New York Shitty Day Ender: Vandervoort Avenue

East Williamsburg: it’s not for the feint of heart.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Question Of The Day

March 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Have you ever asked yourself what is the difference between Greenpoint and the Ninth Ward of New Orleans other than, say, the latter was pulverized by a cataclysmic force of nature? If so, today I learned the answer.

According to a scouting agent for HBO, apparently nothing.

Miss Heather

P.S.: I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this.

UPDATE, March 11, 2010: It has been brought to my attention by several folks that Treme will be shooting footage in Greenpoint that will actually depict New York City. I know, I know. I’m just as surprised as you are. Especially in light of the fact a substantial part our fair nabe’s  waterfront has been given a make-over so as to imitate Atlantic City and there are in fact parts of Greenpoint that look like they have been on the business end of the wrath of god. You can read more by clicking here and here.

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Secret Party

March 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Driggs Avenue.

Miss Heather

Greenburg Photos Du Jour: Two Of A Kind

South 5 Street


Manhattan Avenue

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Nassau Avenue Crater Fixed!

March 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Remember the crater/portal at the intersection of Newel Street and Nassau Avenue that Jay Lombard brought to my attention January 28, 2010? It took six weeks— but it has been repaired!

He writes:

This isn’t earth shattering-ly amazing news BUT it was nice to see. Remember that photo I sent a few weeks ago of the large hole in the street on Nassau? Well, it was repaired recently and I like to think that calling 311 helped get it fixed a little faster than not reporting it at all. Won’t know the answer to that, but they did a damn fine job patching it up! Now if only we could stop drivers (and pedestrians) from texting when they should be watching where they’re going then the streets of NYC will be safe for EVERY body.

I even saw a dude texting while riding his bike down manhattan ave – at least he was in the bike lane.

Ha

As it would happen I spent a great deal of my time today communicating with a buddy of mine who is a community liaison for our State Assemblyman: Joe Lentol. First we discussed the lack of proper sanitation on Eagle Street. Then we went over the chicken feet at the American Playground. What does it say about our city when it takes six weeks to fix a pothole and a State Assemblyman feels compelled to raise said city’s awareness of quality of life issues in Greenpoint? The answer is very simple: not much.

Miss Heather

Found On Freeman Street: A Very Special Kitty

In the hopes of a repeat of Socks’s triumphant return to his rightful owner I present to you this found cat flier from Manhattan Avenue. No gender is indicated but I seriously doubt there are many black cats with extra toes running amok on Freeman Street. If you know to whom this lad (or lass) belongs please contact his (or her) good Samaritan at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, March 16, 2010: I have been told this kitty is safely back at home! Anne writes:

Kitty, temporary named “Bathroom Cat”, was claimed by his owner on the first floor of the building the next day (March 10).  Bathroom cat was awesome and fat.  And that is that.

Now At The American Playground: Chicken Feet

March 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The above photographs come courtesy of a(nother) lady named Heather. She writes:

What’s up with American Playground!!! For the past two days they’ve been burning what smells like plastic on the next door construction lot (illegal?), today there was chicken parts all over… my son picked up a foot – yuck! and drunk bums that broke a pint bottle and just left the glass! Aaahhhh – is there anyone that I can give complaints to that will actually do something?

Some of you might recall I encountered a live chicken in this park two years ago: Larry Bird. This may seem like an inexplicable occurrence but when one takes into consideration that there is a poultry facility located next door it is not unreasonable to presume this is from which my feathered friend originated. As for the above-depicted item, well, I seriously doubt it simply walked there.

When I strolled down Noble Street this morning the gents at Eastern Poultry were busy hosing out their trucks.

Don’t let their dour, business-like demeanor fool you: my presence was a source of considerable mirth. Or at least that’s what their wolf-calls and whistles would suggest. Amusingly enough when I started filming they got “shy”. No worries, when I stopped they resumed their “merrymaking”.

I have already expounded upon the standard operating procedure for this complaint (and any other, for that matter): call 311, file a complaint, get a complaint number and tender this number along with any and all details to your local community board*. Given that we’re probably dealing with illegal dumping of material that is (or I would consider to be) hazardous I would also forward this information to:

1. The New York City Parks Department (who, I would like to note, had an employee cleaning this space when I walked by this morning).
2. The New York City Department of Sanitation
3. The New York State Department of Environmental Protection
4. Our City Councilman: Steve Levin
5. Our State Assemblyman, Joseph Lentol

If anyone out there has more advice for my friend Heather please tender them via comments. This is not only unacceptable, it is disgusting and a public health hazard. Our community deserves better than this.

Miss Heather

*It should be noted that Community Board 1 (which serves Greenpoint and Williamsburg) is having their monthly meeting TONIGHT.

LAST GASP: Socks Has Been Found!

Okay, I was going to call it an early night— but then I received this email. It is too cool NOT to pass along ASAP. Remember a cat by the name of Socks whose flier I posted yesterday? Well, he’s safe and sound at home! His person, a lady named Genia, recounts how this wonderful happening came to pass:

Hi Miss Heather:

It was my lost cat flyer that you posted on your blog.  I wanted to thank you so much because, nothing short of a miracle, it worked!  The persons who found Socks, back on Feb. 13, about ten blocks away on Humboldt, saw the photo on your blog today, and called me and sent a pic of Socks, and indeed it was him.  A young Polish woman, named Adriana and her family, took him in two days after he was missing.  She said he was sitting at the doorstep to her building, looking cold and sad, as if he was waiting to be let in.  Bless the people of Greenpoint who look after the animals in the neighborhood.  I am so relieved to know that he was well taken care of for these past three weeks just when the weather was so brutal.  So some happy news due to your championing of local causes, big and small.

All best, Genia Gould, Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts

Thanks for sharing this Genia. It made my day!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: 239 Banker Street

March 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken March 6, 2010.

Miss Heather

TONIGHT: Pigeon Life

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, look no further. Thanks to the miracle that is the New York Shitty inbox I’ve found it. Or would it have found me? In any case it is called “Pigeon Life” and it will come to pass at Pete’s Candy Store. Here’s the 411 per their press release:

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT???

PIGEON LIFE!
An Investigation in to a Filthy Bird Slum w/Jamie Hook
Monday, March 8, 2010, 7:30pm

Lorimer Street between Meserole and Calyer is home to a bona-fide pigeon slum.  Filthy birds congregate there in curious density, forsaking adjacent inviting areas to crowd in a building-side favela of avian vice and depravity.  Most mysteriously, they are supported in their wayward lifestyle by some unseen neighborhood abettor, who reliably finds the most fetid offal form the local garbage bins to sustain (or poison?) these flying rodents: rotten vegetables, maggoty meat, and moldy bread are just a few of the regular leavings that join the lice-encrusted feathers and fecal whitewash littering the sidewalk.  Who is the filthy enabler, and why do they do it?  Why does the Rite Aid not stop them?  What is the neighborhood consensus on this menace?  Join Jamie Hook for a hard-hitting Powerpoint investigation.

NOTE: As March 8 is the presenter’s birthday, refreshments will be served!!

JAMIE HOOK is the curator of Open City Dialogue. He has previously lectured on Barry White and Santa Claus–both of whom really get him going.  His theatre work includes the coast-to-coast fringe smash Point Break Live!  His film work includes August Wilson’s only screen role in The Naked Proof.  His writing has appeared in Vogue, Harpers and The Village Voice.

So there have you. If any of you, dear readers, check this out I expect a review in my inbox or comments by tomorrow morning.

PIGEON LIFE!
Monday, March 8, 2010 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Pete’s Candy Store

709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

Image Credits: Pete’s Candy Store