New York Shitty Photo/Op Ed Du Jour: Smile!

SMILE! nys

Ever since I read this item featuring this clip from “Broad City” wherein the (presumably) “broads” in question address the “You should smile” crap I have been thinking about this phenomenon.

More specifically, I have been thinking about what drives someone to admonish folks to smile. Yes, it is generally a means for men to get the attention of women— but not entirely. I have experienced similar shit. E.g.; lacking a smile, objections to my above-average command of profanity (thanks dad), commentary/”advice” about my fashion decisions, etc. Arguably the most annoying was from the woman who is apparently the “Queen” of Bedford Avenue. I forget her name. It does not matter.

One day I was walking (on Bedford Avenue). She, the doyenne, and one of her cronies felt compelled to point out that it was a mite bit chilly to be wearing a sundress (as I was). I recall saying something to the effect that I was quite comfortable and thanked them for their apparent concern for my welfare. The operative word in the previous sentence being “apparent”.

No caring/”concern” was being demonstrated. I was a target for displaced/projected passive-aggressive anger. What I found and still find most compelling is this came from fellow woman.

My conclusions are follows:

  1. The kind of people who see fit to engage your person by commenting on what you wear, denigrating what you say (profanity, which is totally unheard of in New York City), or your visible lack of “happiness” are the most unhappy people of all. They are not happy with the world around them. Instead of dealing with this in an upfront, brutally introspective (READ: ADULT) fashion, they demand “propriety”. And smiles.
  2. People have the right to be (seemingly) unhappy in public. I write “seemingly” because most of the incidences which I recall being “corrected” regarding my lack of a happy face were while walking. “Walking time” is “thinking time” for me. Unsolicited “advice” disrupts this process.
  3. The message being sent by these miscreants (inasmuch as I can deduce) is “quit thinking” and start smiling. We want to see smiles. This is simply not going to happen.
  4. Smiles do not happiness make. See: The Stepford Wives.
  5. It is not my job to make you happy and/or provide “window dressing” for your delectation.
  6. Only you can make yourself happy.

Shooting the finger at this missive in Red Hook. It made me happy. And smile.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: In Yo Face

March 31, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken by Scoboco.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Special Easter’s Around the Corner Edition

Bird nys

Bunnies nys

And Then There Were Five nys

Mustache nys

Taken March 30, 2015.

Urban Artifact: Manhattan Avenue

March 16, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

Manhattan Avenue March 15 2015 nys

Taken March 15, 2015.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Special “Starting To Feel Like Spring” Edition

Manhattan Avenue nys

Franklin Street nys

Noble Street nys

India Street nys

Taken March 10, 2015.

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: 857 Days & Counting!

Prison Bear March 10 2015 nys

Prison Bear and friends nys

Happy Tuesday from Prison Bear and pals!

Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: Greenpoint Avenue

Fifty Shades Of Bollocks nys

Taken today, March 8th 2015. While I am on the subject (this being the Crosstown Local and spring), methinks I spotted the Easter Bunny availing himself of the G train today. Or is it Eeyore? I’ll let you, gentle readers, make the call.

Quicklink: Polish “Thugs” Wanted

March 4, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

thugswanted

This was sterling opportunity was brought to my attention by an anonymous tipster. He/she forwarded me the following casting call:

UNION AND NON UNION MALES TO PORTRAY REAL POLISH TYPES – AVAIL 3.1015 READ! MUST HAVE ALL DAY AVAIL! NO CONFLICTS! MUST HAVE ALL DAY AVAIL! PLEASE SEND 1-2 PHOTOS TO CBSBBEXTRAS@GMAIL.COM PUT YOUR NAME / POLISH TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE. MUST HAVE VALID US PASSPORT OR VALID US DRIVERS LICENSE AND SS CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE. PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ANYONE THAT THIS MIGHT APPLY TO. PICTURE SELECTED BY DIRECTOR AND PRODUCTION! VERY PROMINENT SCENE! THINK POLISH THUG TYPES!!!

NOTE: “Blue Bloods” films quite frequently in Greenpoint. One has to wonder what, if anything, the Polish community hereabouts thinks of this. Anyone?

UPDATE, March 6th, 2015: We have another one, folks!

18-65 UNION AND NON UNION TO PORTRAY POLISH MALE SOCIAL CLUB PATRONS – AVAIL 3.10.15 READ! MUST HAVE ALL DAY AVAIL – THINK SKETCHY, CRIMINAL, MOB RELATED, POLISH NEIGHBORHOOD TYPES, ETC. NO CONFLICTS! PLEASE SUBMIT PHOTOS TO CBSBBEXTRAS@GMAIL.COM PUT NAME / POLISH TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE. MUST HAVE VALID US PASSPORT OR VALID US STATE ID WIT SS CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE. NO CONFLICTS! PLEASE INCLUDE FULL NAME, SIZES, UNION STATUS AND PHONE NUMBER IN BODY OF EMAIL. 2-5 PHOTOS ARE GREAT! ***LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO PORTRAY TRUE POLISH TYPES*** Rate: SCALE/0 Shoot Date: 3/10/2015

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: L.A. Pizza & Convenience

LA Pizza and Convenience nys

I have seen a fair amount of signage over the years. The vast majority have employed threats— be they implicit or explicit— of physical violence. This one as you can see offers an alternative. Alas, I suspect the Greenpoint Library does not sport the exotic array of pornograpahy this establishment has. Believe you me, I am fairly certain it is the consumers of such stuff to whom this missive is directed. Nonetheless, well done!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Sunshine Laundromat

Sunshine Laudromat nys

NO HUNTING nys

Taken February 27, 2015.