New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: The Cat’s Meow

August 15, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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Taken August 14, 2013.

The Word On The Street: Time Machine

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Taken August 13, 2013.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Judith Supine

August 14, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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Taken August 13, 2013.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Smile!

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It would appear that someone has elected to give one of Chris Uphues’s hearts a summertime treat! (Taken August 13, 2013.)

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: From This Evening’s ULURP Meeting

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Ah, kids nowadays…

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George Klein, the man behind the monoliths, was present.

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One fashionably dressed lady brought a sign.

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I call this photo “shock and awe”.

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This is the break-down of affordable housing units which will come into play if the parcel in question is sold to the Park Tower Group.

A few thoughts/observations:

1. If I had to liken this convocation to anything, it was a white sale of shouting and profanity. Greenpointers are angry about a manifold number of issues here— and this was certainly made clear this evening.

2. It was one which neither Chris Olechowski (Chair of Community Board 1) or Del Teague (who is the new ULURP/Land Use chair of Community Board 1) could seemingly control.

3. One may not have liked the public’s “delivery”— but many salient points were made between the f-bombs. Here’s a few I found compelling:

  • The AMI being used does not accurately reflect the reality of the incomes in Greenpoint presently (which is substantially lower).
  • As you can see from the latter-most photo, half of the segment discussed during this evening’s meeting’s affordable housing units will be studios and one bedrooms. The other will half will be two bedrooms. As was pointed out by Lisa Bamonte and Rob Solano, this is not a “family friendly” break-down. Or as I put it (quietly, to Ms. Bamonte): “What happens when someone who lives in one of these studios or one bedrooms gets married and starts a family? Offering 50% studios and one bedrooms is the formula for a transient population. After they marry and have children they’ll probably have to move. We should be ensuring that people who move here, get married and have children can stay here.” At the way the rents are here presently, I can assure you this is not happening. However, it should be noted that the Park Tower Group would undoubtedly benefit, monetarily, from this arrangement. More turn-over = more money. And I can assure you, gentle readers, that is what this is all about.
  • One teaser the attorney speaking and fielding questions on Greenpoint Landing’s behalf (while Mr. Klein watched on) threw out was a dog run on Clay Street. Well, that would certainly explain why we have had no action whatsoever on this matter— for years. But let’s get back to the affordable housing…
  • Basically it would be the same kind of arrangement the Edge has. E.g.; a “segregated” complex of smaller (and uglier) buildings placed inland. One would grace the site our sludge tanks inhabits presently. Unless I am wrong, this is brownfield.
  • A question was raised— but not answered— about how/why this project is relying upon an Environmental Impact Statement that dates from 2005. I think we can all agree that a LOT has changed here in the last eight years.
  • A number of questions were raised about the stress on “infrastructure” this development (in its entirety) will present. Think: sanitation pick-up, sewage, and of course transportation. In regards to the latter-most, Mr. Klein’s attorney note the new bus line which will service the waterfront hereabouts— and that they are considering having a shuttle bus so the residents therein can be dropped off at the Vernon-Jackson stop of the 7 train in Long Island City. The latter was met with cynical laughter from the audience.
  • And of course the school which they propose to build was also brought to the table.* The response to this was (more or less) the same as the one to the shuttle bus to Vernon-Jackson.
  • One question unasked— one which I have been wondering about a lot: “Exactly HOW is all this construction material— and it is gonna be a LOT— going to be delivered to this site? I am guessing by trucks. LOTS of trucks. This is something residents of West Street, Franklin Street and even McGuinness Boulevard or Manhattan Avenue might want to think about.

Inasmuch as the Park Tower Group might like to put window dressing on this parcel of their “project”, the reality is they’re not doing us a favor.  Quite to the contrary: they are throwing us crumbs. Like I said:

It’s all about the money…

I will link to news items about this meeting as I find them. Regrettably, I did not shoot video. If I had Iwould have caught this gem (directed at Chris Olechowski and pertaining to the dearth of Greenpoint residents on Community Board 1— HIGHLY summarized/paraphrased):

What if someone wrote a blog called “I Hate New York Shitty”? Then I bet they’d get appointed!**

If my memory serves me correctly, Mr. Olechowski (who it should be noted, lives in Greenpoint— not terribly far from this development) did not have a snappy retort to this. Then again, he rarely has one in any situation so I am not reading too much into it. However, I will note that at least one north ‘Point citizen did apply to get on Community Board 1— so it is not for wont of interest. Despite ceasing to apply he still got (gets?) rejection letters from Marty Markowitz stating there were no seats open. You can see one such letter here.

