Great Moments In Advertising: Mixed Signals

December 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I have been seeing a great many of these posters gracing Manhattan Avenue of late. Speaking as someone who has seen A Christmas Story many, many times (who hasn’t?) I have to wonder what the spin wizards at Samsung are trying to get at here.

In any case I do not associate having one’s tongue stuck to a light pole (or anything else for that matter) as being a good thing.

Miss Heather

Thought Bubbles

December 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of New York Shitty reader, fellow Greenpointer and a very talented photographer named Katie Soloker. She writes:

Hey Heather! …I recently started taping up fun thought bubbles around Greenpoint and just wanted to share it with you!

Do check out the images from Katie’s thought bubble project at her web site. They’re a lot of fun!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Sleep Tight!

December 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I can think of no better way to end 2008 than with this festive window display from Manhattan Avenue. On that note today’s offerings on New York Shitty will be lite. In lieu of making Christmas dinner yours truly will be creating a New Year’s feast of gargantuan proportions. Wish me luck!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Fidel On North 6th Street

December 30, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

On this day in 1958 Batista’s regime took a serious hit courtesy of Fidel and a couple of friends.* A few years earlier on this date Ma Heather was born. Happy birthday mom.

Miss Heather

*Like Che Guevara— who I prefer over Castro (to Mister Heather’s disdain). I favor slain idealists over living dictators wearing jogging suits.

Reader Contribution Du Jour: G Is For…


This evening I received a most curious email from a gentleman named Angel. It was entitled “A step up from Dog Shit, as seen on the G on Court Sq.” and it read as follows:

Here’s my 2 cents for before 08 comes to an end…

Me and my family saw this (and laughed hard as I took out the camera without hesitation) on our way into the first G car on Court Sq. (headed towards Greenpoint of course) First thing that came to my mind. “This is so material”

Intrigued, I clicked my way over to Gubatron’s flickr page. The following is what awaited my delectation.

I have to confess: this image gave me goosebumps. They were not of the warm and fuzzy “I just had my first kiss” variety. Rather, it was more like the onset of a case of stomach flu —which I suspect is what the person who left this, the most piquant and direct critique of Crosstown Local service I have ever beheld, was probably experiencing. What’s more, it is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on the G train. And for the record, that includes two subway masturbators and this.


The next time, dear readers, you get angry because you didn’t get a seat while commuting on our very own G train think of the above image. Sometimes it’s just better to stand.

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Gubatron

East Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Hot 4(4) Barack

December 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

From the Moore Street Market (AKA: La Marqueta).

From a boutique on Graham Avenue.

Miss Heather

P.S.: When I see things (like the above shirt sported by a mannequin with perpetually erect nipples) I have to wonder if Mr. Obama had any idea that he (as a Senator or President-elect) would get this kind of props.

NEXT WEEK: 4th Annual Walk & Ride

December 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Culture War, Manhattan, Williamsburg 

This item was forwarded to me by Ghost bikes. Although I do not operate a bicycle (or anything form of transportation sporting wheels), I have had a number of close calls as a pedestrian. And when I write “close” I mean landing on the hood of some gent’s car because he decided to make an illegal left-hand turn.* Ghost Bikes writes:

The NYC Street Memorial Project invites you to the 4th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk in remembrance of cyclists and pedestrians killed on the streets of NYC in 2008.  The ride, which will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2009, has 4 starting points: Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and lower Manhattan.

Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists killed on the street, installed in New York City in 2008. They will join a Memorial Walk to honor pedestrians killed in the past year in lower Manhattan.

For more details (including who will be remembered and any possible changes in the itinerary) check out Ghost Bikes web site.

Miss Heather

P.S.: On a related note, it would appear that Community Board 1 did a little “housecleaning” of the Transportation Committee over the holidays. Ho. Ho. Ho. For the full scoop point and click you way over to the Gowanus Lounge.

*Being the good little citizen I am I brought this to the NYPD’s attention. They refused to investigate it despite the fact I:

  • had his license plate number
  • two witnesses and
  • he left the scene of an accident.

Why, you ask? Because I was “not sufficiently injured”. ADVICE: if you have the misfortune of having the previous happen to you GO TO THE HOSPITAL. Even if your only injury is a bruise on your ass.

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Smells Like Southside Holiday Spirit!

December 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From South 1st Street.

Miss Heather

Lost In America

December 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Today I would like to pass along an email I received recently from film maker (and Greenpoint citizen) Ian Kennedy. He writes:

hey heather. happy holidays-

awhile back I sent you a trailer for a film I am making with Phil, legendary Greenpoint guy….I just finished the film and here is a new preview of the below for the video and myspace! thought u might be into it….thanks!

Although I have not seen the complete 16 45 minute feature (which Mr. Kennedy plans to show at East Coast Aliens in the near future) I heard from Phil personally that he really liked it. On that note I thought you would enjoy a sneak peek the new and improved trailer.

Uploaded by eonfilms

When I get the deets as to when (and where) Lost In America will be screened I will post them here. Otherwise you can track Mr. Kennedy’s progress via his myspace page.

Miss Heather

Word Of The Day: Proofreader

December 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

It would appear the River Ballel Barrel will be kicking things off with brunch on New Year’s Day.

River Barrel
160 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(718) 389-8881

Miss Heather

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