Urban Gravestones, Greenpoint Style

August 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This weekend I discovered— much to my chagrin— that Greenpoint is holding its own regarding the phenomenon that Bed-Stuy Banana so aptly named “urban gravestones”. Here they are.

Dupont Street

Frosty Freeze, R.I.P.

Java Street

A tribute to “Revzi” can be found the corner of Java and West Street. Revzi was only seven when the film Donnie Brasco was released. I mention this because part of the previous movie (the infamous parking meter scene) was shot in front of this very building. In any case, he died at eighteen.

McGuinness Boulevard

And lastly, this bouquet commemorates the senseless, sad death of Maria Piatkiewicz. She was hit by a van while crossing McGuinness Boulevard last month.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: And The Winner Is!

August 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

On Green Street it is number 11 by a nose!

Miss Heather

THIS FRIDAY: Little Murders

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

As part of their series of films featuring one of my favorite actors, Elliot Gould, this month B.A.M. will be featuring a movie that has long been on my “to watch” list: Little Murders.

Why would this movie interest me, you ask? Well, I’ll let my colleague over at Self-Absorbed Boomer answer that question for me. He writes:

In Little Murders (1971), directed by Alan Arkin, with screenplay by Jules Feiffer, Elliott Gould… played Alfred Chamberlain, a successful but disillusioned commercial photographer who took to wandering the Upper West Side shooting photos of what, in those pre-pooper-scooper law days, could all too easily be found on the sidewalks. He explained this unusual avocation by saying that he’d received several awards for work he’d done–photographs of consumer products that were used in advertising–that he considered artistically without merit, and that this made him conclude that he might as well be taking pictures of shit. Eventually, he had mounted at a gallery a show of his excremental photos, and men in suits or sport jackets and women in cocktail dresses or pants suits were shown at the opening, sipping chardonnay and admiring his works. During the party, someone (as I recall, Alfred’s fiancee, Patsy) said she thought his photos were lovely, and added, “and they’re all …?” He nodded affirmatively.

Tickets for all three showing of this film can be had by clicking here or calling (718) 777- FILM (BAM’s theater id number is 545).  General admission will set you back a modest $11.00. Tickets for seniors, students and children cost $7.50 (please see BAM’s web site for details).

Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11237

NOTE: After the 6:30 p.m. viewing they will have a Q & A session with Mr. Gould himself!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Simply Beautiful

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Bayard Street.

Miss Heather

Syncronicity

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Last night I met a friend of mine at The Habitat. I was tired, but giddy. Giddy because I had been out of the apartment for the first time in two days. I tried to pay attention to what she was telling me. Really, I did. But their delicious rum punch and the following didn’t help matters.

The Habitat
988 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

I can only hope their upcoming chicken wing eating contest is equally entertaining.

Miss Heather

Why Did Studio B Close?

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

That is a very good question. Perhaps the following has something to do with it?

The very day the Public Safety Committee decided that Studio B did not merit a recommendation for a Cabaret license, the Department of Buildings disapproved their Place of Assembly application.

For both floors.

No worries, I am certain former City Councilman Ken Fisher will have an answer*. He has a lot to say!

Miss Heather

UPDATE: Citizen Skein (who was present at last week’s meeting) explains it all for us! (Check the comments). ALSO— here is my buddy Neighborhood Threat’s take on the whole brouhaha. Do give it a read.

*The difference is amazing. Ken the City Councilman berates safety violations but Ken the Lobbyist justifies them! No wonder Greenpoint is so fucked up. Thanks Mr. Fisher!

Barack Rocks Greenpoint Again

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Ten bucks will not only buy you an evening’s entertainment at CoCo66, but the proceeds will go towards Barack Obama’s campaign for President!

CoCo66
66 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Happy fundraising (mustaches optional)!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Brooklyn Is Dead

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From McGuinness Boulevard.

Miss Heather

Miscellaneous Foodstuffs: Frankie’s Is In The House!

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Attention north Greenpoint: Acapulco is on vacation! Anyone wanting tasty (and CHEAP) eats should take their business to New Tulcingo until August 22nd.

Greenpoint’s only strip mall (on none other than McGuinness Boulevard) is undergoing some renovations of the corporate kind. Looks like Pizza Hut, Blimpie and Carvel are out and Taco Bell and KFC are in.

It looked like this wasn’t going to happen, but it is: Frankie’s (at 490 Humboldt Street) officially opens for business today! Click here to see their menu.

Bon appetit!

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photo du Jour: Last Tango

August 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

From Richardson Street.

Miss Heather