Now On The Blog Roll Of Gowanus Lounge Dot Com: IDT Energy

In regards to Bob Guskind (to whom they have dedicated a page) they write:

Bob Guskind was a unique man, and his writing will forever stand as a testament to the person that he was.

While we’ve bought the site Gowanus Lounge, we are not trying to replicate or replace his work or his spirit.  We intend to continue to explore issues that are important to the people of New York, while also addressing topics of concern to other markets and communities.

Bob Guskind’s work has been moved to another location where fans can continue to read his prose and benefit from the wisdom that he provided.

Speaking as someone who has had the benefit of Bob’s wisdom I found Gowanus Lounge 2.0′s linkage to “Energy Savings” and “IDT Energy” of particular interest. The Mister and I pointed and clicked. Here’s what we found:

Energy Savings

The IDT Energy Store (You can see the registration info by clicking here). When you click on “Company” here’s what you’ll find:

Yup, the same people who saw fit to plague my community with people hitting our buzzers— REPEATEDLY— stating they were from Con Ed and that they wanted to review our energy bills. Time and time again. This is not purely Greenpoint phenomenon either. You can read other accounts/musings/ranting regarding IDT’s chicanery by clicking on any of the following links:

But I do not want to suggest IDT has plied its dubious trade solely in the county of Kings. No sir, their nefarious reach goes much further. Which brings me to this delightful video submitted from a reader in Harlem.

Needless to say after the aforementioned barrage of negative publicity IDT has seen fit to retool its image. In the 20th century the last refuge for a scoundrel was religion. In the 21st Century miscreants and ne’er do wells go “green”…

and operate blogs:

In closing, I leave you with this choice morsel from Gowanus Lounge 1.0 dating from January 28, 2009. Note the comments (and all caps abuse). Here’s my favorite segment from someone who calls himself IDT EMPLOYEE:


Can a leopard change its spots? I’ll leave it up to you, dear readers, to make the call All I ask is please be an informed consumer and do not take this businesses promises at face value. Exercise due diligence!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Vegetarian Special

February 21, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Culture War, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Banker Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Scales Revisited

February 20, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

It was touch and go for a day or two but today I finally caught up with the brains behind the happenings at 199 Green Street: Kacy. She’s an incredibly nice lady and although her shop is still very much a work in progress (right now she is featuring cowls but plans to sell more apparel, such as shirts, in the near future), she plans to host a knitting workshop (all ages are welcome) Sunday, February 28, starting at 7:00 p.m. Check it out— or swing by and welcome her to the neighborhood!

Free Knitting Class
February 28, 2010 starting at 7:00 p.m.
199 Green Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

From The New York Times: Vindication…

(Or at least proof)

The ‘Burgificaction’ of McCarren Park pisses me off in a big, BIG way. I was reminded of this yesterday. So as to clear up any confusion as to the provenance of the McCarren Park Pool I offer you this: an article from the August 1, 1936 edition of the New York Times. Our city’s ostensible newspaper of record.

Political bosses in Brooklyn are a dime a dozen. History (thankfully) forgets most of them— but not the  “Prince of Garden Spot of The World” AKA: Peter J. McGuinness! A well known (if reviled) thoroughfare hereabouts bears his name. If it wasn’t for Mr. McGuinness’s chicanery, political savvy* and charm Williamsburgers wouldn’t have a pool in which to party (or piss).

In, I repeat,


Miss Heather

P.S.: How can you not love a guy who says this (about a brief sojourn in “the south”):

I don’t like that Jim Crow they got or their goddam white crow either.

*His career survived the Seabury hearings.

Greenpoint Audio/Visual Presentation Du Jour: Miss Heather Explains The Difference Between Greenpoint & Williamsburg

Today was a red letter one for yours truly. Not only did I have the sheer luck of meeting a very nice lady who makes her own mead (and offered to make some for yours truly— totally free— if I provide her the honey) but I had lunch and some long overdue “catch-up” time with a buddy of mine. He’s a really funny and witty chap, that Tony. After we completed our meal at Kestane Kebab we went for a little walk. As luck would have it we encountered a tour group at the intersection of Union and Driggs Avenue. We decided to hang around a spell and see what’s up. The guide, noticing my rapt interest (and in all likelihood my ensemble of pink sweats, pink hoodie, pink sunglasses, pink sneakers and signature Chococat hat), started quizzing me about what constitutes Greenpoint versus Williamsburg. Hilarity ensues. (NOTE/CAVEAT: It was pretty windy out so you’ll need to crank up the volume a bit. Take my word for it: it’s worth it.)

