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Buscemi wins! Sloper ceases his blog, ‘What’s on Buscemi’s stoop?’

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What’s on Steve Buscemi’s stoop? Park Slope residents say it’s nobody’s business!

A local blogger has shut down his site documenting the quirky actor’s castoffs after the star’s son asked him to stop snooping — and outraged neighbors threatened to clobber him.

But Robert Schnakenberg said he’s baffled that cranky locals didn’t see the humor of his blog.

“If someone were taking pictures of the crap I put out on my stoop, I couldn’t care less,” said Schnakenberg. “Rooting through someone’s garbage or peeping in someone’s windows, that’s totally different. But that’s not what was going on here.”

For two years, the pop-culture scribe walked his dog past the home of the “Reservoir Dogs” star and published photographs of discarded doll heads, old cassettes and ratty hats on his little-known site, “What’s on Steve Buscemi’s Stoop?”

It wasn’t until last month that local bloggers found Schnackenb­erg’s project and mused whether it was “cool or not cool.”

Riled-up residents gave more than just one- or two-word answers.

“He’s lucky I don’t know him!” said 37-year-old Slope resident Kurt Schamann, who said he would have no qualms about beating up Schnakenberg. “Steve is a regular guy who grew up in Brooklyn and then you get people like this who don’t respect that!”

Susan Desocio, who lives in the Slope, said people should rummage through the blogger’s garbage in return.

“He was psychoanalyzing Steve Buscemi’s stuff,” Desocio said. This guy needs some medical attention.”

Schnakenberg, who has penned such celebrity titles as “Christopher Walken A-to-Z,” said his blog was never meant for the wider world — just a small community of Buscemi fans.

He started the site in 2009, after he walked his dog past the actor’s home, saw a disembodied doll’s head on a fence post and took a photo with his phone.

Schnakenberg said that in the weeks that followed, more junk appeared and gave him “a lot of little mysteries to solve.”

For instance, why did Buscemi have a hat from the Philadelphia Department of Corrections? It turns out that the actor once narrated the audio tour guide at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum in Philadelphia.

“A couple of my followers pointed that out to me,” Schnakenberg said. “I never would have figured that one out on my own. It’s a testament to the power of crowdsourc­ing.”

Erica Reitman, whose blog, F—ked in Park Slope, tipped people to the short-lived Buscemi trove, praised Schnakenberg for respecting the actor’s family’s wishes to shut down the site.

“I just wish Steve had had some fun with him first,” Reitman said. “He could have started leaving naked Barbies with shaved heads, pig knuckles … at least that’s what I would have done.”

Schnakenberg said that Buscemi’s son sent “the nicest cease-and-desist letter I could ever hope to receive” — but that also ruined some of the mystery.

Buscemi’s wife, who is an artist, was the one who had been setting out most of the junk, he said.

“I should have called it ‘What’s Steve Buscemi’s Old Lady Throwing Out?’ ” Schnakenberg said. “I am glad the blog ended without any acrimony between me and the Buscemi family. I am all about living at peace with my neighbors.”

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Rob from Greenpoint says:
Another meddling douchebag who thinks he's cute.
Aug. 16, 2011, 7:34 am
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Whos gives a rats ass whats in his garbage. that tool shouldn't be looking in pinks garbage.
Aug. 16, 2011, 3:02 pm
Bobo says:
Dude...leave the man alone. That's creepy.
Aug. 17, 2011, 1:37 am
Finn says:
So let me get this straight: A blogger is a "douchebag" and a "tool" for having some benign fun, but it's perfectly acceptable for Buscemi's troglodyte neighbor to threaten physical violence against him? Get a grip people! It was on the street, the blogger was doing it in jest, yet everyone's acting like he's akin to a "News of the World" editor. The intrepid reporters of the Brooklyn Paper were the ones who had to dig further to connect the dots of Buscemi's museum gig—not the blogger. And how many of us have walked past a junk pile on the street and found a treasure or two to bring home? But somehow an indie film superstar's trash is off-limits?? Schnakenberg sounds like a standup guy for honoring the Buscemi family's request. You Park Slope troll drones just sound like hypocrites.
Aug. 17, 2011, 9:16 am
myklftw from Queens says:
Finn, you must like going around with your nose up other peoples butts and get insulted when they complain of invasion of privacy. This is "intrepid" journalism? Being nosy is being nosy, especially on private property, and a journalism degree or being a blog flogger doesn't excuse you in any respect or situation when you step over the line and compromise someone else's privacy.
Do you own a house and pay property taxes and maintainence? I do. You probably are some transient apartment-dweller who doesn't. If you aren't, would you want unnecessary attention directed at your property? I would think not. Unless you're really desperate for attention.
Aug. 17, 2011, 2:07 pm
Lyle from Bed-Stuy says:
@ Finn - I agree. He is not entitled to an expectation of privacy after having put these items into the view of the public. Although that does not mean that he threw them out, per se, there is nothing under the law preventing someone from writing about it.
Aug. 17, 2011, 3:09 pm
Carballawitz from Manahatta says:
Eff all you Park Slope whore-scum!!! I know the Schnak, and he's a class act. Meanwhile, you all drink wine coolers from your mothers' holes.
Aug. 17, 2011, 10:38 pm
FrappaGrappawitz from New York State says:
Oyez, oyez! Hey ladee ladee lay. Times are tough. Let's win the day! Robert Schnakenberg has earned his pay! Bless him!!!!!!! Bless heeeeeeeeem!!!!!!!
Aug. 17, 2011, 10:54 pm
I'm from the Future says:
Come on guys. Nobody wants this. We're supposed to be ——ing professionals.
Aug. 17, 2011, 11:02 pm
myklftw says:
Carballawitz and FrappaGrappawitz : Grow up, a-wipes.

