A very nice lady named Melissa writes:
Hi, I am involved in a holiday market this weekend in Greenpoint. I was wondering if you would be able to post the flyer? Any help would be appreciated!!
Duly/gladly posted! Those of you who want more information about the participating artists are advised to check out this event’s Facebook page here. Support your local artists this holiday season and check it out!
This item comes from a very nice lady named Lisa. Any/all who have holiday shopping to do and wish to benefit a good cause should check it out!
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Taken December 5, 2014.
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Or: Announcing Animal Rescue of Queens!
This event was brought to my attention by some fellow (and downright awesome) animal lovers here in north Brooklyn. What’s more they were kind enough to help me arrange to meet Howard Wu, the fellow who is behind this new (and much-needed) endeavor: Animal Rescue of Queens! Follows is a synopsis of our conversation.
Who: Mr. Wu has worked and volunteered in NYC animal shelters and rescue organizations for ten years. As such he has first-hand experience in animal rescue.
Where: Now he is striking out to start his own organization in Long Island City. To this end he has purchased a building at 11th Street and 44th Avenue.
When: Once the building is vacated, February 2015, Animal Rescue of Queens (“ARQ”) will need to thoroughly rework the space. This will cost $75,000 and includes (but is not limited to):
- Installing a new heating system and ventilation
- Overhauling plumbing and electrical wiring
- Roof repairs
- Refurbishing the adoption space to make it comforting for two-legged and four-legged critters alike. THINK: not what one thinks of when he/she hears the words “animal shelter”. Or, as Howard put it:”Our adoptable dogs and cats will receive a high level of care, and will be taught the skills needed to make transitioning into a home as seamless as possible, for them and their adopters. To do this, the center will be set up with rooms and not cages. The rooms will contain home furnishings, just as would be seen in a home environment.”
How: Howard explained to me his vision for “ARQ”. Simply put, he wants to create an adoption center where animals and potential adopters alike feel comfortable. He wishes to see the animal shelter/adoption experience as a welcoming, community-based one wherein folks can meet and make a friend for life. Hence why the pup featured on the above flier (and his business card*) wears a cape; the human/pet relationship is a two way street. It not simply a matter of “rescuing” an animal. Furkids are our companions. They cheer us up when we’re feeling down; love us when we feel unloved. The list goes on and on.
They are our heroes.
as he put it. Who can disagree with that?
This is why “ARQ” needs our help: they need funding to make these renovations happen! To this end they are having a fundraiser at Sweet Science this upcoming Sunday, December 7th. Check it out!
Those of you who are unable to attend but wish to make a donation can do so by clicking here. NOTE: these contributions are tax-deductible. Those who care to contact Howard can do so via email at: howard (at) ARQadopt.org. Otherwise, he has informed that me come February he plans to have an open house and fundraiser featuring artwork for auction. Take note, my north Brooklyn/Queens artist comrades!
*which also features a cat— but not prominently enough to satisfy this cat lady! Hey, you do not expect me not to good-naturedly bust his chops about this?
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I cannot tell a lie: I hate the “holiday” season. It seems to bring out the very worst in otherwise normal, rational people. Call me a “Humbugger” all you want, gentle readers. Nowadays I confine yet another winter of my discontentment to snow globes. This is not simply therapeutic. It is better than, say, standing on the sidewalk yelling while brandishing a billy club. Which is exactly what came to pass on Manhattan Avenue late this afternoon.
I know what you’re thinking:
Exactly what lead up to this?
Well, if you listen carefully to the following video you will get some idea.
NOTE: I wrote “some idea”. As you can plainly see the fellow in question did not run away. And, well, further taunting an alleged assailant by screaming “Bitch” at him? This does not strike me as being a very good idea. Neither is wielding a billy club for that matter:
Don’t believe me? Read the law for yourselves here.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
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This fearsome feline stands watch over a building on Kingsland Avenue. More specifically he (she?) is guarding set and prop material for the television show Madam Secretary. It is reassuring to see Broadway Stages has stepped up security since thieves made off with $17,800 of equipment just down the street back in October. Go get ‘em tiger!
Props: A big New York Shitty shout out goes to Sheryl for bringing this item to my attention and the two very nice and quite human fellows on the premises for humoring my shutter-bugging. Thanks!
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Anyone have the 411 on this?
(Taken November 19, 2014)
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Today yours truly opted to enjoy a little sunshine and take a stroll along Manhattan Avenue. In so doing I held a great number of interesting things. Among them:
- a few individuals who could best be described as extras attending a casting call for the Zoolander sequel. Mind you, it was not their presence which drew my attention. I am not so naive as to think I do not have such folks as my neighbors in this, the “new” Greenpoint. I know. They do not bother me. The more and different the merrier! Rather, it was the fact they were out and about (READ: out of bed) at 1:00 p.m.
- a tableau which defied easy taxonomical categorization. On Calyer Street I beheld a tetrad of things which I hold near and dear. These being:
- An urban artifact along with…
- a melange of merde…
- in a public pay phone which, in addition to the previous, proffered
- pro-bono services of a highly specialized nature.
For the above-listed reasons I decided to classify this post as Greenpoint Photos Du Jour. Now that we have gotten that out of the way…
let’s take the above morsels of Greenpoint glory in numeric order, shall we?
One container of Organic Girl Spring Mix…
with vodka vinaigrette.
The aftermath of severe gastric distress. (Perhaps due to the consumption of item #1?).
Not one, not two, but three solicitations for not simply free sex but free Garden State sex! As you can see, gentle readers, I have blurred out the telephone number. I did so because I suspect its owner has been— how shall we say— “volunteered” for this endeavor. In closing, it should be noted I did research the telephone number in question. I regret to inform everyone it does not hail from Secaucus. But hey, when it’s free sex in the offing one cannot/should not be too choosy. Thank you, the public pay phone kiosks of Calyer for keeping things real— or at least really interesting— hereabouts.
Happy Sunday, Garden Spotters!
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That’s right folks! tomorrow is “NAG’s” (“Neighbors Allied for Good Growth”, formerly known as “Neighbors Allied Against Garbage”) 20th Anniversary gala! As you can clearly read the subject line of the above email inquires:
…will you support our neighborhood…?
Yes, I will… by not attending this event and pointing out the following:
- I find it interesting that the vast majority of points under “What Does NAG Do?” have, in fact, been done.
- This would suggest to me that NAG doesn’t really have a clear mission nowadays. They should.
- And of course I would be remiss if I did not point out that it strikes me as being a mite bit inconsistent for an organization which lauds itself for closing down an illegal waste handling station on Williamsburg’s waterfront to honor folks who were busted— last year— for operating an illegal waste trade business in Greenpoint.
But perhaps I am being nit-picky? Sort of makes one wonder what, if any, donations have been tendered to “NAG” from the Argentos lately. Anyone?
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Now I have received this!
Note how “NAG” has seen fit to excise the photo featured in their precious email. Perhaps it is because some of the people depicted therein objected? In any case, I think I’ll save the $50.00 I do not have to buy beer and/or more snow globe supplies…