The Word On The Street: Special North Brooklyn Development Edition

Baggie haul August 22 2015 39 total nys

Many of you have undoubtedly noticed that I have not been terribly prolific on the blog. This should not be construed as a lack of interest in the affairs of this community (or this city in overall). Quite to the contrary: I have been quite busy. About a month ago I had a revelation: why not tap into what is the Garden Spot’s most renewable resource? This, of course, is garbage.

Think about it, gentle readers: litter is not only free but by making regular “collection” runs I am, albeit in a small way, making this community a cleaner place. What’s more, by (tongue firmly in cheek) “up-purposing” Greenpoint garbage I am raising awareness about the problem here. And we most assuredly have a problem.

Presently my focus is on drug baggies. These, as I have discovered, come in an array of colors and designs. The working plan is to fill the following 5 1/2 inch diameter snow globe with them.

Taste the rainbow! nys

The working title for this piece is “Taste the Rainbow” (for obvious reasons).

Taste the rainbow top view nys

Playgroudn rules WNYC Transmitter Park nysAs you can see it is still in progress. Very pretty if I may say so myself! Over the last month I have acquired no less than 181 182 baggies. These were “sourced” exclusively in Greenpoint/11222. I felt parameters needed to be established. What’s more, Williamsburg probably would have proved to be too easy. But I digress.

This project has led to a number of fascinating discoveries. For starters, most of the baggies I have found were discarded (and presumably consumed) in our public parks. I have long suspected this was/is the case— now I have some numbers to back it up. Playgrounds are not spared either. The item to the left was found in the playground at WNYC Transmitter Park. I also found five on the premises of the Vincent V. Abate Playground. One specimen had the Superman logo emblazoned on it. Regardless of one’s position on the “war on drugs” you gotta appreciate that kind of wiseassedness.

Magic carpet ride 2 cropped nys

This piece’s working title is “Magic Carpet Ride”.

Magic Carpet ride cropped nys

The other location I have found a significant number of baggies is development sites. Especially those which are stalled and/or sport sidewalk sheds. Sidewalk sheds = privacy. Makes sense. Drug paraphernalia is not the only thing I have found at them, hence the (ostensible) purpose of this post. I have spied a few sullen utterances of revolt scrawl on them during my rounds. I am not the least bit surprised by this. Follows is a curated selection of those I found especially compelling and/or entertaining. Enjoy!

1. India Street

India Street Screed nys

This one is somewhat indecipherable but the rage come across nonetheless.

2. 26 West Street

26 West Street nys

NO FUTURE nys

Yuppie Shelter nys

There are not less than three churlish missives on this one. Two are plainly visible. Follows is the third one. It is located to the left of “No Future”.

Bunch of fucking losers live here nys

And last, but hardly least…

3. Orient Avenue at Olive Street

Orient Avenue 1 nys

As you can see this property had been served a Stop Work Order. Let’s go in for a closer look!

Orient Avenue 2 nys

Great stop more of these bastards.

If the Department of Buildings is paying attention someone is very appreciative of your work. Happy Monday!

The Word On The Street: Olive Street Consolation

Olive Street Consolation nys

Taken August 22, 2015.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Impede

August 5, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11249, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Impede

Taken by Jonathan Percy.

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: North 10 Street

August 3, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11249, Gentrification, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

williamsburg is dead long live williamsburg nys

The things one sees in Williamsburg nowadays. For those of you who may not be in the know, the area around where this photos was taken (91 North 10 Street) is, depending on one’s point of view,  either glorified pile of rubble or one giant construction site. This being August it is hot, quite dusty and of course: very loud. So you can imagine my surprise when I walked around the corner of Wythe Avenue onto North 10 Street nice and early this morning and stumbled upon this vision: a woman, tuned out and coffee in tow, meditating. In the background is (or at least was) Vice magazine’s office. To the right, yet another yuppie farm in progress. Need I write anything more? No, I think not.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Community Board 1 Brooklyn SLA Committee Meeting

Agenda SLA Committee CB1 BK 8 2015 nys

In all my years of authoring this site, I do not recall there ever being a meeting of any kind conducted by our local Community Board in the summer. I guess there’s a first time for everything. As you can see, gentle readers, the SLA Committee has quite a hefty agenda on their plate!

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Lost

July 18, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Lost on Metropolitan NYS

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Urban Fur: Kent Avenue

July 18, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11249, Urban Fur, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

The Worlds Saddest Dog Kent Avenue Edition NYS

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado I present the world’s saddest face as sported by the world’s saddest dog.

(Taken July 17, 2015.)

Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: Waiting

April 25, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11211, Crosstown Local, Subway, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Waiting For The G nys

Today yours truly sojourned around parts Greenpoint, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. My “ride” was, of course, the good ol’ Crosstown Local. The G train. My “commute” was surprisingly, disquietingly trouble free. As you can see in the above photo (taken around 5:30 this afternoon at the Metropolitan Avenue stop— and is much better appreciated/viewed in larger format) others— many others— were not so lucky. The entire platform looked like this. Good times.

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Wythe Avenue

April 22, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11249, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Wythe Avenue nys

Taken April 22, 2015.

The Word On The Street: North 12 Street

April 22, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11249, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

North 12 Street nys

Taken April 22, 2015.