The Word On The Street: The People Have Spoken (Once Again)

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Today yours truly opted to take a brief constitutional around north ‘Point. As I did I noticed that Charles Hynes, or more specifically his supporters, have seen fit to press the manifold number of construction fences hereabouts into service as billboards. The above missive can be found on Green Street between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street. I just about shot coffee out of my nose when I read the tag line at the bottom:

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Do not let political corruption take over the DA’s Office

Excuse me if I am wrong here but I suspect the reason Mr. Hynes was defeated, by quite a commanding margin I’ll add, by Ken Thompson in the Democratic Primary was due to the fact folks hereabouts are tired of political corruption in the Brooklyn DA’s office. Then again, it has been established that Mr. Hynes does not seem to see it this way. That’s why he is running as a Republican. But I digress.

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When I reached Greenpoint Avenue I was faced with this fellow’s visage once more. I was like:

Enough is enough.

And proceeded across the street to tear these damned things down. As I got closer I made an amusing discovery— one which made me reconsider my “plan of action”. It made me smile— and proud to be a Greenpointer!

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Well done, anonymous Greenpoint hooligan. WELL DONE!

UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: It has been brought to my attention that SANO (whose sign can been seen on the fence on Green Street) has had its license revoked for non-payment of taxes. Don’t take my word for it:

The Word On The Street: Special Green Street Edition

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What Are You

Taken October 20, 2013.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Found On Green Street

October 6, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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A very nice lady named Lori writes:

Hello Miss Heather!!

I have found a kitty roaming green st between Mcguiness and Manhattan. I rang bells looking for her home but no one knew her family. Right now I have my own fours cats and a friend that found herself homeless and her cat in my apt. So during the day she comes in the apt and at night is in the enclosed backyard. Not the ideal situation but I couldn’t leave her on the street. I am leaving for vacation in a week and need HELP finding her home or a foster… or maybe a new home. She is very sweet with a bit of cattitude but doesn’t even give me hard time getting in the carrier taking her from the yard to the apt at least twice a day… she does growl a bit while in it just to let me know she doesn’t love this plan! NO microchip and pretty sure female.

If any of you know to whom this lady belongs, please contact her good Samaritan at the above-listed phone number. Spread the word!

Spotted On Green Street: Us & Them

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Yes, gentle readers, it would appear our fair burgh— or at least Allen Green Street— has been pressed into service as Chinatown.

 

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The film shoot in question is “Us & Them”

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And here’s the rundown per a flyer located nearby as to what this endeavor is about…

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Yup…

The Word On The Street, Part II: From Green Street With Love

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Taken July 31, 2013.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Sans Wheels On Green Street

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A fellow we’ll call “B” writes today, June 14, 2013:

…here is a photo of my future brother in law’s car that was parked on Green and Franklin. My friend… saw the robbery said it was 2 younger people wearing hoodies. It was 5:15 AM on May 24th. My friend called the 94th and explained that he was watching the robbery take place but they only asked him why he called them and not 911. I really want to know why that happened? Why couldn’t they respond and clean up their streets a little. Seems like they would have wanted to go there and nab these bastards. We were really upset when we woke up and saw the tires were gone but I was even more upset when I found out the precinct turned their heads. Very disappointing.

Word on the street/the Greenpoint grapevine (which, on occasion, can prove to be QUITE reliable) has it that yet another automobile divested of its wheels was spied around Eagle and Franklin Street last night. WTF?

Today In Real Estate Insanity: How To Live In Greenpoint For Under $1,000/Month

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umnothanksYours truly has developed quite a fixation on AirBnb lately. This is not simply due to the lawsuit unfolding either. Rather, the Mister and I had the pleasure of having a trio of miscreants walk into our apartment at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The leader of this group announced that they were here from AirBnb and tried to hand his luggage to the Mister (who was still in his pajamas). The landlord (who had no knowledge this was going on) was called. I searched AirBnb for the listing, found it, took screengrabs and sent them to landlord. Let’s just say this did not go over well.

In any case, parsing through ~450 listings for Greenpoint (and being awakened by one’s husband rolling out more f-bombs in 2 minutes than I have ever heard him utter— much less yell— in 10+ years will motivate one to do this kind of thing) made me aware that this is a pervasive practice. I am surprised? No, not really. Still, it is wretchedly comical on occasion— especially when compared to the solicitation which graces the beginning of this post. CASE IN POINT:

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But wait folks— there’s more…

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Much more— like what the fuck is up with the slide?

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No worries, the “host” of these digs gives full disclosure:

Hello Traveler,

I’m an Artist living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I share my 3 bedroom Classic Artist’s Loft with travelers from Airbnb. I am respectful, kind and accommodating. I am seeking the same out of you! This is a fairly large apartment, it’s spacious feeling even when everyone is home. I have been very lucky and met amazing people through this service. Much of my furniture was custom made by the artist Jean-Marie Mauclet of JEMA Design and all my lighting is eco-friendly LED’s.

You are welcome to stay in my guest loft. This is a great short-term space for the budget traveler that does not require much privacy. If this space is booked, you are looking for a longer stay or need more privacy check out my “Private Room in Classic Loft” or “Brite Room in Classic Artist’s Loft.” Both are just as cool, better for long stays and have more privacy! The “Cozy Loft” is built above the door in the main living area. When at home, I tend to hang out in my bedroom on my computer or on the roof when the weather is nice. The weekends can be a bit livelier, but not by much! I will provide clean sheets for your double-bed and warm blankets if needed. I also have plenty of storage space if you should need it. Under the loft I have a wardrobe just for your use with plenty of drawers and a place to lock up your computer or other small valuables if you are concerned. The loft is relatively private, comfortable and clean. However, it is not great for couples seeking a romantic vacation or anyone who needs absolute silence to sleep. It has the unusual entrance and exit of an industrial slide. It is not particularly challenging to use, but can be a problem If you are a bit tipsy from going on a pub crawl in the neighborhood, uncoordinated or tired.

My Artist’s Loft is located on the top floor on a quiet street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This is a very safe and friendly part of Brooklyn to visit. I have a manually operated freight elevator that is off limits (* Ed. note) but can be used to transport heavy items if you require. I have fantastic roof access with beautiful views of the New York Skyline. Bring your lap top computer and connect to my WiFi. If you sit in the right space you can enjoy the WiFi in the open air on the roof.

The Franklin Ave (Street — Ed. Note) shops, restaurants and bars are just around the corner. The closest Subway station is the Greenpoint Ave G, also in walking distance is the Bedford Ave L and the Vernon Blvd 7. By subway, I am located 25 minutes from Union Square, 26 minutes from Times Square, 30 minutes from Central Park, 38 minutes from Tribeca and 25 minutes from the East Village. The B61 and B43 bus stop is only a block away and very helpful when weather is uncomfortable. JFK is one hour away by public transport and LGA is 25 minutes away by Cab. Get Ready for your “morning slide!”  I look forward to meeting you. – (excised)

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So what do members of AirBnb’s “community” have to say? See for yourself. Reading is believing!

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By all appearances —and until recently yours truly lived on the block in question for ten years— these cozy accommodations appear to hail from 125 Green Street. What’s more, Google backs me up!

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The funny thing is NAG (formerly Neighbors Allied Against Garbage, now Neighbors Allied For Good Growth) tried to organize this building. Under the pretext that such industrial spaces cum artists space preserved the “artistic integrity” of the community.

Confused About The Loft Law?

One year later, there is neither a Loft Law application— nor Certificate of Occupancy for this property for that matter. But it has a cozy loft available for $975.00 a month. 

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Slide on!

P.S.: The front door of this artists’ abode has Freddy Mercury on it.

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Awesome. Totally awesome.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Missing On Green Street

May 8, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Greenwich Village 

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Anyone who has the pleasure of knowing our local veterinarian, Brad Seaman, be it as a friend or a client can attest that he is one sweet, caring fellow. Thus when he contacted me that one his own furkids— actually one of his girlfriend— has gone MIA it was no question that I would gladly post an item soliciting her safe return. Here it is:

  1. His girlfriend, Jen, a fellow vet (!) just moved in with him at the Viridian (Yeah, I know— but that’s another matter!).
  2. He has just realized that her furkid, Gretta, who bears a strong resemblance to the above kitty save she is a bit older, is missing.
  3. To this end he would like us to help him secure her safe return.

Anyone who has seen a cat fitting this description on or near Green Street please give him a call at (718)406-2022 ASAP. As you can see, a reward is being offered. Thanks— and spread the word!

P.S.: I will be amending this post with a photo of Greta when he is able to send me one.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Gretta has been found. Hooray!

New York Shitty Feral Christmas Tree Watch: This May Very Well Be A Record…

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As my walk by 125 Green Street this morning, May 2nd, attests: it’s never too late to discard last year’s Yuletide cheer…

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: The King Of Beers

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I call this shot “Cutting Out The Middleman”.

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(From Green Street.)

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