Archive for February, 2008

Bay Ridge Man is a “Super Dick”

Posted by cher on February 27th, 2008

Richard Martin won’t be winning a super of the year award anytime soon. Martin, a Bay Ridge super known as the “Crazy Sign Guy,” leaves sweet little notes for his mostly Middle Eastern tenants like:

“To all tenants: If you don’t know how to read, there are 3 airports, pick 1 and keep going and don’t come back.”

And when someone tore down his Christmas decorations he turned into a real Scrooge:

Dear Scumbag, If I catch you, I will kill you where you are. You don’t want to f*** with the Irish.”

And thanks to Right in Bay Ridge, here’s a picture of one of his “suggestions.”


He says he writes the notes because the building often receives summonses for trash collection. Of his tenants:

“They’re Arabs, they don’t give a f***. They don’t listen. They write back, ‘F*** you, get a life,’ but they spell my name s-u-p-p-e-r, not super. They’re so dumb.”

Source: NY POST


The NY Daily News also featured an article about the charming man today. This time Martin was the one busted for being a slob: after letting his dog poo on the sidewalk, Martin promptly picked it up in a napkin and threw it into the street. His pissed off neighbors say he does it all the time.


Nasty notes aren’t Martin’s only forte. Once, he moved all the trash cans up to the roof so tenants had to climb five flights of stairs to throw out their garbage. He also refused to install new light-bulbs in the hall after they were stolen.

This isn’t the first time Martin has made the news. He’s popular among local bloggers such as and Right in Bay Ridge. Check out an exclusive interview with Martin at The Bay Ridge Rover.

Finally, here’s a picture of Martin with his sweet Pekingese dog, Pretty Girl. This has got to be the biggest picture of irony I’ve ever seen.



Under my Nubrella, ella, ella

Posted by cher on February 26th, 2008

DailyCandy was kind enough to inform me of a new invention called Nubrella – a bubble-like shell that protects you from the rain. It frees up your hands so you can chat on your cell and even eat a sandwich, all while staying dry as you stroll through a hurricane. You no longer have to worry about the wind flipping your umbrella inside-out or possibly being sued when your umbrella spoke pokes someone’s eye out.

According the website, this is the story behind the invention of Nubrella:

“Back in December of 2002, Alan Kaufman (inventor and founder) was standing in one of his wireless stores in lower Manhattan. On this day the weather was very windy, rainy and down right miserable. Mr. Kaufman began to observe people’s umbrellas inverting and the constant struggles to maintain their umbrella in the proper position. It was at that moment an image popped into the mind of this inventor. Immediately he ran over to a desk and drew that image and thus nubrella was born!”

For $59.99 it sounds like a fabulous product that will make your life easier and dryer, right? Oh wait, I forgot to show you what it looks like.


Ok, so for $59.99 your life will be easier, you’ll be dry, AND you’ll be the target of ridicule! Seriously, if you walk down the street ensconced in a bubble, everyone will make fun of you. If I have $60 to waste anytime soon, I’m going to buy one and blog about the stares/heckling/harassment that I incur. 

No need to hide in this trench

Posted by cher on February 25th, 2008

The must-have for this Spring? The classic trench coat. The 2008 version has taken a twist and updates in the form of bright colors, stripes, and flashy buttons. Serena French of the New York Post writes that the trench coat “has been raised to headline every fashion must-have list for its crisp, utilitarian and naughty-by-nature brand of chic.” And no need to associate the trench coat as a “rain coat” anymore; this jacket rocks no matter what the weather brings this spring.

 Tip: Head to Express and snag one early this season. I picked my pink one up for a mere $148.

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(London Fog trench, $150, at Macy’s, Herald Square; Weatherproof trench coat, $150 at Darryl’s, 92 Amsterdam Avenue; Tattersall Trench, $798 at Coach; LAMB Mama Cheetah Trench Coat, $199 at Nordstrom.)