Bushwick Photo du Jour: Menahan Street

March 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11221, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn 

Taken March 25, 2011.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Spelling It Out

March 2, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11221, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, The Word On The Street 

From Broadway.

Miss Heather

Bushwick Photos du Jour: Broadway

March 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11221, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn 

After taking the above photographs this chap gave me his card. You can get the 411 on what he is up to (admit it: you are just curious as I was!) by clicking here.

Miss Heather

Bushwick Photo Du Jour: Green Thumb!

September 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11221, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn 

This moment of community pride comes courtesy of Linden Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Defend Greenthumb Gardens!

August 5, 2010 ·
Filed under: 10002, 10003, 10009, 10012, 11101, 11104, 11201, 11205, 11206, 11211, 11215, 11216, 11217, 11221, 11222, 11231, 11237, 11372 

This item comes from a fellow flower lover in north Brooklyn. She writes:

The agreement between the City of NY and the NY State Attorney General that has been protecting community gardens for the past 8 years is set to expire in September.

The City of NY recently published Proposed Rules for community gardens under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development.

The AG’s agreement referred to itself as a “protocol for preservation and development of GreenThumb gardens” —  some community gardens were given up for development, some were “subject to development” and 198 community gardens were “offered to the Parks Department or land trusts for preservation as community gardens or open space.”

The word “preservation” appears nowhere in the proposed rules. In a nutshell, the rules essentially make new NYC community gardens not owned by land trusts or Parks subject to development after a review process.

This is a sea change for community gardeners. Though the city has said they do not intend to develop community garden sites, this is little consolation for gardeners who fear the protections that allowed their community gardens to thrive for the past 8 years are being stripped away.

Green Guerillas has been supporting the untiring efforts of the NYC Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) as they have negotiated with the city, mobilized community gardeners, and made a strong case for why community gardens can and should be preserved.

Green Guerillas also mailed out 550 copies of the rules to community garden groups across the city and co-sponsored with NYCCGC an information session to help community gardeners understand the issues so they can mobilize support in their neighborhoods.

We could make an emotional appeal for why you should voice your support for preserving community gardens, but we would not do a better job than the New York Times – read their editorial HERE.

What can you do?

…Attend the upcoming public hearing: The city will be holding a public hearing on August 10th at 11 AM at the Chelsea Recreation Center at 430 W. 25th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) – closest trains are the C, E at 23rd Street or A at 34th Street. (To testify, you must notify Associate Counsel, Ms. Laura LaVelle at the Arsenal via telephone at (212) 360-1335 or e-mail at laura.lavelle@parks.nyc.gov by August 9, 2010.)

View and comment on the rules on the City of NY website HERE.

If you prefer to put pen (or ink cartridge) to paper, submit comments to General Counsel, Mr. Alessandro G. Olivieri, Department of Parks and Recreation, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065.

Call 311 and tell them you would like to comment on the Proposed Park Rules as published in The City Record.

As arduous and boring as this legalese is you should read it. Especially this passage:

Given tour Parks Person (and “Open Space Advocate”) has seemingly seen fit to obstruct Nick’s Garden/Red Gate Garden’s Greenthumb paperwork it makes one wonder who she’s serving. Is it the people using said parks? I think not.

The dead tree that graces the beginning of this post is a testament to her folly. It was one of the many trees planted by the Boy Scouts of America last April at her behest and due to neglect (no watering) and poor placement (being pissed on by humans and canines) died. They since have been removed. I suppose our “Parks Person” finds “carpet-bagging” concerts and fund-raisers more compelling?  I can’t blame her. She has no public administration or horticultural knowledge at all. She formerly hails from Wall Street. It”s all about the money.

Which is, I can assure you, what this revision of the Greenthumb rules is about. Cashing in.

Miss Heather



New York Shitty Day Ender: Free Enterprise

Taken August 4, 2010.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Eyes

July 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11221, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Wythe Avenue.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: The Calm Before The Feast

July 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11221, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This image hails form Havemeyer Street and comes courtesy of Luna Park. Lovely capture!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Hector

July 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, 11221, 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, Street Art 

Taken by entropymedia.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Slide Show Du Jour: Bushwick Selections

June 28, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, 11221, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn 

Without further ado here is a slide show of highlights from yesterday’s Forgotten New York tour of Bushwick. Enjoy!

Miss Heather

P.S.: You can view this slide show in larger format by clicking here.

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