New York Shitty Manhole Watch: 11/04/2011
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
You know what they say: everyone needs a hobby. The epidemic of manhole plundering in my fair burgh has become mine. This phenomenon– and the commentary/observations I have received about it— have summoned my inner “Nancy Drew”. Today she and I went out to play. However, we had a plan. It was as follows:
1. Having received a tip that Commercial Street has been divested of its street/sidewalk covers, it would be on the itinerary.
2. Having observed that these thefts appear to be centered in north Greenpoint, a more thorough exploration of this area would be made.
3. Noting that thefts seem to be happening in relatively secluded areas, a trek down West Street was in order.
Follows are my findings. Enjoy!
65 Commercial Street (in front of the Access-A-Ride parking lot)
Commercial Street at Clay Street
Dupont Street, across Barge Park Playground
West Street, between Freeman and Green Street
Java Street at West Street
A triple header!
West At Calyer Street
Total number of manholes plundered: 8.
1. All in all, it was a pretty a disappointing foray (making Juan ‘s acquaintance aside, of course). However—
2. I did notice that the recent paving and milling on Commercial Street (an example of which can be seen to the left) might actually help prevent theft of these covers. If they cannot be seen, they cannot be stolen!
3. Similarly, the rather shoddy condition of West Street has also precluded cover theft. Most were so covered with ages old asphalt they were rendered a like so many flies in amber. Fossils. My prognostication is as follows: when West Street gets its purported makeover (and presuming these covers are refurbished in the process) we’ll see more thefts there.
4. I failed to account for the area covered being a rather popular area for parking. Thus is it very likely I missed a few missing covers. Conclusion: another sortee is in order. Preferably on a weekend.
5. While not a street/sidewalk cover per se I do have to wonder if this item from Eagle Street (as seen to the right) was commandeered for scrap.
6. I simply cannot keep on top of all these manholes by myself. Thus I implore you, gentle readers, to photograph any missing street/sidewalk covers you may encounter and email them to me at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Be sure to note the location in the subject line.
Let us leave no manhole behind, North Brooklynites!