Looking For A Little Romance On Valentine’s Day?

January 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

do-polskithumbLooking for a place to take your honey (or hubby) this upcoming Valentine’s Day? I suppose you could luxuriate at our local bed and breakfast* but my buddy over at Brooklyn11211 found a better deal. He writes:

Somewhere, a publicist has earned his wings:

two of Brooklyn’s coolest hotels – hotel le jolie and hotel le bleu[…] are offering the ideal Valentine’s Day Packages for couples wishing to experience a romantic rendezvous in Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Amenities at Le Jolie from February 10-15 include (I shit you not):

  • Accommodations for two nights
  • Rose petals scattered throughout the room
  • Chocolates upon arrival
  • $50 American Express Gift Certificate (Based on a two-night minimum and one American Express Gift Certificate per stay)
  • Complimentary continental breakfast

For only $219 a night! For a real pisser check out this site (the source of the above hilarity). You can read the rest of my Williamsburg colleague’s piquant commentary by clicking here.

Since when was 4th Avenue in Park Slope? Since when has “bumping uglies” on 4th Avenue or whilest overlooking BQE (sans illicit substances) been considered romantic for that matter? Then again who I am to judge? The Mister and I spent our honeymoon in the Bronx.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Big props go out to my friend Brooklyn11211 for posting this. It made my day.

*I have noticed a disturbing number of search queries on my blog’s “backend” for hotels in Greenpoint. For all intents and purposes there are none. Take thee loved ones and friends to Sunnyside. Do NOT send them HERE. This is not a hotel. The Greenpoint Hotel is a flophouse.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Lomzynianka Restauracja

January 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Gentrification Watch: BoWiAn Market

January 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


Having seen more than my fair share of peoplein this neighborhood being hauled away in ambulances after having heart attacks (Chris of T & N Wine and Liquor said it best when he advised me— after his latest heart attack— to insist they take you to St. Vincents*) a salad bar may not be a bad addition to the neighborhood.

BoWiAn Market
664 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Opening Date: T.B.A.

Miss Heather

*Otherwise you’ll end up in Woodhull as a good friend of mine did recently when she had food poisoning. After a five hour wait and getting water from the bathroom (because the water fountains did not work) she felt better and walked home. A novel— if disturbing— cure if I ever heard one.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Barracuda

January 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Area 51 





This little bit of Red Hook comes courtesy of Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

Time To Winterize Those Paws!

January 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

valencianysAlthough I am certain many of you have read about this on Curbed already I’m posting it here as well. Christine writes:

Hi Dog Owners,

Tonight, my dog, VALENCIA, (was) electrocuted!    She is fine!   I repeat

I wanted to share what happened so we all are careful walking under any
scaffolding…. In fact I would just avoid them…

VALENCIA, a brussels griffon, let out a loud yelp and then her
little body just shook for a few minutes.   I had no idea what happened the first time.   It was pretty scary but once we got home she seemed fine.

When it happened a second time this evening at the same place (201 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg next to UVA), I knew something was up. I assume it was some type of shock but didn’t really know.

I called 311 to report dangerous scaffolding.  They then connected me with 911 who then put me in touch with the FDNY. I thought this might have been a little too dramatic especially when they told me to wait for FDNY at the site and two ladder trucks pulled up.

As always, the Firefighters arrived being all cool and calm.   They took out this little devise that said that all the poles in scaffolding were LIVE.   It was a good thing I called.

This site is now safe and hopefully it is the freaky type of thing that only happens once (or at one site)…but if your dog yelps and then shakes for more than a few seconds, report it by calling 311.

Please feel free to forward this email to other dog owners.

Let’s faces facts: it’s damned cold out and derelict development sites are (in all probability) going to become the norm here. Take a tip from one very savvy dog owner in Greenpoint I met recently: sheath your pooch’s feet with balloons. This may sound crazy but it can and does WORK. Rubber not only protects his (or her) furry feet from Halite (which dries out skin) and ice but it also resists electricity. A cheap and easy solution to developer blight!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Key Food

January 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


This lovely photograph comes courtesy of Victoria Belanger. To close a food-related note, be sure to donate your gently used goods to the Greenpoint Reformed Church’s Stuff Swap. All proceeds will be used to fund their much-needed food pantry and soup kitchen. You can get the 411 about this fundraiser (which starts at 1:00 p.m. today) by clicking here.

Miss Heather

Great Moments In Marketing: Special Flatbush/Ditmas Park Edition

January 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Culture War, Greenpoint Magic 



This example of marketing savvy comes courtesy of my friend down at Flatbush Gardener. He writes:

There’s more story behind the photo, too. As soon as I stood in front to take a picture, the (presumed) owner came out, with two or three of his staff. He wanted to know what I was doing. Not aggressive at all, just seemed concerned. I told him I was taking a picture of his sign.

What are you doing?
Me: Taking a picture of your sign.
Owner: Why?
Me: You know it’s misspelled, right? It’s supposed to be “Taliban”, right?
Owner: Are you going to get me in trouble?
Me: I don’t see why.

I went on to explain that I already had a “Taliban scarf” – what I
know as a keffiyah – I just wasn’t wearing it at the time.

Owner: What color is it?
Me: Red.
Owner: I have lots of colors inside.
Me: I know, I saw the sign (pointing to the sign that says “More colors inside”!)
Owner: Come inside.
Me: I don’t need another one right now.
Owner: Come inside.
Me: [Thinking there is some non-zero danger of being recruited for something] Another time.

The sign is still up.

Say what you will about this chap’s advertising prowess (or lack thereof), it’s still better than this or this.

Miss Heather

Greenwick Photos Du Jour: Signs Of The Times

January 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic 


McGuinness Boulevard


Noble Street


Manhattan Avenue


Starr Street

Miss Heather

TONIGHT: Art At Champion Coffee

January 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Area 51 


Tonight Champion Coffee will be having an art opening from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. I have no word as to what the nature of the work will be but given how much I enjoyed their last show this will definitely be on my “to do” list! If you happen to be in the area why not give it a look-see?

Champion Coffee
1108 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: A Few Things For Cat Lovers

January 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 


Tomorrow Empty Cages Collective will be having an adoption event at NYC Pet Supplies in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Their finest cats and kittens of all sizes rescued from the streets of New York City are promised to be in attendance, so why not swing by and say hi? As I have written before, all of ECC’s cats and kittens have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and tested for feline leukemia and FIV. There is a $75.00 adoption fee and all adoptions require an approved application. You can get a sneak peek of what awaits you tomorrow by pointing and clicking your way over to Empty Cages Petfinder page.

Empty Cages Collective Adoption Event
January 24th, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
NYC Pet Supplies
218 5th Ave. (between Union and President)
Brooklyn, New York 11215

(718) 230-8224


Back here in Greenpoint the ASPCA’s mobile clinic will be offering cheap/free spay and neutering at Petland Discounts starting at 7:00 a.m. As the flier clearly states this is purely a first come, first served affair. My advice: get there EARLY.

Free/Cheap Spay & Neuter
Petland Discounts
846 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222


Last up, I have been woefully remiss about passing along these wonderful works of art available at District Dog. My favorite is the “Vomitron Series”. However, there are also plenty of offerings for all you dog lovers out there. Best of all is the price; they’re a mere $25.00 a pop! Check ’em out.

District Dog
142 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather