More Thoughts Of The Day: Garden Spot Style!

June 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Green Street

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Don’t let anyone put you down without your consent. — Eleanor Roosevelt

West Street

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Java Street

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art

FRED

Miss Heather

Thought Of The Day: Meadow Street

June 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Street Art, Williamsburg 

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lost yourself into a workland of well kafted crafted metal metals,, may your heart find gold,, young son

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: South 2nd Street

June 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Street Art, Williamsburg 

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This one goes out to all you fathers out there. Today is your special day!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Saints & Siding

June 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

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From Olive Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Video Du Jour: Howl

June 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Advanced Life Forms, Greenpoint Magic 

There are many times I have considered erecting web cam so as to document the occasionally disturbing and often entertaining and ever-evolving “street theater” that takes place on Manhattan Avenue in the wee hours of the morning. I mention this because last night I pulled an “all nighter” preparing a friend’s costume for the Mermaid Parade. At times it got pretty tedious, if not a downright boring. Fortunately at around 3:30 a.m. (when I was growing very weary) I received a little unexpected and much appreciated pick-me-up in the way of a late night soliloquy.

Which brings me to the following video; I am not too sure what the fly in this man’s proverbial ointment was and truth be told I do not think he knew either. But I have to concede that he has quite an economy with words. Especially a certain four letter one which happens to start with “F”— in all its manifold incarnations, usages, and conjugations.

He marched up and Manhattan Avenue shouting his screed for some time. No one seemed to take notice, much less care. That is until the very end of our feature when a woman rather vocally objects to his “language”— while using a little of her own!

Their exchange had a Johnny and June Carter Cash meets north Brooklyn quality I found quite compelling, so be sure to listen for it at the end. Enjoy!

Anyone out there know how I can take the audio when this man screams “Fuck that shit!” and make it the ring tone for my cell? I ask because the more I think about it, the more I really want to make this happen.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Industriana

June 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek, Street Art, Williamsburg 

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Cherry Street

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Porter Avenue

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Meadow Street

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STOP

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Bogart Street

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Morgan Avenue

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: “Shotgun”

June 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

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Ordinarily this would qualify as a “person in my neighborhood” but “Shotgun” (as seen in the above photo at right) was so extraordinary I felt he deserved a post of his own. Here it is.

Yesterday and friend and I went for a walk. Just to mix things up I decided we would go to the “hinterlands” of the Garden Spot— in other words: east of Kingsland Avenue, due south to the on ramp to the Kosciuszko Bridge and beyond.

It was at the intersection of Vandervoort Avenue and Cherry Street— an area which can best be described as the “armpit” of Greenpoint— that we encountered a truck selling watermelons, potatoes, fruits, nuts and vegetables. And a very unexpected ray of sunshine.

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Or would that be “Shotgun”  Having interfaced with a number of gun nuts in my life— mostly from the south— I asked the proprietor what gives.

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After striking a pose (actually two) he told me:

That’s my nickname! Are you a visitor?

Me: Yes, I’m a visitor… from THAT (pointing north) end of Greenpoint.

SHOTGUN: Greenpoint? That’s (pointing north) over there!

Me: But I am over here! I like to be a tourist in my own neighborhood…

(Laughter)

Me: I hope you have some earplugs or aspirin, Shotgun. How can you deal with all this noise?

SHOTGUN:

Hell, I’m 70 years old. I can take it!

(Even more laughter)

Anyone who can spend 8+ hours next to the:

  • loudest
  • filthiest and
  • overall depressing

part of the Garden Spot and still have a sense humor, much less display a joie de vivre rarely seen by anyone nowadays, gets my infinite respect, admiration, and yes— affection.

I really like you, Shotgun. You rock!

Miss Heather

*Lest I have offended anyone by calling this area such, it was not intended. I use this term with tongue firmly placed in cheek.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Something For The Kids

June 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

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From Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

Cookie Road: Open At Last!

June 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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After receiving numerous inquiries and beginning to wonder if this place would ever “happen” I am pleased to announce that, at long last, Cookie Road has opened for business! When did this most auspicious event come to pass, you ask? TODAY, that’s when!

I asked the co-proprietors what took them so long. Apparently they “checked off the wrong box” on one item in their paperwork. (You gotta love bureaucracy). Follows are a few delectable items you can expect to find if— or better yet, WHEN— you drop by.

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An exotic assortment of iced tea, both sweetened and unsweetened. I tried the coconut “flavor”. It was pretty tasty and definitely quenched my thirst after walking for five hours.*

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Canine-shaped cookies.

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Pigs and a little bling.

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An assortment of quiches and cakes. Well, there used to be an assortment. As you can see as of 6:00 p.m. today it has been pretty picked over. And of course, my personal passion:

keylime tarts

Key lime goodness!

And of special interest to java enthusiasts: Cookie Road serves all manner and variety of caffeinated drinks— including, but not limited to cafe latte, espresso, cappuccino. Why not swing by this weekend and congratulate these very nice folks for making their long-awaited debut?

Cookie Road
97 Oak Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Happy indulging!

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To close on a Franklin Street related note today I saw signs of activity at 162 Franklin Street, better known Casa Mon Amour. I talked to guys up and got the scoop. They are interested in opening a “small plate”, “American restaurant/grill”, but had some concerns about the conditions of the space.

It is a mess.

one of them said. I told them it was an excellent location to set up shop but to please, PLEASE keep the entrees reasonable, e.g.; UNDER $15.00**. They assured me they would. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Miss Heather

*From Greenpoint to Flushing Avenue and back. Man, I’m beat.

**And under NO CIRCUMSTANCES open a Thai Restaurant. We have enough already.

Presenting The WTF Building

June 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I suspect I speak for many in north Greenpoint when I say that I am happy this week’s film shoot on Manhattan Avenue is over. It was kind of novel at first but after a day or two of being redirected to side streets by lackeys bearing walkie talkies it became a more than a little annoying. However, I did reap something positive— or at the very least interesting— out of the experience. Like finding the following at 188 Freeman Street.

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I have seen a lot of strange shit construction-wise in Greenpoint over the years but this one takes the cake. Follows is a shot taken after the folks at S & M Construction (I am not kidding— that is who is responsible for this) have called it a day.

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I have to hand these folks credit for making this site “airtight”. Hell, it’s a jolly big blue fortress replete with concertina wire. But it does raise the question as whether their goal is to keep people out or to keep people in?

Very peculiar indeed.

Miss Heather