Reader Email Of The Day: The Greenpoint Y

February 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Ordinarily one would equate a gym with health. That is, of course, unless you happen to patronize the Greenpoint Y— in which case a rather nasty surprise might be awaiting you in the cardio room. D writes on February 22, 2009:

For the past 2 days, there has been a dead/drowned bedbug on water fountain in the cardio room.  I did not go to the Y today but I bet it’s probably still there.  If it is still there tomorrow I am going to say something to the people at the desk because that is just horrendous…

I have heard rumors for well over a month that this building (specifically the living quarters) is infested with bedbugs. Has anyone else out there encountered these creepy critters at this establishment? If so, please leave your experience in the comments. I’d love to hear your story.

Thanks!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, February 23, 2009:

The bedbug was still there this morning!  Granted, they are small and apparently no one even noticed it, I just have a knack for spotting this stuff.  It’s either a blessing or a curse.  :(

So I went to tell the girl at the counter and she was like “what???” She gave me an envelope and I took a piece of paper towel and pushed it in and gave it to her.  A woman who looked like she had a maintenance outfit on came over and asked what was going on.  I told her and she told me they’ve had exterminators in and that they tell people not to put stuff on the floor.  I don’t, thankfully, and from what I understand they probably won’t ever be on any machines, more likely in the cracks between the wall and floor.  I told them they would probably want to get exterminators back in.

*shudders*

Long Island City Photo Du Jour: Final Exit

February 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Long Island City, Queens 

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From 44th Drive.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Gets A Little More Caffeinated

February 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Although I did not have the time to check out this establishment yesterday (I was in a rush to get to the new and improved Cup Of Joe’s* to order a blueberry pie for the Mister) I wanted my fellow Greenpointers to know the space formerly occupied by Brooklynski has— at long last— a new tenant: Lucky Shot Espresso. I suspect I speak for many when I say this establishment (Cup of Joe’s and Boneshakers) are much needed additions to this seriously under-serviced section of Greenpoint.

If anyone reading this post has given Lucky Shot a shot and would like to share his/her experience please do so in the comments. I would love to hear what you have to say! Thanks.

Lucky Shot
145 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

*Click here to see pictures and a menu!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Pining For the Fjords Edition

February 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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From Green Street.

Miss Heather

Reader Comment Of The Day: Shots On Franklin?

February 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy People, Greenpoint Magic 

Trusty Nick writes (in regards to this, the previous post):

Thought I heard gunshots last night (sunday morning) around 3:30am from my place just off Franklin on Milton.  Sounded like a fight and at least 4 shots…  anyone else hear this?

shayzlounge

As it would happen I bumped into (who I presume to be) the owner of Shayz Lounge. He was so sweet I wanted to pick him up and keep him in my pocket. But I digress.

smashedwindow

Upon noticing a rather substantial hole in the front window of his business I asked him what happened. He told me that at around 3:00 o’clock this morning a couple (who were NOT patrons of his establishment) got into a verbal altercation in front of his establishment. Not having mastered the art of Anger Management this gentlemen decided to voice his displeasure to his mate by smashing his fist through a window. THIS window. In addition I was told a number of people on Milton Street have reported having their car windows smashed in lately.

Aren’t you happy, fellow Greenpointers, our neighborhood is attracting such a fine caliber of citizen? I suspect I speak for many when I say I hope this jerk broke every bone in his damned fist.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Video Du Jour: More Fun At The Production Lounge

February 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

franklinst

After a shooting and a rather contentious Community Council meeting last week The Production Lounge keeps on trucking with this video shot Friday night. Angry Grandma with a Bullet Hole in her grand baby’s bedroom writes:

I don’t know if my son-in-law sent you this, but I want to be sure you have it. RE: Ongoing Saga of The Production Lounge Lizards. This is a video of owner Joe losing it with the cops on Friday, Feb 20, as they have been at him non-stop and put a spot light on his front door so the poor guy can’t even let in all those underage thuglets.


Yes sir, nothing says “I want to be positive force in the community” like screaming at its constabulary! How can I not shake the feeling this establishment is going to be Studio B: Part II? On that note I like to point out that if I didn’t have all my paper work in order (which I can assure you this gentleman doesn’t: The Production Lounge has neither a cabaret license nor a place of assembly permit—the latter most is a must for establishments that hold more than 75 people and this joint falls under that category) I’d be a little more low key when dealing with the authorities.

But what would I know?

Miss Heather

Subway Photos Du Jour

February 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Queens, Williamsburg 

kennypowers

From the Queens bound platform of the Crosstown Local at Metropolitan Avenue.

guysanddolls

From the Smith – 9th bound platform of the Crosstown Local at Metropolitan Avenue.

yoyo

From The Queens bound platform at 21st Street.

nobonuses

From the Manhattan bound platform of the E/V at 23rd Street – Ely Avenue.

Miss Heather

Meet Jonny

February 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Williamsburg 

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Since the weather (all things considered) was downright gorgeous yesterday the Mister and I headed down to PS9 to meet a few of the cats from Empty Cages Collective.

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The one that stole my heart above all others (and this is no small achievement— there were many a heart stealer to be had*) was this guy. His name is Jonny and he was rescued from the euthanasia list at the Center for Animal Care and Control. His crime? Having Feline Leukemia. The sad reality is any cat (or kitten) who is sick be it a mere cold, upper respiratory infection, Feline Leukemia or F.I.V. gets V.I.P. treatment at the CACC when it comes to joining this club. One which they (more often than not) enter and never leave.

But it is not the purpose of this post to be grim. There are a number of seemingly little things you can do to stop this from happening. Yes, I am asking that you “get involved” by…

  1. learning more about trap, neuter and return and volunteering at your local feral cat colony.
  2. Spay and neutering your pets. You want to end “Euth lists” (as they call them)? This is the way to do it!
  3. Volunteering at your local animal shelter…
  4. and perhaps, taking in a cat with special needs in your home.

Adopting a cat with Feline Leukemia is not for everyone. They cannot mix with “non-positive cats” as the disease is spread by saliva. In addition there are additional responsibilities that come with having a cat living with Feline Leukemia. The previous is not to suggest, however, that they cannot live long healthy lives or give lots of love. As you will see in this video of Jonny. Be sure to turn up the volume and listen to his crazy purr— I’ve never heard anything like it in my life!

Although someone has apparently filled out an application to adopt this wonderful dude nothing has been set in stone, so to speak. What’s more, he has lots of fellow Empty Cage cats who would very much like to call your home their own. You can meet them by clicking here.

Miss Heather

*A few of whom you can see by licking here!

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: The Word On The Street

February 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art, Williamsburg 

hellobrooklynnys

suckcocknys

sextime

From Keap Street.

empirecity

From Marcy Avenue.

imperialwalker

diaperservice

sloppymess

cat

From Grand Street.

incanadanys

From North 9th Street.

ohshit

From Meserole Avenue.

Miss Heather

P.S.: This one goes out to my ex-boyfriend Rich. Not only is he a married man now but he and his wife are expecting their first child. Congratulations Rich! You were (and still are) a real peach.

Long Island City Photo Du Jour: Baracked?

February 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Long Island City, Queens 

everlast

The Mister and I passed this tonight while walking to La Vuelta* for dinner. I say it’s Barack Obama. He says it isn’t. Draw your own conclusions.

Miss Heather

*Who, it should be mentioned, DOES deliver to Greenpoint!