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

Taken March 28, 2014.

UPDATE, 10:17 pm: it has been brought to my attention that this is the handiwork of this lady. Thanks MMB!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: The Word On The Street

March 28, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, The Word On The Street 

Taken by Scoboco.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Policy Advisory

March 27, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Street Art 

By Jilly Ballistic.

Live From The GWAPP Meeting

March 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

Or:

Don’t let Mike’s earmuffs fool you, gentle readers, this was one very contentious convocation. We did not make it to “cookies”. Hell, we barely made it past introductions. However, after roughly 1 1/2 hours of discussion— and believe you me, it got heated (the “brown word” was employed and no, not it was not by yours truly)— I came away with the impression that it was a move forward. I’ll be adding videos as they upload. So check back! In the meantime…

Part I: An Introduction By Rich Mazur

Part II: We Introduce Ourselves

Part III: Introductions Continue

  • This is when it starts getting intense. READ: WATCH.
  • A citizen notes that there is a certain level of inter-connectedness between GWAPP and Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. She continues to add that OSA’s recent fundraiser has a great many real estate interests as “sponsors”. This is true.

  • As you see, gentle readers, “Greenpoint Landing” is among the sponsors for OSA’s upcoming fundraiser. Greenpoint Landing was represented by Adam Perlmutter during the 2005 rezoning. His wife (who is on the board member nominating panel for GWAPP), Ms. McGlamery, loses her composure at 5:45. CAVEAT: profanity is used.

Part IV: And To Continue…

Part V: And Continue…

Part VI: And Continue…

  • Nick Rizzo, an aspiree for Lincoln Restler’s Chris Olechowski’s seat as 51st District Male Democratic Leader gives his two cents.

Part VII: The Last Bit I Was Able To Capture Before My “Smart” Phone Said “ENOUGH”

 

Concluding notes:

  • The discussion as whether the “new” GWAPP should retain the name resumed. Concerns were that the new organization does not, will not reflect the mission of the the original.
  • The representatives for Save Greenpoint, St. Anthony’s and Rolfe Carle* were suggested by Kate Naplatarski as GWAPP Board members.
  • Those of you who wish to nominate a GWAPP board member can do so via email at: gwapp (at) aol (dot) com OR…
  • attend the next forum, which will essentially be a continuation of this one. No date has been set yet HOWEVER…
  • It will be soon. Why the hold up, you ask? Very simple: I noted that efforts should be made so it will not conflict with the 94th Precinct Community Council meeting, any/all Community Board meetings or days that the Greenpoint Reformed Church is operating their soup kitchen/food pantry (as that may preclude volunteers for both/either from attending).

Thoughts:

  • As acrimonious as this meeting was— and it was— exactly how are we as a community (or GWAPP) going to move forward without having it? What seems to have been lost by some present is why so many people (including myself) have issues with GWAPP and the manifold number of other community “orgs” hereabouts. The fact of the matter is:
  • It has inextricable ties with Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. Ms. McGlamery’s husband is one. Mr. Thompson’s wife (who spoke on behalf Greenpoint Williamsburg Soccer League) is another: her husband is a board member of “OSANB”. I mention this because it was not noted at this convocation. In any case it does pose the question as to why then, should we have two orgs: GWAPP and OSANB respectively. Or what can GWAPP do/offer that OSA does not. There’s plenty of issues that need to be addressed. Will GWAPP step up to the plate?
  • Rich Mazur stated that GWAPP, in the years wherein they did not conduct meetings, that he did not disagree with anything GWAPP did. I for one find this interesting.

Here’s why:

This whole exchange came to pass in 2009. To summarize: both OSA and GWAPP saw fit to issue yours truly what is known in the blog world as a nastygram. And board members of GWAPP were apparently not consulted on this. Sound familiar? Whoops.

  • I was encouraged to learn that part of GWAPP’s recently awarded GERF grant will be used for community outreach. What this will entail (among other things) is getting out the word in Spanish and Polish. I for one was very happy to hear this.
  • But, ironically enough, I noted that a web site is not enough. There are a lot of people in this community that are not being reached. The attendance at this evening’s meeting bore testement to this. It was sorely lacking in racial, ethnic and economic diversity. Who was present this evening did not reflect the Greenpoint community in its totality. If taken at their word, GWAPP needs to address this. And addressing this will entail aggressively courting “new” voices— by they “new comers” or “old timers”. We’re talking feet on the street, folks.

In closing, what I and a number of other folks took issue with Rolfe Carle outlined very well. So well I only had one word to add:

Transparency.

