Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
From Vandervoort Avenue.
These are but a mere sampling of the many wonderful images from last weekend’s storm taken by a fellow Greenpointer (nice guy and all-around very talented photographer) who calls himself Mugsniffer. Do take the time and check them out. This one is my hands-down favorite. Great shots!
On November 18, 2008 I wrote:
…I cannot wait to try these folks out for lunch. I mean, how can you NOT try a sandwich called â€œMakeout Partyâ€ (spicy tofu, garlic, hummus, sauerkraut, tomato, red onions on a hoagie)?
Well, today dear readers, was that day. I awoke with a strange hankering for foodstuffs that would render my kisser completely unfit for human habitation. What’s more, I am married. I have no need to impress anyone anymore. If it gives me gas so much the better. It’ll give me yet another thing with which to torment the Mister (can you say “dutch oven”?). Our marriage is— for better or worse— one long Beavis and Butthead marathon. But I digress.
I bundled up, tossed on my sneakers and headed over to Boneshakers. I first ordered a couple of their chocolate mint cupcakes. Then I got right down to business:
I’d like one Makeout Party sandwich please.
It took them a little while to whip it up but it was totally worth the wait.
Behold, eight full inches of social suicide for a mere $7.00! That’s less than a buck per inch. Try one of these bad boys for yourself; not only is it a tasty concoction (especially on a cold day like today), but you get the added value of having garlic/sauerkraut breath for at least a full two hours after consumption.
Culinary tip: be sure to wash your Makeout Party sandwich down with a can of Budweiser. Trust me on this one.
From McGolrick Park.
Those of you who have eaten at COCO 68 recently probably noticed the art work hanging in the back room. Well, the artist behind these works is Chris Smith and this evening he will be strutting his stuff at our very own Mark Bar! Here are the deets per his press release:
Happy New Year everyone!
Thanks to everyone for your support in the past year, 2009 is already off to a quick start! I’m taking over Brooklyn this month, with my “Roadwork Ahead” series of paintings at 3 locations
Help me celebrate by joining me this Wed at the Mark Bar. They are extending their Economic Bailout Happy Hour until 9pm (that means $3 for almost everything in the bar!!) and be sure to stick around for XXXTreme Bingo at 10pm (yeah you heard me!)
Booze, bingo, art and porn (a bag of which is one of the prizes offered at the Mark Bar’s XXXTreme Bingo Night) : I cannot think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night in Greenpoint!
January 14, 2008, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Mark Bar
1025 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Closing on an art-related note, some of you might have noticed that the Habitat recently reopened after taking a few days off for vacation. What you might not have noticed is what’s shaking upstairs.
The space is called The Ceeflat…
…and every Thursday night starting tomorrow, January 15, they’re hosting a live open figure drawing workshop. As it would happen one of my resolutions this year is to bone up on my draftsmanship (What’s the point of having a degree in Painting and Drawing if you don’t, in fact, draw anymore?). The promise of “costumes” and a paltry $15.00 fee will undoubtedly make this resolution easier for yours truly to stick with.
My fuzzy pink bunny ears are quivering with anticipation!
After learning about the latest incarnation of this sign last week I simply had to see it for myself. What’s more I wanted to gauge its effectiveness. I have some good news and some bad news to relay:
1. While on the one hand it would appear the local citizenry are obeying the letter of the sign,
2. on the other they do not seem to be graspingÂ its spirit.
Glass half empty or glass half full? I’ll let you make the call.
While I’m on the subject of dog shit and day-glo paint, I was recently forwarded a most amusing item from my friend over at And I am Not Lying. Here’s a teaser to pique your interest:
There were two good things about my apartment in Virginia:
The rent was only $175 a month, and Brad the landlord never came over. Ever. Or so we thought. This seemed ideal at the time, as I was using the living room as a painting space in addition to training live chickens to play keyboards in the living room. The less company, the better.
But like so much else in the world, the good and bad parts of that situation were horribly entangled.
Weâ€™d moved into the place in a hurry in the dead of an unusually cold winter â€“ which served to keep the smell down..
Yup, and it only gets better.
From Bogart Street.
P.S.: While we’re on the subject of greed, be sure to check out this and this post about 80 Metropolitan’s advertising campaign. Did you know the demolition of the Dutch Mustard Factory was in fact a conversion? According to their marketing hacks it is. Who knew?
Desi Desi (who was kind enough to pass along the above photograph) writes:
attached is a pic i snapped of a banner over a soon to be laundromat. over 80 new manchines!Â pretty funny!Â it’s over at the corner of kingsland and nassau (244 Nassau Avenue to be precise —Ed. Note).Â all joking aside i’m excited for a new laundromat in our neck of the woods, all the ones close by are super shitty.Â also, do you have any word on when wardak is supposed to open?Â i either trek to key food, or i deal with met food since it’s close but man, it is so bad.
Wardak looked pretty close to completion back in November but with this economy who knows? If anyone out there knows if/when this grocery store is set to open by all means please share.
And oh yeah, the Met Food on Nassau Avenue is disgusting. However, it makes a rather nice appearance in the movie Street Trash. Watch this trailer and see for yourself!
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: I swung by Wardak on my way to Boneshakers (to purchase some cupcake and sauerkraut love). They were busy at work!
I’ll expound upon on my Boneshakers experience in a bit. Stay tuned!
The delectable and downright brilliant bit of ad hoc street seating hails (as many other wonderful and creative uses of tires do) from Bogart Street in “East Williamsburg”. Not only does it look stylish but I can personally attest to the fact it is also quite comfortable.
There is only one word to describe a creation as sublime as this: GENIUS.
I just received the following (and very disquieting) email from my friends over at District Dog regarding the above depicted pet. Please give it a read as the circumstances under which this dog disappeared are more than a little dubious. Rob writes:
I am sure you have seen the signs for the MISSING BLACK AND TAN CHOW/ SHEPARD MIX in the neighborhood.Â It was last seen with a girl about 5’10” and blonde hair, she was wearing a brown coat.Â The dogs name is Dubi,Â he is a well taken care of dog, we can attest to this.
If anyone has any information, please contact us immediately.
We just returned from our trip and are heartbroken to hear that he is missing.
We have been told that the girl that took him from Christina’s Corner Store believed the owner abandoned him.Â This is not the case.Â The dog was in the park with the owner running around with his leash hanging and took off.Â Someone must have tied him up at the corner store.Â We can understand the initial interpretation, but circumstances cannot be assumed.
Hiram, Dubi’s owner has been to the police and shelters with no luck yet. He received a message from the person who took the dog, saying she was not going to give the dog back. This is illegal.Â She has not even spoken directly to him yet and did not leave a number to call back.Â We have been told that she lives withing a few blocks of the store.
PLEASE PASS THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN THE AREA.
WE CAN BE REACHED 24/7 AT 718.290.7434
OR BY EMAIL rob (at) districtdog (dot) com
PLEASE HELP US GET DUBI HOME.
TELL EVERYONE YOU SEE IN THE DOG RUN OR WALKING A DOG.
If you have seen Dubi please contact Rob via email or the above telephone number immediately. Let’s get this handsome chap back to his rightful owner. Thanks!
UPDATE, 1/14/09: I spoke to Rob Maher this afternoon. Apparently the woman who left the voice message stating she was not returning this gentleman’s dog also berated him for not offering a reward. Naturally if I get my hands on this delightful missive you can look forward to hearing it on New York Shitty. In the meantime I will have to be satisfied with adding the coveted “asshole” tag to this post.