From The New York Shitty Inbox: Weekly Construction Bulletin

July 29, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who are impacted by this endeavor (and there are many) will undoubtedly find this information useful. Plan accordingly, Greenpointers!

New York Shitty Day Ender: A Couple Community Meetings of Interest

The ever-dedicated lady of our Community board’s Transportation Committee, Karen Nieves, has brought a couple of items to my attention. Items in which I suspect a number of my friends and neighbors will be interested. Without further ado, here they are— bike share enthusiasts and those who still have issues with the Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Project should pay special attention!

Transportation Committee Meeting


Transportation Committee Meeting
May 15, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE: you have to sign in in order to speak)
Community Board 1 Office
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Nassau Avenue Construction Meeting 2.0

Nassau Avenue Construction Meeting
May 24, 2012 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Spread the word!

MONDAY: Transportation Committee Meeting Regarding The Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Project

April 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As promised (and organized by the fabulous co-chair of Community Board 1’s Transportation Committee, Karen Nieves, with BIG help from City Councilman Steve Levin and Assemblyman Joe Lentol), here it is!

Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Community Meeting
Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Community Meeting!

April 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This comes courtesy of our Community Board ‘s Transportation Chair, Karen Nieves. She writes:

Please mark your calendar!!! Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Community Meeting is set for Monday, April 23rd 6:30pm at the Lutheran Church on Russell Street.

I have word a flyer will be distributed shortly. When I receive one I will pass it along here. In the meantime, those of you who have concerns and/or issues arising from this project (For example: having port–o-let stationed next to the front door of your residence which turns over and disperses its “contents” on your front yard.*) take note!

Nassau Avenue Construction Community Meeting
Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

*Yes, this really happened.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: This Weekly Construction Bulletin

April 2, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

For those of you who want to know where the action is going to be this week (regarding construction on Nassau Avenue) I present this— their latest bulletin!

Live From Nassau Avenue & Leonard Street: DO NOT ENTER!

March 20, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today, as promised, construction commenced on Nassau Avenue. And as I learned on at the corner of Leonard Street this afternoon it is already proving to be problematic— and downright dangerous!

The above sign graces the southeastern corner of the aforementioned intersection…

and unfortunately it appears to gone largely unnoticed by motorists. Especially those driving southbound on Leonard Street, as I personally observed.

Thus a number of Good Samaritans, including the folks at Proper Real Estate (which is located on this corner), elected to take turns flagging down motorists and making them aware of the traffic changes (and this sign). I was told by one person present that no less than twenty “close calls” (READ: near accidents) had come to pass on her watch.

As of approximately 1:30 p.m. (and numerous calls to the 94th Precinct, I’ll add) a traffic officer was stationed at this corner.

If you are wondering how something like this can happen, I’ll tell you. Per our Transportation Chair (who is keeping a very watchful on eye on this) the fault lies with the Department of Design and Construction. Or more specifically the contractor whom they have entrusted to do this work. You see, part of the contractor’s job is to ensure traffic officers are stationed at key intersections to ensure as seamless transition as is possible. As you can see, this did not happen. In addition, it was brought to my attention they did not see fit to station a traffic officer at Norman Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard (which is where a public school is located). Our Transportation Chair noticed this egregious oversight and has requested one be stationed there.

While the folks at Leonard and Nassau took this all in good humor (as seen above), the fact of the matter is this is no laughing matter. Until motorists become acclimatized to the new traffic changes (and the detours entailed therein) it is vital that our public servants be extra vigilant about raising awareness— and safe-guarding our well being. In this respect thus far they have failed miserably.

On that note if any of you, gentle readers, have witnessed any similar such problems— or simply want to make your concerns known— please contact our Community Board’s Transportation Chair, Karen Nieves, via Community Board 1’s email address at bk01@cb.nyc.gov. Thanks— and stay safe Greenpointers!

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Here’s the word from the head of the 94th Precinct, D.I. Hurson:

Heather we have noticed the problems on Nassau today and tonight. I have a meeting tomorrow with the NYPD Chief of Transportation this issue will be discussed.

So we’re seeing some action on that front!

P.S.: Special thanks go out to Ms. Nieves and the head of the 94th, Deputy Inspector Hurson, for their attention to this matter— and my concerned emails!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Nassau Avenue Reconstruction, Revised Once More

March 18, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

For a project which has not even commenced yet I have to say the Nassau Avenue Construction project has necessitated a great deal of correspondence. The above-depicted material (which was brought to my attention by our Community Board’s Transportation Chair), dates from March 16th and appears to be the most current. NOTE/CAVEAT: the word on the street (READ: the rather large sign stationed at Nassau Avenue and Monitor Street) is work will begin March 20th. Well, they did say “on or about” March 19th…

Reader Contribution du Jour: Fixed!

March 17, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I am pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation, at the prompting of our Transportation Chair, has fixed the obstruction on Diamond Street. Now if they could see fir to address this (which can be found on Humboldt Street) we’ll be all aces!

Photo Credits: Sherry Wasserman

 

From The New York Shitty Inbox: And Now An Announcement From the Department of Design & Construction

March 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A great deal of the content of this site of late has been dedicated to the reconstruction of Nassau Avenue. This is because is because a number of people are confused and/or concerned about it (I have literally had people stop me on the street and ask me what is going on. No kidding.) and/or are very unhappy. Therefore I feel compelled to share the latest information as sent from the DDC’s Office of Community Outreach & Notification Office today, the Ides of March (via an anonymous tipster).

I have taken the liberty of highlighting what I find to be the most interesting passage of this tome:

on/about

New York Shitty Analysis: the Department of Design & Construction appears to be employing what is commonly known as “CYA”. For those of you who are not in the know as to what this acronym means you can get enlightened by clicking here.

To be continued… (no doubt)

 

Reader Contribution du Jour: Borne Under A Bad Sign

March 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

 

This added bit of Nassau Avenue construction/DOT hilarity hails from the intersection of Nassau Avenue and Humboldt Street and comes courtesy of Holly Wilson. NICE.

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