Lost In Williamsburg: Louie

Each and every lost stolen pet flyer is heartbreaking. The above one, however, is even more so than most. Firstly, I stumbled upon this missive well outside the confines of the 94th Precinct (Graham Avenue at Boerum Street ). Clearly Louie’s family has cast as broad a net as possible in the hope of his safe return. As for the “copy”— that pretty much speaks for itself.

No indication has been as from where Louis went missing. However another flyer located nearby (in a state of deterioration) noted he has just been groomed. Perhaps this is a clue? In any case he is sorely missed. If anyone reading this has seen Louis or knows of his whereabouts, please contact his “people” at the above-listed phone number. Otherwise, and as this flyer indicates, anyone in possession of this adorable fella can (READ: should) return him to the 94th Precinct. No questions will be asked.

Thanks!

 

LAST GASP: Robbed At Gunpoint On Commercial Street?

Yes folks, it would appear this has come to pass. You can review the full list of items stolen by clicking here. Although I am very grateful no one was seriously hurt, yikes!

P.S.: Special thanks go out to Eva and Lisa for tipping me off to this. Thanks!

Four Accidents In As Many Weeks?

If what I have heard (via the North Brooklyn Community Facebook Group) this appears to be the case. Apparently a young man (purported to be of 16 years of age) riding a bicycle was struck by a livery cab at the intersection of Graham Avenue and Bayard Street (as indicated by the number “4” on the above map) around 11:00 p.m. The Fire Department and EMTs were on the scene immediately and he wqas taken to the hospital. As of 11:30 p.m. the police had yet to arrive.

This is all I know presently. However, I have inquired of the Head of the 94th Precinct as to exactly what happened— if this youth is okay (given the circumstances— and this is my primary concern). When I hear something, I’ll add it here. In closing this makes four accidents in a very small area in as many weeks. Three involved livery cabs. Three involved Graham Avenue. (You can read about the other three accidents as annotated on the above map by clicking here, here and here.) WTF??? Seriously.

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: National Night Out

Although I have posted about this already, here it is anyway!

National Night Out
August 7, 2012 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Meserole Avenue at Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Mark Your Calendars: National Night Out

Since I have been hearing a lot of buzz about police matters in our Precinct of late (and there will be no Community Council meetings until September) I feel compelled to note that in two short weeks the 94th will be hosting its annual National Night Out. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and chat with members of our police department. Have a concern you’d like to raise? This is an excellent time to do it! What’s more, I have heard it is a lot of fun (really). Check it out!

National Night Out
August 7, 2012 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Meserole Avenue at Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Quicklink, Part II: Stop, Frisk & Penalize

July 22, 2012 ·
Filed under: Bronx, Brooklyn, Hunts Point, Hunts Point Bronx, New York City 

(Or: Beauty, Revisited)

Beauty: Hunts Point, Bronx

Some of you might recall this photo of her which I shared just shy of two months ago. About Beauty, Chris Arnade, wrote:

Beauty, 21, was born and raised in Oklahoma, and was brought to New York City by a pimp who promised her she could “make some mad money.” She has since had nine pimps: “I have been through nine niggas. Got my first black eye from one, another punched me in mouth, but this guy is good to me.”

Her mother was an addict. “She started using crack. That’s when it all started, the walls started coming in on me. Now she is incarcerated. I can’t blame my mom–she’s my mom. I smoke weed, but not crack. I don’t like that peppermint burning smell.”

“I want to get out of this stuff, but I am scared. I guess I could stop at any time. Some of the guys tell me I could be a model. Money wise it’s good, but otherwise, fuck Hunts Point. Maybe I can become an RN, or go into childcare.”

When I asked her how she wanted to be described she said, “I’m a good person. I don’t like to see anyone down. I like to make people happy.”

Today Chris emailed me an update about Beauty. The subject line of his email was as follows:

Not sure if you ever do links

On occasion, I do. Given his tome pertains to “stop and frisk” (which is exercised quite liberally in the 90th Precinct)— one of the most odious assaults on our civil rights and an enabler for racial profiling—  I will. Follows is an excerpt from his tome:

I was talking to Beauty as she sat on the concrete wall outside of Lafayette Park, across from the methadone clinic in Hunts Point. She is an addict and sex worker. Two officers approached and asked me to stand aside so they could question Beauty. What was her name? Where was she from? What was in her cup? “Soda” (they smelled, yes soda). Did she have any outstanding warrants? Let me see your bag? Why are your shoes off? “I am hot and relaxing.” A few minutes later she is charged with disorderly conduct.  Her conduct then was about as disorderly as mine, but her past conduct far more. This is a common occurrence for the addicts, homeless and sex workers in Hunts Point. It is more than stop and frisk: It’s stop, frisk, and penalize.

These nuisance tickets, such as disorderly conduct, come with a future court date, that if missed, turns into an outstanding warrant. With little legal help and a very long rap sheet, few addicts will fight them. 

How is this helpful to either the community or the addict…

Excellent question, Mr. Arnade.

 

 

 

New York Shitty Videos Du Jour: Live From Graham Avenue & Driggs Avenue

July 19, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

After receiving a tip about— and later receiving a downright scary personal account from— the lady cyclist who was hit by a car at this intersection earlier this week, today I decided to see for myself exactly how the stop sign in question is obeyed. Or not— as you’ll see.

New York Shitty analysis:

  • Props go to the livery cab driver who pulled over to let the ambulance pass.
  • Otherwise, simply slowing down and peering around the corner does not a “stop” make.
  • Methinks some traffic enforcement is in order.

As luck would have it the Commanding Officer of the 94th Precinct— Deputy Inspector Hurson himself— spied me walking down Woodpoint Road shortly after I shot the above footage. He pulled over and we talked. I told him about what I saw at this intersection, noting the recent accident (of which he was familiar). Hopefully we’ll see some action here moving forward…

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: I informed the lady recovering from this accident, who we’ll call “C”, of my findings. Here’s what she had to say.

…thank you for putting my story w. the photo on new york shitty. a friend said she saw that i commented… i told her she was nuts… but then we figured it out!! i spoke to (Good Samaritan — Ed. Note), one of the guys that helped me. he was actually driving behind the guy that hit (me) and said he didn’t stop. he actually sped up!! (Good Samaritan) has photos and took notes!!…

To be continued…?

 

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: And Now A Word From 373 Graham Avenue

To Complain
94 Percint 1 718-Fuck-U
In NYC.
Or mind your own business.

— Taken July 7, 2012.

LAST GASP: On The Subject Of Helicopters

As some of you recall— and bore witness— there has been a lot of helicopter activity in the Garden Spot this week. While this has become pretty much standard operating procedure on July 4th nowadays, after hearing buzz about a police officer being shot, I wanted to know what gives. To this end I sent an email to head of the 94th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Hurson. Follows is his reply:
There was a Police Officer shot in Manhattan that night (July 5th — Ed. Note), however I think people noticed the helicopter I called in to assist us in dispersing a roof top party at 110 Green Street that had turned unruly. People
started dropping fireworks down on pedestrians and when my Officer arrived started throwing beer bottles at them from the seventh floor roof.

Throwing fireworks at pedestrians? Volleying beer bottles at police officers? This is ridiculous folks. Really.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part I: Skin

July 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: New York City 

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Taken by greenelent.

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