From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: What’s Up At 373 Graham Avenue?

Many of the people reading this site are familiar with the phenomenon that is 373 Graham Avenue. For those of you who are not in the know you can get up to speed by clicking here, here and here. Suffice it to say something very, VERY strange is going on there.

A sign has been posted by the ostensible owner of this establishment extolling upon the pleasurable experience that is “central booking”. And if what I have received this correspondence evening is any indication, the author of this tome has gained firsthand experience of just this. Tonight. An anonymous tipster writes:

Hey — you know that weirdo who has that weird storefront with all the weird posters and garbage on the street on Graham Avenue and Skillman? This guy?

The cops just arrested him a few minutes ago. The showed up outside his place around 6:50 and were talking calmly to him for about 20 minutes. Then they handcuffed him and continued talking, until he got quietly in the back of their car. Couldn’t really make out anything they were saying, but as a couple who lives nearby, we were pretty stoked to see this. That guy is a creep.

Per the head of the 94th Precinct, D.I. Hurson, the author of this tome was arrested for menacing someone with a knife. Can I honestly say I am surprised by this? No, not really. This situation has been building critical mass for some time. Yikes!

New York Shitty Day Starter: From Graham Avenue With Love

February 10, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken February 9, 2012.

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Graham Avenue

Taken January 15, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Graham Avenue

Taken January 15, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Billboard Down At Meeker & Graham Avenue

An anonymous tipster writes:

Brooklyn: BQE at Metropolitan Ave Hugh. Billboard  came down due to the high winds and resting on the expressway, Highway is closed.

Original Tweet:

By all appearances no one was hurt (I am awaiting a confirm of this from the head of the 94th Precinct). Nonetheless, commuters might want to avoid this area. YIKES!

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: here are a few more images courtesy of JUZTIN



My questions are now this: What, if any, regulations are there for billboards? Are they subject to routine maintenance— and if so, by whom? If so, was a lack of routine maintenance to blame for this? Did the inexplicable and horrific auto accident involving an office duty police officer recently possibly destabilize this sign? I don’t know— but I want to find out!

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: So apparently the billboard was located on the building in question and it appears the aforemention-auto accident is not a factor: citizen journalist Robin writes:

The car went off the other side of the BQE and one block up (south side , btwn Graham and Humboldt). The pole for this sign was in the back of the building it fell on (north side btwn Graham and Manhattan).

Photo credits: Robin Hagert (Thanks!)


East Williamsburg Photo du Jour: The Corner

Taken January 9, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Graham Avenue Lament

December 30, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

An artist lived not so far away from here.

Taken December 30, 2011.

Williamsburg Photos du Jour: Season’s Greetings From Graham Avenue

Taken December 30, 2011.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Season’s Greetings From Monitor Street

On November 27th, Jay noted:

New access cover on Monitor street. Third replacement this year. There’s still a month left in 2011 for this one to get swiped, too.

This morning, December 22nd, Jay writes:

With just over a week left in 2011 another access cover on monitor street has been swiped. That makes 4? 5? for this year alone. I’ve lost count. Will the next one come gift wrapped?

Since we Greenpointers have by and large been a good lot, perhaps Santa and his elves will see fit to give us a new one? My advice is as follows: Monitor Street residents leave a plate of milk and cookies next to this pilfered man hole come December 24th. (Hey, a little bribery never hurt!) In the meantime I would like to humbly recommend the following to our fair city:

  1. Some attempt at policing the scrap metal businesses (which are clearly purchasing these stolen goods) be made.
  2. These access covers be fashioned out of a material (plastic perhaps?) which render them non-lucrative to sell.

In closing, I will leave you with some more handiwork of our local entrepreneurs courtesy of a lass named Robin.

She writes:

Hey heather ,
Here are some pix of missing covers. one is on Withers St. by Graham the other 2 are right across the street from Scrap It Up, on Maspeth and Morgan where all the guys go with their shopping carts full of “scrap”. It was too dark when I past but you should check out the naked fire hydraint out in front, LOL.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Season’s Greetings From Graham Avenue

Taken December 13, 2011.

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