From The New York Shitty Inbox: It Came From Beneath The Creek

August 6, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Gentrification, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Or: Release The Kraken!

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This corker was sent to me a couple months ago via anonymous tipster. I tabled sharing it until I felt the time was right. Today, for reasons which will soon become apparent, is that day. The above polemic was created shortly after the 2005 rezone. As it was explained to me (by said tipster) its purpose was to criticize GWAPP assuming the lion’s share of credit for the successful fight against the Trans Gas power plant which was slated to grace Bushwick Inlet. For those of you who were not here in 2005 (and I suspect there are many) I present the following video from NY1.

If the above “Community Activist” looks/sounds familiar it is because:

1. He was recently appointed* to the advisory board of the new “GWAPP”.

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2. And I also recently verified that contrary to what is stated in this gent’s biography on the aforementioned site (an excerpt of which is above), Mr. Perlmutter is not now nor was he ever under the employ of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.
GWAPPscSMALLInteresting yes? Well today I had the item at left brought to my attention by my buddy Crappy. It got me to thinking— and finally it hit me:

What is not mentioned in this biography is every bit as fascinating— if not more so— than what is.

Namely, that in addition to being a “Community Activist” in the fight against the Trans Gas power plant, Mr. Perlmutter also happened to be under the hire of George Klein, the fellow responsible for Greenpoint Landing, so as to argue in favor of the 2005 rezone.

But don’t take my word for it. It is stated quite clearly in the April 29, 2005 edition of the New York Daily News.

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(You can/should read the rest here.)

Straight up: as the featured cartoon attests, GWAPP has been the subject of controversy for some time. Controversy which persists to this very day. Controversy which would have, could have, should have been avoided by the simple practice of transparency.

Greenpoint Landing, regrettably, is going to happen whether we want it or not. That’s reality. However, I do not think expecting an organization which purports to represent the interests of the community giving full disclosure of their activities and board/advisory panel’s business relationships— past and present— is asking too much. Or is it? Now if you don’t mind, gentle readers, I am off to corner the market on ear plugs. I sense a very lucrative entrepreneurial opportunity is at hand!

*By a panel which includes his spouse. How’s that for nepotism?*

Quicklink: A Story To Tell

screencapThis tome was brought to my attention by a fellow named Richard. Richard is a resident of Lawrence, Kansas. This Letter to the Powers That Be, not surprisingly, pertains to matters in Lawrence, Kansas. However, while reading this tome more than one community hereabouts— and the non/not-for-profit organizations (which purport to act as a “voice”/”advocate” for the aforementioned communities) came to mind.  I do not think I need to list/name the previous here, gentle readers. We know them.*

Follows is an excerpt from this essay so as the pique your interest:

…I have been long in forming my opinion of the Cultural Arts District and the 9th Street Corridor.  When the pros and cons of the issue are laid across a scale, I find myself on the side of favor.  I am in support of the Cultural Arts District and 9th Street Corridor in East Lawrence.  I am excited at the prospect of renewal and repair that the Cultural District designation dollars can bring.  I want new sidewalks and safer lighting and renovated limestone curbs and bricks in my streets.  I want the businesses in my neighborhood to thrive and prosper and have the funds to reinvest in my community.  I want an economic base that can support an East Lawrence or Downtown grocery store. I want my daughters to grow up in a vibrant, thriving neighborhood that supports the arts and creativity.  I am personally invested in positive outcomes for the Cultural Arts District. 

And yet…

There remains a sense of unease when I think about what will happen as the Cultural Arts District and 9th Street Corridor develop.  I cannot shake the feeling of anxiety, of foreboding, of “ick” in my belly and bad smell wrinkle in my nose.  And this time, it isn’t a downdraft from the wastewater treatment plant (Emphasis mine— Ed. Note) or the river.  It’s the aftertaste of cultural co-option.  But what does that mean, you say?  I can’t explain it to you without the help of Alice Walker.  Here’s where the story comes in… 

You can— no, make that should— read this essay in its entirety by clicking here. Pass it along. Who knows? Maybe it’ll inspire someone (else) in our fair burgh/city to speak up?

