As Promised…

May 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Here are the details for Lincoln Rester’s rally right here in Greenpoint! (As gleaned from his Facebook event page):

Join Lincoln Restler for a neighborhood fundraiser in support of reelection campaign. Skip the line at the door and contribute in advance: www.lincolnrestler.org/contribute

Lincoln Restler won an insurgent campaign for State Committee / District Leader in 2010. He has been a forceful and effective advocate for the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Greenpoint.

He is facing a tough reelection campaign against a challenger recruited by the Brooklyn Democratic machine. Please join us at a fundraiser in his honor at Red Star in Greenpoint.

Red Star
Thursday, May 17
6:30-8:00pm
37 Greenpoint Avenue at West Street

Suggested Contribution Levels: Supporter: $25, Friend: $50, Advocated: $100, Reformer: $250.

Please consider making an online contribution: www.lincolnrestler.org/contribute

Thank you!

Be there!

New York Shitty Video du Jour: Lincoln Restler Represents At Lunch With Lambda

Although I have been endeavoring— quite successfully I’ll add— to keep Saturday’s bloggage on New York Shitty lite (so I can have a break!) this wonderful speech by our 50th Assembly District Democratic Leader from today’s 34th annual Lunch with Lambda is too good to resist posting. Please take a moment to give it a listen, gentle readers!

NOTE: The next fundraising event/rally for Mr. Restler will be conducted May 17th right here at Greenpoint’s very own Red Star Bar! Details to follow…

TONIGHT: Campaign Launch Party For Lincoln Restler

I have been remiss in posting this, so here it is! This evening at Williamsburg’s very own Brooklyn Winery our current 50th Assembly District Leader (and all-around nice guy) Lincoln Restler will be kicking off his campaign for re-election. Check it out!

Campaign Launch Party
May 3, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Winery
213 North 8 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

P.S.: Those of you who wish to tender any of the suggested donations (as outlined above) or simply want to make a contribution to Mr. Restler’s campaign can do so by clicking here.

LAST GASP: Protest At M.S. 577

March 28, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

A woman we’ll call “Q” writes:

Hi Miss Heather:

I have seen you often at the 94th precinct and the community board meetings. I am a parent of a child at MS 577 located at North 5th and Roebling in the Williamsburg section of Greenpoint. (!!! —Ed. Note) The outside of the school is under renovation and now the inside as well. If you saw the news on Monday night 3/26/2012, MS 577 was on because mold(several kinds have been identified) and asbestos has been found in the classrooms. Several children have become very ill and others dizzy and nauseous. At a emergency meeting held Monday night at the school several heads of different departments from the DOE came to say there really is no problem and your children are safe. Our children are in this building while a 10 million dollar renovation is going on. The entire building has scaffold all around it. They have not been able to open the windows because of the debris left on the platform from the nights work. As the warm weather approaches they will not be able to run the air conditioners until they can be properly cleaned and maintained.

The DOE and the Bloomberg administration were quick to judge teachers and say how bad they are well, the shoe is on the other foot now. They claim to have the children’s best interest at heart than why are they not relocate these children to clean and safe building for them to learn. Instead they brought in air purifiers but they say there is nothing wrong, do you see air purifiers in other schools.

Please help spread the word to come on Friday to MS577 North 5th and Roebling. Please come support the children who need your help.

My tipster goes on to add:

Thank you so much, we really appreciate any help we can get. On Monday, we left the meeting with no answers from the DOE, who said they had to go to tweed to get more answers. The only political representation was Lincoln Restler who spoke on the parents behalf. Thanks again.

Gladly.

Protest at P.S. 17/M.S. 577
March 30, 2012 starting at 8:00 a.m.
P.S. 17/M.S. 577
North 5th Street At Roebling Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Photo Credits: The screencap gracing the beginning of this post comes courtesy of News 12. Whose video you can and should watch by clicking here.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Preserve The G Train Extension!

This petition was brought to my attention by its creator: Lincoln Restler, Democratic State Committeeman for Brooklyn’s 50th Assembly District and all-around great guy. If you agree with me that this is one change the MTA has made that is worth keeping, please take a moment to sign this petition. Thanks!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: How Do I Complain?

September 26, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A lady we’ll called “Grumpy” (who sent me this delightful image) writes:

Hello Miss Heather.

Happy Sunday!

I wanted to share a lovely photo of what my entrance way (I live on Manhattan Ave. at Meserole)looked like when I returned home around 1:30 AM last night. There were super intoxicated, sluttily dressed, LOUD girls/ladies all up and down my block, sitting on stoops, texting, screetching about men who had ignored them and I am sure one of them was responsible for the disgusting mess all over my stoop. The puke was not only on the street and in my doorway but also in the vestibule into my building!
DISGUSTING.

