From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Chalk Walk

January 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This much-needed splash of color on this dreary day comes courtesy of Katie Sokoler. You can read the story behind these footprints by clicking here.

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Homicide at Huron & Manhattan Avenue?

I have received two emails about this incident. L writes:

Hi Miss Heather –

fyi – just saw this on Gothamist news map — sending as your investigative reporting is the BEST –

Homicide | Manhattan Ave & Huron St Manhattan, NY | 1/24/2010 5:31 p.m.

(lest it seems i regularly read crime reports (!), was looking for info on why a helicopter was buzzing my neighborhood for an hour last nite – but no report)

T writes:

…gothamist newsmap homicide manhattan / huron?!

what’s the story?

That’s what I want to know. The story.

When I got off the B43 at 5:00 p.m.-ish today I saw an ambulance, two police cars and a handful of lookie-loos between India and Huron Street. If there was an “incident” it happened well before I came on the scene. I suspect I speak for many fellow Greenpointers when I write that I find this very disturbing. If anyone reading this has the 411 please tender them via comments or via email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com.

Your identity will remain anonymous.

Miss Heather

P.S.: L also writes;

…& while we’re on subject of crime – also on Gothamist, saw 2 reports of armed robberies at Roebling & N 9th in a week – one’s on today’s list (from last nite) — both evening, NOT middle of nite — that’s a dark & quiet corner — but seems stalled development has made things worse.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Guernsey Street

I have watched this (which hails from 189 Guernsey Street) evolve over the years. I have been told it is supposed to be a trellis for grapevines. I’m not so sure this is the case. Anymore, anyway. It has become something more.

Much more.

This may very well be the Garden Spot’s solution to the Watts Towers.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Quality Control

January 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Kobe takes great pride in personally inspecting each and every cat tree at his place of work (and it should be noted, play): Animal Planet!

Miss Heather

Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: G(ee)

January 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crosstown Local, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Have you ever wondered why they say a picture is worth a thousand words? If so, here you go:

As a matter of fact Metropolitan Transit Authority, it IS cold. This is part of the reason waiting for the shuttle buses which you, in your infinite wisdom, have pressed into service for four consecutive weekends in a row.

In the dead of winter.


Miss Heather

New York Shitty Video Du Jour: Failure to Communicate

January 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The junk shop has imparted me to a number of things money cannot buy. My fellow junk folk; Larry, Johnny, Laura and Cass are wonderful people. I consider it an honor to know them. The customers are by and large wonderful as well. I consider them to be my friends and for this reason I keep an eye out for items they might find of interest. Foremost and above all, it has given me ample amounts of cocktail party conversation material. A number of people find my tales unbelievable. I do not blame them. Would you believe someone would:

1. want to purchase a single nudie girl playing card for 25 cents
2. rip pictures from other pornographic magazines and stuff them into one porno mag in the hopes of pulling a “fast one”
3. try to bargain down the price of one 25 cent photo to 10 cents because (and I quote) “I do not have 25 cents”
4. attempt to shoplift $1.00 ashtrays, a stack of postcards or an issue of Architectural Digest

unless you yourself have witnessed it? Of course not. But I have seen all the previous come to pass and more. Much more. There’s very little in the way of chicanery that has the power to amaze me anymore save the methods prospective customers employ to chisel me. This is a never-ending source of fascination for yours truly. A few are quite inventive. Most are not. The following tactics are in my experience the most prevalent:

1. Claiming the item in question is a gift “for a friend”. (What does this say about you, as a friend?)
2. Claiming an article of clothing does not fit. (Either you’re too fat or it’s too small. Take your pick. I am no longer a size “00″. I am a size 2-4. If I can accept this, so can you.)
3. Asking another employee for a price quote.
4. Claiming the item in question is somehow “defective”. (The condition of any given piece of merchandise is taken into account before pricing. If it is broken, why do you want to buy it so much?)
5. Feigning a lack of comprehension of the English language.

In regards to the latter most point, I am very aware our fair city is an international one. The clientele of the junk shop reflects this. The junk shop’s (if rudimentary) command of Romance and Germanic languages usually suffices. Regardless of one’s mater lingua there is one common language: U.S. Dollars. Most understand this— but some don’t. Which brings me to the following woman. She not only wasted no less than four minutes of my time haggling over one dollar, but she also attempts to use tactics #3 and #4.

Before anyone berates me for being a mean person and/or anti-Polish here are a few things to consider:

1. before this exchange came to pass I had told this woman in plain English to STOP to rummaging in the junk shop’s dumpster. She understood me.
2. the previous exchange came to pass after she pretended not to understand that the two frames in question were priced at $1.00 and $2.00 respectively. $3.00 total. Not $2.00 total as she claimed. When this was shown to her by the other person she attempted to drag into the haggling process, she became argumentative. And curiously enough, less proficient in English.
3. She paid with a $5.00 bill. (Think about this.)
4. I have lived in Greenpoint long enough to know the difference between individuals who speak Polish exclusively and those who are— even if rudimentarily— bilingual. I do my best to accommodate both of the previous. BUT…
5. I don’t like being bullshitted and hassled. Especially over one dollar.

So you get what we have here today. Which is the way she wants it. Well, she gets it.

I don’t like it any more than than you do.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Another One Bites The Dust

January 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Noble Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Greenpoint Fashion Watch

Today was a long day for yours truly. For this reason the Mister and I went out to dinner. It was on the way home we met this gentleman.

Just as you, dear readers, probably just did; I took a double take of his headgear.

Is that what I think it is?

I asked.

It’s a hat.

He replied.

Well, I like it. Do you mind if I take a picture?

I shit you not the guy blushed! It took a little persuasion but he agreed to let me take a picture of his very special chapeau. For someone wearing such a item this chap was incredibly bashful. Truth be told, I found this kind of cute. So I decided to up the ante.

That’s quite a package it’s sporting… but I suppose if you’re going to do something half-ass you shouldn’t do it at all.

Both he and the deli clerk found my observation hilarious. I suppose it is funny— but what else can you honestly say about something like this? Other than, perhaps, it takes someone with serious cojones to wear it? I only wish I had the hair to pull it off.

Regardless, I give this fashion statement two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Miss Heather

Urban Fur: Working Girl

January 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This lovely lass is named Beauty and as you can see she keeps a very watchful eye over World of Flowers (at 971 Manhattan Avenue).

Miss Heather

Something Neat: Greenpoint, The Book

January 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

When I spied this behind the counter at the Garden today I simply had to have it. The asking price of $23.99 be damned! Those of you who are looking for a book outlining the basic history of Greenpoint accompanied by some very lovely photographs will probably be hard-pressed to find anything better than this tome. Even if you do not have the money, swing by and give it a look-see. It’s pretty neat!

Greenpoint: Little Poland
Jolanta Zastocka
The Garden
921 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Note: this book is in both Polish and English.

Miss Heather