Today Is Not Only Friday…

it is also the birthday of one of my favorite Greenpoint notables: Jozef! Here he is representing in front of the local “Crunch Fitness” (who has been kind enough to give him some swag).

Jozef will be doing his annual (and per last*) birthday celebration at the Polka Dot Cafe. I do not recall the exact date/time, but Sunday between noon and 4:00 pm is a pretty safe guess. I’ll update with exact details when I get them.

For those of you who are not aware of artistry/whimsy this fellow gives back to community (which I suspect are many nowadays), I offer you this: my personal favorite. It is one of many over the years, I assure you. This fellow is a treasure.

Happy Birthday Jozef!

*No suicide alert here. He’ll continue celebrating his name day. Like many of us, I suspect, birthdays get old after awhile.

And Now Something Different

As a general rule I refrain from lifting material verbatim from social media. However there are occasions when I make an exception. This is one of them. I can honestly say in my twenty years here I never made the connection— and given the robust aroma of the community today it is very apropos.

At a glance the Shit Tits would be where Cornholio’s brain would be. Perfect. There really isn’t anything about this that isn’t spot-on. I give Mr. Gamboa’s analysis two thumbs up. Let’s just hope the real estate industry doesn’t try to invent “CoHo”.

The Word On The Street: F.D.C.

I happened upon this missive today while going to lunch with a friend. A friend with whom I talked about my interview at the Civilian Complaint Review Board (replete in all its disgusting detail). Needless to say I found the timing interesting. As I did seeing the C.O. of the 94th himself a short time thereafter. I refrained from pointing this out to him. I think he is quite aware there is a vandalism and community relations problem in this here. Call it a hunch.

Coming to Assembly District 50: Emily Gallagher

Ms. Gallagher writes:

Dear friends and family,

It’s official!

I’m really doing it.  After 13 years of learning from the best activists and advocates in our community, I’m running for New York State Assembly

When I came to New York City in 2006, I worked three jobs and slept on the floor of a shared 5 person apartment, thanks to my very generous friend, Sarah.  Since then, I worked my way through– and I’ve learned through action and experience. I am a regular person and I’ve struggled in the average New York City way, and together alongside my community, I’ve been able to find my bearings time and again. It’s now time for me to take what I’ve learned from this community and use it to our greater benefit. I believe that New York should be a beacon of progressive action, with North Brooklyn leading the charge.  I want to see more mobilization on environmental justice, climate resilence, gender & racial equity, safe streets, housing and healthcare for all.  I want to push us towards meaningful reforms at school, at work and at the polls. I’ve lived in this state nearly my entire life, and I love it deeply.  I believe we can be better, and I am willing to work for it. To do this I am going to need your support.  We have always been a team, and this year will be no exception.  I’d love for you become a stakeholder in my campaign, and on September 23rd, when we launch, I want you beside me.  Please bring a friend, join our team and attend! You can RSVP by donating HERE! No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but I guarantee you in this race we will need every penny you can spare. This email is a sneak peak– our campaign goes LIVE on the 23rd. You’re the first to know! When we get to launch day, I’ll share with you our new social channels so you can follow along! We have a great, educational campaign planned.

Much love to you,

Emily PS– If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation to help get us started!   You can even set up a recurring contribution! 

So there have you.

Word On The Street: Keep NYC Clean…

Taken September 19, 2019.

The Word On The Street: Special Huron Street Edition

An actual conversation in this household today:

Me: I just saw something interesting.
The Mister: (?)
Me: You know the Construction Fence of Infamy?
The Mister: (nods)
Me: Well it not only has new ads on it, but one has been annotated.

The Mister: So are the police going to come beating down our door?
Me: (shrugs*)

*NOTE: I did not do this. However whoever did did so after I ran one set of errands early this afternoon but before 6:00 PM. In other words, in broad daylight.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Clay Street

September 16, 2019 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 
Taken September 15th, 2019.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Mission Accomplished

Not much to explain here. Taken September 16th, 2019.

Greenpoint Street Seating Du Jour: Street Potato

While walking around the neighborhood yesterday I happened upon this behemoth specimen. I call it the Green Street Street Spud (for obvious reasons).

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: An Ode To Ash

This evening while running errands I caught my favorite bodega cat, Ash, in a rather compromising position.

However, Ash is a good sport about these things provided she gets rubbins. She knows I am a trusty provider too. They always know.

As I was lavishing attention upon her, one girl appeared at the door. Naturally Ash, being not just a loss prevention expert but also the ambassador of this establishment, obliged her.

Then two girls appeared.

Then three.

Ash then proceeded to demonstrate her skillz on the nearby Wall of Beer. Much to her peril, as it proved.

Those two packs of beer at far right almost toppled over. I caught them. This sent her youngest admirer into pealing fits of laughter. I did not just save Ash’s dignity, but I probably saved an aficionado of Zywiec and Lomza from opening a can of beer and having it spray in his face. That shit is for DRINKING. Two counts of dignity, saved.

But enough about me. Or beer.

This post is for you, Ash. The joy you give patrons of this establishment, children foremost among them, even melts the cockles of my heart. I’m sure the parents of the aforementioned children would concur, despite the exasperation of having to collect their them from partaking of your charms (which happened tonight). Ash, you are a loved, cherished member of the community.

Just keep away from the Wall of Beer, okay?

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