While this newest addition to the Garden Spot of The Universe isn’t entirely new, I have been meaning to give it a mention on New York Shitty. Today, dear readers, is that day.
Here are the deets: Yes Gallery is located in the basement of 147 India Street between Manhattan Avenue and beautiful McGuinness Boulevard. They opened late October with a group which, quite frankly, I’m pretty disappointed I missed. It looked fantastic. Anyhoo, I was lucky enough to see their second show, have a quick chat with their proprietress and meet her French Bulldog Cobra (who, if you’re wondering, is a SHE).
Here’s a sneak peek at the interior of this establishment.
While difficult to capture on camera, it is a lovely space. What’s more, the show they currently have up is pretty spiffy to boot! I for one really like this painting of a primeval couch. Those of you who have the time really should give this show a look-see. It closes on December 15, 2008.
In other news (of particular interest folks staying in New York City this holiday season and last minute shoppers alike) I have been told their next show will feature 100 8″x10″ photographs by 100 different artists for sale at the (very) reasonable price) of $99.00 a pop. The opening is scheduled for December 21, 2008. I will publish more details here as I learn them.
Yesterday we visited our friends over on Humboldt Street. Today I thought it only appropriate to see how the competition is doing over on Russell.
It would appear that (unlike Halloween) 97 Russell Street has a commanding lead. Here are a few highlights.
I have a confession to make: these carolers sort of give me the creeps.
However, I do like these angels.
The same goes for these snowmen.
Especially this one which bears an uncanny resemblance to Winston Churchill.
Naturally a nativity is present…
and not even the windows have been left untouched. Thus far this is the finest Christmas display I have seen this year. Therefore, I give 97 Russell Street two enthusiastic thumbs up!
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The older readers among you might remember this little guy. I found him hanging out with a few friends knocking back a few brewskis in front of 1000 Manhattan Avenue (Greenpoint’s gift which has mercifully since quit giving) one Saturday afternoon back in 2007.
Well, this week I discovered (while researching this post) that this fella was not the first such animal to call north Brooklyn his home. Apparently his brethren were quite fancied by the local populace at the turn of the century. Enough so that even one of our fire houses had a goat as a pet. We can only hope the fate that awaited our little Greenpointer was better than what awaited his predecessor in this article from the April 15, 1895 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Enjoy!
He became very ill and hid himself in the darkest corner of the cellar.
This reminds me of how I felt after my high school English teacher made us read Sylvia Plath. Ugh.
As you can see the marquee says nothing about massages. I can only hope this is an oversight on their part.
Sharpie markers should come with spell check— or a breathalyzer test— preferably both.
Note: the above missive originally read as follows
I am affraid to admit that I fucked up. SO? DRoid
From McGuinness Boulevard.
The Salvation Army on Manhattan Avenue is sporting quite a noteworthy assortment of holiday decor today. Best to get down there while supplies last!
The one thing I am going to miss now that the real estate boom is over is the mind-bogglingly bad locations being shilled as quite “livable” by developers. Let’s take the L Haus, for example.
Nestled next to Brooklyn’s Eighth Wonder Of The World (that being the Pulaski Bridge) this phlegm-hued architectural marvel makes me think of many things. Livability is not one of them. But believe it or not I discovered recently locations can come worse. Where did I have this epiphany, you ask? Where else: Greenpoint. Albeit by a nose.
Behold 20 Division Place.
Located at the bucolic paradise that is the intersection of Division Place and Debevoise Avenue, this lot not only sits atop the Meeker Avenue plume, but it is also been approved by the Board Of Standards and Appeals (in their nothing less than Solomon-like wisdom) for six condominium units and four garages! I know you are all reaching for check books about now so I have been kind enough to share the scenic vistas which await the person lucky enough to call this Valhalla home.
Here’s Debevoise Avenue looking north.
Division Place facing east.
Debevoise Avenue facing south.
If you lived here these shoes could be yours!
And of course Division Place facing west. I am certain there’s a nice view of Manhattan to be had here if exercise enough imagination.
And while you’re there why not say hello to some of your new neighbors?
The folks in apartment two seem like normal enough folks to me.
I am pleased to announce that the minds behind Greenpoint’s favorite Halloween display are busy working their magic this holiday season. Here’s a sneak peek of what they are cooking up.
No Santa (or Mrs. Claus) yet but I am certain they will make an appearance in due time. Otherwise I’ll leave you with this jolly fat fella sporting the red suit from down the block.
Perhaps I have lived in Greenpoint too long but this guy looks a little soused.
Last night as the Mister and I were walking down Green Street we made an interesting discovery.
Christmas came early for one lucky house on Green Street.
True to form, some miscreant was thoughtful enough to remove the plastic from this mattress. Thus enabling some very special Santa’s helpers to spread their very special brand of holiday mirth to a household near you! I’m too sure who this item belonged to, but I have a recommendation as to what to give them for Christmas. It can be found on Amazon.
The Allerzip Waterproof Bed Bug Proof Zippered Bedding Encasement. Don’t believe me? Click here and see them for yourself. Curiously enough the manufacturer does not indicate whether this item is designed to keep these creepy crawlers inside or out. I suppose they’re leaving that up to the consumer. To close on a related note, bargain hunters should be advised there are no used models for sale at this time.
P.S.: While you’re shopping why not toss in a “Bugs In Bloom” bath accessory tumbler? It’s the least you can get for that special someone who has the gift that keeps on giving.