From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: What’s Up On Monitor Street?

February 25, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A person we’ll call “G” writes:

I am enjoying you follow the Argentos and their shady dealings. They drive me crazy because they get all of this government money and none of the rules apply to them. Have you noticed that Monitor St between Greenpoint ave and Norman ave is closed? The Argentos are building 7 sound stages on Kingsland Ave which the back is on Monitor. Since last year that street is closed and I cannot see any reason why except that it is being treated like a personal parking lot. Because it is closed the traffic on Greenpoint Avenue gets backed up especially at rush hour. I do not see any signs explaining why it should be closed either.
Have you noticed this?

I cannot honestly say I have. However, I opted to swing by today and see what’s up. Follows is a slideshow of my findings. Enjoy!

In closing, I decided to swing by Luna Lighting (which, as we have learned, was busted by the Business Integrity Commission for operating an illegal trade waste business). The following photo pretty much says it all.

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Streets, sidewalks, who needs them when jobs are being created? Or so it is said by those who have been beneficiaries of the Argento’s largesse. Let this be a reminder folks that the “rules” apply to some folks more than others…

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Gate Sale

September 19, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A very nice lady named Phyllis writes:

Hi Miss Heather:

Hope you can mention or you blog or website that there is a
What: Gate Sale/Flea Market
Date: This Saturday 9/21/13 starting 10:00 AM
Where: Monitor Street between Nassau Ave and Norman Avenue

Done!

In closing, I feel compelled to note a few more things going on this upcoming weekend…

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Kent Street will be having its annual block party.

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Once again: Touch A Truck!

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And on Sunday Dusty Rose Vintage will be hosting an autumn solstice pop-up market!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: McGolrick Park

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Today I decided to avail myself of the sunshine and go for a walk. On a lark I opted to swing by McGolrick and see how things are shaking. As you can see we have a problem.

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We all know manhole plundering is an problem here. But this one is epic in both scope and chutzpah. As it was explained to me by a very sweet, dedicated and frustrated Parks Department employee, the reason for the barricade is one of our more resourceful— and I’d presume STRONG— citizens saw fit to divest this man hole of its cover (so as to sell for scrap at our manifold number of scrap metal establishments). This is why the powers that be have seen fit to weld its replacement in situ.

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As for these benches: I was told local youths have made divesting them of wooden planks is a chronic problem.

Is any of this new fellow Greenpointers? No, it is not. What makes it “news” is the fact this behavior— if merely by benign neglect—  is apparently still allowed to persist.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Enough Already

November 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A lass we’ll call “K” writes:

Hi-

For the last 3 years or so, there has been a recurring issue on Monitor St and enough is enough! Cars parked along Monitor, usually between Greenpoint Ave and Norman, close to the corner of Norman, are repeatedly being broken into. It’s always the same MO, the driver side window is smashed in and whatever loose change or valuables that are in easy reach is stolen. My brother-in-law’s car was hit last night… and it’s actually the second time. I’ve personally seen at least a dozen different cars that have been broken into in the same spot, in the same fashion. According to neighborhood gossip, the culprits are a group of kids that live in the area, only a block or two away. It’s time that the police address this problem. Nightly patrols past the area, better lighting and a security camera installed would go a long way. And if there are witnesses that can identify these kids, how are they still getting away with it?

I’d appreciate it if you could post and bring some attention to the problem.

Thanks!

Unfortunately, there will be no more 94th Precinct Community Council meetings this year (the one scheduled for this month was cancelled due to the nor’easter). However, I have forwarded K’s email to the head of the 94th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Hurson, so he is aware of the situation. In closing this is as good a time as any to remind everyone that regardless of where your vehicle is parked do not leave your valuables in plain sight where would-be thieves can see them. “Smash and grabs”, as they are known, are quite a problem here!

Lost In Greenpoint: Myrtle

October 8, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although I “tweeted” this over the weekend, here it is again.

If any of you have seen Myrtle or know of her whereabouts please contact her people at the above-listed telephone number, email address or web site. She is loved and missed. Thanks!

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Monitor Street

May 31, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken May 30, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Season’s Greetings From Monitor Street

On November 27th, Jay noted:

New access cover on Monitor street. Third replacement this year. There’s still a month left in 2011 for this one to get swiped, too.

This morning, December 22nd, Jay writes:

With just over a week left in 2011 another access cover on monitor street has been swiped. That makes 4? 5? for this year alone. I’ve lost count. Will the next one come gift wrapped?

Since we Greenpointers have by and large been a good lot, perhaps Santa and his elves will see fit to give us a new one? My advice is as follows: Monitor Street residents leave a plate of milk and cookies next to this pilfered man hole come December 24th. (Hey, a little bribery never hurt!) In the meantime I would like to humbly recommend the following to our fair city:

  1. Some attempt at policing the scrap metal businesses (which are clearly purchasing these stolen goods) be made.
  2. These access covers be fashioned out of a material (plastic perhaps?) which render them non-lucrative to sell.

In closing, I will leave you with some more handiwork of our local entrepreneurs courtesy of a lass named Robin.

She writes:

Hey heather ,
Here are some pix of missing covers. one is on Withers St. by Graham the other 2 are right across the street from Scrap It Up, on Maspeth and Morgan where all the guys go with their shopping carts full of “scrap”. It was too dark when I past but you should check out the naked fire hydraint out in front, LOL.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Replaced!

Jay writes:

New access cover on Monitor street. Third replacement this year. There’s still a month left in 2011 for this one to get swiped, too.

Closing on a related note, yours truly recently went on a sojourn in Maspeth. Follows is a revue of my findings from Grand Avenue between 57th Street and 47th Street. Enjoy!

For those of you who are keeping count this tops the number of plundered man holes gracing our very own McGuinness Boulevard (the previous record holder at 12).

Mazel Tov, Maspeth!

P.S.: If it is any consolation to us north Brooklynites, the plaque gracing the King’s Country end of the Grand Avenue/Street Bridge has been “liberated”.

Special thanks goes out to Brooklyn Imbecile, my traveling companion for the day, for allowing me to post the above two photos. Thanks!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Missing On Monitor

November 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Jay (who took the above photograph) writes:

Saw your post yesterday regarding removal of street covers (or whatever they’re called) by metal scrappers. This hole on monitor has appeared not once but three times over the past year thanks to the practice of selling ‘scrap’ for $. My question is why are the scrap metal dealers taking a variety of objects that are obviously NOT scrap? I’m sure you’ve seen the memorials that have been stripped of bronze plaques. I won’t even get in to the copper wire thief who started the Great Greenpoint Terminal fire of ’06. That’s a whole ‘nother ball of molten metal.

The culpability (or not) of the man charged for starting our (not so) little barbecue aside, Jay makes a good point: these items would not be stolen (and resold) if someone wasn’t buying them. Then the becomes question is who— and what do we do about it?

REMINDER: Update On Nassau Avenue Construction Project

April 24, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although I have already posted this item I feel behooved to remind everyone this upcoming Tuesday, April 27, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m. there will be a meeting regarding the proposed upgrades on Nassau Avenue and the surrounding environs. Yes, this includes Monitor Street. A presentation by the Department of Design and Construction is promised. Check it out!

Presentatation by the NYC Department of Design & Construction regarding the Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Project
April 26, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m.
St. Cecilia’s Church Gymnasium
84 Herbert Street (entrance at 24 North Henry Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

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