The Word On The Street: Manhattan Avenue

Taken September 1st, 2019

And Now This

August 30, 2019 ·
Filed under: Fuck This Shit, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, NYPD, WTF 

Since my engagement at the 94th Precinct a few things have happened:

1. My attorney sent the Commanding Officer of the 94th a letter. Sex toys are mentioned! He has received no response inasmuch as I can tell.

2. Yesterday just after 6:00 pm I received the above voicemail which I have been generous to scrub the last four digits of the caller’s number.

The deal is this: if I do not know who is calling, I do not answer. There are very sound precedents for this, my, policy too:

1. I have been assigned phone numbers one digit off the from the Bronx Medicaid Office and a travel agency. You think those phones stop ringing after the office closes? Think again.

2. I have been assigned a phone number which clearly belonged to someone incarcerated at Rikers. This in and of itself is not problematic. Rather, the callers were. Folks owing money. Folks owed money. And one woman accusing the guy of giving her a disease. And I was accused of covering for this guy. Good times.

3. I own my time. If I do not want to talk, I am not going to. To anyone. It really is that simple.

ANYWAY

Eventually I did notice a voicemail. After a couple of listens and consulting Google I began to understand what is being proposed. Very simply put, Project Reset is the handiwork of the Osborne Association and these folks are acting on the behalf of the NYPD and District Attorney’s Office.

What are they offering? This is where it gets fun. Basically I am to sit down with one of their personnel (who, once again, are agents of the FDNY/DA’s office) and admit guilt to what I have been accused of. It goes without saying this bypasses an attorney/legal representation but I am tossing this out anyway. Then I take a two hour workshop and the matter is dropped. The DA will not prosecute.

The thing is this:

1. I DO have an attorney (and I have referred this nonsense to him).

2. Why should I confess to something if I did NOT break the law? The officer’s interpretation of the graffiti law was— how shall we say— “creative”? When you get down to it, my real crime was not giving these jerks the fear or respect to which they felt entitled.

You know, being a bitch. Being a bitch is not a crime; it is a survival mechanism. ESPECIALLY in New York City.

3. Now let’s consider that the police did, in fact, commit a crime. They deleted photos of the arresting officers from my phone. This is not some arcane law, it is called the Fourth Amendment. So can they avail themselves of Project Reset too?

Seriously folks.

If the Brooklyn DA’s Office or the 94th/NYPD need to talk, they can direct their correspondance to my attorney. He’s Ron fucking Kuby for fuck’s sake.

It ain’t hard to find his number.

P.S.: Once again for the folks in the back. This is all over snarky feminist comments placed on sex toy advertisements. Illegally posted sex toy advertisements on a construction fence. From a company that is suing the MTA because they will not run their femivertising. I did ask Dame via Twitter if these posters were theirs and if so if they had permission to post them from the owner of the property. I never got an answer.  Best of all, it has been brought to my attention that this is not the first time the NYPD/94 have tried to pull a sketchy “graffiti” arrest. This woman was offered a deal. She rejected it, got the case tossed, sued and got a settlement. Cheers!

Live From Huron Street

August 22, 2019 ·
Filed under: 11221, Fuck This Shit, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

As I suspected, after last night’s storm the Dame sex toy ads are showing signs of distress. This is of course because they are wheat pasted paper affixed onto a construction fence.

I have asked Dame if these advertisements are theirs and if they had permission to post them on this fence. So far, radio silence.

Once again, the NYS code for graffiti:

S 145.60 Making graffiti.

  1. For purposes of this section, the term “graffiti” shall mean the etching, painting, covering, drawing upon or otherwise placing of a mark upon public or private property with intent to damage such property.
  2. No person shall make graffiti of any type on any building, public or private, or any other property real or personal owned by any person, firm or corporation or any public agency or instrumentality, without the express permission of the owner or operator of said property.
    Making graffiti is a class A misdemeanor. — ypd.com

If Dame ain’t claiming this as theirs or stating they had permission to post these advertisements on the fence in question, why does the 94th care?

Simple answer: they enforce/obey the law how they see fit. As such, I am arrested on a very tenuous charge at best— and the police later violate the law by trying to delete photos from my phone while it was in their custody. Tried.

