From The New York Shitty Inbox: 155 Calyer Gets SWO’ed

January 4, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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As some of you might remember last year I wrote about the immaculate demolition of 155 Calyer Street. A landmarked property. Well, I have been advised via comments and email the perpetrators, 155 Calyer LLC,  have been served.

new writes on 12/31/09:

DOB dropped by this afternoon and posted a love note in the window..

C writes on 1/4/10:

155 calyer got a stop work order

Sure enough, per the Department of Building’s web site 155 Calyer has been served.

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Note how the interior demolition is “80% complete”. I wonder what tipped them off?

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Perhaps it was this hugeass dumpster out front?

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Note how it is placed in a “No Parking” zone. It should also be noted this photograph was taken today, January 4, 2010: a Monday.

If you’re going to break one law, why not break a few more? You’ll get a slap on the proverbial (READ: financial) wrist. That’s the north Brooklyn way!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Aluminum Siding Watch: 155 Calyer Street

December 30, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Vinyl Siding 

After C raised the alarm about the work going on at 155 Calyer I simply had to behold it for myself. So this afternoon I swung by to get a look-see.

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By all appearances they are gutting the interiors of both storefronts in order to rewire them. Do they have permits to do this? No, they don’t.

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So far they have not touched the exterior. This is encouraging because:

  1. Under landmarking they cannot modify it. At least not excessively.
  2. It sports the only example in Greenpoint— and very possibly all of Brooklyn— of purple aluminum siding. Like it or hate it folks (and for the record, I like it), this IS in keeping with the character of our neighborhood!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: What’s Up at 155 Calyer?

December 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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C (who sent me the above photo) writes:

Former home of the William Taft, and a perfectly good laundromat. Then became the architect’s studio. Then nothing… until today, when both sides had major demolition going on inside. No permits. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Posted or on the DOB site.

I’m all for this space getting used for some useful commerce – or any commerce or small business – but I smell a rat.

Demolition without a permit? In Greenpoint? Say it isn’t so, C!

In all seriousness, this is hardly surprising but pretty darned disturbing given this building is landmarked. Anyone out there have the scoop on what is happening at this site? If so, please share via the comments. Thanks!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: SNOW!

Calyer Street

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Guernsey Street

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Norman Avenue

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Manhattan Avenue

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Bedford Avenue

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Taken December 19, 2009.

Miss Heather

Image Credits: The photograph of Calyer Street and the Greenpoint Savings Bank come courtesy of Caryn Rose!

Tis The Season: Shhh

December 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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From Calyer Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Street Seating Selections

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Shabby Chic & Three-legged Chair, Norman Avenue, 11222

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Northside Naugahyde, North 12 Street, 11211

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Armless with Smirnoff, North 10 Street, 11211

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Disemboweled & Fabulous, Calyer Street 11222

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: The fantastic find from Calyer Street comes courtesy of Caryn Rose.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Autumn

October 17, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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From West Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Halloween Watch: Eye On Calyer Street

October 14, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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Some of you might recall last year I met the man behind the woman who crafts 85 Calyer Street’s marvelous Halloween displays. His name is Tony and every October 31st he fires up his defanged chainsaw for the enjoyment of children of all ages. I can hardly wait!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Sweetpoint

September 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

To close on a more upbeat and food related note, today I spied a new bakery moving into 230 Calyer Street.

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Yes, I too cringed a little when I noticed this establishment is to be called “Sweetpoint”. But you know what? It has grown on me. Enough so that moving forward when people ask me where I live I am going to proclaim— with my little 11222 heart glowing with pride:

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Miss Heather

P.S.: On a related note the long-awaited renovation of the Taco Bell/KFC across the street appears to be nearing completion. Liquid cheese, here I come!

New York Shitty Day Starter: Oh Oh Oh!

September 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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Yes, I realize this is incredibly juvenile, immature, sophomoric, and so forth. But someone has taken to writing this missive of personal woe on West Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Calyer Street. At last count there were four of them: two on the east and west sides of West Street respectively.

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And— at long last— someone has responded!

Miss Heather

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