Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Java Street Pop-up Park

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

birds

 

Everything is a lie nys

(Translation: “everything is a lie”)

A greenpoint miracle nys

And now, some good news: this afternoon, August 26th 2014, I bore witness to an actual fence being installed on the premises. Happy days!

East River Picnic table nys

Now if someone would fish the picnic table cum u-boat out of the East River we’ll be all aces!

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birds and uboat

AS you can see, the local wildlife do not seem to find it terribly compelling…

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: Moondog*

Into ongoing traffic

Moondog

idiot running a red light

Fact learned yesterday evening while crossing Manhattan Avenue: apparently wearing some hybrid of a Mongolian and Viking helmet absolves you of obeying traffic laws. I realize the photographs are not great. I can assure there is a reason for this:

  • I was crossing the street in accordance with the traffic signal.
  • The above woman (who clearly had no intention of stopping) narrowly avoided hitting yours truly.
  • Instead, she veered into oncoming traffic on India Street where she almost hit a motorist (who was following the traffic laws and actually got out of her way).

This is how you become a statistic folks…

*For those of you who are not in the know as to who this fellow is, this should clear things up.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Greenpoint Avenue Selections

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Uncuttart nys

Wheaties nys

Taken August 26, 2014.

The Word On The Street: Java Street

Keep The Vibes nys

Taken August 26, 2014.

Urban Artifact: 661 Days & Counting!

Jailbear 8262014 nys

Jailbear Offerings 8262014 nys

Jailbear Soap Bubbles nys

Summer may be winding down— but Greenpoint’s beloved mascot, Jailbear, is celebrating in high style with a spectacular array of new offerings!

  • one plush sunflower
  • one Captain America Pez dispenser (unopened)
  • one bottle of soap bubbles

Urban Fur: Seventh Avenue

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Chelsea, Chelsea Manhattan, New York City, Urban Fur 

Seventh Avenue NYS

Taken August 25, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: Prospect Park

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

Taken by Diane Greene Lent.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Top Of The Rock

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City 

Taken by Rommel Parada.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part I: Courtyard Dog

August 26, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, Urban Fur 

Taken by Joel Bischoff.

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