From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Door

November 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City, Queens 


Taken By WarmSleepy.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part IV: Help Orlando

November 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City, Queens 


Charles Le Brigand (AKA: Stephane Missier, whose coverage of the devastation in the Rockaways in the wake of Sandy has been nothing short of phenomenal) writes:

I was taking pictures in The Rockaways last Saturday when I met Orlando. Orlando Fernandez lost everything in the fire that took place after Hurricane Sandy tore through The Rockaways. The blaze destroyed an entire block on Rockaway Beach Blvd and burned down the apartment where Orlando was living with his wife and his two young daughters. He was renting a two bedroom apartment above a laundromat for the past 9 years. Rockaway “era un lugar hermoso, a beautiful place to live” before “Sandy came and destroyed everything” he said.

Orlando was standing stoic amongst the ruins of his vanished shelter pointing at his burnt belongings. “I am tired of crying, I don’t have tears anymore”, he said before picking-up his daughter’s coloring books.

“The city should have shut down the power” to avoid the flames; “firefighters did not arrived on time to save the building because of the flooding” he said. Sandy took away “my whole life, my wedding’s pictures, everything”.

Orlando and his family are safe and sound and dry and are living with a friend in Jackson Heights temporarily. But to this date, Orlando has no news from the owner of his house nor news from the insurance company.

Orlando NEEDS our help!
If you want to donate money, please visit the fundrazr page
If you want to donate blankets, clothes, food, water, milk for his daughters please contact me at

You can also help by sharing or tweeting his story.

Thank you.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Rhyming Couplet

November 5, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City, Queens 

U Loot - We Shoot

Taken by Charles Le Brigand.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Stars & Stripes

November 4, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City, Queens 


Charles Le Brigand (who took the above photograph) writes:

I went to the Rockaways in Queens yesterday. I have no words to describe what I saw. I have posted more pictures of the surreal scenery that hurricane Sandy’s left behind on my blog :

G Is For…

Gee, where the hell is it?

The above-depicted is a map the MTA has issued apprising its patrons of subway service slated to be restored tomorrow, November 1st, 2012. As you can see our beloved Crosstown Local is, um, MIA. Or would that be MII (Missing In Inaction)? In any case, those of you who have been enjoying a furlough from your daily commute (and want to forward it to your supervisors) can grab the link for this map by clicking here.*

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Here’s a Service Alert from the ever awesome Chair of Community Board 1’s Transportation Committee.

Thanks Willie!

UPDATE, 11:32 p.m.: I cannot believe I forgot that the East River Ferry will be resuming service tomorrow as well! You can view their schedule by clicking here.


*Props go out to the incomparable Bitchcakes for bringing this to my attention. Thanks!

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: From The Citizens Committee For New York City

Right now there are many New Yorkers who could use a helping hand— and plenty of good Samaritans who would like to do just that: help their neighbors in their time of need. For these reasons I was absolutely delighted to receive the above missive from the Citizens Committee for New York City this afternoon! Those of you who have questions (or simply want more information) can/should contact Emi at the above-listed email address. Otherwise, here you go:


New York Shitty Day Starter: Marina

September 13, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11377, Jackson Heights, Jackson Heights Queens, Queens 

Marina: Jackson Heights, Queens

Chris Arnade (who took the above portrait) writes:

The transsexual sex workers of Jackson Heights cluster around an all-night bakery, sipping coffee, tea, looking for Johns, and dodging the very drunk men. Almost all are Latin or Black. Little English is spoken.

In Hunts Point the sex workers are driven by addiction, by the need to get the daily fix. In Jackson Heights that is not the case. As Marina said to me, “The women, they are all vain. They want the latest boob job, the latest Hermes bag, the latest butt injection, and the latest makeup. They want cash honey. Cash. Kajing! You know what I am talking about? “

In contrast to Hunts Point, there is a sense of contentment and few apologies. “This is me. Take it or leave it.”

She herself is from Honduras. Her story is very common. She knew she wanted to be girl when she was child, and fled to New York City, For the last few years she has been working the streets. Her family mostly knows what she does and is supportive.

The police are also much more respectful than in Hunts Point, focusing on keeping the overall area safe. “The men get rowdy, get drunk, and behave awfully. I don’t care if these women are men, nobody has a right to treat them like garbage.”


From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Mixed Messages

September 3, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City, Queens, The Word On The Street 

Mixed Messages

Taken by H.L.I.T.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: What’s In A Name?

September 2, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City, Queens 


Taken by H.L.I.T.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: K.O.

July 5, 2012 ·
Filed under: Queens, Urban Artifact 

One Scooby Snack too many

Taken by Scoboco.

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