Fillmore Place, Revisited

January 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Shortly after writing this post I received an email from my buddy over at Brooklyn11211. In a nutshell this missive stated that this block was on the docket to become landmarked. At the time (and I mean no disrespect to my colleague when I write this) I thought to myself:

That’s fine and dandy. Let’s see if it really happens.

In other words: I’ll believe it when I see it. Actions speak louder than words. Especially when one lives in an area where a number of noteworthy buildings have been needlessly and careless razed.

Well yesterday I received an email from the Waterfront Preservation Alliance of Greenpoint & Williamsburg. It was entitled “Fillmore Place Calendaring at Landmarks on Tuesday” and it read as follows:

Williamsburg is on its way to having its first Historic District:

Fillmore Place Starts Landmarking Process

Click on the above link and see for yourself. Reading is believing.

Miss Heather

Reader Question Du Jour: Casa Mon Amour

January 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

After announcing earlier this week that Casa Mon Amour was going out of business I received the following question from a reader named Rowan:

…any idea what Beatrice will do next?

Well as it would happen a gentleman named Tony was kind enough to share the scoop with yours truly. I will in turn pass it along to you:

I just had a smoke with Beatrice from Casa Mon Amour. As you know the restaurant is closed down now. She wants to spread the word that she is selling anything and everything now and will be around all day Saturday (1/10) for a CMA indoor yard sale. Like I said on the post, a big bummer. Beatrice said that she will be having a few private parties for the immediate future but no plans for any further restaurant business.

Those of you who are interested in (what I would surmise will be) a sale of restaurant fixtures might want to brave the inclement weather and make your way down to Casa Mon Amour tomorrow, January 10th. I also have word that the restaurant itself is for sale and she has had at least one “nibble”.

Casa Mon Amour
162 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

In other restaurant related news…

What (somewhat) recently vacated restaurant space appears to not only have a taker also has an application for a liquor license pending with Community Board 1… along with a few summonses from the Department of Buildings? For the reveal click here.

Miss Heather

A Black Rabbit Birthday!

January 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who are planning on hitting the local watering holes this evening may wish to swing by the Black Rabbit. Why, you ask? Well aside from serving up tasty drinks (such as the Key Lime depicted above) today, January 9th, happens to be the birthday of Kent’s (the owner’s) wife, Ann. Those of you who have met her (as I have) can attest to how funny and friendly this lovely lady is. Besides, we winter babies have to stick together.

Give her your regards!

The Black Rabbit
91 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

While you’re there be sure to congratule them on becoming the parents of a lovely baby daughter!

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: Empty Cages Collective Adoption Event

January 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

All you bone fide and aspiring cat lovers out take note: tomorrow, January 10th, Empty Cages Collective will be having an adoption event at P.S. 9 Pet Supply in Williamsburg. Why not brave the snow and kick off the new year with a fuzzy new friend?

ADOPT (at P.S. 9 Pet Supplies)
169 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

You can also see the fur kids of Empty Cages online at their Petfinder page.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Closing Time

January 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

TONIGHT: A Couple Of Art-Related Events

January 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, Williamsburg 

Although this is last minute I cannot resist passing along this item. This evening starting at 6:00 p.m. Deitch Projects and the Burleqsue Hall of Fame will be ushering a show featuring the art of Liz Renay (who some of you may recall was the star of John Water’s hilariously abject film Desperate Living). Here’s the scoop from Deitch’s web site:

Deitch Projects and the Burlesque Hall of Fame present “How To Attract Men” a retrospective exhibit of the art of Liz Renay. Pre-pop , Pre-punk, and an outsider on the inside- Liz Renay created her own reality and an enormous body of work along the way including four books, three dozen films and miles of printed publicity. In the first New York showing of her paintings in fifty years, Deitch Projects 76 Grand Street gallery will feature original paintings as well as a salon of important collages, costumes, and artifacts from Ms. Renay’s archives in the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

Liz’s life story weaves itself through almost every American subculture during her life time-burlesque, the Hollywood studio system, television, rock and roll, sexploitaion and punk films, the mafia and women’s prison. She precipitated and participated in the sexual revolution. Through it all she created a large body of paintings and art. This work would seem unbelievable if created by any other artist- but in the case of Liz Renay, it is a direct reflection of a life as art.

This is a must-see event (especially for my buddy Bitchcakes— you hear me out there?). Check it out!

Deitch Projects
76 Grand Street
New York, New York 10013

Those of you who want something a little closer to home will be interested to know that this evening the Williamsburg Gallery Association will be having their first Williamsburg Every 2rd event this evening as well. All the fun stuff that awaits you is simply too plentiful to go into here, but you can check out their itinerary here (be advised this is a .pdf) or by pointing and clicking your way over to RAW Magazine’s web site.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: A Public Space

January 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From India Street.

Miss Heather

A Greenpoint Blind Item: Vice

January 7, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Since we have already established that the local YMCA is the place to indulge one’s taste for illicit substances I thought it only appropriate that I close out today’s offerings with this tantalizing bit of goodness from the Greenpoint grapevine.

Which Greenpoint restaurant is reputed to serve breast and thighs of a very human variety in its basement?

Yes, I am talking about an illegal “massage parlor”.* I have heard a lot of buzz about this establishment from a number of different people. Having seen the activity around this place with my own two eyes I have a very difficult time dismissing it as mere rumor.

Miss Heather

*Which by the way, if true, would NOT be Greenpoint’s first one. There was another. Anyone care to guess where it was?

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Gusher

January 7, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Wythe Avenue.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Bar Watch: The Alligator Cometh

January 7, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

On December 16 yum1 wrote (in regards to this post):

According to Eater, L&F is about to reopen under yet another name. Free pizza with drinks (a la Alligator Lounge) this time around.

This does in fact appear the be the case. The Alligator Lounge is expanding into this space. It will be interesting to see how it fares in light of the crappy economy and the fact there are no less than eight bars along this strip (including The Production Lounge which is located on the same block). Then again, when a lot of folks are out of work and/or low on funds the offer of free pizza (as promised on the above-depicted, albeit illegible sign) may very well prove to be a draw.

Alligator Greenpoint
113 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

P.S.: As of January 7, 2009 it is open.