From The New York Shitty Inbox: 400 McGuinness Boulevard

September 6, 2010 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Laura (who took the above photographs) writes:

I’d say that Greenpointers are against the shelter.


Miss Heather


7 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: 400 McGuinness Boulevard

  1. Tony From Kent Street on Tue, 7th Sep 2010 12:19 pm
  2. So a coupla shitferbrains wrote this on a wall and all Greenpointers are against a much needed shelter? And now Gothamist is using the headline on their blog? I’m here to disagree with you, Laura… Greenpointer here ready for a shelter and better yet, if it comes in the form of an Islamic Cultural Center, I’m even more for it.

  3. rowan on Wed, 8th Sep 2010 2:44 pm
  4. forgive me, but Laura is making an observation. i don’t see any indication in her remark that she agrees with the statement.

  5. missheather on Thu, 9th Sep 2010 3:19 am
  6. @ Tony: there are two Islamic centers in Greenpoint. One is two (short) blocks away from the site of this proposed 200 bed intake center for homeless men. It’s on Clay Street between Manhattan and Franklin.

  7. ipfreely on Thu, 9th Sep 2010 9:45 pm
  8. There is also one on Leonard by Norman.

  9. Gnptres on Mon, 13th Sep 2010 8:18 pm
  10. I have been living around the Clay St. area for over 15 years and I am dead set against this plan! We have been contending with the “joys” of the proximity to the Greenpoint Hotel for years (years of drug dealing, murders, filth, fire alarms, police intervention every other day and so on). This has subsided somewhat once stronger measures were taken to control the facility but there has been an increasing hands-off approach that is very noticeable all over the neighborhood. We have had a meth clinic/rehab facility operating here for years (and again forcing us to have to contend with troubled individuals milling about asking for money, smoking crack in the doorways. I used to step over countless crack vials on my way to school) until that closed some years ago. Recently an SRO facility has opened in its place where young to middle aged (working age I might add!) men idle all day long on the street and the opened parking lot. I, a long time resident, am now TOTALLY scared to walk down this block after being accosted for cigarettes, beings stared at by a bunch of rejects propping up walls, etc. These men have nothing to do and nowhere to go except to hang out on the sidewalk, talk on their cell phones and sit around the benches in the lot provided for their comfort. I cannot believe that yet another shelter is being planned for what used to be a quiet, peaceful and surprisingly low-crime neighborhood despite all that was being thrown at us over the years and not a single thing ever done to bring any comfort or raise the standard of living here. It’s outrageous!

  11. Miss E Mathews on Tue, 14th Sep 2010 5:22 pm
  12. *sigh* I live basically right next door to this proposed thing, but aside from my personal concerns, based on my research and talking to locals who have been here far longer than I have, this is just not a good idea all around.

    And at least the people were consciencous who wrote those things on the building, like, it isn’t spray paint or anything obscene and they didn’t use swear words. That I think thos that the people who wrote that are concerned citizens more than anything else [and just so people know, I have no idea who wrote that, maybe it was the residents of that building themselves].

    AND Tony- no Greenpointer that I have talked to is for this. Actually I met one person in the area who was, but it turned out that they just worked in the area and they lived somewhere else. I’ve talked to people on the street, talked to taxi drivers who grew up here, talked to people associated with local gangs, nobody is for this.

  13. missheather on Tue, 14th Sep 2010 5:25 pm
  14. @ Miss E & Gnptres: I would strongly recommend both of you attend the upcoming Community Board meetings, sign up to speak (the deadline is 6:00 p.m.) and make your feelings known. The first meeting after “summer break” is tomorrow!

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