New York Shitty Day Ender: Street Seating Selections

shabby chic

Shabby Chic & Three-legged Chair, Norman Avenue, 11222

north12

Northside Naugahyde, North 12 Street, 11211

north10

Armless with Smirnoff, North 10 Street, 11211

Crose

Disemboweled & Fabulous, Calyer Street 11222

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: The fantastic find from Calyer Street comes courtesy of Caryn Rose.

Bloomturds!

I have given our fair mayor a lot of guff of late. Today I was reminded of some of his notable achievements as I strolled the streets of Williamsburg. I felt a twinge of guilt. In the interest of giving credit where it is truly due I will showcase my finds here.

224wytheNYS

This is 224 Wythe Avenue. At a casual glance this may appear to be yet another half completed construction site/eye sore. I assure you this is not the case: upon closer examination you will learn it is much, much more!

SHIT

I suspect I speak for many when I write that public lavatories are in short supply in north Brooklyn. Granted, this one is not appointed with toilet paper or soap— but then again most of the facilities around here aren’t. To its credit the Wythe Avenue crapper does sport a measure of much needed privacy and the orange safety fence is a nice touch.

north10st

There are a great many privies to be found in Williamsburg. All one need to do is look for them. Above is my personal favorite. It hails from North 9 Street.

north10stshit

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “full of shit”. I don’t know about you but I’d be exhausted after discharging such a copious amount of effluvia from my body.

peestainedmattress

Thankfully someone has been kind enough to donate a mattress to this al fresco pissoir.

north4street

But Bloomblight need not be so abject. It can also be uplifting. Just take North 4 Street (as seen above), for example.

stuff

protheses

No longer need those prostheses? Freecycle ’em on North 4 Street. Someone else might!

peaceofme

I present for your peace of mind a piece of leg!

gadget

What in god’s name IS this?

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Construction Watch: The Blair Witch Project?

Some of you might have noticed that I have a category on this site called “Area 51”. For those of you who are not in the know this is a reference to the mysterious military installation in Nevada. Many theories abound about this establishment but no one really knows what goes on there. But back to the point of this post.

When I awoke this morning my head felt like Keith Moon’s hotel room after a bender. I don’t know why. I’m guessing the weather, not alien abduction, was to blame. I decided to shake the cobwebs out of my mind by taking a little walk around Williamsburg. What I got in return was a colossal mind fuck which could fall under a number of categories. Among them:

  • Bloomblight
  • Construction/Destruction Porn
  • Gentrification
  • Culture War
  • Halloween

This is the reason I created the category “Area 51”: it is a repository for things that defy easy description. On that note, here they are.

#1 5 Roebling Street

5roe

These monolithic slabs of King’s Crap sit atop the space formerly occupied by the now deceased “Giant Fart Cloud Building”. It was at this site that I found two items of interest.

NRA

I cannot for the life of me figure what this missive means— much less to whom it is directed. Perhaps the following artifact (which is located approximately 20 feet away) has something to do with it?

blairwitch

Truth be told this gave me the creeps. Big time. Thankfully I got some good mojo shortly thereafter on North 10 Street. Which brings to…

#2 178 North 10 Street

N10

What could I possibly find uplifting on this block, you ask? The first and only use of Feng Shui at a construction site I have ever beheld, that’s what!

bagua

A bagua presides over 178 North 10 Street.  Having some knowledge about such stuff, baguas are usually employed to redirect/deflect bad “chi”. In the case of this block one has to wonder what is the source of said bad vibrations.

bloomblight

This?

thetoiletbuilding

Or this?

Miss Heather


Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: NINJA!

October 16, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

ninja

From North 10 Street.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Where The Wild Things Are

artschool

sendak

North 10 Street

bunny

North 9 Street

catrat

North 7 Street

cat1

cat2

dell

Bedford Avenue

hellbent

Kent Avenue

august

twosome

Manhattan Avenue

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Dogate

(Literally)

Lest I have not made it clear already OSA North Brooklyn has a suspicious provenance, has been less than forthcoming about their mission (to put it politely) and how they are spending the money our elected officials (READ: our tax dollars) have donated to them.

