Spotted On Clay Street: Genius

As many folks who reside in the Garden Spot or have followed this site for any appreciable period of time can attest: the 11222 loves them some liquor. It should be noted, however, that the imbibing of intoxicating substances is not in and of itself a problem; it is what follows the consumption of said substances (as demonstrated by the above chap spotted by yours truly stopping traffic at the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and Manhattan Avenue this afternoon) that can create a conundrum. Mind you, this gent is at least upright. The same cannot be said of most of his brethren hereabouts; these individuals have reached (or simply maintain) a level of inebriation which renders all motor function null and void. Thus the question becomes:

How can we give these people mobility?

Well on Clay Street today, gentle readers, yours truly found the answer!

Behold an idea whose time has come: the motorized bar stool!

As you can see this bad boy sports 3.5 horsepower…

is aptly enough called the “Bar Fly” and will (hopefully) be coming to a watering hole or bike lane near you! (Manhattan Avenue or the Pulaski Bridge, perhaps?)

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: I have received a most fascinating email!

A chap named Adam (who took the above photograph) writes:

Miss Heather,

So that guy that you photographed stopping traffic on the intersection of greenpoint and manhattan was doing so because he got kicked out of the mcdonalds. I was there having some cheeseburgers with my roommate when, from the corner of my eye, I noticed small plumes of smoke emanating from this guy’s general direction. Upon further inspection I noticed the said gentleman enjoying a cigarette, inside the McDonalds. This photo pretty much sums it up, pure serendipity.



UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: It has been brought to my attention that this item can be purchased online. CAVEAT: it’ll cost you.

Miss Heather



4 Comments on Spotted On Clay Street: Genius

  1. KAA on Mon, 27th Jun 2011 9:16 am
  2. My suggestions for ideal transport for these guys ranges from Dump Trucks to Paddy Wagons.

    They’re a blight on this community and the Police refuse to deal with the situation.

    Cool scooter though

  3. missheather on Mon, 27th Jun 2011 11:19 am
  4. @KAA: I think the dump truck idea is not appropriate. These people, however troubled they may be, are human beings. However, that man staggering in the street almost knocked me over. TWICE. The second time I almost ended up in the street. Not cool. He needs medical/psychiatric attention. BADLY.

  5. KAA on Mon, 27th Jun 2011 5:39 pm
  6. Well, missheather, I do respect that this is your space.

    But I think that they abandoned their humanity a long time ago and now are simply zombies animated by their various addictions.

    The fact that the police continuously allow their public intoxication and encampment on the corner of Manhattan and Greenpoint Avenues, the North end of McCarren Park and the side streets that intersect the waterfront is, at the very least, scandalous.

    To my mind, ANY compassion shown to these folks, other than forced treatment, simply enables them to stay exactly where they are. It’s seems it’s their ‘right’ to sleep on the streets, crap in their pants and piss in my vestibule. Over and over again…. for years.

    I wouldn’t wish their private hell on anyone but I don’t see why an entire community’s rights are made subject to theirs.

  7. missheather on Mon, 27th Jun 2011 5:58 pm
  8. You wrote: I wouldn’t wish their private hell on anyone but I don’t see why an entire community’s rights are made subject to theirs.

    In this respect I do not disagree with you. While I understand these individuals do have rights I am very troubled that some which have repeatedly demonstrated a propensity for violence are allowed to become/continue to be a public nuisance and danger to others. One such individual had been plaguing far north Greenpoint for some time. We’re talking tripping people on the street, going into stores begging for money and getting violent when asked to leave; screaming at people for no reason whatsoever, stealing, etc. A couple of weeks ago he was found passed out in front of the Habitat. When the police were called he went crazy and bit a police officer. Hopefully this will result in him being incarcerated for awhile (and as a result will not be at large to do something even worse).

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