New York Shitty Pay Phone Du Jour: Shock & Awe(some)

February 19, 2013 ·
Filed under: 10012, Bum Shit, Chinatown, Chinatown Manhattan, Dung of the Day, Urban Artifact, Wow, WTF 

Last weekend I went for a walk with my buddy Larry around points north Brooklyn and beyond. We stumbled upon a number of fascinating things during our peregrinations including a bona fide monologue machine. A discussion followed wherein Larry mused:

I wonder if anyone actually uses pay phones?

Today on the Bowery I learned the answer.

shitphone

Yes! Those of you who lament that New York City ain’t what it used to be (it isn’t), I present for your viewing pleasure the above repurposed phone kiosk. For what it is worth, it smelled a lot worse than it looks.

fiveinches

Damn.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Deck The Stalls

Jay, who captured the above bit of nastiness today December 15th, writes:

Wishing you a Shitty Christmas courtesy of NY Parks and the men’s restroom at McGolrick Park.

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Season’s Greetings From North 8 Street

December 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Wow, WTF 

As captured today, December 6th, 2012. New York Shitty analysis:

  1. If Santa tries to park his sleigh here, I’m prognosticating it will get towed. Or worse.
  2. God help the man if he dares to venture down this home’s chimney. I’m guessing he’ll be greeted by this residence’s Rottweiler. Among other things.

Conclusion: This is my kind of holiday spirit! Ho! Ho! Ho!

P.S.: To truly savor everything that is going on here (and there’s quite a lot), do take a moment to view this image in larger format. You will not be disappointed!

New York Shitty Day Starter: Icing & Sprinkles

November 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City, Wow, WTF 

Icing and sprinkles

Taken by Scoboco.

New York Shitty Video Du Jour: Metropolitan Avenue

November 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Wow 

Today yours truly, after a sleepless night, awoke to the realization she has a cold. Or maybe a sinus infection? Not that it really matters: both suck. BAD. Nonetheless, I drug my sorry self out to vote and upon:

  1. facing the option of listening to the Mister work from home (because there is neither G train service nor Ferry service) and
  2. realizing the bracing air was actually making my throbbing proboscis feel better, not worse I decided to take a walk.

And walk, I did. It was in Williamsburg I bore witness to something I felt worth documenting: a completely UNironic display of Southern rock:

Naturally, I had to being this to the attention of the Mister:

I just filmed a guy driving a truck, with all windows open, cranking Lynyrd Skynryd.

The Mister: In New York City?
Me: Yes. On Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, no less. Granted, it was “Sweet Home Alabama”. If it had been Freebird I would have flashed my (excised) at him. For obvious reasons.

Truck drivin’ man, this post is dedicated to you!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Petroleum Sheen

November 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City, Wow, WTF 

Petroleum sheen on flooded roadway of Battery Park Underpass, after Hurricane Sandy

Taken by WarmSleepy.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Turn Out The Lights

A fellow named Edmond Hawkins writes:

Filmed from Greenpoint Brooklyn I was able to get the before and after of the NYC skyline as half of the power went out in Manhattan.

Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Edmond!

Now For Sale In “Little Poland”: Uncle Joe

October 2, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

In one of the more interesting (and perhaps fitting) Halloween displays to manifest on Manhattan Avenue, I present for your viewing pleasure “Uncle Joe”. This red wine hails from (where else?) Georgia and can be seen gracing the window of Z & Wine & Liquors. Note the red velvet coverlet and mischievous glint in Mr. Stalin’s eye. Has he just perpetrated a(another) purge— or is he simply waiting to come home with you? There’s only one way to find out I suppose…

Z & J Wine & Liquors
761 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

New York Shitty Feral Furniture Watch: Better Homes & Garbage

Any and all Greenpointers who happen to be celebrating in the Garden Spot on today, America’s birthday, and are need of some household items on the cheap, head to the Java Street “Pop-Up Park”. There you will find a vast array of home furnishings (and the above bit of hilarity, which I have named “The CHUD Access Portal) free for the taking!

This is all for the taking— and bedbug free!

P.S.: Here’s a question for you, gentle readers. Do you think the ladder granting access to the East River is for us to climb down or for “them” (CHUDs) to climb up?

New York Shitty Day Starter: Should We Stay Or Should We Go?

A commenter, hav, writes on March 29, 2012 (regarding this post about 239 Banker Street):

non-surprisingly someone decided to complain to the DOB which ordered the building to vacate yesterday. As of today there are some interesting developments but nothing solidified yet. It is however looking like the building has a strong possibility of getting covered by the NYC Loft Law which will protect tenants from being vacated.

Here’s the deal: while complaints have been placed, this building has most assuredly NOT been vacated. I know this because I saw another person move in March 30th. His (or her) personal effects included the box at top left.

Nonetheless, I perused the Department of Buildings Building Information System anyway.

Nary a Vacate Order was to be found— but there are plenty of complaints!

Let’s go to the latest: 3407084

So now we have to look at Complaint #3403837 for “closure”.

Hmm.

Given all the previous, I find the following missive (as found on the Broadway stop of the G train and thus out of the 33rd City Council District’s— and 239 Banker Street’s— jurisdiction) fascinating to say the least:

Those of you who have questions (as I do) as to why 239 Banker Street has, once again, been allowed to be illegally employed as residential property despite this— or simply have questions about the loft law should make it a point to attend. Be sure to ask our City Councilman why he is conducting a “loft law” workshop outside his own district while you’re at there!

Panel Discussion on the State of the Loft Law
Co-Conductors: Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Steve Levin, City Councilman, 33rd District (which includes 239 Banker Street)
Invited guests: The Department of Buildings & New York City Loft Board
Date: April 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of Pompeii, Community Room
225 Seigel Street
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Otherwise those who find all the previous disconcerting can send Mr. Levin an email via his web page.

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