Williamsburg Photo du Jour: The Shocking Difference

July 17, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Devoe Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Bike du Jour: Nasty On Noble

July 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Wanna sit on this seat?

Miss Heather

Comment of the Week

July 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Yeah it’s only Wednesday, but this is a good one!

Seanisthegood writes (in regards to this post):

Wow. Let me first say I attended the public hearing with the intent of speaking against Studio B. I live around the corner at 112 Calyer Street. I am sometimes annoyed by bottles left on the street the day after a big show or party. That’s about it. After hearing the testimony of the six people that spoke I realized Studio B needs some defense. First, I live behind the building. My kitchen window overlooks the back of the building. I could watch them build the roof. My bedroom affords me a partial view of the back. Yes, I can hear a slight base thump, but this “chatter” and roof music have never, ever been loud enough to cause any sleep issues for me. I find backyard get together of people that live on Clifford Place and Calyer street to be louder than the club. Second, the club does NOT operate every night. Usually there are about three shows a week. A majority of nights the clubs doors are closed. This is far from a constant nuisance. Is it not acceptable for a night club to stay open until four on a Friday or Saturday? Third, Studio B is not just a drug haven, it is a world renown establishment that brings in acts from all over the world. Recently the New York Times wrote a on Hercules and the Love Affair’s debut show at Studio B.

Why is this comment so interesting (other than being a backhanded puff piece for Studio B)? Very simple: five people spoke against Studio B, not six. I filmed every single one of them. The previous commenter either attended this meeting and got confused or he looked at this blog and pretended he did.

Maybe “Sean” can tell us how Agnes “I live next door” Piekarska* likes the bidet in her illegal apartment office?

Or how much it rents for because it sounds and looks pretty phat! The above screencap was taken on June 12, 2008.

This one was taken July 16, 2008. Note how the hearing has been pushed back to September 15, 2008.

Miss Heather

*This is disputed. See Comments.

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Giglio Festival

July 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

The Giglio Festival is a rite of passage for neophyte New Yorkers. Like the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building, you see it once out of a sense of personal responsibility and that is enough. When Mr. Heather moved in with me back in 2003 we went to check it out. His curiosity was satiated and we have not gone back since.

The previous having been said, Will Nunziata (of Collars Up Films) was present at this year’s festivities and forwarded me this hilarious photograph.

He wrote:

I took this at the Giglio fest in Williamsburg on Sunday. I still can’t stop laughing. Notice the graffiti. Perfect.

I agree.

Miss Heather

Brooklyn Born & Bred: The Stooges

July 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Williamsburg 

It’s July. It is hot and humid. Nothing is going on and yet we have to work. For the previous reasons I decided it would be nice to kick off this Wednesday with a little light entertainment.

Lisa (of Empty Cages Collective) could not for the life of her name these three kittens. After observing them pommeling each other and generally spazzing out it became obvious to me: Lenny, Moe and Curly. The Three Stooges. After some discussion Lisa and I decided Shemp was out— which is a shame because he is and will always be my favorite stooge*. In any case, here they are in action.

Anyone interested in adopting these fellas should contact Empty Cages Collective at emptycagescollective (at) gmail (dot) com.

Life was much more civilized back then. Make pies, not war!

Miss Heather

*Moe and Shemp were born in Bensonhurst. Curly at Bath Beach!

The Daily Destruct-O-Matic

July 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

The one thing that fascinates me about living in Greenpoint nowadays is the sheer amount of demolition work being conducted. Seriously. One week I will walk by a two or three floor walk-up and the next, *poof*, it is gone! Wishing to document this mind-boggling array of destruction in and around the Garden Spot of the Universe I have created a new feature: The Daily Destruct-O-Matic*. Here is today’s inaugural site of interest: 59 Orient Avenue.

