Quicklink: New Year’s Day Sexual Assault In “Greenpoint”?

January 3, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn 

The “good” news: this assault did not happen in Greenpoint. It came to pass on Maspeth Avenue (East Williamsburg). Not that this makes the fact a sexual assault came to pass any more appetizing: it doesn’t. You can read NBC’s very general rundown of what happened by clicking here. Otherwise, please PLEASE exercise extra vigilance while out and about late at night north Brooklynites— and watch out for each other!

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: This evening it was brought to my attention that a similar (and thankfully: unsuccessful) sexual assault came to pass this same evening in the same general area (Humboldt near Withers Street, about a ten minute walk north). Although I have asked for more details here’s what I know: this incident came to pass around 4:00 a.m. The woman, thinking quickly, screamed until she got the attention of neighbors (who called the police). The “perp” (who it should be noted, had his “tackle” out and ready to “go”)  got scared and ran away.

Special thanks goes out to Queens Crap for bringing this to my attention.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Season’s Greetings From Monitor Street

On November 27th, Jay noted:

New access cover on Monitor street. Third replacement this year. There’s still a month left in 2011 for this one to get swiped, too.

This morning, December 22nd, Jay writes:

With just over a week left in 2011 another access cover on monitor street has been swiped. That makes 4? 5? for this year alone. I’ve lost count. Will the next one come gift wrapped?

Since we Greenpointers have by and large been a good lot, perhaps Santa and his elves will see fit to give us a new one? My advice is as follows: Monitor Street residents leave a plate of milk and cookies next to this pilfered man hole come December 24th. (Hey, a little bribery never hurt!) In the meantime I would like to humbly recommend the following to our fair city:

  1. Some attempt at policing the scrap metal businesses (which are clearly purchasing these stolen goods) be made.
  2. These access covers be fashioned out of a material (plastic perhaps?) which render them non-lucrative to sell.

In closing, I will leave you with some more handiwork of our local entrepreneurs courtesy of a lass named Robin.

She writes:

Hey heather ,
Here are some pix of missing covers. one is on Withers St. by Graham the other 2 are right across the street from Scrap It Up, on Maspeth and Morgan where all the guys go with their shopping carts full of “scrap”. It was too dark when I past but you should check out the naked fire hydraint out in front, LOL.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Saint Nick

Taken today on Olive Street. Closing on a (somewhat) related note, the folks at St. Nick’s Alliance, among others, have something to say tomorrow to our fair Mayor (per an anonymous tipster):

This coming Wednesday December 21st  at 10:30 am GREC will deliver over 2000 letters written by community residents asking  Mayor Bloomberg and HPD to “de designate” TNS/Great American as the developer of the Greenpoint Hospital site. The demands follow workers allegations that the private builder has pocketed wages and cheated laborer and working people at a City affordable housing development project in the Bronx…

I along with GREC members, will be accompanied by community supporters and the Grinch to make sure the City selects the most qualified developer in a even handed process.

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Outside HPD Headquarters, 100 Gold Street

 

Season’s Greetings From Cooper Tank & Welding Corp.

Taken December 7, 2011.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Glad You Are Here

From Maspeth Avenue.

Urban Fur: Special Cooper Park Houses Edition

John Lennon was really onto something when he said:

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

Today I had a plan: searching for stolen manholes— and find them I did (For example, the above specimen which can be found at Kingsland and Norman Avenue. Please take a moment, gentle readers, to truly appreciate this person’s bravery— or stupidity. Take your pick.). It is also why I currently have a kitten in my bathtub. You read me correctly: a kitten. In my bathtub.

This kitten. But let’s get back to manholes for a moment.

I found the odd one here (224 Monitor Street) and there…

(Russell Street across from McGolrick Park) but I was nonplussed. Thus, I decided to expand my search southward.

And in so doing I discovered this fire hydrant in front of 450 Morgan Avenue which has been divested of its caps and a missing cover to boot! That’s three thefts for the price of one!

