Urban Artifact: For Your Eyes Only

August 10, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

For Your Eyes Only NYSjpg

Taken August 10, 2015.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Calyer Street

Today yours truly opted to enjoy a little sunshine and take a stroll along Manhattan Avenue. In so doing I held a great number of interesting things. Among them:

  1. a few individuals who could best be described as extras attending a casting call for the Zoolander sequel. Mind you, it was not their presence which drew my attention. I am not so naive as to think I do not have such folks as my neighbors in this, the “new” Greenpoint. I know. They do not bother me. The more and different the merrier! Rather, it was the fact they were out and about (READ: out of bed) at 1:00 p.m.
  2. a tableau which defied easy taxonomical categorization. On Calyer Street I beheld a tetrad of things which I hold near and dear. These being:
  • An urban artifact along with…
  • a melange of merde
  • in a public pay phone which, in addition to the previous, proffered
  • pro-bono services of a highly specialized nature.

For the above-listed reasons I decided to classify this post as Greenpoint Photos Du Jour. Now that we have gotten that out of the way…

Pick a winner nys


let’s take the above morsels of Greenpoint glory in numeric order, shall we?


Organic girl spring mix


One container of Organic Girl Spring Mix…

Baby Greens with vodka vinagrette nys

with vodka vinaigrette.


al fresco crapper

The aftermath of severe gastric distress. (Perhaps due to the consumption of item #1?).


Reach out and touch someone


Not one, not two, but three solicitations for not simply free sex but free Garden State sex! As you can see, gentle readers, I have blurred out the telephone number. I did so because I suspect its owner has been— how shall we say— “volunteered” for this endeavor. In closing, it should be noted I did research the telephone number in question. I regret to inform everyone it does not hail from Secaucus. But hey, when it’s free sex in the offing one cannot/should not be too choosy. Thank you, the public pay phone kiosks of Calyer for keeping things real— or at least really interesting— hereabouts.

Happy Sunday, Garden Spotters!

Found In Greenpoint…

August 1, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


this adorable floppy eared fellow (?)! As you can see no location has been provided as to where this handsome hare was found. However, I observed the fliers were concentrated around Meserole Avenue, Calyer, Franklin and Banker Street, so this may be some indication. I have contacted this good Samaritan to thank him for being this bunny’s guardian angel and request more details as to what happened. We’ll see. In the meantime, if you know to whom this furry one belongs please contact the above-listed email address. Thanks!

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: I got a response— and it is awesome!

Hey there. haven’t heard anything from his owner as of yet and every vet/pet store i’ve spoken to has told me he was probably abandoned so that sucks. He loves to be pet and is super sweet so was definitely a pet at one point…i can’t imagine how you could just abandon your pet like that. Lame!  But…guess it just means I have a cute, sweet, adorable new pet, so there’s an upside. : )

Backstory? I had just gone to brunch with an old coworker at Dirk the Norsman and was walking back on N15 when i saw some rustling in the garbage by the music studios over there. I assumed it was a giant rat until I got closer and noticed it was a little bunny…not your average sight on n15. He let me pick him up right away and was super skinny so ya know, he had me at ‘dirty and covered with garbage’.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: The Rainbow Is Over

Taken March 30, 2014.

(Special thanks go out to Diana Gee for bringing this to my attention.)

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: What’s Up On Monitor Street?

February 25, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A person we’ll call “G” writes:

I am enjoying you follow the Argentos and their shady dealings. They drive me crazy because they get all of this government money and none of the rules apply to them. Have you noticed that Monitor St between Greenpoint ave and Norman ave is closed? The Argentos are building 7 sound stages on Kingsland Ave which the back is on Monitor. Since last year that street is closed and I cannot see any reason why except that it is being treated like a personal parking lot. Because it is closed the traffic on Greenpoint Avenue gets backed up especially at rush hour. I do not see any signs explaining why it should be closed either.
Have you noticed this?

I cannot honestly say I have. However, I opted to swing by today and see what’s up. Follows is a slideshow of my findings. Enjoy!

In closing, I decided to swing by Luna Lighting (which, as we have learned, was busted by the Business Integrity Commission for operating an illegal trade waste business). The following photo pretty much says it all.

Luna Lighting 2252014

Streets, sidewalks, who needs them when jobs are being created? Or so it is said by those who have been beneficiaries of the Argento’s largesse. Let this be a reminder folks that the “rules” apply to some folks more than others…

From The New York Shitty Inbox: And Now A Word From the NYPD

October 14, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 




Via an anonymous tipster:

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the following individual wanted in connection to a burglary in the confines of the 94th Precinct. The circumstances are as follows:

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at approximately 0520 hours a M/W entered Jimmy’s Diner located at 92 Calyer Street via the basement entrance. The suspect then removed an iPad and $300.

Suspect description: M/30’s, approx. 6’00” in height, 170lbs, with a beard, wearing a green baseball hat, dark sweatshirt, jeans and tan work boots.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Spotted At India Street & Manhattan Avenue: An Accidental Time Capsule


TO PREFACE: As you have undoubtedly noticed, gentle readers, the bloggage has been incredibly light of late. There are a number of reasons for this. Without further ado, here they are:

  1. I have been sick.
  2. I have been working on my new digs (which I have given the incredibly UNimaginative moniker of Chez Shitty 2.0. NOTE: Chez Shitty 2.0 is not the least but shitty. It’s actually very nice.)
  3. I have company (the inlaws “Heather” arrived on the 27th).
  4. Quite frankly I have enjoyed a break— and a break I plan to continue having until January 2nd.

