was it!

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First it was the Box House Hotel. Then it was the Henry Norman. Both of these displaced local, small businesses. Now we have this one which not only does that but is taking out residential space to boot. In a community whose rental market is already “tight” enough as is. Straight up folks: enough is enough. We need more housing— and truly affordable housing at that— for New Yorkers. Not another hotel.

Update, 10:38 p.m., Per a former tenant of this building:

Ha! I’m not surprised, actually. As I’m sure you already know, the building is owned by Joe Torres who opened the Box Hotel… and evicted tenants at 233 Norman to open another hotel. Have you crossed paths with this character? I’ll never forget sitting in his office as we signed the lease… He said ‘You should hope that this is the first and last time we ever meet. If we meet, again, than that means you did something to make me mad. Don’t make me angry and you won’t see me” Seriously. He obviously watched too many mob movies.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: And Now A Word From NAG

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New York Shitty Analysis: Apparently getting busted for operating an illegal waste handling station in Greenpoint and lying to the Business Integrity Commission does not preclude one from receiving honors from “Neighbors Allied For Good Growth” (formerly known as Neighbors Against Garbage”).

You can’t make this stuff up, folks…

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

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Tomorrow: Fall Fest

October 17, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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This comes courtesy of a very nice lady named Lisa. She wanted me to spread the word and I’ll gladly do so!

Greenpoint, Brooklyn – Rust and gold leaves and pumpkins set the scene for The Monitor School’s Annual Fall Fest at PS 110 this Saturday from 11am – 2pm. The event will be in the Monitor Street School yard.

The community is invited to this family-friendly event complete with ticketed bouncy castles crafts, a raffle, and a variety of food for purchase. Take pictures in our pumpkin patch and take home a pumpkin of your own just in time for Halloween. All proceeds from the day will go directly to the students’ art residencies.

Learn more about the initiatives the school and PTA are making to help environmental education while having fun crafting with found recyclables at our AquaLab table.

Come celebrate the cooler temps and the start of the holiday season with a Greenpoint event that brings the community together.

Check it out!

Fall Fest
October 18, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
P.S. 110

124 Monitor Street (at Driggs)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Urban Fur: Fresh Stop

October 15, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

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It’s a cat’s life, folks…

(Taken October 14, 2014.)

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Brooklyn’s Own

October 13, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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On a related note— and rounding posts on this “Columbus Day”— I would like to give a big New York Shitty salute to Business Insider for publishing what has to be one of the finest takedowns of the New York Times yours truly has ever read. Well done!

The Word On The Street: Good Advice

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Taken October 13, 2014.

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: A Splash Of Color

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Those of you who have not done so already should check out the lovely (and by all appearances, completed) mural at 969 Manhattan Avenue (on India Street). It’s a nice pick-me-up on this dreary day!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: It’s BAAAAAAAACK!

A fellow named Tony writes yesterday, October 12th, in an email entitled “HALLOWEEN”:

HEY JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I HAVE DECORATED AGAIN FOR HALLOWEEN. 648 HUMBOLDT STREET. I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU ENJOY IT..  THANX

Today I decided to swing by and verify this wonderful turn-of-events in person. Guess what?

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Tony was not pulling my leg!

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Granted, this is still a very much “work in progress” (for example: the toxic waste/blood vomiting ghoul has not been installed yet). Nonetheless I feel compelled as a citizen to share the good news ASAP. This is a red letter day in Greenpoint, Garden Spotters!