At the moment I am feeling disinclined to write (days like this make me deliciously lazy) so I am going to posit a puzzler to you, the readers.
- Where is this found?*
- What does it mean?
My curiosity is driving me crazy!
*HINT: It is the same place you’ll find this.
Filed under: Area 51
Last night was anything but eventful at the Chez Shitty household. The Mister and I were both tired so we laid down for a nap. We didn’t awaken until midnight when the sounds of merriment broke our slumber. He turned to me and said:
We’re really exciting people, aren’t we?
Call it old age or me being simply antisocial, but New Year’s is something I do not get excited about. The thought of trudging around in sub-freezing weather, dealing with drunk people and their shenanigans does not appeal to me. I’d rather stay home, thank you very much. Besides, if the general din I heard last night was any indication, there were more than enough folks in the Garden Spot of the Universe having fun on my behalf. This kept me up until 3:00 a.m. in the morning. But I digress.
I imagine a number of you reading this had a wee bit too much fun for last night and are now paying the price. The gentleman who operates the bodega across from my apartment noted seltzer, Alka-Seltzer, aspirin and “hangover Helper” were in particular demand today. Regardless of how hard you partied, dear readers, I can assure you there are people out there who did it better and more fabulous than you. To this end I have culled a dozen images from my rather extensive collection of thrift store/found photos I have amassed over the years for your edification. Enjoy!
The only person I know who could pull this man’s look off with a shred of dignity and do it fabulously is Aaron Short.
This has a certain Valley of the Dolls quality I find endearing.
Three words: New F*cking Jersey. Not that this intended as an insult, mind you.
For the less effete among you I offer this, which appears to hail from the East Village.
Yes, we have bananas.
Alcohol: check. Firearms: check. I have little doubt tobacco also had some part in this.
Yes, the gentleman to the left is Johnny Rotten.
Godzilla takes a toke before taking down Tokyo.
Then of course there is the matter of the morning after. And last, but (or would that be BUTT) hardly least, what would New Year’s Day be without a “baby”?
Happy New Year, New York Shittites!
P.S.: Xris commented today in regards to this post):
Glad to see someone keeping up the tradition of the Christmas snake, which guarded the manger where the little baby jeebus was born.
Sometimes a snake is just a snake, Xris.
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From Manhattan Avenue.
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
From Nassau Avenue.
Some of you have brought it to my attention that this post has certain, how should we say, discrepancies. Although I do my best to thoroughly pick over my posts before I publish them, the fact of the matter is sometimes (especially when I am busy— and busy I have been) I do make mistakes. For this reason I am very grateful when folks speak up to set the record straight. One such person to do so is a gentleman named Philip. He is the historian for the St. Stanislaus American Legion Post 1771. He writes:
The picture I have attached is from the New York Public Library Digital. It is picture of PS 59 as it appeared in 1931. It never has been an American Legion Post. The P.L.A.V. Is a national polish war veteransÂ association. They still exist 535 – 539 Leonard Street was George Washington Post #3.
St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771 never occupied the building . The Post was chartered in September 1949, the first meetings being held of the club rooms of St. Stanislaus Kostka located at 10 Newel Street. They eventually held meetings in the democratic club above the old Winthrop Theater located at 135 Driggs Avenue, which is now an Associated Supermarket. From there they moved down the block to Driggs Avenue and North Henry Street and occupied the building until the 1960′s. After Oakland St. (McGuinness Blvd) was widened they purchased the lot where the Slovak credit Union is now located. In 1996 – 97 the Post sold the building to them and in 1999 relocated to 519 Leonard Street which was the Knights Of Columbus Fidelity Council. 519 Leonard Street started out as an Italian protestant church in 1900, the building is about 110 years old.
By the way I spoke to a real estate rep in May of this year and the PLAV had an asking price of over 1 million for the property.
If you want to see more on the post we have web site. The photo album has over 6,000 pictures from the past 60 years. The post history section contains newspaper articles from the Garden Spot News, Greenpoint Star and the Greenpoint Gazette.
I have casually glanced through St. Stans Post 1771′s photo albums. Even if you are not into military history there are some really neat items to be found in this online archive. Among my personal faves are these undated images from the Pulaski Day Parade and these images from their 1979 Valentine’s Day dance. If you’re looking for something to while away this overcast New Year’s Day give this wonderful resource a look-see. It’s really neat!
From Dupont Street.
Kicking off this, the first selection of shots from the New York Shitty photo pool this new year, I present for your enjoyment some wintertime goodness courtesy of algul siento. Lovely captures!
I know what you’re thinking. It is probably what I thought when I encountered the above item (which hails from Clay Street):
I have never seen a Suburu Outback station wagon with a flame job.
Well, now you have. Welcome to brave new world that is Greenpoint 2010!
P.S.: Special props goes out to the Mark Bar for playing “Holiday in Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys at 1:39 this morning. While not the most conventional way to hail in the new year, it is certainly compelling.