Taken by Gina Herold.
A person we’ll call “L” writes:
A friend of mine suggested I email you because I am in a real crap cat situation and he thought you may be able to help. I live in Greenpoint and have two cats. My boyfriend is extremely allergic to cats, so he cannot come to my apartment and I end up spending way too much time at his place. So, my poor cats are left alone quite often. My boyfriend is taking allergy drops, but this could take years to work and the doctor doesn’t think he will ever be able to actually live with cats. I adore my cats and have laughed/loved the cat lady jokes from friends over the years, but I am realizing that I have to find them a new and better home. I am not being a good parent, and my boyfriend and I would like to move in with one another. So, I have put up flyers, asked everyone I know and their mother, and posted on facebook and pet finder and everything else. People don’t seem to want to adopt full grown cats. But. people in Greenpoint love cats. so, maybe I thought I could reach them and tell them about these amazing two cats that need to be adopted though you. I have attached my flyer and two photos. Sorry for the long email. Please let me know what you think. I would really appreciate your help. I’m feeling totally freaked, because I don’t know what to do. Thanks.
Anyone who wishes to give “L” a hand— or better yet give these cuties a home— should shoot an email to: TunaandBlack (at) gmail (dot) com
(Or: The Other Alphabet City)
I have long been remiss in giving a shout-out to my friend (and inspiration) Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York. Thankfully last night I got a much-needed reminder when he brought the above depicted post (which he authored in 2009) to my attention (on his newly designed web site).
Did I say “Nice web site, Kevin!”
You ask? No, not yet. (I promise I will.)
Did I commend Kevin on his post about Noble Street?
Of course not. That’s not how we history geeks roll. Rather, I pointed out:
You missed something, Kevin…
And stated that I would cull the item in question from my archives. And cull it I did. This is what you, dear readers, see at left. “N St.”.
Those of you, fellow Garden Spotters, who have wondered why the thoroughfares in the northernmost part of our community sport the eccentric names they do, e.g.; Ash, Box, Clay, Dupont, etc., might be interested to know they were afterthoughts. What preceded the streets we hold so near and dear (or more likely: take for granted) was a diabolically clever use of the alphabet. Starting at the northernmost tip of the place we call home a grid of streets were laid. Starting (of course) with “A” Street, then “B” Street, “C” Street, “D” Street followed until “Q” (Quay”). After that chaos (READ: Williamsburg) reigns.
The notable exceptions to the previous being “L” and “P” Street. The first— later known as “Lincoln”— is now known as Greenpoint Avenue. The latter was renamed Calyer before an appropriate “P-word” could be found. Just kidding: Jacobus Calyer, one of the five founding “families” of Greenpoint”, got to it first.* Regardless, I for one find this to be a splendid example of city planning (in a community which virtually has none— especially of late). One need only consult the alphabet to ascertain whether he/she is going north versus south (and by powers of deduction: east versus west). And if he/she cannot master this, well, to bastardize Tallulah Bankhead:
If you get lost in Greenpoint, you don’t deserve to be found.
The last remnant of the Garden Spot’s “Alphabet City” can be found at the northeastern corner of Noble and Franklin Street. Go look it. It is one of my favorite pieces of forgotten New York— or at least forgotten Greenpoint. Do check out Kevin’s new and (still improving) web site. It’s really nice.
(See, I kept my promise!)
*A couple others you might notice:
- Norman Avenue, after Dirck “The Norman” Volchertsen (Clearly political correctness was not the fashion at the time. —E.d Note.)
- Meserole Avenue, after the Meserole family— starting with Abraham.
- Provost Street, after Jonathan Provoost.
Read about these, our predecessors, for yourselves!
This family unit hails from the India Street Pier and comes courtesy of Adam Kopysc. Nice shot!
Taken December 26, 2011.
Taken December 26, 2011.
Taken December 26, 2011.
An anonymous tipster writes:
50% off everything at the Salvation Army on Bedford & North 7. They are selling everything before they close for renovations! Yes, the Sally’s is getting a facelift. They are gonna reopen in 2013. It will be 3 floors with an elevator taking people from the ground floor up to the long unused second floor and the unknown basement. The employees will be transferred to other stores so no one is losing their jobs which is good to know…
Salvation Army 50% Off Sale
NOTE: They are closing shop January 2nd, 2012!
176 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Taken by Pearce_Pics.
From Manhattan Avenue.