Crosstown Local Photos Du Jour: Fool’s Gold

March 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: Asshole, Crazy People, Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic 


Initially the Mister couldn’t understand my fascination with this poster other than the fact it is really, truly, seriously, BAD product placement. Some watery tart doing yoga on the on the East River does not appeal to us Greenpointers. As a matter of fact we find the water here quite revolting. But I digress.

Who’s Cluck?

Mr. Heather asked. I pointed out the subtle commentary via ball point pen.


He got it.


I wonder if either of the previous fellow G train travelers is aware that Dean Palin, the mastermind behind the Oro Condominiums, has been given the greenlight to build a 39 story tower on West Street? I don’t think so. Well, he has (courtesy of our local Community Board) and it’s ugly as hell.

Miss Heather

Yet More Foodie Frustration: De Mole

March 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: Queens, Sunnyside 

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m on my period. Earlier yesterday I had my monthly sweets craving thwarted. I did not complain— not much, anyway. But when the Mister gets off work early enough to make riding the B24 bus to Sunnyside (and into the dining bliss that is De Mole) feasible I get excited. VERY EXCITED.


Enough so that I even deem it tweetworthy. So you can imagine my disappointment when we hopped off the bus to discover this.


Shuttered. But like the disappointed spinach enchilada* craving wench I was (and am) I pressed my face up to the door and gawked. A worker inside met my gaze and pointed to his right (my left). Then I figured it out.


De Mole is not dead. It is expanding its dining area. On the one hand I’m happy to see they’re faring well (their vittles are wonderful). On the other I was really looking forward to enchiladas and flan last night. Seriously.

De Mole
45-02 48th Avenue
Sunnyside, Queens 11377

Re-opening date: Unknown**

Miss Heather

*And coconut flan. Theirs is the BEST. Hands down!

**If anyone in in the know about their re-opening let me know. I miss my De Mole!

Post Blizzard Wrap-up Part II: A Walk Around The Garden Spot

March 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

As promised here is a slide show featuring highlights from my jaunt around Brooklyn’s one and only 11222 yesterday. Enjoy!

Inasmuch as I gripe about the snow I have to admit it has does have its charm— as does Greenpoint!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Video Du Jour: Presenting The Animals Of Animal Planet

March 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 


Meet Kobe and Cee Cee. Kobe is the orange and white tabby to the left, C.C. the black and white tabby to the right. They are the fabulous feline duo who keep careful watch over Greenpoint’s very own Animal Planet.* Be it by “quality testing” the occasional catnip mouse, tearing up paper towels, sleeping behind the counter or (as seen above) demonstrating the the use of Animal Planet’s products; they make sure everything is up to snuff.

They are a very affable pair. I make it a point to pick up Kobe and hug him despite the fact he has “grown out” of the “cuddling” stage. This once little guy has become a man now. Kobe has opted out of hugs and prefers to spend his winter afternoons napping. He makes this clear to his apprentice, C.C., in the following video. Albeit eventually. Enjoy!

So it goes with being a working class cat at Animal Planet. I have to confess: I rather envy Kobe.

Animal Planet
1084 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(718) 349-0602

Miss Heather

*Which is run by very lovely people. They really care about animals. I recommend them highly.

Cookie Road Update

March 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


After sorting through all those deliciously beautiful photographs of The Blue Stove bakery earlier today I found myself a wee bit peckish. Remembering that today was supposed to be Cookie Road’s grand opening I decided to swing by Oak Street and get my sugar fix.


Only to find she was out to lunch! However, I was not the only person who was wishing to make the proprietress’s acquaintance: a woman representing her beverage vendor was sitting on her stoop. From this very nice young lady I got the inside scoop about what it going on with Cookie Road. Long story made short the owner of this establishment has not received all her licenses from the city. Until this comes to pass I am sad to report she will only be serving beverages (which purportedly is the solitary duck she currently has in a row). Yes folks, it looks like we have to wait a little bit longer for our sweet stuffs on Oak Street. *sigh*

Cookie Road
97 Oak Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

New York City Back In The Day

March 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: New York City 

Yesterday, March 2nd, my friend (and fellow Greenpointer) at Mobile Pictures sagely observed:

…I was thinking about how all of the southern states must be shut down and everyone is at home watching the Golden Girls or the Price Is Right, while us New Yorker keep trudging right along. Sigh.


