Greenpoint Photos du Jour: 1861

October 23, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A few highlights from Brooklyn Digger’s event yesterday at McGolrick Park. By far yours trulys favorite feature (aside from perhaps the “Mini Monitor”) were the smelling boxes.

(for obvious reasons)

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: District Dog Halloween Parade & Adoption Day

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

That’s right folks, District Dog’s annual Halloween parade and costume contest will soon be upon us! Follows are some highlights from 2009’s and 2010’s festivities to help my fellow dog lovers get inspired. Enjoy!

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

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Meet Munchkin

September 29, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A lass named Monika writes:

I know you posted a while ago about District Dog’s kitten adoption event. I wonder if you can give some publicity to a special needs District Dog resident in need of a foster or permanent home. Two weeks ago, people on a bench in McGolrick Park saw a young man dump a cat into some bushes there. The people intervened and caught the cat, who, it turns out, is blind. They brought him to the great folks at District Dog, who are now urgently looking for someone to adopt or even foster this big boy, whom they are now calling “Munchkin.” The vet checked him out and he is healthy, except for being overweight. Munchkin is estimated to be around 7 years old.

I am doing my best to get the word out about this handsome guy. I’ve been visiting him daily and he’s a sweetheart of a cat, likes to be petted, and from the shop owners’ accounts, he is eating, using the litterpan, and manages to get around the store okay when they let him out for a stretch…

Thanks for any PR you can give this guy!

Anyone interested in giving Munchkin the loving, permanent home home he deserves should contact the folks at District Dog via email, telephone— or simply swing by!

District Dog
142 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
(718) 290-7374
info (at) districtdog (dot) com

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Suicide At McGolrick Park?

September 24, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Anonymous writes (in an email entitled “Rumors”):

Heard thru the grapevine that there was a suicide by hanging in mcgolrick dog run last night. Police tape wrapped around the area early this morning.  Have you heard anything?

The truth is I haven’t. However, I asked Deputy Inspector Hurson about it and, true to form, he got right back to me right away (thanks)! He confirmed that a man (who is presumed— but not confirmed to be homeless) did commit suicide in the area. His identity has yet to be ascertained. Inasmuch as the McCarren Park homeless have received much press attention of late, the homeless who call McGolrick their home have gone virtually unnoticed. Something to think about, folks…

UPDATE, September 26, 2011: An eyewitness has stepped forward. Jared writes:

I got to the scene of this before the firemen and police did. A man had already called 911 and we waited for the police to arrive. The man was already dead. It was a hanging, twine wrapped around the fence on the dog run and he was on the ground between the bench and the fence. He certainly seemed homeless with lots of bags on the bench. If anyone has information about this man, please post it. It was a tragic scene and I am at least glad that only a few people had to witness it.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Live From The Bath Tub Races!

Laura Hoffman (who took the above photographs) writes:

Hi Heather!

The bathtub races were awesome. I went with my youngest son and oldest grandson, while we waited for his parents and new brother to pick us up. Even though we couldn’t stay for the whole event,  we had fun. There was good music & food. And the thought of tub racing was hysterical. Thought you’d like to see the photos… When my oldest son, wife and new baby picked us up, we found ourselves driving behind a Bat Mobile.

AWESOME!

THIS WEEKEND: Bath Tub Races!

September 12, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Now that fall is with us it is once again time for the Greenpoint Lion’s Club bath tub races. Not only will proceeds from this event benefit a number of local charities, but I can personally attest it is quite fun. I for one can only hope they bring back the Intercontinental Ballistic Tub, it was by far my favorite!

Check it out!

Bath Tub Races
September 17, 2011 starting at 9:00 a.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Reader Contribution du Jour: Aftermath

If this photo (which hails from McGolrick Park and was taken by Catherine Behan) is any indication, it would appear someone saw fit to use Irene as an opportunity to unburden this motor vehicle of its tires. Nice.

Reader Contribution du Jour: McGolrick Park

August 3, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken by Gianni Mano.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Breakfast At McGolrick Park

Catherine (who captured the above gem) writes:

Saw this while walking my dog this morning!

It would appear the first two courses of this al fresco meal have been consumed by one of our fellow citizens. Whether or not this gourmand sports two legs or four is anyone’s guess. In any case, Dzien dobry from Greenpoint, Brooklyn U.S.A. Also known as the Garden Spot of the Universe!

Miss Heather

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