Greenpoint Feral Furniture Watch: On The Waterfront


Sofa Sleeper


India Street looking west


Those of you who are following such things (and you know who you are) should be advised there is a bounty of feral furniture out there simply waiting for a new home— maybe yours? NOTE/CAVEAT: Supply is seemingly endless and yours truly assumes no responsibility whatsoever for any “value-added” these items may harbor.

New York Shitty Day Ender: 45 Days & Counting!

November 25, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Feral Furniture, Street Furniture, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Some additional accouterments have been added.

And its companion has been over-turned for greater privacy/detritus collection.

New York Shitty Feral Mattress Watch: Bushwick Place

September 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11206, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Street Furniture 

Taken September 6, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Help Keep New York City Clean

August 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact, WTF 

Yours truly stumbled upon this rather curious find in front of Tommy’s Tavern last night. Another fellow taking shots of it noted:

I wonder if someone stole the baby and simply dumped the stroller?

A woman walking her dog (and noting our interest) found this rather disturbing. Thus, I decided to speak up and mollify her concerns:

That looks like a rather nice stroller. I’m surprised no one has taken it and tried to sell it. As for why it is here, maybe the baby snatchers are to blame? It’s a somewhat obscure Monty Python sketch. Look it up.

They said they would. In the meantime here it is. Skip to 2:33 if you must. The whole clip is worth watching if you ask me.

New York Shitty Street Seating Du Jour: Shabby Chic

August 11, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Furniture 

From Dupont Street.

Spotted On South 4 Street: Tires

July 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Urban Artifact, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Since I know a number of  incredibly inventive and creative folks read this site, I feel compelled to mention that on South 4 Street between Wythe Avenue and Kent Avenue someone has seen fit to dispose of a number of tires. If I had to given an estimate, I’d hazard to guess there are at least twenty of them. Probably more. They have some rather nifty patterns on the treads and crying out to be re-purposed in some manner. Why not pick a few and get your creativity on north Brooklynites?

Greenpoint Feral Christmas Tree Watch: Manhattan Avenue

February 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

Taken February 19, 2012.

Spotted at the DEP Nature Walk…

January 18, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, New York City 

a fender.

Yes sir: the Newtown Creek Nature Walk never ceases to surprise and entertain…

LAST GASP: More Dumping At The Manhattan Avenue Kayak Launch?

January 13, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek 

As some of you might recall, a lot of noise has been made, well, about the noise emanating from the property adjacent to the Manhattan Avenue Kayak Launch. For those of you who are not in the know, you can get up to speed by clicking here. I have not heard any complaints about this matter— or piece of public space— for several days. No worries, now I have a new one. Laura writes:

Hi Heather!
These pictures aren’t the greatest because Mike used his cell phone to take the photos. But Mike saw a Parks Dept employee dump a bunch of bushes in the Newtown Creek. (He’s not sure if there was anything else). He called ST (Stephanie Thayer, Parks Supervisor for all parks in Community Board 1 and Executive Chair of Open Space Alliance— Ed. Note.), who says something will be done.

Was this the handiwork of a Parks Department employee? Quite frankly it is too hard to tell given the photographs. However, this is one piece of foliage that didn’t make it to mulchfest!

McKibben Street: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Three years ago a plumbing supply business graced yours truly’s block. This establishment, like many of its brethren, eventually had to relocate due to the prohibitive rent demanded by their landlord. However, before departing they saw fit to get rid of a little “excess baggage”. Among these items was a toilet (as seen at left). For reasons which remain unclear to this day it remained on the sidewalk for almost a week. During this time there was quite a bit of rainfall. So much so the bowl of said toilet was filled with water. Upon noticing this fortuitous miracle of nature I told the Mister:

Someone is going to shit in that toilet.

He vehemently disagreed. Those of you who are curious as to which one of us ended up being correct can view the ugly answer with your own eyes by clicking here.

Now jump forward to this afternoon, gentle readers. That is when I stumbled upon the above vision on McKibben Street (across from the playground of the same name). Given the anecdote which graces the beginning of this post what happened next should be obvious: I walked over to see if it had been, um, patronized.

The answer was, of course, “Yes”.

At this point a normal person would simply mumble:

Damn, that is nasty.

perhaps chuckle a bit and go about his/her business. I am, however, not a normal person— anyone who has read this site for any appreciable period of time knows this. While generally optimistic I saw this glass bowl as being half-empty. There was ample room for improvement.

Something is missing!

I declared— then I went into action.

First, I commandeered a crate from the colossal pile of rubbish behind this al fresco privy.

Upon it I placed a newly-acquired copy of the New York Times and a solitary roll of toilet paper. I kept the other three rolls for the Mister’s and my own use at home. Bill and Melinda Gates, we are not: our charitable contributions have monetary limits. What’s more, I remembered we actually needed toilet paper.

So pleased was I with my humble act of good will I decided to take credit for it— and engage in a little viral advertising in the process.

Enjoy, McKibben Street shitters!

Your faithful servant,

Miss Heather

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