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A Park Slope Public Service Announcement

March 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Park Slope 


This nook (which is located underneath the F train at 4th Avenue) is not a urinal.

That is all.

Miss Heather

Gowanus Lounge Obituary

March 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

bobthumbnailAfter putting our collective heads together we— the close friends and family of Bob Guskind— have finally completed the obituary to be posted on his site, The Gowanus Lounge. Given the number of people involved in its creation the process took a little longer than all of us probably would have liked. Thankfully our patience and persistence were well rewarded; each of us came away from proofing the final draft satisfied we had created the very best obituary we (and possibly anyone) could.

I would like it to be known I did not contribute much in the way of content. My role was more that of an editor and/or adviser. My rationale for acting in this capacity is that I did not (and still do not) feel I can adequately put together the words to best express my feelings and thoughts about Bob Guskind’s death just yet. Thankfully one of Bob’s oldest friends, Marc, was up to the challenge; he did a smash-up job of both composing a great deal of this tome and coordinating feedback from the rest of us.

In all likelihood I will express my thoughts about Bob Guskind’s passing (and the big shoes he has left us to fill) at his upcoming memorial service (which, by the way, we have started to organize). This feels “right” to me. It’s been my life experience that these things take time to understand, much less to articulate. And as strange as it may sound the act of putting this post together was very therapeutic. Not only did it help us— Bob’s friends and loved ones— get to know each other better but it also helped us to heal. As we discussed how Bob impacted our lives we even had a much needed laugh (or two). I know this would make him happy.

But enough about us. Without further ado here is the obit for Bob Guskind as posted on the Gowanus Lounge. It is my sincerest wish that you (and if you’re listening Bob πŸ˜‰ enjoy reading this heartfelt tribute to his life as much as we enjoyed composing it.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Urban Fur

March 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 




Bedford Avenue.


North 6 Street.



Wythe Avenue.


Franklin Street.


Beadel Street.

Miss Heather

New & Noteworthy: Vanessa Coffee Shop

March 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

todays-specialsmallDespite the recession a lot is going on in south Greenpoint. First there was Boneshakers. Last month it was the revamped Cup Of Joe’s and Lucky Shot. Yesterday it was the Great Mac Off and the good news about Brooklyn Standard. Today I am pleased to announce  we have gotten an old-school coffee shop: Vanessa’s.

Unfortunately I had already eaten but curious to know more I went inside. Vanessa’s is a tiny establishment. It seats at most maybe eight people. But the spicy aroma coming from the kitchen was absolutely mouth-watering. I asked the woman behind the counter how long they had been open. She said two weeks. They have not in fact even finalized their take out menu. But as you will see from this working draft they will be serving the usual fare along with some very authentic Mexican food. Color me intrigued!


Vanessa Coffee Shop
510 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(718) 388 – 0357
Fax: (718) 388 – 7750

Miss Heather

P.S.: They will be receiving orders via fax and will be sending out Twitter alerts for their daily specials. Ah, technology…


Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Broken Heart & A Spade

March 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 



From Metropolitan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Southside Photo Du Jour: Red, White & Blue

March 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


From South 2nd Street.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Slide Show Du Jour: Inside Engine 212

March 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


This weekend I met my good friend and community activist extraordinaire, Phil DePaulo. After having lunch he asked if I’d like to check out the interior of Engine 212 (also known as The Peoples Firehouse)  at 136 Wythe Avenue. He told me they were preparing for a one-night event and this was a very unique opportunity. Being a maven of things old, dusty and decayed I thought about this for maybe nanosecond and enthusiastically replied:

Hell yeah!

Follows is a sampling of photographs from my experience. Enjoy!

I can hardly wait to see this place restored back to its former and all-too-well deserved glory— how about you?

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Radiator photograph by Mr. Heather

Dung Of The Day: The Broken Windows Theory

March 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit, Dung of the Day, Greenpoint Magic 

305thumbnailYesterday I wrote about the urban rusticism/added value the Loft 305’s neighbors have seen fit to give their rather intimidating and big friend. Today I had the pleasure of walking by this edifice I call “Fort Apache the ‘Point” again today. I noted a couple gawking at the hanging wires and graffiti gracing the property.

I saw the previous after I discovering this smashed out window (as seen to the right) which can be found at ground level. Don’t believe me? Click here and see for yourself. Not only did the wizards behind this project see fit to place windows within easy peeping, pissing and vomiting distance (and for the record I have seen the latter two in abundance on this strip of road along with blood) but they saw fit to enable their tenants open them. My theory is they wanted their clients to get some fresh air. This is a sterling idea in principle but when one factors in realty it doesn’t work very well. The perfume of taxi garage across the street, waste treatment plant one block away and the automotive exhaust (only the boulevard called McGuinness can provide) will be the only air these people will breathe. With neighbors like this why quit smoking? Hell, I’d even advocate taking up the habit just to cover up the stench. One month’s free rent and no broker fee will give you plenty of money to buy ciggies for just this purpose. Marketing genius! But I digress.

Back to the purpose of this post: today’s dung of the day.


A shitpop lollipoop* as found on the Huron Street side of the Lofts 305. Yum.

Miss Heather

*Thanks Copyranter!

Greenpoint Pay Phones Du Jour: Off The Hook

March 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 



From Calyer Street.

Miss Heather

Great Minds Think Alike: Forgotten NY Does Greenpoint…

March 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek, Queens, Sunnyside 

shittitsthumbnailAVENUE, that is. Shortly after I took a jaunt down Greenpoint Avenue here in the Garden Spot my buddy Kevin over at Forgotten NY decided to write a “Street Scenes” feature about the wonderful things to be found on this thoroughfare both in its namesake ‘nabe and beyond! I was particularly moved by his coverage of what we Greenpointers fondly call the “Shit Tits” (as seen at left):

Anaerobic Digestion Boobs

Well, we’ve seen the udders … here are the boobs …These somewhat disturbing objects at North Henry Street are called digester eggs. Through a process called anaerobic digestion they reduce the volume of sludge (what’s left of sewage after debris and liquid are removed) by nearly half. The egg shape is a space-efficient and minimal maintenance European design. The green thing in between the eggs is an elevator, in case you want to see what’s going on up there.

I never, EVER thought I would see the day Kevin Walsh would use the word boobs on Forgotten NY. I suppose I am rubbing off on him. This may or may not be a good thing but I can state with 100% certainty that this post is well worth reading. Check it out!

Miss Heather

P.S.: For more information/infotainment about the Newtown Waste Treatment Facility check out my piece over at the Poop Report.