“Blight Me” was a feature on the Gowanus Lounge I was both very fond of and had the dubious honor of making numerous contributions to. Before Robert Guskind’s untimely death I had planned to run the following either here or contribute it to his site. These photographs are therefore just over a week old. Not that anything has really changed at this location. Given the Department of Buildings inability and/or unwillingness to police death traps (such as the following) I suspect this eyesore (which hails from 156 India Street) will grace my fair ‘nabe for a very, very long time.
On March 4, 2009 The Queens Courier wrote:
The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) might as well be renamed the Department of Blight. Blight is what they allow to exist in this city, blight is what they allow to be built in many Queens neighborhoods, and blight is what the DOB fails to remove and demolish even though they are the agency that can do just that.
This was written in reference to a house in Whitestone, Queens. However, it is equally applicable here in Greenpoint.
Case in point: 156 India Street. I have written about this building before. Its tenants were forced to evacuate this building and the tenement located behind it in May 2008 because they were deemed too dangerous for human habitation. Among the reasons cited were:
(HAZARDOUS) FAILURE TO MAINTAIN EXTERIOR BUILDING WALL. DEFECT IS:REAR WALL IS ROTTED,DEFECTIVE AND PULLING AWAY FROM WOOD FRAME. FIRE ESCAPE IS IN DANGER DUE TO AFFECTED REAR WALL AND COULD DISLODGE IF USED
It should also be noted that joists in the cellar were found to be rotted and it 45 degree angles.Â Inadequate fire-proofing in the cellar and around the boiler were also noted. The owner, Kevin Nealis, was ordered to make repairs. He has since been served a number of summons and notice for inspection.
With predictable results.
I have said it before and I will say it again.
What is the point of having rules and regulations…
if they are not enforced?
Taking a pro-active stance on buildings such as 156 India Street is not only a matter of principle; it is also protects the quality of life for the neighborhood as a whole. Derelict properties are a magnet for squatters, ne’er do wells and people whose intentions are anything but nice. What’s more, it’s bad for business.
Would you pay $1,800+ a month to have a balcony whose “scenic views” include this eyesore?
P.S.: I want to give special thanks Queens Crap for bringing this article from the Queens Courier to my attention. Thanks!
Methinks Greenpoint needs to have its very own spokesturd. Given that Newtown Creek contains both oil and “floaties” I would like to propose that his name be “Slick Willie”. Thoughts, anyone?
P.S.: Special thanks go out to Laura Hofmann for bringing this gem to my attention.
Filed under: Area 51
From Berry Street.
When I saw the flier for this in the window of t.b.d. yesterday I knew this was going to be on my “to do” list. Now throw in an offer to be one of the “celebrity judges” (imagine that: me, a simple Greenpoint housewife who lives two blocks away from the largest waste treatment plant on the East coast and works at a junk shop. Dreams really do come true folks.) and I was all over this like white on rice. So you can imagine my delight when Lisa, the woman publicizing this event, was kind enough to forward me the press release for this event. Here it is:
THE GREAT GREENPOINT MAC OFF
NEW YORK – Four of Greenpoint’s best bars will be participating in the first Great Greenpoint Mac Off to be held beginning at 4pm on Sunday, March 22nd.Â The pub crawl offers customers the opportunity to experience North Brooklyn’s diverse offerings of the comfort food staple, macaroni and cheese, while benefiting from drink specials from each establishment.
Starting at 4pm at Red Star chef, John Manzo serves up his menu’s Mac ‘N Cheese of the day. At its own pace, the crawl moves to The Habitat where chef/owner Ashley Engmann offers samples from their standard menu. Participants then cross the road to The Mark Bar, the tried and true Greenpoint watering hole celebrating its 5th year, where Chef Michael Diprima of Lamb and Jaffey and Dream Cuisine Catering fame serves the group from their all day menu. The crawl moves one block to t.b.d. Brooklyn to receive a final sample prepared by chef Cody Utzman, owner of local Cali-Mex eatery Papacitos and the soon to open Brooklyn Standard (! — ed. note)
Judging takes place at 8pm at t.b.d. Brooklyn by local celebrity judges giving their own critiques of the fare from each bar while customer voting will determine the winner of the highly coveted title of Greenpoint’s Best Mac & Cheese. Expect hot tempers and tough competition for this good-natured prize. The crowd remains at t.b.d. for the after-party with entertainment provided by local Greenpoint DJs Plant Y Junk.
The Great Greenpoint Mac Off
Sunday, March 22, 2009 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
37 Greenpoint Avenue
988 Manhattan Avenue
The Mark Bar
1025 Manhattan Avenue
244 Franklin Street
Not only is this event totally free— each bar will provide a free sample of their signature mac and cheese— but a different drink special will be available at each bar. Hot damn!
If you are going to build a ginormous “luxury” apartment building/fortress on McGuinness Boulevard (and for the record I find this to be an excruciatingly foolish thing to do) it might behoove you to remove the graffiti from the entrance before having an open house.
Somehow “kook” written in pink spray paint and a bunch of wires dangling from a wall do not strike me as being a very good selling tool— but what would I know? Perhaps this is some new marketing tactic I don’t know about?
From North 9th Street.
Not content with merely duping the elderly and naive into purchasing energy at inflated prices it would appear that IDT Energy is now embroiled in a case of dognapping.
…Person had a tattoo on his neck.
P.S.: In all seriousness folks if you know anything about this most unusual situation please contact the dog’s rightful owner at the above telephone numbers. I do not know if either of the following fliers are related to the one gracing the beginning of this post— but to be on the safe side here they are.
This is the kind of stuff that breaks my heart. There is a special place in hell for the kind of people would steal pets for money. Jerks.
I have no idea what brought this (which can be found on South 6 Street) about but I bet it is one pretty damned good story.
Lest you have not noticed I have been rather prolific with the blogging this Sunday afternoon. That’s right baby, I’m back!
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
Chances are if you are reading this certain words in the English language do not bother you.
Like the word “shitty” for example. In the lexicon of profanity this is, in my humble opinion, (and I have a rather extensive mastery of foul language— Pa Heather saw to that— albeit unintentionally) pretty mild. I mean, it’s not nearly of the caliber of, say, motherfucker, cocksucker or cunt. Compared to the previous bad boys this six letter bit of scatological onomatopoeaic joy is downright cute. However, there are others who would differ with this assessment. Namely web nannies and certain members of the journalism community. While a number of the latter have no moral qualms about using content gleaned from a blog with “shitty” in its name (which constitutes plagiarism, a big no-no) it has been my observation they get a bit squeamish about the word itself. “We can’t print that” they say. Well, after some thought I have come up with a solution:
a mirror site using a less objectionable url: www.thatgreenpointblog.com.
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic