Reader Contribution du Jour: McGolrick Park

May 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Per the tipster who sent me the above image:

(Taken) 4/21, but he was there till 4/22 as garbage piled up around him.  This is just an impossible, totally depressing situation.  And personally, as someone who grew up in a house where substance abuse was present, it makes me relive the anxiety and sadness I couldn’t wait to get away from – that’s why I’m so sensitive to it, and why I HATE that my kids are exposed to it…

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: A Voice In The Wilderness

April 25, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Republican Primary Day, New York

This fellow was spotted at our very own McGolrick Park and comes courtesy of the camera of WarmSleepy.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Scat Attack At McGolrick Park?

I should have curbed my dogA person we’ll call “S” writes:

Miss Heather,

About a month or so ago, my girlfriend & I were walking our puppy on Driggs Avenue after visiting the McGolrick Dog Run. It’s pretty normal to see other people walking their dogs and to allow them to sniff each other and so forth. On this occasion however, a young woman with her small poodle was walking by and even though our dog was a safe distance and on a leash, this woman quickly stood between her and her dog and said very forcibly, “Stay away from my dog!” I laughed a little because I was kind of shocked by her random behavior and she immediately started yelling at us about how wrong it was for us not to rescue a shelter dog. We were just kind of startled and walked away, basically wondering WTF? A few days later, I was walking our dog and this girl and her dog were coming in the other direction and she just started yelling at me to “keep my fucking ugly ass dog away from her dog”. I never allowed my dog to come within touching distance of her dog and so I kind of giggled out of frustration and a bit of amusement that this stranger wants to pick a fight with me every time we pass. I’m pretty sure that she lives on the same block as me. So a week passes and I see her again and she makes these very awkward angry, silent mouth gestures at me and I couldn’t help saying, “Lady, you’re a nut”.

And then this morning, at 7am in McGolrick Park we are once again passing each other with our dogs and even though my dog is at least three feet away from her dog, she’s starts yelling to “Get your fucking dog away from my dog…” and the same rant about not rescuing a shelter dog.  I told her to “Fuck off” and she picked up her dogs diarrhea with aplastic bag and tried to throw it at my dog. He got hit with the bag, but fortunately not with the shit. There were other dog owners nearby that seemed pretty dumbfounded by the whole interaction and demanded that she clean up the shit that was now all over the park’s walk way. She also said that she has filed a complaint with 311 every time that my dog has gotten too close to her dog and these complaints will add up to my dog getting put down. I’m not laughing anymore. This woman is making my blood boil. I continued on our walk and after about 15 minutes, she walks towards me and says, “Have a great day!” I respond with, “If you ever throw shit at me or my dog again, I will not just stand by and let it happen”. She says, “Oh, that’s great, you’re threatening me” and so she calls 911. I already had a headache this morning and I wasn’t about to stand around and let her feel any more satisfied with her wackjob behavior so I quickly took my dog home and went to work. 

Here I am at work wondering what kind of false accusations this woman is making to the police. Should I file a police report for her throwing dog shit at me? Should I ignore it all? This is certainly one of the strangest things to happen to me in NYC over the past 10+ years.  I’m asking you for advice because you know the neighborhood well and I just don’t know how to proceed.

Thoughts/advice, gentle readers? Quite frankly I’m speechless.

Photo credits (once again): murdoc

Last Gasp: Found In North Brooklyn

 This lovely lass. My friend at Brooklyn Imbecile writes:

eric, the guy who walks our dog at lunchtime, found an abandoned puppy at mcgolrick park this morning around 8am, no collar, no microchip.

here’s his blog.

Here are the deets from Dog-e-Dog:

This little girl was found (no collar, no microchip) on Richardson & N. Henry this morning. She seems to be a shepherd/mastiff mix about 3 months old. She is not spayed, but very, very sweet. 
If you know whose dog this is or are thinking about adopting, please contact me or Greenpoint Vet (347-529-4345 or gpointvet@gmail.com). Please share this post so we can get her back home.

Done!

I have received word this sweet lass has a temporary place to hang her proverbial hat. (Thanks Julia!)

Let’s find her permanent one!

Photo Credits: Dog-e-Dog.org

 

New York Shitty Day Starter: Razors At The McGolrick Park Playground?

February 3, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This rather disconcerting item comes via the North Brooklyn Community Group (on Facebook):

I saw this on another list today….very freaky…who would do such a thing???

Hi All,
I was talking with the Park’s gardener this afternoon and she asked me… to spread the word and asked that you do the same…

This morning one of the McGolrick Park regulars found razor blades taped to the playground equipment. The Park’s people will be checking the equipment every morning for a while but ask that we check ourselves before we let our kids play as an added precaution.

I don’t know whether there is or will be police involvement, e.g.- night patrols. Honestly, the police have been fairly non-responsive thus far regarding park vandalism over the past year but I cannot imagine that this wasn’t reported at least.

