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:


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)


New York Shitty Day Starter: Whoops

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

The reconstruction of Nassau Avenue has thus far proven to be fraught with challenges. I for one do not find this encouraging given the actual work has not even commenced yet. The latest issue to be brought to my attention is the copious amount of signage which has been installed directing motorists to alternative thoroughfares. While certainly laudable, the powers-that-be seem to have overlooked that in so doing they are precluding pedestrians from actually using our city’s sidewalks. Which brings me to the above item (as spied by Sherry Wasserman). She writes:

Check out the new traffic sign on Diamond and Norman, which amusingly takes up more than half the sidewalk.

I certainly hope no one who happens to have mobility issues (READ: requires the assistance of a wheel chair or scooter to go about his/her daily life) resides on this block. Given the number of senior citizens in the Garden Spot this is highly likely. Conversely, this might prove to be an interesting deterrent for the increasing number of individuals who see fit to walk our community’s sidewalk while texting.

To be continued…?

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Failure To Communicate

March 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

D writes (again):

Hi Heather,
Thanks so much for working to keep the community updated! The signs said the detour would start on/about March 12, today, but nothing seemed to be different this morning. Would be nice to know exactly when the change will happen.

Well, the word on the street is construction is set to commence March 19th. It is interesting to note our Transportation Chair, Karen Nieves, was not alerted to this rather useful piece of information until last night. Not only did she voice her displeasure with this turn of events at last night’s Community Board meeting, but she is planning on organizing a public forum next month which will (hopefully) include our local elected officials. When I get the date/deets I will post them here.

Photo Credits: Special thanks go out to Holly Wilson for giving me permission to use these photos.

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Curbside Haiku

March 13, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens 

From Jackson Avenue.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Changes…

March 11, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A person we’ll call “D” writes:

Hi! Have you seen the detour alerts by the b48 bus stops? It wasn’t able to snap a picture this morning, but it looks like they will be repaving Nassau Ave and detouring the b48 to Norman Ave from March 12- Fall 2012 – yikes!

Have you heard any details about this plan? thanks!

This project has been in the works for some time. In fact I attended a presentation regarding it some time ago. However, I wanted the most up-to-date information and to this end asked our the Transportation Chair, a very dedicated lady named Karen Nieves, for the more information. She delivered. The following material will (hopefully) clear up any confusing regarding:

  1. The scope of the work is being done.
  2. Why it is being done.
  3. Who is doing said work. And most importantly of all…
  4. Who to complain to!

Without further ado here we go!


NOTE: a number of my fellow citizen have voiced interest in a hearing being conducted so as to gain a better understanding of this project and voice their concerns. If and/or when one is scheduled I will post the details here. In the meantime I hope this was helpful, D!

Spotted On McGuinness Boulevard: Stop The Speedway

November 14, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today as I was strolling past the scene of our latest traffic-related fatality, Calyer Street at McGuinness Boulevard, I stumbled upon this item. Intrigued, I checked out the url listed on this sticker upon arriving home. I would strongly advise each and every one of my fellow Greenpointers to do the same.

There you will find the above online petitions and a number of statistics which are quite disturbing. For example: in the course of 8 hours 150 red light violations were observed and 114 failures to yield to pedestrians were observed. Check it out.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Ann Girl

From Devoe Street.

New York Shitty Video du Jour: Live From McCarren Park

It would appear that the Vagina Tree’s parting gift, a felled lamppost, has been re-purposed as a skateboard ramp.

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