The Latest From The Snow Globe Factory: Let Them Eat Tear Gas

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Fuck This Shit, New York City 

Let’s face facts: although the summer in our fair city has been a lovely one weather-wise, I would not exactly call it a good one. The death of Eric Garner ushered in a series of “incidents” involving our “finest” which— and this is being kind— are appalling. Incidents which beg the question as to exactly who our public servants are indeed protecting and serving. It certainly was not Mr. Garner.

It is not my intent to simply blame the police, mind you. They follow orders. No sir: the blame, ultimately should be laid firmly on the doorstep of those who issue those orders. I do not think I need to name them here.

I have been wrestling with how to depict the goings on here via snow globes for months. Then Ferguson happened.

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This is when I was reminded that this is not a mere New York City issue. It is a national issue. One which is fueled by institutionalized racism, classism, the militarization of our police force* and suppression of or (even worse) complicity of the press to name a few. Simply put: what happened there can and probably does happen here. We simply do not know about it— or prefer to forget about it. Ferguson, I suspect, has changed this.

Thus I opted instead to do a snow globe about Ferguson. Its “official” title is “Salus populi suprema lex esto”. This is the motto for the state of Missouri. It means:

The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law

I suspect a number of people will agree with me when I write that powers that be in Missouri need to be reminded of this rather apt piece of trivia. And sadly trivia is all it is. They do not seem to be comprehending much less following it.

Without further ado here it is. It pretty much speaks for itself.

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Don’t shoot.

Police man grappling with photographer

Policeman grappling with a photographer.

man down

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

George Orwell, 1984

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool. Part III: From NYC With Love

August 25, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City 

Taken by Rommel Parada.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Green Light

August 25, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City 

Taken by Michah Saperstein.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: And Now A Word From The NYPD

August 25, 2014 ·
Filed under: Criminal Activity, DUMBO, DUMBO Brooklyn, New York City, Wow, WTF 

Good arrest

As forwarded by an anonymous tipster. Is it just me or is “blasting” a mass email about a “good arrest” kind of confirming the recent trend of (and this is being kind) “bad arrests” we have learned about lately? So let me get this straight.

Suspected of selling loose cigarettes while being a black male? That merited a chokehold.

Skip a subway fare while being a black male? That’s a serious asskicking.

But being a colossal dumbass (of unspecified race it would seem*) wandering around the tower of the Brooklyn Bridge taking photos with your iPhone? Well, that seems to merit a “good” arrest.

You can’t make this shit up, folks…

*It turns out that not only is this miscreant white, but he was also a tourist. This explains a few things…

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Moses

August 24, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10009, East Village, East Village Manhattan 

Taken by kiminnyc.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Urban Fur

August 23, 2014 ·
Filed under: Clinton Hill, Clinton Hill Brooklyn, Urban Fur 

Taken by Michael.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Stillwell Avenue

August 23, 2014 ·
Filed under: Coney Island, Coney Island Brooklyn, Subway 

Taken by Axel Taferner.

Urban Artifact, Part II: Love’s Detritus

August 22, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11232, Sunset Park, Sunset Park Brooklyn, Urban Artifact 

43rd Street NYS

Another day, another one of those illegal clothing drop-off thingys.* However this is one with a difference!

Variety Pack nys

As you can see gentle readers there’s a little something for everybody.

The Kyng nys

Presenting the “KYNG”. Do it for the kids!

I apprised the Mister of my find. His response was as follows:

So did you bring some home?

I replied that prophylactics left on the sidewalk struck me as being a dicey proposition. What’s more, it would appear someone else needs them. Meanwhile, a few blocks away…

24 Hour Video nys

Now let’s take a look at the curb, shall we?

Purple

Sometimes when you get that feeling, you need sexual healing…

P.S.: I quickly ascertained during this stroll along Brooklyn’s 3rd Avenue it is graced with a great many adult establishments. That, however, is the subject of another post. Prepare yourselves.

*For those of you who may be wondering, condoms are not the strangest item I have seen left at these collection boxes. That distinction goes to Nassau Avenue where a pair of pink butt plugs, a pink magic pearl vibrator with a rabbit-shaped cliteral stimulator and scattered Jujubes were spied by my buddy Rachael. Don’t believe me? Click here.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: 5th Avenue

August 22, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11232, Sunset Park, Sunset Park Brooklyn 

This means you nys

Taken August 20, 2014.

Urban Artifact, Part I: 37 Street

August 22, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11232, Sunset Park, Sunset Park Brooklyn, Urban Artifact 

37 Street 1 nys

37 street 2 nys

Taken August 20, 2014.