Live From The Informational Meeting Regarding the Respite Center at 122 Java Street

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Spotted on Kent Street February 21, 2013.

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Forwarded to me by a concerned citizen from Java Street, February 20, 2013. He/she writes:

hey there, father john (and miss heather). you may have seen the attached flyer by now, but i wanted to pass it along to make sure you’re aware of it. i saw it in our vestibule… this morning and have been seething ever since. after the contretemps on milton street, those of us who pay attention to such affairs are aware of the character of the opposition and you’re probably more than prepared for tomorrow evening. we’ve all heard the nimby exaggerations about public pee-pee and poo-poo, but the suggestion that ascension will be “making money on the backs of java street residents” was particularly galling…

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Let’s review numbers and facts.

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from people and public officials who not only gave their names, but also contact information! To this end I will share footage I shot from last night’s meeting. Here we go!

Anyone who:

  1. wishes to be apprised of the sex offenders in Greenpoint can do so here.
  2. wishes to volunteer at the Respite Center (and get to know the men who use it) can do so by contacting Pat McDonnell at Outreach via telephone at (347) 925 – 5532 or email at: ptmcdonn7 (at) aol (dot) com.
  3. wishes to get the scoop/details on the homeless “situation” hereabouts are invited to the Greenpoint Homeless Task Force Meeting. This will come to pass March 7th.

I am particularly interested in the lattermost. I want to know what resources are allocated for Greenpoint/North Brooklyn’s homeless women. I asked Mr. Sheehan if this would be covered at this meeting (provided one asked). He said it would. So there have you!

More to come…

Spotted On Roebling Street: LOST

LOST

No details are given about this cutie’s disappearance, but if anyone has seen him (her?) or knows of his whereabouts  say something to the phone number listed on the above-depicted flier. Thanks!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: And Now A Word From The 94th Precinct

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On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, Captain James Ryan was assigned as the new Commanding Officer of the 94th Precinct. Deputy Inspector Terence Hurson has been reassigned to Staten Island as the Commanding Officer of the new 121 Precinct, which is scheduled to open this spring. Should you have any questions contact 94th Precinct Community Affairs at (718) 383-5298..     

Speaking as a resident of the 94th, I feel compelled to state that Mr. Hurson (as seen above at left) was by far the best Commanding Officer this precinct has had in the 13 years I have lived here. Deputy Inspector Hurson’s sincere interest in community feedback and astonishing diligence responding to a manifold number of inquiries from yours truly (even while he was on vacation, I’ll note) during his tenure in our fair burgh was greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.
Goodbye and good luck in your new precinct, Mr. Hurson. You will be missed!

A Message From Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

(via his Facebook page)

REWARD

He writes:

Our community will never forget what these men did to Lou Rispoli. The NYPD’s release of new sketches (attached) shows that there is progress being made on this case but it is important we continue to raise awareness as a community. These three suspects think that they got away with a crime that robbed us of a good man who loved his neighborhood. I will not rest until I see these men punished for this heinous crime.

The NYPD is offering a reward of $22,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Mr. Rispoli’s killers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Still There

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For those of you who are keeping count, the above missives (if they can be called that) have graced Java Street Pop-Up Park for just over two weeks now. I find one this rather fascinating given the the furor over swastika earrings which were for sale hereabouts almost a year ago. Perhaps someone should heirmark a donation to our local Parks Conservancy group (which ostensibly oversees this piece of public space) for a gallon of primer to cover this crap up?

In any case, I would like to give a big New York Shitty shout-out of gratitude to the folks at the 94th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Hurson and Detective Komar foremost among them, for taking this rather ugly matter quite seriously. Thanks guys!

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.:

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From The New York Shitty Inbox: Witnesses/Help Wanted

Yours truly has received all manner and variety of correspondence over the years. Some are humorous. Some downright belligerent. But the following will unfortunately be the most memorable. A fellow hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Larry, writes (in an email entitled “August 2nd blog and photo of pedestrian struck on humboldt and metropolitan“):

Dear Miss Heather,

Hopefully you can help??

