Urban Artifact: 396 Days & Counting

November 17, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

Teddy Guano and Wine Glass

Poor Teddy

It would appear the Greenpoint Avenue Teddy (AKA: Jail Bear) has lost his companions and has taken to hitting the bottle. Poor furry fella.

Happy Halloween From New York Shitty!

(Or: 380 Days & Counting!)

Greenpoint Avenue Teddy Close Up

Halloween Teddy

I can think of no better way to celebrate Halloween in Greenpoint than paying tribute to the Greenpoint Avenue “teddy bear”. As you can see, I gave the furry fellow proper attire for the occasion. This I did yesterday. What’s more, gentle readers, I have the approval of the person who put him there in the first place! This came to pass last weekend while I was headed over the see the new Banksy piece hereabouts.

Me (ensuring the safety of said teddy—  Banksy has “preservationists”—so why shouldn’t this fellow?)
A fellow we’ll call “F” (grabbing a smoke nearby): You like my bear?
Me: You’re the person behind this?

“F” assured me he was— and went on the explain that he saw bear on top of one of the garbage cans on a rainy night. He felt it would be a waste to simply have it go to the dump so he placed in this window and it has been there ever since. He went on to note:

He’s been there for about a year now.

Me: He’s been there for over a year. I have been keeping track.

“F” went on to say he’s surprised how this bear has become an “interactive” community project— and that he was disappointed that the stuffed kitty has since disappeared. He then mused pondered the meaning of  the bear’s “helmet” (the fur creature which has found its way atop said bear).

I noted that maybe this was his “thinking cap” and pointed out that this bear has been a fascinating testament to what happens when one is subjected to the corner of Franklin Street and Greenpoint Avenue 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If he has a brain (and this cannot be ruled out)…

it probably looks like this now.

“F” laughed at this.

Informed my new friend that come Halloween time I was going to dress said bear “up” for the occasion. He felt this to be a sterling idea. (Obviously I did.)

Before parting ways I asked “F” if this bear had a name.

He replied:

“Jail Bear”.


So there have you.

Happy Halloween Greenpoint (and New York City)!

P.S.: Special props go out to a lady sitting a parked SUV on Greenpoint Avenue watching me install “Jail Bear’s” Halloween attire and documenting it. She was laughing her ass off. That’s the Greenpoint spirit!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Gearing Up For Halloween Edition

Franklin Street


Java Street


(Taken October 27, 2013.)

The Word On The Street, Part II: “Free” Country


Taken October 26, 2013.

The Word On The Street, Part I: Dood


From Franklin Street.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: The End

The End

From Franklin Street.

Urban Artifact: 370 Days & Counting!


While on the one hand I was rather despondent to discover the kitty has seen fit to leave, the Greenpoint Avenue Teddy has crossed the one year mark in his watch. Here’s looking at you, kid!







From The New York Shitty Inbox: And Now A Word From the NYPD

October 14, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 




Via an anonymous tipster:

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the following individual wanted in connection to a burglary in the confines of the 94th Precinct. The circumstances are as follows:

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at approximately 0520 hours a M/W entered Jimmy’s Diner located at 92 Calyer Street via the basement entrance. The suspect then removed an iPad and $300.

Suspect description: M/30’s, approx. 6’00” in height, 170lbs, with a beard, wearing a green baseball hat, dark sweatshirt, jeans and tan work boots.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Franklin Street

September 29, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 


Taken September 29, 2013.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: 341 Days & Counting…

September 19, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 


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