Christine (who took the above photograph) writes (in an email entitled “more misinformation ferry signs”):
This one is at North 7 street and bedford. Guess it was too much trouble to put this at North 6 street which would lead cars in both the right direction and right to the pier.
Since hearing about the discovery of human remains on Kent Street yesterday yours truly has been wondering (as I suspect we all have) exactly how they got there. To this end I poked around the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives to see they could shed any light on this and in so doing made some interesting finds. After a casual search I discovered that what transpired this weekend was more common than one would think. Without further ado here are a couple of items. Enjoy!
June 10, 1901
April 30, 1872
What yours truly finds fascinating is both incidences came to pass fairly close 119 Kent Street and seem to be at the behest of medical students. Exactly why someone would place the decapitated head of a woman under the floorboards of a butcher shop is anyone’s guess (sick practical joke? an experiment?). I suppose that one will be lost to history. In the meantime, I’ll be very curious to see what our Finest make of this one.
Taken by jamie nyc.
From Manhattan Avenue.
Yours truly has received a number of quite frankly incredible emails over the last seven days. Follows is the latest from a chap named Chris. He writes:
hey- a little birdie told me that while digging in the backyard of the church yesterday on kent street, a priest discovered a human skull!! police came, investigation ensued and upon further excavation a secret buried tunnel was discovered between the church and a neighboring home!! i don’t know how or what is true, but i thought you’d be interested.. hope all is well…
Guess what folks?
IT’S TRUE! Albeit with a couple of clarifications/tweaks:
- A skull and finger were found next door the the Church of the Ascension, not on the premises. Apparently the man was doing work on his backyard and made this discovery.
- No mention of a tunnel was made by the people I spoke to.
- The bones are purported to be “old”. Exactly how old is anyone’s guess. After all, we are talking about an area which was settled in the 17th century.
Interesting archeological find or the remains of some grisly deed from the Garden Spot of old? Only time will tell— but I have been told a New York Times reporter was on the scene today so hopefully he (or she) will dig up something (no pun intended). Otherwise, as I opined to a neighbor when he mused how these remains found their way to 119 Kent Street’s backyard:
Given that we’re talking about fingers I’m guessing they didn’t walk there.
UPDATE, May 31, 2011: I have been told by a reliable source that one Joe Vance (who it should be noted is a board member of OSA) once owned the house where these remains were found and was questioned by the F.B.I. Obviously the authorities are taking this matter very, VERY seriously and leaving no stone unturned. Wow.
Taken May 29, 2011.
As some of you recall earlier this month I announced that the Garden Spot’s very own Kill Devil Hill has created their own Greenpoint t-shirt (as seen at left). While lovely I took my time acquiring one. They are nice to be certain— but therein lies the rub: unlike their Bad Brains and Shit Tit inspired predecessor by my buddy Subtexture they are, well, a little too nice. Then I received an email from a lady named Donna who forced me to reconsider this assessment. She writes:
Thought you might get a kick out of this. My two eldest sisters grew up in Greenpoint during the hippie heyday. One joke the locals had was that “Greenpoint girls go down like anchors”!… I of course bought this shirt for my sister and told the woman in the shop the “legend”…she loved it!….. Maybe those shirts being worn by all the new people will take on another significance but, everytime I see them I think of what my sisters told me! lol!
Needless to say this changed everything. I scurried out the door to secure one but alas when I arrived they had sold out! However, I did make a recommendation to the kindly woman behind the counter (Mary, who assured me more shirts were on the way): with summer coming up could they produce a tank top? Today, gentle readers, I got the good word: they’re in!
Hi Heather,As per your request, we made some Greenpoint anchor tank tops. They are in the shop and come in the same color, navy with white writing. Have a great weekend.
Taken May 28, 2011.
Taken by Michelle Rick.
Taken May 29, 2011.