Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Nassau Avenue

April 12, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken April 11, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: BaNoNa Revisited

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

As I have previously noted the triangle created Banker Street, North 15th Street and Nassau Avenue (“BaNoNa” as I have named it) has pressed into service as a location for a film shoot. I later learned the film in question is “The Christmas Tree Project” (as seen at right). On March 26th, I spied a wonderful work of art featuring this quote from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf:

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.

I really liked this. So you can imagine my delight when I happened upon a group of people painting the wall this missive graces with a great sense of purpose and urgency.

Are we getting another mural?

I thought to myself.

Naturally my curiosity got the best of me so asked (the woman in the above image at right) what gives. And she told me.

Apparently our fair city’s anti-graffiti squad, being unaware that apparently this imagery was crucial to this film’s premise, had seen fit to divest this wall of some of its “content”. And the folks at The Christmas Tree Project, in the interest of said film’s “continuity” were restoring it. You just read me correctly gentle readers: today I bore witness to Greenpoint graffiti restoration.

I noted this to the woman with whom I spoke. She too saw the humor in this strange (but very north Brooklyn) turn of events.

On a lark, I asked her if she knew what was going to happen to this parcel of land after they left. She stated that she had no idea— but opined that it would probably go back to being a trash-strewn lot. I told her that I and a number of other residents think it should be a community garden.

You should do that!

She replied enthusiastically.

Yes, we should. And given this film company apparently has the manpower and resources to restore graffiti, I have to ask myself— and this community— why shouldn’t they help with such an endeavor? Inasmuch as the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting likes to tout the revenue and jobs created by the film industry (with no solid figures to back it up) I still have to wonder:

What is in it for Greenpoint?

Little things mean a lot. I do not think asking film companies which elect to film in our community to give something back to our community is unreasonable. Is asking “The Christmas Tree Project” to partner with us so as to develop a community garden at this site it too much to ask?

Or am I just dreaming?

Happy Easter From New York Shitty!

April 8, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This bit of Easter cheer hails from Steve’s Meat Market on Nassau Avenue. While I am on the subject of kielbasa, the word on the street is a very popular purveyor of this foodstuff will be closing— SOON. Apparently the owner of this establishment wishes to retire and his children care not to follow in his footsteps. Hint: it was featured on this site recently.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Lily

April 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken April 6, 2012.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Community Meeting!

April 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This comes courtesy of our Community Board ‘s Transportation Chair, Karen Nieves. She writes:

Please mark your calendar!!! Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Community Meeting is set for Monday, April 23rd 6:30pm at the Lutheran Church on Russell Street.

I have word a flyer will be distributed shortly. When I receive one I will pass it along here. In the meantime, those of you who have concerns and/or issues arising from this project (For example: having port–o-let stationed next to the front door of your residence which turns over and disperses its “contents” on your front yard.*) take note!

Nassau Avenue Construction Community Meeting
Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

*Yes, this really happened.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: This Weekly Construction Bulletin

April 2, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

For those of you who want to know where the action is going to be this week (regarding construction on Nassau Avenue) I present this— their latest bulletin!

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Nassau Avenue

April 2, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

An unintended consequence of Nassau Avenue reconstruction as spotted this weekend: an ad hoc skate park! I’m glad to see the powers that be have seen fit to install pylons. They were needed— badly! As for the wisdom of skating on this stretch, well, that’s still open to question…

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: McGuinness Boulevard

April 1, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken March 30, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Christmas Trees

March 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As I indicated last week, a film shoot is indeed coming to pass at BaNoNa…

The Word On The Street: From Nassau Avenue With Love

March 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken March 24, 2012.

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