Some of the people reading this might recall last year a citizen circulated a petition regarding safety and maintenance issues at this very park. In any case a little extra vigilance never hurts. Be careful folks!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Farmer’s Market At McGolrick Park?

January 23, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

If this rather concise agenda for our Community Board’s Parks & Waterfront Committee is any indication, this may very well happen! Those whose curiosity is piqued (mine certainly is) mark your calendars!

Parks & Waterfront Committee Meeting
January 30, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Community Board 1 Main Office
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Update, January 24, 2012: It has been brought to my attention that there is a petition online in support of this endeavor. Interested parties can view/sign it by clicking here.

Mark Your Calendars: 150th Anniversary of the Launch of the U.S.S. Monitor!

As some of you might recall last October there was ceremony at the site of the Monitor Museum in anticipation of the 150th Anniversary of the launch of the U.S.S. Monitor. Well, this anniversary will soon be upon us and the minds behind this endeavor, George J. Weinmann and Janice Lauletta-Weinmann, have assembled a wonderful roster of events to celebrate this, one of our community’s finest contributions to American history! Follows is a rundown of what they have cooked up for us. NOTE: all the these events are free unless otherwise indicated.

January 28, 2012

10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.: History Fair at the former Greenpoint Savings Bank (807 Manhattan Avenue). This will feature speakers and displays.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Wine & cheese at the Church of the Ascension (127 Kent Street)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Civil War Concert (also at the Church of the Ascension). Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door.

January 29, 2012

10:00 a.m.: Memorial Service at the Church of the Ascension
12:00 p.m.: Parade from the Church of the Ascension to the Monitor launch site (Quay Street at West Street)
12:30: Ceremony at the launch site
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Reception at Grand Prospect Hall. This includes a presentation, speakers, Civil War dance and music (including an eleven piece brass band!), buffet dinner and unlimited open bar. Price of admission: $60.00.

January 30, 2012

9:00 a.m.: Wreath laying ceremony at the U.S.S. Monitor statue at McGolrick Park followed by U.S.S. Monitor Bus Tour (box lunch included):

  1. U.S.S. Monitor Launch Site
  2. Building 92 & Dry Dock #1 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (where the U.S.S. Monitor was Commissioned)
  3. Grand Army Plaza Arch, Prospect Park
  4. Greenwood Cemetery (so as to view grave sites of crew members of the U.S.S. Monitor and the The New York Civil War monument)
  5. John Ericcson Statue, Battery Park

The cost of this tour is $20.00 and includes a box lunch. Those who wish to purchase tickets for any of the above-listed events— or simply desire more information, please contact either George J. Weinmann at (917) 832-9999 or Janice Lauletta-Weinmann at (718) 383-2637. Check it out!

LOST IN GREENPOINT: Emma

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

Per the folks at Dog Habitat, Emma slipped out of her collar after being attacked by an off leash dog in McGolrick park this morning. She last seen at Norman Avenue and Monitor Street. Please be advised she is very shy and may be injured. If anyone has seen Emma or knows of her whereabouts please contact Rob at Dog Habitat at (917) 664-3702. Thanks!

UPDATE, 11:26 p.m.: I just got word Emma is safe and sound back home! Yay!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: McGolrick Park Needs Help!

A woman we’ll call “L” writes (in an email addressed to our Parks Supervisor, Parks Supervisor for Brooklyn, the 94th Precinct, Community Board 1 and elected officials— among numerous others— and sporting no less than thirteen pages of signed petitions attached):

My name is (excised) and I am a mom to 3 boys.  We have lived in the neighborhood directly surrounding McGolrick Park for almost 10 years.

To begin, I am presenting you with a petition of 124 signatures of people who have the same concerns about McGolrick Park that I am about to voice.  While collecting these names I was surprised to learn just how angry most of these people are.  I heard horror stories of park experiences and livid complaints from every signer.  Their specific issues ranged from trepidation about lights in the middle of the park being out or off for a very long time, to frustration at having to call 911 or the 94th precinct dozens and dozens of times in the past 6 months, to a report that a neighbor was shot with some kind of pellet gun just last week while small children were also walking near him.  Although these issues are specifically focused on McGolrick Park, it is common knowledge that similar problems exist at many of the North Brooklyn parks, namely McCarren and American.  All this being said, this petition is not an indictment of park workers, that is the men and women who thanklessly clean up the disgusting and unnecessary messes of the park.  They, like all the residents and park-goers, need the support of park management to fix the greater problems that exist.

When my family first moved to the McGolrick area in 2002, the park was an absolute wasteland. . .  filled with blood, puke, abusive drunks, needles and dime bags. It was disgusting and I hated taking my young son there. At its worst, I even witnessed an 18 month old fall into an open sewage drain in the center of the park. It was all awful. But then Gardener Dave Wysocki came to McGolrick, wonderful Dave, who transformed the park from wretched to amazingly beautiful, an urban paradise that became a daily part of my growing family. 