However, when something as fucking awesome as the above-depicted catches my eye (as it did today), well, that’s when “break time” stops and my inner nerd kicks in. I mean, how can yours truly resist anything which involves:

  1. the enforcement of our fine city’s laws— even if seemingly arbitrarily enforced? (I have grown to accept that the latter is the north Brooklyn way.)
  2. a cache of seriously old and curious stuff? (I like weird old things. The fact I married the Mister bears testament to this.*)
  3. an excuse to go down the rabbit hole of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives and find all manner and variety of fun stuff?
  4. (yet another) opportunity to make fun of my district’s Democratic Party Male Leader?

The previous may not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But as any reader of this site for any significant period of time can attest: I am not everyone. I am colossal geek. The previous having been written/established let’s have some fun, shall we?


Those of you who live in north ‘Point might have noticed the bodega at the southwestern corner of India Street (right above the Church Avenue bound entrance to the Crosstown Local) has been divested of its billboard.  I was told by the proprietors of this establishment that the sign was in fact illegal and the city fined the owner of the building for it. Given that sign has been at said location at least as long as I have resided in the Garden Spot (13 years) I found this rather fascinating. Better late than never, I suppose.

I explained to the chap behind the counter that I found the contents of the window that had been concealed by this most egregious piece of illegal signage absolutely wonderful. He told me the signs were from the 1970’s. Perhaps they are, perhaps they are not. The following most certainly is NOT.


While not in the best of condition (Hey, if you were brought into this world 98 years ago you would not look so shiny and new either!) some details can be ascertained. If not outright, by powers of deduction and consulting a calendar for 1914:

  1. An association whose benefactor’s surname was Connolly had an event featuring the musical stylings of “Ragtime King Dan McDonald”.
  2. This event came to pass Sunday, December 20, 1914 at the New (!) Eckford Hall located at Calyer and Eckford Street.
  3. Tickets cost 25 cents for the gents (which includes “wardrobe”)
  4. “Lady’s tickets” cost 15 cents and included souvenirs. This sounds like my kind of party! But I digress.

Naturally my curiosity was piqued. Knowing all too well the Brooklyn Daily Eagle online archives only go up to 1902 (and there was NO WAY IN HELL I was going to the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in this weather. Sorry folks. That will have to wait for a fair weather day.), I asked myself the following:

If there was a “new” Eckford Hall in 1914, surely there was an “old” Eckford Hall— and what exactly what came to pass there?

Sure enough, I did a search and there was an Eckford Hall 1.0. By all appearances it was a class establishment.



A number of social clubs (the above two being a mere sample) whose monikers I found charming had receptions there.


The Shipwrights’ Mutual Protection and Benevolent Association held its second annual concert and ball there on February 22, 1882.


In 1891 an evening of Christmas entertainment courtesy of the Beethoven Liederkrantz came to pass.


On a slightly more provocative note, the Seventeenth Ward Liquor Dealers’ Protective Association (which I would presume to be the 19th Century precursor to BABAR) convened on April 4th, 1890 to discuss business.

And last, but hardly least, some honest-to-god shit went down at the “Old’ Eckford Hall. How did this shit happen, you ask? Very simple: the Rabbi who was officiating over the 25th wedding anniversary celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Henschel (and I quote):

…took the opportunity to expatiate upon the blessings of domestic harmony…

The result? A full on melee with a broken arm, someone’s mother being “assaulted” and the “disturber (being) unmercifully hammered” and yet getting away. You can’t make this stuff up folks.


Think this was bad? Hold onto your seats, Greenpointers it gets worse.


As many of my friends in the 50th Assembly District are undoubtedly aware, Lincoln Restler lost his re-election bid by 19 votes. This just goes to show every vote does indeed count. The victor is a fellow named Christopher Olechowski. Suffice it to say (for the purposes of this post) I have mentioned this individual on this site on a number of occasions. Rather, what yours truly (and a number of other people for that matter) found interesting was Mr. Olechowski’s post-race wrap-up “speech”.  I have elected to place the word “speech” in quotations because it is an online diatribe. One which employed the worst aspects of Academy Award acceptance speeches with a dash of Caesar thrown in for good measure.  CASE IN POINT:

...And always, in the back of my mind, there was the eagerness to galvanize a new Polish voting block that could establish a foothold in the community and open the doors to a new leadership that would finally begin to challenge some of the post-communist operatives that over many years have infiltrated and inhibited any organizational progress achieved in prior years among members of the Polish émigré community…

Exactly constitutes a “post-communist operative”?

This is a question the Mister and I have been bandying about for sometime. We have yet to come up with a satisfactory answer. However, today I learned that on September 25, 1886 the “old” Eckford Hall was host to some honest-to-god(less) Pre-Communist Operatives! Yes, I am talking about Socialists. Follows is a teaser:


Those who care to do so can (and should) read this tome in its entirety by clicking here.


In closing, do take a moment to check out the photos I took of this accidental (but most wonderful and strangely touching) slice of Greenpoint life in larger format. You can also knock around a collection of news stories about Eckford Hall I found while whiling away this dreary Saturday by clicking here. Enjoy!

Photo Credits/Disambiguation: The fellow depicted in the Bolshevik flyer is not Christopher Olechowski. The poster in question (which graces Chez Shitty 2.0) was issued by Scot Paper in the 1930’s.

*Just kidding. I wrote this to see if the Mister is paying attention. Shh!

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Calyer Street

August 23, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

Taken August 23, 2012.

Lost On Franklin Street: Gary

July 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I spied this flyer today at the intersection of Calyer Street. If you have seen Gary (who clocks in at 11 pounds and sports an ear tip) please contact his person at the above-listed email address or telephone number. Thanks!

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Calyer Street

July 25, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today I learned that sometimes a shadow is as good, if not better, than the original!

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