A fellow I will call “M” writes (to our City Councilman and a 94th Precinct Community Affairs Officer as well as yours truly) writes:
Hi Scott (I think he means Steve— Ed Note),
I’m a fellow neighbor in Greenpoint and saw the aftermath of a disturbing incident on Franklin at Green St. (in front of T.B.D.) yesterday morning around 7:00am. A young male was face down in a pool of blood and the 3 people on the scene were standing over the body as if there was no hope for the man. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it and haven’t been able to find out if the victim is okay. I’m writing to see if you have any insight to the incident as it happened blocks from my home. Appreciate any info you can share.
All the best…
This afternoon I took a stroll to the corner of Green Street and Franklin Street. Sure enough, there was blood.
And a lot of cat litter.
Over the years (and NYS will be eight years old soon— I have ceased to keep track anymore) I have received a number of inquiries of the variety “M” has tendered. All are troubling. However, “M” did the right thing: he/she not only took up the matter withthe 94th Precinct’s Community Affairs Office (concerns such as this is why they’re there!) but also our City Councilman*. This is how you do it, north Broklynites!
To be continued…?
*Who also happens to have a tumblr page. Check it out!
It is shaping up to be a lively day in the Garden Spot. Anyone know if this is for real or some attempt at viral advertising? In any case here it is. Consider yourselves warned…
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF
April 9, 2014, 5:00 pm
April 10, 2014, 11:00 am
As you can see, someone has seen fit to divest 977 Manhattan Avenue of its sign. Steve, the owner of Goldscholle and Garfinkel (and therefore, if one wants to be a stickler, said sign is as well), was surprised by this. Not that he was the one who discovered this has come to pass: he was not. He opted to take today off from cleaning out the space. He heard about it from a Greenpoint citizen. Speaking for myself, I am not the least bit surprised. Let’s face facts:
$3,000,000 $3,900,000* (or even a 6% commission thereof) is a pretty strong motivator to have such an item removed. Just sayin’.
Here’s what has been learned: per the fine folks at the Fresh Stop (which is located next door) two men arrived between 8:00 and 8:30 am with a ladder and commenced to take the sign down. These two men, per the folks from Fresh Step, were not familiar faces from the neighborhood (and trust me: if anyone is in a position to know, it is someone who operates a produce stand). In any case, I serious doubt these fellows wanted this item— at least in its “new” state— to grace their home. It is was really, seriously, UGLY. It was intended to be as such.
It’ll be interesting to see if their “handiwork” damaged the Bronx cable which provides power to the gate. I suppose we’ll find out tomorrow…
UPDATE, 7:31 pm: it was intact when the Mister left for work this morning at 8:10 am.
*Per the listing at Miron Properties:
The building will be delivered vacant. Trust me. The “new” owner has done everything imaginable to make that happen.
Ms. Segal was the lady who not only asked Mr. Goldscholle to ask me to refrain from my “artistry”, but she later admitted to him (as he turned the keys over) that she had the sign removed. What’s a little petty larceny when there’s big bucks to be made, right?
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF
Don’t take my word for it: click here and see this modestly-priced $8,500/month pad for yourself. Wow. Just wow.
UPDATE, March 31st, 2014:
This appears to be the pad in question. They were busy yesterday (Sunday) making it look “presentable” to potential tenants.
Don’t let Mike’s earmuffs fool you, gentle readers, this was one very contentious convocation. We did not make it to “cookies”. Hell, we barely made it past introductions. However, after roughly 1 1/2 hours of discussion— and believe you me, it got heated (the “brown word” was employed and no, not it was not by yours truly)— I came away with the impression that it was a move forward. I’ll be adding videos as they upload. So check back! In the meantime…
Part I: An Introduction By Rich Mazur
Part II: We Introduce Ourselves
Part III: Introductions Continue
- This is when it starts getting intense. READ: WATCH.
- A citizen notes that there is a certain level of inter-connectedness between GWAPP and Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. She continues to add that OSA’s recent fundraiser has a great many real estate interests as “sponsors”. This is true.
- As you see, gentle readers, “Greenpoint Landing” is among the sponsors for OSA’s upcoming fundraiser. Greenpoint Landing was represented by Adam Perlmutter during the 2005 rezoning. His wife (who is on the board member nominating panel for GWAPP), Ms. McGlamery, loses her composure at 5:45. CAVEAT: profanity is used.
