THIS SATURDAY: Pour ‘em Party

This item is for my Jewish friends and comes courtesy of my buddy Brian of Heeb Magazine. This Saturday, February 27 starting at 9:00 p.m. the peeps at Heeb along with Third Ward will be celebrating Purim in grand style with a “Pour ‘em Party”. Among the treats promised is complimentary Colt 45 from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. and the musical stylings of:

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the very reasonable price of $10.00 by clicking here. Otherwise you’ll pay at extra five bucks at the door. Check it out!

The Pour ‘em Party
February 27, 2010 starting at 9:00 p.m.
Third Ward
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11237

Shalom!

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Why Not?

From Bogart Street.

Miss Heather

From

East Williamsburg Abjectecture Du Jour: Presenting The Rapunzel Building

February 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Abjectecture, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This fulsome fortification hails from 36 Scholes Street. I have nicknamed it the Rapunzel building due to its rather medieval looking parapet and Juliette style balconies. While unfinished, one can envision a quartet of Rapunzels lowering their golden tresses to their respective princes even now. But what kind of princes would come calling to this edifice, you ask?

The kind who wield sharpie markers, that’s who!

Awww, now that’s just sweet! I can’t quit you either, 36 Scholes Street!

In closing, I did a little poking around the Department of Building’s Building Information System. I made a number of interesting (but hardly surprising) discoveries. Among them peeps behind this property owe several thousand dollars in fines for various and sundry offenses. Follows is the most intriguing:

Who knew the Department of Buildings had the authority to issue citations for illegal parking? I thought that was the stuff of the N.Y.P.D. You learn something new everyday in East Willie…

Miss Heather

Quicklink (& a Correction)

Today the guys at Curbed were kind enough to give me a shout-out regarding the monstrosity that is 94 Scholes Street. A guest commenter was kind enough to point out (and I quote):

miss heather is one of the most hideous thigns i have seen lolololololol

I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In any case, my (ostensibly hideous) person doesn’t hold a candle compared to the crap being built in North Brooklyn on any given day. There’s only five feet of me. What’s more, I do not sport balconies. But I digress.

I found of specific interest that Philip Toscano Architects had a hand in this atrocity — albeit for very “geeky” reasons. You see, his office (which you can here in its resplendent pink stuccoed glory) is the site of a former Bonanno family hang-out. It took me a while to pin down which one— but I did!

Which brings me to my retraction:

On June 17, 2008 I wrote (in a post entitled “Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Hanging Out“):

To see what this corner (at the intersection of Huron Street and Manhattan Avenue) looked like back in the 1970′s click here.

Well, I was wrong. The Motion Lounge is— or more accurately was— located at 420 Graham Avenue. Here is what it looked like back in Sonny Black’s day.

Pretty neat, eh?

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: I have received a very interesting pair of emails from a person we’ll call “S”. He/she writes:

Saw the link you had to that great pic of the motion lounge (now the be-stuccoed offices of toscano architect).  I live on the block and like to chat with some of the old timers about what used to happen in the area, and there’s more to that corner building.  in between being bonano hangout the motion lounge and an office, it was known for a while as the san giuseppe social club and was a hangout for some genovese family associates.  there was a mob related murder during a card game there in 1994.  in a very strange trial and turn of events, the owner of (a local bakery) was convicted of this murder at his second trial in 2007, while the other defendant walked away (the actual hitman had turned state’s evidence).  a judge overturned (said baker’s) conviction last year, and he’s a free man now.

oh, I forgot to mention his co-defendant! He owns a local pizzeria.

here are some articles about the case:

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: F*ck

From Montrose Avenue.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Racked & Stacked

From Stagg & Meserole Street

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Abjectecture Du Jour: 94 Scholes Street

Every so often I like to include the Mister in my activities. Sometimes my reasons for doing so are laudable, sometimes they aren’t. Last night falls into the former category. You see, as I was walking down Scholes Street yesterday afternoon I saw something that profoundly disturbed me. Wishing to know if I was merely having a fit of pique, I decided to get the Mister’s  take.

Me: What do you think of this?


The Mister: Ew.
Me: What gets me is this they actually tried to make it look nice. Or at least they thought they were making it look nice.
The Mister: It looks like they bought that building by the yard.

This is one of the most hideous things I have ever seen. There, I said it. I feel much better now.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Scholes Street

Taken February 21, 2010.

Miss Heather

Now On The Blog Roll Of Gowanus Lounge Dot Com: IDT Energy

In regards to Bob Guskind (to whom they have dedicated a page) they write:

Bob Guskind was a unique man, and his writing will forever stand as a testament to the person that he was.

While we’ve bought the site Gowanus Lounge, we are not trying to replicate or replace his work or his spirit.  We intend to continue to explore issues that are important to the people of New York, while also addressing topics of concern to other markets and communities.

Bob Guskind’s work has been moved to another location where fans can continue to read his prose and benefit from the wisdom that he provided.

Speaking as someone who has had the benefit of Bob’s wisdom I found Gowanus Lounge 2.0′s linkage to “Energy Savings” and “IDT Energy” of particular interest. The Mister and I pointed and clicked. Here’s what we found:

Energy Savings

The IDT Energy Store (You can see the registration info by clicking here). When you click on “Company” here’s what you’ll find:

Yup, the same people who saw fit to plague my community with people hitting our buzzers— REPEATEDLY— stating they were from Con Ed and that they wanted to review our energy bills. Time and time again. This is not purely Greenpoint phenomenon either. You can read other accounts/musings/ranting regarding IDT’s chicanery by clicking on any of the following links:

But I do not want to suggest IDT has plied its dubious trade solely in the county of Kings. No sir, their nefarious reach goes much further. Which brings me to this delightful video submitted from a reader in Harlem.

Needless to say after the aforementioned barrage of negative publicity IDT has seen fit to retool its image. In the 20th century the last refuge for a scoundrel was religion. In the 21st Century miscreants and ne’er do wells go “green”…

and operate blogs: idtenergy.wordpress.com

In closing, I leave you with this choice morsel from Gowanus Lounge 1.0 dating from January 28, 2009. Note the comments (and all caps abuse). Here’s my favorite segment from someone who calls himself IDT EMPLOYEE:

PS: THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIM THEY GOT SCAMMED ARE IGNORANT & NEEDS TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND THEM. TO THOSE WHO DID NOT CHOSE THEIR ESCO HAVE FUN PAYING THOSE 3 EXTRA TAXES THAT IDT MEMBERS DO NOT PAY…

Can a leopard change its spots? I’ll leave it up to you, dear readers, to make the call All I ask is please be an informed consumer and do not take this businesses promises at face value. Exercise due diligence!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Thought For The Day

February 21, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Criminal Activity, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Since a significant number of today’s posts have featured criminal activity of one stripe or another I will leave you this evening with this item from East Williamsburg— and a thought.

If you are going to purloin a piece of public property it might be a good idea not to showcase it in the front window of your apartment. The only thing that cries out “arrest me” more would be wearing this bad boy around your neck a la Flava Flav. Preferably with a Viking helmet.

Miss Heather