Southside Photo Du Jour: A Novel Approach

February 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

noveltycourtnys

When I looked up and saw this delightful apartment entrance on Driggs Avenue I swooned. I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in a place called “Novelty Court”?* In any case they don’t build ’em like this anymore.

Miss Heather

*Well, probably not Frank Serpico for starters (see comments).

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Wheels

February 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Presented for your Friday afternoon entertainment: a selection of wheels from the Garden Spot and beyond. Enjoy!

fredtsanford

This Fred T. Sanford special hails from Calyer Street.

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If this gent’s defensive driving skills are anything like his ability to parallel park it would certainly explain all the “boo boos” gracing his ride.

mistert

ipitythefool

I pity the fool who is paying $1,500+ a month for this studio apartment!

mexico

North 12th Street goes south of the border.

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freedomrevival

Some food for thought from Manhattan Avenue.

stationwagon

Everthing is coming up roses on Noble Street.

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hopon1

hoponfront

hopondetail

Thames Street prefers hogs.

gg

Greenpoint gangstas prefer Volkswagens. Lest you are wondering a solitary rose was gracing its bud vase— even tough guys like flowers!

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: Hot Chicks & Bulging Men

February 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

thehabitat

This one pretty much speaks for itself, folks.

A Special Evening Of Valentine’s Day Fun (and perhaps bananas being used incorrectly?)
February 14, 2009
The Habitat
988 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

ceeflat

In other related news it would appear their upstairs neighbor, The Cee Flat, has moved their live drawing sessions to Friday evenings (for those of you keeping track, that’s today).

Figure Drawing
Tuesday Friday nights, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
The Cee Flat
988 Manhattan Avenue (second floor)
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Cost: $15.00

Miss Heather

Dog Doo Sign Du Jour: For The Love Of Big Brother

February 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Dog Shit Signage 

camararecording

This Orwellian (if unsullied by spell check) missive hails from the intersection of Jefferson Street and Wyckoff Avenue.

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Where, as it would happen, a rather nifty mural is located…

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mural3

bathtubmennys

and goldfish roam the mean streets.

goldfish

C’est Le Bushwique, baby!

Miss Heather

Reader Question Of The Day: Polish Nazis?

February 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This disturbing query comes courtesy of a chap name Frankie. He writes:

Long-time listener, first-time caller. As someone who has read your blog and lived in the neighborhood for a while now, I thought I’d ask you about something that’s been troubling me recently. I’ve noticed an increase in neo-Nazi/white power skinhead types in Greenpoint, mostly younger teens (I remember that there was more of a visible presence a long time ago, but it seemed to have mostly died out). I’ve seen kids wearing swastika pins, and last night I saw some kids wearing white power shirts.  As someone who spends a lot of time out and about in Greenpoint, have you noticed anything similar? I don’t mean to sound paranoid, but this is really upsetting.

PS – I’m not one of those people who sees a shaved head and assumes the worst. I know the diff between classic skins, SHARPs, etc.

Speaking for myself I have not seen this. It should be noted, however, that I live in the far north part of Greenpoint (which is largely Hispanic and as such would take a dim view of such stuff). The previous having been said (and in light of a video one of my neighbors shot a couple years ago) I would not rule it out. Thoughts, anyone?

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: A reader forwarded me this news story from twenty years ago. Go just past the eight minute mark. Very interesting.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Hanging In There

February 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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From Greenpoint Avenue.

Miss Heather

Dog Doo Sign Du Jour: Taking It To The Streets

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Dog Shit Signage, Williamsburg 

cleanupyourshit

From McKibben Street.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Street Sneaks

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

thamesstsneaks

From Grattan Street.

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: The Brooklyn Record Riot

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

recordriotflier

Although I am not a vinyl enthusiast myself the fact of the matter is I know a great many folks who are. Bearing this in mind I wanted to pass along  that the Third Annual Brooklyn Record Riot will be going down this upcoming Sunday, February 15, at The Warsaw right here in Greenpoint. Here’s the 411 per their press release:

Hey kids, the Brooklyn Record Riot is less than 96 hours away and the buzz is still growing mysteriously…this may our best show yet! BRR #3 features a number of new dealers (hey, I’ve never heard of them either but they promise great things), along with old stalwarts and local heroes. Plus we are now offering the DOLLAR ROOM, the area that also houses the bar (oh ok, have a beer while digging). Everything in this room is a buck, records and CDs, full-length albums and 12″ singles. Phast Phreddie leads a stellar group of DJs (identities unknown, tunes classic), and the Warsaw is cooking and cooking getting ready for this kielbasa and pierogi-fest. Of course the drinks will be flowing and the vibe steamy. Records of all genres and price-range will be offered. Hip families will be strolling around. There are always a few fanatics who make a crazy scene. Hours are from noon to 8pm and admission is three dollars (total lunatics can pay twenty dollars from 10am to noon)…

Early admission (10:00 a.m.) will set you back $20.00. Otherwise regular admission (from noon until 8:00 p.m.) is a measly three bucks! For more details point and click your way over to Iris Records.

Third Annual Brooklyn Record Riot
February 15, 2009
The Warsaw
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

While you’re in the area why not check Greenpoint’s very own Permanent Records, Eat Records and scrounge around for hidden treasure at The Thing— at two bucks a disk, how can you lose?

Miss Heather

Bushwick Photo Du Jour: 24 Karat

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick 

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From Jefferson Street.

Miss Heather