New York Shitty Day Ender: Live From The 94th Community Council Meeting

That’s right folks: another month, another Community Council Meeting. Naturally I shot footage and am in the process of uploading it. How long this will take is anyone’s guess. In the meantime here are a few teasers/spoilers:

  1. The recent hate crime was brought up by a member of our local Community Board, Tom Burrows.
  2. Phyllis (a neighborhood and Community Council institution) was in particularly interesting form this evening.
  3. As is often the case, bicyclists and bikes were discussed. Those of you who are tired of seeing old, rusted out bike carcasses attached to street signs, fences, etc., do not despair: Hurson tells us how to get them removed!

They’re uploading. Albeit NOT in order.

Samuel Pierre From Mayor Bloomberg’s Office Speaks

D. I. Hurson gives a run-down of crime stats and opens the forum for questions.

GOOD NEWS

  • Crime is down by 22% for the month.
  • Crime is down for the year (?) by 14%
  • Burglaries, stolen cars (down 12%) and grand larceny (especially material stolen from cars— Hurson’s own wife made a “collar” on Calyer!) are down.

BAD NEWS

  • The matter of the hate crime which came to pass February 22, 2011. No arrests have been made.
  • A shooting on Jackson Street (NOT AVENUE near the “Cooper Projects”) Hurson then goes on to assure us that despite reports in the press, the staff at the 94th is at its usual level and opens the forum for questions. Community Board 1’s very own Tom Burrow’s kicks it off.

Q & A Session Continued: the matter of the Greenpoint Hotel is brought forth. Among other things.

Q & A Session Continued: The Subject of Graffiti Arises

Lincoln Restler Speaks About What Happened To Barie Shortell & Suggests A Group Be Created to Better Address North Brooklyn’s Growing GBLT Community

Ending: An(other) Announcement about the Town Hall Meeting regarding the latest proposal for a 200 bed assessment center at 400 McGuinness Boulevard.

UPDATE, March 23, 2011: After numerous attempts it would appear that my footage of some really nice folks from the Greenpoint Youth Court is unusable. This is a shame since this is a really neat endeavor. For this reason I encourage you to check out their flier by clicking here. NOTE: they are recruiting and participants (between the ages of 14 and 18) receive a $100 stipend per month!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Dead In The Water?

March 16, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek 

This item comes courtesy of an anonymous tipster:

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1310 hours in the confines of the 94 pct.  Police responded to a male in the water (Newtown Creek) in the rear of 16 Bridgewater Street.  Upon arrival officers discovered a M/H-W/30-40 floating in the water unconscious and unresponsive.  EMS responded and pronounced the aided DOA.  Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing and the ID of the victim is pending.

First it was a horrific hate crime on the Northside and now this. This is proving not to be a good week in north Brooklyn. It goes without saying I will be asking about this (among other things) at the next 94th Precinct Community Council meeting…

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Benefit For Barie

A gentleman named Michael writes:

Hi Miss Heather –

I was hoping you could spread the word about a hate crime that happened a few weeks ago in Williamsburg.  on the corner of N. 4th St. and Wythe.  A friend of mine who lives in the area, Barie Shortell, was attacked and on the way home one evening.  He was not robbed, but the people attacking him did mock him with anti-gay taunts before they attacked him…breaking his nose, jaw and eye socket.  The attack has been deemed a hate crime.

Barie is doing much better but is not insured and will certainly still have a way to go in recovery…more surgeries are guaranteed.

Any attention we can draw to this would be amazing.  Barie could really use the support and people should know that this kind of shit is happening right here right now?

Duly posted. For what it is worth I heard about this disgusting act at last week’s Community Board meeting. It was described as being “pretty bad”. This is an understatement (he was in surgery for over nine hours to have his face reconstructed). Please be a good neighbor and help spread the word about what happened to Mr. Shortell. Those who are able, please tender a donation to help defray medical bills and/or attend the previously mentioned fundraiser at Blackout:

Gay Bash: A Benefit For Barie Shortell
Wednesday, March 23 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Blackout Bar
916 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Cost of admission: $35.00 (includes three hour open bar)

Let’s show ’em that we north Brooklynites take care of our own!

Miss Heather

Notes From the 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

It was a pretty subdued meeting last night (and no spitting was spied by yours truly). Without further ado here is some footage with commentary.

