New York Shitty Videos du Jour: Live From the Memorial Walk & Ride On McGuinness

March 18, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Some of you are undoubtedly aware yours truly has been feeling under the weather of late. For this reason I have been scaling back my activities so as to get some much-needed rest. Nonetheless, there was no way I was going to miss the commencement of today’s Memorial Walk & Ride on our very own Boulevard of Death: McGuinness Boulevard (which, ironically enough, was the site of yet another motorist accident a few hours prior in front of a local watering hole called “The Pit Stop”). Let’s just say this issue hits close to home.

Not only was the turn-out by my fellow citizens and our public officials (not only did Ryan Kounen, the Environmental Chair of our Community Board co-host this walk, but Public Safety Chair (and arguably the most photogenic member of Community Board 1) Tom Burrows, City Councilman Steve Levin and 50th District Democratic Leader, Lincoln Restler, were all one hand) fantastic, but Emily Gallagher gave a very compelling introduction which I took the liberty of filming:

The first pedestrian fatality to be memorialized came to pass at Green Street and McGuinness Boulevard in 2002. Here an unidentified man crossing against the signal was struck and killed. As you will see the traffic in the background is more than a little daunting.

You can view the above itinerary and sobering statistics from today’s sojourn in larger format by clicking here.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Possible Police Impersonation?

A Green Street resident writes:

I came home the other day and found this flier taped to the wall outside my apartment on Green St. After some investigating, I discovered that late Sunday night two men entered our building through the roof, knocked on my neighbor’s door and flashed a badge trying to get him to let them into his apartment.. Thankfully, he was smart enough not to let them in. I”m curious as to whether you’ve heard of other incidents like this happening in the neighborhood. Also, I wanted to put a friendly reminder out there to lock your doors and windows (and roofs!)…

P.S. Do you or any of your readers have any tips for what to do if we suspect the “police” at the door are not actually police?

Although I have heard of one case of attempted police impersonation and a case housing authority impersonation (which culminated in a robbery at the Cooper Park Houses), I have not heard of any such activity hereabouts. Regardless, this is very disturbing stuff so I brought it to the attention of the commanding officer of the 94th Precinct: D.I. Hurson. He too was very troubled by this. Here’s what he had to say:

This could be very serious, have the person who encountered the “Police” go to the Precinct and report this as possible Police impersonation. Also if someone encounters plain clothes Police and they have reason to believe something is afoul ask them to call uniformed Police to respond, if that doesn’t work call 911 and request a supervisor to respond.

So there you go! If you suspect the person wanting access to your apartment is not a police officer, call the police and request they send either a uniformed officer or supervisor (as Mr. Hurson has indicated). In addition, if you have had such an encounter please follow up with the 94th Precinct and make them aware of what happened. This is serious stuff folks! Community Affairs  (a good place to start for any inquiries/concerns you may have) can be reached via telephone at (718) 383-5298. Call ’em!

New York Shitty Day Starter: Great Moments of Real Estate Hyperbole

March 5, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Wow, WTF 

(Or: The “Hart” of Greenpoint)

There is real estate insanity and then there is real estate insanity. This apartment, located at the immensely bucolic intersection of Green Street and Manhattan Avenue, has a manifold number of advertisements on Craigslist. But by far this one was the most imaginative (hence why I decided it merited mention). Nothing says “luxury” like a toilet ready, willing and able to do its duty  juxtaposed against a tropical paradise (which Greenpoint, my beloved home, is decidedly not). Citing the G train as an enticement is rather dubious as well. The previous having been written, here are the rest.

All these listings are purportedly  “by owner”. Damn.

P.S.: Lest any of you, dear readers, are wondering why I was looking at apartment advertisements on Craigslist in this draconian price bracket I’ll tell you. I had the pleasure of bumping into yet another group of people waiting to view “apartments” at 239 Banker Street this weekend! Here’s what one had to say afterward:

Hi Heather. Thanks, again, for the heads up on the shady business at Banker St. today. The apartment had very bad craftsmanship and the only elevator in the building was a scary freight elevator that had a sign stating it was unlawful for any person other than the operator to ride in the elevator…the guy renting out the spaces is named Saul (917-549-XXXX) and he’s got them listed multiple times on craigslist. We’re obviously going to pass on that building but we really loved the area. Do you have any tips/leads on finding an apartment around there? I’d appreciate any help you could offer!

I have tendered my advice to this (incredibly nice) person. If any of you, dear readers, have tips/advice as well please share them via comments or via email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. This having been written, it would appear Saul’s advertisements regarding 239 Banker Street have since disappeared into the ether. No worries, I found this…

and this.

 

Found On Franklin: Pussy

January 3, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although no details are given, I found these fliers solely between Green and Huron— so I am guessing this is where he (was found. If you know to whom this feline belongs please contact his good Samaritan at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Green Street

December 10, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

December 8, 2011.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Green Street

December 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken November 30, 2011.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: From Green Street With Love

Yes sir: that $4.79 bucket of sidewalk chalk (as purchased from our very own Greenpoint Toy Center)  is without argument the best investment yours truly has made in a long, long time!

Urban Fur: Green Street

November 27, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

Taken November 27, 2011.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Triangolo Pizza

October 29, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

300/365 - Triangolo Pizza, Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint.

Taken by Gina Herold.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: A Green Street PSA

Taken October 27, 2011.

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