Taken August 23, 2013.
Filed under: 11101, 11102, 11104, Queens, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Queens
Contrary to what you, gentle readers, might think some transit employees really enjoy their work. Take this fellow: a driver for the Q32 for example! Per Rose Sol, (one of the masterminds of Sol Sauce— I’ll add) who was kind enough to shoot the above footage:
Must be my lucky week! I got the singing bus driver three days in a row. Today was the Mr Rogers theme – Hi, neighbors!!
Awesome. Totally awesome…
A very nice and fellow cat) lady, Stephanie, writes:
I Heather! If you don’t mind, could you please share this? I found him in Sunnyside and hope someone is looking for him. I know you have significant reach. I’ll be posting fliers in the neighborhood tonight. THANK YOU!
I asked Stephanie for more information about this handsome fellow— and she delivered!
First seen Friday night on 40th Street between Queens Blvd and 43rd Avenue (“The Skillman side” of Queens Blvd). Was very friendly and hungry and ran right up to me for petting. Was hiding under cars, did not seem to be a local and it’s in front of my building, I’ve never seen him and I have mad street cat radar. The next morning, I went out to see if he was there and he was a little distressed under a car, skittish and crying a little. Again he came running straight up to me. I gave him some food and went back in for a carrier – when I returned he was nowhere to be found. I went out a few times in the day and couldn’t find him. As soon as it was dark I went outside to call for him and saw him on the sidewalk back arched in a near confrontation with a dog (thankfully on a leash). He ran into some bushes and I went over. I called him and he came right out and started talking to me and rubbing on me. I picked him up and put him in a carrier, he had no complaints – that is rare. he is not ear tipped and way to friendly for me to believe he lives on the street. He does not even know how to find a safe place to call home. There are ear tipped cats that live behind my building, but he did not seem to know what to do or where to go. I think he comes from a home and either got out/lost or was dumped by some bottom feeder. Black and white – young adult – talker – purrer – chirper – seems sweet, but is distressed in my bathroom with my jerk cat hissing at him from under the door. He’s eating and using the litter box and sitting in the window watching the birds. I will post fliers tonight and hope someone will claim him. It would be great if he had someone to hang out with that does not have cats to assess his personality, my cats do not accept adults, so he’s confined to my bathroom. I’m going to check in with my super to see if he’s ever seen him around and if he could foster him. He loves petting, but has swatted (no scratch/blood) at me twice. I hope this is just a nervous thing. It’s so hard to assess in a small space.
If anyone reading this knows to whom this fella belongs, please contact Stephanie via email at bigcitylittlekitty(at)yahoo(dot)com —and spread the word! Thanks.
Filed under: 11101, 11104, Criminal Activity, Stuff The Makes Heather Sad, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Queens
(via his Facebook page)
Our community will never forget what these men did to Lou Rispoli. The NYPD’s release of new sketches (attached) shows that there is progress being made on this case but it is important we continue to raise awareness as a community. These three suspects think that they got away with a crime that robbed us of a good man who loved his neighborhood. I will not rest until I see these men punished for this heinous crime.
The NYPD is offering a reward of $22,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Mr. Rispoli’s killers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Filed under: 11101, 11104, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Queens
It has come to my attention that a number of my friends across the creek (READ: Long Island City and Sunnyside) want to know how they can lend a hand to those who need it. As you can see, Mr. Van Bramer is on it.
Saturday, November 3rd 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th 9:00 a,m, – 6:00 p.m.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s Office
47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside, Queens 11104
Filed under: 11101, 11231, Carroll Gardens, Carroll Gardens Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Cobble Hill Brooklyn, Jackson Heights, Jackson Heights Queens, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Queens, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Queens, Woodside, Woodside Queens
Gee, where the hell is it?
The above-depicted is a map the MTA has issued apprising its patrons of subway service slated to be restored tomorrow, November 1st, 2012. As you can see our beloved Crosstown Local is, um, MIA. Or would that be MII (Missing In Inaction)? In any case, those of you who have been enjoying a furlough from your daily commute (and want to forward it to your supervisors) can grab the link for this map by clicking here.*
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Here’s a Service Alert from the ever awesome Chair of Community Board 1′s Transportation Committee.
*Props go out to the incomparable Bitchcakes for bringing this to my attention. Thanks!
Taken by Lumin8tion.
