A Rather Unusual Request

June 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I just got this in from a reader who calls himself “Olympia“. He writes:

I wanted to tell you… about a fun surprise in the neighborhood I’ve just done for my girlfriend, that I’d love your help publicizing if you’re willing.

My girlfriend moved to Connecticut from Greenpoint last year. She misses it terribly, and constantly pines for the days spent with friends in the neighborhood. For her birthday this year, I have installed a life-sized wooden cutout of her at the southeast corner of Franklin and Noble Street. I am asking anyone who can to go to Greenpoint and photograph themselves with the Birthday Girl, and then, email or pix message the photo to birthdaygirl08(at)gmail(dot)com. Soon she will have an entire album of images of herself and many, many friends partyting in Greenpoint! I will also be uploading all images to my flickr account, so all can watch as the piece progresses.

If you’d be willing to publish a little something on your blog about this, it would really increase the number of visitors to the project, and really help make her birthday something truly special.

So there have you. If any of you have the time, why not mosey on down to Franklin and Noble and get your picture taken with the birthday girl? Speaking for myself, I am very eager to see how this project unfolds. It is a terrific idea!

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Olympia

Living Large On McGuinness Boulevard

June 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

A number of you I am certain are familiar with this plot of land nestled in the Key Food parking lot. An old house was stood here. That was razed several years ago. Then teenagers started hanging around. The police drove them off. Ever since it has been a repository for garbage and a place for homeless people to hang their hat. Until today.

It would appear this al fresco pied a terre has received a makeover.

A very GREENPOINT makeover.

189 Greenpoint Avenue (which is located just down the street) can keep their flat screen televisions, balconies and roof top terrace. This place has everything.

And much, much more.

What could be more American than a flag in the front yard…

and a little food for the birdies? If you like what you see (and believe you me these photographs do not do these digs justice), head on down to the northeastern corner of McGuiness Boulevard and Calyer Street.

Your dream home awaits.

Miss Heather


Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Calyer Street

June 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

A vestige of what SuperVegan named the worst Brooklyn restaurant of 2007. I’m glad to see the current tenants of this space (an architectural firm, I believe) have seen fit to keep the sign. Albeit with a witty modification.

Miss Heather

Weights And Measures, Greenpoint Style

June 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Discarded beer bottles are an all too common sight in my neighborhood. Sometimes I find them artfully arranged in doorways, other times I find them stacked precariously atop a Siamese hydrant. These fallen soldiers of a hard fought bottle are to Greenpoint what strollers are to my neighbors in Park Slope: ubiquitous and occasionally annoying.

When I walked around the Garden Spot yesterday, I encountered yet more evidence of our neighborhood’s love of suds.

I found this bicycle on Manhattan Avenue. Note the placement of a bottle behind the rear wheel. Have beer, will travel!

Each handle bar has been utilized to its maximum load bearing potential.

An empty pack of cigarettes graces the seat. This collection of detritus has got to be either the aftermath of one hell of a party or some graduate student’s art project. In Greenpoint, one never knows.

This seemingly odd grouping of empty beer bottles (on Calyer Street), conversely, was no mystery at all.

Note the label on the bottle: one pint and .9 fluid ounces. That’s 16.9 ounces for those of you keeping track.

Now let’s look at the instructions posted on the mailbox. They remind us of The 13-Ounce Rule. 3.9 ounces too much. Thus they were returned to sender. Sans their contents.

This is Greenpoint, after all.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Yes, I know the difference between weight and volume. This is satire. Lighten up.

Williamspoint Photo du Jour: Obama Oranges

June 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

From the Renegade Craft Fair at the McCarren Park Pool. Not only were these oranges for sale, but the proprietor told me they quit making Hillary oranges because they didn’t sell.

Miss Heather

Renegade Craft Fair

June 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Today I braved the strange weather and downright brutal humidity to check out the Renegade Craft Fair at the McCarren Park Pool. All in all, I had a great time. Follows is a short film documenting my interaction with the bio-fueled “Post Card Machine”, my inability to follow directions, affection for chickens …and more!

Anyone interested in contacting the brilliant brain behind this machine can do so via email at:

michellery (at) hotmail (dot) com

Miss Heather

P.S.: You can look for more neat things I found at the fair on my Flickr page.

Greenpoint Phoito du Joir: Hoisery

June 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Studio B Rooftop Garden: What A Difference A Couple Of Months Make!

June 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The above screen cap was taken April 10, 2008.

This one was taken June 14, 2008.

Hmm. I wonder what made the Department of Buildings change their mind?

Miss Heather

UPDATE, June 16, 2008: Check out the comment left by “Citizen Skein” It is very illuminating.

Great Moments In Aluminum Siding: Volume XVI

June 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Vinyl Siding 

It’s been a long, long time since I have documented some quality siding action here in Greenpoint. Too long, in fact. Thankfully, I walked down Java Street and got my religion back.

Ragu I, meet Belvedere XII. I don’t know about you, but at $10 the house of Ragu is not only very affordable, but it is also more attractive.

Miss Heather

P.S.: This one goes out to my reader who learned that his childhood home was razed to build Belvedere 12.

Stoop Sale Alert: Mother Of All?

June 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

NO JUNK, NO JOKE.

This might be worth checking out. Speaking from personal experience, some of the best stoop sale scores I have made have come from Kent. Street, that is.

Miss Heather