Since Dave’s departure earlier this year, McGolrick has rapidly degenerated.  This has lead to three major areas of concern that I would like to outline:

Firstly, there are groups of homeless, drunk men who take up residence in the park or on the benches of its perimeter at various times.  I must insert here that for the past 6 weeks their presence has decreased significantly, perhaps due to the in-park suicide of a presumed homeless man in late September, which I must add is not the first violent and unnecessary death of one of these men in the park.  I am dismayed that it takes someone dying to enact change. But returning to my original point, these groups often leave garbage, glass, and most importantly human excrement and blood throughout the park, even in the playground area. There are also instances when they have been aggressive towards others in the park.  I personally was once accosted by one man who attempted to enter my car when I pressed the automatic door opener.  As I was putting my 3 kids in the car he hovered there demanding that I give him money, until a passer-by, or as my middle son called him, a super-hero, came to our aid.  This same man detained my babysitter in the same way as she sat on a bench of the park.  Plainly said, these men pose health and safety risks that should be addressed in the short-term by better clean-up and more police patrols to keep them out.  But more importantly, social services need to be called upon to offer more pro-active outreach to these populations.  Until these men receive support such as counseling, rehabilitation, and housing, their residency in the park will continue.

Secondly, there is a group of young teenagers who have caused considerable damage to the park.  They throw and break glass bottles, tip full garbage cans in order to jump them with their bikes, they have destroyed an entire row of benches, and then when repaired, they destroyed the benches again.  They have set fires, and cut down a small tree.  Again, the best way to stop this behavior in the short-term is to have more police patrols in the park, but in the long-run we need better mentoring and outreach programs for at-risk youth of this community.  These kids in particular have been running the streets for about five years which says to me that either their families neglect their welfare, or their home-life is so bad that they can’t stand to be in their houses.  In any case, Greenpoint could surely use a strong and present social action group that is specifically focused on the needs of the pre-teen and teen populations. Furthermore, we need more outdoor spaces that speak to the needs of this age group and more community centers that offer positive and safe ways for them to spend their time.

Lastly, under Dave Wysocki’s leadership McGolrick Park became a shining star of the Greenpoint, a true community asset that drew hundreds of new families and residents to this area.  Not only did he make the park beautiful with additions of many flowers, tress, and shrubs, he educated his staff on how to care for the gardens properly.  He offered nature-based workshops for the small children of the neighborhood, involved the community in the revitalization of the park, and most importantly created a strong relationship with PS 110.  By doing so he offered those children special educational opportunities and a sense of positive ownership in this land.  It is an absolute travesty that all of his hard work, so quickly went down the tubes.  McGolrick needs park management with the passion and commitment that Dave showed.  That is the backbone of the health and safety of the park, and without it I fear that one day, I’ll hear of another hanging body or see another baby’s body floating in a sewer drain.

All this being said, I’m sure that as the cold weather approaches these issues will naturally decrease.  However, I am also sure that as soon as spring arrives, residents will be dealing with these same grievances again, UNLESS the residents, park management, local law enforcement, the community board, social services, and local politicians make plans of action over the next winter months for how to improve the current conditions at McGolrick Park.

I and so many of my neighbors have been given the run-around and have been shut down in pursuing our goal of bettering the park.  Park management has said to contact the 94th; the 94th said to contact the community board; the community board said to contact the Parks Department.  This is a vicious cycle of irresponsibility that is getting us nowhere and the residents of this community will stand for it no longer.  A much-appreciated, first step in the right direction would be a well-advertized “town hall” meeting with all of you who are addressed in this letter, to happen as soon as possible.  (Perhaps such a meeting could take place at the Lutheran Church on Russell Street between Driggs and Nassau.)  We want the opportunity to truly be heard, since we have been ignored for so long.  We want to know how you specifically plan to resolve these issues. . . and I can assure you that we are ready to hold you accountable if solutions are not developed and implemented.

I, like so many people of this community, look forward to hearing your responses and hope that our concerns for the health and safety of McGolrick Park will finally be addressed.  Thank you.

I suppose this is as good a time as any to remind folks that Community Board 1’s Parks and Waterfront Subcommittee convenes this evening at 6:30 p.m.! Once again, you must sign in by 6:15 in order to speak!*

Parks & Waterfront Committee Meeting, Community Board 1
November 16, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Community Board 1 Office
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

*Apparently the Parks and Waterfront Committee’s public meetings unlike those of, say, the Public Safety and Transportation do not allow the public to sign up and speak. Mind you, this is despite the fact this right is established by charter by our fair city. Go figure.

Photo Credits: Pile of human feces with asswipe was found at this very park last week by yours truly.

New York Shitty Day Ender: A Halloween Dog Parade & Adoption Event Reminder

October 28, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Contrary to what what our fair city’s Park’s web site states (as seen above), this event was in no way organized by Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn. The organizers of this event, that being the awesome folks at District Dog, have assured me of this. In writing.

District Dog’s Halloween Parade & Adoption Day
October 30, 2011 starting at 2:00 p.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

 

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