Word Of The Day: Craftsmanship

November 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

For those of you who are wondering what caliber of workmanship $400,000 – $500,000 will purchase in Greenpoint nowadays the following images (taken of the Viridian on Thanksgiving Day) should prove to be quite illuminating.

The previous craptastic footage begs the following tantalizing question:

If these defects are clearly visible to passersby, what other latent defects does this development sport?

I suppose when one is paying for amenities like virtual golf, a gazing pool, rooftop cabanas (which I have been told have a splendid view of the shit tits) and a concierge such trivialities don’t really matter.

Miss Heather

Credits: Merriam Webster Online Dictionary

Reader Contribution du Jour: THANK YOU

November 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit Signage, Long Island City 

This choice morsel of post-Turkey Day goodness hails from across the pond in Long Island City. Randy writes:

I am a regular reader of your blog who lives in LIC.  As I was out walking with my neighbors last week we came across this wonderful example of crap I thought you might be interested in.  Aside from the obvious recycleable items reaching over the top of the leaky bin, I found it interesting what they did NOT want to be deposited inside.  Maybe the owner prefers that the dog shit is left on the OUTSIDE for everyone to enjoy…..

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Right back at ya, Randy. Great find!

Miss Heather

Stocking Stuffers Of The Fur Kind!

November 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

’nuff said!

Miss Heather

From Mackerelville To Dangertown

November 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Lest you think you think you have little to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day my fellow Greenpointers, life could be much, much worse. The Garden Spot of the Universe did not have a very happy turkey day 125 years ago. Don’t believe me? Read this article from the November 29, 1883 edition Brooklyn Daily Eagle and see for yourself.

What constituted “Dangertown” here in 11222, you ask? I’m saving that for an extra juicy post! Otherwise lest any of you are wondering “Crow Hill” is now known as Crown Heights. It was given this moniker because it was an African-American community. And next year we will have an African-American president. How times have changed— for the better!

Be kind to your neighbors today. Love them for who they are, not what they are. We’re all in this together.

Miss Heather

Brooklyn Photo du Jour: No Standing St. Nick!

November 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Clinton Hill, Navy Yard 

From Franklin Avenue.

Miss Heather

Thanksgiving, Black Friday And Beyond!

November 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Clinton Hill, Ft. Greene, Greenpoint Magic 

First off, busy or forgetful oenophiles in Greenpoint will be happy to know Dandelion Wine will be open today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to serve your vino needs!

Dandy Wine
153 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

I don’t know about you, but the one thing I really love about New York City on a holiday weekend is the peace and quiet: e.g.; the two percenters are out of town! What’s more, there’s no need to go to Manhattan to do your holiday shopping this weekend. There’s plenty of action here in north(ish) Brooklyn. Fuck chain stores! Here are a couple (more) places you can get your gift-giving on. And benefit small businesses to boot!

Miss Wit (the brains behind this shirt and bona fide Sunset Parker to boot) will be at large at the ‘Flea this Sunday. Or you can make her acquaintance the previous day in *sniff* Manhattan.

If it doesn’t involve riding the G train I am not interested. 99.44% of what’s worthwhile in life is the journey, not the destination. Anyone who has patronized the Crosstown Local as long (or longer) than I have will tell you this.

The Brooklyn Flea
Sunday, November 30, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
357 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11238

Last— but hardly least— Greenpoint’s very own Dalaga is having a sale. With champagne, no less! Per their press release:

Come on in and don’t worry about the cold… we will be serving champagne Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to warm you up. Let’s get this gorgeous holiday started!

Indeed.

Dalaga
150 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 1122
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Free champagne = I’m there!

Miss Heather

Happy Thanksgiving From Greenpoint!

November 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Here are some bits of Greenpoint goodness for this Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy!

Meserole Avenue.

Newel Street.

Norman Avenue.

Monitor Street.

McGuinness Boulevard.

India Street.

Franklin Street.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Miss Heather

Happy Thanksgiving From New York Shitty!

November 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

It is the stroke of midnight and I’m still cookin’ and a cleanin’. I was chopping up jalapenos earlier this evening and listening to the Beastie Boys. That’s when it hit me: the following song would be the perfect way to usher in this Thanksgiving Day. Gratitude: Brooklyn style!

More Turkey Day goodness to come. Now if you don’t mind I’m going to tend my beans.

Miss Heather

Curious Happenings At Ichiran

November 26, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

On Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 11:45 a.m. I wrote:

After serving up free samples of soup last year and months of inactivity, something appears to be happening at 1013 Manhattan Avenue. Will Ichiran be opening for business soon? If so, will it be a ramen shop? I do not know. But this storefront has been open the last three days and signs of human activity have been noted…

Check out this post on Williamsburg Is Dead. It looks like Ichiran will be gracing us with its presence. And soon!

Well it’s three months later and it would appear they have taken another (albeit odd) baby step towards opening.


It just gets curiouser and curiouser. In any case anyone interested in registering should make their way down to 1013 Manhattan Avenue without delay and fill out a registration form.

Ichiran
1013 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Freedom of the Press for NYC’s Bloggers

November 26, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

Speaking as someone who operates a blog I can safely assert that while I might shoulder some of the burdens shared by my friends in the print (READ: legit) media the same cannot be said about the benefits. I have been grilled by the police for taking photographs of Christmas decorations (of all things). A number of my colleagues (both in print and online) use my site as a source for news leads without citing it. Others filch images and/or intellectual property from New York Shitty and shill it as if they were their own. The previous know who they are and I see no need to mention them here.

In any case, there are a couple of blog-related items I have been meaning to pass along. First up this item I received from Queens Crap:

Dear Blogger:

ChangeNYC.Org, a new grassroots action network, was formed in part to empower New York City’s blogging community. We feel that as citizen journalists of the New Media, bloggers do a better job covering their neighborhoods, community issues, and local politics than the mainstream media. We are on the ground – in the grassroots – instantly reporting the news as we see it, free of corporate bias and control.

That’s why ChangeNYC.Org is taking a strong stand to support a lawsuit brought by civil rights attorney Norman Siegel on behalf of a City Hall blogger and two other online journalists denied press passes by New York City. We have just begun an online petition calling on the City to reform its press credentialing system to assert and protect the First Amendment rights of bloggers.

Please sign the petition below and post a link to it on your blogs, so we can show the City just how many people depend upon the work that you do:

http://www.petitiononline.com/12151791/petition.html

For more information on this lawsuit and the plaintiffs involved, check out this link:

http://truenewsfromchangenyc.blogspot.com/2008/11/freedom-of-press-for-nyc-bloggers.html

I have signed this petition. If you value reading (or writing) online content you should as well.

Last up, I have long mulled over creating a blog whose sole purpose is calling out miscreants for intellectual property theft and plagiarism. Obviously I have never gotten around to this. I’m a busy Greenpointer. Thankfully I do not need to: someone has already done it.

The site is called You Thought We’d Wouldn’t Notice…but we did and while its primary emphasis seems to be things artistic the above item should be of interest to anyone who has had their online images appropriated without their permission. Do give it a read. Those of you who wish to make a submission can learn how by clicking here.

Miss Heather