Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Good Advice

Fart nys

Taken November 19, 2015.

Urban Artifact, Part II: 949 Days & Counting

Prison Bear June 10 2015 nys

The facial expression pretty much says it all. Ever wondered what 949 days of non-stop “oversight” of Franklin Street and Greenpoint Avenue will do to you? Well, now you know. Like the hat, however…

(Taken June 10, 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!

The Word On The Street: Missing You…

I Will Miss You nys

As captured today, February 15th, 2015. While I am on the subject of water towers I am pleased to announce the “Save The Greenpoint” snow globe is not only completed, but looks great! Check out the finished product (replete with a demonstration) here!

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: 823 Days & Counting!

Prison Bear Feb 4 2015 nys

Somehow I am reminded of the adage emblazoned on the Farley Post Office:

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers Prison Bear from the swift completion of their appointed rounds vigilant watch over Greenpoint Avenue.

And of course two sets of bars do not hurt. In any case, he has an acquired a new and rather apropos companion in the manner of a penguin. Excellent.

Urban Artifact: 797 Days & Counting

Prison Bear nys

Taken January 9, 2015.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: A Study In Gray

A Study in Gray nys

Taken December 30, 2014.

Urban Artifact: Jail Bear International Superstar?

(OR: 726 Days & Counting!)

Yes, gentle readers, this would appear to be the case— and right here and now I am going to share the good news!

This morning started off as any other: I get up, put on a pot of coffee and head to the computer. First I check my email, then I check my site. The latter experienced a spike in traffic. I found this rather strange given I have not been blogging much of late. Thus I perused incoming links. It was quickly discerned that one site was responsible for this. Naturally my curiosity got the better of me: I pointed and clicked. I braced myself in anticipation of material of a highly adult nature. It turned out not to be porn. It is infinitely more awesome than that. See for yourselves!



It would appear that our very own Jail Bear has merited the attention of a web site in Hungary. Granted, big in Hungary does not an international superstar make— but it is still pretty darned cool. Given I did not have a Hungarian phrasebook handy, I made my way over to Google Translate to see what they had to say about this ad hoc testement to civic pride. The translation is a mite bit obtuse but the essence comes across:

This is a sad teddy bear sitting behind bars in Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, has appeared in the middle of June. The last two months has kultmacivá, followers, Instagramon hundred over the number of images. Nobody knows how he got here. The Bacardi- glass sometimes replacing vizesflaskára Many people are fed maternal feelings for him, while others say straight creepy. “- read the Facebook page to report overseas.

The NewYorkShitty also collected quite a few photos of the sad maciról, who has been held accountable as part of street art and the Bear Jail – that bear jail – dubbed plüssr?l made ??continuously published photos also make it: here you can watch!

Not only did my humble web site merit a link, but a Facebook page pertaining to Hungarian tourism is featured as well. Fascinating.

In any case, I suspect I speak for a number of Jail Bear’s fans when I write that he is not creepy— at least not in comparison to other things to be found hereabouts. On a number of occasions I have seen parents headed to nearby WNYC Transmitter Park stop so their children can say “Hi” to him and/or tell him about his/her day. He dutifully listens too.

For the above-stated reason I have a very hard time believing Jail Bear is sad. He’s quite beloved. Nonetheless, I decided to take up this matter directly with Jail Bear. The scene which awaited me this morning was quite surprising.


Jail Bear not only seems to be taking his fifteen minutes of fame in stride, but he is actually quite happy!


What’s more, he has something to say to his new friends— and hopefully fans— in Hungary!


Okay, I’ll admit it: I dressed up Jail Bear and made the sign. But as I told a passerby (after explaining Jail Bear’s newfound celebrity status), I did so— and I quote:

in the interest of fostering positive international relations.

He found this to be a kind gesture. Taylor Swift may the the official face of tourism in New York City, but in Greenpoint (or at least the corner of Franklin Street and Greenpoint Avenue) this sinecure belongs to Jail Bear. In closing, I feel compelled to note that I have never met a Hungarian, much less a Hungarian tourist. Not only does this need to change but I am quite looking forward to the experience…

You didn’t think I was going to pass up an opportunity like this, gentle readers. Really? In all seriousness:

Happy Halloween, Hungary from New York Shitty (and of course, Jail Bear)!

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: it has been brought to my attention that the fellow responsible for this bear’s incarceration prefers the moniker “Prison Bear”. So there have you!

P.S.: An interesting fact learned today: if one ever finds him or herself in the highly unlikely predicament of needing an empty liquor bottle on the fly, check out the planters outside of WNYC Transmitter Park. You can rest assured they will deliver!


Urban Artifact: 675 Days & Counting!

September 9, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

Lookin Good nys

Lookin’ good…