Greenpoint Gentrification Watch: Two Flags R.I.P.

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

It would appear that one of my favorite bits of Greenpointiana has finally succumbed to luxurification. Per the Department of Buildings web site they’re renovating the interior (which is purported to be a restaurant). So long, Two Flags. It was nice to know you. No matter what happens you’ll always be the “Doof Center” to me.

Miss Heather

Great Moments in Real Estate Advertising: East Williamsburg

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

This makes me wonder exactly who— or I suppose I should say WHAT— has been looking for a room to rent on Stagg Street recently. Extraterrestrials? Cyborgs? Cats and dogs who have tossed convention by the wayside and want to live together?

Miss Heather

Halloween Photos du Jour: East Williamsburg

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Devoe Street.

From Lorimer Street.

This post goes out to a man named Nicola. Had I not spied him shooting photographs of the above morsel of goodness I would have missed it. Thanks!

Miss Heather

Dung Of The Day: Alternative Energy

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

You can always leave it to East Williamsburg to keep things real. Especially when it comes to fighting dog crap— and believe you me Scholes Street has A LOT of doggie dumplings for the delectation. So much so they’re fighting back!

These people mean business, folks. As do their neighbors down the street, albeit they have taken a slightly different (and highly creative) approach to the dog shit problem.

I knew as soon as I laid my eyes upon this rather unusual electrical set up it merited investigation.

Where does that cable go?

I asked myself.

Where else? I dessicated pile of dog shit. Canine torture device or a ground-breaking experiment in alternative energy? I’ll let you make the call.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos du Jour: Civil Unrest

October 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

From Scholes Street, East Williamsburg.

From the Smith & 9th bound platform of the Crosstown Local at Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

Noteworthy Linkage: Big Bad Sarah

October 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

Being as today’s offerings on New York Shitty are dedicated to Little Joe I felt it only proper to finish the day with some of his amazingly piquant and precocious observations. On October 16, 2008 Bed Stuy Banana wrote:

Last night Little Joe and I were eating dinner and he says, “Sarah is bad.” Now there is a little red-haired girl in his class who simply adores him, and her name happens to be Sarah. But he’s fickle as far as Sarah goes, some days he likes her and some days he doesn’t…

It gets even more interesting from there. Do give this post a read. It’ll give you a chuckle.

Miss Heather

Times Are Tough Indeed!

October 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Earlier today my buddy over at Queens Crap forwarded me this story from the New York Daily News. I glanced at the contents. I found them hardly surprising. I did, however, find the following comment* compelling:

THIS PROPERTY IS IN WILLIAMSBURG, NOT GREENPOINT. 235 JACKSON STREET “11211″. This reporter should do some fact checking before they try to smear a neighborhood. Greenpoint property values have actually risen 6% (not dropped) because we didn’t have all the overdevelopment of cheap ugly condos that Williamsburg did..

Whoa dude! That’s some pretty rough stuff to throw at a gal drinking her first cup of morning coffee. In addition, I fail to see why there is really any difference between over-development in Williamsburg and over-development in Greenpoint: it’s all crap no matter how you cut it. Or is it? Which brings me to the curious conversation I overheard in front of the following building on Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg this afternoon.

Man #1: Hello there!
Man #2: Give me a bag of blow.

WOW. You know it truly has become a buyer’s market when they start demanding perquisites like Bolivian marching powder!

Miss Heather

*I have a very, VERY good idea who is responsible for this comment.

Coming To Greenpoint: Turks & Frogs?!?

October 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

At long last something is happening at 916 Manhattan Avenue.

It would appear we’re slated to get a wine bar and/or Turkish restaurant. I for one hope it is the latter. This neighborhood needs a little more variety when it comes to vittles* if you know what I mean.

Miss Heather

READ: NO MORE ASIAN RESTAURANTS. PLEASE.

Something Neat

October 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I learned about the above bit of Greenpoint goodness from a woman named Ashley*. She writes:

There is a very sweet piece of random art at the corner of Monitor and Driggs, right by PS 110. I have attached a couple of photos, but they suck since they were taking with a phone while trying not to get in traffic. It’s cute – a metal bird and leaves attached to the pole…

Thanks for sharing, Ashley. I suspect whoever is responsible for this also erected this sculpture on Rodney Street.

Miss Heather

*Whose dog won yesterday’s costume contest at McGolrick Park.

As reported by Bitchcakes:

The G Train Dog won! And in keeping with tradition, when called upon, the G Train (dog) would not move. He had to be coaxed from his spot by his owner. Hilarious!

Once again life imitates art. Mazel Tov!

“Guy At Greenmarket”

October 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy People, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

On October 19, 2008 Theresa wrote regarding this post:

Hi Heather!

I am a lurker of your blog. I just wanted to comment on the guy ranting at McCarren Park. Apparently, that is his place to rant. When I was there a few weeks ago, he was ranting about how it was okay for boys to go shirtless but girls can’t. He said they was wrong and sexist…

Very odd

As it would happen I found a documentary on YouYube which proves our local “crazy guy” also likes to dispense his pearls of wisdom in Williamsburg. The more the merrier I say. Besides our friends to the south are entitled to a little “extra value” with those million dollar condos and prohibitively expensive rental property. Enjoy!

Where will the “crazy guy” set up his soapbox next? I guess we will all have to wait and find out!

Miss Heather