What Not To Do This Weekend

August 20, 2019 ·
Filed under: 11222, Asshole, Fuck This Shit, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn 

UPDATE, 8/21/19: From a buddy of mine who contacted The Warsaw. Here what he had to say:

I just received a statement from The Polish National Home . The Polish National Home and Warsaw does not share the views that this man is talking about and that this event was advertised without our consent. CANCELLED!

If you all are looking for something to do this weekend, I would kindly like to recommend inquiring of the Warsaw why they provide a platform for holocaust deniers.* Yes, not only is this fellow a holocaust denier but he is the second one the Warsaw has provided a forum to this summer.

To get the full rundown as to what’s up with his dude, I strongly recommend you go to this Twitter string by Venture Communist and give it a read. Among other things, this fellow has been banned from YouTube for hate speech, believes Elie Wiesel is a fraud; believes Jews were active collaborators with the Nazis in the Holocaust and much, much more. Trust me folks, you will come away disgusted.

*Be sure to mention Marek, the manager. He handles the music side. He is apparently who is bringing these CHUDs in.

Rape Crisis Advocate Training

This was kicked to by my pal Deborah who was the woman/brains behind the Safe Ride Home Act. For those who may be interested, next month there will be training sessions for being a Rape Crisis Advocate at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Spread the word!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Huron Street

When is a stripped, abandoned car that’s been left on the street for over a month not a stripped, abandoned car that’s been left on the street for over a month?

When it is called art! Note this is located across the from the defaced sex toy ads of infamy. You know folks, priorities.

UPDATE, 8/21/19, 2:54 PM: I have received word this hilarious item has been removed. I went out and checked personally and IT WAS! See folks:

  1. If you make an abandoned car art, the police will remove it.
  2. Shaming WORKS!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Signs of the Times

The neighborhood sure is getting fancy. Of course there still is plenty of “wiggle room” for the properly motivated person to “act out”. Head down to Freeman Street by the Shit Tits and knock yourselves out fellow reprobates. Tell ’em Heather sent you.

XO

(Taken February 3, 2018)

Today At The Manhattan Avenue Kayak Launch: Four Years

It was four years ago to this day that a motor vehicle crashed through the guardrail gracing the Manhattan Avenue Kayak Launch. In the elapsing time this has not been repaired. I felt a “celebration” of sorts was in order and so it came to pass. Follows is footage I shot. Enjoy!

Part I: Introduction

Part II: Introduction/”Never Forget”

Part III: Fellow Greenpointers/Parks Users Weigh In

Part IV: Fellow Greenpointers/Parks Users Weigh In, Cont’d

Part V: Balloons!

Part VI/”Blooper”: The “4” Balloon Pops!

Next up: Jerzy Popieluszko Square!

Heidi’s Recovery Fund

Please take a moment to read Heidi’s story (of which the above screencaps are an excerpt), donate if you can and please spread the word. She really needs our help. As is the case with many people nowadays unfortunately, she stands to lose weeks of wages and is not insured so this accident (which is in and of itself traumatic enough) stands to be financially catastrophic to Heidi. Thank you for your time.

P.S.: Since we are on the subject of the intersection of India Street and Manhattan Avenue, I would like to present the following which I wrote fairly recently on this site (in regards to an email from the Department of Transportation regarding the “Manhattan Avenue Parking Spot of Death”, specifically some “Vision Zero” nonsense tacked onto said email):

Let’s consider pedestrian safety on the block in question. If “traffic enforcement” took the time/effort to, say, hang out at the intersection of India Street and Manhattan Avenue and ticket each and every motorist and bicyclist who blew through through the traffic signals located there they would make a tidy sum. They would also actually be doing something which does facilitate safer streets for pedestrians. But it is much easier to go after the long-hanging fruit of people parking in an ambiguously marketed parking space.

I wrote this on April 17, 2017. This accident came to pass May 10, 2017. Are the Department of Transportation and NYPD Traffic paying attention?

A Manhattan Avenue Park Spot Of Death Update: “Fixed”

April 18, 2017 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This is what I was greeted with bright and early this morning. Per a witness, the Department of Transportation showed up at midnight so as to do this. They made a lot of noise too. In any case, here’s to not having to watch some unfortunate soul’s car getting towed, folks yelling at traffic enforcement agents upon discovering they have been ticketed, etc.

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