Taken by Lumin8tion.
From Polonia Bookstore on Manhattan Avenue.
Taken by m. a. wright.
If any of you, gentle readers, have ever wondered (as I often have) what— if any— rules, etiquette if you will, are in effect at our fair city’s detention centers— but never wanted to find out firsthand: I have excellent news!
If any of you, gentle readers, have wondered (as I often have) what rules, etiquette if you will, are in place in our fair city’s detention centers but do not want find out firsthand I have excellent news! Graham Avenue’s good friend “Joe” has seen fit to share literature from one of his excursions through our legal system. Without further ado, here are a few selections. Enjoy!
As always, you can peruse all the previous in larger format by clicking here.
In closing, I would like to share what predicated my visit to 373 Graham Avenue (AKA: “Spooky Hollow”). A fellow we’ll call “C” writes on May 28, 2012 in an email entitled “End of an Era”:
Spooky Hollow has collapsed into itself like a dying star. Sorry for the poor photo, but Joe seems to be telling the world that the building has been “sold”…
Or, maybe “sold the building” is a euphemism for “locked up in Rikers”?
Only time will tell, I suppose.* However, the bigger question on my mind is exactly WHO is maintaining the bat-shit crazy menagerie of crap in front of his non-property in the meantime. Anyone?
Image Credits: New York City Department of Corrections screencap comes courtesy of 373 Scam Ave.
*Although it should be noted another missive on the front door 373 Graham Avenue indicates all matters be taken up with N.C. Pepe Real Estate. Anyone care to make the call?
Chris Arnade (who took the above photograph) writes:
Beauty, 21, was born and raised in Oklahoma, and was brought to New York City by a pimp who promised her she could “make some mad money.” She has since had nine pimps: “I have been through nine niggas. Got my first black eye from one, another punched me in mouth, but this guy is good to me.”
Her mother was an addict. “She started using crack. That’s when it all started, the walls started coming in on me. Now she is incarcerated. I can’t blame my mom–she’s my mom. I smoke weed, but not crack. I don’t like that peppermint burning smell.”
“I want to get out of this stuff, but I am scared. I guess I could stop at any time. Some of the guys tell me I could be a model. Money wise it’s good, but otherwise, fuck Hunts Point. Maybe I can become an RN, or go into childcare.”
When I asked her how she wanted to be described she said, “I’m a good person. I don’t like to see anyone down. I like to make people happy.”
Taken by Will Star.
Filed under: 11206, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy, Urban Fur
When one thinks of our Bravest, invariably one thinks of dogs. I mean, what would our bravest be without a canine presiding over the premises? Pretty damned lame if you ask me!
Thus I was pleased as punch when I walked by Engine Company 237 yesterday and spied the above pup performing his duty.
While not a Dalmatian (the breed most associated with the fire-fighting profession) you gotta admit “Mugsy” does have his own unique charm.
It was explained to me by a co-worker that Mugsy was relaxing after a much-enjoyed bath.
As the “face” of this operation I can assure you Mugsy takes his appearance quite seriously.
Especially when it comes to the ladies!
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Not only is the grammatically incorrect, rather hideous and indisputably illegal sign at Jerzy Popieluszko Square gone, but our Parks Department has dispensed with the old garbage cans in lieu of stronger bright green ones!
Now if we could get rid of the “No Smoking” signs someone has seen fit to affix to the trees with thumb tacks we’ll be all aces!
Observation: trees— not unlike the humans who love them— tend to fare better when they do not have sharp objects inserted into them.
A person we’ll call “N” writes:
Hi there —
Wanted to pass along some info about the homeless encampment that is starting to stink up the 5 block radius around it – I reported it to 311 and it turns out our police precinct seems to think it’s not under their jurisdiction to disband it. I’ve called the Department of Homeless Services and it seems that are also aware of the problem but have not done anything about it yet. Meanwhile the homeless guys have a BBQ, mattresses, and just tons and tons of shit piling up around there. They’ve been collecting stuff there for months now. It’s getting really disgusting. You should take a walk by there and check it out. Spread awareness and maybe if enough people complain the police or the homeless dept will get them some help. It’s really sad.
This afternoon I went to see this myself. The following photos and video footage pretty much say it all.
A person we’ll call “M” writes:
Hi there Miss Heather-
Any idea whats going to be built on the corner of Eagle and Franklin?
Looks like some new restaurant or something might be going in there.
Per the very nice fellow working on said property today 75 Eagle Street will be (and I quote) “a sandwich shop with some groceries”. Given how long this storefront has been vacant and its proximity to Barge Park this could be a very good development! In any case, I left my business card in the hope the owner of this establishment will contact me. Let’s see…
Sandwich Shop/Grocery Store
Opening Date: Unknown
75 Eagle Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
P.S.: While I am on the subject of foodstuffs, today I got word that 172 Norman Avenue (as seen above) is going to be a pizzeria. Per the very nice men working there it should be up and running in “about three months”. So there have you!