Goodbye Two Flags, Hello River Ballel

December 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Well the fence has been taken down at 160 Franklin Street (also known as 87 Kent Street, formerly known as the “Doof Center”).

What is “River Ballel” going to be, you ask? My greenhorn Greenpointer, the answer should be obvious: another bar eating and drinking establishment.

River Ballel (Barrel?)
160 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
(718) 389-8881
Opening Date: T.B.A.

For those of you who are keeping track this brings the total number of bars on Franklin Street back up seven. The Lost & Found Bar closed recently.

Miss Heather

‘Tis The Season: The Noble Street Reingoose

December 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Last year this fella only sported a pair of antlers. I have to say the addition of the golden tinsel is an inspired touch. But how could I honestly expect anything less from a person whose Halloween decorations included dismembered dolls and Teletubbies?

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: FUBAR On North 7th Street

December 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

In true Williamsburg form, merely setting this newspaper thingamajig (which was for a real estate or parenting rag if I remember correctly) on fire didn’t deter the local population from stuffing it to the gills with refuse. Adapt and overcome: that’s progress the north Brooklyn way of life!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Juxtaposition

December 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Last Minute Gift-Giving Ideas From The Garden Spot

December 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

What do you give the person who has everything? Well, a blood test immediately comes to mind to yours truly but here are a few other suggestions.

Just for Fun has lotto tickets, Polish and American flags, fake butts, elephants, American currency toilet paper and a “Sassy Girl” who drops her top and sings a saucy tune. What’s more they’re open on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and as far as I know is the only place in our fair burgh that sells butt plugs. Stick that in your chimney and smoke it!

Just For Fun
982 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

When I encountered this delightful item at the Thing I couldn’t help but feature it. First I played a round of “Tower to Tokyo” with it. Then I proceeded to use it like c.b.:

Busted Rubber this is Bearded Clam talking. There’s a whole bunch of Tampax ahead. Do you read me? That’s a big 10-4!

If sculptures of hairless hoo-hoos are not your taste the Thing also has this one.

I’m not too sure what the point of this object of art is but if you want to shake up your office Christmas party (if your office has one and you have a job) this is undoubtedly to item bring. Sure, it’ll set you back $70.00 but just imagine the look on the H.R. person’s face! Human Resource professionals are (in my experience) the most worthless waste of human flesh this side of the post-Perestroika world. If they’re going to fire you, the least you can do is make the amount of paperwork they have to file copious and interesting. Professional bureaucrats hate that sort of thing.

And this ought to do it.

Vagina Sculptures ($50.00-$70.00 each)
The Thing
1001 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

‘Tis The Season: Fire Escape Santa

December 13, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Clay Street.

Miss Heather

TODAY: Homes For The Holidays

December 13, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Park Slope 

Today Empty Cages Collective will be taking their show on the road with an adoption event at NYC Pet Supply in Park Slope. If you happen to be in the area why not swing by and make a furry friend (or two)?

Homes For The Holidays Adoption Event
NYC Pet Supply
218 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Miss Heather

Brooklyn Back In The Day: Greetings From 1950’s Ft. Greene

December 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Ft. Greene 

Earlier this week I posted the above photo and asked you to identify where it was taken. Two people posted answers and both were correct: Ft. Greene Park.

Today I will kick off the weekend with a few more goodies from my latest acquisition of old Brooklyn shots. The details are scant as to who this family was but the husband’s name was Al and his wife was named Julie. Al was a Technical Corporal in the army during World War II and they in all probability lived in the Ft. Greene Houses. By all appearances they are a loving, happy and prosperous family and will undoubtedly give you a smile this Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

Looking dapper in front of the Ft. Greene Houses.

Striking a pose in front of mom’s vanity.

A group hug in front of the Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument.

A more serious family portrait.

Time for a trip to Grandma’s house!

Blow out the candle!

Merry Christmas from Ft. Greene!

A microscope!

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that a helicopter is not what this child wanted for Christmas.

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: Conscious Craft Fair

December 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

This upcoming Sunday, December 14, Greenhouse Holistic will be hosting a craft fair from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is totally free and complimentary chai will be served. Among the (numerous) wares they will have for sale are jewelry, handmade soaps, holiday stockings, yoga clothing and supplies, handmade hula hoops (as seen at left), knit items, wood block prints and chocolate. How’s that for variety!

Why not support your local artists and give the gift of handmade joy this holiday season?

Conscious Craft Fair
Greenhouse Holistic
284 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Bex Burton

Mind Your Pooches This Holiday Season

December 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

It has been brought to my attention that an alert has been posted at the McCarren Park dog run admonishing dog owners to keep a careful eye on their pets. As many of you, dear readers, are already well aware poaching pets for handsome reward money has unfortunately become a cottage industry in our fair city— and with the economy in the shitter I have little doubt we will be seeing more of this kind of thing for the foreseeable future. Per this article from the Greenpoint Gazette (which I strongly recommend each and every one of you read) no such incidents have occurred in Greenpoint to date. But nonetheless I would advise all dog owners to be exercise extra caution this holiday season.

Miss Heather