New York Shitty Slide Show Du Jour: Two Feet, Two Boroughs, Three Bridges & Four Hours

As I intimated yesterday I took a four hour photo walk with an occasional contributor to the New York Shitty photo pool and full-time Greenpointer: Noah Devereaux. He was the tour guide. Where he went, I followed. Chattering a great deal of the way. The following should give you some idea of our route.

We started at Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenue at 6:00 p.m. and, almost four hours later, ended up back there. The following slide show (including the lovely, if surreal, shots of the ecological wonder that is English Kills— which grace the beginning of this post) features everything in between. Enjoy!

As always you can (and should) view these images in large format by clicking here.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Seriously Good Stuff

Noah Devereaux writes:

You’ve been running some of my photos from the flickr pool for a while and I figured I should introduce myself and let you know how much I appreciate your blogging of daily eccentricities. When I moved to New York over a year ago and trying to figure out where to live, NYShitty was one of the things that brought the Garden Spot to my attention. I was drawn by the unpretentious quirkiness that I saw in your pictures and now that I’ve been living here for a while, I don’t want to live anywhere else.

For the past few months I’ve been working on a project about our local treasure, Newtown Creek, that you’ve been running photos from. I’m a photographer professionally but have been bumming around the creek out of personal curiosity and it’s great to be able to have the work in progress seen by a local audience. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the pictures already but I have a selection of works so far at my website.

Give Noah’s shots a look-see. They’re amazing!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Tug

From Newtown Creek.

Miss Heather

Quicklink: Waste “Management”

Queens Crap recently received a real gem in his “crap box”: a Department of Sanitation memo outlining how waste is to be transported hereabouts. If you have ever wondered about this kind of thing (and I know you’re out there) here is the answer in a nutshell: it entails shuttling material fromĀ Long Island City through Greenpoint to Blissville.

Don’t take my word for it: point and click your way over to Queens Crap and see it for yourself! Reading is believing.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Take The Newtown Creek Survey!

This item has been brought to my attention by a number of people and at last I have some time to pass it along to you. Here’s the deal: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is dedicating $10,000,000 to (and I quote) “communities affected by delays constructing the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant”. Naturally Greenpoint figures foremost among the aforementioned “communities”. To this end the City Parks Foundation has created a survey to assess how we, the residents, use our public parks. This, in turn, will in some measure be used to determine how this money will be spent. I advise each and every one of you to take a moment to fill out this survey. You can do so quickly and easily online by clicking here.

In closing, I would like to tender a few thoughts:

1. I find it curious that Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Long Island City appear to be the only communities that are affected by the Waste Treatment Plant. I seriously doubt someone in, say, Maspeth or Sunnyside would agree with this assessment.

2. This survey states that these funds will be spent after consulting with local community groups. Who, may I ask, are these community groups? If Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn whose Executive Director, Stephanie Thayer, is also a Parks Department employee (READ: Adminstrator for all north Brooklyn parks and in this capacity can determine how money is spent) is one of said “groups” this strikes me as a conflict of interest.

3. I find it disturbing that these funds may very well be used for parks projects the city has already promised— and failed— to fund. In other words, this strikes me as a “bail out”. Why should the state be brought in the redress our fair city’s inability— or unwillingness— to keep its promises? Especially in regards to the ones made during the north Brooklyn 2005 re-zone? Just a thought.

Miss Heather

UPDATE: I have taken the survey. Aside from finding it curious that Cooper Park and Grand Ferry Park excluded (I mentioned them— I really like Grand Ferry and Cooper— the latter’s crappers are among the best to be found hereabouts. What’s more, Cooper Park is located closer to the Shit Tits than East River or Gantry State Park. Why the exclusion?) I found question #6 of particular interest:

What would you like to do at public parks that you cannot do now?

You can read my answer by clicking here.

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Over The Rainbow

These stunning images (one of which features one of yours trulys favorite things!) come courtesy of Beebe, who writes:

I’m a long-time reader, first time emailer. I’m an Astoria resident with a studio in the very southern part of LIC. So I frequently look across the water to Greenpoint. Late this afternoon, I shot a rainbow sprouting over the Shit Tits. (I apologize for not knowing the name of the sewage processing plant and relying on such crude slang.) It’s yours to use as you see fit… I’m also attaching a photo of tonight’s fantastic sunset. Just in case.

Keep up the shitty (i.e. good!) work?

Thanks for the images— and the kind words.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Oh yeah, it’s officially called The Newtown Creek Waste Treatment Facility. But I stick with Shit Tits. It rolls off the tongue more elegantly.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Flight

From The Newtown Creek Nature Walk.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: The Other Superfund

This stunning image hails from Maspeth Creek English Kills and comes from krugerlive who writes:

…i have a lot more shooting to do here. matt and i were stopped about 4 times by people asking if we were turrists. i was not allowed to shoot to the left of this shot because it’s the city’s only control point of natural gas. you’d think telling me how vulnerable that spot is would be more dangerous than letting me take photos from a public road.

Miss Heather

The Pulaski Bridge: Like No Other Place In The World

Today I learned via liQcity that Long Distance Voyager, a runner who operates a blog stationed in our fair city, has named the Pulaski Bridge as his “Bridge of the week”. Phil McCartney, this blog’s author, writes:

…Besides the Newtown Creek, the bridge also crosses over the entrance to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. It provides a nice view of the Manhattan skyline as well

It is rather breathtaking, isn’t? I found it hardly surprising that I was not the only person who saw fit to take a moment to savor this lovely sunset: a group of youths were busy taking photos on their i-Phones and a family of five paused to take notice as well. While largely unsung, the Pulaski (and the scenic vistas sports) inspires a great many people in a manifold number of ways. This I learned both firsthand and via a very nice lady named Christina. She had a most interesting tale to tell. It went more or less as follows.

She was walking across the bridge one evening when she spied a shirtless man staring intently at the Manhattan skyline. His expression was one of bliss. As she got closer the reason for this gent’s beatific state became manifest: he was masturbating. I will readily admit I have seen of a lot of unusual stuff in my life and have read flowery rhetoric extolling the man-made work of art that is New York City’s skyline. But this is arguably the first time I have ever heard about the likes of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, et. al., being fodder for sexual gratification. I guess there is something to the adage:

They say there are different strokes for different folks.

In any case, shortly after Catherine and I parted company I had my very own special Pulaski Bridge experience.

What is important in the above photograph is what you are not seeing: this woman’s (as indicated by the red arrow) breasts which I can personally attest were a few seconds previously frolicking in the sunshine. Why she suddenly became modest at the prospect of a handful of pedestrians (as opposed to the borough of Manhattan: population ~2,000,000) getting a glimpse of her mams confuses me even two days later. Then again I have also never been greeted by someone with a belch. Which is what this woman did while reaching for her pack of smokes.

Congratulations, Pulaski. You’re one in a million!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Refang Pulaski!

Taken May 30, 2010.

Miss Heather

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