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

From Leonard Street.

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

November 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken November 15, 2011.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: A Halloween Inquiry

October 31, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A lady named Chris writes:

Hi Miss Heather,
Love your blog! Read it all the time and I feel that it is very funny, yet a great service to the community so Thank You for doing it!

My question for today is: You highlight so many houses in the Pernt that are decked out for Halloween. I am now wondering if you have compiled a list of the top houses to hit for this big day? I tried searching on your site but didn’t have much luck. Maybe I am searching the wrong phrase? I tried “Halloween decorations”.

Any advice would be much appreciated and thanks again!

As it would happen I was out and about today documenting Greenpoint’s best ghoulish goodness. Before I proceed to the “winners” (so to speak) here is a slide show showcasing genuine Greenpoint Halloween goodness as spotted by yours truly. Enjoy!

And now onto my picks!

216 North Henry Street: While sporting a small front yard, they make excellent use of it!

This house on Beadel Street: I did not get the address. However, it packs a nice punch and crossing Vandervoort Avenue in order to view it is rather horrifying its own right!

Best Block: Without question this distinction goes to Hausman Street. Watch the following slide show and learn why!

And last— but hardly least— we have the usual suspects: 648 Humboldt Street and 97 Russell Street. I have to say Beverly (the lovely lady responsible for the latter) outdid herself this year. Mazel tov!

Other haunted houses worth a visit: 85 Calyer Street and 57 Franklin Street. I hope this was helpful, Chris. Have a very happy (and safe) Halloween Garden Spotters!

LAST GASP: Live From Meserole Avenue

October 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Aaron (who forwarded me the above photograph) writes:

Saw a group gathered at the corner of Leonard and Meserole on the way home yesterday afternoon. Buddhist monks with bells and incense around flowers, etc. Didn’t know what it was about until I was catching up with my news feeds today and saw your post about the dwi accident.

Alan Lau was a deliveryman for Chinese Musician Restaurant. He called Elmhurst, Queens his home and is survived by his wife and their young children. A number of Greenpointers and Williamsburgers have stepped forward to start fundraising efforts (including— but not limited to— setting up a Kickstarter or ChipIn page) to cover his funeral expenses and otherwise provide financial assistance to his family in this, their time of need. When I get the details I will post them here.

Thank you, Aaron.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Live From the 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

Here you go, folks: footage from this evening’s 94th Precinct Community Council meeting! If I had to identify one thing that made this meeting different than its predecessors it would be the rather substantial amount of time spent outlining and discussing the manifold number of quality of life issues posed by bars and nightclubs. Enjoy!

Part I: Two guest speakers and D.I. Hurson commences with the run-down of this month’s criminal activity/trends

1. Two guest speakers: Abby Tuller of the North Brooklyn Coalition Against Domestic Violence and officers from the 94th Precinct’s Domestic Violence Unit.

  • Ms. Tuller outlines two candlelight vigils to be conducted this month (NOTE: October is domestic violence awareness month.) You can learn more about these events by clicking here.
  • Two officers from the 94th Precinct’s own Domestic Violence Unit outlines options/services to victims of domestic violence. these include (but are not limited to): an alternative to shelter program (simply put, they will install an alarm system— this requires an order of protection and a land-line telephone); Safe Horizons (a shelter), and free cell phones (which can only call 911) an order of protection is required for this as well.

2. D.I. Hurson gives a general run-down of the month’s “business”.

  • There was a shooting at the Cooper Park Houses. A man was shot twice in the leg.
  • Hurson touches upon (briefly) the DWI fatality which came to pass on Meserole Avenue and Leonard Street. As it would happen, a patrol car was in the area, heard the crash and got to the scene immediately. The driver of said vehicle has been charged with manslaughter.
  • While overall crime is down, cell phones thefts are on the rise.
  • D.I. Hurson speaks briefly about the suicide which came to pass at McGolrick Park September 23rd. The man was described as being on-again/off-again homeless and they are still awaiting the results of the toxicology report.
  • D.I. Hurson gives the rundown regarding a hit and run which came to pass at Calyer Street and McGuinness Boulevard last month.

