This Is Awesome!

October 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Queens 

One of the benefits of being a pack rat and a wee bit lackadaisical with the house keeping is when you finally DO get around to organizing it feel likes Christmas. There’s a treat under every pile of old magazines, old books, etc. This was certainly the case this weekend. Which brings me to the pile of old negatives gracing the beginning of this post: I have had these for months— but alas my scanner cannot process them. Until I exercised a little ingenuity, that is. Then I got a real treat; something so utterly nifty I simply had to share it!

Snapshots of the 1939 World’s Fair!

This negative was in pretty bad shape, yet I really like the finished image. Very moody.

I’m a big fan of this family unit. “Grandma” looks like one tough character.

There are twelve photographs in total. You can see them on my Flickr page by clicking here. By all means do check them out. They’re an incomparable sneak peek into the New York City of yesteryear!

Miss Heather

P.S.: There are many, many more old pix (of New York City!) where these came from so stay tuned. You’re in for are real treat!

The Zombie Crawl Cometh

October 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I spied this last night at the Black Rabbit and found it too good to pass up. What does a Greenpoint zombie look like, you wonder? Well, head over to the Diamond Bar between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Halloween and find out! Given the offer of “$3.00 pints for all zombies” I imagine they will be quite plentiful!

Zombie Crawl
October 31, 2008
Starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Diamond Bar
Ends at the Mark Bar at midnight

Miss Heather

Halloween Photos du Jour: Pumpkins & Witches

October 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From India Street.

Miss Heather

Meet Jack Jack

October 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady 

Rob Maher of Dog Habitat writes:

This is Jack Jack he is a 1yr old 10 lb male Pomeranian Jack Russell mix.  Super cute. Very friendly but nervous around new people. He was very friendly with Emilia and Chloé.  We need to find him a home or a foster home as soon as possible.  Please pass the word to anyone you may know.

Anyone interested in providing Jack Jack a permanent or foster home should contact Rob via email at rob (at) doghabitat (dot) org.

Thanks!

Miss Heather

Halloween Photo du Jour: Milton Street

October 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This is much better in person. Check it out!

Miss Heather

Friday Night In North Brooklyn

October 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

I planned on attending an art opening last night. What I got instead was an eye-opening experience.

BIG TIME.

What really got me was not the youths “acting out” or the cops who pursued them (undoubtedly because condo owners are getting pissed at their shenanigans); it was the snotty preppy dude (who can be seen in this video) saying (to his date):

This is awesome!

Is this how callous we (as a people) have become? Laughing at another human being’s misery, fear and (possible) death? But I suppose that’s the point of slumming.

Do I get a fucking t-shirt?*

Miss Heather

*Some days humanity in general makes me want to vomit. This was one of them.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Studies In Siding

October 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Vinyl Siding 

When I saw these glorious studies in Greenpoint siding (courtesy of mugsniffer) in my photo pool I just knew they were the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Enjoy!

I don’t know about you but I found these images strangely inspirational. So much so that I would like to propose that October 10 henceforth be known as Aluminum Siding Appreciation Day. Are you with me fellow Greenpointers?

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: Stoop Sale Round-up

October 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This fall’s unseasonably warm weather is proving to be a real boon to stoop sale enthusiasts here in the Garden Spot. Here are a couple fliers I spied while running errands this morning.

132 NOBLE STREET

This is the first I have ever seen insulation offered at a stoop sale. Then again, given how expense heating oil is nowadays this may not be such an unwise purchase.

Stoop Sale Featuring Insulation
Saturday, October 11, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
132 Noble Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

169 GREENPOINT AVENUE

This one is clearly geared more towards the stroller set. What the difference is between a baby girl car seat versus a “baby boy car seat” I do not know.

Stoop Sale Featuring Gender Specific Car Seat
Saturday, October 11, 2008
12:00  – 5:00 p.m.
169 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Good thing this flier wasn’t posted in Park Slope. Down the F train way this would be considered an oppressive act of war (online war, that is).

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Porcelain Gets A Bad Rap!

October 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Nope, I’m not talking about the above-depicted variety of porcelain (although we sport quite a lot of it). Rather, as Rutila wrote (regarding to this post about Greenpoint’s newly famous fireplace):

…We were there during the awesome Greenpoint walking tour in June. Did you know that the Garden Spot is the birthplace of American porcelain? Read all about it.

It’s true. Greenpoint used to manufacture world class pottery. Well, it was world class until people learned of its provenance —at which point they turned their respective noses up at it. As you will learn from this article from the August 29, 1886 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Enjoy!

You can read the rest of this tome (which at over 2,000 words is slightly lengthy) by clicking here.

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Greenpoint Porcelain ca. 2008; The Professor

*We even had beach— it was called “Pottery Beach as they used sand from it to manufacture ceramic products! No joke.

Open Letter To A Neighbor

October 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I will not lie to you: I was than pleased when I found this (whatever it is and I assure it is the subject of much debate among your neighbors) gracing the stairwell of our building. However, I understand that sometimes this area serves as a “transfer point” for articles destined for the garbage or (perhaps in this case) an art gallery. I do not really mind this. What’s more, the note you left on this item certainly seemed to indicate that this (arguably dangerous) situation was temporary.

will move in the morning…

Therein lies the fly in my proverbial ointment: the above photograph was taken October 3, 2008. Seven mornings have elapsed since I documented your ad hoc installation and yet it is still here. Perhaps the devil is in the details, e.g.; you’re talking about the next Mercurial morning (which comes every 58.6467 earth days). Somehow I doubt this. Methinks forgetfulness or sheer laziness is the real culprit. I realize the previous statement is a bit snide, but quite frankly I am getting very tired of looking at this every day. What’s more, I am not alone.

Having had the pleasure of sharing a roof with some real whackadoos in my time I consider myself very lucky to live in a building with great neighbors (and yes, this includes you). If you need help removing this item please ask your neighbors for help. We’ll be more than happy to obligue. Otherwise I imagine someone will either contact our landlord or the fire marchal’s office (who will, in turn, fine our landlord) and (after shitting some serious bricks) he will send each of us a terse memo admonishing us not place such objects in the public areas of this building. He’ll probably make everyone remove their bicycles from the hallway as well, thus subjecting them to the caprice of the numerous bike thieves who call Greenpoint their home. I have seen this happen before. Trust me, it isn’t pretty.

Lest I have not made my point clear: PLEASE REMOVE THIS FROM OUR APARTMENT BUILDING IMMEDIATELY. If not out of consideration for your neighbors, the fact that with each passing day it is becoming increasingly likely it will be removed for you should be sufficient motivation to do the right thing. We’re a pretty affable lot in this building, let’s keep it that way.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Your Neighbor