It was upon noticing this filming notice (for “Marcher”, whatever that is) gracing the eastern perimeter of the Cooper Park Houses I decided to take a detour… and discovered this little lass.

More accurately: I made the acquaintance of the young lady who discovered her. I asked what gives and she, with grandmother and younger sister by her side, explained to me that this kitten simply walked up to her. I told her that this was one very smart kitten and inquired as to whether or not she was going to keep her. She enthusiastically said “Yes”. Her grandmother (who was receiving a translation of this discussion from a friend) begged to differ. I then suggested:

I can probably get her placed at a rescue organization where she will be adopted to a good home.

To wit this kitten’s new friend asked:

She won’t be adopted to someone who will expect her to hunt and kill rats, will she?

Absolutely not.

I assured her and parsed through my “smartphone” for someone to call. After coming to the conclusion I had, in fact, been outsmarted by said device, I checked my email. There I found an email from Jay Lombard (of Dog Habitat) featuring (what else?) a plundered manhole. I emailed him back as follows:

Can you call me? STAT.

And call he did. I explained to him that I had a very special “thank you gift” for his manhole: a kitten. I inquired if, perchance, Dog Habitat could take her in. He agreed to take her. I relayed this news to her good Samaritan. This made her very happy. She asked me to take a few photos of her soon-to-be former feline friend. I gladly obliged and proceeded to walk down Maspeth Avenue with a kitten firmly attached to my chest.

ASIDE: One of the perks of walking around north Brooklyn as much as I do is I have a pretty extensive knowledge of the street scape and the businesses contained therein. In this case, I knew there was a pet grooming establishment nearby: Lucy’s Lucky Dog. I headed to 1 Maspeth Avenue without delay.

Suffice it to say I did not need to explain why I was there. A carrier was purchased and my new friend was quickly placed therein. She demonstrated her gratitude for these new accommodations by christening it with a fresh (and rather stinky) salvo of vomit.

Perhaps imitation Burberry is not this little one’s style? Only she knows for certain.

In any case, I quickly ascertained she rather liked accompanying me on my walk so I decided to continue my trek.

Eventually, having had enough “sight seeing”, she fell into a deep sleep.

One which— more or less— lasted the entire subway ride back to her temporary home.

Which is, of course, Chez Shitty’s bathtub.

I imagine there may be someone among you, dear readers, who is interested in giving this lass a home. Well, later this evening she will call Dog Habitat Jay’s home her new digs. I will be contacting our local veterinarian and arrange for a check-up and we’ll go from there. In closing, however, I will note that she has a(n albeit) temporary name: Kayleigh. This is the name of her founder who, it should be noted, took great pains to clarify her name spelled specially: K-A-Y-L-E-I-G-H.

Why not?

I say. A remarkable young lady should have a moniker to match!

This post is for you.

From The Cooper Bark Dog Run Group: Found

This little guy (?) was found today inside of a Tupperware container at the Cooper Park Dog Run. Anyone interested in giving this chap the loving home he richly deserves should contact his good Samaritan, Kim, via Facebook.

Thanks!

UPDATE, September 1, 2011: I have word this pup might— just might— have a new home!

Live From The 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

(Special D.I. Hurson-less Edition)

As the above table indicates, Deputy Inspector Hurson was not present at last night’s convocation. An explanation for his absence is later given by the lady who oversaw the proceedings in the following footage.* Scott Adamo, our precinct’s Community Liaison, happened to be on vacation as well so another officer, Henry the Crime Prevention Officer for our precinct, was on hand to take notes so he can bring the issues which arose at this meeting to both Mr. Adamo and Deputy Inspector at a later time. Let’s just say that certain people present— particularly a stalwart Community Council attendee (and personal favorite), Phyllis— kept this chap on his toes! Without further ado here is the footage. Enjoy!

