What Is This?

October 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I spied this storefront at the intersection Franklin and Eagle Street last weekend. Although this space has been occupied for some time, I noticed the windows now read “Ruby Supplies”.

Whatever “Rubys” is it’s pretty darned big; it extends into the adjacent storefront (at 225 Franklin). It does not appear to be a bar or a restaurant. Anyone have an idea what is going on here? If so, please share!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Monday Afternoon

October 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Audience Participation Time: Dress Sal Up With Your Love!

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Whenever the weather was dreary (like today) my mother always made sure I had plenty of activities to keep me busy. She learned pretty early on this was a good policy as otherwise I would find ways to keep myself entertained —most of which were highly amusing but nonetheless destructive. Dumping sand from a jade plant into my parent’s water bed in the wee hours of the morning and raiding their spice cabinet and proceeding to dump the contents into a pile in the middle of my bedroom floor, I have been told, were a couple of my feats as a toddler. To this day she doesn’t know how the hell I pulled off the latter— and neither do I for that matter.

Anyhoo, I’ve been whiling away this craptastic afternoon by working on a little project. Which brings me to this.

Ever since I learned the good news about Sal a week ago I simply cannot get him off my mind. I really want to meet this chap —if for no other reason to meet the man “behind the mask” and give him a few wardrobe pointers. Alas, I doubt this will ever happen. So I have (with a little help from the Internets) created my own Sal.

What do you want Sal to wear and where? Do download/print the above jpg, modify as necessary and return it to me at missheather (at) newyorkshitty (dot) com. or better yet dump it in my photo pool. It’s a lot more fun than working and besides, I’d love to see what you all come up with! Now if you don’t mind off in search of a pair of bunny ears.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Gentrification Watch: Two Flags R.I.P.

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

It would appear that one of my favorite bits of Greenpointiana has finally succumbed to luxurification. Per the Department of Buildings web site they’re renovating the interior (which is purported to be a restaurant). So long, Two Flags. It was nice to know you. No matter what happens you’ll always be the “Doof Center” to me.

Miss Heather

Great Moments in Real Estate Advertising: East Williamsburg

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

This makes me wonder exactly who— or I suppose I should say WHAT— has been looking for a room to rent on Stagg Street recently. Extraterrestrials? Cyborgs? Cats and dogs who have tossed convention by the wayside and want to live together?

Miss Heather

Halloween Photos du Jour: East Williamsburg

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Devoe Street.

From Lorimer Street.

This post goes out to a man named Nicola. Had I not spied him shooting photographs of the above morsel of goodness I would have missed it. Thanks!

Miss Heather

Dung Of The Day: Alternative Energy

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

You can always leave it to East Williamsburg to keep things real. Especially when it comes to fighting dog crap— and believe you me Scholes Street has A LOT of doggie dumplings for the delectation. So much so they’re fighting back!

These people mean business, folks. As do their neighbors down the street, albeit they have taken a slightly different (and highly creative) approach to the dog shit problem.

I knew as soon as I laid my eyes upon this rather unusual electrical set up it merited investigation.

Where does that cable go?

I asked myself.

Where else? I dessicated pile of dog shit. Canine torture device or a ground-breaking experiment in alternative energy? I’ll let you make the call.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos du Jour: Civil Unrest

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

From Scholes Street, East Williamsburg.

From the Smith & 9th bound platform of the Crosstown Local at Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

Noteworthy Linkage: Big Bad Sarah

October 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

Being as today’s offerings on New York Shitty are dedicated to Little Joe I felt it only proper to finish the day with some of his amazingly piquant and precocious observations. On October 16, 2008 Bed Stuy Banana wrote:

Last night Little Joe and I were eating dinner and he says, “Sarah is bad.” Now there is a little red-haired girl in his class who simply adores him, and her name happens to be Sarah. But he’s fickle as far as Sarah goes, some days he likes her and some days he doesn’t…

It gets even more interesting from there. Do give this post a read. It’ll give you a chuckle.

Miss Heather

Times Are Tough Indeed!

October 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Earlier today my buddy over at Queens Crap forwarded me this story from the New York Daily News. I glanced at the contents. I found them hardly surprising. I did, however, find the following comment* compelling:

THIS PROPERTY IS IN WILLIAMSBURG, NOT GREENPOINT. 235 JACKSON STREET “11211″. This reporter should do some fact checking before they try to smear a neighborhood. Greenpoint property values have actually risen 6% (not dropped) because we didn’t have all the overdevelopment of cheap ugly condos that Williamsburg did..

Whoa dude! That’s some pretty rough stuff to throw at a gal drinking her first cup of morning coffee. In addition, I fail to see why there is really any difference between over-development in Williamsburg and over-development in Greenpoint: it’s all crap no matter how you cut it. Or is it? Which brings me to the curious conversation I overheard in front of the following building on Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg this afternoon.

Man #1: Hello there!
Man #2: Give me a bag of blow.

WOW. You know it truly has become a buyer’s market when they start demanding perquisites like Bolivian marching powder!

Miss Heather

*I have a very, VERY good idea who is responsible for this comment.