Happy Birthday, Mister Heather!

August 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

I suppose I could write something warm and fuzzy— but that isn’t my style. The Mister once said I was one of the least sentimental people he has ever met. I beg to differ. On that note, I’d like to pull up an oldie but goodie from a couple of years ago. I get all weepy-eyed reading it…

Tuesday Night

with laughter!

After tripping over the carton, my husband goes about feeding the cats like nothing happened. He asked why I was taking his picture. I tell him it is for an anthropological experiment. Note that the bag is now directly astride the carton. Still no beer, but it is looking encouraging.

Click on the above image to get the low-down on life with the Mister.

Enjoy!

Miss Heather

Southside Photo Du Jour: Prince Charming

August 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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From South 3 Street.

Miss Heather

New & Noteworthy: Meeker Avenue Chic

August 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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I happened upon this as I was walking down Leonard Street towards Meeker Avenue. They were busy painting the interior a sunny shade of yellow.

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As you can see no expense has been spared on advertising.

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Yup.

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I have no word on when this will open, but here are their business hours.

Meeker Avenue Flea Market
Opening Date: TBA
Location: Meeker Avenue and Leonard Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11211

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Punk’d

August 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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From North 6 Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: 211 Huron Street

August 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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On August 10, 2009 I wrote:

…Anyone care to bet on how many stories will be completed before the Department of Buildings issues a Stop Work Order?

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They’re well on their way to floor #3. They’re even built a stairwell to it!

Miss Heather

P.S.: They still have no valid permits.

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From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Archives: John Alexander’s Fence

Today was the first day of Mister Heather’s two week vacation. Upon waking up I quickly got dressed and left Chez Shitty for a walk. Two weeks is a lot of “quality time” and it has been my experience that such “togetherness” it is best enjoyed in small doses. This ended up being a good decision as:

  1. It gave the Mister an opportunity to play video games and listen to NPR all afternoon without driving me crazy.
  2. I was reminded of a post I have long been meaning to write.

As I was walking down Manhattan Avenue I noticed an older gentleman taking a photograph of the entrance of 905 Manhattan Avenue: one of the many four story, eight apartment tenement buildings that grace the Garden Spot’s landscape. The object of his interest was not the doorway. His sights were set lower. Much lower.

I learned this after striking up a conversation with him; he was interested in iron manufacturing. Among the items on his itinerary (to this end he had an annotated map in hand to guide his journey— one has to admire that level of organization) was a manhole cover on Clay Street and a former factory on Monitor Street. What had attracted this chap’s attention when I encountered him was a cast iron pilaster not unlike these— which can be found on Greenpoint Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street.

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There are a great number of these to be found in north Brooklyn. What’s more, a fair number of them were manufactured here as well!

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Take this example at Grand Street. I cannot make out the manufacturer’s name but its place of origin is “Brooklyn E.D.”. In the days before Levitra and Viagra “E.D.” stood for Eastern District— which included what is now Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick. But let’s head a little closer to home, shall we?

171 Greenpoint Avenue, 11222

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1035 Manhattan Avenue, 11222

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quay-stTHUMBWho was “J. Alexander”, you ask? Well, his name was John Alexander and he was the founder of one of the numerous iron foundries in Greenpoint of old. Mr. Alexander’s facility was located on Quay Street between Franklin and Washington Street (now known as West). This is now the site of the MTA’s (delightfully named) Mobile Wash Unit garage.

It should also be noted that Alexander’s foundry had a pretty famous neighbor: the Continental Iron Works. If this name rings a bell it is because this facility assembled and launched what is now America’s best known iron clad: the U.S.S. Monitor.*

QUICK ASIDE: the next time you walk past Bushwick Inlet, look carefully for the American flag stationed across from the Bayside Tanks. This was where the Monitor was launched.

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But let’s get back to Mr. Alexander— and the site of one of the Garden Spot’s more colorful land grabs. It’s a classic tale of man versus machine. Or in the case of this article from the April 9, 1878 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: a man’s fence versus a locomotive. The results are pretty predictable but that doesn’t make this tome any less fun to read. Enjoy!

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So the next time you walk around the Garden Spot keep in mind that history is all around you. All you need to do is look for it. And sometimes the neatest things can be found not by looking up— but looking down.

Miss Heather

P.S.: This post is dedicated to the incredibly cool dude I met on Manhattan Avenue— and his love of the more esoteric points of New York City’s history.

*Those of you who are interested in learning more about the Continental Iron Works will be hard pressed to find anything better than this great memoir written by the great grandson of one of the co-founders. Check it out!

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: In Bloom

August 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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This slice of late summertime heaven hails from North 8 Street.

Miss Heather

Southside Gentrification Watch: Kent Avenue

August 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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A couple of thoughts:

1. Anyone who would pee on Kent Avenue:

  • has a death wish.
  • is very, VERY drunk indeed!

2. I wonder how Amy Vanderbilt would handle this problem?

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Memento Mori

August 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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From Meeker Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter*: Dupont Street

August 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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This menagerie (which is located just off of Franklin Street) just keeps getting better. Note the addition of stuffed animals and Christmas lights to the tree truck. Very nice.

Miss Heather

*Yes, I know it is after 1:00 p.m. After celebrating two friend’s birthdays this weekend (Saturday and Sunday respectively) and the Mister’s being tomorrow I have been a little busy.