Part II: D.I. Hurson wraps up with a couple of less serious topics and the Q & A session begins!

1. The Open Space Alliance Concerts are (once again) brought to the table.

2. The issue of homelessness is (once again) raised and “wet shelters” (Also know as “harm-reduction shelters”) are mentioned.

3. A rather lengthy discussion about bars ensues. This is best listened to to be appreciated. However, I will list a few key points here:

  • The usual trifecta of trouble rears its ugly head: noise, crowd control/overall rowdiness and public urination.
  • North 3rd Street and Berry Street is apparently a “hot spot” for these activities.

Part III: Q & A Session, continued; more dialogue about bars

  • Spritzenhaus continues to be a problem. Per one attendee/neighbor, she tried to speak to the owner of this establishment and he was— and I quote— “nasty”.
  • An attendee asks if these is a way to get access to a log of 311 complaints about bars behaving badly.
  • A question is posed about whether or not motorcycles are required to have mufflers. In addition, some motorcyclists are doing “wheelies” on Leonard Street. The legality of this practice is questioned.
  • In a new development the Warsaw merits a mention.
  • Drug traffic is discussed.

Part IV: Q & A session, continued; miscellaneous

1. A citizen asks if citizens photographing/filming unlawful behavior is helpful. D.I. Hurson answers to the affirmative. “Everyone is a walking t.v. station.”

2. The “find my phone” app is explained by D.I. Hurson.

3. A rather subdued (and downright sweet) Phyllis speaks. She lauds Officers Adamo and hopes that Hurson will be with us for awhile.

Part V: Lincoln Restler speaks

1. Mr. Restler thanks yours truly for filming these proceedings and lauds Hurson for his hard work.

2. He talks about the relocation of the Open Space Alliance concerts to 50 Kent Avenue.

3. He briefly touches upon “Stand Up, Speak Out” and creating safe havens where victims of harassment can go until the police arrive.

4. The recent traffic fatality here in Greenpoint and overall traffic issues are explored.

5. Mr. Restler advises attendees to make their complaints regarding disorderly or simply obnoxious bars known to our local community board.

On a related/closing note, here’s my “advice” as to how to go about the complaint process. Those of you who were present at lst night’s meeting— or have issues with such an establishment and/or its patrons— please give it a read.

A New York Shitty Op Ed: As you will notice I was asked (once again) by a woman to turn my camera off.  I was quite prepared for this eventuality by the head of the Community Council beforehand. It would appear that she has received a number of complaints about yours truly filming these proceedings. In fact, two people left the community council for just this reason.

Here’s the deal, folks: these are public proceedings. I am perfectly entitled to film them— just as attendees are more than welcome to pose questions privately afterward. In other words: there is a system in place which balances my right to film these meetings with others who seek to air their concerns privately. It would appear that this seems to have gone unnoticed or has been simply disregarded by some.

I film these proceedings not because I find them enjoyable (although they can be); rather, I do so because I know a lot of people who consider themselves to be stakeholders in this community and as such are interested in what is going in north Brooklyn. These individuals simply cannot attend due to work schedules, child care; and (as Lincoln Restler mentioned) simply being ill. By filming this footage I am enabling these people to stay informed about the goings on in north Brooklyn.

Thus the question becomes:

Whose rights prevail?

I am more than willing to be sensitive to the rights of others. One woman requested that I not film her face this evening— so I didn’t. I completely understand. It is neither my desire not purpose to cause a “chilling effect” on people speaking out by filming these proceedings.

However, I have very serious issues with any one individual or group who/which sees fit to disallow me from filming these meetings— which is my right— because they do not like it. It is my understanding that the 94th Precinct Community Council meetings are intended as a means for our police department to share information and dialogue with this community. By filming and sharing these proceedings I am continuing this dialogue. To disallow my— or anyone else’s— documenting these proceedings truncates this dialogue and creates a “chilling effect” as well. Just a thought.

