The Word On The Street: Leonard Street

Taken August 21, 2012.

The Word On The Street, Part II: A Leonard Street PSA

Taken June 13, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Starter: A Request From The Head of the 94th Precinct

D.I. Hurson writes (on May 16th):

Today we arrested someone in the act of stealing a bicycle (which is as easy as finding a needle in a haystack). The problem is we can not find the owner. Could you post a picture on your blog to help identify the owner? The bicycle was stolen from Leonard and Greenpoint today.

Done! If this bike belongs to you— or you know to whom it does belong— please swing by the 94th or give them a ring at (718) 383-3879.

Found At Leonard & Devoe Street…

May 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This handsome fellow (lass?) was found at he intersection of Leonard and Devoe Street Saturday, April 28th. If you know to whom he (she) belongs please contact his (her) good Samaritan at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!

Live From Nassau Avenue & Leonard Street: DO NOT ENTER!

March 20, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today, as promised, construction commenced on Nassau Avenue. And as I learned on at the corner of Leonard Street this afternoon it is already proving to be problematic— and downright dangerous!

The above sign graces the southeastern corner of the aforementioned intersection…

and unfortunately it appears to gone largely unnoticed by motorists. Especially those driving southbound on Leonard Street, as I personally observed.

Thus a number of Good Samaritans, including the folks at Proper Real Estate (which is located on this corner), elected to take turns flagging down motorists and making them aware of the traffic changes (and this sign). I was told by one person present that no less than twenty “close calls” (READ: near accidents) had come to pass on her watch.

As of approximately 1:30 p.m. (and numerous calls to the 94th Precinct, I’ll add) a traffic officer was stationed at this corner.

If you are wondering how something like this can happen, I’ll tell you. Per our Transportation Chair (who is keeping a very watchful on eye on this) the fault lies with the Department of Design and Construction. Or more specifically the contractor whom they have entrusted to do this work. You see, part of the contractor’s job is to ensure traffic officers are stationed at key intersections to ensure as seamless transition as is possible. As you can see, this did not happen. In addition, it was brought to my attention they did not see fit to station a traffic officer at Norman Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard (which is where a public school is located). Our Transportation Chair noticed this egregious oversight and has requested one be stationed there.

While the folks at Leonard and Nassau took this all in good humor (as seen above), the fact of the matter is this is no laughing matter. Until motorists become acclimatized to the new traffic changes (and the detours entailed therein) it is vital that our public servants be extra vigilant about raising awareness— and safe-guarding our well being. In this respect thus far they have failed miserably.

On that note if any of you, gentle readers, have witnessed any similar such problems— or simply want to make your concerns known— please contact our Community Board’s Transportation Chair, Karen Nieves, via Community Board 1’s email address at Thanks— and stay safe Greenpointers!

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Here’s the word from the head of the 94th Precinct, D.I. Hurson:

Heather we have noticed the problems on Nassau today and tonight. I have a meeting tomorrow with the NYPD Chief of Transportation this issue will be discussed.

So we’re seeing some action on that front!

P.S.: Special thanks go out to Ms. Nieves and the head of the 94th, Deputy Inspector Hurson, for their attention to this matter— and my concerned emails!

The Word On The Street, Part II: 12 Oz. Prophet

From Leonard Street.

New York Shitty Day Starter: From Leonard Street With Love

March 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken March 12, 2012.

Found On Leonard Street: Abandon All Hope…

Taken February 15, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Stolen!

January 11, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A lass named Fifi writes:

Hey there, Miss Heather,

Since you’re so good at putting the word our to the nabe when one of us loses something, I thought I’d reach out. My beautiful 3 & 1/2 year old Fuji cruiser was stolen from in front of my apt onĀ on Leonard, between Greenpoint & Calyer. Cops say it’s my job to look for it, so I’m scouring. It’s a light silvery-purple in the body shape of the attached pic.

Bike has:
black wire basket on front
black water bottle holder
rear-view mirror on left side
ringy-bell with cats on it on left side
front wheel was recently bent on a ride

If you could let people know, I’d be ever so grateful!

Done! Anyone who has seen this bicycle or knows of its whereabouts should contact Fifi via email at fifi(dot)fleshwound (at)gmail(dot)com


New York Shitty Street Seating du Jour: Leonard Street

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

Taken January 2, 2011.

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