Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Java Street

August 28, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken August 28, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Clean!

On a lark today I decided to see how Java Street’s feral furniture fest (READ: illegal dumping) was progressing. You can imagine my shock and subsequent delight when I beheld this. Not only is everything spic and span (all things being relative), but the much-beleaguered trash receptacle has been divested of its contents.

What a difference a visit from the Department of Sanitation makes!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Lost On Java Street

July 21, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A person we’ll call “H” writes:

Greetings Heather,

I hope this message finds you well. I’m a resident of Greenpoint, and a fan of your blog. I noticed that you’d posted some notices recently about lost-dog ads around the hood. Was wondering if you might be able to do the same for an ad I posted on my street today about a lost iPhone and set of keys (which, believe it or not, I misplaced at separate times, neither while intoxicated!). I’m pretty sure I dropped both near my house. Anyway, let me know…

Done. If you have stumbled upon either of the above-listed items please contact “H” at the above-listed telephone number. It’s the right thing to do!

New York Shitty Video Du Jour, Part II: Java Street, Revisited Once Again

July 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As I mentioned in this post, today I had the pleasure of bumping into Kate Zidar, the headmistress of the Newtown Creek Alliance. After we concluded our impromptu film shoot, I informed her of the next piece of open space on my itinerary: the Java Street “Pop-Up” Park. She did not seem to be aware of what this wonder of public/private partnership was. So I gave her a general run-down:

  • That despite brandishing “Pop-Up” in its moniker, this park was anything but spontaneous. In fact, it took almost six months to open.
  • When it did open (December 2011) most of the plants contained therein were dead due to neglect.
  • This endeavor was apparently funded (at least in part) by $15,000 courtesy of our Borough President.
  • And, most recently, it has been the location of quite a bit of feral furniture activity (which I have learned came at the behest of a number of loft residents being evicted).

As you can imagine Ms. Zidar found this quite interesting— but I digress. Without further ado, here’s what Java Street looks like today. Enjoy!

As you can see, gentle readers, very little has changed. But this story might, just might, have a happy ending— and soon!

After yours truly shot the above-depicted footage a Department of Sanitation vehicle was spied with my little eye (READ: digital camera) surveying this archipelago of detritus.

To be continued…?

New York Shitty Feral Furniture Watch: Al Fresco Living

Java Street keeps getting more and more interesting nowadays

New York Shitty Feral Furniture Watch: Better Homes & Garbage

Any and all Greenpointers who happen to be celebrating in the Garden Spot on today, America’s birthday, and are need of some household items on the cheap, head to the Java Street “Pop-Up Park”. There you will find a vast array of home furnishings (and the above bit of hilarity, which I have named “The CHUD Access Portal) free for the taking!

This is all for the taking— and bedbug free!

P.S.: Here’s a question for you, gentle readers. Do you think the ladder granting access to the East River is for us to climb down or for “them” (CHUDs) to climb up?

New York Shitty Feral Furniture Watch: Java Street

Taken June 28, 2012.

The Word On The Street, Part II: Java Street

Taken June 20, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Java Street

Taken June 8, 2012.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Garden Spot

Take an epidemic of manhole access cover plundering, add a dash of benign neglect and a lot of rain and what do you get? An accidental garden, that’s what!

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