Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: On The Waterfront

See that grey stuff? That’s Manhattan.

Yup.

Once again: Yup.

One more time: Yup.

The good news: the feral felines which North Brooklyn Cats (lovely ladies all) trapped, neutered and released appear to be doing well!

The bad news: the park bench* and fence** gracing this piece of much-needed “open space” are still submerged.

What’s more, they now have a most unusual urban artifact to give them company.

A safe.

Make that an EX safe.

Welcome to Greenpoint.

Repeat after me:

Graffiti— not landlord neglect; definitely not a lack of investment and especially NOT enforcement of the law by our fair city— is ruining the neighborhood…

*Aquatic since at least November 3, 2013.
**Wrecked since at least October 8, 2013.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Homeless At The House Of Suds

Laura (who took the above-depicted photos today, January 1st) writes:

Hi Heather!

Mike went across the street to the Bodega and came across a homeless guy passed out in the cold in the doorway of House of Suds. He couldn’t quite bend to help the guy. Mike was astonished that other people were out on the street and hadn’t called for help. After all it’s 26 degrees out there. He hurried upstairs to call 911. We heard the ambulance in a matter of moments, but Mike also used some key words. He said “I don’t want to see another one of these homeless guys dead in this precinct.” And then whatever was asked, he said “94th”.

Well said. Yes, the Bloomberg era may be over— but we will be dealing with the consequences of it for some time. Let’s face facts: our former Mayor’s “record” when it comes to the issue of homelessness is dismal. Thus it has been and will continue to be our responsibility as citizens to look out for those who may not be able to look out for themselves. If you see someone who may be unconscious on our city’s streets— especially now that winter (replete with storm warnings) is upon us— call 911. We have already had one homeless person die of hypothermia in this community so far. This is one too many.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Stop & Frisk

December 15, 2013 ·
Filed under: Criminal Activity, New York City, Stuff The Makes Heather Sad 

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The latest in my snow globe series commemorating the (blissfully) soon-to-be over Bloomberg Era. NEXT UP: Santacon!

On a (somewhat) related note, I would like to take a moment to thank the Metropolitan Transit Authority for— wittingly or unwittingly— scheduling a suspension of the Crosstown Local the weekend of this lovely act of “philanthropy”. I strongly suspect this did preclude these miscreants from “spilling over” here.

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Thanks guys (and gals)!

H/T to EVGrieve for bringing the above gem to my attention.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Much Ado About Nuhart

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Kim of Save Greenpoint writes:

Hi Heather,

I would like to direct your attention to a plume map provided by the DEC which clearly shows the Superfund site contaminants sitting at the school site’s door. Despite reassurances that remediation efforts will be done before a school will be built, NO alternative sites were explored b/c it would make GPL’s construction costs higher.

The school site is located on the bottom left corner with the navigation star. The numbers represent the depth of the liquid phalates. In some cases, it goes 5 ft deep.

This new info should be circulated. Regardless of what Steve Levin’s press release says, the approval of these projects is not a victory for Greenpoint residents. Nothing is affordable if the lives of children and adults are at risk b/c they have no choice but to go to a school so close to toxins because developers want to shave their bottom dollar. It’s deplorable that no other school sites were investigated. This land is undeveloped. GPL could have placed that school anywhere else. A through clean-up does nothing to address this fact. Also, the remediation set forth is not a full guarantee. Under the current language, if a property owner had that designation, they would not be able to plant a garden b/c the plants would die. This is the protection City Council approved.

Here is a link to the School Construction Authorities published RFP that states why they never explored alternative sites. Attached you will find the map.
http://www.nycsca.org/Community/NewSchoolSites/Dist14/Dist14-NewSchool-NOF.pdf

Thanks again Miss Heather for getting the word out. This ugly truth needs to get out…

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Pillow

Ad Hoc Bed

Ad Hoc Sleeping arrangements

It would appear 161 Huron Street— including its trash can container— has become ad hoc sleeping quarters for our local homeless population.

(Taken December 9, 2013.)

Goodbye

charlie2

This morning I received word that one of more lovable (if a mite bit cantankerous) citizens has passed on. The corner of India and Manhattan will not be the same without out you, Charlie. You will be missed.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

November 24, 2013 ·
Filed under: Midtown, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, Stuff The Makes Heather Sad 

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This was taken by a very nice lady named Stephanie on the N train at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street last night at 10:00 p.m. Given last weekend a homeless/”unhoused” fellow hereabouts died of hypothermia this made my heart sink. I suppose he (she?) is at least safe and warm— and if you are reading this, gentle readers, chances are you are as well. This is something to consider this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend replete with “Black Friday” sales.

Want versus need. This is something the Bloomturd administration* never really got the “jist” of. But they would not have been able to do what they did— for twelve years— without some semblance of approval. From us. We need to overhaul and/or gut the homeless shelter system as it operates presently. The McCarren Park Ice Rink: that’s a want. There is no reason someone should have to resort to our subway system to have a warm place to sleep (as opposed to freezing to death in out public parks). If Bloomberg can “give” us an ice rink…

Really.

*I have commenced creating a series of snow globe souvenirs of the Bloomberg Administration’s “accomplishments”. Obviously they have a decidedly north Brooklyn “twist” (as that is what I know best). However, suggestions are encouraged! Kick ’em over via comments or my “tips” page.

Quicklink: DNA.info

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Read it and weep.

Spotted On 31st Street: Binti

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This is eerily reminiscent of a flyer I spied on Manhattan Avenue not terribly long ago. As to whether this is a new trend (burglarizing apartments and puppies) is anyone’s guess— either way it is not cool. If anyone has seen Binti or knows of her whereabouts please contact her people at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!

Spotted On Greenpoint Avenue: Going, Going…

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Those of you who love vintage/faded advertisements take note: one of the finest examples our city has to offer, the Syrup of Figs ad at 96 Greenpoint Avenue (as seen above), will not be with us much longer. Follows is why:

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Permits

a four story, eight family apartment building is slated to “move in” next door. Those of you who have always wanted to revisit and/or photograph this gem but never got around to it the time is now. Once the plywood fence of death goes up (and it has) the clock is ticking….

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