East Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Slice

April 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Street Art 

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From Montrose Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Have A Good Evening!

April 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

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From Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: HOLY SH*T!

April 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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This rather unconventional take on double parking comes courtesy of Graham T. Beck. He writes:

Hey,

I walked out of my apartment to take a jog this afternoon, and the attached is what I saw…

According to an eye-witness, the driver of the white van was fleeing some undercover cops, doing about 100mph down Manhattan Avenue. Between India and Huron, the driver of the white van struck a young blonde woman, approximately 20 years old.

After the collision, the driver continued North along the Avenue.

At Dupont Street, the driver of the white van apparently lost control of his the vehicle and crashed into the black SUV, which was forced backwards on top of the station wagon.

The pedestrian’s condition is unknown. The driver of the white van was detained by the police.

I suspect I speak for many when I say my sincerest wishes are with the loved ones of the innocent bystander who was killed by this asshole. For those of you who are wondering, the next 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting will be on May 18th. I strongly recommend that each and every person who is outraged by this woman’s senseless death make it a point to attend.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 10:19 a.m., 4/28/09: The New York Daily News has written a piece about this incident. You can read it by clicking here. Streetsblog also has a great piece which you can read here.

UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.; I just received these images and commentary from Laura Hofmann.

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I came home from school to learn that there had been a shootout on Nassau Ave. A car chase down Manhattan Ave. A young girl hit & killed. And three cars piled onto each other across from my building.

The captain of the 94th can stand on his head from now until doomsday and he won’t convince me that there’s no crime problem happening in Greenpoint. We’re not even half way through 2009 and Greenpoint has a long list of problems going on!

Photo Credits: Graham T. Beck & Laura Hofmann

In Other News…

April 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Those of you who happen to live in East Williamsburg and happen to be craving Thai food, I regret to inform you that I bear some very bad news.

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Pagoda, which is located on Graham Avenue, is closed until further notice. Why is this so, you ask?

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Let’s just say the they’re feeling a little under the weather.

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Pagoda Restaurant
333 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

If you happen to walk by this establishment for god’s sake do NOT light a match!

Miss Heather

WOW, That’s Really Ugly!

April 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Abjectecture, Williamsburg 

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This is one of the most hideous things I have seen built in north Brooklyn.

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I assure you this is no small achievement.

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Congratulations 147 Maujer Street…

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you’re a building so poorly constructed and downright hideous…

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it even made you throw up.

Miss Heather

P.S.: It looks like your neighbors don’t care much for you either.

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Or one of your workers doesn’t quite have a command over the whole window concept, e.g.;

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they’re installed with the express purpose of being opened. There’s really no need to DIY it.

The 460 Clinton Avenue Panopticon

April 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Clinton Hill, Dog Shit Signage 

This week our good friend Richard came to town. I wanted to go to East Williamsburg; the Mister wanted to go to the Navy Yard. We did both— which presented a problem. Outside the confines of 11211, 11222, 11206, and 11237 I get fuzzy. What’s more the Mister and I engender the same belief about maps: they’re for assholes. Which brings me to this.

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As Bugs Bunny would say:

I took a wrong turn at Albuqueque.

While the Mister was deciphering our misdirection I spied the following bit of dog shit signage.

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The Block SEES YOU
MORNING & NIGHT
This is not a poopy park. Please taKe your dogs poop home and & flush! Don’t think the Block Watchers Don’t SEE you. You have lined the front of this house with poop. You continue to fill my garbage can with your dog poop. You have NOW forced ME to install A CAMERA. Please, Please take poop home & flush. Thank you. 460 Clinton Avenue.

The verbose nature of this sign, generous use of duct tape and random capital letters leads me to believe this person is serious. Or seriously pissed off.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Oy Vey!

April 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Street Art, Williamsburg 

oyveynys

From Graham Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Redemption

April 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: Clinton Hill, Williamsburg 

Sunday is (ostensibly) a day of rest and spiritual contemplation in most of north Brooklyn. Hence why I’m going to end this day’s posts with the following.

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Abandon all hope ye who use this pay phone (on Graham Avenue).

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But redemption can be found down the street.

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Sort of.

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Per Captain Zorikh this is the place to get it. For the record 182 Graham Avenue is a SRO. Single. Room. Occupancy. Where, long ago, I had one of the most interesting— and curiously enough— least degrading (but odd) interviews for a sublet I have ever had. You can leave it to Dutch dominatrix to separate the wheat from the chaff. Or give me street cred for looking at a lavender wall replete with paddles, whips, chains and not being perturbed. In my (admittedly limited) experience the above-board sexual perverts (and I mean this in the kindest way) are benign. It’s the co-called normal ones, e.g.; bohunks wearing New York Yankees ball caps incorrectly (READ: backwards) who are dangerous.* But I digress.

A few years later I went to a party in same said building and told Mister Heather:

Had I not landed the apartment we have now, this is where I would have lived. You can still see the indentations where the restraints were anchored to the wall.

I failed miserably in the cooler-than-thou world that is the East Williamsburg apartment share scene. Which is curious because I excel at failure— something many East Williamsburg artists court— albeit ironically. I suppose I didn’t look stylish enough in my desperation. Or was *gasp* TOO OLD. So in Greenpoint remained. THANK GOD.

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The Love Chapel: R.I.P. and available to rent!

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But Jesus still saves.

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And Satan is around the corner!

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You want redemption? The best place I found today was on Navy Street in DUMBO. Good luck.

Miss Heather

*Those of you who seek them can find them in the East Village.

Williamspoint Video Du Jour: The Hungry March Band

April 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

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As promised here is a a little footage of the Hungry March Band strutting their stuff at yesterday’s Kite Fest. Playing on the baseball diamond proved to be too hot to handle (because it was— SWELTERING— I can attest to this personally) so they decided to take their show on the road. Enjoy!

Those of you who want to learn more about the Hungry March Band (or simply want to listen to more music!) can do so by clicking here and here.

Miss Heather

Has Anyone Seen Brooklyn?

April 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

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The cat, that is. When I found these fliers posted up and down Manhattan Avenue today my heart broke. If anyone has seen this Queen of felines named after the finest borough in New York City please contact her owner at the above telephone number or via email at:

kateapple (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks!

Miss Heather