Greenpoint Feral Furniture Watch: Humboldt Street Mattress Slalom?

January 31, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today has been a busy one for yours truly. If the copious emails I have received are any indication, I’d say the snow— which has been the basis for most of the aforementioned missives— has obstructed sidewalks and thoroughfares hereabouts, but our information super highway is functioning quite well! What’s more, someone has seen fit to have fun with the white stuff. Bedbugs be damned. CASE IN POINT:

Sherry writes (in regards to this post):

I passed by three mattresses and a box spring this morning on my way to work. One mattress, which was out for trash *in the street* at Humboldt and Norman made its way down the block (toward Nassau), which is when my mom snapped this picture. I’m thinking someone used it as a sled.


Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Norman Avenue

Why? How?

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Snow Farm

January 30, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From the intersection of Norman Avenue & Diamond Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Monitor Street (de)Construction

January 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Jay (who sent me the above item) writes:

These flyers were distributed to all residents on Monitor St between Nassau and Norman. I’m just a renter so only got to hear about the plan from my landlord. There was an all-block meeting a couple of days ago and it sounds like the people who own property on this block are going to fight this all the way to city hall. I can’t imagine why the city would want to go through with this… if 5 feet of sidewalk are added on each side then the sidewalks will be wider than the street!

Here’s the deal: I do not profess to have any knowledge whatsoever about this kind of thing. However, this does strike me as being a wee bit ridiculous. Follows are two more avenues the folks on Monitor Street should consider:

  • Contact  City Councilman Steve Levin’s (who, it should be noted does not live too far away from the block in question) office. This can be done via email at Slevin (at) council (dot) nyc (dot) gov
  • Keep a watchful on the Community Board 1 calendar— both the public meetings and the Transportation Committee meetings (which are also open to the public!).
  • In closing, I would like it to be known that I have dialogued— albeit via email— with Ms. Nieves on a number of occasions. She is not only very dedicated to addressing the manifold number of transportation issues hereabouts but she’s a really nice lady to boot! Do not hesitate to contact her.

    UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Jay has been kind enough to provide some visual aids so as to help us understand what is being proposed.

    UPDATE, 11:39 a.m.: Here’s what our Transportation whiz, Karen Nieves, has to say!

    Dear (excised),

    Thank you for your email concerning the Nassau Ave/Monitor Street reconstruction project.  At my last CB#1 Transportation Community Meeting many of your neighbors attended and has shared your concerns.  We are working with Assemblyman Joseph Lentol’s office to get a meeting with NYC Department of Design and Construction(DDC) to go over everyone’s concerns for sometime in February.

    Please understand this Capital Improvement Project has been in planning stages for many years and the Community Board is not in charge of the project.  We are only advisory and try and mitigate the concerns of the community during the process.

    Although the Community Board does support Infrastructure Improvements in our community we do not support lack of outreach in which clearly DDC has not provided in your case.

    Please be assured we will do everything we can to have all your voices heard and try to get a meeting together with the appropriate agencies as soon as possible.

    In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Mr. Shane O’jar (718) 391-2358 at the NYC Department of Design & Construction regarding this project .

    Miss Heather

    Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Hot Bagels

    January 22, 2011 ·
    Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

    From Humboldt Street.

    Miss Heather

    Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Norman Avenue

    Any takers?

    Miss Heather

    From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Siding Sampler

    January 15, 2011 ·
    Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Vinyl Siding 

    Vinyl x 3

    This vision hails from Norman Avenue and comes courtesy of the camera of Diana Gee.

    Miss Heather

    LAST GASP: Shots Fired On Monitor Street?

    January 14, 2011 ·
    Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

    Jay writes at 10:45 p.m.:

    Just heard two shots fired across the street from my apartment on monitor. Neighbors spilled on to street a few seconds after. Took less than two minutes for NYPD to appear and set up yellow tape. Something bad happened but don’t know what.

    Katie writes at 11:27 p.m.:

    Hi Miss Heather,

    Don’t know if you have seen the police choppers circling the neighborhood tonight, but if you see this you might want to spread the word to be extra safe in Greenpoint tonight/this weekend — someone was just killed on the street on Monitor between Norman and Nassau. It happened across from my brother’s apartment, and he says the street is currently swarmed with emergency vehicles and concerned neighbors.  Evidently they aren’t sure of the victim/shooter/situation yet, but that the shooter ran away and (as far as he knows) has not been found. I’m not sure when exactly it happened — definitely in the last two hours.

    Thanks — your blog and reporting are such an invaluable resource to our neighborhood! I’m sad to be writing in about something so awful.

    Whoa. If anyone reading this has any more information please share via comments or email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com.


    UPDATE, January 15, 2011: Here’s a little more information per Jay.

    Adult male victim taken in ambulance. Suspect fled on foot. Street still blocked off by yellow tape and detectives in trench coats and flashlights searching the area. There was a helicopter with search light over Nassau St and mcgolrick park area.

    UPDATE, January 16, 2011: According to the New York Post the victim of this shooting was a 35 year old male. He was taken to Woodhull Hospital and is listed as being in “critical condition”.

    UPDATE, January 19, 2011: I have received word this gentleman has died. My deepest heart-felt condolences go out to his family. He was only 30 years old.

    Miss Heather

    New York Shitty Street Seating Du Jour: Street Sleeper

    When I stumbled upon this ad hoc sofa/sleeper at the intersection of Norman Avenue and Humboldt Street I couldn’t stop myself from laughing. Then I glance to left and in so doing began the fully grasp the Greenpoint glory in front of me.

    The person(s) responsible for this street sleeper didn’t just stick a mattress in an empty sofa bed: they first divested the sofa bed of its contents and then proceeded to stuff the mattress inside of it. Brilliant, simply brilliant!

    Miss Heather

    New York Shitty Video Du Jour: Hot Roddin’

    Today I endeavored to walk to Williamsburg and back. Many of the streets I encountered were impassable. A total fucking mess. No worries, on Banker Street I encountered two very enterprising Polish gentlemen who have found a way around this problem. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they took one great big lemon and turned it into a big ol’ vat of lemonade. Behold the Greenpoint glory for yourself!

    It is stuff just as this, dear readers, that places the Garden Spot of the Universe head and shoulders about the rest. Take that, Williamsburg! We don’t need buses.

    Miss Heather

    P.S.: If Mayor Mike is reading this, hire these guys. Yesterday.

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