Quicklinks: More Ado About The Boathouse

January 31, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

CurbedSCThose of you who have not done already should check out both Curbed’s and especially Queens Crap’s reportage on this intriguing project. The latter is especially illuminating. Follows are two questions I wish you, gentle readers, to bear in mind while reading these tomes.

1. Why the secrecy— why did it take me blogging this item to simply get an acknowledgment that boathouse is not being built as per approved plans and is being relocated?

2. Given the boathouse is not being built as planned/approved why are they still entitled to $3,000,000? It would seem only fair to me that, at the very least, the new “plan” be submitted to a vote/approval.

Anyone?

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: D Train

January 30, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Subway 

Taken by Robert S.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Eyes On The Street

Ever had the feeling you were being watched? Today I did as I was strolling down Box Street. I looked over my should and, lo, spied this furry fella. He (?) is undoubtedly the handiwork of Dan Witz and made my day!

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: The Word On The Street

Taken January 29, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Vollies Wanted!

January 29, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The ever awesome Reverend Merz writes:

Hi Heather,

I hope you are doing well. I wanted to know if you can throw this up on the blog. We are moving our hunger program to Saturdays and we are looking for volunteers. Here it is:

Ascension Hunger Program Saturdays

Greenpointers know about the needs of our community. Everyday we run into familiar faces in our neighborhood who don’t have enough to eat. Join our growing team of volunteers working to provide a meal, a warm space and hospitality to these familiar faces.

The Ascension Hunger Program, hosted by Ascension Church, is serving every Saturday from 9 am to 1:15 pm. Join us for a few hours by signing up here or learn more about our program here.

Duly posted— spread the word!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Interesting

January 28, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek, Wow, WTF 

I have been wondering what is up with the Greenpoint Boathouse Project of late. As some of you might recall this project (whose description can been seen at the City Parks Foundation’s web site) was brought to a vote and chosen to receive public funds. “Newtown Creek money”, if you will. Well today a most interesting item was brought to my attention via a tipster. This:

A new building has been proposed for 51 Ash Street.

Not much of interest here. Be patient, gentle readers!

I see we are not only are we going to get a “community facility” in the way of a private club for a non for profit (think about that one for a minute) but we’re getting a transient hotel. Fascinating!

And none other than the folks behind Broadway Stages are responsible for this, um, novel endeavor! For those of you who are not in the know as to where 51 Ash Street is located, the following screengrabs from Google Maps should clear matters up a bit.

This is 51 Ash Street.

And this is the Pulaski Bridge. Please tell me I am not the only person who finds the use of public funds ($3,000,000 if Wikipedia is to be believed) for what appears to be a private endeavor a mite bit troubling.

P.S.: Oh yeah, as initially proposed this boat house was supposed to be at 1155 Manhattan Avenue.

Hmm…

UPDATE, January 29, 1:09 p.m.: Continental Auto Parts (the business which graces 49/51 Ash Street) was the location of an armed robbery just under a year ago. Just felt like throwing that odd piece of trivia out there.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Trashed

January 27, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10003, 10009, East Village, East Village Manhattan, Urban Artifact 

Taken by Scoboco.

Urban Artifact: 463 Days & Counting!

January 23, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

Not only has “Jail Bear” weathered the storm but now he sports the initials “JB” on his chest. One would be safe to presume this stands for “Jail Bear”!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Smile!

Smile

Broccoli Head

As discovered in front of the Thai Cafe today. The use of broccoli for hair is an inspired touch!

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Street Meat

January 23, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

If anyone wants a bag full of chicken cutlets, go to the northwestern corner of Java Street and Manhattan Avenue. WARNING/CAVEAT: The author takes no responsibility if the consumer of this foodstuffs suffers adverse effects due to contamination/adulteration by “street soup”.

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