From The New York Shitty Inbox: BK <3's U!

Julian Cole, the artist responsible for the really neat— but regrettably short-livedBrooklyn Christmas Tree writes yesterday, February 13th:

Hey Heather,

I hope you are doing well!

I just thought I would give you the heads up on my next project, I am putting up another little art piece tomorrow on the Williamsburg Bridge. I am creating a sign ‘Brooklyn (Heart Sign) U’ the heart sign will have 21 plastic roses in the middle. On each of the roses I am going to have a little note like the one below will say ‘I love when you drunken call me at 3AM, keep being awesome Love Brooklyn’ and I am going to tell people to take the roses. I am going to do it about 9AM, I will make sure to take some photos and send them to you.

Without further ado here they are!

I suspect I speak for quite a few people when I thank Julian for doing this! This has made my— and undoubtedly many others (like the above couple’s)— day!

New York Shitty Photos du Jour: HUMBUG!

Isn’t it refreshing to see our Parks Department is taking on the serious issues manifest in our precious few public spaces? Here’s what the tree’s creator, Julian Cole, has to say about this sad turn of events:

Hey Heather,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for covering the Brooklyn Christmas Tree, I did it as a little side project and your posts really helped it get to a much wider audience. I was sad to learn they took it down but it was good fun process. I am planning to do more small projects about Williamsburg next year so I will make sure to keep you in the loop when I do.
Happy Christmas

So there have you. If I had to hazard a guess I’d say the amount of time and manpower it took to remove this piece of holiday cheer the Parks Department could have, should have (for example) purchased and installed one toilet seat at a women’s comfort station under their care. But there I go employing logic again. Logic as we citizens know it does not apply to our civil servants. Hence why after waiting over a month for our Parks Department to replace a toilet seat at Jaime Campiz Playground, I found it more logical (and expedient) to do it myself.

What makes McCarren Park— and this community in general— worth visiting (in my humble opinion) are the random acts of kindness (and yes, mischief) its citizens choose to bestow upon it. Mr. Cole’s Christmas tree is one such example. I for one (and mind you, I write this as an agnostic) think his was a lovely project. It amused and, more importantly, engaged our community. Yet it was removed— by those who purport to serve us.

On that note it should be Known, gentle readers, that our Parks Department wants your feedback as to what brings you to McCarren Park!

“Others” can make your voice “heard” herehere, and here.

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