New York Shitty Day Starter: Norman Avenue

Taken July 15, 2012.

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Greenpoint Rainbow

Taken by Single Linds Reflex.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: What’s Up At 75 Eagle Street?

May 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A person we’ll call “M” writes:

Hi there Miss Heather-

Any idea whats going to be built on the corner of Eagle and Franklin?

Looks like some new restaurant or something might be going in there.

Thanks!

Per the very nice fellow working on said property today 75 Eagle Street will be (and I quote) “a sandwich shop with some groceries”. Given how long this storefront has been vacant and its proximity to Barge Park this could be a very good development! In any case, I left my business card in the hope the owner of this establishment will contact me. Let’s see…

Sandwich Shop/Grocery Store
Opening Date: Unknown
75 Eagle Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

P.S.: While I am on the subject of foodstuffs, today I got word that 172 Norman Avenue (as seen above) is going to be a pizzeria. Per the very nice men working there it should be up and running in “about three months”. So there have you!

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Norman Avenue

Taken April 13, 2012.

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Norman Avenue

March 18, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

Taken March 17, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Whoops

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

The reconstruction of Nassau Avenue has thus far proven to be fraught with challenges. I for one do not find this encouraging given the actual work has not even commenced yet. The latest issue to be brought to my attention is the copious amount of signage which has been installed directing motorists to alternative thoroughfares. While certainly laudable, the powers-that-be seem to have overlooked that in so doing they are precluding pedestrians from actually using our city’s sidewalks. Which brings me to the above item (as spied by Sherry Wasserman). She writes:

Check out the new traffic sign on Diamond and Norman, which amusingly takes up more than half the sidewalk.

I certainly hope no one who happens to have mobility issues (READ: requires the assistance of a wheel chair or scooter to go about his/her daily life) resides on this block. Given the number of senior citizens in the Garden Spot this is highly likely. Conversely, this might prove to be an interesting deterrent for the increasing number of individuals who see fit to walk our community’s sidewalk while texting.

To be continued…?

East Village Pay Phone Watch: Imitation of Mortality

I have had public pay phones on my mind a great lately.

This is undoubtedly due to the fact that after experiencing a drought of phones of note I have encountered a fair number of them recently. But I will go into more detail about this momentarily.

Still I have been wondering  to myself:

Why the fascination?

Well, for starters it has been my observation that these public facilities are often facilitators for what most would consider private activities. I have seen men masturbate in these on occasion and, as the item at right (which hails from Queensboro Plaza) attests, they can be and are pressed into service as lavatories. Mind you, I do not pass judgement on this variety of re-purposing. Being a disciple of depravity to do so strikes me as being hypocritical.

The previous having been established, if I had to cite one such phone as being the inspiration for my fixation it is the one at left: the Norman Avenue Monologue Machine. Sadly, it is no longer with us. (However I am pleased to note that the owners of the bodega it once graced noted a great many people came to pay it homage.). Nonetheless, Monologue Machines are endemic in our city. I have spotted (and documented them) in a number of places (which can be seen here). What fascinates me about them? Very simple: the anger which has been directed at them. Anger undoubtedly fomented by the person on the other end.

In this respect I found the East Village Pay Phone of Death an interesting (and gruesome) change of pace. So much so I felt compelled to revisit it. This week I did.

As you can see this communication device has not only gotten a thorough cleaning, but is in working order. Whether or not the person whose blood graced it in the first place is in a similar such state is anyone’s guess.

On that note, I encountered a pay phone on First Avenue whose resemblance to this dubious item is rather stunning. At least enough so to merit a mention on this site.

The similarities are rather striking (pun completely intended).

Here’s a side-by-side comparison from the top.

Spatter to the right was also noted.

Upon closer examination I ascertained the red matter gracing the First Avenue phone is paint, not blood. This begs a number of questions. I’ll keep it to two:

  1. What exactly happened here?
  2. If this an attempt to impart old-school, gritty flavor to a public phone in an increasingly affluent neighborhood without the usual inconveniences (READ: violence)?

I’ll leave it to you, gentle readers, to make the call.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Norman Avenue

January 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken January 14, 2012.

Greenpoint Street Art du Jour: Medical Owl

December 20, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken December 16, 2011.

Lost In Greenpoint: Bugs

December 13, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I stumbled upon the above flyer on Norman Avenue this morning while taking a walk. If anyone reading this tome has seen Bugs or knows of his whereabouts please contact his “people” at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!

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