From The New York Shitty Inbox: Fire At 147 Conselyea Street

It has come to my attention that number of people are curious as to serious police/FDNY activity last night (at approximately 9:00 p.m.). The following (which comes from the NYPD via an anonymous tipster), sadly is probably the reason:

On Friday June 1st, 2012 at approximately 2116 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a residential fire inside of 147 Conselya Street apartment 3r, within the confines of the 94th Precinct. Upon extinguishment of the fire by FDNY, police observed the victim (F/W/59) unconscious and unresponsive. EMS responded and pronounced the victim DOA on the scene. The investigation is ongoing. The Medical examiner to determine cause of death and the NYC Fire Marshal to determine the cause of fire.

The identification of the victim is pending family notification.

I walked by this building late this afternoon: it has been (as you can see in the above photo provided by rosquet) totally eviscerated. I suspect I speak for many when I write my heartfelt condolences go out to the loved ones of the woman who perished in this fire and her neighbors who are now without a home.

UPDATE, June 3, a.m.: I have been made aware there is some kind of fundraising/donation effort being organized for one of the families* rendered homeless by this conflagration. If/when I get the 411, I will post it here. Here you go!

*Who apparently has a child whose birthday is today (June 3rd).

The Word On The Street, Part II: Idle

From Conselyea Street.

New York Shitty Street Seating Du Jour: Comfy Chair

January 30, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Furniture, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Conselyea Street.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Conselyea Street

December 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken December 23, 2010.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Over Under

October 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Conselyea Street.

Miss Heather

Notes From The 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

Yours truly didn’t feel like going— but she went anyway. I’m glad I did! For starters (and by Greenpoint standards, anyway) the meeting was pretty mellow. This is a good thing since I was not really in the mood for some of the angrier and uglier rhetoric that can (and does) come to pass at these meetings. This is not to suggest there wasn’t anger: there most assuredly was. The difference was the people (ladies all) who aired their ire were (as a friend noted) so darned nice about it! Bicyclists, illegal sidewalk vendors, impertinent youths and liquor licenses all get the treatment at the hands (or would that be mouths) of these ladies. One such lass made an observation so piquant that she has henceforth earned my undying admiration. But I am getting ahead of myself. Without further ado here is footage from last night’s meeting— along with synopses and a bit of analysis from yours truly. Enjoy!

Part I: D. I. Fulton gives opening statements/props and a general rundown of crime trends.

The Rundown:

  • Grand larceny auto and burglaries are up, everything else is down.
  • Vehicle accidents are down 4.1%
  • D. I. Fulton explains that since the crime stats for the 94th are so low that one or two burglaries can skew the crime statistics upward.
  • A spate of robberies via a man riding a bicycle centering (roughly) around “Woodpoint Road and Conselyea Street”. This individual has since been apprehended and identified in a line-up by two victims. NOTE: this chap’s activities came to pass between (once again: roughly) 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. in the morning and his victims were women in their 20’s.
  • D. I. Fulton talks about burglaries.

Part II: D. I. Fulton speaks about car break-ins and the public speaks!

  • Arrests are up 24.7%
  • A case of Greenpoint roof theft
  • D. I. Fulton advises runners patronizing McCarren Park to mind their personal property.
  • One citizen applauds the 94th for apprehending a man who exposed himself to her and her daughter— and physically threatened them at North 7 Street and Bedford Avenue.
  • Same said citizen complains about illegal street vendors.

Part III: The Public Speaks, continued

  • Illegal vendors, continued
  • A general discourse on unruly behavior in general on Bedford Avenue and Williamsburg in general.
  • A Greenpoint resident queries D. I. Fulton about vehicle theft: there were 13 over the summer and 109 total.

Parts IV & V: The Public Speaks, continued

The aforementioned Greenpoint resident complains about Five Leaves’s use of the sidewalk (allegedly after permitted hours for a “sidewalk cafe”) and follows is a general discussion:

  • A burglary on Bedford Avenue
  • A lady from the Lions Club gives the 94th props

  • Bicyclists
  • Street closures and parties, e.g.; do they require permits?
  • Other things including— but not limited to— one of the most awesome observations (or dare I hope: promises) I have ever heard at a 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting. Go to 2:31 and hear it for yourself!
  • There are 97 liquor licenses pending (including a renewal for the Production Lounge*). D.I. Fulton explains this as “growing pains”.
  • Parties
  • Complaints about 311 dropping calls

Closing observations/thoughts:

  1. Once again and all things considered: this meeting was pretty tame.
  2. Nonetheless there was plenty of anger to go around. This mostly centered around aspects of the “new” Williamsburg being a tourist attraction and/or a watering hole of choice. Which brings me to…
  3. the subject of liquor licenses. If the ostensible function of our Community Board is to be the voice of the people and/or institute some semblance of “community standards” their determinations should be more binding. What’s the point of having due process if the SLA (State Liquor Authority) simply looks at their recommendation— let’s say, to deny a liquor and/or Cabaret license— and they issue the license (undoubtedly greased along by lobbyists/parties with deep pockets) anyway? Just a thought.
  4. The previous Op Ed(s) having been written (and to close on a note of levity), I am taking a serious shine to the notion of some exchange program between Greenburg/Williamspoint grannies and ‘noobs in the ‘hood.** I have no doubt the previous can show middle America a few things about partying (take this, for example.) Our friends (far) beyond the Hudson could use some good ol’ north Brooklyn flavor! It builds character.

Miss Heather

*Which inasmuch as much as yours truly can ascertain is STILL operating a monthly strip club. CASE IN POINT:

**I mean this with all due respect. I have grown to absolutely adore Greenpoint grandmas over the years. I simply wish others had the pleasure of enjoying their company. It isn’t so much about “Go back to Ohio”, so to speak, as it is “Get thee to Ohio”— and get us some respect!

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: East Williamsburg Gothic

Yesterday, despite my better judgment (90+ degree weather and the aftermath of a cold do not mix), I took a walk. I went to the no-man’s land some call Greenpoint and others call East Williamsburg. Over the years I have developed a cynical disdain neighborhood taxonomy. This is due in large part to the real estate industry.

What I saw was the past, present and future of north Brooklyn. Do we, as a community, want to be the same or enjoy being different? Should we accept derelict testaments to speculation and greed such as 64 Maspeth Avenue as being a fact of life?

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Cupcakes (OH YEAH)

February 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Street Art 

From Conselyea Street.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Conselyea Street

January 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

After I took the above photograph (at 2:55 p.m., five minutes before game time) the man responsible for this display said:

Hurry up, I need to take this down! I do not want to jinx anything.

So hurry I did.

One cannot help but admire this level of dedication.

I hope this post doesn’t jinx the game either. Not because I am a big football fan (frankly I could care less): rather my gut instinct tells me I do not want this chap angry at me if they lose!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: Shortly after this post was published the game reversed in favor of the Colts. The Jets lost. 30 to 17. Whoops.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool

GODbitchcakes

Over the years this establishment has amassed quite a repertoire of snappy signs. I myself have even documented this phenomenon on occasion. Needless to say when I found this, one of their latest opuses as documented by Bitchcakes*, in my photo pool I had to post it on New York Shitty. Nice find!

Miss Heather

*Who also recently had the experience of someone blatantly lifting plagiarizing material from her blog.

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