Reader Contribution Du Jour: Saturday At The Park

Stefano Giovannini, who took the above photograph yesterday afternoon, writes:

someone should do something about this… these are the porta potties near the track at McCarren Park. i could not believe. i’d rather pee in the bushes

And, as he later noticed, one parks patron elected to do just that…

This is inexcusable folks. Really.

P.S.: While I am on the subject of north Brooklyn’s crappers it is with sincere displeasure that I note that the Jamie Campiz Playground “ladybug”(which some of you might recall is part of my “No Toilet Left Behind Project”)  isn’t faring very well…

Upon closer examination I noticed the hinge is not broken.

Rather the nut had come loose and instead of, say, simply placing it back it was thrown away.

To be continued…

Greenburg Photo Du Jour: McCarren Park

Taken June 3, 2012.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Gone!

Not only is the grammatically incorrect, rather hideous and indisputably illegal sign at Jerzy Popieluszko Square gone, but our Parks Department has dispensed with the old garbage cans in lieu of stronger bright green ones!


Now if we could get rid of the “No Smoking” signs someone has seen fit to affix to the trees with thumb tacks we’ll be all aces!

Observation: trees— not unlike the humans who love them— tend to fare better when they do not have sharp objects inserted into them.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Swing!

May 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Father Macri Triangle.

Breaking At Jerzy Popieluszko Square: Vulgarian Ban To Be Lifted!

You read me correctly, Garden Spotters. Not only have I received confirmation that the above-depicted sign (about which I wrote here) is in fact not only illegal but it is coming down! Our Parks Supervisor, Stephanie Thayer, writes today at 3:42 p.m. (in response to this inquiry):

This was not put up by the Parks Department nor approved by Parks.  I will ask our Maintenance Worker to take it down. Given holiday schedules, that will likely take place during next week. Thanks.

I suspect I speak on the behalf of my fellow vulgarians (and folks who hate seriously ugly illegal signage) when I write the following:


Now At Jerzy Popieluszko Square: No Vulgarians Allowed

During my peregrinations today I happened upon this rather noticeable* and clearly not Parks Department issue bit of signage at Jerzy Popieluszko Square. Having some working knowledge of Polish (Okay: I know “nie” means “no”. As for “walgaryzuj”, well, I have a very strong suspicion as to what that means!) I inferred this sign is prohibiting something. But what? To this end I inquired of a Polish friend of mine what gives. Without further ado, here it is:

Respect this place
Be civil
Do not litter
Do not drink (NOTE: no specific beverage is indicated)
Do not be vulgar

My interpreter went on to add that the Polish pressed into service is rather unusual. E.g.; this copy was probably drafted in English and translated into Polish (as opposed to using conventional, conversational Polish as spoken in Poland). In any case, mind your manners fellow Garden Spotters… (WARNING/CAVEAT: the following clip contains “language” so do not listen to it at work unless you want a visit from the H.R. Department.)

or else!

In the interest of fair and balanced reporting (and for my friends in Great Britain) you can (READ: should) watch Archie’s retort by clicking here.

*READ: hideous

LAST GASP: And Then There Were Two!


Sure, I said I was going to wrap-up the blog early today but this is big news! The new port-o-let has arrived at McCarren Park! Hallelujah!

Photo Credits: Special thanks go to Miss Mousey Brown for dumping this in my photo pool!

New York Shitty Day Ender: Live From Barge Park Playground

May 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

It’s, it’s… beautiful! (tears)

This post goes out to the hard-working fellows who braved today’s weather to make our much-anticipated (and needed) crapper happen. New York Shitty salutes you!

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…

What’s That Smell?

(Or: Golden Shower At McCarren Park)

Upon having this aromatic golden stream of goodness brought to our Parks Advocate and (New York City Parks Supervisor)— for two weeks, no less— here’s what she had to say.

New York Shitty analysis:

  1. Is it appropriate for a civil servant to solicit (via auto-signature) for not-for-profit organization (this being Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn) in an email sent on our (the taxpayers’s) proverbial dollar?
  2. Indeed, the honey-dipper for this privy is not providing an acceptable level of service— at least when one port-o-let is being pressed into service for a ~1/2 acre of “green space”. I know because people are complaining to me in the hope I can actually do something about it.
  3. What does a comfort station at Abate Playground have to do with points #1 and #2?
  4. Just fix it already. Ever heard of Hepatitis?
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