Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Student Driver

February 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


From Union Avenue.

Miss Heather

Has Anyone Seen This Pup?

February 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


This week I have seen no less than a dozen of these fliers: once at Morgan Avenue by the Cooper Projects, another time on South 4th Street by the BQE and lastly on Broadway at Hewes Street. If you have seen this adorable pup or know of its whereabouts please contact the owner at the above telephone number. This is little fella is clearly missed.


Miss Heather

Real Estate Insanity: East Williamsburg Style

February 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Crazy People, Williamsburg 


As found in a bodega on Metropolitan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Parts IV & V Of The 94th Precinct Community Council Saga

February 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

As promised (and after dealing with some serious technical difficulties), here is my final installment of footage taken at last night’s Community Council meeting. Enjoy!

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Trailer Trash

February 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 


From Grand Street.

Miss Heather

Notes From The 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

February 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 



It was packed at last night’s Community Council meeting. If I had to guesstimate I’d say there were at least 100 people present. Many of whom were residents and/or business owners from Franklin Street, along with a camera woman from Channel 12, a community liaison from Joseph Lentol’s office and a “representative” from the Production Lounge.

Although a cake congratulating Officer Fulton for his promotion to Deputy Inspector was in the offering, all eyes, ears, minds and most importantly mouths were intent on discussing last weekend’s incident at the Production Lounge And I’ll tell you: all the people present (save perhaps two) be they old timers, newbies, 30-somethings with children or simply concerned citizens were very, very angry. What I found most interesting was that although the gun play at the Production Lounge (and how the police handled it) was the subject of the entire meeting, it was in reality a proxy for a number of quality of life issues which have been festering in Greenpoint for some time. These included but were not limited to:

  • The proliferation of bars on Franklin Street.
  • The increase in noise and disorderly activity which has come as a result of the previous.
  • Dissatisfaction with the 94th Precinct’s response to complaints.
  • Club Exit.
  • Allegations that 311 is fudging the number of complaints being called in.

Disturbing allegations that the ownership of The Production Lounge did not care about the nuisance it was posing to its neighbors (and in fact encouraged it) also arose. As did some incidences which would be best described as harassment or outright intimidation. But enough preliminaries. Follows is my footage from the meeting. Draw your own conclusions.

Part I

Part II

Part III

I’ll be adding more footage from this meeting as YouTube (and my sheer will power) sees fit.* In the meantime those of you who have been affected negatively by The Production Lounge (or any other watering hole in Greenpoint or north Brooklyn in general) can and should contact the following:

State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol
619 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 383 – 7474
lentolj (at) assembly (dot) state (dot) ny (dot) ny (dot) us

Councilman David Yassky (When this was suggested at the meeting a number of people shouted in unison “He’s useless!” But who knows?)
114 Court Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 875 – 5200
yassky (at) council (dot) nyc (dot) ny (dot) us

My good friend over at Neighborhood Threat has already pointed that out all noise complaints should be tendered to 311. Take down the complaint number(s) and hand them over to our local Community Board via email…

Community Board 1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn , New York, 11211
(718) 389 – 0009
Fax: (718) 389 – 0098
Email: bk01 (at) cb (dot) nyc (dot) gov

And last, but hardly least, you can also file a complaint to the New York State Liquor Authority. Here’s a snippet of their online complaint form.


Given what I heard from last night’s meeting I suspect complaint boxes two and six will be very useful. It might also strike some as interesting that The Production Lounge has neither a Place of Assembly permit nor Certificate of Occupancy. In other words, they have no right to have people (much less those brandishing firearms)  in 113 Franklin Street in the first place. Don’t believe me? Go to the Department of Buildings web site and see for yourself.**

Miss Heather

*You can watch the final two installments by clicking here.

**Oh yeah: it should come as no surprise to my fellow Greenpointers that the Production Lounges has no cabaret license either. Sound familiar, anyone?

P.S.: There’s much more piquant commentary about last night’s proceedings to be found on Yelp.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: The Dare

February 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Paidge Avenue.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Advice

February 17, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 


From Montrose Avenue.

Miss Heather

Great Moments In Advertising: Crosstown Local Edition

February 17, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic 


There are a number of things about this solicitation I find interesting. For starters, it is located outside the India Street entrance of the Smith – 9th bound G train. In addition, the ad copy is direct and to the point. But foremost and above all no mention whatsoever is made of compensation. My advice: if you take this man up on his offer and euphemisms such as “art photography” or “candid shots” are dropped demand the money upfront.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Winter Sale

February 17, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather