The Word On The Street: Special North Brooklyn Development Edition

Baggie haul August 22 2015 39 total nys

Many of you have undoubtedly noticed that I have not been terribly prolific on the blog. This should not be construed as a lack of interest in the affairs of this community (or this city in overall). Quite to the contrary: I have been quite busy. About a month ago I had a revelation: why not tap into what is the Garden Spot’s most renewable resource? This, of course, is garbage.

Think about it, gentle readers: litter is not only free but by making regular “collection” runs I am, albeit in a small way, making this community a cleaner place. What’s more, by (tongue firmly in cheek) “up-purposing” Greenpoint garbage I am raising awareness about the problem here. And we most assuredly have a problem.

Presently my focus is on drug baggies. These, as I have discovered, come in an array of colors and designs. The working plan is to fill the following 5 1/2 inch diameter snow globe with them.

Taste the rainbow! nys

The working title for this piece is “Taste the Rainbow” (for obvious reasons).

Taste the rainbow top view nys

Playgroudn rules WNYC Transmitter Park nysAs you can see it is still in progress. Very pretty if I may say so myself! Over the last month I have acquired no less than 181 182 baggies. These were “sourced” exclusively in Greenpoint/11222. I felt parameters needed to be established. What’s more, Williamsburg probably would have proved to be too easy. But I digress.

This project has led to a number of fascinating discoveries. For starters, most of the baggies I have found were discarded (and presumably consumed) in our public parks. I have long suspected this was/is the case— now I have some numbers to back it up. Playgrounds are not spared either. The item to the left was found in the playground at WNYC Transmitter Park. I also found five on the premises of the Vincent V. Abate Playground. One specimen had the Superman logo emblazoned on it. Regardless of one’s position on the “war on drugs” you gotta appreciate that kind of wiseassedness.

Magic carpet ride 2 cropped nys

This piece’s working title is “Magic Carpet Ride”.

Magic Carpet ride cropped nys

The other location I have found a significant number of baggies is development sites. Especially those which are stalled and/or sport sidewalk sheds. Sidewalk sheds = privacy. Makes sense. Drug paraphernalia is not the only thing I have found at them, hence the (ostensible) purpose of this post. I have spied a few sullen utterances of revolt scrawl on them during my rounds. I am not the least bit surprised by this. Follows is a curated selection of those I found especially compelling and/or entertaining. Enjoy!

1. India Street

India Street Screed nys

This one is somewhat indecipherable but the rage come across nonetheless.

2. 26 West Street

26 West Street nys


Yuppie Shelter nys

There are not less than three churlish missives on this one. Two are plainly visible. Follows is the third one. It is located to the left of “No Future”.

Bunch of fucking losers live here nys

And last, but hardly least…

3. Orient Avenue at Olive Street

Orient Avenue 1 nys

As you can see this property had been served a Stop Work Order. Let’s go in for a closer look!

Orient Avenue 2 nys

Great stop more of these bastards.

If the Department of Buildings is paying attention someone is very appreciative of your work. Happy Monday!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool…

Houston Street

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Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

TTB Manhattan Avenue nys

I am pleased to announce that not only has  “TTB” been successfully spelled out using Greenpoint’s medium of choice (empty liquor bottles) but the anonymous artist at work play has moved onto the next subway grate!

Manhattan Avenue FU nys

Hmm. I wonder what message our mystery artist wishes to share? I am going to go out on a limb here and predict something along the lines  of the following….

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Make A Difference


Taken August 3, 2015.

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

July 30, 2015 ·
Filed under: Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, Urban Artifact 

Pittsburgh street find NYS

By and large my inbox is pretty boring. Press releases mostly. Eric Adams is by and large the most prolific. However when my own sister-in-law stumbles upon a find such as this— and thinks of me— quite frankly, I am touched. She writes:

…at first worried maybe you would be offended…

Quite to the contrary. I have been called and/or likened to much worse things.

In closing, if Reverend Jen (or her friends) are paying attention; I have brought Reverend Jen’s work to my sister in law’s attention. She very much wants the proprietress of the Lower East Side Troll Museum herself  to see this work of art. It does, by all appearances, seem to be a painting of the kind of trolls Jen collects and loves. Make it happen, Internet hive mind!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Bushwick Frames

Bushwick Frames.

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Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Almost There…

Manhattan Avenue July 3 2015 nys

I am pleased to announce that the airplane bottle art project is well along the way to completion!

Urban Artifact, Part II: 949 Days & Counting

Prison Bear June 10 2015 nys

The facial expression pretty much says it all. Ever wondered what 949 days of non-stop “oversight” of Franklin Street and Greenpoint Avenue will do to you? Well, now you know. Like the hat, however…

(Taken June 10, 2015.)

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

workinprogress nys

Today yours truly decided to avail herself of the sunshine and take a stroll around the neighborhood. It was on Manhattan Avenue I happened upon the above item. Knowing Greenpoint genius when I see it, I opted to stop and take a photo of it. This piqued the interest of the gentleman (presumably) responsible for this piece of art. He assured me it is very much a work in progress. The end product will spell out the initials of an buddy of his: “T. T. B.”. I applauded him on his ingenuity using a commonplace object (airplane bottles of liquor, many are to be found hereabouts) and the environment (in this case, a subway grate) so as to create a work of public art. My only suggestion was he perhaps paint the bottles so as to make them more noticeable. He noted quite a few passersby made that suggestion and that he plans to not only paint the bottles (in multiple colors, by hand) but continue this work on the adjacent grates. I am guessing divesting said bottles of their contents (READ: consumption) may very well be a “recreational”/”performance” aspect of this project as well. Brilliant! I can hardly wait to see the rest of this project unfold…

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Special Holiday Weekend Edition

Biker Riders

Taken by UrbanphotoZ.