From The New York Shitty Inbox: McCarren Dog Run Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Christine, the overseer of what is without argument the most frequented dog run in north Brooklyn, writes:

I am truly SO pleased to share with y’all … Our dry well & french drains as approved by the Parks Department were installed last week! Everything looks like it is working well.  Of course,  we need to spread those wood chips.

Let’s celebrate our accomplishment with a little Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:

Saturday, October 29, at 10 am
Front of the Big Dog Run

Please join us.  Dogs are welcomed!

McCarren Park Dog Run Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, October 29, starting at 10:00 a.m.
McCarren Park Dog Run
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Greenburg Photo du Jour: McCarren Park

Taken October 20, 2011.

Urban Fur: Waiting

October 22, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

From Driggs Avenue.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: District Dog Halloween Parade & Adoption Day

October 11, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

That’s right folks, District Dog’s annual Halloween parade and costume contest will soon be upon us! Follows are some highlights from 2009’s and 2010’s festivities to help my fellow dog lovers get inspired. Enjoy!

District Dog Halloween Parade & Adoption Day
October 30, 2011 starting at 2:00 p.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Plea From The McCarren Dog Run

The headmistress of the McCarren Park Dog Run, Christine, writes:

Good afternoon Heather,

I can’t tell what a soul crushing pain in ass this project has been … This week we got the news that we need another $4k for it.   After months of asking our contractor to include every cost into their budget and such, we found out the they didn’t include excavating the dog run of nearly a foot of chips and such from the whole dog run before they could start.    It is gonna cost another $4k … not being one to give up BUT feeling pretty defeated and actually having some very dark thoughts … I reached out to the dog run community … Can you help spread the word?  …We are in a challenge grant period right now raise a $1k get $1k from Must Luv Dogs.  We have got 36 hours to do it.   Must Luv Dogs is the latest of supportive pet stores to help.  Others who have helped are PS9 and NYC Pets.  These 3 stores have shown a level of generosity that is amazing.

Here’s the deal (once again), folks: this project, which has all the necessary permits in place, can either break ground this month or be postponed due to a lack of funds. As Christine has made clear, a few local businesses have stepped up to the plate to help make this (much overdue) project happen. One such establishment is Must Love Dogs and to this end they are offering a matching grant of $1,000.

The deadline is midnight, October 2nd— that’s tomorrow, so time is of the essence! You can tender your donation(s) via the McCarren Dog Run’s ChipIn widget on their web site or via PayPal at:

Let’s make this happen, Greenburg dog lovers!

Photo Credits: billy l.



From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part I: Repurposing

September 29, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Love Thy Neighbor 

A chap named Sal writes (of the above photographs):

I was going to lock my bike up earlier this morning. About 8:30ish. And I noticed “Enids” restaurant using the bike racks on the corner of Manhattan and Driggs as their own personal drying rack for their dirty floor mats. The wet mats were draped over peoples bikes.


From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Suicide At McGolrick Park?

September 24, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Anonymous writes (in an email entitled “Rumors”):

Heard thru the grapevine that there was a suicide by hanging in mcgolrick dog run last night. Police tape wrapped around the area early this morning.  Have you heard anything?

The truth is I haven’t. However, I asked Deputy Inspector Hurson about it and, true to form, he got right back to me right away (thanks)! He confirmed that a man (who is presumed— but not confirmed to be homeless) did commit suicide in the area. His identity has yet to be ascertained. Inasmuch as the McCarren Park homeless have received much press attention of late, the homeless who call McGolrick their home have gone virtually unnoticed. Something to think about, folks…

UPDATE, September 26, 2011: An eyewitness has stepped forward. Jared writes:

I got to the scene of this before the firemen and police did. A man had already called 911 and we waited for the police to arrive. The man was already dead. It was a hanging, twine wrapped around the fence on the dog run and he was on the ground between the bench and the fence. He certainly seemed homeless with lots of bags on the bench. If anyone has information about this man, please post it. It was a tragic scene and I am at least glad that only a few people had to witness it.

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: From Driggs Avenue With Love

September 20, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken September 20, 2011.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: The Corner

September 20, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

the corner

Taken by beau.unruh.

Now At Driggs Pizza: A Vegetarian Delight

This summer I noticed the arrival of this, one of the finest vegetarian pies to be found in our fair city. As you can see it sports the usual suspects, e.g.; olive, mushrooms, tomatoes and (of course) cheese. What you may not be able to ascertain is it sports a couple unusual items as well: asparagus and artichoke hearts! Then as seemingly soon as this culinary delight came— it went. Well, as it would happen I was contacted by the chap designing Driggs Pizza’s new web site recently. I brought my despondency to his attention and he, in turn, brought it to theirs. Thus it came to pass that these kind folks were nice enough to whip me up my very own pie— and bring it back on weekends moving forward! This pie will set you back $4.00 a slice or $24.00 a pie. You have my personal word it is truly worth it. Give it a try!

Driggs Pizza
558 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

(718) 782-4826

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