Culture on the Cheap
As Discovered On The Department Of Building’s Web Site
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
It’s a long story— one which I care not, will not go into in great detail. Let’s just say it starts with the New York Daily News’s puff piece: The Power Of Scour (as seen at left). Therein a manifold number of politicians and “community leaders” posed for the camera and were quoted. Such things happen when elections come around.
I linked to this tome. Follows was my analysis:
1. Instead of making Greenpoint “look” safer perhaps it should simply be made safer?
2. If Greenpoint and Williamsburg are, in fact, among the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city, exactly what does this say about our elected officials? I mean, haven’t they kind of allowed this to happen?
3. Why are we asking folks to pledge to do what they should be doing already?
4. This is a shit show. Plain and simple.
Believe it or not I exercised considerable tact at the time— and now I will not.
For example: this graffiti-ed door. It belongs to 597 Manhattan Avenue— which used to be the Greenpoint Gazette’s Headquarters.
Here you see Mr. Mann, the President of the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce and various other members of the community, looking despondent over the matter of graffiti.
Now let’s look at what the Department of Buildings has to say about 597 Manhattan Avenue. More specifically: the “No Name Bar”.
Partial Vacate Order. Hmm…
Perhaps we should take care of troubles in his own proverbial backyard before trifling with graffiti? Fire code rules and regulations are no joke. In any case, you can’t say this came out of nowhere…