Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Customers Only

January 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Tommy’s Tavern.

Miss Heather

Inauguration 2009: The Orange Cat Conspiracy?

January 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

I suspect I speak for many white liberals when I say I thoroughly enjoyed Reverend Joseph Lowery’s benediction yesterday. That is, except for one part:

“… help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”

No, I am not the least bit perturbed about his admonishment to white people. We as a group deserve it and I am more than happy to “take one for the team”. Rather, the fly in my proverbial ointment is this:

What about the orange?


As many of you are aware I posted the above photograph with one of my favorite memorable quotes from Gerald Ford (though to be frank, there really are not too many to choose from) yesterday. I was fascinated by my cat Bodhi’s interest in Barack Obama’s speech. Perhaps this little guy is more politically, historically* and socially aware than I thought?

Anyhoo, a couple readers found the above image amusing as well. Rowan writes:

historic moment aside, that is a superb “reflection” shot. it looks like Bodhi is floating near Obama’s shoulder, like some kind of orange feline guardian angel.

Al Oof adds:

yes, i’m into the cat on obama’s shoulder shot too.

Feeling loquacious I replied:

It is a little known fact that Bodhi (an orange tabby from Greenpoint, Brooklyn) is Mr. Obama’s speech writer. In this capacity he demanded to be on hand to make sure things went along smoothly. And they did.

Now that I have let one secret slip I might as well to let you in on another: orange cats in Greenpoint seem to have taken an inordinate interest in Barack Obama being inugurated as the 44th President of the United States.


Shortly after uploading my photograph of Bodhi I discovered this image from one of my Flickr buddies, Mihow.


When I logged onto Flickr today this item from Orange Genius was awaiting my viewing pleasure with the following  remark (dare?):

OK ladies, I see your orange tabbies and I raise you an orange tabby. This is the real orange Genius, catching up on the news after the inauguration.

Mere coincidence or a sign of things to come? In the name of scientific research I have erected a Flickr group dedicated to this phenomenon. Did your feline take an inordinate interest in Barack Obama’s inauguration? Do you have photographic documentation? If so, please add your kitty (cats of all colors, breeds and locations are welcome) to this pool.

Your urgent attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Miss Heather

*His particular interest in the end of Barack’s speech (when he invokes Tom Paine’s Common Sense) would certainly seem to indicate this.

Congratulations Cafecito!

January 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

cafecito12109Those of you who have not done so already might want to check out today’s New York Times $25 and Under feature: our very own Cafecito got a rather admirable bit of bandwith and top billing!

Cafecito Bogota
1015 Manhattan Avenue
Puntaverde, New York 11222
(718) 569-0077

Way to go, Oscar and Hernando!

Miss Heather

Jackson Heights Photos Du Jour: After Dark

January 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Queens 




From Roosevelt Avenue.

Miss Heather

Feel Good Dog Doo Sign Of The Year: Yes We Can!

January 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit Signage, Greenpoint Magic 

Despite the odd burned out car and verbal altercation, spirits are high in the Garden Spot since Barack Obama took office. You can see the spirit of hope and aspirations of good citizenship in people’s eyes. It can also be found in our dog shit signs.


This  delightful specimen hails from 1074 Manhattan Avenue. I for one find the addition of a blue bow and bunch of grapes downright inspired. Can we scoop our poop? this sign cheerfully implores passersby. It’s time for us Greenpointers to step up to the plate— as good citizens— and answer the call:


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Video Du Jour: Special National Hug Day Edition

January 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy People, Greenpoint Magic 

Yesterday— to say the very least— was an interesting day. First it was finding a burned out car on India Street on the way to meet someone for lunch. Then when I was walking home on Franklin Street a SUV tore past me spewing forth the special perfume only to be found from smoldering high grade weed. I found the latter rather disturbing because (as many of my fellow Greenpointers can attest) the driving skills of my fellow Garden Spotters are marginal at best— even when sober.*

Anyhoo, these concerns quickly faded into the recesses of my consciousness when I reached Calyer Street. That’s when I was greeted with the sounds of shouting. As Jane Fonda so sagely observed in the movie Barbarella:

…good many dramatic situations begin with screaming…

This occasion was no exception. In fact one of the shouters was brandishing a 1 x 4 for added dramatic effect.

Maybe these gents are discussing the pluses and minuses of Michelle Obama’s inauguration gown? Everyone’s a critic I suppose. I for one thought it was very nice.

Miss Heather

*Watch how they parallel park, for example.

UPDATE: Shayz Lounge

January 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


After a slight delay Jimmy and Seamus (whose name it is an absolute delight to type) are set to open Shayz Lounge tomorrow, January 22. I don’t know about you but I for one am very eager to see what (if anything) they have done to the place.

Shayz Lounge (Formerly known as Jack O’Neill’s)
130 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
OPENING DATE: January 17 22, 2008

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: The Opposite Of Fun

January 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Green Street.

Miss Heather

Inauguration Day Ender: Mission Accomplished!

January 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Huron Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Gentrification Watch: Welcome To The 1970s

January 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 






Yes sir, that waterfront rezoning has kicked gentrification in Greenpoint into overdrive. Why, just a few years ago we couldn’t afford spray paint to tag our burned out cars.

Anyone care to guess how long this hilarious item will remain on India Street? From the look of things I’d say this carbecque has been sitting here for at least 48 hours.

Miss Heather