From The New York Shitty Inbox: Witnesses/Help Wanted

Yours truly has received all manner and variety of correspondence over the years. Some are humorous. Some downright belligerent. But the following will unfortunately be the most memorable. A fellow hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Larry, writes (in an email entitled “August 2nd blog and photo of pedestrian struck on humboldt and metropolitan“):

Dear Miss Heather,

Hopefully you can help??

My wife, Heather along with myself and our 2 children were very close with the individual that was struck by the livery car that fateful night.(August 1st, 2012) The victim of this horrible hit and run, was a young man from our hometown of East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

His name was Leighton Parnham. He was only 19 years old and as a result of this (my opinion) vehicular homicide, passed away at Bellvue Hospital on August 7th 2012. If you would like to learn about this fun loving young man, visit this link:

http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?pid=159143187

or
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/08/east_grand_rapids_high_grad_ki.html

The family is destroyed.

I am also a retired police officer and evidence technician from the suburbs of Chicago.
It seems the police have no interest in this homicide, which according to NY VTL section 10, leaving the scene of a traffic accident, resulting in death, is a class D felony.

We are tying to obtain the truth into what happened and any help you can provide would be great. i.e. person T, who originally posted this and what seems is a photo from their window overlooking the scene, any witnesses from Legion Bar that night…

I understand the driver of the livery car left the scene and was stopped by police with a smashed windshield and front end damage, but, was not arrested or even ticketed…

I have spent a significant amount of time today corresponding with Larry and Heather. They, in turn, have been corresponding with Leighton’s father (who, you can imagine, is devastated). The latter has given me permission to get the word out about this— one of many “accidents” hereabouts involving livery cabs, I’ll add— in the hope someone who witnessed this “hit and run” will step forward and speak up. To Heather (Larry’s wife) via email at: H_shortt (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Losing a child is quite frankly beyond my comprehension. I cannot imagine the pain Leighton’s family and friends have experienced and are presently experiencing. Nonetheless, we are in a position to help them get some semblance of “closure”. Finding out what actually what happened is a vital first step. Please help spread the word, north Brooklynites. Thanks.

Photo Credit: Screencap of Leighton Parnham comes via MLive.

 

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Metropolitan Avenue

November 7, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Urban Artifact, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken November 6, 2012.

New York Shitty Video Du Jour: Metropolitan Avenue

November 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Wow 

Today yours truly, after a sleepless night, awoke to the realization she has a cold. Or maybe a sinus infection? Not that it really matters: both suck. BAD. Nonetheless, I drug my sorry self out to vote and upon:

  1. facing the option of listening to the Mister work from home (because there is neither G train service nor Ferry service) and
  2. realizing the bracing air was actually making my throbbing proboscis feel better, not worse I decided to take a walk.

And walk, I did. It was in Williamsburg I bore witness to something I felt worth documenting: a completely UNironic display of Southern rock:

Naturally, I had to being this to the attention of the Mister:

I just filmed a guy driving a truck, with all windows open, cranking Lynyrd Skynryd.

The Mister: In New York City?
Me: Yes. On Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, no less. Granted, it was “Sweet Home Alabama”. If it had been Freebird I would have flashed my (excised) at him. For obvious reasons.

Truck drivin’ man, this post is dedicated to you!

Urban Fur: The Kids Are Alright

Anyone who has followed this blog for any appreciable period of time knows yours truly is rather fond of felines. Thus this afternoon— with some trepidation, I’ll add— I ventured forth to see how my favorite feral colony fared the storm.*

Not only was it still intact, but one resident was catching up on some much-needed sunbathing!

*True confession time: all feral colonies are my favorite. However, this one has a certain je nais sais quoi. Methinks the deal-maker is the stuffed tiger.

 

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Bouquet

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Urban Fur: Urban Jungle

October 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Urban Fur, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Stolen In Williamsburg: Grace

October 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Criminal Activity, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

I saw a number of flyers soliciting information regarding the theft of Grace while knocking around Williamsburg this afternoon. If anyone reading this has any information as to her whereabouts please contact her family at the above-listed telephone number. A reward is being offered. Closing on a related note, please PLEASE do not leave your furkids unattended. As this flyer sadly attests, there are some in this community who have taken to stealing them.

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Cat Walk

October 11, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Crazy Cat Lady, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Bottoms Up!

September 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: From Metropolitan Avenue With Love

September 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Taken September 16, 2012.

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