My wife, Heather along with myself and our 2 children were very close with the individual that was struck by the livery car that fateful night.(August 1st, 2012) The victim of this horrible hit and run, was a young man from our hometown of East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

His name was Leighton Parnham. He was only 19 years old and as a result of this (my opinion) vehicular homicide, passed away at Bellvue Hospital on August 7th 2012. If you would like to learn about this fun loving young man, visit this link:

http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?pid=159143187

or
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/08/east_grand_rapids_high_grad_ki.html

The family is destroyed.

I am also a retired police officer and evidence technician from the suburbs of Chicago.
It seems the police have no interest in this homicide, which according to NY VTL section 10, leaving the scene of a traffic accident, resulting in death, is a class D felony.

We are tying to obtain the truth into what happened and any help you can provide would be great. i.e. person T, who originally posted this and what seems is a photo from their window overlooking the scene, any witnesses from Legion Bar that night…

I understand the driver of the livery car left the scene and was stopped by police with a smashed windshield and front end damage, but, was not arrested or even ticketed…

I have spent a significant amount of time today corresponding with Larry and Heather. They, in turn, have been corresponding with Leighton’s father (who, you can imagine, is devastated). The latter has given me permission to get the word out about this— one of many “accidents” hereabouts involving livery cabs, I’ll add— in the hope someone who witnessed this “hit and run” will step forward and speak up. To Heather (Larry’s wife) via email at: H_shortt (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Losing a child is quite frankly beyond my comprehension. I cannot imagine the pain Leighton’s family and friends have experienced and are presently experiencing. Nonetheless, we are in a position to help them get some semblance of “closure”. Finding out what actually what happened is a vital first step. Please help spread the word, north Brooklynites. Thanks.

Photo Credit: Screencap of Leighton Parnham comes via MLive.

 

Spotted In East Williamsburg: A Very Special Lost Dog Flier

I have seen a great many lost/stolen pet fliers during my peregrinations in our fair city. This undoubtedly due in some part to the fact some have taken to making a cottage industry of stealing dogs for resale, the collection of reward money or worse. Each and every one of these fliers is heart-wrenching in its own way. This one (spied today on Thames Street) is no exception. However, it sports a significant difference from its peers. Specifically: what it offers in the way of an incentive for Rocky’s safe return.

  • $500.oo

  • $1,000 worth of “ink”.

Although I have taken the liberty of blurring out the phone numbers of this “people” (for fear posting them would subject them to further heartbreak via telephonic ridicule) those of you who live on or near Kickerbocker Avenue and Flushing Avenue please keep an eye out for this little guy. His family clearly misses him.

Thanks.

 

Spotted On North 1 Street: Urban Memorial

Taken October 10, 2012.

Spotted On Diamond Street: Hate

The above image comes from a residnent of Diamond Street. He/she writes on September 15, 2012:

From outside my apartment building.

I have brought this rather ugly item to the attention to the head of the 94th Precinct, D.I. Hurson, among others. While outside of his jurisdiction, hopefully he can help get this loathsome piece of vandalism— to Federal property no less— removed. I have demonstrated— time and time again— I have neither time nor tolerance for this crap. Seriously.

P.S.: This post is dedicated the incredibly motivated Chief of Staff of our City Councilman’s office: Ashley Thompson. This dedicated civil servant saw fit to send me a nastygram calling me (among other things) “hateful” and a “cyberbully” Friday night at 7:47 p.m. Getting a dressing-down about ethics— much less “bullying”—  from someone who is albeit two degrees removed from “Gropez” and the machine his protege (her boss) is eagerly facilitating— well, that speaks for itself.

Lost In Williamsburg: Louie

Each and every lost stolen pet flyer is heartbreaking. The above one, however, is even more so than most. Firstly, I stumbled upon this missive well outside the confines of the 94th Precinct (Graham Avenue at Boerum Street ). Clearly Louie’s family has cast as broad a net as possible in the hope of his safe return. As for the “copy”— that pretty much speaks for itself.

No indication has been as from where Louis went missing. However another flyer located nearby (in a state of deterioration) noted he has just been groomed. Perhaps this is a clue? In any case he is sorely missed. If anyone reading this has seen Louis or knows of his whereabouts, please contact his “people” at the above-listed phone number. Otherwise, and as this flyer indicates, anyone in possession of this adorable fella can (READ: should) return him to the 94th Precinct. No questions will be asked.

Thanks!

 

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