Lyle: They did not put them out for public viewing. They put them out because they held no more value.

Like some of the cretinous opinions tendered by the above mentioned.

What did he ever do to you morons? It has to really suck to be the miserable little snipes you are.
Aug. 18, 2011, 12:06 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Finn: I have found many treasures that people threw out
and taken them home.
The point is I didn't put it on some cutesy, ——ty blog.
Aug. 18, 2011, 4:08 pm
PieceOfVitz from The E. River says:
Hey, myklftw! Think I'm a'gonna find out what YOU put out in front of YOUR house and start myself a blog of my own: "Strange ——e Found on myklftw's Dirt Lawn." Lotsa midget porn, prolly. You freakass lemon.
Aug. 18, 2011, 8:31 pm
Bakka from Manhattan says:
Much ado. Any other neighborhood and this wouldn't even be a story. People need to lighten up.
Aug. 19, 2011, 8:35 am
sloper from south slope says:
Calm down. The situation was handled properly. He asked it to stop and the guy stopped. That's how these things should be.

But the simple truth is when you leave something out on your stoop, people will see it. I don't fault anyone here and think all the hysterics is a bit absurd.

People, real problems exist in the world. Focus on those instead of this petty crap.
Aug. 21, 2011, 8:09 am
sloper from south slope says:
The guy threatening violence is a real prick. Seriously buddy, how bored or angry at the world are you. Shouldn't you be tackling people on the PPW bike path instead?

Way too many people in PS have way too much time on their hands.
Aug. 21, 2011, 8:12 am
Chet from Prospect Heights says:
The simple truth is also that along with fame comes some amount of unwanted attention. You can't expect to have big roles in movies like "Reservoir Dogs" and "Fargo" and not become a curiousity to your neighbors. Blogs have taken the place (or perhaps complemented)the age-old custom of leaning-over-the-fence and gossiping. Hey, did you see what Buscemi had on the corner today? People who think Schnakenberg committed some kind of offense to the decorum of the neighborhood should be careful to keep their faces out of the public eye. He was well within the bounds of ethics to publish his blog and acted honorably when asked to stop.
Aug. 21, 2011, 11:49 pm
Jim from Park Slope says:
Actually, the simple truth is that Schnakenberg was exploiting Steve's celebrity to make a name for himself. It's not like he approached Steve and said: "Hey Man, I have this idea for a blog, what do ya think?" I believe Schnakenberg is being disengenuous when he claims that his blog, to quote the article, "was never meant for the wider public -- just for Buscemi fans." If that were truly the case, he could have restricted the Buscemi content to registered members of his blog or better still, posted his entries to Buscemi's official fan club website. He chose not to do either of those things. We all get it -- it's called self promotion. He's trooling for a spot on TMZ. Schnakenberg is right in step with our national obession with celebrity. Chet and some of the others are right that Schnakenberg didn't break any laws. Those items were put out in plain view and were clearly there for passersby to take. There's no expectation of privacy once you've discarded items for public consumption. That's why the FBI can rummage through our garbage without a warrant. While I think his blog was insipid and his motives for doing it were exploitive, I do have a deep respect for the first amendment. I agree that Schnakenberg, as Chet said, "was well within the bounds of ethics to publish his blog." However, in my opinion, Schnakenberg could have created a meaningful social experiment if he had chosen to do a blog called, "What's on my neighbor's stoop" and had kept it all anonymous. We could all have had an interesting and insightful look at our community at large. Clearly, the use of social media can be powerfully enlightening but it can also be terrifyingly destructive. I believe Schenakenberg knows this and that's why he chose to act honorably when asked to shut down his site. I applaud his discision. As for the anyone who advocated violence against Schnakenberg, they need some serious anger management theraphy.
Sept. 10, 2011, 4:03 pm
Steve from Park Slope says:
I saw Steve outside 7th avenue after i came out from park slope tanning salon and i just smiled and walked away. He is a person i respect and i wouldn't think he would like people to bother him in the area he lives in.
Jan. 9, 2012, 1:04 am
Steve from Park Slope says:
Jan. 9, 2012, 1:04 am
Big EZ E from Park Slope says:
I ran into Steve in front of his house. I started asking him for his autograph and to borrow $20. He obliged, gave me $50
Sept. 17, 2017, 7:16 pm

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