A Cowboy In Greenpoint?!?

August 14, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

When one utters the word Greenpoint a great many things come to mind. “Little Poland”, a rather large oil spill, the eastern seaboard’s largest waste treatment plant, foul odors and the G train are all items— which for better or for worse— that are associated with the neighborhood I call home. And now you can add to the list cowboys. Yes, cowboys.

I bumped into Lenwood on Greenpoint Avenue today. Actually, I bumped into him twice. First on the south side of Greenpoint Avenue: I told him I loved his hat (because I did) and went on my merry way. Upon arriving back to the Garden Spot of the Universe three hours later I happened upon him again. This time on the south side of Greenpoint Avenue. My curiosity got the better of me so I struck up a conversation.

Miss Heather: So what’s the deal? Are you trying to take over the block or something?
Lenwood: (laughter) No, I’m just here for some film work. (comes closer, whispers) There are some very exciting things going on here. See that building across the street?
Miss Heather: Yes.
Lenwood: They’re going to be filming a television show over there. Lipstick Jungle. It has Brooke Shields in it, do you know who she is?
Miss Heather: Oh yes, I know who she is. They’ve been filming around here A LOT lately.
Lenwood: You should contact their central casting. Tell them you want to be an extra. You’ll earn $100 a day!
Miss Heather (laughing): Oh, no, no, no! I prefer to be behind the camera not in front of it. In fact, that’s what I have been doing today: taking pictures! You belong in front of the camera, not me. You have much more savoir faire than I do!
Lenwood: If you take pictures, why haven’t you taken one of me?
Miss Heather: I figured you wouldn’t want me to, so I didn’t ask.

Needless to say, Lenwood obliged. What’s more, he recommended that I take a picture of him posing in front of the Polonaise Terrace. I did. It was the best of the lot!

He was laughing when I took this photograph —as was I. I then asked him if he’d like me to send him a copy of the photographs I took. He politely declined stating that he will be “traveling soon”. (He is a cowboy after all!) My consolation prize was his business card.

I cannot honestly say I have seen many black cowboys in my 30-odd years of life in New York Shitty and beyond. Much less in Greenpoint— where people of color are slowly becoming a more and more common sight. But if I ever find myself organizing an event I will certainly give Lenwood a ring, he’s a sweetheart!

Miss Heather


4 Comments on A Cowboy In Greenpoint?!?

  1. rowan on Thu, 14th Aug 2008 4:38 pm
  2. i believe he means Lipstick Jungle. awesome guy, regardless!

  3. missheather on Thu, 14th Aug 2008 9:08 pm
  4. I made a typo. It has been corrected! (What can I say? I am a Marilyn Monroe fan!) Thanks.

  5. bitchcakes on Fri, 15th Aug 2008 1:01 pm
  6. oh my god- Lenwood is FANTASTIC! And that business card is a treasure! Was the logo on the business card also on the back of his vest?? I need to find an event to hire him for.

    A modern cowboy with a cell phone… I love it!

  7. vintagejames on Fri, 15th Aug 2008 2:30 pm
  8. The Federation of Black Cowboys is a great thing in NY, but few know about it. Check out their page at http://federationofblackcowboysnyc.com/index.html

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