The Word On The Street, Part II: North 15 Street

August 21, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

north15st

Taken August 21, 2013.

The Word On The Street: North 15 Street

Taken December 10, 2012.

The Word On The Street, Part I: Sealed With A Kiss

From North 15 Street.

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Whiskers

October 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

From North 15 Street.

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Grill

October 14, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Artifact 

From North 15 Street.

Greenpoint Street Art du Jour: Diktatr

April 21, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken April 21, 2012.

New York Shitty Day Ender: BaNoNa Revisited

April 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As I have previously noted the triangle created Banker Street, North 15th Street and Nassau Avenue (“BaNoNa” as I have named it) has pressed into service as a location for a film shoot. I later learned the film in question is “The Christmas Tree Project” (as seen at right). On March 26th, I spied a wonderful work of art featuring this quote from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf:

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.

I really liked this. So you can imagine my delight when I happened upon a group of people painting the wall this missive graces with a great sense of purpose and urgency.

Are we getting another mural?

I thought to myself.

Naturally my curiosity got the best of me so asked (the woman in the above image at right) what gives. And she told me.

Apparently our fair city’s anti-graffiti squad, being unaware that apparently this imagery was crucial to this film’s premise, had seen fit to divest this wall of some of its “content”. And the folks at The Christmas Tree Project, in the interest of said film’s “continuity” were restoring it. You just read me correctly gentle readers: today I bore witness to Greenpoint graffiti restoration.

I noted this to the woman with whom I spoke. She too saw the humor in this strange (but very north Brooklyn) turn of events.

On a lark, I asked her if she knew what was going to happen to this parcel of land after they left. She stated that she had no idea— but opined that it would probably go back to being a trash-strewn lot. I told her that I and a number of other residents think it should be a community garden.

You should do that!

She replied enthusiastically.

Yes, we should. And given this film company apparently has the manpower and resources to restore graffiti, I have to ask myself— and this community— why shouldn’t they help with such an endeavor? Inasmuch as the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting likes to tout the revenue and jobs created by the film industry (with no solid figures to back it up) I still have to wonder:

What is in it for Greenpoint?

Little things mean a lot. I do not think asking film companies which elect to film in our community to give something back to our community is unreasonable. Is asking “The Christmas Tree Project” to partner with us so as to develop a community garden at this site it too much to ask?

Or am I just dreaming?

New York Shitty Day Ender: Christmas Trees

March 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As I indicated last week, a film shoot is indeed coming to pass at BaNoNa…

Greenburg Photo du Jour: Smile!

Taken March 21, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: What’s Up At BaNoNa?

March 22, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

READ: The intersection of North 15th, Banker Street and Nassau Avenue

Ann Kansfield, co-proprietress of our local Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry and all-around Garden Spot badass writes:

Where did the camper on the corner of Nassau and North 15 street go?

Well, I cannot answer that question but I CAN tell you what is happening. Per the gentlemen working on the site (which formerly housed a gas station), they are preparing it for a film shoot. I know, this is hardly shocking news: north Brooklyn is the location of choice for many a film company as well all know. Rather, I would like to pose a(nother) question:

What is going to happen after this plot has ceased to be used for this purpose?

I for one (and Ann concurred) think it would be a wonderful location for a community garden. Granted, the soil is probably laden with god-only-knows-what— and for this reason raised beds would have to be pressed into service. Nonetheless, if ever there was an area in our fair burgh that could use a little greenery this would be near the top of the list. Thoughts, anyone?

Closing on a somewhat related note I would like to take a moment to draw attention to something about which I feel quite strongly: the Greenpoint Reformed Church’s Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry. Many people reading this are undoubtedly aware of the great work Ann and Jen do. however, what you might not be aware of is on top of/despite having their funding cut last year, they are giving groceries to more people than ever. We’re talking in excess of 650 people, our neighbors, a week. If my memory serves me correctly this is triple the number of people they assisted a couple of years ago. Times are truly tough indeed!

For this reason I implore those who are able to make a donation of time or money to this very worthy cause. Those who are able to do so can make a monetary donation by clicking here. Otherwise, any/all interested volunteers can/should check out their “Volunteer” page.

Thanks!

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: This evening the Greenpoint Reformed Church gave groceries to over 700 people.

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