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

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


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


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




and goldfish roam the mean streets.


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 



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 


From McKibben Street.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Street Sneaks

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 


From Grattan Street.

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: The Brooklyn Record Riot

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


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 


From Jefferson Street.

Miss Heather

The East Williamsburg Economic Stimulus Plan

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

Those of you who have the pleasure of whiling away your time reading my blog probably have jobs (or at least good severance packages and Internet access). Regardless of your employment status, dear readers, chances are your 401K (if you even have one) is shot to shit. My shit got shot a long time ago. I operate under the presumption that I’ll be working until the day I die. Or rendered into Soylent Green. Whichever comes first.


That is until this tree from Seigel Street entered my life.


A group of gentleman found my interest in this tree (and the numerous tags attached to it) interesting. I, in turn, found them interesting so I asked:

What’s up with this tree?

They replied in unison:

It’s the money tree.

Not caring to futz around with economic esotericism and abstract rhetoric (that’s the stuff that got us— U.S.—in this bind in the first place ) I asked:

If you get a lot of money from this tree can I have some?

The Seigel Street Cadre:


Maybe money really does grow on trees? In any case I’ll be walking around Seigel Street more often.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Maneki Neko

February 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


I have always had a soft spot for calico cats. This one hails from Green Street but another such beauty beckons from Empty Cages Collective. Her name is Sunny— and although she may be blind— she is hardly deaf and dumb. Sunny has a taste for jazz and is damned cute to boot!

Anyone interested in giving this “hep cat” a home should contact Empty Cages Collective at:

emptycagescollective (at) gmail (dot) com

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Brooklyn Bocce

February 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather