New York Shitty Slideshow Du Jour: North ‘Point Selections

October 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Late this morning, noticing that the weather had abated somewhat (and having a raging case of cabin fever), I decided a constitutional was in order. Ikept my peregrinations limited as:

  1. It was still quite blustery outside.
  2. I was (and am) working on (maybe) five hours of sleep.

Nonetheless, go out I did. Overall, I have to say the damage appears to be minimal. I was particularly pleased to see that both the Newtown Creek Kayak Launch and WNYC Transmitter Park appear to be relatively unscathed. Conversely, the same cannot be said about the manifold number of derelict/abandoned construction sites hereabouts. See the Bloomblight for yourselves, gentle readers.

Here’s the deal, folks:

I will readily admit our city’s response to Sandy was certainly laudable. However, to say there was (is) no infrastructural decay is to be disingenuous: there most assuredly is. All the previously-depicted sites have been problematic for years. With each and every passing storm— however minor or severe— these fences have collapsed, creating hazards for their neighbors and passerby.

Why is this allowed to continue?

You ask. Very simple: for wont of effective enforcement. In this respect the powers-that-be in our city’s government and enforcement agencies (the Department of Buildings in particular) should be ashamed of themselves. In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how long it will take for all of this to be cleaned up.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

October 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken October 30, 2012.

Urban Artifact: Special Post-Sandy Edition

October 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact, WTF 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: McGuinness Boulevard

October 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, WTF 

Taken October 30, 2012.

The Word On The Street: Special Post-Sandy Edition

From West Street.

P.S.: I have many more shots from my brief sojourn around north ‘Point, so stay tuned!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Ruby Slipper

October 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 10003, East Village, East Village Manhattan 

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Taken by Phillip Kalantzis-Cope.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Manhattan Avenue

October 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Carbecque, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Last night a carbecque came to pass in the Garden Spot.

Fortuitously, the sombrero was unharmed.

P.S.: Those of you who are wondering about exactly what the hell happened can get the skinny by clicking here.

What’s Up On Manhattan Avenue?

October 29, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Carbecque, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I imagine a number of my fellow north ‘Pointers noticed a great many police cars and Fire Department personnel stationed at Green Street and Manhattan Avenue this evening (around 10:30 p.m.) and are wondering what’s up. No worries, I have the 411— and it appears to nothing to do with Sandy.

Rather, an automobile parked in front of Cafecito Bogota (1013 Manhattan Avenue) caught on fire. I am pleased to report our Bravest* got matters under control before they got out of hand. This is quite remarkable given the carbecque in question was illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant. Whoops. In any case, way to go guys!

*One of whom referred to the absent owner of said vehicle as, and I quote, “an asshole”.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part IV: Barge Park

October 29, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, GENIUS, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

City parks are closed... with a single zip tie.

Is closed— by a single zip tie, no less! Special thanks goes out to the eagle-eyed Your Secret Admiral for this find!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: Priorities

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Taken by Phillip Kalantzis Cope.