New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Spring Street

December 5, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10002, Lower East Side, Lower East Side Manhattan, Street Art 

Spring Street nys

Taken December 5, 2014.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: The Word On The Street

Lottery nys

Taken December 5, 2014.

East Village Photo Du Jour: 4th Avenue

Hear Hear nys

Taken December 5, 2014.

This Weekend: Funky Fundraiser

Or: Announcing Animal Rescue of Queens!

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This event was brought to my attention by some fellow (and downright awesome) animal lovers here in north Brooklyn. What’s more they were kind enough to help me arrange to meet Howard Wu, the fellow who is behind this new (and much-needed) endeavor: Animal Rescue of Queens! Follows is a synopsis of our conversation.

Who: Mr. Wu has worked and volunteered in NYC animal shelters and rescue organizations for ten years. As such he has first-hand experience in animal rescue.

Where: Now he is striking out to start his own organization in Long Island City. To this end he has purchased a building at 11th Street and 44th Avenue.

When: Once the building is vacated, February 2015, Animal Rescue of Queens (“ARQ”) will need to thoroughly rework the space. This will cost $75,000 and includes (but is not limited to):

  • Installing a new heating system and ventilation
  • Overhauling plumbing and electrical wiring
  • Roof repairs
  • Refurbishing the adoption space to make it comforting for two-legged and four-legged critters alike. THINK: not what one thinks of when he/she hears the words “animal shelter”. Or, as Howard put it:”Our adoptable dogs and cats will receive a high level of care, and will be taught the skills needed to make transitioning into a home as seamless as possible, for them and their adopters. To do this, the center will be set up with rooms and not cages. The rooms will contain home furnishings, just as would be seen in a home environment.”

How: Howard explained to me his vision for “ARQ”. Simply put, he wants to create an adoption center where animals and potential adopters alike feel comfortable. He wishes to see the animal shelter/adoption experience as a welcoming, community-based one wherein folks can meet and make a friend for life. Hence why the pup featured on the above flier (and his business card*) wears a cape; the human/pet relationship is a two way street. It not simply a matter of “rescuing” an animal. Furkids are our companions. They cheer us up when we’re feeling down; love us when we feel unloved. The list goes on and on.

They are our heroes.

as he put it. Who can disagree with that?

This is why “ARQ” needs our help: they need funding to make these renovations happen! To this end they are having a fundraiser at Sweet Science this upcoming Sunday, December 7th. Check it out!

Funky Fundraiser For Animal Rescue Queens
December 7, 2014 starting at 5:00 p.m.
Sweet Science
135 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Those of you who are unable to attend but wish to make a donation can do so by clicking here. NOTE: these contributions are tax-deductible. Those who care to contact Howard can do so via email at: howard (at) ARQadopt.org. Otherwise, he has informed that me come February he plans to have an open house and fundraiser featuring artwork for auction. Take note, my north Brooklyn/Queens artist comrades!

*which also features a cat— but not prominently enough to satisfy this cat lady! Hey, you do not expect me not to good-naturedly bust his chops about this?

FINAL Logo NYS

Really?

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Union Square

Just another day in New York City as captured purrfectly by John Fullard!

New York Shitty Videos Du Jour: Season’s Beatings From Manhattan Avenue

Tis the season NYS

I cannot tell a lie: I hate the “holiday” season. It seems to bring out the very worst in otherwise normal, rational people. Call me a “Humbugger” all you want, gentle readers. Nowadays I confine yet another winter of my discontentment to snow globes. This is not simply therapeutic. It is better than, say, standing on the sidewalk yelling while brandishing a billy club. Which is exactly what came to pass on Manhattan Avenue late this afternoon.

I know what you’re thinking:

Exactly what lead up to this?

Well, if you listen carefully to the following video you will get some idea.

NOTE: I wrote “some idea”. As you can plainly see the fellow in question did not run away. And, well, further taunting an alleged assailant by screaming “Bitch” at him? This does not strike me as being a very good idea. Neither is wielding a billy club for that matter:

billy club

Don’t believe me? Read the law for yourselves here.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

The Word On The Street: Security

Security Notice nys

Cat Security NYS

This fearsome feline stands watch over a building on Kingsland Avenue. More specifically he (she?) is guarding set and prop material for the television show Madam Secretary. It is reassuring to see Broadway Stages has stepped up security since  thieves made off with $17,800 of equipment just down the street back in October. Go get ‘em tiger!

Props: A big New York Shitty shout out goes to Sheryl for bringing this item to my attention and the two very nice and quite human fellows on the premises for humoring my shutter-bugging. Thanks!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Steam

November 28, 2014 ·
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

Taken by Luis Peralta.

The Word On The Street: 51%

November 24, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11249, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

51 Percent nys

Taken November 24, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Class Photo

November 23, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Upper West Side, Upper West Side Manhattan, Urban Fur 

Taken by UrbanphotoZ.