Opinion: Karl on Middagh Street Graffiti and More [VIDEO]

In the few years that Karl Junkersfeld has been contributing to Brooklyn Heights Blog via video verite we have seen him sing the praises of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Noodle Pudding, Iris Cafe and many other neighborhood hotspots and landmarks.

Today, Mr. Junkersfeld’s takes on Middagh Street graffiti and some other issues. While his opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or staff of Brooklyn Heights Blog and its affiliates, we think you’ll find this video to be his finest moment.

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  • Andrew Porter

    Hey Karl, you missed the really big one that’s mostly, but not entirely, been scrubbed from the red brick wall on the NW corner of Middagh and Hicks. Same style as the one done about the same time on Plymouth Church.

  • AEB

    Alas, the building with the bike–and the abundance of graffiti–is the one I live in. I of course have noticed the bike, which appears to be owned by the ground-floor tenants, or an apparently permanent visitor of theirs, for some time.

    Of course it shouldn’t be there; but my initial negative response to it was mitigated somewhat by the fact the former tenants of the apartment also kept a bike on public display, but lashed to the railing of the adjacent doorway–much worse! They also had the habit of covering the bike with a bright blue acrylic tarp when the weather was bad. AND they posted ads for guitar lessons on the railing.

    The ads and the building lashing went away with those tenants. But of course, a bikeleless area near the doorway was not to be.

    I contacted the landlord about the former tenants, but no resolution occurred. Those who care could leave notes on the offending bike, and I will contact the tenants personally.

  • Jv

    The bike is more annoying than the graffiti. Just another example of people being inconsiderate.

  • Erin

    Love that Michelle Shocked tune playing in the beginning of the video.

  • Neighbor on Middagh/Hicks

    I live in the above mentioned ground floor apartment and the bike does not belong to us. It arrived with the new occupants of 56 Middagh. They don’t appear to want to keep it in front of their home or in their ample car parking area. They also did not salt or shovel during the last big storm. #inconsiderateneighbors

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Yeah, the bike is blocking all the heavy pedestrian traffic on Middagh St, laughable.

  • AEB

    Thanks, Neighbor (and neighbor) and apologies for any assumption of irresponsibility on your part. I’ll leave a note on the bike. Hope this works.

  • mlcraryville

    Thanks Karl for the sad images and, especially, for the so-called lyrics. Those words document what we all should know; there’s no bottom to the empty hate-filled ideas of the kids who make up this stuff. But we shouldn’t succumb to their wish to disgust us. Let’s think of them as the ignorant, pitiful losers they are, going no where and eventually sinking into oblivion.

    Meanwhile, there is (or, used to be) an anti-graffitti team at the NYPD and they should be notified of this current rash of vandalism. It’s too much to expect the BHA to do it; why not call the 84 yourself?

  • Nota Beanie

    It’s there, 45 seconds in, mostly scrubbed off by the super now.

  • hw

    I would agree that this particular bike, with it’s sidewalk-blocking trailer is a nuissance, but I take issue with our neighborhood’s general resentment of bikes. Consider this: cars parked on the street also use city property, but have much greater impact on our neighborhood. I wouldn’t mind seeing more bikes parked in our neighborhood, especially if we could get some permanent bike racks.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Whoever owns the bike+trailer must read this blog (hi guys!), because it’s now parked on the corner near Van Sickel. LOL