I cannot for the life of me understand why a “community advocacy” group affiliated with the Parks Department can raise money by having concerts and make a nice penny selling concession rights shilling alcoholic beverages at McCarren and East River State Park…

aussiewine

when the patrons of McGolrick Park are admonished to abstain: in English and Polish.

nodrinking

I suppose the “open container law” applies to some citizens more than others. Or as long as folks are swilling booze sanctioned by/profiting the city (or OSA)? Remember, the President of Brooklyn Brewery is one of their founding members) I suppose it’s A-OK? Can you say hypocrisy? This whole set-up reeks of graft.

OSA outlays money to hang advertisements on private property, facing public property (in this case East State River Park)…

OSAadvertNYS

and cries “poverty” when it comes a new fence at the McCarren Park Dog Run. McGolrick gets a new fence and McCarren gets Sternberg’s leftovers. I could not understand why this came to pass— McCarren needs help. BIG TIME. Then I remembered that I am (for all intents and purposes) an honest person. I put on my “tweeder” thinking cap and re-read this exchange.

The following missive put it all together:

patronage

This has nothing to do the the betterment of the community. It is patronage mutual backslapping, plain and simple. McGolrick gets $13,000 and McCarren gets a paltry $500. The latter phat wad of cash was to be divided between “the two leaders” volunteers who are going to weld together the remains of Sternberg’s fence at McCarren; they get $200 each, and $100 for “little bro helper”. “Little bro helper”, for those of you who are not in the know, is Ms. Thayer’s little brother whose sole qualifications are:

  1. Being Ms. Thayer’s little brother.
  2. Taking a welding class.

If a Parks employee/OSA Executive has sent an email indicating her own brother should be compensated $100 for doing no work whatsoever how many more of her friends are on the dole? Just a question.

On that note, I strongly encourage you, dear readers, to revisit the post mentioned at the beginning of this post. I have made some very interesting corrections/amendments— including what appears to be the “Pete Best” of the original OSAnb group. Contrary to what Mr. Short wrote, Adam Perlmutter was not one of the original founders of OSAnb. But this document seems to attest otherwise. Hmm…

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 7/30/09: Be sure to read the comments. Suffice it to say it keeps getting more and more interesting!

UPDATE, 8/3/09: The Greenpoint Gazette has this take about the fencing situation. Choice quote:

…Currently, the fencing surrounding the McCarren Park dog run is a combination of chain-link fence, temporary wire barriers and historical black iron fencing the iron fencing makes up nearly three quarters of the hodge-podge partition. Recently the Park’s Department decided to standardize the fences in Sternberg Park as well, and in doing so uprooted a portion of black iron fencing, which will in turn be installed in McCarren, to match the already existing iron fencing stock.

Actually Diana Reyna gave $40,000 to Sternberg to buy a new fence. It IS an election year after all.

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: White Rabbit

July 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

whiterabbit

From Wythe Avenue.

Miss Heather

P.S.: I LOVE THIS!

shoes

WR2

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Urban Jungle

May 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Street Art, Williamsburg 

igwt

tian

North 6 Street

birds

North 10th Street

bear

pq

North 11th Street

movin

Driggs Avenue

birds1

bunny

gangsta

Wythe Avenue

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: NO PARKING

May 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

no-parking-2

wilson

shitass

no-parking

From Wythe Avenue & North 10th Street.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: A Sampling Of Street Art

April 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Street Art, Williamsburg 

birdonmetropolitan

Metropolitan Avenue

moose

birdinflight

North 9 Street

25

North 10 Street

burnabanker

Bedford Avenue

marilyn

kentavenuetwosome

Kent Avenue

Miss Heather

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