Part IV: And To Continue…
Part V: And Continue…
Part VI: And Continue…
- Nick Rizzo, an aspiree for
Lincoln Restler’sChris Olechowski’s seat as 51st District Male Democratic Leader gives his two cents.
Part VII: The Last Bit I Was Able To Capture Before My “Smart” Phone Said “ENOUGH”
- The discussion as whether the “new” GWAPP should retain the name resumed. Concerns were that the new organization does not, will not reflect the mission of the the original.
- The representatives for Save Greenpoint, St. Anthony’s and Rolfe Carle* were suggested by Kate Naplatarski as GWAPP Board members.
- Those of you who wish to nominate a GWAPP board member can do so via email at: gwapp (at) aol (dot) com OR…
- attend the next forum, which will essentially be a continuation of this one. No date has been set yet HOWEVER…
- It will be soon. Why the hold up, you ask? Very simple: I noted that efforts should be made so it will not conflict with the 94th Precinct Community Council meeting, any/all Community Board meetings or days that the Greenpoint Reformed Church is operating their soup kitchen/food pantry (as that may preclude volunteers for both/either from attending).
- As acrimonious as this meeting was— and it was— exactly how are we as a community (or GWAPP) going to move forward without having it? What seems to have been lost by some present is why so many people (including myself) have issues with GWAPP and the manifold number of other community “orgs” hereabouts. The fact of the matter is:
- It has inextricable ties with Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. Ms. McGlamery’s husband is one. Mr. Thompson’s wife (who spoke on behalf Greenpoint Williamsburg Soccer League) is another: her husband is a board member of “OSANB”. I mention this because it was not noted at this convocation. In any case it does pose the question as to why then, should we have two orgs: GWAPP and OSANB respectively. Or what can GWAPP do/offer that OSA does not. There’s plenty of issues that need to be addressed. Will GWAPP step up to the plate?
- Rich Mazur stated that GWAPP, in the years wherein they did not conduct meetings, that he did not disagree with anything GWAPP did. I for one find this interesting.
This whole exchange came to pass in 2009. To summarize: both OSA and GWAPP saw fit to issue yours truly what is known in the blog world as a nastygram. And board members of GWAPP were apparently not consulted on this. Sound familiar? Whoops.
- I was encouraged to learn that part of GWAPP’s recently awarded GERF grant will be used for community outreach. What this will entail (among other things) is getting out the word in Spanish and Polish. I for one was very happy to hear this.
- But, ironically enough, I noted that a web site is not enough. There are a lot of people in this community that are not being reached. The attendance at this evening’s meeting bore testement to this. It was sorely lacking in racial, ethnic and economic diversity. Who was present this evening did not reflect the Greenpoint community in its totality. If taken at their word, GWAPP needs to address this. And addressing this will entail aggressively courting “new” voices— by they “new comers” or “old timers”. We’re talking feet on the street, folks.
In closing, what I and a number of other folks took issue with Rolfe Carle outlined very well. So well I only had one word to add:
Yes, it is unreasonable to expect a community group’s members— especially a group in Greenpoint— to agree on some things. No. We take spirited debate to an entirely new level here in the 11222. This is what makes us amazing. However, how can one even have a debate if GWAPP’s (the Newtown Creek Alliance’s, etc.) own board members are not made aware of what is going on? E.g.: that GWAPP endorsed the Greenpoint Boathouse’s relocation to 51 Ash Street. Really? If one wants to avoid how the first 1 1/2 hours of this meeting were spent, this needs to change. Mr. Mazur himself welcomed new people coming to the table. This is good. But these, his, words strike me as being just that: words. They, GWAPP, need to follow up with action: using their resources to get more people involved. As far as I am concerned the onus is on them to prove that GWAPP is a viable community organization, not us— the community in whose name they profess to advocate.
*Who was generous enough to kick this over to me:
Filed under: 11222, BAD ASS, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF
(Or: Friday Night On Manhattan Avenue, Bitches!)