Every Saturday night, around 4 AM it sounds like a friggin’ riot is happening, right under my window. Men fighting over ladies, men just fighting other men because they are drunk and stupid, people screaming, threatening each other, car doors being slammed, car tires peeling out, glass breaking, etc… it is NUTS! And although the police station is NEXT DOOR to Europa the police cannot seem to control these techno-loving, inebriated maniacs! The ruckus is really crazy and seems to be getting worse, week to week. I have lived in the same apt. for 7 years and although I have been woken up on occasion over the past 7 years, the past 2 months have been intolerable, I get woken up EVERY Saturday night (and some Friday nights) by what I now refer to as the 4 AM riots!

I stopped a police officer when I was getting home last Saturday, around 2 AM, to ask her what to do about the increased craziness of Europa’s patrons and she told me all that I could do was go to a community board meeting to express my unhappiness about the current situation of the streets when the club lets out. I certainly don’t want to be the old crank who wants the kids locked down with nowhere to go but I also feel like this has become SO ridiculous that I should do something! My friend and neighbor (who I think you know) also has similar stories of being awoken by these drunk dummies, who puke in front of her house, and sit on her stoop blabbing incoherently to each other, keeping her up all Saturday night as well.

Her and I think we should go to a meeting, she said that you attend all of them… if we were to go, should we bring evidence of the out of control shit that is happening weekly?

Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!

-grumpy in Greenpoint

First off, there’s no way I could possibly attend “all the meetings” which come to pass here. This is simply not humanly possible— but thanks! Secondly, as some of you might recall there was a rather nasty incident which came to pass at Club Europa weekend before last which culminated in (among other things) two police officers getting injured. This was expounded upon at the last 94th Precinct Community Council meeting by Deputy Inspector Hurson. Those of you who are not in the know can get his take on what happened by clicking here.

The previous having been written, the police officer’s advice is correct. Somewhat. Although I have written more posts about the subject of nightclubs, nuisances they can present; and how to go about complaining more than I care admit I’m going to do it one more time. Please pay attention, folks!

1. You know how the slogan for the MTA goes: If you see something, say something! The same applies when it comes to reporting bars and/or nightclubs which are proving not to be good neighbors. When you see (or in this case: hear) disorderly behavior call 311 and complain. At the end of the call you will be given a complaint number. Be sure to write this down as you will need it to…

2. Email it along with a general description of what happened to your local Community Board. In this case, Community Board 1 Brooklyn: bk01 (at) cb (dot) nyc (dot) gov
3. Meetings: these are an excellent way to follow up on your 311 complaint! Here are a few relevant ones to consider:

Public Safety Committee, Community Board 1 (this body oversees liquor license applications and criminal activity)
Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. (That’s tomorrow! NOTE: You must sign up to speak by 6:15 p.m.)
Community Board 1 Main Office
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Community Board 1 Combined Hearing & Public Meeting
October 5, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE: once again, you must sign up to speak by 6:15 p.m. This rule is enforced with great vigilance)
Swinging 60’s Seniors Center
211 Ainslie Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

And last, but hardly least: 94th Precinct Community Council Meetings! The schedule for these has been changed to the second Tuesday of every month starting at 7:00 p.m. This would make the next meeting October 11th.

94th Precinct Community Council Meeting
October 11, 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Ascension, back room
127 Kent Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

NOTE: You must gain entrance via Java Street!!!

This is how to get started, W. You can (and should) also bring your complaints to the attention of your local elected officials. Here are a few to get you started!

1. Assemblyman Joseph Lentol
2. City Councilman Steve Levin
3. Lincoln Restler; State Committee, 50th Assembly District

I hope this has been helpful. Good luck!

Live From “Stand Up! Speak Out!”: Part I

I am pleased to announce there was a full house at last night’s forum against anti-GBLTQ violence! Not only were a number of our elected officials and representatives from the Police Department present, but a great many concerned citizens from as far-flung locales as Park Slope! Some of these individuals had very powerful tales to tell, as you will see. In any case 9and without further ado) follows is the footage I shot. NOTE: I will be adding more later today so check back!

INTRODUCTION: Lincoln Restler and Tom Burrows introduce themselves and give a general run-down of the evening’s itinerary

PART II: State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol Speaks

Part III: Pastor Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church Speaks

  • Lincoln and Mr. Burrows give a nod to the other members of the clergy present
  • Mr. Restler gives a general run-down of anti-GBLTQ incidences in north Brooklyn.

PART IV:  A citizen named Dave gives a personal account of being attacked.

PART V: Chris, a friend of a man recently attacked, speaks.

PART VI: Representatives from the Anti-Violence Project, Safe Horizons and the NYPD Speak

  • LADIES NOTE: Project Envision is working on a project regarding street harassment!

PART VII: A Representative from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Speaks

PART VIII: Rami Metal, Community Liaison from Councilman Steve Levin’s office, speaks

More to come… You can view the rest here!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Stand Up! Speak Out!

