From The New York Shitty Inbox: Abundant Life, Disassembled

May 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


Jay Lombard (who took the above photograph) writes:

I saw this last night, snapped a photo and then saw you had mentioned it… Took out an entire section of iron gate. Could easily have wiped out kids who gather in front for an after school program…Have a good day and keep an eye out for cars on sidewalks.

This is some of the best advice I’ve heard of late given some of the recent, um, activity in our neighborhood. In closing I strongly advise anyone who witnessed this incident or the one which culminated in Violetta Krzyzak’s horrific death and a three car pile-up in front of Rivera’s Grocery* make it a point to attend this month’s 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting. Here are the deets:

94th Precinct Community Council Meeting
May 18, 2009 (that’s next Monday folks!) starting at 7:30 p.m.
Capital One Bank (AKA: The Greenpoint Savings Bank)
Calyer Street Entrance
807 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

*Especially those of you who were further south, e.g.; Driggs, Nassau or Norman Avenue.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Another Greenpoint Car Crash

May 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Ashley writes:

Woe that I do not have a picture of this for you (though I did beg my husband to try and get one when he called me) but it appears that reckless driving has once again (dis)graced our ‘hood. Around 3:30 this afternoon, a driver going at a very high rate of speed crashed into the front doors of the church located on Leonard between Nassau and Driggs. He fled on foot.  Word on the street is that no one was hurt, thankfully. (The details of the crash that claimed the life of the neighborhood woman in April continue to make my heart heavy.)

When my husband walked by, they were trying to remove the car and had to take down the front awning of the structure to do so. There was emergency equipment all around and the fire department had blocked off the street to traffic.

What the hell, man? This is Greenpoint. Drunks – I am okay with. Crazies – I welcome for entertainment value.  But seriously, this shit scares me. Apparently no sidewalk is safe in our Garden Spot.

I am curious if anyone else has any more details on this incident…

Indeed. If anyone reading this knows more about Greenpoint’s latest incident of inanimate objects colliding with motor vehicles please share them via the comments. I have said it before and I will say it again:

What the hell fuck is happening to our community?

Is the Garden Spot of the Universe becoming the next Rock Ridge? This would certainly appear to be the case. I’m not a big fan religious institutions in general but someone seeking a closer relationship to his (or her) maker should be able to do so with the reasonable expectation that someone behind the wheel of an automobile isn’t going to hasten the process.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Matthew Glasson writes:

When I saw your post, I ran out… to get some pics of the Abundant Life Assembly church on Leonard. There were several people out in front and while I was initially across the street, once they saw I had a camera they invited me over to get better pictures of the damage for insurance purposes. The car had already been removed. According to the pastor, Irene Hanna, the guy stole the car from up the block (it was uncertain whether the owner of the car had left his keys in the ignition or not).  The car thief then drove down Leonard St. before losing control, hitting a parked car and then crashing into the front awning of the church, destroying the gate and causing the awning to collapse. Apparently, the driver then got out of the vehicle and high-tailed it out of there, but he didn’t get very far and was apprehended by the police.

…What the hell is going on out there?

Once again, indeed. You can see Mr. Glasson’s photographs of the aftermath of our latest car theft “incident” by clicking here. CAVEAT: viewing said contents might make you consider becoming an athiest— or at the very least an agnostic.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

April 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 




This post is dedicated to Violetta Krzyzak and the loved ones she left behind. Any one of us could have found ourselves in her unfortunate shoes: being at the wrong place at the worst possible time. May she rest in peace.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: I have floated my idea of having a community meeting, memorial, “rap session”— whatever you want to call it (I do not wish to sound callous, I am simply at a loss for words)— about yesterday’s “incident” prior to next month’s 94th Precinct Community Council meeting to NAG and the Greenpoint Reformed Church and it appears to be a “go”. I will relay more details here as they become known.

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