Taken March 7, 2014
Filed under: 11222, Fuck This Shit, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, WTF
Spoiler: the “vote” was eighteen for and seven against. What I found particularly intriguing is one person purporting to represent three different “member groups” of GWAPP (Barbara Vetell, a veritable “army of one”) was allowed to vote three times. That’s “democracy” Greenpoint-style, folks! It makes yours truly yearn for the “old school” methods of Tammany. E.g.; before election day, you grow a beard. You vote sporting said beard. You go home and shave it down to a mustache. Then, you vote again. Then you go home, shave your face entirely and vote a third time. In the clarity of hindsight (and this evening’s convocation), this is downright quaint— and dare I say “cute”— by comparison.
It should also be noted that neither Steve Levin nor Joe Lentol (or their representatives) were present at this meeting. I stand corrected:
- Roll call is taken, board members introduce each other.
- Rich Mazur represents the “Dupont Street Seniors Center”. NOTE: Mr. Mazur is also the head of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation, which is of course spear-heading dispersal of funds from the settlement between Exxon Mobil and (then) Attorney General Cuomo.
- The matter of GWAPP’s finances are discussed. Pay careful attention to their anticipated funds. They include GREF grants (remember who is in charge of this, readers?) and money from Councilman Levin.
- Christine Holowacz announces that a lease is being procured for the Greenpoint Boathouse. Presumably this would be 51 Ash Street.
- Barbara McGlamery touts that GWAPP’s website got 2,000 a hits a month as of November 2013 but has fallen since.
- Del Teague speaks against the new by laws.
- Barbara Vetell speaks on the behalf of three organizations (and was rewarded accordingly by giving three votes regarding changing these by laws).
- At 5:38 you can watch Jens Rasmussen (who later voted on the behalf of the North Brooklyn Boat Club, an ostensible not-for-profit organization**).
- Two words: WATCH THIS. (The lady who speaks starting at 1:19 kicks ass!)
- Dewey interacts with a couple of fellow citizens while the “vote” is being conducted. The question being raised is over the addition of new member organizations. What follows is not pretty.
Then the “transition “team” comes in: Rich Mazur, Barbara McGlamery (AKA: Mrs. Adam Perlmutter) and Trina McKeever will comprise the “selection committee” charged with picking members for a new board. That’s the bad news. The good news: they’ll have a(nother) public meeting later this month— and I have every intention of filming it. Thanks GWAPP 2.0! And oh yeah: those ostensible “member groups” who voted themselves out of a so-called “community organization”, in one case in triplicate, what are they going to get out of this?
UPDATE, March 6, 2014 2:52 p.m.: Looks likes the North Brooklyn Boat Club received not one, not two, but three “GREF” awards. My oeraonal favorite is as follows:
I know. Shocking…
**The North Brooklyn Boat Club is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Office Database of Corporations. The address listed is Dewey Thompson’s residence. However, as of 3/6/2014, the North Brooklyn Boat Club is NOT a registered charitable organization per the same-said Attorney General’s Charities Database:
Any/all donations to the North Brooklyn Boat Club are handled via Open Space Alliance. Of which Dewey is a Board member. Can you say eating your cake and keeping it too? At $150.00 a person and a two person minimum for a four hour workshop (which comes out to roughly $72.00 an hour) I cannot exactly say I do not understand Mr. Rasmussen’s “interest”. However, it is a conflict of interest. Some people have a problem with that kind of thing. What’s really interesting is the North Brooklyn Boat Clubs’s applications for Exxon Mobil money (“GREF”: which we have established is being handled by Rich Mazur— who will also be part of GWAPP’s “nominating committee”) money are via GWAPP. Once Again: the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s “fundraising” is handled by Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. Guess what kids, Dewey Thompson is a chair on both GWAPP and OSA!
Hear me, Conflict if Interest Board? Steve Levin? Joe Lentol? Anyone?
UPDATE, 10:02 a.m.: I love the smell of spam in the morning!
Looks like someone exiting the Pulaski Bridge did not quite make that right turn onto Freeman. Sweet Jesus…
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek, Wow, WTF
Yesterday yours truly received a most amusing piece of mail. Yes: MAIL —of the “snail” variety. Without further ado, here it is:
This comes from my comrade over at Queens Crap. I have to say it gave me a good laugh. For those of you who are not in the know, the following should explain why.
