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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stoop Snooping in Brooklyn

Cat Greenleaf is an entertainment reporter for NBC, New York. She hosts a popular and widely syndicated half hour television show called Talk Stoop. The show is filmed on the front stoop, or steps, of Cat's brownstone home in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Esther Zuckerman of the Village Voice reported that:
Her red door near the corner of Wyckoff and Court Streets is the backdrop for her NBC New York show Talk Stoop, in which she conducts casual conversation with celebrities while, of course, sitting on the stoop.
About Cat and her stoop talking, Wikipedia added:
This distinct combination of her stoop and sipping coffee with celebrities gives a causal comfortable atmosphere, and allows her guests to really open up.

Greenleaf's signature look goes right along with the causal atmosphere she gives her show. She is always wearing sneakers, even with dresses...

The show is broadcast in nine cities (NY, DC, Chicago, Philly, Miami, Dallas, LA, San Francisco, and San Diego), and seen by a reported 13 million people a week...
Anyway, just out of curiosity if you bothered to check out Google Map's Street View feature, from a June 2011 version, you would find that it took a beautiful picture of Cat Greenleaf sitting with a Talk Stoop guest in front of her house at 12 Wyckoff Street in Brooklyn. Also, there is Cat's English Bulldog, Gracie, lounging perfectly on the top step. The picture could not have been posed better.

Google Street View closeup of Cat Greenleaf interviewing a guest for Talk Stoop
Google Street View of Cat Greenleaf's Talk Stoop

Google Street View of Cat Greenleaf interviewing a guest for Talk Stoop, 12 Wycoff St., Brooklyn
Google Street View captures Talk Stoop show in progress
Google Street View Captures Talk Stoop from June 2011
Another Google Street View of Talk Stoop, from June 2011

Google Street View blurs out the faces of people to protect their privacy. But there is certainly no mistaking the red door. And there is Cat Greenleaf, who always sits on the left, and her guest, hard to tell who it is from Street View, sitting to the right, along with Gracie the Bulldog all in plain Street View. A nearby camera man looks to be filming a background shot, and perhaps a director or friend is the person facing the stoop.

Upon further research, it can be deduced that the guest in the white outfit that Cat Greenleaf is interviewing is Alexandra Pelosi. Pelosi is an American journalist, documentary filmmaker, and writer based in New York City. She is the daughter of Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi.

This episode of Talk Stoop is listed as Season 3, Episode 28, Storytellers, which aired on August 20, 2011. Here are several screenshots from the Talk Stoop: Alexandra Pelosi segment:

Talk Stoop, Cat Greenleaf interviews Alexandra Pelosi, Episode 28, Aug 20, 2011
Introduction shot from Talk Stoop, Alexandra Pelosi interview
Talk Stoop, Cat Greenleaf interviews Alexandra Pelosi, Episode 28, Aug 20, 2011
Cat Greenleaf interviews Alexandra Pelosi on her stoop in Brooklyn for Talk Stoop
Talk Stoop, Cat Greenleaf interviews Alexandra Pelosi, Episode 28, Aug 20, 2011
Cat Greenleaf talking to Alexandra Pelosi on Talk Stoop, aired Aug. 2011
Talk Stoop, Cat Greenleaf interviews Alexandra Pelosi, Episode 28, Aug 20, 2011
Cat Greenleaf gives someone the evil eye, Alexandra Pelosi interview, Talk Stoop
It's pretty clear by the outfits and the cars on the street that this is the episode of Talk Stoop that Google Street View captured when their vehicle drove by 12 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, in June 2011.

Here is the video of the Talk Stoop: Alexandra Pelosi, episode via NBC New York:

You need to use the historical imagery feature of Google Street View to find the June 2011 view. The latest version of Google Street View from October 2013 does not show anyone on Cat's stoop, just her red front door.

12 Wyckoff Street in Brooklyn, June 2013
By the way, that blurring feature, does not protect your privacy that much. Just ask the Frenchman, from a few years ago, who was photographed by Google urinating in his front yard. He wrongly assumed that his fence was high enough to give him some privacy. His town found out about his choice of toilet and he sued Google over the invasion of his privacy and the public humiliation. The urinating Frenchman lost his case in March and was ordered to pay Google's legal costs.

Google Street Viewing has become a world wide nosy neighbor, a virtual busy body. Some say it's eroding our privacy:
It might be hard to feel sorry for this Frenchman, as one commenter wrote: “Before, he was the laughingstock of his village; but thanks to his legal action and his lawyer, he has become the laughingstock of all of France.” But it’s one more example of how privacy, even in our own yard—and for whatever silly reason we may desire it—has become a quaint concept of the past.
Therefore, don't forget Google is watching you, and me, and what happens on stoops in Brooklyn. Vive la Street View.
New York Times:
Welcome, I’ve Cleaned a Step for You --

IT may be Brooklyn’s most televised stoop since the Huxtables’. Claire Danes, Hilary Swank and Andy Garcia have sat there. So have Ashanti, Ray Davies and Pete Wentz.

And if Cat Greenleaf, the host of a surprise breakout show called “Talk Stoop” has her way, the stoop outside her humble Cobble Hill three-story town house will become a regular stop on the city’s celebrity P.R. circuit, next to David Letterman’s desk, Charlie Rose’s table and Barbara Walters’s couch...
Official Google Blog:
We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world...

If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons...

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