Greenpoint drunks ruining McCarren Park playground with filth

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Neighborhood parents and nannies are holding their noises this summer as Greenpoint’s liquored-up vagabonds are using a McCarren Park children’s playground as their own personal toilet.

“Last week, I saw poop by the sprinklers — there were flies all around,” said Shelly Smith, who was watching over her young charges at the Abate Playground near the corner of Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue. “They’re using that area to change their clothes. Whenever you go in the back of the playground you see poop and pee there.”

A group of middle-aged men has been sleeping on park benches near the playground. Mostly, the men keep to themselves, but there is often some friction.

“One of them stumbled into my son’s stroller on the sidewalk near the playground’s entrance,” said one Greenpoint mom who declined to give her name. “He apologized, but it still happened. I just find it visually displeasing. Some of them are passed out and they urinate on the trees. I don’t want my son crawling around where they peed.”

One of the inebriated men asserted he is “not a pedophile” and that he uses the sprinklers in the playground only to wash himself.

“If it is extremely hot, I use it to take a shower,” said Isaac, who did not give his last name. “Is it a problem for me being there? I don’t think it is a problem.”

Residents disagree — and more than 100 park users complained to officials about the filthy conditions at an Open Space Alliance meeting two Wednesdays ago.

Others have blitzed the Friends of McCarren Park Facebook page and posted photos of human feces on New York Shitty, which, ironically, started as a blog about misplaced excrement.

“This lovely pile has been sitting on the playground next to the equipment for at least two days,” said Greenpoint parent Robin Hagert, who posted several photographs of passed-out individuals and human feces on the social networking site. “No one has cleaned it up. So sad!”

North Brooklyn Parks administrator Stephanie Thayer said that maintenance workers would lock up Abate Playground on weekend nights after dark, and parks workers would clean up the play areas vigilantly.

Some community leaders are sympathetic to the inebriates, most of whom have places to live in Greenpoint.

“We are working to get beds dedicated to these guys in the winter months,” said Rami Metal, a liaison to Councilman Steve Levin (D–Greenpoint). “They’re not all homeless, even though they look homeless. Sometimes they have a place to go, but they’re too drunk to go there, or they get kicked out, or they prefer to pass out in the park.”

And Greenpoint minister Ann Kansfield, who feeds many of the McCarren men at her weekly soup kitchen, said parents need to show some patience.

“Everybody poops — poop happens,” said Kansfield. “There are people who are sick and suffering may not be aware they are not cleaning up their own poop.”

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

plop says:
we need human sized pooper scoopers
Aug. 30, 2011, 8:16 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Celebrate Diversity!
Aug. 30, 2011, 8:54 am
anywho says:
How about this idea? Send in the cops and hammer the violators. Arrest, summons, or is that simple. These bums have to fear going in to that park. I am so tired of bleeding heart libs allowing degenerates to ruin our open spaces. By the way, McCarren has been like this for thirty years, literally no one gives a sh*t.
Aug. 30, 2011, 9:38 am
manposeur from manhat says:
This is no celebrate diversity. How clelebrate healthcare and mental illness awareness. these people need help, not our gawking.
Aug. 30, 2011, 11:56 am
me from greenpoint says:
It' s a children's playground! There should not be homeless, drunk, deficating, urinating people anywhere near here! Plain and simple, I'm as liberal as they come and when I have to make sure my 18 month old doesn't step or fall in human crap that does it for me. These people as unfortunate as it may be need to get out, if they want to do this, go to the other parts of mccarren park they basically own the the entire park anyway. It's unbelievable that we need to fight for this!
Aug. 30, 2011, 12:41 pm
Jim from Transient says:
- the humble homeless never complain about your kids -
Aug. 30, 2011, 1:07 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
manposeur, who are you to say these people have a mental illness. This is just their lifestyle. You should not judge. Live let live, don't try to deny them their civil rights just because you don't agree with the way they live.
Aug. 30, 2011, 2:18 pm
gross from greenpoint says:
its not just the park, ive seen these guys piss/—— in public around greenpoint

a couple weeks ago there were undercover cops in mccarren ticketing hipsters for drinking wine... how about going down to the homeless end of the park?
Aug. 30, 2011, 3:07 pm
Janine from Greenpoint says:
This article is hysterical. Is this for real??!!!
Aug. 30, 2011, 3:19 pm
Janine from Greenpoint says:
I left Greenpoint 15 years ago and we always had drunk Pollocks in the park. Big Deal. They are free entertainment!! And, BTW.. What's a Hipster???
Aug. 30, 2011, 3:21 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:

Hipsters have money to pay the tickets, even if it comes from mommyanddaddy. Homeless have no money. Why waste time ticketing them?
Aug. 30, 2011, 3:55 pm
tony from greenpoint says:
How the eff did this end up being a parent's issue? Screw the children. They are filthier than the homeless men. They crap, pee, sneeze and suck their thumbs all day while giving each other infections, bacteria and STDs at every waking moment. Of course this is a problem, but not because little Jimmy might step in poo.. his pants are already filled with poo!
Aug. 30, 2011, 4:29 pm
Jello Biafra from 1980 says:
The sun beams down on a brand new day
No more welfare tax to pay
Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
Jobless millions whisked away
At last we have more room to play
All systems go to kill the poor tonight

Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor.

Behold the sparkle of champagne
The crime rate's gone
Feel free again
O' life's a dream with you, Miss Lily White
Jane Fonda on the screen today
Convinced the liberals it's okay
So let's get dressed and dance away the night
Aug. 30, 2011, 4:48 pm
@ jello says:
maybe you should cut a spare key for your house so they can use your toilet
Aug. 30, 2011, 5:02 pm
Dave from Greenpoint says:
If only there were a homeless shelter nearby.
Aug. 30, 2011, 6:11 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
There is. It's called Bedford Avenue.
Aug. 30, 2011, 6:49 pm
Jello Biafra from 1980 says:
Aaron Short is on your screen tonight,
convincing you that it's alright,
to kill kill kill kill Kill the poor.
Aug. 30, 2011, 7:07 pm
Gina from Greenpoint says:
They are not exactly homeless. They are drunks. There is a mob of them that sleep in McGoldrick park too. They are always picking fights with each other too. I have to say they are resourceful. I often see them on the weekened roll over their carts ad plug in to an outside outlet by the studios and use their microwave to cook and my favorite, to shave with an electric razor. But I do agree that it is gross becuase they leave broken glass and garbage all over our beautiful park. They also harrass many of the other people at the park. Not sure what the answer is.
Aug. 31, 2011, 12:14 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:

They are Alcohol-Impared-Americans.

Celebrate Diversity!
Aug. 31, 2011, 1:18 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
How many of these park dwellers are illegals who shouldn't be in the country in the first place? Clearly they all don't come to do the work Americans won't do, or if they try and don't succeed, we're stuck with watching crime go up and property values go down.

With a 9 % unemployment rate, these men are now surplus and we can't (or won't) do anything about it for fear of the bleeding heart crowd screaming discrimination, intolerance or xenophobia. You made this mess now stew in it.

Celebrate Diversity!
Sept. 1, 2011, 2:05 pm
manposeur from manhat says:
hey Mike the Bay ridge guido/gommbah- those homeless drunks are your white people or ethnic whites from Eastern Europe- not the noble types from England, Scandinavia, & France or Germany.
They need help. Mental illness. They cant just poop & pee in Hipster land all day.
A little liberal love and caring helps.
Sept. 2, 2011, 1:46 pm
JJ from greenpoint says:
So no one has a decent solution to homelessness, poverty, alcholism, just opinions...

just like on TV...
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:28 am

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