Yes, it is unreasonable to expect a community group’s members— especially a group in Greenpoint— to agree on some things. No. We take spirited debate to an entirely new level here in the 11222. This is what makes us amazing. However, how can one even have a debate if GWAPP’s (the Newtown Creek Alliance’s, etc.) own board members are not made aware of what is going on? E.g.: that GWAPP endorsed the Greenpoint Boathouse’s relocation to 51 Ash Street. Really? If one wants to avoid how the first 1 1/2 hours of this meeting were spent, this needs to change. Mr. Mazur himself welcomed new people coming to the table. This is good. But these, his, words strike me as being just that: words. They, GWAPP, need to follow up with action: using their resources to get more people involved. As far as I am concerned the onus is on them to prove that GWAPP is a viable community organization, not us— the community in whose name they profess to advocate.

*Who was generous enough to kick this over to me:

Thanks!

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: Missing

These flyers have been popping up all over the Garden Spot. Keep your eyes peeled fellow Greenpointers— and spread the word!

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Thanks to Citizen Christine I can pass along more information about this fellow as posted by Womens Wear Daily (Mr. Ott is a fashion designer).

Quicklink: City & State

March 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City 

Choice quote/teaser:

Another progressive whose TIE fundraising appears to be incongruous with his politics is Councilman Carlos Menchaca, who, like Johnson, was selected as a freshman by his borough colleagues to be a co-leader of their respective delegations. Menchaca ran as a reformist insurgent against Sara Gonzalez, whom he vilified as a tool of “Manhattan millionaire developers” for receiving support from Jobs for New York, the Real Estate Board’s independent expenditure arm. But soon after taking office, Menchaca accepted $1,500 in TIE funding from Taxpayers for an Affordable New York, which is essentially run and funded by the same major property owners who spearheaded Jobs for New York.

Menchaca also took $1,500 from John Ciafone, a Queens lawyer and property owner who was listed on Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s Worst Slumlord watchlist in 2011. De Blasio returned two large contributions from Ciafone when it was revealed that he was a donor, but Menchaca is apparently untroubled by or unaware of whom he is accepting from.

John Ciafone’s wife is Gina Argento, the CEO of Broadway Stages, a large television and film production studio and sound stage company in Brooklyn and Queens. Argento and her brother Anthony Argento are prolific contributors to political campaigns, and each gave $1,500 to Menchaca’s TIE committee.
Last year the Argentos applied to have a subsidiary company, Luna Lighting, receive a license to operate as a trade waste business, which would allow the company to cart demolition and construction debris from worksites. As the Argentos have ownership interest in many industrial sites that they would like to repurpose for other commercial uses (for example, the Knockdown Center in Maspeth), owning their own demolition hauling company would provide vertical integration to their business. The city’s Business Integrity Commission issued a harsh denial of the Argentos’ application, citing a history of illegal carting by Luna Lighting, and also misrepresentation by Anthony Argento of his arrest record.

Furthermore, Anthony Argento was shown to have over $1 million in federal tax liens against him, as well as his business. As of April 2013 Argento owed the Internal Revenue Service more than $600,000. This information was all published by the city and is a matter of public record. One imagines that Menchaca or his staff must have done some cursory analysis of who was giving him money. Or perhaps the Argentos have papered the city with enough contributions that their questionable business practices do not raise the eyebrows of even the most progressive elected officials.

Hmm. Some of this sounds strangely familiar? Deja vu, perhaps? Oh wait, i’s because Queens Crap and I have blogged this already!!! In any case this is an interesting read so take a moment and check it out. Perhaps Mr. Barron would be so kind as to direct his attention to the Argentos clan’s shenanigans in other neighborhoods? If he is paying attention, why not ask them about the Greenpoint Boathouse being relocated to 51 Ash Street and the ~$5,000 tax lien which stands on that property presently?

P.S.: A few other details/facts Mr. Barron might find interesting:

  1. Ms. Argento – Ciafone is a member of Community Board 1 Brooklyn. Has been for some time.
  2. Her spouse is a chronic office seeker.
  3. The Argentos financed Mr. Menchaca’s inauguration party.

Go ahead, run a Google search and see for yourself!

The Word On The Street, Part II: North 11 Street

March 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11249, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken March 24, 2014.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: A Matter Of Perspective…

March 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11249, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Kent Avenue.

The Word On The Street, Part I: Happiness

March 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11249, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From South 1 Street.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Walk This Way

March 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This vision hails from 958 Manhattan Avenue. Inasmuch as I can recall it has been in this state for just over a week— perhaps even two. But why dwell on such trivialities? I prefer to see this as an opportunity.This lot could easily pressed into service as a location for a flea market,  barbecue, wilderness survival workshops— hell, an enterprising person could simply park a handful of campers, tap into those electrical lines and operate a hostel— or all the previous! And of course there are more pedestrian uses such as a community garden to consider. In any case here it is for posterity. Anyone care to place bets on how long it will remain like this?