The Word On The Street, Part III: A North 6 Street PSA

January 2, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


Taken January 2, 2013.

Quicklink: Pothole Patrol!

This rather fun (if brief) bit of viewing material was brought to my attention by a fellow named Todd. Do take a moment to give it a watch!

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Red Balloons

January 2, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


From Bedford Avenue.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Wythe Avenue

January 2, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


Taken January 2, 2012.

New York Shitty Street Seating Du Jour: French Provincial

January 2, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Furniture, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


From South 1 Street.

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Mixed Bag

January 2, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 






Taken January 2, 2013.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Request From Reverend Merz

January 2, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This missive comes from the Pastor-in-charge of Greenpoint’s very own Church of the Ascension (and all-around nice guy): John Merz:

From the Rev John Merz, Episcopal Priest at the Church of the Ascension at 127 Kent Street. Greenpoint’s oldest church:

Feb 13th is Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the season of Lent. One of the ancient practices in Lent is for people to walk the stations of the cross (walking meditation…an ancient practice) At Ascension we have the traditional 14 stations around the church space.
The 14 portray these themes (click here). I would like to propose that people take one or two and interpret or rework them. There are no boundaries at all in this, save one, no irony. It has been my experience that ironic detachment is a cover for a certain kind of intellectual or creative impotence (i.e. Serrano’s Piss Christ or Chris Ofili’s work would not fall under something disrespectful or ironic if that gives a bit more nuance of where I am coming from).  So with that one ground rule I would love to open the opportunity for those interested in working on a station.

The stations are archetypal and display are icons of some of the basic processes of being human: letting go, facing fear and fate, finding help along the way, the utilitarian worlds knack for punishing the creative loving spirit (maybe some artists can relate to  that).  Finally there is the brooding and hard reality of death’s opacity. I am not sure if it would be possible to pull something together for the week of Ash Wednesday but if there are artists that want to jump on this email me at let me know what you think and if you have friends that would be down send it along to them and have them get back to me. Maybe we can do an opening sometime in Lent…anyway, if you like the idea let me know, if you have a station you want to do let me know too. If you want to come and see the stations stop by on a Sunday or schedule an appointment with me

Yours, John

I for one think this is a wonderful idea. Let’s get cracking north Brooklynites— and spread the word!

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: MrTOLL


From North 6 Street.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Still There



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.:



The Word On The Street: Dreams

January 2, 2013 ·
Filed under: 10003, East Village, East Village Manhattan, The Word On The Street 


As spied on Lafayette Street in the East Village. I suppose if everyone wanted to, say, be the President of the United States or find a cure for cancer the world would be a much less interesting place. I certainly got a chuckle from the quip about Trader Joes…

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