Saturday, September 17, 2011
Do you have a permit for that?
The time is now. After almost a year of prep and planning for this project with Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project's Director of Community Development Meredith, we have everything in place. We got the grant from NEA, The STATE Department of Transportation allowed us the use of the wall, we insured the State and City of New York (and every person that volunteers to help paint), we let the public know though Community Board meetings, blogs, email and social media. I was able to hire the most talented and competent right-hand-gal Gretchen: a woman that thinks about safety! We had an abnormally FANTASTIC experience at Home Depot where smiles were granted along with 17 gallons of hand mixed paint and baskets of supplies. So here we are at the wall. A dirty and scary place under the BQE. I am so happy my Project Safety girl threw in the gloves, face masks and safety glasses. We needed all this and more to clean up the space and make it workable for our project. This is where we will be spending the rest of our waking hours until it's finished. We scraped and primed, picked up 2 bags of trash and carefully moved someone's temporary house. twice. it's a good spot if you have no where else to go. Sorry man, we hope you will like the wallpaper once we are finished. Two little ladies and a big ass wall. 130 feet. LET'S DO IT. SIRENS. Three cops forcefully exit the car and walk with purpose towards us. There is no innocent until proven guilty. It's guilty until they decide to listen. "I HAVE A PERMIT!" Uh, no, i don't have it with me, but i have one. Not enough. I stuttered though scrambles of names, phone calls, emails, and really tiny print to see the printed number. The soften their shoulders and realized this is legit. YES I DO. with the amount of BS bureaucracy and money to get this OK'd I am proud or that piece of paper. This in from Meredith: "The precinct called this morning, and they said they printed color flyers for the officers so that they’ll be aware now. They also said they really liked the rendering!" HA! I'll make an artist out of each and everyone of them! The undercovers showed up yesterday. We were just up-scaling the image on the wall. They believed me when I told them I had a permit.