Happy Bastille Day From Greenpoint!

July 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This evening Casa Mon Amour will be celebrating Bastille Day in grand style with a “French Style BBQ” starting at 6:00 p.m. “Tasty food and a cold Pastis, rose or Kronenbourg” are in the offering.

Casa Mon Amour
162 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

On a related note, it would appear that Little Korea’s ill-fated space at 645 Manhattan Avenue might be poised to get the Gallic touch.

Le Brique means “the brick” in English. I have it on excellent intelligence they are building an outdoor patio in the back. That sounds really nice and all, but will the fare be tasty? That’s what I want to know!

VIVA LA FRANCE!

Miss Heather

Press Conference At Newtown Creek

It got off to a late start but the press conference conducted by Nydia Velazquez, Anthony Weiner* and Joseph Lentol came to pass without a hitch. For those of you who were unable to attend this event, the following footage should give you some idea of its purpose: goading the Federal government to declare the area around Newtown Creek a Superfund site.

Here is the second half where Craig Michaels, legal counsel from Riverkeeper, and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol speak.

It looks like Ms. Velazquez and I agree on two things: the 2008 FISA Amendment Act sucks** and our community has waited long enough for a thorough clean-up of many a score of environmental abuse. 2026 is not good enough. We deserve better.

Miss Heather

P.S.: The new park where this press conference was held (and is still not open to the public) has already been given a hearty Greenpoint welcome!

Doggie dumplings.

*Who laughed when I waved at a passing Watertaxi and exclaimed:

Welcome to one of the most polluted waterways in the United States!

**I originally stated in this post she voted in favor of this act. This is not true. Ms. Velazquez voted against it. It was passed anyway.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Skyline With Pylons

July 13, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

More Stoop Sale Goodness

July 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Before I start enjoying my weekend (yes, some bloggers do have a life!) I thought I’d leave you with two more stoops sales slated for this weekend.

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: Newtown Creek Press Conference

July 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Congressman Anthony Weiner and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be conducting a press conference at the yet to be completed park at the northern terminus of Manhattan Avenue. The purpose of this event is to implore our Federal government to clean up Newtown Creek. Anyone interested in having such amenities as clean air and water with their luxury condominiums should be sure to arrive by 10:30 a.m.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Today a tree care workshop will be conducted at the American Playground. For more information click here.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

July 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I am seriously considering erecting an online museum dedicated to the many interesting places I find empty vodka bottles in this neighborhood.

Miss Heather

Models Galavanting In Our Misery

July 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Queens, Williamsburg 

I will not disclose who I received this (forwarded) email from because I like— and much more importantly respect— said person. Regardless, as a citizen who lives in a neighborhood teeming with environmental fuck-ups I do not appreciate the tone of said message. Hence why I am posting it here on New York Shitty:

Thanks for getting back to me… (insert name, lol). I’ve shot at DUMBO already and so has everyone else, it’s considered overdone! The more grittier locations are what’s good for high fashion. Aggregate is like a sand and coal mixture, I think it’s used for paving… anyway, they store this stuff in huge piles so it forms pyramids or mountains and it looks really cool (I attached a few images). The only thing is that I can’t seem to find out where the compounds are…

The cement plant at the Morgan Avenue Stop of the L immediately comes to mind. But if any of you, dear readers, can think of abject sites in Brooklyn (Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx) which complement sinuous models clad in glamorous apparel email me at missheather (at) newyorkshitty (dot) com. I’ll forward them.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Vandalism!

July 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Asshole, Greenpoint Magic 

Just as Peter Vallone Jr. prognosticated, the guys at Alphabeta have precipitated a wave of mindless vandalism in the neighborhood!

Oh wait, the peeps at East Coast Aliens* actually asked Alphabeta to decorate their security gate. Go figure.

Regardless I was outraged by this flagrant act of art-making in front of Christina’s Restaurant last night. Is this what our society has come to? Juvenile delinquency trickling up to septuagenarians?

Fellow Greenpointers, if you see someone expressing him/herself don’t ask questions or bother our elected officials. Report it immediately to Peter Vallone Jr.

Peter Vallone Jr.
22-45 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 274-0007
vallone4ny (at) gmail (dot) com

He clearly has our best interests at heart.

Miss Heather

*Whose schedule will be limited this summer, but they’re having a fundraiser for Barack Obama July 26. Check out their calendar for details.

THIS WEEKEND: The Grandmother of All Stoop Sales

July 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Lian of Kent Street the mastermind behind last month’s “Mother of all stoop sales” hits us again with another another one this weekend: THE MOTHER OF ALL STOOP SALES – Part II. The pickings look pretty good so it would probably be wise to get there bright and early before everything is picked over!

If you have a stoop sale, new business or event in the Greenpoint/North Brooklyn area and want to get the word out shoot me an email at missheather (at) newyorkshitty (dot) com. I’ll be delighted to post it if/when time permits.

Miss Heather

It’s Official

July 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

A number of people are wondering what will become of this old precinct house located on Herbert Street. Last night I bumped into Rich Mazur of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation and he gave me the good news: last month the papers were signed and it is to be converted into affordable housing. Apparently our representative, Joseph Lentol, pitched the proposal to Housing Preservation & Development, Diana Reyna secured $1,000,000 from the New York City Council and the Borough President’s Office chipped in another $500,000. I was not told how many there units will be, but with studios starting in the $100,000s it will indeed be affordable to a number of people who could not otherwise afford to live in our great neighborhood!

Miss Heather