From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Where The Creek Ends

Noah Devereaux (who took the above photograph) opines:

This is where your waste winds up when you flush the toilet in North Brooklyn during a light rain.


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

April 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken April 14, 2010.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Canceled

April 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Remember when I announced last month that the ribbon cutting of the Newtown Creek Visitors Center was at long last going to happen April 24, 2010? It would appear this is no longer the case:

I do not think I have to say this but I’m going say it anyway: I am not just disappointed— I am PISSED! Not only have I been busy making preparations for this auspicious occasion but as it would happen it was going to coincide with Ma Heather’s visit to our fair city. Who the hell wants to go to some over-priced snobitorium like MOMA when he (or she) can get an eyeful (and noseful) of art right here in the Garden Spot— with free food no less? I don’t.

Today as I was walking past our cutting edge waste treatment plant facility I wondered to myself:

Exactly WHAT are these people doing?

Then I looked up— and got my answer.

I demand satisfaction.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Terminal

April 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken by ravikjolly.*

Miss Heather

*This guy has some seriously neat stuff on his flickr page. Check it out!

THIS WEEKEND: Greenpoint Open Studios

April 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of Eric Shows (whose work “The Cool Wind of Embarrassment and the Conservation of Mass” graces the beginning of this post). He writes:

My studio building will be holding open studios this Saturday from 5-10pm. There are at least 30 artists participating and the building manager is providing a free wine bar and limo service (!!! – Ed. Note) from nearby subway stops…

Now who can argue with that? If Eric’s work is any indication I’d say we’re in for a real treat this weekend! For more information (including full rundown of participants) click here. Check it out!

Greenpoint Open Studios
April 17, 2010 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
649 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

An Update On The Huron Street Kittens & A Contest

April 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although I have amended my earlier post regarding the four kittens that were found dumped like so much trash in front of a parking lot on Huron Street this morning I am going to write this follow-up post— and ask for your help.

First off, here’s a general run-down of what happened:

  1. I am emailed by a reader that four kittens were abandoned at Huron Street.
  2. I called PJ of Empty Cages Collective to give him a heads-up and head over to the scene.
  3. Upon finding no kittens I swung by Dog Habitat and told Jay what’s up. He told me he had received a call from someone who had found and taken home kittens from Huron Street. He referred her to Empty Cages Collective.
  4. I call PJ back and, lo, this woman had in fact contacted him. He followed up.
  5. A good friend of mine, Lisa, has taken these kittens under her care. Alas, one of them did not make it but the other three are doing alright (all things considered).
  6. A particularly disturbing thing she told me is these kittens were not from the same litter: two were one week old, two were four weeks old. This begs the question as to what happened to their litter mates. I imagine they were not so “lucky”.

In other words I had very little to do with these kittens being rescued— but I want to help them and I imagine a number of you do too. Here’s how:

  1. Lisa has made me aware that she is in need of a number of items on her Amazon Wish List. Foremost among them KMR (kitty formula). You can view and make donations to her wish list by clicking here.
  2. Secondly, those of you who prefer to make monetary donations (for veterinarian care, etc.) can do so via PayPal at: lisavallez (at) gmail (dot) com

Lastly I have spoken to Lisa and we agreed to let my readers (YOU) name these cuties. Without further ado here they are (again):

A one week old tiger boy.

A four week old tortie tigress.

And her four week old cream-colored brother.

You can tender your submissions via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. I’ll set the deadline at midnight Monday, April 19, 2010. Judges and prizes have yet to be determined. Good luck and I look forward to your submissions!

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: High Art

April 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Culture War, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Jay writes (in an email entitled “What. The. F.”):

Words can’t describe but a photo says it all… Or something like that. And in 3D, too!

I made Jay aware that I had, in fact, already posted this work of fine art. I even made sure to get a little “man toosh” in my shot “for the ladies”. I’m thoughtful that way. Then he upped the ante.

Jay writes:

I wonder if the artist who created this masterpiece (Or should we call it mastur-piece?) used the same model for the front and back. Again – let me emphasize. It’s in 3D! Only in Greenpoint. At Marco Polo Polish Emporium (I added the last part) on manhattan ave.

If I had to hazard a guess I’d say this lass bears more than a passing resemblance to Jessica. That girl sure seems to get around!*

Miss Heather

*As of the writing of this post no less than 11 12 people have clicked for the Google Map where this inflatable companion can be purchased. I am not kidding.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: A Sign of Spring On Oak Street

April 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken by algul siento.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: More Huron Street Kittens

April 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

If my inbox is any indication it is raining. KITTENS that is.

T (who sent the above photographs) writes:

Heather…I’m sorry this is taking me so long to get to you – this situation is probably gone by now, either good or bad.  I was walking my dog this morning when I heard a heck of a lot of high pitched mewling coming from the corner of green and franklin.  I looked down the street and there were about four kittens, no more than a week old, on the sidewalk next to some garbage cans, crying.  There was no mother in sight, which to me was highly strange so I’m guessing they may have been dumped.  Pics of one attached and the others to follow.  My dog was going crazy so I wanted to get out of there and then I had a four hour call with clients at 8:30 so..I am the worst person in the world cuz I didn’t have time to do anything.  Maybe you can swing by on your walks?

Needless to say I made some phones calls, tossed on a jacket and headed to Franklin Street without delay. The kittens were nowhere to be found. That’s when I decided to swing by Unleash Brooklyn— and got some VERY GOOD NEWS!

Jay Lombard told me that a woman had contacted him regarding a litter of kittens she found (and had taken home) from Huron Street. We quickly deduced that these were the same young ‘uns T had contacted me about. Jay, in turn, gave her the contact information for Empty Cages Collective and I am pleased to report she has reached out to them! As I understand it, P.J. (one of the founders of Empty Cages) is going to swing by, assess their health, give them fluids and find them a foster home. This is community action at its very best, dear readers! Now if only I could have a few “words” with the person(s) who dumped these cuties like so much trash. But I digress.

This incident has a happy ending because someone took action. If you find a litter of abandoned kittens in north Brooklyn there are a number of rescue organizations who are ready, willing and able to help. Among them:

Dog Habitat: (347) 689 – 4000
Empty Cages Collective: (800) 880 – 2684
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition: (718) 486 – 7489

Make the call. Their lives depend on you! In closing, if this tail (yes a bad pun, but I am going to make it anyway) made you smile why not make a donation to the dedicated folks at Dog Habitat or Empty Cages Collective who gave these little ones a future? You can do so by clicking here or here.

Miss Heather

UPDATE 6:16 p.m.: As I suspected one didn’t make it— but the others appear to be okay (all things considered). Here they are!

Anyone who would like to help these little ones get a leg up on life can and should make a contribution Lisa’s (the woman taking care of these kittens) Amazon Wish List. She has made it known to me that she is in particular need of KMR (kitty formula).

Found On Huron Street: A Kitty

April 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

G (who sent me the above photograph) writes:

We found this guy wondering around our back yard here at 149 Huron. We thought he might be a neighborhood cat, but, he was there for two days (we fed him of course). Anyway, one of our neighbors took finally talked the guys at Brooklyn Unleashed into keeping him. He is really really sweet, not an ounce of aggression. If we didn’t have two already we would have adopted him. Anyway, if anyone is missing this little guy, that is where he is or if you want to give him a good home!

If you know who this fella belongs to or if you would like give him the loving home he deserves please contact Dog Habitat via email at:

rescue (at) doghabitat (dot) org


Miss Heather