New York Shitty Day Starter: R.I.P.

RIP

From Rodney Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: What A Difference A Stop Work Order Makes!

August 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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foodiej81 writes (in regards to this post):

This weekend as we were walking by 239 Banker my partner and I noticed that the door was unlocked so we decided to take a stroll through our new neighborhood “hotel”. Well there are definitely people living there, there is mail being delivered and I saw a man taking his dog out for a walk. The “apartments” are still under construction though. We have an acquaintance that put money down on an apartment but is now waiting for a refund because they were told the place will not be ready for another month. Word is they are renovating one dwelling at a time because they have run out of money and won’t be able to finish the project till 70% are rented.
I also saw two men waiting outside the building at around 730 on Monday night; two traditionally dressed Jewish men pulled up in a minivan and met them to show an apartment. I don’t know if anyone has been there recently but the message on the door is asking for “max” to get them a real front door

Regardless I called 311 yesterday and sent in 3 anonymous complaints regarding the building at 239 Banker. It’s a ridiculous project and I wish the DOB would be more proactive in following up on the stop work order.

He (or she) is not the only who feels this way. Follows are a few photographs I received just this evening (in an email entitled “Stop Work Order In Action!) from an anonymous tipster which show just how seriously Max and his funky bunch are taking their recent visit by the Department of Buildings (and the $5,000 fine they were issued as a result).

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Note the numerous residential garbage cans at left. I wonder what they’re doing?

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Installing and patching drywall— silly me.

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Workers taking a breather at the freight elevator. It’s a tough job working after hours and violating a Stop Work Order!

Miss Heather

Southside Photo Du Jour: Bad

August 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Bad

From Keap Street.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Don’t F*ck With…

Brooklin

From Thames Street.

Miss Heather

A Choice Tidbit From The New York Times Archives

August 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Asshole, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Speaking as someone who has lived in north Brooklyn for ten years I remember a time when Williamsburg was more or less defined as the first four stops on the L train— no “ifs” “ands” or “buts”. Over the ensuing years this has been expanded to include pretty much anything short of Ridgewood and given current trends they may very well be next. Only time will tell if my fair burgh will be rechristened “Williamsburg(h) Heights”. Lest the first three sentences of this post have not made it clear I have found a heaping help of black humor to be immensely helpful when living in the shadow such a capacious and rapacious giant. And what a shadow it is! Case in point:

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I found this bad boy outside the Morgan Avenue stop of the L. Per the ad copy (which can be seen in larger format by clicking on the above image*) this Valhalla is located off the DeKalb Avenue stop of the L. Apparently eight stops out of Manhattan now qualifies as “East Williamsburg”. Albeit with a significantly smaller typeface.

Imagine if you will, dear readers, a time when real estate agents were not so fast and loose about “branding” a neighborhood  “Williamsburg”. A time when Williamsburgers didn’t even want to be called Williamsburgers; they wanted to be simple Brooklynites. There was such a time. What’s more, the New York Times documented it on February 23, 1896. Enjoy!

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Found In Brooklyn, who took the above photograph, writes:

And this Toll Brothers monolith on the other side. Ewwwww. Can you imagine being one of the numbers living in there? This would fit in better in a business district of a city such as Phoenix or Miami but whatever it’s here and they are not selling like hotcakes.

Welcome to the newer conditions of society.

Miss Heather

Manhattan Photos Du Jour: Day Trip Diary

August 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, Street Art 

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As I have mentioned previously the Mister has taken two weeks vacation. Yesterday we went to the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt. This is not my idea of how to celebrate one’s birthday but then again it wasn’t my birthday that was being celebrated. Anyhoo, afterward we proceeded to walk to Chinatown. Follows is a slide show featuring some highlights from our walk. Enjoy!

Signing Autographsnys

Anybody out there know who this guy is? I ask because finding myself between him and a horde of very excited teenage girls (and one older gentleman wearing bermuda shorts) was mildly terrifying.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Work In Progress

August 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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From South 1 Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Summer Love

East 20 Street, Manhattan, 10010

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North 1 Street, Brooklyn, 11211

lovelight

Leonard Street, Brooklyn, 11222

emily

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Two White Mice

August 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

mice

From North 5 Street.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Private

August 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Obey

From Kent Avenue.

Miss Heather