From The New York Shitty Inbox: Another Greenpoint Car Crash

May 11, 2009 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Ashley writes:

Woe that I do not have a picture of this for you (though I did beg my husband to try and get one when he called me) but it appears that reckless driving has once again (dis)graced our ‘hood. Around 3:30 this afternoon, a driver going at a very high rate of speed crashed into the front doors of the church located on Leonard between Nassau and Driggs. He fled on foot.  Word on the street is that no one was hurt, thankfully. (The details of the crash that claimed the life of the neighborhood woman in April continue to make my heart heavy.)

When my husband walked by, they were trying to remove the car and had to take down the front awning of the structure to do so. There was emergency equipment all around and the fire department had blocked off the street to traffic.

What the hell, man? This is Greenpoint. Drunks – I am okay with. Crazies – I welcome for entertainment value.  But seriously, this shit scares me. Apparently no sidewalk is safe in our Garden Spot.

I am curious if anyone else has any more details on this incident…

Indeed. If anyone reading this knows more about Greenpoint’s latest incident of inanimate objects colliding with motor vehicles please share them via the comments. I have said it before and I will say it again:

What the hell fuck is happening to our community?

Is the Garden Spot of the Universe becoming the next Rock Ridge? This would certainly appear to be the case. I’m not a big fan religious institutions in general but someone seeking a closer relationship to his (or her) maker should be able to do so with the reasonable expectation that someone behind the wheel of an automobile isn’t going to hasten the process.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Matthew Glasson writes:

When I saw your post, I ran out… to get some pics of the Abundant Life Assembly church on Leonard. There were several people out in front and while I was initially across the street, once they saw I had a camera they invited me over to get better pictures of the damage for insurance purposes. The car had already been removed. According to the pastor, Irene Hanna, the guy stole the car from up the block (it was uncertain whether the owner of the car had left his keys in the ignition or not).  The car thief then drove down Leonard St. before losing control, hitting a parked car and then crashing into the front awning of the church, destroying the gate and causing the awning to collapse. Apparently, the driver then got out of the vehicle and high-tailed it out of there, but he didn’t get very far and was apprehended by the police.

…What the hell is going on out there?

Once again, indeed. You can see Mr. Glasson’s photographs of the aftermath of our latest car theft “incident” by clicking here. CAVEAT: viewing said contents might make you consider becoming an athiest— or at the very least an agnostic.


6 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: Another Greenpoint Car Crash

  1. neighborhood threat on Mon, 11th May 2009 5:25 pm
  2. Instead of parking themselves at the foot of the Pulaski or the Greenpoint Ave. bridges, the NYPD could try patrolling the neighborhood, looking for unsafe drivers. Good places to sit and wait: calyer/franklin intersection, manhattan/noble intersection, manhattan/india intersection, and I am sure that on the other side of McGuinness, other residents could chime in with their own. Too many people use Greenpoint as a short cut to get around, and I am constantly yelling SLOW DOWN at idiots driving down residential streets at speeds better located on the BQE.

    But instead, let’s set up a speed trap.

  3. missheather on Mon, 11th May 2009 5:29 pm
  4. I’d like to add Green and Manhattan and Greenpoint Avenue and McGuinness to this list.

  5. d on Mon, 11th May 2009 5:52 pm
  6. Even when I have the walk light I look both ways before crossing around our streets, always have as a rule but I have been more careful after the recent incident. Last I remember I think that white minivan that killed Violetta Krzyzak seemed to be parked across from the precinct in front of the Y. I think that was it…and it still bothers me to still see it there.

  7. neighborhood threat on Mon, 11th May 2009 8:33 pm
  8. when is the next community counsel meeting?

  9. missheather on Mon, 11th May 2009 8:45 pm
  10. May 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

    Location: 807 Manhattan Avenue
    Brooklyn, New York 11222

    Calyer Street entrance.

  11. Brooklynite on Tue, 12th May 2009 10:31 am
  12. I think it was Friday at the intersection of Nassau and Manhattan Ave that I saw a guy who had just been hit. He was unconscious and breathing heavily, face bloody, lying in the middle of the road. The ambulance had not yet arrived. There was a postal van parked just in front of him leading me to believe it was the vehicle responsible. Hadn’t heard anything else about it and can’t find anything on-line. Might be worth asking about at the next precinct meeting.


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