What’s Up At 762 Manhattan Avenue?*

February 16, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This questioned was posited to me some time ago by a reader. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to locate her email. Otherwise I would excerpt it here.  Anyhoo, I do recall her voicing concerns that this storefront would be occupied by American Apparel. I am writing this post to let her know she can lay her worries to rest.

As I was walking by today I spied a few gentleman standing out front. I asked them what was slated to occupy this space and they told me: a General Nutrition Center. I refrained from pointing out there is a General Nutrition Center located inside the Rite Aid at 783 Manhattan Avenue because I felt it was not my business to do so. In any case, it is proof positive once again that Greenpoint’s Law of Overabundance is alive and well!

General Nutrition Center
Opening Date: t.b.d
762 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

*Which some of you might recall was the scene of a fatal— and completely inexcusable— scaffolding¬† accident.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Blood?

May 11, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Peter writes:

So today I awoke to many sirens and word that a scaffolding had collapsed down the street (on Meserole & Manhattan), and that a worker had fallen. On my way back from getting coffee just now, at the rumored location of the fall, I happened upon the attached…


Miss Heather

P.S.: Here’s a rundown of what happened from a gentleman named Colin:

I was just out for a walk and happened upon a big hubbub at the corner of Meserole and Manhattan. Looks like the scaffold at the building on the southeast corner (which I believe had previously been slapped with an order to vacate) collapsed, and a construction worker fell four or five stories. I didn’t want to pry or rubberneck, so I’ve got no further information, but I thought that this was a neighborhood happening of considerable import. Whoever it was that fell, I really hope they’re alright. Looks like it was a long way down.

UPDATE, May 12, 2010: the address of the building in question is 760-764 Manhattan Avenue. 760 gets a clean bill of health per the Department of Buildings. When one examines 762-764 Manhattan Avenue (AKA: 106 Meserole Avenue) it gets much more interesting:

So let me get this straight: not only was this sidewalk shed not up to standard, but it was erected without a permit. Someone had to die in order for this to be discovered?!?


Here’s the final grotesque. Taken by yours truly today while riding the B43 bus:

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