Greenburg Photo Du Jour: McCarren Park

If there is one photo that best summarizes the homeless problem in this park— and north Brooklyn in general— this is it. This fellow was the source of considerable curiosity and bemused interest by parks and pool patrons as I walked by this afternoon. Concerned he might be susceptible to— if not presently experiencing— heat exhaustion/stroke, I spoke to the Parks staff at the (nearby) field house. In closing, I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude for securing the medical attention this man so clearly needed. Thanks guys (and gals)!

Reader Contribution du Jour: McGolrick Park

May 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Per the tipster who sent me the above image:

(Taken) 4/21, but he was there till 4/22 as garbage piled up around him.  This is just an impossible, totally depressing situation.  And personally, as someone who grew up in a house where substance abuse was present, it makes me relive the anxiety and sadness I couldn’t wait to get away from – that’s why I’m so sensitive to it, and why I HATE that my kids are exposed to it…

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: The American Playground

January 11, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As taken today, January 11th, 2012. Closing on a somewhat related note ABC news recently did a feature regarding the proposed homeless assessment center at 400 McGuinness Boulevard. You can view this item by clicking here.

New York Shitty Day Ender (O)UR NY

December 16, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken December 16, 2011 under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Greenpoint.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Manhattan Avenue

December 11, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Culture War, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken December 11, 2011.

Question Of The Day

Which of the following do you find more troubling north Brooklyn park patrons?

1. A man sleeping in an idling car and homeless encampment replete with a cafe umbrella:

2. Or this.

Well, apparently if you are the New York City Parks Department (or perhaps a concerned parks-goer) the answer is #2 (a word).

The Vagina Tree
So I glad I knew you in your fullest state <3

Observation: If vaginas did not serve some positive, pleasing function the person(s) responsible for obliterating it from the previously depicted plaque would not be around in the first place. Regardless, I find it fascinating— especially in light of the manifold number of “issues” with our parks*— that this person thought a mere word merited such attention/censorship. Just a thought.

*Lack of general maintenance/upkeep. Hence why I embarked upon the “No Toilet Left Behind Project” and why there is a Vagina “stump” gracing said park in the first place. The powers-that-be have neither the will nor the wherewithal to replace the previous or remove the latter. This would require concepts such as “planning” and WORK.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Jamie & Mimi

November 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: Bronx, New York City 

Jamie "Dragon" and Mimi: Mott Haven Bronx

Chris Arnade (who took the above photograph) writes:

In the interstate jumble where the Bruckner, Major Deegan, and Robert F Kennedy Bridge come together, there is a middle triangle, filled with construction detritus, that also houses a few homeless people. James “Dragon” lives under an exit ramp with his cat Mimi, a hard to access space that he keeps tidy. He earns money collecting cans and bottles. I asked him if he needed anything, he asked for some winter blankets, which I hope to bring next time.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Occupy Lorimer Street

November 19, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Jay (who took the above photographs) writes:

Even the homeless get evicted. In the parking lot (behind Capital One bank!) on Lorimer and Calyer St. Greenpoint.

Greenburg Photo du Jour: McCarren Park

Taken November 15, 2011.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: The Sun King

November 14, 2011 ·
Filed under: Bronx, New York City 

Le Roi Soleil

(Taken by charles le brigand)

Eugene: Mott Haven Bronx

This second portrait was taken by Chris Arnade, who writes:

Eugene was panhandling and drinking outside of a Bodega. Homeless, he sleeps either inside the Bodega or in a shelter. He only drinks beer, “never having done any of that other stuff.” The owner of the store tells me he would “trust Eugene with his life, he is the most loyal man I know.” When I asked Eugene about the crown, he said its to show the world that his parents are with him, souls who live in his heart.

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