From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: What’s Up At 400 McGuinness?

April 11, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Apparently a new floor, per the person who saw fit to copy me on the following email (which included the General Manager of Community Board 1, among others). She writes:

Rebars are being placed on top of 400 McGuiness Blvd. Are they building upward? Does anyone know?

Naturally I was very curious about this, so I did three things:

1. I checked Google Maps so as to ascertain what the roof-line of this complex looked like “pre-rebar”.

I have indicated the work site in question in yellow. As you can see the western part of 400 McGuinness sports an additional floor. The area highlighted does not. Which brings me to…

2. See this for myself.

A new floor has been added and a means of egress/ingress (as highlighted above) leads from the original structure to its new neighbor. In addition, all the entrances save one on Clay Street and one on McGuinness Boulevard have been replaced with windows.

One such former entrance was where this intercom system (which they have inexplicably seen fit not to remove) is located.

And of course here is a shot of the rebar in question— along with a new HVAC unit. Which, in turn, brings me to…

3. Is this legal?

At a cursory search, I honestly cannot tell. Thus I have requested a disinterested party “in the know” about such matters to tender his/her take.

To be continued…

P.S.: On the way to 400 McGuinness Boulevard I noted a few items of interest on Box Street:

The on-going work of art that is 62 Box Street is for sale. Exclusively no less.

And the Box House Hotel is keeping up appearances.

New York Shitty Day Starter: …

February 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

From Box Street.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Box Street Lament

Taken February 14, 2012.

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Box Street

January 23, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken January 22, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Box Street

January 8, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken January 7, 2012.

The Word On The Street: Special Bloomblight Edition

As is frequently the case, the story behind taking the above photo is as interesting— probably more so— than the image itself. Thus I will share it here and now. Enjoy!

Shortly after noting this rather piquant observation a man from a car called out to me. I could not make out what he was saying, so I walked over.

Are you shooting this for magazine?

He inquired. To wit I answered:

In a manner of speaking, yes. I am going to post it on my web site.

This construction fence appears to have become an evolving art-installation”, I added, “and this is probably the only thing this site has going for it. I’d wager if you looked behind that fence you’d be up to your ears in rats.

I opined. My new friend concurred, stepped out of his car (so as to better view said art— liking it, he took a photograph), and introduced himself. His name was Juan and as serendipity would have it, he happens to work for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was sent to this piece of Bloomblight (my terminology, not his) because they have received complaints about rats. I assured him any and all complaints were quite well-founded. Then a third party joined our party: a chap driving a rather large sport utility vehicle.

Do you know of a hotel around here?

he asked.

Which one?

I replied.

There is more than one hotel here?

He asked incredulously.

Of course there is! Didn’t you know (pointing at the Pulaski Bridge) that THIS is the new Gold Coast?

My new friend looked at me like I am insane. This may very well be true— but so is the fact that North ‘Point is home to no less than two hotels (albeit targeting vastly different demographics). Nonetheless, I felt compelled to clarify anyway:

That was sarcasm. I’m guessing you mean our new luxury hotel. (pointing to 77 Box Street) This can be found right over there.

Are you serious?

He sputtered.

Most assuredly. If you look to left of the front door you will find a sign reading “Box House Hotel“.

At this point he is once again speechless, so I continued:

The hotel proper is located on top of said building. It has some rather stunning views of the Pulaski Bridge.

Having regained his composure, he thanked me and went on his way. I turned to Juan and said:

People used to reside in those apartments above 77 Box Street. Then the landlord raised the rent, got them out and opened a “hotel”. I shit you not their penthouse “suite” goes for $5,000 a month.

At this point it was Juan’s turn to be incredulous and time for me to go on my merry way. Approximately 30 minutes later I bumped into Juan again on West Street.

Still on rat patrol?

I inquired. Juan answered to the affirmative and added he was checking all the abandoned/stalled construction sites on this thoroughfare for evidence of rats. I commented that there was plenty to give him busy on here. We proceeded to review various sites and compare their varying states of decay/neglect. Upon the conclusion of this discussion I told Juan (once again) it was pleasure meeting him and “good luck”. And with a smile, he drove to his next “assignment”.

It just goes to show that Bloomberg and his grand scheme for this city has, in fact, resulted in job creation.

For individuals whose specialty is inspecting derelict construction sites for detritus and rats, that is.

This one’s for you, Juan. You are an absolute prince. Keep up the good work!


New York Shitty Day Ender: A Box Street PSA

October 9, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Culture War, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken October 9, 2011.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Octopus

September 17, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Box Street.

New York Shitty Slide Show du Jour, Part II: Business As Usual

August 28, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Freeman Street

As promised follows are some highlights from my sojourn around north ‘Point this afternoon. Aside from the two above-depicted houses (which can be found on Freeman Street between Manhattan Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard and are lacking electricity) the damage was minimal. Rather, it would appear that the Garden Spot has (inasmuch as is possible) regained its sense of normalcy. As you will see we are enjoying our (scant) public spaces, the El Blablazo tree has survived; some hapless soul was (is?) awaiting access to the Box House Hotel and I even met a dog named “Kitty”. While not depicted, Jerzy (AKA: the chap who lives in a truck on Franklin Street), is safe and sound— if quite busy! I suspect he feels the same way we all do: it’s nice to have our neighborhood— replete in all its glorious eccentricity— back. On that note and without further ado, enjoy!

You can view these images in larger format by clicking here.

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Box Street

August 23, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken August 21, 2011.

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