From The New York Shitty Inbox: More Anger

December 29, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Lot’s Wife writes:

I read your blog frequently, and I always appreciate your dedication to pointing out what is NOT working (and what is) in our neighborhood.  Which brings me to my point of concern.  Perhaps you’ll have some advice for me or at the least let your readers know of this sure-fire money making opportunity.

The Rite Aid that everyone loves on Manhattan Ave., the one with the disco interior that people like to show off to newbies and tourists, has a backside on Lorimer between Meserole and Norman.  Maybe you knew this or maybe you didn’t.  In any case, the manager of RiteAid appears not to know or care about the back of the building.  Every single year the Lorimer side is neglected.  This wouldn’t matter, but Lorimer Street is a very residential block with a fair share of elderly people, children, and dogs.  Broken glass is strewn along the sidewalk which never gets cleaned up.  There is no street light across the entire stretch of the building so that even though the building is around the corner from the police station, it becomes a haven for drunks throughout the night who leave their urine and feces about, which also never gets cleaned.

What bothers me most is that EVERY SINGLE WINTER they don’t shovel the sidewalk when it snows.  And if ever they do, it’s a 5 inch path.  This year is no different.  Everybody on the block, including the elderly owners of buildings managed to clear their snow before 11am the next day after the storm – in other words, yesterday.  It’s the law and no one wanted to get ticketed.  It’s also a courtesy to the people in our community who have trouble walking down the street on the best of days.  Rite Aid STILL has not shoveled.  I called the manager of the store today and he said that he put in a call this morning to get it done.  This morning.  A day after everyone else in Greenpoint had already shoveled.  They managed to shovel the Manhattan Avenue entrance yesterday morning, but not the Lorimer side.  I’ve left a message with their corporate office and am awaiting a return call.

I would like to invite you or anyone to slip and fall outside the ass of their building and sue them.

Having seen the splendor— if you can call it that— which is the backside of this establishment myself I can personally attest it is revolting. Aside from perhaps taking photographs and submitting them via 311 online I am drawing a blank. Thoughts, anyone?

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Garbage Art

September 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Noah Devereaux (who took the above photograph) writes:

Sorry for the shitty iPhone picture. I was walking out to manhattan ave when I spotted this painting propped up in the back of a garbage truck. Something about the placement seemed to perfect for mere chance.

I would not put it past our city’s strongest to have an eye for art. Just think about the selection they have to choose from hereabouts!

Miss Heather

Quicklink: Waste “Management”

Queens Crap recently received a real gem in his “crap box”: a Department of Sanitation memo outlining how waste is to be transported hereabouts. If you have ever wondered about this kind of thing (and I know you’re out there) here is the answer in a nutshell: it entails shuttling material from Long Island City through Greenpoint to Blissville.

Don’t take my word for it: point and click your way over to Queens Crap and see it for yourself! Reading is believing.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: PO’ed At Pio Pio Riko

June 7, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

When I encountered the above assortment of detritus (a rose, a fern leaf, a cake figurine and a partially consumed bottle of Corona— all of which reeked of stale beer) in front of Pio Pio Riko yesterday it was enough to even give me pause. So I took a picture of it. Now jump forward to today: you can imagine my lack of surprise when I received an email from someone else who finds this establishment’s lack of tidiness troubling.

Anonymous (who sent me the above images) writes:

Hi Miss Heather,

I live on Huron St, and every day I have to walk pass Pio Pio Riko at the corner of Manhattan and Huron in order to go to and from my house every day.

The problem is the absolutely foul, unsanitary conditions that I observe on a daily basis. Mice play on the side on the building with reckless abandon. Attached is a photo of the dumpster, which attracts clouds of flies and is almost always overflowing. PPR is sometimes even kind enough to use the city supplied green trashcan in front of their business for their own refuse (something that can be accompanied by a fine.)

I’m a three-year Greenpointer who is about as pro-local business as you can get, but the conditions here are ridiculous. We’ve tried 311 in order to get the restaurant to clean up its act, but the city won’t do anything. The sidewalk often becomes impossible to navigate, it being strewn with trash from the restaurant. When it gains, you can see workers wading through inches of water in the PPR basement prep kitchen as workers chop onions and bring up vats of “green sauce.” Disgusting.

Take a walk down Huron St one evening past PPR, and tell me what you smell. I’m not trying to run PPR out of the nabe; I simply want them to have respect for their neighborhood and the people who live in it.



Let’s see: Anonymous is calling 311. That’s a good start. However he/she should be forwarding these complaint numbers (with photos) to Community Board 1. Other than that I honestly don’t know what else can be done. Does anyone have advice for Anonymous? If so please tender them via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com.


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: No Parking

November 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Since today’s offerings (for some inexplicable reason) seem to mostly revolve around minding one’s p’s and q’s I submit the following (which hails from Diamond Street) for your approval.


The sign gracing this two-wheeled totem indicates there is to be no parking on this side of the street Monday and Thursday mornings (for street cleaning). Today is Tuesday. It would appear that New York’s Strongest used a little ingenuity and some good ol’ elbow grease to work around this wayward bike.

Miss Heather

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