Special thanks go out to Tony (who I would like to mention has started a blog of his own) for having the presence of mind to record this exchange. And oh yeah— it was pleasure making your acquaintance, Mr. Seidenstein. I like the way you think!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: McGuinness Boulevard

February 19, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken February 18, 2010.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Ice

T writes:

Hi, Miss Heather…I live on Eagle Street… between Franklin and Manhattan.  Last night, while simply trying to drive a single block to move my car for alternate side parking, I nearly killed a pedestrian while driving about 5 miles an hour.  You see, no one has seen fit to either salt, sand or plow Eagle Street, nor any of the other cross streets above Greenpoint Ave, so far as I can tell.  While there is about 4 inches of slushy snow on the street, I found out very quickly that there is about an inch of black ice under it all.  I noticed the same issue during the last snow storm.  Manhattan Ave and Franklin seem to be adequately plowed/salted.  What the hell is the deal with the cross streets??  It’s dangerous and annoying.  I called 311 and filed a complete with the Department of Sanitation, but I’ve only lived here for a year and a half (two winters…last winter was barely snowy), so I have no idea if this is a historical problem or if it’s the result of budget cuts do to the economy.  So I was curious – am I over-reacting to a one time problem, or is this something that you and others, having lived here for much longer, have witnessed and are familiar with?  If so, is it a ‘(people) don’t complain to the city so we don’t care’ issue?  Is it a budget/resources issue?  Before I go ape shit with the Dept of Sanitation I was hoping for some input from wiser, calmer souls.  Any thoughts or interest at all on this issue?

One thing I have observed the last couple of weeks is the Department of Sanitation appears to have gone on a ticketing blitz mostly directed at residential properties which have not kept their sidewalks clean and clear. I have seen literally dozens of tickets, so obviously some kind of enforcement is being implemented. That said— and speaking as a pedestrian— what rankles me is the number of derelict construction sites whose sidewalks (if indeed they exist— many have been smashed to smithereens) have been rendered impassable due to piles of snow and black ice. CASES IN POINT:

544 Union Avenue

This property has been ticketed by the DOS…

for litter! Given this lot is covered in some areas with as much as two feet of snow I find this fascinating.

1059 Manhattan Avenue

This one is a big, BIG bee in my bonnet. I have lived in Greenpoint for ten years. This sidewalk has been a disaster area for as long as I can remember. In fairer weather it is a pockmarked gauntlet of rubble, in the winter it is downright dangerous. In either case it poses a problem for the many elderly people who live around the corner at Mary D’s Senior Center. You see, in order to purchase groceries (or pretty much anything else for that matter) they have to negotiate this death trap. Some in fact, do this. Most don’t: they walk in the street instead. They way I see it, it is only a matter a time before someone breaks his/her hip at this site. Perhaps after this grisly scenario comes to pass the city will finally do something? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

In the meantime call 311 and complain, complain, COMPLAIN! I outline the exactly how you should go about this in this post. Read it, learn it, live it!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Juxtaposition

February 19, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Eagle Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: McGuinness Boulevard

February 18, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

If this photograph seems eerily familiar to you, dear readers, it is because I took a similar such shot June 11, 2009. Butt today’s bit of McGuinness goodness has a twist.

The truck is empty.


McGuinness Boulevard (or Mickey G’s as I affectionately call it) is as McGuinness does.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Ask & Ye Shall Receive!

It has come to my attention that Brownstoner saw fit to feature an apartment for sale hailing from none other that Belvedere XX. Ostensibly because someone took umbrage with me calling this edifice a piece of crap*— which I assure you it is. Belvedere XX is also known as 185 India Street and the neighbor of LoftsGreenpoint Rental Shitshow Part 1305.

Crap likes company. Especially on McGuinness Boulevard.

But this post isn’t about Belvedere XX, Brownstoner or McGuinness Boulevard. It’s about Belvedere XXXVI and “Park Slope”. On January 25, 2010 I wrote in this post:

…The Belvederization of Park Slope?!? Needless to say I had to get to the bottom of this (inasmuch as one can without G train service). We headed to the closest Belvedere without delay.

Sure enough, it is true! Replete with all the accoutrements we have grown to expect from Belvedere: commodious roof decks and balconies. Needless to say I must see this. However, I am more or less precluded from going to 175 12 Street personally. I am not only too busy with matters north Brooklyn but quite frankly doling out $2.25 in subway fare strikes me as being far too much money to outlay on such an endeavor.

This is where you come in: could some kind soul get a photograph of this property and send it to me via email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com? I’m dying to see Belvedere XXXVI. Especially in light of the fact this edifice is conveniently located near Lowes, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and the aromatic Gowanus Canal. Who wouldn’t want an eyeful (or noseful) of that!

Well, I asked for it and I got it. Rowan 5 writes:

Here ya go. The Belvedere is closer to 3rd ave. It’s surrounded by frame houses mostly, with a giant high rise luxury building at the corner of 4th and 12th.

It’s not a bad-looking block but Park Slope proper it is not.

Most definitely not.

I love the prominent poster on the front door advertising Greenpoint and Williamsburg condos…

So there have you: Park Slope Gowanus is the new Greenpoint!

Miss Heather

*I have been told by an anonymous source that someone who bought a unit at Belvedere III, which is admittedly the Pete Best of the Belvederes, ended up re-selling at a loss. Apparently he bought one of the quasi-legal “studio” apartments they are known for (READ: a minuscule first floor apartment with a fully appointed basement including— I shit you not— a sauna). It had problems with flooding.