LAST GASP: Fatality At Meserole Avenue & Leonard Street

October 10, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes from the NYPD via an anonymous tipster:

On October 10, 2011 at approx 1900 hours police responded to a 911 call of a vehicle accident at Meserole Avenue and Leonard Street in the confines of the 94 Pct. Upon arrival police determined that a scooter driven by a M/A/41 was traveling eastbound on Leonard Street and stopped at a stop sign when he was struck from behind by a 2002 Buick also traveling eastbound on Leonard. The operator of the scooter was taken to Bellevue where he was pronounced DOA. The driver of the Buick M/W/29 was taken into custody at the scene. Investigation ongoing

UPDATE: I have received confirmation from D.I. Hurson that the driver of the scooter did pass away and that the driver of the automobile was arrested for D.W.I. He hopes to give more details at tomorrow’s 94th Precinct Community Council meeting.

UPDATE, October 11: You can read more about what happened (among other things, apparently the victim was a deliveryman for Chinese Musician Restaurant) by pointing and clicking your way to Gothamist.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: Anyone Lose A Ferret?

September 20, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

At/near the corner of Nassau Avenue and Leonard Street, to be more specific. If so, I am pleased to announce that he (she?) has been found— safe and sound —thanks to none other than Greenpoint’s pre-eminent veterinarian: Brad Seaman! More details (including a flyer) are forthcoming. However, in the meantime, if you happen to be the keeper of this ferret (or know who is) please shoot the Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital an email at: gpointvet (at) gmail (dot) com or give them a ring at: (347) 529-4353. Thanks!

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Leonard Street

August 19, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken August 17, 2011.

Miss Heather

Coming (Back) To Greenpoint: Blue Bloods

August 16, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

That’s right folks: after The Kensington Prospect (from whose blog I grabbed the image at left) broke the good news that Blue Bloods were looking for “working class neighborhood types” for a film shoot coming to pass in their neighborhood August 12 (lucky devils!) I have learned they will be returning to Greenpoint this upcoming Friday, August 19th. Hipsters, Hispanics, elderly women (and men); men with long hair and tattoos; and of course “Polish types” take note. This is your opportunity to be famous! Or at least “working class”.

On Friday August 19th, 2010 a Television Show Production of “Blue Bloods” will be shooting interior/exterior scenes at Leonard Street @ Nassau Avenue.*

APPROXIMATE TIME:    10am – 5pm

New York Shitty analysis: I suppose it is only fitting that an entity endeavoring to find “working class types” would elect to shoot in a working class neighborhood. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk stereotypes for free?

Now if you don’t mind I am off to procure some Zywiec and polish my scimitar…

Miss Heather

*Which, it should be noted, is along a bus route. Brilliant move, Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting!

 

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: And Now This

May 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

An anonymous tipster (who sent the above photograph) writes:

Hey there Miss Heather,

I’m a longtime Greenpoint resident and reader of your blog…and today while I was enjoying a vacation day off work doing absolutely nothing I came across this flyer (which I’ve attached a pic of) lining all the car windshields on my section of Leonard st by Greenpoint Ave.

I walked up and down the block trying to confront whoever was posting the flyers (since they weren’t there when I passed fifteen minutes earlier…but to no avail).

Figured you might be the person who can help get to the bottom of this, I really would like to think this type of crap isn’t going on in Greenpoint…but where there is smoke there’s fire. I only hope there is someway that these folks can be publicly shamed.

Luckily any social movement that is based off hotmail accounts cannot possibly win in the end!

As some of you might recall there was talk of skinheads at the last 94th Precinct Community Council meeting. AntiSemitic and homophobic material have also been found here. I have brought the previous to the 94th Precinct’s attention. This latest discovery is very disturbing (and depressing) to say the very least. If/when you see this kind of thing folks PLEASE call the police. STAT.

94th Precinct: (718) 383 – 3879

UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: I have received word a good Samaritan has since removed these fliers. You can get Wikipedia’s take on the Creativity Movement by clicking here.

Miss Heather

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