From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Under The Verranzano

March 7, 2013 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City, Staten Island 

Under The Verrazano

Taken by Denn-Ice.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Married

February 14, 2013 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy 

married

As taken by greenelent. (Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!)

Quicklink: The Ins & The Outs Of Gentrification

January 15, 2013 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Crown Heights Brooklyn, New York City 

narratively(on Franklin Avenue)

Teaser quote:

…It is important to dispel the myth that gentrification is a natural process, says twenty-two-year-old Crown Heights resident Nick Petrie, “because it so conveniently leaves out very important actors in the process.” Petrie, a community organizer who has lived in the neighborhood since September, is working in his free time to bring awareness to some of these actors—those who push gentrification for profit—through a group he helps administer called the Crown Heights Assembly. The year-old Occupy-inspired organization has a goal of bringing new and longtime residents together to organize against what they see as predatory housing practices. Specifically, the assembly is focused on exposing what they consider to be collusion between deadbeat landlords and real estate companies that do business with them, like MySpace NYC.

Between fifteen and fifty community members generally attend the group’s monthly meetings, and about two hundred people are on their email list, reports another organizer, Ryan Richardson. In November 2012, the assemb(l)y staged a small protest outside MySpace’s Franklin Avenue office, demanding the company provide prospective tenants a legal rent history and compel landlords to stop displacing residents.

At a recent Crown Heights Assembly meeting, Petrie sat beside his upstairs neighbor, Sonja Bent, fifty-two. Both live in an apartment building at 577 St. Johns Place. Petrie pays $1,800. Bent pays $1,033 for the same amount of space.

Petrie, who is white, says he found the apartment through Craigslist. “The first time I learned it was MySpace” representing it, he said, “was when the logos were on the papers.” Within the first month of living in the apartment, Petrie had dealt with rats in the walls, spotty heating and a ceiling that had collapsed four times, due to a water leak in the apartment above his—Sonja Bent’s.

Bent, who has lived in the apartment for eighteen years, is one of three remaining long-term residents who have refused to give in to the pressures to leave by the building’s landlord, Elcorno Martin, whose 142 reported housing violations rank him among Brooklyn’s “50 Worst Landlords,” according to city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio…

This is but a small segment of a very lengthy and, if disquieting at times, thorough article. What has happened (and continues to happen) in north Brooklyn is hardly an anomaly. Read it!

New York Shitty Day Ender: Rollers

January 11, 2013 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York City 

Rollers

Taken by Charles le Brigand.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Duke’s Grocery

December 24, 2012 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City 

Duke's Grocery Market

Taken by Charles Le Brigand.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Flatbush Avenue

November 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Street Art 

Flatbush Avenue

Taken by Scoboco.

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

November 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy 

voters

greenelent (who took this photograph in Prospect Lefferts) notes:

November 6, 2012: My neighbors waiting to vote at 7am…

Get out there and cast your ballots, New Yorkers!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Good Riddance

October 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City, Stuff That Makes Miss Heather Happy 

IMG_0849

Taken by lostinbrooklyn.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Rafi

October 27, 2012 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City 

Summer in the City

Taken by Charles Le Brigand.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Street Play

October 24, 2012 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, New York City 

Street Play

Taken by Charles Le Brigand.

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