A fellow by the name of Jens Rasmussen was recently featured in both the New York Times and CBS Local. He conducts wilderness survival courses on the premises of the North Brooklyn Boat Club. This is where our “new and improved” Greenpoint Boathouse (whose plans have yet to be made public) is to be located. Follows are a couple screengrabs of solicitations this chap has seen fit to post online.
As you see the latter clearly states these come to pass on the premises of the North Brooklyn Boat Club. Something to consider: as a general rule, for profit endeavors are not permissible on the premises on non-profit organizations. I mention this because word on the street is Mr. Rasmussen has stated that the North Brooklyn Boat Club has filed paperwork so as to become a 501(3) c . I feel compelled to note a recent search of the New York State Attorney General’s charities database turned up nothing:
Hmm— but I digress. This afternoon, the weather being downright lovely, I felt the need to explore the wilderness of Long Island City. I decided to grab a few shots of the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s premises (51 Ash Street) en route. Seeing is truly believing.
Um, what is that smoke-stack looking thing? Anyone?
Nowadays Mr. Rasmussen is asking $150.00 a head for his wilderness survival course.
I trust another $50.00 will be forthcoming, Crappy? in any case, follows is my favorite excerpt:
…Head to Greenpoint and meet Jens for an intro and explanation to bushcraft tripping skills, including the most vital things to know and what you can do in a variety of disaster scenarios. Learn valuable tactics like making a signal whistle from an aluminum can…
My advice: save yourself $144.00, purchase a six pack of Budweiser and figure this out on your own. Preferably somewhere that is NOT a Superfund site.
P.S.: I have every intention of creating a “boat club” snow globe. However, in light of recent events methinks this has made it to the top of my list. Cheers!
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: I appear to be lacking a suitable character for Ms. Nealis. One will have to be ordered, I am guessing. Nonetheless, I played around with my tentatively titled “Stray Cat Strut” snow globe’s contents and one dedicated to the absurdity that is 51 Ash Street/the North Brooklyn Boat Club. The latter I have entitled “Rockin’ the Pulaski!”
The Mister eventually wandered in and inquired as to what I was doing. Usually this disrupts my “creative process” Not this time. He first inquired:
Are those hobos?
Me: No, those are people learning valuable wilderness survival skills!
He looked closer and noted:
Oh, there’s the Commodore! Where’s Spaulding? SPAULDING GET YOUR FOOT OFF THE BOAT!
Here is Spaulding— and as you can see he has his foot on the boat!
Pookie Mister Heather!
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Crappy notes:
More to the point of the shenanigans at the boat club, it’s a conflict of interest violation for a board member to be personally profiting from the tax exempt status of the organization. Therefore, if Jens is running his business on their property or using his connection with them to draw people to his classes, then that’s a big no no.
Filed under: 11222, Fuck This Shit, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF
When I saw this item on Gothamist my jaw hit my desk. I can assure you, gentle readers, this was not due to shock. Hardly. Rather your truly’s first apartment in Greenpoint was at 95 Clay Street. That was over a decade ago— and I can assure you it was a total and utter nightmare.* If this latest episode is to believed, things have not changed much. Those of you who are so inclined can read a little more about 95 Clay “back in the day” by clicking here, here and here. As for 156 India, I offer this and this for your perusal. In closing I would like to remind everyone that while Ms. Nealis’s alleged conduct is thoroughly reprehensible, she would not have felt free to behave in such a manner if our enforcement agencies (and elected officials) had nipped this in the proverbial bud. Years ago.
*Including, but not limited to:
- Frequent hot water outages. Apparently there was not only a residential (think: for a house) hot water heater pressed into service to service an eight unit building. The thermostat was broken so when it would get “hot” the “Super” would simply turn it off.
- An electrical outage on the apartments on the top floor lasting days. This was probably caused by…
- Rainwater leaking through the roof.
- Broken mailboxes. Mail theft was pervasive.
- An illegal apartment in the basement.
- Trips to housing court.
- Harassment— including having my locks filled with glue, verbal harassment and having my mailbox ripped open.
This is the short list. Any and all who have the misfortune of living in this building may want to check and see if a rent-freeze/rent reduction is still in place regarding the mailboxes.