On March 2, 2007 (in a post entitled House of the Day: Endangered on Orient Avenue) Brownstoner wrote :

Barring the intervention of a very well-heeled hipster trustafarian, another unlandmarked gem in Greenpoint may be headed for the execution chamber. Its crime? Sitting on a 60-by-100-foot lot in a neighborhood that has been complacent about protecting its architectural heritage. (This block was known as Doctors’ Row in the middle of the 20th Century.) The Victorian-era shingled house is on the chopping block for $2.5 million, more than it would likely fetch were it not for the 13,200 square feet of buildable space that accompanies a 6,000-square-foot lot in an R6 neighborhood. As the listing points out, the addition of a community facility could mean an even larger building. What a shame. Maybe some creative entrepreneur could make this work as a bed and breakfast or how about a Soho House East?

As you can see in the above photographs the grim reaper has commenced doing his dark business at 59 Orient Avenue. I find this curious given the only permit on file is for (and I quote):

ALTERATION TYPE 2 – CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT – FENCE REMOVE EXISTING WINDOWS AND CLOSE UP OPENINGS AT 1ST ,2ND 3RD FLS &ROOF. REPLACE EXISTING ENTRYDOOR WITH NEW METAL INSULATED SECURITY DOOR INDICATED ON DRAWINGS FILED HEREWITH. NO CHANGE IN USE EGRESS OR OCCUPANCY UNDER THIS APPLICATION.PROVIDE TEMP. WOOD CONSTRUCTION FENCE

If the purpose of this permit is to ostensibly seal off the property, why is there a gaping hole in the roof? Just curious.

Miss Heather

*Which may not always be daily, but will most certainly feature destruction. Be it legally sanctioned or otherwise.

Just Another Day In Greenpoint

July 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Anyone knocking around Manhattan Avenue today probably noticed there was a lot of filming going on. At Matchless (above) a feature entitled Three Girls was being shot.

Further north I happened upon this motley crew of characters. Curious to know what was going on I asked one of them (the woman in the leopard print pants in the above photograph).

Miss Heather: What’s with all the people sporting the luau get-up?
Woman: They’re filming Lipstick Jungle here today. We’re extras in a party scene.
Miss Heather: Thanks. I was just curious because it is sort of unusual to see people decked out like this here on a weekday.
Woman: It’s funny you mention that. You are the first person who has asked us what we’re doing. We have been walking back and forth from the location (Club Exit —Ed. Note) to the holding area and no one seems to care.
Miss Heather: That’s Greenpoint for you. We have all types here. You can pretty much do or be whatever you want and no one will pay any mind.

It’s true. You can do or be anything you want to be in the Garden Spot. I once wore a pair of fairy wings to the grocery store because I felt like it. Aside from a few bemused looks no one seemed to care.

And on that note I am sad to inform everyone that Greenpoint recently lost one of its more distinctive citizens to a heart attack. Her name was Jessica Cooper, but most of us knew her as that big gal with the pigtails who loved to wear her Catholic School uniform. While some (myself included) may not understand exactly what made Jessica tick, she had a huge heart. She was a frequent volunteer at the Greenpoint Food Pantry and will be sorely missed by her partner of 40 years, Dottie. Rest in peace Jessica, you will be missed by many.

Miss Heather

Another Restaurant Cometh To Greenpoint

July 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I have long wondered exactly what is going in this space at 14 Bedford Avenue (which is located just around the corner from Le Brique). Today I finally took a peek at the permits posted in the window.

I have not found any applications for a liquor license pending on Community Board 1′s agenda and there will be no meeting next month, so it looks like we will have to wait until fall to learn more!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Graham Avenue

July 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Look very carefully at the truck parked next to this monument company (or click on the above image) to see why I found this so amusing.

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: Pig Roast

July 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

On Sunday, July 20th, Third Ward will be hosting their 1st Annual Pig Roast & Dance Party. I can’t say I am too enthused about the fare (I am a vegetarian), but cold drinks, flying horseshoes, “high-stakes badminton” and live music are also in the offering. All in all this event sounds like a lot of fun. Be sure to check out the last day of Jeremy Leichman’s show, Suits, while you’re there!

Third Ward
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11237

For more information point and click your way over to Third Ward’s web site. On that note, dear readers, methinks I am going out to enjoy this beautiful summer day. You can anticipate more New York Shitty goodness later!

Miss Heather