Wishing to steer clear of the downright nasty heat today I have whiled away the afternoon by knocking around the apartment doing housework and perusing the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives. Mostly the latter— which is where I found this plum of story from the June 9, 1896 edition which proposes that our fair burg might soon be re-christened Cleanpoint. With a hefty helping of patriotism and child labor, naturally.
112 Years Later: July 19, 2008, 239 Banker Street
Looks like we still have a ways to go.
Filed under: Williamsburg
From South 2nd Street.
Anyone worth his (or her) Greenpoint salt is familiar with the Peter Pan Bakery. Not only is it the home of some of the best damned donuts in the city, but to go inside makes one feel like he (or she) has entered a time warp. If any of you, dear readers, have ever felt this way (I know I have) don’t worry: the feeling is well warranted.
When I showed the above photograph to an employee of this establishment this morning it created quite a stir. Even the owner was shocked at how little Peter Pan has changed over the last thirty years and gladly gave me permission to take another, newer photograph of her establishment as it looks today. Here it is.
As you can see very little has changed. All the way down to the lovely uniformed waitresses manning the counter and children eagerly awaiting tasty treats, Peter Pan is more or less the same now as it was thirty years ago.
The addition of a few scantily clad staffers notwithstanding.
P.S.: I want to give a big New York Shitty shout-out to the ladies of Peter Pan for allowing me to photograph the interior of their establishment. Thanks!
I just received the above photograph from a fellow Greenpointer named Tammy Jez. She writes:
this may look like a war zone, but nope, it’s in front of my apartment on newell street and norman avenue in greenpoint brooklyn. i came home last night from a weekend getaway… to find my place of residence had barely survived a three story highÂ fieryÂ explosion. according to a neighbor, around 2am saturday night (sunday morning) some youths set fire to a mattress, pushed it under a pickup truck, and the effect is shown in the attached photos. check out the melted siding !!! its a miracleÂ no-oneÂ got hurt.Â definitelyÂ a close call.Â unfortunately, to my knowledge the youths have not been identified.
From what I can tell the 94th Precinct had a very busy weekend. The very same morning this truck was torched New York’s Finest took down a pit bull in the middle of Huron Street. Sheesh.
Photo Credits: Tammy Jez
Filed under: Williamsburg
Few things things create as much acrimony like the delicate subject of money. A debt unpaid can cause even the best of friends to become the worst of enemies. Given the fact there is an entire industry whose sole purpose is debt collect is a telling testament to how we, the American people, covet our greenbacks. But this option is not be for everyone; collections agencies are out of the reach of many a New Yorker. Fortunately I discovered a novel form of bill collection on the Southside today. It requires no paperwork, no attorneys, no fees or telephone banks. All you need is a can of spray paint.
If the owner of this property (which is located on Keap Street between Broadway and S. 5th Street) is reading this, do the right thing and give “Super” his hard-earned money.
You can hand deliver or mail your certified check or money order (Sorry, no personal checks!) to:
359 Broadway (corner of Keap Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11211
This Saturday, July 26, Ba-Rock Brooklyn will be having a fundraiser right here in Greenpoint. Live bands (with such interesting names as “Mobile Wash Unit” and “Madam Robot & The Lust Brigade”) will be performing at T.B.D., Lost & Found Bar, Van Gogh’s Radio and Queen’s Hideaway starting at 6:00 p.m. After an evening of short films Apollo Heights will grace the stage at East Coast Aliens at the stroke of midnight. Lastly, this evening of entertainment (which is way too jam-packed for me to go into here) will be capped off by an after-party at T.B.D.
Those of you who are interested in attending can learn more about this event (and others in the works, including another event in Greenpoint August 9!) by checking out Ba-Rock Brooklyn’s web site. Be advised the price of admission is $20.00. This is a fundraiser after all!
What can I say about this modified poster (from the Queens-bound platform of the Crosstown Local)? It is what it is.
From North 15th Street.
