Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Vito Rises

It would appear our Community Board Chair’s run against Lincoln Restler for 50th District Democratic Male Leader has not gone unnoticed by some mischievous soul. Sadly (but not surprisingly) the flier gracing the corner of Green Street and Manhattan Avenue (as seen above) has since been removed.

No worries, someone has seen fit to carpet bomb the bejeezus out of West Street with them!

Go see for yourself, they’re a HOOT!

UPDATE, April 17th, 2012: This person has been VERY busy indeed!

Greenpoint Avenue between West and Franklin Street.

India Street between Franklin and West Street.

India at West Street.

Along the India Street Mural.

Entrance to the India Street Pier.

 

New York Shitty Day Starter: Should We Stay Or Should We Go?

A commenter, hav, writes on March 29, 2012 (regarding this post about 239 Banker Street):

non-surprisingly someone decided to complain to the DOB which ordered the building to vacate yesterday. As of today there are some interesting developments but nothing solidified yet. It is however looking like the building has a strong possibility of getting covered by the NYC Loft Law which will protect tenants from being vacated.

Here’s the deal: while complaints have been placed, this building has most assuredly NOT been vacated. I know this because I saw another person move in March 30th. His (or her) personal effects included the box at top left.

Nonetheless, I perused the Department of Buildings Building Information System anyway.

Nary a Vacate Order was to be found— but there are plenty of complaints!

Let’s go to the latest: 3407084

So now we have to look at Complaint #3403837 for “closure”.

Hmm.

Given all the previous, I find the following missive (as found on the Broadway stop of the G train and thus out of the 33rd City Council District’s— and 239 Banker Street’s— jurisdiction) fascinating to say the least:

Those of you who have questions (as I do) as to why 239 Banker Street has, once again, been allowed to be illegally employed as residential property despite this— or simply have questions about the loft law should make it a point to attend. Be sure to ask our City Councilman why he is conducting a “loft law” workshop outside his own district while you’re at there!

Panel Discussion on the State of the Loft Law
Co-Conductors: Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Steve Levin, City Councilman, 33rd District (which includes 239 Banker Street)
Invited guests: The Department of Buildings & New York City Loft Board
Date: April 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of Pompeii, Community Room
225 Seigel Street
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Otherwise those who find all the previous disconcerting can send Mr. Levin an email via his web page.

From The New York Times: Vindication…

(Or at least proof)

The ‘Burgificaction’ of McCarren Park pisses me off in a big, BIG way. I was reminded of this yesterday. So as to clear up any confusion as to the provenance of the McCarren Park Pool I offer you this: an article from the August 1, 1936 edition of the New York Times. Our city’s ostensible newspaper of record.

Political bosses in Brooklyn are a dime a dozen. History (thankfully) forgets most of them— but not the  “Prince of Garden Spot of The World” AKA: Peter J. McGuinness! A well known (if reviled) thoroughfare hereabouts bears his name. If it wasn’t for Mr. McGuinness’s chicanery, political savvy* and charm Williamsburgers wouldn’t have a pool in which to party (or piss).

In, I repeat,

Greenpoint

Miss Heather

P.S.: How can you not love a guy who says this (about a brief sojourn in “the south”):

I don’t like that Jim Crow they got or their goddam white crow either.

*His career survived the Seabury hearings.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Rage Against The Machine

Today’s the big day kids.

We, the people, get to choose between a jackass and an elephant plutocrat for mayor.

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The 34th City Council district has an incumbent running against a puppet of her former mentor: the inimitable Vito Lopez.

Behold, the Davilamobile! As witnessed by yours truly yesterday on the Southside.

As the 33rd, well, we have this guy:

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Steve Levin. Another Lopez puppet.

Here’s a letter the Mister and I received from Mr. Levin last weekend.

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When I searched the Gotham Gazette’s voter guide yesterday to learn what alternatives I had to Levin I got this:

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NO SHIT.

But if this is to be believed there will be someone running against Levin. Those of you who wish to vote in protest to Vito’s influence over/strong-arming our community might want to vote for Ms. Tretter.

Yes, this election will be tantamount to getting a colo-rectal exam: it sucks like hell, but you know you should do it.

You can do it

You can do it, New York Shitty!

Miss Heather

P.S.: The lack of effective opposition against Levin (and my own ego and hubris) in this 33rd City Council race makes me feel behooved to run against him (and Vito) next time around.

My preliminary platform/platitudes are as follows:

  • I have lived in Greenpoint/33rd District longer than Levin.
  • You could choose worse.
  • I give a shit.

Unlike career/machine politicians I will not promise anything I cannot deliver.

Vito Lopez Has Won…

September 15, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

FLYMONKIESFLY …or would that be Steve Levin? Vito’s monkeys were in effect yesterday evening in Greenpoint. At the subway exit on India Street, immediately outside Mary D’s Senior Center at 80 Dupont Street. When the Mister reminded them of the 100 foot rule they were defiant and obnoxious— but moved. They took to canvassing the local liquor stores instead. Fly monkeys, fly!

Per Brooklyn11211:

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The carpetbagger from Bushwick seems to have won the nomination for the Democratic ticket for the City Council seat for the 33rd District.  Lucky us. Vito has been screwing Greenpoint and Williamsburg for years; perhaps now Levin will kiss us first? I doubt it.

Miss Heather

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