Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Ice Maiden

February 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Jimmy’s

February 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Photo Friday 

Kicking off today’s selections I present for your snow day entertainment one of my favorite found photos.

Well, actually this is my second favorite. Yours truly’s favorite find of all time (which, I would like to note, makes Mister cringe— and I’ll readily admit this is probably part of the reason I like it so much) involves involves a can of Welch’s grape soda. I did not post this choice item here because if I had I can assure you it would probably merit many of you a summons to the HR Department. No sir, I’ll conclude this post with slightly more subdued fare: a photo a college buddy Scott shot for me years ago from none other than the Lone Star State!

Look at the sign.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Angst

February 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From North Henry Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Blip

February 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Videos Du Jour: Open House

Yesterday afternoon my buddy from the Newtown Pentacle and I sojourned to St. Cecilia’s Auditorium for the Kosciuszko Bridge Project Open House. While hardly standing room only, the peeps behind the presentation were pleasantly surprised by the turn-out. I suspect word about the blue chip refreshments (which included coffee, tea, cream, milk, zero fat milk, water and soda; cookies and crackers with an assortment of cheese) might have had something to do with this. But who’s to say for certain?

In any case, I filmed the proceedings for your entertainment and edification. Mostly the latter. This material might strike many of you as being boring (for the most part, it is) but if you reside in this southern Greenpoint or western Queens you should view this footage. How this projects proceeds (or not) will effect our community for a long time to come.

INTRO: (self-explanatory)

PART I: The process/research leading up to this project & how the bridge will be constructed

PART II: Property acquisition & park space (including a kayak launch on Newtown Creek!)

PART III: A run-down of the four bridge types under consideration

PART IV: End of Presentation, the Q & A session begins

PART V: A Lombardy Street resident asks some very compelling questions

PART VI: An Apollo Street resident speaks and the meeting concludes


I suppose some of you are probably wondering which design I voted for. Here you go.

The rationale for my decision was (more or less) as follows:

1. I found it visually compelling and felt it juxtapose nicely with the Manhattan skyline.
2. This design leaves more open space under the bridge. Given how oppressive this area is currently I believe this to be a big plus.

3. It embraces/showcases the Shit Tits rather nicely!

Priorities, people!

Miss Heather

Urban Fur: Tombstone Pup

This handsome little guy (or lass) hails from Graham Avenue’s very own Grande Monuments

which, as many of you might remember, also has a side business selling bread!

Miss Heather

THIS SATURDAY: Pour ‘em Party

This item is for my Jewish friends and comes courtesy of my buddy Brian of Heeb Magazine. This Saturday, February 27 starting at 9:00 p.m. the peeps at Heeb along with Third Ward will be celebrating Purim in grand style with a “Pour ‘em Party”. Among the treats promised is complimentary Colt 45 from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. and the musical stylings of:

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the very reasonable price of $10.00 by clicking here. Otherwise you’ll pay at extra five bucks at the door. Check it out!

The Pour ‘em Party
February 27, 2010 starting at 9:00 p.m.
Third Ward
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11237

Shalom!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: Courtesy Of Your Friendly Neighborhood

From Withers Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Greenpoint Lofts Going Rental…

February 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

and residential? The latter being the in the true north Brooklyn tradition (READ: illegal living space).

Not only are there “for lease” signs gracing the place formerly known as The Greenpoint Lofts but I have intriguing information from a tipster we’ll call Q. It started like this:

Hey Miss Heather,

My name is Q and I stumbled on your blog during my search for a work/live space.  I noticed you had quite a few entries about the place I was considering on 231 Norman…

This raised some serious bells and whistles for yours truly. You see, 231 Norman is by definition (and Certificate of Occupancy) a commercial space. Living is not allowed. I brought this and a number of other concerns to this person’s attention including (but not limited to):

1. The slew of complaints and violations for this property per the Department of Building’s Building Information System

2. What happened at 239 Banker Street). He/she replied:

…No, the property was not advertised as live/work space.  I saw it as a commercial property and I thought it would be possible to convert because the set up of this particular building seems to lend itself to that quite well.  On the other hand, I think there is a bit of wink-wink-nod kind of thing going on about the whole live/work set up.  I had a pretty big discussion with the realtor about putting in some amenities to make it a work/live set up and he informed me that there are people who have done that in the building.  In addition, he didn’t say that my plans to convert the place to make it more “livable” was anything illegal.  Of course, if one is to be a cynic, one could say that he is just eager to make a sale…

If 239 Banker has taught a number of unfortunate folks (and yours truly) an unpleasant lesson it is this: exercise due diligence. Do not take a broker’s word as gospel. This is not to suggest there are not reputable, ethical, dedicated brokers out there. There are— but there are many who are not. Especially in these lean economic times.

It goes without saying that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts and do not fool yourself into thinking that illegal conversions (even if given a blind eye by the developer and/or the real estate agents who represent his/her) cannot or will not effect you.

They can and will. The last I heard the residents of 239 Banker Street have yet to get back their deposit money. There’s a distinct possibility they never will. Don’t become a statistic.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Cupcakes (OH YEAH)

February 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Street Art 

From Conselyea Street.

Miss Heather