From The New York Shitty Inbox: More About The Garden Spot Cafe

April 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

C writes:

Spoke to a source [My landlord] who apparently owns the building greenpoint coffee house was in, and says they’re planning on opening the garden spot cafe by june 1st, redoing it all, menu and etc, w/ barbecue and pot roast and etc, and get this: a garden! Apparently there’s a back yard on Green Street the coffee house didn’t have access to, but they’re going to be opening it up.

Can’t wait for summers in the sun.

From the looks of things I’d say they have their work cut out for them!

Garden Spot Cafe
Opening Date: June 1, 2010
195 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Show N Tell

April 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Green Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: The Vet Speaks!

April 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Remember that post I wrote about a veterinarian opening shop on Nassau Avenue? Well, today I received an email from the vet himself. His name is Brad Seaman and he is a very nice guy.

Officially: you are the first press I’ve gotten and I love that its coming from a blog founded on mapping dog crap  :)  Hi – I’m Brad, the guy starting Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital.  I should be opening within a few weeks, just tying up some loose ends with equipment and whatnot.  I’m from Cincinnati, OH and have been practicing for 5 years.  My first veterinary job was in Southampton, NY, (oldetowneanimalhosp.com) and I stayed there for two years.  Great first job, exciting place to live, famous clients (accidentally slammed the door on Jon Stewart as I was going into a deli once)…but not the kind of area where I wanted to live long term.  After that I moved back to Cincinnati to join my dad (also a vet) at his hospital (madeira-vet.com) – my picture is still up on the main page, tall guy all the way on the right.  Stayed in Cincinnati for 3 years and had a great time working with my dad, but took a vacation to Brooklyn several months ago to visit friends from vet school and fell in love with this part of town.  And a friend made me realize the need for vet care in this area and gave me a ton of advice on starting a clinic.  So here I am…

And on a completely unrelated note: know anyone who’d be interested in doing an animal themed graffiti on the clinic security gate?

I know damned well that the Garden Spot sports some of the most mad-talented people to be found. Let’s trick out this burglar gate with style! If you are interested in helping Brad with this endeavor— or know someone who is— shoot me an email at missheather (at) newyorkshitty (dot) com. I will gladly forward your inquiries. Thanks!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Perch

April 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

From Driggs Avenue.

Miss Heather

Coming To 85 Driggs Avenue: Donia Cafe

April 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

My buddy over at Brooklyn Imbecile beat me to the punch on this one. He writes:

Back in early February, I posted an item wondering what was going down at Greenpoint’s least consistently open cafe on the corner of Driggs Avenue & Monitor Street.  There have been power tools going and lights on inside ever since and now we know that yet another cafe is, “Opening Soon”.   Donia sounds Italian to me, like a form of Donna.  I wouldn’t get your hopes up. They may be “Opening Soon”, but based on this location’s past, it may be closing soon, too.

Methinks Donia will be Middle Eastern fare. Here’s why:

  1. The permits issued for this property.
  2. I have found no liquor license applications for this property whatsoever. Muslims disdain serving spirits (which is understandable given their beliefs).
  3. The Greenpoint Law of (over)Abundance: we have a falafel/kebab cart on Noble Street, Mediterranean Shawarma and God Bless Deli on Manhattan Avenue both; Kestane Kebab on Nassau Avenue and Bagels On The Run, once again on Manhattan Avenue. The latter-most is renovating and will be serving Gyro goodness.

It is only natural that Donia Cafe will be a Middle Eastern restaurant. Not that I am complaining, mind you. My falafels are exploding with delight!

Donia Cafe
85 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

In any case I suspect the Brooklyn Imbecile and I agree that we hope this place sticks.*

Miss Heather

*If it is Italian, I buy. It if is Middle Eastern the Imbecile buys! F*ck it, I’ll buy either way.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Culinary Conquest

From Boneshakers at 134 Kingsland Avenue.

Miss Heather

BREAKING: Fire At 1115 Manhattan Avenue

March 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

When I heard the sirens I knew something was up. When this kept going on for a good five minutes I knew it was bad. So I tossed on my coat and headed down to see what’s up.

It certainly looks bad. In the meantime here’s what little I know (courtesy of Jake Dobkin— thanks!): it is a 2 alarm fire and a resident of this building is being treated for injuries. Exactly what those injuries are has yet to be determined. Yikes!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 11:51 p.m.: Here are some more shots courtesy of a tipster.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Vet In Greenpoint?

March 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Mike C. writes:

Miss Heather,

This must have sprung up near overnight because I haven’t noticed it all. There’s a new vet opening on nassau and eckford. Maybe you reported on this and I haven’t seen the post, but they are in the phase where the IT guy is involved (he’s who I spoke to there) so they must be pretty far along.

Needless to say I headed down today without delay.

Sure enough, it would appear the Garden Spot is slated to get a veterinarian’s office! I asked the gentleman working atop the scaffolding is he had any idea as to when this establishment was going to open. He said he didn’t know. Given what I saw on the ground floor, I’d say soon.

What’s more, Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital is conveniently located off the Nassau Avenue stop of the G train and the B48 bus! But let’s defer to the experts: the hardworking chaps from National Grid working across the street. They took a keen interest in my keen interest in this establishment. After I offered to take their portrait (because they offered to take mine) we got down to brass tacks.

Me: As far as I know Greenpoint doesn’t have a veterinarian. People have to go to Long Island City or Williamsburg. This is a big deal.
National Grid Dude (talking to one of his comrades): You know, now that I think of it, I haven’t seen a veterinarian office here.
Me: It’s conveniently located near the G train and the B48 bus to boot!
N.G.B.: This is a good location. Smart move on their part.
Me: I’m going to alert my readers to this. I write a blog about north Brooklyn and I’m always getting asked about veterinarians in Greenpoint.
N.G.B.: You write a blog? Cool.
Me: Thanks. By the way, if you haven’t tried Kestane Kebab just down the street, you should. It’s very tasty.

Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital
Opening Date: t.b.d.
111 Nassau Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(347) 529-4345

I am pleased to report the National Grid guys have tried Kestane Kebab and found their fare tasty. I advised them to try the lentil soup next time. They promised they would. To be continued?

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: McGuinness Boulevard

March 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken March 31, 2010.

Miss Heather

Spotted At T & N Wine & Liquor: Chicks & Bunnies

March 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

When I hopped off the bus after today’s sojourn I encountered this, the latest window display at T & N Wine and Liquor. As you can see it is garnering a great deal of attention. When I arrived home my inbox was filled with inquiries as to what is going to happen to these chicks after Easter. Here’s the scoop per this establishment’s proprietor, Chris. CAVEAT: this story does not have a happy ending.

Chris purchased these chicks from a hatchery. He ordered twenty five of them so they tossed in one more (the dark one) for free. Believe it or not these little ones were delivered via the United States Postal Service. He had to go to our illustrious post office to pick them up. After Easter they will go to a farm a friend of his owns upstate. Here they will live for six weeks. After that they will be dinner. Apparently this variety of chicken is has been bred/engineered for body mass. After six weeks their legs can no longer support their bodies.

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me— nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.— Hamlet

Miss Heather

UPDATE, April 1, 2010: I have just learned that Chris has changed his plan. Anyone who wants a chick after Easter can have one. Oh yeah, as for the rabbits: they belong to a friend.

UPDATE, April 2, 2010: It would appear that NBC surfs blogs for leads. As it would happen I spoke with the proprietor of T & N Wine and Liquor last night. He told me that the reporter said they learned about his display “on the Internet”.