From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Harlem Nights

July 27, 2012 ·
Filed under: Harlem, Harlem Manhattan, New York City 

Harlem Nights - Long Exposure

Taken by Denn-Ice.

The Word On The Street: S.W.A.K.

July 27, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From River Street.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Wythe Avenue

July 27, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken July 26, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Smile!

July 27, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

LAST GASP: A Moment of Gratitude

July 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I am beat. TOTALLY beat. Some days the “community blog” I own and operate owns and operates me. This was one such day. A day when I was (albeit proverbially) pulling my hair out in frustration and asking myself “Why the hell do I do this?” Repeatedly.

Thus having not one— but two ladies– stop me on the street today and thank me for writing New York Shitty felt good. What’s more, when I get kind words from a bona fide environmental/Greenpoint badass like Irene Klementowicz…

well, I not only feel honored but am reminded of the many wonderful and amazing people whose shoes I— and other “noobs”/”youngsters”— have to fill here.

Thanks for the reality check/gratitude ladies! It is greatly appreciated (if more than a little intimidating).

New York Shitty Day Ender: Golden Girls

July 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Bedford Avenue.

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: National Night Out

Although I have posted about this already, here it is anyway!

National Night Out
August 7, 2012 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Meserole Avenue at Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Quicklink: Registration Cards?

July 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Officials from the City Council, the State Assembly, the NYPD, the Brooklyn DA’s office, and the lifeguards’ union joined community leaders at the McCarren Park Pool last night for an under the radar meeting concerning the violent incidents that have marred the $50 million facility’s grand reopening. A well-placed source tells A Walk in the Park that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblyman Joe Lento(l), and Councilmember Steve Levin convened the meeting, during which a proposal was floated to require registration cards for all those who would use the pool… (You can view this article in its entirety by clicking here.)

I wouldn’t exactly call this meeting “under the radar”. I got a tip about it the evening of the 24th. After doing some asking around (and not getting any answers) I decided to email the 94th Precinct yesterday morning.

I never received an answer. Hey, I understand the police have a lot on their plate— but wouldn’t a little transparency on the behalf of our elected officials and public servants be nice? This is a public matter and such a forum should have been, well, public.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Apparently our Community Board 1 Public Safety Chair was present— among others. Mr. Burrows (chair of said committee) writes:

There was a meeting that started with Steve Levin and Joe Lentol chairing and then Chris Quinn arrived. The sign in sheets were from the Speakers office. The Community Board was represented by the Chair (Chris Olechowski who, it should be noted, is running against Lincoln Restler for 50th Assembly District Democratic Leader), the District Manager (Gerry Esposito) and the Chairs of the Parks (Phil Caponegro) and Public Safety Committees.

Apparently the 50th Assembly District Democratic Female leader, Linda Minucci, was present as well. Notably absent were representatives of OSA (Open Space Alliance), the pool administrator and our Parks Administrator, Stephanie Thayer. The latter was apparently fired from OSA last week. OSA, as well as the Parks Department, are in no hurry to announce this. Perhaps this is because the previous’s contract with the latter expires this fall? Hmm…

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: North 4 Street

Taken July 26, 2012.

The Word On The Street: The 11th Commandment

This weather worn but long-time favorite of yours truly hails from Wythe Avenue.