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New York Shitty Day Ender: Post Mardi Gras Edition

February 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although I am certain today’s rain and sleet have since rendered this very special chap (which hails from Oak Street) unrecognizable, here he is for posterity. New York Shitty analysis: Love it!

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: 50% Off Clothing & Shoes

February 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Speaking as someone who prefers used over new (my lifestyle makes second-hand desirable— what’s more it’s much easier on the wallet!) I feel compelled to pass along this item. Our local Salvation Army is extending their regular “Family Day” to Wednesday and Thursday this week. This is an excellent chance to pick up some apparel on the cheap to wear “as is” or retool into something neat. Check it out!

Salvation Army Extra Family Day
February 24 & 25, 2010
981 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Quicklink (& a Correction)

Today the guys at Curbed were kind enough to give me a shout-out regarding the monstrosity that is 94 Scholes Street. A guest commenter was kind enough to point out (and I quote):

miss heather is one of the most hideous thigns i have seen lolololololol

I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In any case, my (ostensibly hideous) person doesn’t hold a candle compared to the crap being built in North Brooklyn on any given day. There’s only five feet of me. What’s more, I do not sport balconies. But I digress.

I found of specific interest that Philip Toscano Architects had a hand in this atrocity — albeit for very “geeky” reasons. You see, his office (which you can here in its resplendent pink stuccoed glory) is the site of a former Bonanno family hang-out. It took me a while to pin down which one— but I did!

Which brings me to my retraction:

On June 17, 2008 I wrote (in a post entitled “Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Hanging Out“):

To see what this corner (at the intersection of Huron Street and Manhattan Avenue) looked like back in the 1970’s click here.

Well, I was wrong. The Motion Lounge is— or more accurately was— located at 420 Graham Avenue. Here is what it looked like back in Sonny Black’s day.

Pretty neat, eh?

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: I have received a very interesting pair of emails from a person we’ll call “S”. He/she writes:

Saw the link you had to that great pic of the motion lounge (now the be-stuccoed offices of toscano architect).  I live on the block and like to chat with some of the old timers about what used to happen in the area, and there’s more to that corner building.  in between being bonano hangout the motion lounge and an office, it was known for a while as the san giuseppe social club and was a hangout for some genovese family associates.  there was a mob related murder during a card game there in 1994.  in a very strange trial and turn of events, the owner of (a local bakery) was convicted of this murder at his second trial in 2007, while the other defendant walked away (the actual hitman had turned state’s evidence).  a judge overturned (said baker’s) conviction last year, and he’s a free man now.

oh, I forgot to mention his co-defendant! He owns a local pizzeria.

here are some articles about the case:

Garden Spot Belles Lettres: A Piece of Purple Prose

February 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

There aren’t many “early adopters” left in Garden Spot anymore. MOst have been priced out. Thankfully Philip (AKA: the best dressed man in Greenpoint as seen at left) is still here. I find his presence is comforting in the ever-changing world that is 11222. I am of the distinct impression this Philip is an old soul. I suppose it takes one to know one. Most importantly: he’s a really nice guy.

Last weekend he swung by the junk shop. He had a short story for me. It is entitled “Greenpoint Bar” and you can read it by clicking here. CAVEAT: this tome is rather explicit so if you are offended by material of a sexual nature do not click the previous link.

As for the rest of you: enjoy!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Artillery

February 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

From Newel Street.

Miss Heather

Spotted On McGuinness Boulevard: Missing Ghostbike

February 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Many of you are no doubt familiar with the senseless death of Solange Raulson. For those of you who are not, she was struck and killed by a truck at the intersection of Nassau Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard December 13, 2009. Many questions have arisen about how this tragic event came to pass and how it is being handled by the N.Y.P.D. Most remain unanswered. But two things can be asserted with 100% certainty: she died too young and is missed by many.

ghostbikes.org erected a memorial at this intersection (which you see at left) to serve as a reminder of Ms. Raulston’s life— and death. Now jump forward to today: as I was running errands I made an interesting discovery.

This item has gone MIA. I find this curious as the other memorials at this intersection were untouched. Does anyone have the 411 regarding what happened here? If so, please share via comments or contact me email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com.


Miss Heather

Southside Photo Du Jour: Colors

February 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Hooper Street.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: F*ck

From Montrose Avenue.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Black & White

February 23, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Advanced Life Forms, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Okay, I’ll admit these above imagery does not do this vehicle justice (try taking photos from a moving bus— it is not as easy as you may think). The OCD manifest here is compelling nonetheless. Note they Holstein print seat covers, fuzzy dice, assortment of beanie babies (black and white all) and the maneki neko. NICE.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Urban Fur

Bedford Avenue

North 8 Street

Dunham Place

Oak Street

Nassau Avenue

Manhattan Avenue

East 2 Street

Miss Heather