From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: Calyer is Clogged

December 28, 2010 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

If my inbox is any indication this would appear to be the winter of Greenpoint’s discontent. I can only hope to keep up. Nonetheless, here’s my third (and not final installment from the New York Shitty inbox wailing wall. JBG writes (regarding the above photograph):

I live on the corner of Calyer and Franklin Streets in Greenpoint. While Calyer is not an arterial, and is also not a truck route, the truth is that it plays a very important role, as it’s the first turn off from Franklin St. that connects northbound vehicles with McGuinness Blvd. There is a stalled vehicle in the middle of Calyer St., just north of Dobbin St.  No one has attended to this stuck vehicle. The plow came up Calyer St. but couldn’t get all the way through because of the vehicle. Clearly, they backed out of the street. The street from in front of the vehicle all the way up to Manhattan Ave. is also still unplowed.

I am watching vehicle after vehicle make a turn onto Calyer St., see that it is blocked, and then backing out onto the very busy and not adequately plowed Franklin St. because they realize they can’t get through Calyer St., and they also can’t turn right at Dobbin St., because that road is completely unplowed.

The one-way system in Greenpoint effectively is now shuttling everyone up Greenpoint Avenue. This, combined with the fact that Franklin St. isn’t adequately plowed, is causing traffic backups. It’s only a matter of time until there’s a terrible accident; I already watched an ambulance and a squad car back down Calyer last night because they couldn’t get through.

This street is also a critical passage way to the 94th Precinct and to the Post Office over on Meserole.

I tried calling 311 but they will not take the complaint (if you can even get through, which you can’t any more). The Mayor is on TV right now touting how many stalled cars have been removed (HAHAHA! — Ed. Note.), but yet somehow this one is being overlooked. Could you have someone look into this as soon as possible? I don’t understand how this hasn’t been attended to given the proximity of the 94th precinct, the presence of DOT this morning in the area, and repeated police cars backing down Calyer.

You can read what our City Councilman has to say per Brooklyn Heights Blog. Given that many of the snow plows that are used to clear streets hereabouts are located under the Pulaski Bridge at Clay Street*— and that I am a Greenpointer— I find the negligence here particularly inexcusable.

UPDATE, December 29, 2010: I am pleased to report this story has a happy ending! You can read it by clicking here.

Miss Heather

*A mere 15 feet away from our proposed 200 bed homeless intake center.

Comments

5 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: Calyer is Clogged

  1. d on Tue, 28th Dec 2010 5:17 pm
  2. The first thought that crossed my mind when I saw this was where is the vehicle’s OWNER? Who would leave their vehicle there for 2 days after the storm has passed when they’ve had ample time to dig it out and remove it? It’s so irresponsible.

  3. missheather on Tue, 28th Dec 2010 6:12 pm
  4. This morning I saw a group of men digging out a cab on Huron Street. But the city has not seen fit to dig out/move a single bus in Greenpoint or Williamsburg. And I saw seven.

  5. a neighbor on Tue, 28th Dec 2010 9:06 pm
  6. The owner returned this evening and started digging the vehicle out. I have never seen the vehicle on our street previously so they were not a neighbor.

    And I have seen snowplows head up Calyer twice this evening without turning around so the block must be clear now! Oh frabjous day!

  7. d on Tue, 28th Dec 2010 11:49 pm
  8. A plow went down Oak this morning and again this evening – I also saw several city employees out around 4:30 with shovels and ice picks so they were working on it, thankfully!

  9. How to Report About Snow « New York Hyperlocal on Sun, 30th Jan 2011 6:01 pm
  10. [...] to scramble and in his own non-apologetic way, apologize. Hyperlocal sites fueled the outrage. Photos of unplowed streets and comments from angry residents localized the story and gave it momentum. Because local sites [...]

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