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
This weekend I learned that Agnes Piekarska, the much-maligned “Manager” of Studio B, has discovered New York Shitty! How do I know this, you ask? She has taken to commenting on my blog!
On July 19, 2008 she wrote in regards to this post:
Iâ€™m sorry you feel that way . I wish someone will contact me about that. Thanks. Agnes
Not only does this comment make absolutely no sense, I chafed at Ms. Piekaraska’s repeated insistence that she was completely unaware of people having issues with her establishment. So I replied:
People have contacted your business about this stuff. REPEATEDLY. Quit acting like this is all news to you. It isnâ€™t.
Today, July 20th, I awoke to find this missive awaiting my approval. Lucky me.
You got this totaly wrong. Iâ€™m Just a manager and not the owner I live in the area and Iâ€m trying to help out . This is the first time I got to your webside and Iâ€™m glad . You have to get some of the facts right and I will gladly explain to you who is who or what is going on. Thank you for your time. Agnes
To wit, I replied:
Feel free to write any epistle you want, Agnes. Thatâ€™s what the comments section on this blog are for.
I have yet to get a reply from Ms. Piekaraska, but Neighborhood Threat had a few things to say:
Here are some facts that are right:
1) Until any of us started complaining to the press, you as the manager of the club did nothing to mitigate the problems in the neighborhood.
2) when the club is open, there is an increase in trash. you sweep in front of your club and thatâ€™s it. there are club fliers all over the block, in the street, across the street. you donâ€™t put out trash cans in front of your club, and thereâ€™s one city trashcan on the corner of calyer, which is filled to overflowing on the weekendsâ€¦ from YOUR CLUB, because thereâ€™s nothing else going on over here.
3) you allow patrons of the club to re-enter at will. i understand they canâ€™t smoke inside, but most clubs have a â€™smoking penâ€™ in front of the club where smokers can congregate. They donâ€™t allow people to sprawl up and down the block because it IMPACTS THE NEIGHBORHOOD. when you let people go in and out of the club at will all they do is sprawl down the block and onto our stoops.
4) you can clearly see from the front door if people are hanging out up the block. have security move them along. have someone stand on the corner of calyer and meserole and direct them out of the neighborhood. when they see someone peeing against the wall across the street, someone should walk over there and tell them to stop. (do you not have enough bathrooms or something? iâ€™ve never seen so many people peeing in public.)
What about what happened on the 4th of july? you lit off fireworks in the street. there were hundreds of people in the street and you didnâ€™t disperse the crowd when you were done.
You donâ€™t help and you donâ€™t care EXCEPT for the fact that your club won;t make as much money. You donâ€™t care what it does to the neighborhood. Right now youâ€™re trying to handle the problem by not having events at the club.
btw, i notice that you finished the retractable roof. i thought the point of having it was that you would close it and minimize noise and stop the people from smoking out on the street. at least thatâ€™s the line of BS youâ€™ve been feeding us.
the club doesnâ€™t hvae a c of o for the second floor but yet there are people on the second floor constantly. thereâ€™s also an illegal apartment and thereâ€™s no residential zoning in that building.
weâ€™re going to make sure that thereâ€™s a representative from every residential building in the neighborhood that your mr. fisher says â€œisnâ€™t residentialâ€ at the hearing on the 31st. so you can have people blog here for you and post comments that are clearly written by a publicist as much as you want. youâ€™ll keep doing what you want but boy will we do everything we can to hold you accountable.
It certainly looks like the upcoming Public Safety Committee Meeting at Community Board 1 will be quite lively. Not only are the angry neighbors organizing but as Mr. Heather and I discovered last night, the “owner” (“Manager” or whatever) of Studio B was having a tete a tete on the rooftop terrace with someone bearing more than a passing resemblance to Ken Fisher!
The above photograph was taken at 8:00 p.m.
UPDATE 7/2108: Agnes has replied!
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
From Manhattan Avenue.