Urban Artifact: 33 1/3

October 15, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11206, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Urban Artifact 

LP nys

From Bogart Street.

The Word On The Street: Don’t Worry

Dont Worry nys

Taken October 15, 2014.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Sign Of The Times

October 15, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11206, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Street Art 

Sign of the times nys

Taken October 15, 2014.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Brooklyn’s Own

October 13, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Brooklyns Own nys

On a related note— and rounding posts on this “Columbus Day”— I would like to give a big New York Shitty salute to Business Insider for publishing what has to be one of the finest takedowns of the New York Times yours truly has ever read. Well done!

The Word On The Street: Good Advice

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Good Advice nys

Taken October 13, 2014.

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: A Splash Of Color

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Detail nys

Those of you who have not done so already should check out the lovely (and by all appearances, completed) mural at 969 Manhattan Avenue (on India Street). It’s a nice pick-me-up on this dreary day!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: It’s BAAAAAAAACK!

A fellow named Tony writes yesterday, October 12th, in an email entitled “HALLOWEEN”:

HEY JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I HAVE DECORATED AGAIN FOR HALLOWEEN. 648 HUMBOLDT STREET. I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU ENJOY IT..  THANX

Today I decided to swing by and verify this wonderful turn-of-events in person. Guess what?

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648 humboldt b nys

Tony was not pulling my leg!

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650 humboldt nys

Granted, this is still a very much “work in progress” (for example: the toxic waste/blood vomiting ghoul has not been installed yet). Nonetheless I feel compelled as a citizen to share the good news ASAP. This is a red letter day in Greenpoint, Garden Spotters!

 

 

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Untitled

October 12, 2014 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City 

Taken by Robert S.

Today In Greenpoint Real Estate Insanity: 533 Leonard Street

October 10, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11224, Abjectecture, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

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533 Leonard

BKrelicsThe sale of 533 Leonard Street, the former meeting hall for Polish Legion of American Veterans is hardly news. Nor is the fact that it will be “adapted” to residential use as opposed to simply being razed. A rather nifty site called Brooklyn Relics has a pretty nice summary of these passing events which can be read by clicking here. The author of this tome opines:

The adaptive reuse of historic buildings is often necessary for the buildings to maintain market viability. However, in the case of the PLAV building, the proposed design dominates the historic structure it traverses even though the original facade is supposed to be the intended focal point. Hopefully the finished modern portion of the structure will be muted enough that it does not compete with the original building’s architecture…

I cannot tell a lie: I was initially relieved by the news this building would be modified as opposed to merely being demolished. Then it was brought to my attention by a very nice lady named Amber that a rendering has been posted on the premises of the finished product. I did a walk-by to see it myself— after all, seeing is truly believing. All I can say is the author of Brooklyn Relics was being quite charitable in his analysis.

533 Leonard Street rendering NYS

Here’s the deal folks:

In terms of Greenpoint construction— any construction— I keep my expectations low. Really low. Methinks I need not elaborate why this is so. Let’s just say there’s ample “precedent”.

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200 FranklinThis exceeds even my expectations— and not in a good way. So help me, but this may very well make me rethink adaptation (versus demolition) as a good— or at least “better”— policy. Aside from exploiting the benefits a modification permit versus a new building affords (modification permits are not subject to the same level of scrutiny) and exploiting every cubic centimeter of FAR, I see absolutely no rhyme or reason to this “design”.

Yes sir: 200 Franklin Street’s days as the ugliest building in Greenpoint, which is no small accomplishment, may very well be numbered.

Mazel tov!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Bubbles

Taken by Diane Greene Lent.