Taken by gothamruins.
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF
Yours truly has developed quite a fixation on AirBnb lately. This is not simply due to the lawsuit unfolding either. Rather, the Mister and I had the pleasure of having a trio of miscreants walk into our apartment at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The leader of this group announced that they were here from AirBnb and tried to hand his luggage to the Mister (who was still in his pajamas). The landlord (who had no knowledge this was going on) was called. I searched AirBnb for the listing, found it, took screengrabs and sent them to landlord. Let’s just say this did not go over well.
In any case, parsing through ~450 listings for Greenpoint (and being awakened by one’s husband rolling out more f-bombs in 2 minutes than I have ever heard him utter— much less yell— in 10+ years will motivate one to do this kind of thing) made me aware that this is a pervasive practice. I am surprised? No, not really. Still, it is wretchedly comical on occasion— especially when compared to the solicitation which graces the beginning of this post. CASE IN POINT:
But wait folks— there’s more…
Much more— like what the fuck is up with the slide?
No worries, the “host” of these digs gives full disclosure:
I’m an Artist living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I share my 3 bedroom Classic Artist’s Loft with travelers from Airbnb. I am respectful, kind and accommodating. I am seeking the same out of you! This is a fairly large apartment, it’s spacious feeling even when everyone is home. I have been very lucky and met amazing people through this service. Much of my furniture was custom made by the artist Jean-Marie Mauclet of JEMA Design and all my lighting is eco-friendly LED’s.
You are welcome to stay in my guest loft. This is a great short-term space for the budget traveler that does not require much privacy. If this space is booked, you are looking for a longer stay or need more privacy check out my “Private Room in Classic Loft” or “Brite Room in Classic Artist’s Loft.” Both are just as cool, better for long stays and have more privacy! The “Cozy Loft” is built above the door in the main living area. When at home, I tend to hang out in my bedroom on my computer or on the roof when the weather is nice. The weekends can be a bit livelier, but not by much! I will provide clean sheets for your double-bed and warm blankets if needed. I also have plenty of storage space if you should need it. Under the loft I have a wardrobe just for your use with plenty of drawers and a place to lock up your computer or other small valuables if you are concerned. The loft is relatively private, comfortable and clean. However, it is not great for couples seeking a romantic vacation or anyone who needs absolute silence to sleep. It has the unusual entrance and exit of an industrial slide. It is not particularly challenging to use, but can be a problem If you are a bit tipsy from going on a pub crawl in the neighborhood, uncoordinated or tired.
My Artist’s Loft is located on the top floor on a quiet street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This is a very safe and friendly part of Brooklyn to visit. I have a manually operated freight elevator that is off limits (* Ed. note) but can be used to transport heavy items if you require. I have fantastic roof access with beautiful views of the New York Skyline. Bring your lap top computer and connect to my WiFi. If you sit in the right space you can enjoy the WiFi in the open air on the roof.
The Franklin Ave (Street — Ed. Note) shops, restaurants and bars are just around the corner. The closest Subway station is the Greenpoint Ave G, also in walking distance is the Bedford Ave L and the Vernon Blvd 7. By subway, I am located 25 minutes from Union Square, 26 minutes from Times Square, 30 minutes from Central Park, 38 minutes from Tribeca and 25 minutes from the East Village. The B61 and B43 bus stop is only a block away and very helpful when weather is uncomfortable. JFK is one hour away by public transport and LGA is 25 minutes away by Cab. Get Ready for your “morning slide!” I look forward to meeting you. – (excised)
So what do members of AirBnb’s “community” have to say? See for yourself. Reading is believing!
By all appearances —and until recently yours truly lived on the block in question for ten years— these cozy accommodations appear to hail from 125 Green Street. What’s more, Google backs me up!
The funny thing is NAG (formerly Neighbors Allied Against Garbage, now Neighbors Allied For Good Growth) tried to organize this building. Under the pretext that such industrial spaces cum artists space preserved the ”artistic integrity” of the community.
One year later, there is neither a Loft Law application— nor Certificate of Occupancy for this property for that matter. But it has a cozy loft available for $975.00 a month.
P.S.: The front door of this artists’ abode has Freddy Mercury on it.
Awesome. Totally awesome.
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
Per the folks at Dog Habitat (where this handsome fellow presently hangs his hat— or would that be sombrero?):
This adorable boy is Papacito. Unfortunately he was another victim of irresponsible pet ownership. He was found by one of our staff members in a box in front of a dumpster next to Papacito’s in Greenpoint. There was a bag next to the carrier with cold cuts, some dry food, a rabies tag, a little money and a note describing his demeanor and health. This sweet cat deserved better than to be deposited on the street but now he’s safe here with us. Can you open your home to a poor, abandoned boy?
If anyone reading this wants to provide this fellow the loving forever home he richly deserves, please contact the folks at Dog Habitat via email at rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org.
Thanks— and spread the word!
Filed under: 11222, Crosstown Local, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art
By Jilly Ballistic.
From West Street.
A person we’ll call “K” writes:
Hi Miss Heather,
Can’t find out from anyplace on-line- CALYER our fave eatery is gone, replaced by some hipster bar-b-q place- it happened in a matter of a few weeks! No signs, no warnings (that we heard) -
We can stop by Anella’s (same owners I believe) and ask about it, but thought just maybe you might have heard something…
Hope at least they have merely moved, not ceased operations… (though I guess they will never be called “CALYER”).
What a loss. The place not only had amazing food, it felt-and-looked cool inside. Don’t get it, thought they were doing well.
By all appearances it would appear Jimmy’s Diner has opened a second location. To my knowledge this is the second such restaurant the owners have divested of in the last six months or so. The other being of course being Bellwether. Hmm…
P.S.: While we are on the subject of Greenpoint eateries, it would appear Papasito’s has changed hands as well. This would explain a number of things including:
- Why only cash is being accepted presently.
- The lack of noise on Cinco De Mayo.
- A noticeable change/shift in clientele.
Filed under: 11211, 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Laura Hofmann (who forwarded me the above item) writes:
I am so happy that this rally is taking place. After the presentation that Park Tower Group and others gave to Community Board 1, this rally seems more important than ever. Clearly, city officials and developers aren’t done adding to this already over burdened, over developing waterfront. The WIlliamsburg/Greenpiont community continues to be slammed. The bottom of the flyer says it all, “broken promises”, “ongoing displacement”, “lack of affordable housing”. The Williamsburg/Greenpoint community needs to act and speak up together again. We need to let city officials know that their affordable housing plan isn’t affordable at all and that we won’t tolerate any more lies. You know the saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”. If this community is going to achieve anything, it has to come out in numbers just like it did against the TGE power plant. When Williamsburg & Greenpoint came out together in numbers, we won…
Show up and speak up, North Brooklynites!
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek, Urban Artifact
If anyone wants/needs a boat, get thee to the Manhattan Avenue Kayak Launch without delay. There your wish will be granted!
Photo Credits: Thanks go to Laura Hofmann for bringing this find to my attention.
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, The Word On The Street
P.S.: While I am on the subject, there’s a pretty magnificent array of filth gracing 239 Banker Street…
Taken May 12, 2013.