I had intimated some time ago that such a forum was being organized by Lincoln Restler. I am very happy to announce that on Monday, August 22nd, starting at 6:30 p.m. Public Assembly will be hosting “Stand up! Speak out!”. Those of you who have experienced anti-LGBTQ harassment— or simply want to know what resources are available to our (growing) LGBTQ community— should make it a point to attend this event. Stand up and speak out north Brooklynites!

LGBTQ Stand up! Speak out!
August 22, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Public Assembly
70 North 6 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Monitor Street Reconstruction Postponed!

February 11, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I have just received word from Lincoln Restler, our 50th District State Democratic Committee person, that the much-maligned “reconstruction” of Monitor Street has been (and I quote) “indefinitely postponed” by our fair city.

That is all I know at this time. Monitor Street residents, rejoice!

UPDATE, 11:59 a.m.: I have been told by a community liaison at Joe Lentol’s office, Amy Clearly, that the Monitor Street reconstruction project has been postponed for two years and is contingent upon the acquisition of the two demapped blocks between Greenpoint Avenue and Norman Avenue. A press release is forthcoming. Nonetheless, this is very good news indeed!

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: As promised, here’s the press release from Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s office!

Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Councilman Levin, Senator Dilan Announce Removal of Monitor Street from Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Project

Monitor Street will be removed until title can be acquired to Monitor Street between Norman and Greenpoint—likely at least two years—and then a comprehensive plan that takes into account the community needs and input will be developed that minimizes any impact on residents

Assemblyman Joe Lentol was just as shocked as the homeowners on Monitor Street between Nassau and Norman when a series of letters arrived at their doors informing them that parts of their homes, usually fences and stoops, didn’t belong to them and might have to be removed.  According to these letters, called “encroachment letters,” parts of these stoops and fences lay on city land and would potentially interfere with the upcoming reconstruction plan.

“It was really upsetting for several reasons, first, some of these fences and homes have been in place for a hundred years and in that time no one had ever been told that their home was encroaching on city land,” said Assemblyman Lentol.  “Second, this is the only block not on Nassau Avenue that is being done, people really felt that they were being singled out.  And lastly, this block just had a lot of improvement and infrastructure work done and doesn’t necessarily need to be torn up again at the cost of people homes, peace of mind, their finances and hundred year old houses,”  Assemblyman Lentol concluded.

Originally the project was supposed to include three blocks, Monitor between Nassau and Greenpoint but because the city doesn’t have title between Norman and Greenpoint it dropped down to one block. “I was gratified to learn today that they will be postponing the project until they can acquire the title to all three blocks which should take at least two years. I also have in writing that when they do undertake work on those three blocks of Monitor street, the work will be done with a plan designed to have as minimal impact on the residents as possible,” said Joe Lentol.  “This gives us plenty of time to come up with a plan that has full community input for the planning and accommodates the needs of the community and their houses.”

“I am thrilled that DDC has postponed their proposal to force residents of Monitor Street to dig up their stoops for street repair work. The residents of Monitor Street deserve all the credit for effectively organizing and convincing the city that the proposed construction changes were not necessary.  I also want to thank my colleagues, Assembly Member Joe Lentol and Senator Martin Dilan, along with CB1, for their leadership role on behalf of the residents of Monitor Street,” said Councilman Levin

Assemblyman Lentol was able to organize a meeting with the Department of Design and Construction and residents of Monitor Street and Nassau Avenue, Councilman Steve Levin, Senator Martin Dilan and District Leader Linda Minucci and CB1.  This sentiment was made very clear.  Assemblyman Lentol followed up with conversations with the Commissioners of DDC and the Department of Transportation expressing the views of the community.

“That block of Monitor Street is beautiful, and that is what I heard over and over again from the residents of that block.  They don’t want their block touched,” said Assemblyman Lentol.  “I am really pleased that we have gotten such a positive outcome and are now able to take our time to work towards a really great plan.”  In conversations with the commissioners of DDC and DOT Assemblyman Lentol was told that the process of acquiring the two additional blocks was likely to take two years, which is when a new Monitor Street Project would begin, but the focus would be on the two industrial blocks with deference  being given to the residential block and impact on homeowners being minimized.

“Also it will mean that we will actually be getting work done on the two blocks of Monitor Street that need it and the one block that is already beautiful we can plan carefully and with deference to the houses that exist.  I am proud to have been able to help these residents and to have worked with my colleagues Councilman Levin and Senator Dilan as well as Community Board 1 and District Leader Linda Minucci towards making this happen. Even more so, I am proud of all the residents of Monitor Street who came out to fight this haphazard proposal and stand up for their homes and their community,” said Lentol.

Miss Heather

NEXT TUESDAY: Rally at 65 Commercial Street

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

The above missive was forwarded to me by my friend Miss Mousey Brown. Any and all who are interested in attending should email Lincoln Restler, our 50th District State Democratic Committee person, at: lincoln (at) lincolnrestler (dot) org. Attendees are advised to be there by 11:45 a.m.

65 Commercial Street Rally
February 15, 2011 starting at noon
65 Commercial Street (duh)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

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