PREFACE: a roll call was held and minutes from the previous meeting recited. Moving forward all 94th Precinct Community Council Meetings will be conducted at the Church of the Ascension:

127 Kent Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Click here for this year’s schedule of 94th Precinct Community Council Meetings.*

Various and sundry police officer introduced themselves:

  • Lieutenant  Marvin Louis, Community Affairs Officer for North Brooklyn Task Force.
  • Sargent Mullen: Head Inspector for the 94th Precinct. She mentions that an elderly woman was mugged on a Sunday en route to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The perpetrator of this crime has been caught.

Part I: D.I. Hurson give a run-down of crime statistics.

  • Crime was down 19% last month
  • Car break-ins are still the biggest problem.
  • Last month there were three car break-ins in as many weeks. This is good. And our multiple snow storms had something to do with it, as he notes.
  • Transportation/traffic enforcement is up 37%
  • The Phil Collins Parade is noted.
  • An attendee brings up the robbery at the Greenpoint Reformed Church. This came to pass during Friday night Bible study and I have been told that residents of both the Greenpoint Hotel and the 3/4 house have been ruled out as suspects.
  • The subject of the aforementioned mugging is resumed.
  • Traffic issues are discussed.

A representative from the Organized Crime Control Bureau (which covers drugs, prostitution, gambling and automobile theft) speaks. He advises everyone in attendance that if he/she sees any of the aforementioned activity to report it at: (646) 610-6610. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire.

Part II: Lincoln Restler introduces himself and suggests a cooperative policing model be established in north Greenpoint.

Part III: A Greenpointer reminisces about the bad old days and expounds upon about public policing. This garners much applause.

Part IV: A couple of citizens complain about graffiti

  • Interesting fact: per D.I. Hurson north Brooklyn leads the city in graffiti arrests.

Miss Heather

*A “Who’s Who” of whom to contact about various and sundry police issues can be found here.

New York Shitty Pay Phone du Jour: Montrose Avenue

Taken February 9, 2011.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Whoopsy Daisy!

January 27, 2011 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

Taken January 27, 2011.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: North 13 Street

Taken January 18, 2011.

Miss Heather

Notes From The 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

Last night’s meeting was the most subdued— and brief— yours truly has ever beheld. Not even Phyllis had a word to say. This is a shame as I always enjoy hearing her take on what’s going on in our community. However, there were items of interest. To new a few:

  • D.I. Hudson did not have much to say about the Monitor Street shooting (as it is under investigation) but he did state that the victim (who is not expected to live) was acquainted with the shooter in some capacity. In other words: this was not a random incident.
  • The 94th Precinct has been allotted ten new officers.
  • Some interesting facts about truck traffic arose.
  • Steve Levin talks about the “three-quarter house” at the former Greenpoint Hotel and notes that the next Community Town Hall regarding the proposed homeless intake center at 400 McGuinness Boulevard is tentatively scheduled to take place the first week in February. It is his hope to have a representatives of HELP USA and the Department of Homeless Services present— so mark your calendars!
  • A number of attendees present were under the impression the former Greenpoint Hospital complex was no longer being employed as shelter space for homeless people. I personally dispelled them of this erroneous notion, as you will see/hear.

Without further ado here is the footage. Do take a moment to watch it— especially the segments when Mr. Levin speaks (the third and fourth videos).

NOTE: next month’s meeting of the Community Council will come to pass February 21st at 7:30 p.m.* It will be conducted in the basement of the Peter J. McGuinness Seniors Center (715 Leonard Street).

UPDATE, January 19, 2011: I have received word that the victim of the shooting at 211 Monitor Street has died. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.

Miss Heather

*Right, Tom?

Monday: 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

January 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Give how much interest my post about yesterday’s “gun play” on Monitor Street has elicited, I feel compelled to make everyone aware that this month’s 94th Precinct Community Council meeting is this upcoming Monday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. NOTE: since this is Martin Luther King Day (and therefore a bank holiday) it will be conducted at the Peter J. McGuinness Senior’s Center.

94th Precinct Community Council Meeting
January 17, 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Peter J. McGuinness Senior’s Center
715 Leonard Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Spotted On Second Avenue: Freedom

January 10, 2011 ·
Filed under: 10003, Advanced Life Forms, East Village, East Village Manhattan 

I have been wondering a lot about other avenues to get my writing “out there” lately. I mention this because this weekend on Second Avenue I stumbled upon a truly innovative— if downright ballsy— approach.

I encourage each and every one of you to check out the first page of this chap’s tome. It is very special. Here’s a sample:

I have a friend who is elderly and lives in Madison, Wi. He says he believes in life after death but doesn’t want to return to earth. He calls it a “dump”…

Miss Heather

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