*At which point I left. However, I do feel compelled to point out that those who signed up to speak were allotted two minutes. This contradicts Community Board 1’s By-Laws. Not that anyone seems terribly keen on enforcing them.

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(Chairman Chris before this meeting commenced.)

**One can only hope this finds its way into the meeting minutes diligently reported by Marie! These will, must be posted on Community Board 1’s web site. Sunshine Laws. Learn ’em, live ’em, love ’em!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: An Update Regarding The Home Invasions/Sexual Assaults Came To Pass This Weekend…

From the 94th Precinct via an anonymous tipster:

1. On Monday, August 12, 2013 at approximately 2000 hours the suspect knocked on the door of an apartment in the confines of the 94 Precinct. The victim, F/A/27 opened the door and the suspect struck her in the face knocking her unconscious. When the victim awakened the suspect was on top of her sexually assaulting her. The victim began to fight off the suspect and screamed causing him to flee with her cell phone and laptop. The victim was removed to Woodhull Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

2. At approximately 2145 hours, the suspect entered an unlocked door of an apartment in the vicinity of Russell Street and Driggs Avenue, in the confines of the 94 Precinct and forced the victim, F/H/40 onto the couch.  The victim’s screams alerted her husband who fought the suspect off her.  He subsequently fled the apartment with her cell phone. No serious injuries were sustained from this incident.

3.  At approximately 2205 hours, as the victim, F/W/44  was securing her bicycle to a pole at Kingsland Avenue and Nassau Avenue, in the confines of the 94 Precinct, the suspect approached her, struck her in the face with a bag and sexually assaulted her.  No serious injuries were sustained from this incident.

4. At 2223 hours the suspect entered an unlocked door of an apartment located in the vicinity of Norman Avenue and Kingsland Avenue, in the confines of the 94 Precinct. Once inside, the suspect forced the victim, F/W/37 onto the couch.  The victim’s screams alerted her roommate who fought the suspect off her.  He subsequently fled the apartment in unknown direction with a cell phone and laptop computer. No serious injuries were sustained from this incident.

Additional Impact officers were requested to conduct a canvass of the suspect described as M/B or M/H 20-22, short hair, strong cheek bones and tan shorts. At approximately 0130 hours on August 13, 2013 two Impact officers were approached by a female who stated there was a homeless male sleeping on the 3rd floor of 161 Nassau St. Officers entered the location and observed the homeless male sleeping who also fit the description of the suspect wanted in the previous incidents.  The suspect taken into custody. Property believed to be that of the victims were found on the suspect. The investigation ongoing.

The list of charges against this suspect (whose identity I have chosen NOT to make public) are as follows:

  • Charges
  • Rape
  • Attempted Rape
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Forcible Touching
  • Sexual Abuse

Mark Your Calendars: Meeting On Crime

August 13, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn 

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Be there!

Meeting On Crime
August 19, 2013 starting 6:30
Church of the Ascension
127 Kent Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Helicopters…

We have been hearing a lot of them lately. Those of you who heard them last night, here’s why. The Community Affairs office of the 94th Precinct writes:

Early this morning 8/13/2013 around 0130 hrs one male Hispanic 24 years old was apprehended inside the stairway of 162 Nassau Avenue. The male is believed to be the sole perpetrator in 3 separate home invasions and sexual assaults between the hours of 8pm and 1030pm on 8/12/2013. The assaults occurred on Berry Street, Engert Avenue and Nassau Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing by the 94pct Detective Squad and the Brooklyn North Special Victims Squad. Charges are pending.

The good news is this may very well have been the fellow responsible for no less than three home invasions and sexual assaults and he has been apprehended. The bad news is three home invasions and sexual assaults came to pass. ABC has more details, which can be had here.

Please, please be vigilant folks. Make sure the front doors of your building and apartments are secure— and if you see something suspicious say something to 911 STAT.

 

The Word On The Street: Walt Whitman

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As anyone who lives/works near the Salvation Army Family Store on Manhattan Avenue can/will attest: Sundays are a pretty popular day for folks to leave “donations”. Given this establishment is closed on Sunday (as Christian institutions are known to do) the end result is essentially a free-for-all of free goods. Today it would seem Mr. Whitman did not make the “cut”…

Urban Artifact: Say Hello To My Little Friend!

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It would appear Teddy has acquired a furry friend. For those of you who are keeping track, this makes 303 days he (?) has stood watch at this intersection. (previously)

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