From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: What’s Up At 400 McGuinness?

April 11, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Apparently a new floor, per the person who saw fit to copy me on the following email (which included the General Manager of Community Board 1, among others). She writes:

Rebars are being placed on top of 400 McGuiness Blvd. Are they building upward? Does anyone know?

Naturally I was very curious about this, so I did three things:

1. I checked Google Maps so as to ascertain what the roof-line of this complex looked like “pre-rebar”.

I have indicated the work site in question in yellow. As you can see the western part of 400 McGuinness sports an additional floor. The area highlighted does not. Which brings me to…

2. See this for myself.

A new floor has been added and a means of egress/ingress (as highlighted above) leads from the original structure to its new neighbor. In addition, all the entrances save one on Clay Street and one on McGuinness Boulevard have been replaced with windows.

One such former entrance was where this intercom system (which they have inexplicably seen fit not to remove) is located.

And of course here is a shot of the rebar in question— along with a new HVAC unit. Which, in turn, brings me to…

3. Is this legal?

At a cursory search, I honestly cannot tell. Thus I have requested a disinterested party “in the know” about such matters to tender his/her take.

To be continued…

P.S.: On the way to 400 McGuinness Boulevard I noted a few items of interest on Box Street:

The on-going work of art that is 62 Box Street is for sale. Exclusively no less.

And the Box House Hotel is keeping up appearances.

Spotted At 331 Greene Avenue: (Words Fail Me, Pictures Aren’t Much Better)

April 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11205, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Bloomblight, Street Justice 

While I and my walking companion du jour, a really amazing man named Dennis*, took in these missives a number of passerby and even motorists paused to take note. As you can see this fellow (?) has a lot on his mind.


*Who was recently the subject of a pretty good article in the New York Times’s City Room. Do give it a read!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Stolen

The derelict construction site on Dupont Street (which some of you might recall was the site of a suicide several years ago) is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving. A lass named Laura writes (of the above photographs):

The word on the block is that the tires from this car were robbed last night. The thieves used the blocks from the 141 Dupont St. construction site to lift the car up.

New York Shitty Photos du Jour: India Street Pier

Yesterday while patronizing our ferry I noticed the India Street Pier had acquired some added-value. Unfortunately, this does not include those promised benches.

Not that this fazed this fellow much, mind you. He was having a great time!

New York Shitty Day Ender: Box Street

January 8, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken January 7, 2012.

The Word On The Street: From Hooper Street With Love

Taken November 14, 2011.

The Word On The Street: Special Bloomblight Edition

As is frequently the case, the story behind taking the above photo is as interesting— probably more so— than the image itself. Thus I will share it here and now. Enjoy!

Shortly after noting this rather piquant observation a man from a car called out to me. I could not make out what he was saying, so I walked over.

Are you shooting this for magazine?

He inquired. To wit I answered:

In a manner of speaking, yes. I am going to post it on my web site.

This construction fence appears to have become an evolving art-installation”, I added, “and this is probably the only thing this site has going for it. I’d wager if you looked behind that fence you’d be up to your ears in rats.

I opined. My new friend concurred, stepped out of his car (so as to better view said art— liking it, he took a photograph), and introduced himself. His name was Juan and as serendipity would have it, he happens to work for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was sent to this piece of Bloomblight (my terminology, not his) because they have received complaints about rats. I assured him any and all complaints were quite well-founded. Then a third party joined our party: a chap driving a rather large sport utility vehicle.

Do you know of a hotel around here?

he asked.

Which one?

I replied.

There is more than one hotel here?

He asked incredulously.

Of course there is! Didn’t you know (pointing at the Pulaski Bridge) that THIS is the new Gold Coast?

My new friend looked at me like I am insane. This may very well be true— but so is the fact that North ‘Point is home to no less than two hotels (albeit targeting vastly different demographics). Nonetheless, I felt compelled to clarify anyway:

That was sarcasm. I’m guessing you mean our new luxury hotel. (pointing to 77 Box Street) This can be found right over there.

Are you serious?

He sputtered.

Most assuredly. If you look to left of the front door you will find a sign reading “Box House Hotel“.

At this point he is once again speechless, so I continued:

The hotel proper is located on top of said building. It has some rather stunning views of the Pulaski Bridge.

Having regained his composure, he thanked me and went on his way. I turned to Juan and said:

People used to reside in those apartments above 77 Box Street. Then the landlord raised the rent, got them out and opened a “hotel”. I shit you not their penthouse “suite” goes for $5,000 a month.

At this point it was Juan’s turn to be incredulous and time for me to go on my merry way. Approximately 30 minutes later I bumped into Juan again on West Street.

Still on rat patrol?

I inquired. Juan answered to the affirmative and added he was checking all the abandoned/stalled construction sites on this thoroughfare for evidence of rats. I commented that there was plenty to give him busy on here. We proceeded to review various sites and compare their varying states of decay/neglect. Upon the conclusion of this discussion I told Juan (once again) it was pleasure meeting him and “good luck”. And with a smile, he drove to his next “assignment”.

It just goes to show that Bloomberg and his grand scheme for this city has, in fact, resulted in job creation.

For individuals whose specialty is inspecting derelict construction sites for detritus and rats, that is.

This one’s for you, Juan. You are an absolute prince. Keep up the good work!


Greenpoint Photos du Jour: A Huron Street PSA

Taken November 4, 2011.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Glass Houses

October 10, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Clay Street.

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: A North 5 Street PSA

Taken September 29, 2011.

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