If there is one word I would use to describe the Greenpoint entrepreneur it would be “innovator”. Where else in this city (and perhaps the world) can you find a graffiti store just down the block from a business that makes sorbet out of wine which in turn is just a hop-skip away from a shop which has shackles and a $400 muskrat for sale? Don’t everyone speak up at once now.
Yes sir, the Garden Spot of the Universe is a very special place and I just learned it is set to become even more special.
As I walking home from getting my hair cut at Zoe’s Beauty Spa & Salon (Anna gives great cuts, by the way) I spied these chaps working on this lovely old garage on Greenpoint Avenue. I was delighted to see this nifty building getting a face lift and decided to tell them so.
Miss Heather: I’m really happy to see someone is finally doing something with this building. What’s it going to be? A restaurant?
Man: A beer spa.
Miss Heather: A… beer… spa?
Man: Yes, a beer spa. Greenpoint has enough bars. We’re selling boutique beer. You’ll be able to knock back a beer and get a nice massage.
Miss Heather: You’re serious?
Man: Of course I am! See that van over there?
Miss Heather: Yes.
Man: That’s my business. You like beer?
Miss Heather: Mostly in the summer —although I’ve been known to like a nice amber ale in cooler months.
Man: We’ll be selling those, so be sure to check us out!
Miss Heather: Will do.
So there have you folks. I suspect I speak for many of my fellow Greenpointers when I say I hope this (unfolding) story has a happy ending!
From Russell Street.
From Humboldt Street.
Is it just me or does the chap on the right bear a striking resemblance to Tommy Lee?
one magic bus at a time!
Earlier this week I noticed the boys at Alphabeta busy at work*. I simply had to see what they were up to so I went in for a closer look.
See what happens when you give a bunch of kids spray paint? Little pink bunny rabbits and canine delinquency…
…art work where none used to be…
and motor vehicles powered by veggie oil.
*In our new bike lane. Tut, tut…
It’s been awhile since I have featured the lovely, loving, UBER-adorable and eminently ADOPTABLE kittens at Empty Cages Collective. Since today is indeed “Feral Cat Day”* I thought I’d share this hilarious video of Giselle (a feral momma) and her “Tiny Dancers” by Lisacat. Enjoy!
Mikhail (the grey cat) is quite the ham but I assure you Twyla and Margot are equally charming (if a little more subdued). If you’re looking for a roommate of the four-legged variety why not make an appointment to meet the tiny dancers? They’ll steal your heart!
Empty Cages Collective
emptycagescollective (at) gmail (dot) com
*It’s also National Bosses Day. Coincidence? I think not.
This Saturday, October 18, the Morgan Fine Arts Building will be conducting its annual Fall Studio Open House from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Just as last year this event is totally free to the public. So why not spend this upcoming Saturday night checking out the work of twenty five up-and-coming Garden Spot artists?
Morgan Fine Arts Building
649 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
This may look like something from Texas but it most assuredly is not. It hails from none other than Greenpoint’s “Park Avenue” (McGuinness Boulevard) where Jay (the person who was kind enough to forward me these photographs) writes:
I came across this sign during my morning walk… with my dogs. They wanted to take a dump in this guy’s yard but I was afraid they’d get shot. I call this “Shoot First; Figure Out How To Run The Country Later”,
Indeed. The more eagle-eyed among you might have noticed the Fedders Box gracing the top left-hand corner of the first image! I mention this because tomorrow is going to be an extra special “Fedders Friday”. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: This was just forwarded to me by Mr. Heather. Amusing stuff, although I’d recommend:
- Joe The Plumber Knocked Up my Teenaged Daughter.
- Joe The Plumber Gave Me The Clap.
- Joe The Plumber Flushed Out My Pipes.
- Joe The Plumber Lays Good Pipe.
- Joe The Plumber Knows What A Woman Likes.
- I F*cked Joe The Plumber & All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.
- Joe The Plumber Will Have to Pay More Taxes Under The Obama Plan If You Buy This Shirt.
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
From Apollo Street.
Aluminum siding exposure is to a Greenpointer what arsenic poisoning was to a Victorian: after time (and repeated exposure) one builds up a resistance. Thereafter more siding (or arsenic) is necessary for the desired effect to take effect. I beg to differ. Sometimes “less” is more. I like my siding with a “twist”.
CASE IN POINT: This house in Sunset Park I call “Right Eye”.
This gem would be overlooked by a mere siding dilettante. Not me. I’m a professional.
What we have here is classic case of L.S.F.B.V.G.S.:
- Low siding (not related to low riding)
- Fedders boxes (in this case two)
- Vandalism with gratuitous signage
I’ll tackle the second point first.
This is classic Fedders heraldry. You don’t see beauties like this much anymore. Please download this image so your children (and grandchildren) can enjoy the glory that is nascent Fedderization.
Low siding, vandalism and gratuitous signage
Note how the heraldry motif (From the Fedders boxes) is carried over to the garage door. (Of questionable taste to some but consistent!) A garage door, I will add, that is obstructed by a great deal of aluminum siding. Whoever owns this house loves him (or her) some siding. They deserve to be an honorary Greenpointer!
The gratuitous signage is pure gravy.
Thank you Sunset Park for the best “fix” of aluminum siding goodness I have seen in months!
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
It would appear that Tommy is more than deaf, dumb and blind; he also can’t smell.
Jennifer Hilton, a local activist for and long-time resident of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community is asking for our help.
…in early June Jennifer had emergency surgery and was diagnosed with stage three color cancer. A single mother who is in between jobs and who recently sent her daughter off to college, she is faced with a tidal wave of costs associated with her treatment. To chill out this wave, Jen has decided to hold a fundraiser to help defray these costs and to contribute to an organization that has been instrumental in easing her burden, CancerCare.
This benefit will be no small affair. People and businesses from the area have generously offered their support:
- Teddy’s Bar & Grill will be hosting the event
- Brooklyn Brewery will be providing a keg of their fine local brew – profits to Jen.
- One of most amazing guitar players on the planet, Hugh Pool, and his band will be jamming live
In addition there will be a raffle and silent auction for items donated by local businesses, artists and artisans.
Thursday October 16, 2008
7:30PM until til the cows…
Teddy’s Bar & Grill
96 Berry St (@ N. 8th St)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
There is no “cover charge” for this event but you should RSVP via email at: rsvp (at) jensblast (dot) org.