New York Shitty Day Ender: Smile!

One this I am always amazed by (and love) about pounding around New York City is you can walk down the same block time and time again and still find something new. In this case, a hodgepodge of brickwork that was used as the pretext for a happy face on Bayard Street !

Coming to 917 Manhattan Avenue: More Garden

July 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

First the Graham Electronics sign came down (revealing lovely brickwork, as seen above), then I was tipped of and today, lo, I spied a building permit confirming it: the Garden, a much-beloved Greenpoint institution is expanding into 917 Manhattan Avenue.

Those of you who are familiar with how congested this establishment can get (as I do) will undoubtedly agree this is a wonderful development— as is the addition of customer bathrooms. Really. I am not kidding!

Anyhoo, those of you who have the time/ability, do give the surviving cast iron work and masonry a look. It’s a nice little peek of the past.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Say It With Flowers

July 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Crazy People, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From 373 Graham Avenue.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Wythe Avenue

Taken July 1, 2012.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Sunshine Laundromat

July 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken July 1, 2012.

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Fried

July 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From North 10 Street.

New York Shitty Slide Show Du Jour: Crestfest

July 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Yesterday I wrapped up my peregrinations by swinging by Crestfest. I was not disappointed: there was a lot of great art work! The ‘Frustration Station” proved to be especially popular. Be sure to watch the videos of it being, um, utilized. They’re pretty funny.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Armed Robbery at 187 Maspeth Avenue

This comes from the 94th Precinct via anonymous tipster:

On Thursday, June 28, 2012, at approximately 6:00 p.m., two unknown male/black perpetrators shot a male worker while robbing a scrap metal business of an undetermined amount of money. The business is located at 187 Maspeth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The male victim was shot once in the left upper arm and once in his right upper leg. The victim was removed to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries. An investigation is ongoing.

If you should have any questions regarding the above notification please contact P.O. Adamo or P.O. Truglio (94th Precinct Community Affairs) at (718) 383-5298.

First off, I am relieved the victim of this robbery is going to make a full recovery. Nonetheless, this incident highlights a practice espoused by a number of scrap metal establishments hereabouts: paying for scrap with cash (as opposed to issuing checks). Not only does the latter discourage the theft and reselling of stolen access covers (by virtue of the funds being traceable), but it would probably discourage robberies as well. No large amounts of cash on hand = no incentive to rob. This is something well worth considering.

Spotted At North 13 Street: Change

July 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

A fellow named Jay writes:

Hello stranger! I came back to bk for the weekend and spent most of today walking around w’burg – and melting like a popsicle. I noticed some guys putting up a new mural around the corner from cereal killers on n 13. Impressive stuff. Will go back tomorrow to see their progress.

Naturally I had to see this for myself so yesterday I swung by. Although it is still very much a work in progress here are a few highlights. Enjoy!

NOTE: the lattermost work is on the former site of the much-beloved Cereal Killers mural.

I would be disingenuous if I didn’t say my heart sank a little bit when I discovered it was gone. However, the new piece looks promising!

The Word On The Street: Bedford Avenue

Taken June 30, 2012.

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