Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: What Is Wrong With This Picture?

June 7, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, WTF 

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Given the East River Ferry has not serviced Greenpoint since February 13th— and probably will not for the foreseeable future— I find this ad copy a mite bit troubling.  I predict a number of “foamers” being not the least bit pleased with being “detoured” to Williamsburg so as to be shuttled back to India Street and West Street (and from there, having to find this event). My (tongue in cheek) advice: take a cab instead.

Let’s all try to be good neighbors/”hosts” and help these folks find their way to their planned destination. By their fanny packs, visors and rather large cameras ye shall know them…

Quicklink: About The India Street Pier

April 22, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Yes folks, the not-so-small matter of the fact Greenpoint has been without ferry service for over two months has merited the attention of the New York Daily News! I encourage each and everyone to give this tome a read. Yours truly’s favorite passage is as follows:

The operation would require the use of a crane for the investigation, and again during the repair work. The city wants to determine what went wrong before the repairs will be authorized.

RedSky’s principals only want to hire the crane once, officials said.

“Them balking because they didn’t want to spend some extra money getting a crane out to do the investigation is outrageous,” said Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint). “There has to be answers as to why this happened,” he added. “Because somebody really could have died.”

Indeedy! Those of you who have not done so already can, should see the photos I took of the pier and surrounding environs earlier this month. Let’s just say I am not the least bit surprised by the pier owner’s intransigence. I mean if he cannot be bothered to provide basic maintenance/upkeep, why should balking at hiring a crane be the least bit surprising? Really?

New York Shitty Photos/Video Du Jour: Wish You Were Here

Today yours truly decided to take a stroll along the waterfront and see what’s shaking (in addition to the pier).

Unlike my previous visit, the pier was open to the public.

Whether or not it is supposed to be is anyone’s guess.

I’ll leave you, gentle readers, to draw your own conclusions.

I quickly ascertained I was not alone.

Evidence of recent merry-making was spotted.

Welcome to Greenpoint.

For shits and giggles I decided to hang around until the next ferry came by. Sure, we Greenpointers do not have (direct) access to this amenity— but we can wave at it!

For those of you who are wondering Greenpoint has been without ferry service since February 13, 2014. If there were, say, a few luxury residential towers here— more specifically, residents inhabiting said towers who(se wallets) will get the ear of their elected officials— do you honestly think this situation would have been allowed to persist as it has? Really? But of course we do not have luxury towers much less luxury tower residents— at least yet— so we, the hoi polloi, will just have to wait. And wait…

Quicklink: One For The HOLY SHIT Files…

February 13, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 


You can read all about it here.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: The Big BK Toy Drive

That’s right folks: not only is the toy drive in effect but it has a name and the above lovely flyer (whose design was generously provided by the folks at McMillian+Furlow) to go with it! Please follow this wonderful endeavor on Facebook (where updates will be posted about participating businesses, the key note event at Red Star Bar and assortment of wonderful prizes for the raffle— among other things) and spread the word! Lets give our littlest neighbors in need something to smile about this holiday season, north Brooklynites!

P.S.: A Twitter page is also in the works and should be up today: @bigBKtoydrive

And Now A Word From The MTA

That’s right Greenpointers: Crosstown Local service has yet to be restored.* Now factor in the East River Ferry will not be servicing the India Street Pier…

and, well, you get the idea. Plan accordingly, Garden Spotters!

*As it would happen I bumped into our City Councilman, Steve Levin, this morning. He was headed to the Church of the Ascension (which you may recall is operating a food drive for our friends in need as a result of hurricane Sandy). He too was less than pleased about about the state of mass transit hereabouts.


New York Shitty Day Starter: East River Ferry Service Resumes Today…

November 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

but not for Greenpoint!


New York Shitty Day Ender: Home Sweet Home!

Nothing says “welcome home” from spending a day at the Eastern District Federal Courthouse in downtown Brooklyn (so as to be selected for jury duty) quite like exiting the India Street stop of the East River Ferry to find a feral feline (or two). For those of you who are not in the know (and I met quite a few today), the Eastern District Federal Court system has a rather interesting set of jurisdictions. They are, to my understanding, as follows:

  • Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Kings and Richmond County (Staten Island) constitute one.
  • Bronx and Manhattan constitute another.

This arrangement can lead to hilarious results. In my case: getting a notice informing me I was “on call” to show up at the Eastern District courthouse at Central Islip on less than 12 hours notice. This is the daily commute I was expected to make each and every day I was to show up per the Federales:

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Those of you who live in Greenpoint, are registered voters and rely upon public transportation take note: if you get such a notice (and trying to get Greenpointers to go to Central Islip seems to be common) read the jury information pamphlet contained therein. It states that if you have over a “75-90” minute commute in each direction you can claim a transportation hardship deferment and serve at the Eastern District Court in Downtown Brooklyn instead.

My advice: simply write a few lines stating your transportation hardship and accompany it with a couple of Google maps which ilustrate how long your commute will take (which will most assuredly be over 90 minutes). It works. As I told a woman who schlepped in from Central Islip today much to her chagrin.

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And if/when you are called to serve at Eastern District Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn (as I had to today*), Greenpointers, do yourself a favor: take the East River Ferry. The Feds have a Zip Code system by which they compensate for commuting expenditures. 11222 nets us $2.87 for each leg of our commute. The ferry costs $4.00 each way, but the irritation/confusion factor easily override the extra dollars and cents. Trust me.

In closing (and on a somewhat related note) I received an email from the caretaker of the feral colony at the India Street Pier, a very nice lady named Tori. It reads as follows:

Positions open, volunteer: feral cat colony feeders and maintenance staff. Summer months to start. Be a part of a team of caretakers who feed and water stable colony of cats near Franklin and India Streets. Involves sourcing food for seven cats, supplying fresh water, waiting while they eat (about 20 minutes) and cleaning area. Not that much investment, considering rewards of helping these particularly friendly and charming homeless animals. All neutered. Morning or evening shifts available–(

*Lest you are wondering, I was not “picked” today (However a fellow whose snoring was so loud during “orientation” he had to be awakened several times was. Go figure). But being “on call” entails you call an 800 number after 5:00 p.m. for ten consecutive business days. Plan accordingly. READ: pack a good lunch— or you might end up damned near losing yours.

CASE IN POINT: during my lunch hour and 45 minutes (and after eating a really greasy grilled cheese sandwich) I witnessed a scene at Metrotech Center than even left me speechless: a 20-something woman sitting atop the lap of a 20-something man. While he was gently caressing her ass she was rather aggressively trying to pop a pimple on his face. I cannot tell a lie: this made me barf a little in my throat. That’s LOVE gentle readers!

New York Shitty Day Ender: Relax

After hearing the good news about India Street Pier being outfitted with long-promised (and much needed) seating, today I simply had to see the goodness for myself. I’m glad I did too!

Not only they pressed into service by ferry patrons before my very eyes, but I struck up a conversation with the chap in the foreground (who was affixing East River Ferry signage/stickers to said benches). I broke the ice by telling him I, and many others, were very happy to see benches installed for ferry-goers/sight-seers. He was pleased to hear this.

He explained to me they wished to purchase something sturdy so as to brave the rather gusty winds— and something which would prove difficult to “commander” (READ: steal). I’d say at 500 pounds a pop (courtesy of the copious amount of concrete used in their fabrication) they made a very wise selection!

In closing he noted to me (with a chuckle) that the original benches were allocated to a park nearby. My reply was as follows:

Yes that “park” sports a lot of concrete— but I once saw an amazing gaggle of ducks swim by while hanging out there. It was really neat.

Then I added:

It would nice if park goers could have egress on India Street, though. You know, so if they want to wait for the ferry there they do not have to walk around the block.

He assured me they are working on this.

To be continued…?

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: Wish Fulfillment

A person we’ll call “T” writes in an email entitled “Your wish is coming true”:

Benched on India st pier!  4 of em



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