*Hence why I found this excerpt of Adam “GWAPP Advisory Board”  Perlmutter’s biography so fascinating:

Adam is a currently lawyer for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn opposing the Atlantic Yards project …

Speaking as a resident of Greenpoint for fourteen years now who knows quite a few bloggers— bloggers who have taken a keen interest in Atlantic Yards, no less— I have not once heard his name mentioned. What’s more, someone closely connected with DDDB confirmed my suspicions:

He isn’t in the employ and never was.  He volunteered with DDDB  about 9 years ago and helped them find their great lawyer Matt Brinckerhoff  – but he’s not done anything with them for about 7 years.

Hmm…

“About” seven years ago Mr. Perlumutter signed off on the by-laws of Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn.

Note the “Treasurer”. It is none other than Steve “Brooklyn Beer/I loves me some Atlantic Yards” Hindy himself.

Double hmm…

Quicklink: A New Chapter?

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After a multi-month process, the Greenpoint Association for Parks & Planning is pleased to announce it’s new Executive Board: Barbara McGlamery (Chair)*, Rich Mazur**, Trina McKeever*** (Treasurer), Laura Treciokas (Secretary)****,Manuel Zuniga and Katie Denny*****. Learn more about each of them and their connection to Greenpoint on the Board Members page

New York Shitty translation: the nominating committee stalled until mid-summer (when folks are on vacation) to announce that they have appointed themselves.

You can read this “news” in its entirety by clicking here. In closing I feel compelled to share the following video. It features the new chair of GWAPP in action. It is quite something as you will see…

*Wife of a founding member and board member of Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. Samesaid fellow was under hire by George “Greenpoint Landing” Klen to argue the case for the 2005 rezone.

**Head of North Brooklyn Development Corporation which is overseeing the distribution of the Greenpoint Environmental Relief Fund money.

***Employee of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation. Also the owner of The Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park web site’s url. (Run a “who is” search and see for yourself!)

*****Co-chair of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park group.

***** Former Community Co-chair of Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn.

From The New York Shitty Inbox

Per a tipster.

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It would appear Brooklyn Industries is either unaware that GWAPP ain’t what it used to be— or is shilling the same old t-shirt with the same old premise:

We fought the power plants and won!

If GWAPP was/is “winning”, why did this come to pass? And why does someone charged with appointing new board members behave in this manner? (start watching at 5;00)

I harbor a downright Darwinian attitude when it comes to “community orgs”. Simply put: if GWAPP is failing it is because the leadership has failed the community. GWAPP failed, shuffled the deck and now GWAPP 2.0. (which should not be confused with its predecessor), in its infinite wisdom, is going to charge former board members to appoint new ones. Exactly how this is going to create a different outcome is a mystery to yours truly. In any case GWAPP or whatever one wants to call it) is a one trick pony. They fall back on the power plant fight because, quite frankly, that’s all have.

And of course my personal favorite:

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You gotta love this kind of hypocrisy. Be sure to thank GWAPP— Adam Perlmutter, Esquire— in particular, when they start piledriving at Greenpoint Landing. That should work wonders for the air quality ereabotus. Is this worth a t-shirt? Really?

P.S.: Melinda Katz, you took a shit on my community. I have returned the favor— via a snow globe!

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Live From The GWAPP Meeting

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

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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!

Wednesday: GWAPP!

The nuance/”selective cognition” GWAPP— or at least certain members acting unilaterally therein*— employs to continue their charade of being a “grassroots” community organization continues to amuse and confound yours truly. Per Ms. Holowacz and Mr. Thompson organizing meetings requires work. Yet, since the whole “Greenpoint Boathouse” thing went down (which of course GWAPP, among others, “endorsed”) they have been quite active despite the shortfall of “helpers”/”worker bees”. Why is that?

I’ll be wearing this button at this meeting (while filming it), what about you? I for one really hope this lady (who speaks at 1:19) shows up.

She’s got my vote!

P.S.: North 9 street and Kent Avenue is not Greenpoint. DUH.

*…I am not a butler, maid, chauffeur, or Gigolo.

I am a personal “Life Coach” and will be treated in a professional manor. Our relationship will be close, but boundaries will be outlined before employment. Children and Pet Friendly. My requirements for employment: $10,000 USD per week plus travel expenses, and lodging. I take sunday afternoon off. Non Disclosure Agreement – No problem…

I motivate you to be a better person through etiquette, personal relationship development, skill and behavior modification and tact…

My apologies to David Lee Roth.

