Greenpoint Photo du Jour: 696 Manhattan Avenue

July 26, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Queens 

Queens Crap writes:

Well, the main office is now toast and the Flushing Office is now a cheesy strip of stores. Maybe Miss Heather can clue us in to the fate of the Greenpoint Office…

I am pleased to report that the former site of the Greenpoint office of the Long Island Star-Journal is alive and well. What’s more, it’s thriving!

NAPOLEON RIDES AGAIN!!! Albeit at the behest of Dunne’s Polemost Liquors in Little Poland.

Miss Heather

Has Anyone Seen Colby?

July 25, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

Diana G (the woman who gave us the good news about Belvedere XL) writes:

A cat is lost on Guernsey near Meserole… The owner gave me a flier and she seemed quite upset about losing Colby so perhaps you can get the word out?

If any of you have seen Colby, please contact his person at either of the above telephone numbers.

Thanks!

Miss Heather

Meet Belvedere XL

July 25, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Diana G writes:

So that photo you posted a few weeks back on Guernsey where it looked like they were putting styrofoam up on a building turns out to be the latest Belvedere atrocity – BELVEDERE XL!

When I read the above email I thought she had certainly made a typo. I was all too wrong.

Presenting Belvedere XL!

God, this is just screams great advertising copy like:

Livin’ Large At Belvedere Forty

or

Sip Your Forty At Belvedere Forty!

or best yet

Belvedere 40 …Works Everytime!

I want to give a big thanks to Diana G and the wizards at Belvedere Realty for giving me the biggest laugh I’ve had all week!

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Diana G & Miss Heather

P.S.: I am still eagerly awaiting the debut of Belvedere 30. Think about it.

Bedford Avenue Polemics

July 25, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

I will wrap up today’s offerings with a review of decidedly political artwork from none other than Bedford Avenue. Enjoy!

Presenting Team Facelift for Dinkins!

I can’t exactly pinpoint the reason why, but somehow G. W. Bush’s head and a parking meter go together splendidly.

Poor Dubya, they even went after his daddy here…

and here.

This one is hands down my favorite. That said, I wonder how effective deriding the second golden age will be in a neighborhood that is rapidly becoming a virtual gated community built by the wealthy for the wealthy. I suppose the new “influx” (if they even notice this missive at all) would applaud it. It’s neighborhood “color”.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Symmetry

July 25, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From the intersection of North 15th and Banker Street.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos du Jour: Naughty & Nice

July 25, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Anyone who has read New York Shitty for any appreciable time will tell you that I love animals. This is why I dedicate so much time to posting adoptable pets and deriding animal cruelty.

Needless to say when I saw this furry little fellow at McCarren Park I said Awwww and quickly shot a photograph of him.

Then I noticed what was directly underneath him. If Larry Flynt is reading this, head down to the northwestern corner of McCarren Park. There you will find the centerfold to end all centerfolds.

Miss Heather

Abandon All Hope…

July 25, 2008 ·
Filed under: Fedders Friday, Williamsburg 

(ye who enter here)

Today I am proud to announce a small but significant Fedders Friday first. Ordinarily when I spy a building worthy of being given a F.F. nod, it is based on the front of the building alone. This beauty (which hails from Hope Street) first caught my eye just around the corner on Havermeyer.

I know what you’re thinking:

Sure, those balconies (which appear to have had some gray sludge drizzled on them) have a pretty crappy view, but otherwise this isn’t that bad.

Well, in order to truly appreciate this building one must compare the back with the front.

Other than the two huge balconies, they bear no relationship with each other whatsoever. It sort of reminds me of Two Face from Batman Forever.*

Except of course, the Joker was merciful enough not to stick a garage in the middle of Harvey Dent’s kisser. Ouch.

Miss Heather

*Or The Dark Knight, take your pick.

Retail Space Coming To Oak Street

July 24, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

As I was walking home from checking out the scene at Calyer and Franklin Street I spied this brand-spanking new conversion on Oak Street. Suspecting that this is a residential to commercial conversion I looked it up when I got home: it is. Although Franklin is certainly thriving nowadays this storefront does feel a little off the beaten path. Needless to say I am very, very interested to see what happens with this space and have to commend the owner for doing a professional job. The latter is a bit of a rarity here in the Garden Spot.

Miss Heather

This Just In

July 24, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

If any of you are wondering exactly what happened on Franklin between Oak and Calyer Street, I have the answer! Apparently water leaked into an underground power line and Con Ed’s emergency crew are busy replacing it. Those of you who are thinking about driving or biking through this area (Franklin from Greenpoint Avenue to Calyer) should be extra careful, as visibility can be very limited —or better yet, take an alternative route like Lorimer or Guernsey.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Then & Now: Shanghai Lee

July 24, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Today’s installment hails from the intersection of Bedford and Manhattan Avenue. If you look carefully at the old photograph you will see the spirit of Shanghai Lee’s past.

And just as I stated in this post, if you look carefully at the facade of what is now Le Brique today you will still see a glimpse of Shanghai Lee’s future!*

Miss Heather

*Before moving to Franklin Street, that is.