New York Shitty Day Starter: From Huron Street With Love

November 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken November 19, 2012.

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:


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.


Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: The Word On The Street

Taken November 17, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Shabby Chic

November 17, 2012 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Furniture 


Taken by Bitchcakes.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Hooper Street

November 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken November 15, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Wheelie

November 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Poppa Wheelie

Taken by Will Star.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Morning Light

November 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 10461, Bronx, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy 

but fleeting morning time moments

we're NOT breakfast!

Taken today, November 15, 2012 by redchamboalert.

The Word On The Street: McCarren Park

Taken November 15, 2012.

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Occupy

November 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Roebling Street.

New York Shitty Day Starter: A Thanksgiving Request From Reverend Merz

November 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As many of you know John Merz of our very own Church of he Ascension has been working very hard to help families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Now he needs our help. He writes:

Hi folks,

As you know we do a Thanksgiving dinner every year for local people in need as well as cook another 2 or 3 hundred for homeless veterans in Queens. The recent hurricane relief efforts have been amazing and one of the most stunning outpourings of generosity and compassion I have experienced. However what has happened is there is a dearth of volunteers. Usually at this point the email I set up for it is buzzing away. There is literally nobody checking in. I wanted to know if you can publicize the page created on facebook. You go to Ascension Hunger Program, like it and share posts.

You can also share our website which has info and a link to volunteer:

Volunteer opps are Monday through Wednesday in the evening (6.30 to 8 or so) and Then 8 to 7 Thanksgiving Day… Thanks in advance for sharing this info in your networks. I wouldn’t reach out if I didn’t need the help.



Please take a little of your time this upcoming Thanksgiving and volunteer at this wonderful (and as I learned last year: fun) opportunity to meet some of your neighbors and help our community’s neediest. Oh yeah:  please spread the word!

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