I suppose inclement weather is our burden— as “Yankees”— to bear. But as this photograph from fifty years ago clearly attests we New Yorkers don’t let a little (or a lot of) fluffy stuff get us down. Not only do we endeavor to persevere but we look damned stylish to boot!

Miss Heather

Post Blizzard Wrap-up Part I: Best. Snowman. Ever.

March 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This weekend I met up with my buddy Norman over at Atlantic Yards Report and had pizza at Motorino.* After we discussed the latest book I am reading (In The Country Of Brooklyn by Peter Golenbock) I told him I could hardly wait for it to snow so I could scout for snowmen. Of all the neighborhoods in all of Brooklyn no one makes a snowman like we Greenpointers do.

Well, today I finally got around to doing my scouting. The pickings were pretty slim but we must not confuse quantity with quality. I was (and am) not the least bit disappointed.



This finely fettled little fella from brought a smile to my face.



Of course there is no hard and fast rule stating one can only build “people” out of snow.


Someone in the Garden Spot of the Universe understood this and elected to make this item which I call “The McCarren Park Snow Mound”. I do not want to suggest that all snowmen need be pedestrian. A little ingenuity (an empty garbage can and a pair of work gloves) can reap delightful results. Case in point:




Miss Heather

*Which he liked!

P.S.: I will be posting more photographs from my jaunt around Greenpoint in a bit so stay tuned. I have some pretty nifty stuff up my sleeve!

A North 12th Street Public Service Announcement

March 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


From Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: The Blue Stove Cafe

March 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


These delectable edibles come courtesy of a new place on Graham Avenue.


It is called the Blue Stove Cafe…


and as you can see they have a vast assortment of cavity-inducing goodness for the picking.


But don’t make the mistake (I made) of asking for a menu: they don’t have one. Whatever they deem fresh enough to prep on any given day dictates the fare.

The Blue Stove
415 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

When the opportunity arises do check this place out. The rich aroma of baked good that permeates this establishment alone will make you gain fifteen pounds! Yummy.

Miss Heather

Reader Participation Time: Snarkitecture

March 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Articles of Fedderization, Long Island City, Queens 

The Mister and I do not make it to Long Island City as much as we used to. There are a number of reasons for this. Among them:

  1. The weather. It’s been too cold to venture out.
  2. We have taken to going to Sunnyside and Jackson Heights instead. This is because…
  3. quite frankly we find Long Island City kind of depressing.

Ever since they demolished that beautiful old building at 10-62 Jackson Avenue and replaced it with a shiv-like structure we cannot cross the Pulaski Bridge without wincing. Luckily we had a craving for Italian food this weekend and decided to go to Manettas. As we made our way down the bridge we were presented with a most unexpected treat: 49-16 11 Street.


This stunning example of Strip Mall Italian (replete with a Donald Judd-esque elevator shaft) sent us into fits of uncontrollable laughter.


Where do you start with this? Hell, where do you finish for that matter?


For starters you have the lovely Juliet style balconies overlooking the on ramp of the Pulaski Bridge.


Just a beer bottle’s throw away from traffic (and perhaps the odd pedestrian or bicyclist).


Some attempt at symmetry has been made… but not quite enough. I christen this daring new style Art Sucko.


But no expense has been spared on Friedrichs boxes. This is a good thing. When the dull roar of truck traffic (at all hours) gets to be too much for our intrepid 49-16ers they can crank up the air conditioner to drown out the din.


The last time I saw something with this many studs on it was in the West Village. (WARNING: previous link is NSFW.)

No matter how hard I try my wit, gift for gab, whatever-you-want-to-call-it is not doing this stellar example of Fedderism justice. To this end I need your help. Although I realize this has been done before I am proposing the following: you, dear readers, tender LOL speak captions for this masterpiece. These can be left in the comments below or sent via email at: missheather (at) newyorkshitty (dot) com.

If I like what I see I’ll publish the pick of the litter right here on New York Shitty later this week.

Your immediate attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Happy snarking!

Miss Heather