PART I: Preliminary announcements, including the revised schedule and location for forthcoming 94th Precinct Community Council meetings. (You can view the calendar for the remainder of the year by clicking here.)

  • Two 94th Precinct officers are commended for a recent arrest at the Cooper Houses (during which they were injured).
  • A representative from the New York City Fire Department speaks about employment opportunities.

PART II: The Q & A Session Begins

  • The issue of an increased homeless presence/encampment at Jerzy Popieluszko Square is raised by a concerned citizen. Apparently the former caretaker has stepped down and now the gates are being left open (thus facilitating the previous). I myself have seen this. It’s pretty bad.
  • Community Board 1 Public Safety Committee member Tom Burrows speaks and a victim of the anti-gay incident I wrote about in this post gives a personal account of what happened.

PART III: Phyllis Speaks

  • It has been verified by a second party that there is in fact a man at large on Bedford Avenue fitting Phyllis’s description. He sports women’s underwear (manties?) and flowers in his hair and likes to abuse women verbally (no mention of a stick was made). He was described to me as a small (think approximately 5’2″ tall) Asian-American chap between 30 and 50 years of age. He is quite insane and has been spotted in the East Village as well.
  • Phyllis is 74 years old and makes it very clear she will be keeping on eye on our Finest.

PART IV: A resident of Ainslie Street (who has been overseas for some time) notes that north Brooklyn has an alcoholism problem much to the amusement of fellow attendees.

  • Public urination is mentioned.
  • Phyllis chimes in.

PART V: Diane Jackson of the Cooper Houses brings up the matter of recent robberies thereabouts and is of the distinct opinion that the perpetrators hail from the adjacent homeless shelter located on the premises of the former Greenpoint Hospital (Ed. Note: Do give this a listen, it is seriously disturbing stuff.)

PART VI: Lincoln Restler Speaks— and Phyllis responds (Boy, does she ever!)

  • One word: fornication. Stated repeatedly and in a church by (who else?) Phyllis, no less.

New York Shitty Analysis/Commentary:

  • For a meeting which seemed to be finished before it had even started, it proved to be very interesting. One friend of yours truly opined that it was (an I quote) “better than cable television”.
  • I am very happy the young women who experienced harassment for simply bar-hopping in my fair ‘burgh showed up and spoke up. Granted, an error in judgement was made (throwing the bottle back) but ultimately what is important (and easily overlooked) is that she and her party were not the instigators. That distinction goes to a man who (for reasons only known to him) saw fit to verbally harass her and hers for simply walking down the street. This is not only unacceptable but it also begs the question (in my mind, anyway) as to who’s next? Greenpoint is without argument one of the safest (and finest) neighborhoods to be found in New York City. Nonetheless, when incidences such as this are brought to my attention it is all too clear that there is still work to be done.
  • Mr. Restler handled his trial by fire Phyllis rather well. Given that she saw fit to grill Councilman Steve Levin at last month’s meeting and get him, Rami Metal and D.I. Hurson to all attest that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a good President** proves she is not partisan in regards to Democratic Party politics but is an equal-opportunity force to be reckoned with! I can hardly wait to hear what she has to say come September. Until them folks…

Miss Heather

*Here’s what I have been told by a tipster about this:

spoke to my buddy from the 7th precinct.  the call last night in East New York was a suicide by cop.  Dude shot a guy at an automotive store then waved the gun around at cops

YIKES!

**Who, as it was rather piquantly noted by Tom Burrows, cheated on his wife Eleanor rather flagrantly. Ergo, fornication and good governance— at least per Phyllis’s logic— can and did mix.

Newtown Creek Photos du Jour: Car

April 22, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11378, Maspeth, Maspeth Queens, Newtown Creek 

Taken April 22, 2011.

Miss Heather

P.S.: The first thing which came to my mind upon seeing this was this segment from the movie Risky Business.

Greenburg Photos du Jour: The Walls Have Eyes!

Taken February 25, 2011.

Miss Heather

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