Filed under: 11101, 11206, 11211, 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Newtown Creek, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Queens, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn
To preface: My footage/documentation of this hearing is truncated because;
- I left the battery for my digital camera at home. (Hey, occasionally shit happens at Chez Shitty!)
- This meeting, which was scheduled to last two hours, ended up being more or less redundant. E.g.; More or less the same complaints/concerns were raised followed by more or less the same answers. (Thus, I feel a lot less guilty for forgetting my battery.)
Nonetheless, I got the presentation in its entirety along with a few questions from the audience (which, it should be noted, became much more substantial after the conflicting meeting regarding the Nassau Avenue Reconstruction meeting was dismissed). Without further ado, here we go!
Parts I – VI: Introduction & Presentation
Part VII: The Q & A Session Kicks Off
Part VIII: Laura Hofmann Speaks
Part IX: A Bone Fide Old School Greenpointer (and all-around Garden Spot/environmental badass) Irene Klementowicz Tenders Her Two Cents
Part X: A Resident Of Oak Street Speaks
It was at this point I— and my electronics— gave up. However, I did take notes. Here they are (in no particular order):
1. It was asked by one citizen if they (being the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection) have considered posting notices at local fishing supply shops. They stated they were not aware of any. To wit, he replied:
This was met with surprise by the panel of experts present.
2. It was asked if there are any grants available (via the Department of Health) which would enable community groups to conduct a more comprehensive/focused study. The answer was (essentially) “not that we know of”.
3. It was pointed out by a member of the audience— at the Polish National Home (AKA: The Warsaw)— that little to no outreach has been made by either the Department of Health or the Department of Environmental Protection to the Polish community in Greenpoint, viz a viz, through its local Polish language newspapers. It was agreed by the officials present that this was a sterling idea and solicited information as to whom they could contact. Yours truly helped with this endeavor by giving them the contact information for a reporter at this newspaper.
4. Kate Zidar, Executive Director of the Newtown Creek Alliance, reiterated that these meetings are “repetitive” and advised the civil servants hosting said forum to “take notes” in the hope that— moving forward— these convocations (and health studies regarding the manifold number of toxins manifest in Greenpoint) can move forward. Ms. Zidar was advised notes were, in fact, being taken— and this was pretty awesome given the following:
We do not want a “perfect” health study. We want a health study.
Then she followed this statement up with the following bits of data:
- In January of 2007 the Newtown Creek Alliance sent a letter to the Department of Health requesting a comprehensive health study of the Greenpoint Oil Spill.
- After a meeting with the Department of Health in March 2008, the Newtown Creek Alliance (which will henceforth be called the “NCA” — Ed. Note) requested (among many other things) that a skilled Community Liaison be enlisted by the Department of Health. This has not happened.
- After a meeting with the Department of Health in October of 2008 Ms. Zidar notes the map (and I quote) “does not include features agreed upon at previous meetings”. Which, as I intuit, would include a 1/2 mile radius versus a 1/4 mile radius (from which the Department of Health is operating currently) because…
- a great deal of residential property is excluded by the current demarcations. Thus this current study is more an occupational/workplace study than one of long-term, consistent exposure.
- Such a study should include/take into consideration other “hot spots” such as the “Greenpoint oil spill” and “Meeker Avenue Plume”. To date, it does not.
5. The previous was not overlooked by our local politicians*:
- Among them our City Councilman, Steve Levin (as seen above texting), noted:
- He resides not only atop the “Oil Spill” but the “Plume” as well.
- A half-mile radius study should be employed.
- To merely focus on the creek is to focus on one part of a manifold number of environmental (and therefore: health-related) problems in Greenpoint.
- Lincoln Restler (whose back can be seen at right) added his two cents. They were basically as follows: This is an ongoing problem. At what point will we get an honest, expanded study (and due process) so future generations of Greenpointers do not experience and/or are afflicted with what our predecessors— such as Ms. Hofmann and Ms. Klementowicz— have witnessed?
If the intransigence and “timetable” I witnessed last night— coupled with Ms. Klementowicz’s piquant observation:
By 2023, we (This being the people doing the complaining at last night’s meeting— Ed. Note.) will be dead.
this will be continued…
*It should be noted a representative of Joe Lentol’s office was present as well. I do not recall her name, but the DOH/DEP panel made note of her arrival.
Taken January 20, 2012.
Filed under: 11101, 11104, Blissville, Blissville Queens, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Queens
From Greenpoint Avenue.