So, a bunch of twee little selfish nits has decided that Greenpoint does not need new buildings, because you know, they got theirs. In order to make their point, they redid the picture on the right to look like the picture on the left. In their words, “Ours was to express the brutality.”
Well, in my wife’s favorite expression, sheee-it. The whole thing still looks awesome, even with the rotting-meat color. And Greenpoint, I will point out, is ugly. Greenpoint has always been ugly. JKR and I used to marvel at its ugliness, wondering why it survived when intrinsically beautiful neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights were full of bombed-out buildings. (This was back when you could use “Brooklyn” and “Cleveland” in the same sentence with no sense of irony.)
The old Brooklyn would be happy to tear all that ugly vinyl-covered crap down. Manhattan on the other side of the East River? Hell, yeah! But this new weird place? Meh. Yeah, it is nice that the “grey zones” full of abandoned buildings that used to separate neighborhoods are gone. It is excellent that white mobs don’t kill black people any more. And Barclays Center shows some byootiful bad taste!
I was just with my wife and boy in a part of Brooklyn (Vanderbilt Avenue, if you must know) where I have not been for about two decades. I was stunned at the changes: back in the day, I remember someone describing Vanderbilt as “seedy.” And it was! Some abandoned buildings, some bodegas that were fronts for drug sales. (See the picture to the right.) It is much nicer now.
But even the nicer Vanderbilt Avenue manages to be nicer in an irritating where the hell am I kind of way, albeit thankfully not yet up where it hits Atlantic Avenue.
Ever since the place turned into a brand I have not got a whole lot to like about the borough. Gimme Queens any day. Heck, gimme New Jersey. Go Hackensack! Rock on, Union City! Artisanal pickles and European tourists whatever. Nobody takes a tour bus to Union City, even though it is a perfectly nice place.
GET OFF MY LAWN!! Damn kids.