Live From The GWAPP Meeting*

Spoiler: the “vote” was eighteen for and seven against. What I found particularly intriguing is one person purporting to represent three different “member groups” of GWAPP (Barbara Vetell, a veritable “army of one”) was allowed to vote three times. That’s “democracy” Greenpoint-style, folks! It makes yours truly yearn for the “old school” methods of Tammany. E.g.; before election day, you grow a beard. You vote sporting said beard. You go home and shave it down to a mustache. Then, you vote again. Then you go home, shave your face entirely and vote a third time. In the clarity of hindsight (and this evening’s convocation), this is downright quaint— and dare I say “cute”— by comparison. It should also be noted that neither Steve Levin nor Joe Lentol (or their representatives) were present at this meeting. I stand corrected:

Part I:

Part II:

  • The matter of GWAPP’s finances are discussed. Pay careful attention to their anticipated funds. They include GERF grants (remember who is in charge of this, readers?)  and money from Councilman Levin.
  • Christine Holowacz announces that a lease is being procured for the Greenpoint Boathouse. Presumably this would be 51 Ash Street.
  • Barbara McGlamery touts that GWAPP’s website got 2,000 a hits a month as of November 2013 but has fallen since.

Part III:

Part IV:

Part V:

  • Del Teague speaks against the new by laws.
  • Barbara Vetell speaks on the behalf of three organizations (and was rewarded accordingly by giving three votes regarding changing these by laws).
  •  At 5:38 you can watch Jens Rasmussen (who later voted on the behalf of the North Brooklyn Boat Club, an ostensible not-for-profit organization**).

Part VI:

  • Two words: WATCH THIS. (The lady who speaks starting at 1:19 kicks ass!)

Part VII:

  • Dewey interacts with a couple of fellow citizens while the “vote” is being conducted. The question being raised is over the addition of new member organizations. What follows is not pretty.

Part VIII:

Then the “transition “team” comes in: Rich Mazur, Barbara McGlamery (AKA: Mrs. Adam Perlmutter) and Trina McKeever will comprise the “selection committee” charged with picking members for a new board. That’s the bad news. The good news: they’ll have a(nother) public meeting later this month— and I have every intention of filming it. Thanks GWAPP 2.0! And oh yeah: those ostensible “member groups” who voted themselves out of a so-called “community organization”, in one case in triplicate, what are they going to get out of this?

UPDATE, March 6, 2014 2:52 p.m.: Looks likes the North Brooklyn Boat Club received not one, not two, but three “GERF” awards. My personal favorite is as follows:

I know. Shocking…

*Or: Darth Sidious manifests himself.

**The North Brooklyn Boat Club is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Office Database of Corporations. The address listed is Dewey Thompson’s residence. However, as of 3/6/2014, the North Brooklyn Boat Club is NOT a registered charitable organization per the same-said Attorney General’s Charities Database:

Any/all donations to the North Brooklyn Boat Club are handled via Open Space Alliance. Of which Dewey is a Board member. Can you say eating your cake and keeping it too? At $150.00 a person and a two person minimum for a four hour workshop (which comes out to roughly $72.00 an hour) I cannot exactly say I do not understand Mr. Rasmussen’s “interest”. However, it is a conflict of interest. Some people have a problem with that kind of thing. What’s really interesting is the North Brooklyn Boat Clubs’s applications for Exxon Mobil money (“GERF”: which we have established is being handled by Rich Mazur— who will also be part of GWAPP’s “nominating committee”) money are via GWAPP. Once Again: the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s “fundraising” is handled by Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. Guess what kids, Dewey Thompson is a chair on both GWAPP and OSA!

Hear me, Conflict if Interest Board? Steve Levin? Joe Lentol? Anyone?

UPDATE, 10:02 a.m.: I love the smell of spam in the morning!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: More Dissent

Yes, dear readers, tomorrow’s meeting is going to be a hoot. I give a big New York Shitty salute to the ladies of “Park Moms” for standing up and saying something. Well done!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Dissent

The ball is in your court, GWAPP…

Quicklink: Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts

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Please take a moment and give this tome a read, gentle readers. It is well worth the time!

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