From The New York Shitty Inbox: And Then There Were Two

I am sad to announce that one of the Huron Street kittens died last night despite the best efforts of their caretaker, Lisa, to keep him alive. As you can imagine I am not happy about this, but given how this poor little guy’s life started I cannot honestly say I am surprised. But this is not to suggest that all the news Lisa relayed to me was bad news. The two older kittens (presumably brother and sister) are responding to some much needed TLC— albeit in fits and starts. Lisa writes:

Sad news. The other tiny kitten died last night. His eye was oozing pus & he wasn’t nursing but I still had hopes for him. He got fluids and antibiotics but was also infested with fleas. I’ve seen neonatal kittens get blood transfusions, but have never seen one live through it. So fragile. If you think it’s appropriate, I’d still like to give him a name.

The other two are good. Goopy eyes and difficult to nurse with the bottle, they are eating a little on their own. They have teeth and are right on the cusp of weaning, often a difficult transition for even healthy bottle babies.

Your readers have been incredible. Almost everything on my list was purchased and is on the way to Greenpoint Bottle Baby Headquarters! Thank you and everyone! I’ll get some personal notes out when I get a minute. Also some very generous paypal donations that will go towards vaccines and felv/fiv testing.

New photos coming. I finally have some time after doing double shifts cat-sitting and (yikes!) dog watching!

I would like to take a moment to thank those who made donations to help these little ones get the food, medication and medical attention they so badly need. They cannot live on love alone. In addition, I know for a fact that Lisa is currently fostering three litters of abandoned kittens/bottle babies at the time she took these young ones in. This is an endeavor that would drain even the most dedicated person— physically, emotionally and monetarily. You can rest assured your contributions will be put to good use.

One example of the great work Lisa does fostering kittens is reputedly going to accompany her at this upcoming weekend’s adoption event at Muddy Paws.

Meet Nemo. He too is from Greenpoint (Russell Street) and in the above photograph he is blissed out on a tummy full of kitty formula. Of you have a moment this Sunday why not swing by and say “Hi” to Nemo and his pals?

North Brooklyn Cats Adoption Event
April 18, 2010 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Muddy Paws
447 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

In closing I would like everyone to know that I not only tracked down but last night had dinner with the good Samaritan who found the Huron Street kittens. She is an amazing woman. Even her manager (who contacted me via email!) concurs. But that is the stuff of another post. Stay tuned!

Miss Heather

Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: No Lie

It would appear that like the Garden Spot’s rating as the 5th most livable neighborhood in New York City by New York Magazine has gone to one G train patron’s head. You can (and should) see the above piece of Greenpoint glory in larger format by clicking here. Priceless.

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Mister Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: At Your Service

April 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

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.