Urban Fur: Tombstone Pup

This handsome little guy (or lass) hails from Graham Avenue’s very own Grande Monuments

which, as many of you might remember, also has a side business selling bread!

Miss Heather

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

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Courtesy Of Your Friendly Neighborhood

From Withers Street.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Cupcakes (OH YEAH)

February 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Street Art 

From Conselyea Street.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Crittercorn

From Graham Avenue.

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