Greenpoint Photo du Jour: West Point In Greenpoint

July 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

The Greenpoint Lofts, Revisited

July 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

It’s been some time since I have written about this establishment. In fact, it is long overdue. Thankfully a reader named Colleen alerted me to their web site, reminding me of something I want to pass along to you, dear readers.

As some of you might recall the Greenpoint Lofts are “business ready loft condominiums” which sport such unbusiness-like amenities such as a fitness center, penthouses and a rooftop terrace with skyline views. The location leaves much to be desired, but it is not at all an unattractive conversion. Obviously someone else agrees with me regarding the latter because I recently discovered a new tenant: Porcupine Tattoo!

This isn’t your grandma’s business condo!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Back In The Day

July 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Ever had one of those days where you just can’t get motivated? Call it the summer doldrums or whatever you want, today I have it! Thankfully Laura Hofmann was kind enough to pass along these great old photographs of Greenpoint taken in the 1980′s. Enjoy!

This one should be recognizable to just about anyone: it is the site of our new(ish) Starbucks. The McDonalds is still with us although the pizzeria to the north is now a Polish deli. Somewhat related: the bar (which is obstructed by a van in the above image) looks untouched. This might change as I noticed the “For Rent” sign there has been removed. I wonder what will occupy this space? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Here’s a view of the Greenpoint Avenue bridge and the site of our new and improved waste treatment plant.

Ah the joy that is (or would that be was) 1960′s architecture!

And of course what would a photographic record of old Greenpoint be without a nod to the “Texas tea” that makes our neighborhood (in)famous!

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Laura Hofmann

Meet Marco

July 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

My buddy over at Bad Advice tipped me off to this very cute little guy in search of new digs. She writes:

My friend Jannese noticed a commotion a couple doors down from her home in downtown Brooklyn. She watched as the cops dragged a guy, covered in shit (no joke) out of his apartment. The cops were saying they didn’t know what to do with his dog, so Jannese rescued it. The apartment was as shitty as the guy was. (We’re talking genuine fecal matter.) She already has two dogs and can’t keep this one, so if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this along.

You can read more about Marco’s story here. Be advised it is pretty disgusting. Anyone interested in giving this distinguished older gentleman a home should contact Jannese at chiwas_rule (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Every Little Bit Helps

July 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

Happy Bastille Day From Greenpoint!

July 14, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This evening Casa Mon Amour will be celebrating Bastille Day in grand style with a “French Style BBQ” starting at 6:00 p.m. “Tasty food and a cold Pastis, rose or Kronenbourg” are in the offering.

Casa Mon Amour
162 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

On a related note, it would appear that Little Korea’s ill-fated space at 645 Manhattan Avenue might be poised to get the Gallic touch.

Le Brique means “the brick” in English. I have it on excellent intelligence they are building an outdoor patio in the back. That sounds really nice and all, but will the fare be tasty? That’s what I want to know!

VIVA LA FRANCE!

Miss Heather

Press Conference At Newtown Creek

It got off to a late start but the press conference conducted by Nydia Velazquez, Anthony Weiner* and Joseph Lentol came to pass without a hitch. For those of you who were unable to attend this event, the following footage should give you some idea of its purpose: goading the Federal government to declare the area around Newtown Creek a Superfund site.

Here is the second half where Craig Michaels, legal counsel from Riverkeeper, and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol speak.

It looks like Ms. Velazquez and I agree on two things: the 2008 FISA Amendment Act sucks** and our community has waited long enough for a thorough clean-up of many a score of environmental abuse. 2026 is not good enough. We deserve better.

Miss Heather

P.S.: The new park where this press conference was held (and is still not open to the public) has already been given a hearty Greenpoint welcome!

Doggie dumplings.

*Who laughed when I waved at a passing Watertaxi and exclaimed:

Welcome to one of the most polluted waterways in the United States!

**I originally stated in this post she voted in favor of this act. This is not true. Ms. Velazquez voted against it. It was passed anyway.

My Day Trip To Lower Manhattan

July 13, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

Yesterday I spent the afternoon in lower Manhattan. The purpose of said trip was to attend Forgotten New York’s tour of old lamp posts. While interesting I realize that the manifold variety of old lamp posts to be found in Gotham are probably not your cup of tea. So here are a few photographs I took during our trek.

Someone on Beaver Street lost his Winnie the Pooh pillow case.

Speaking of Beaver, I finally beheld the William Beaver House in person.

Aside from having a rather mischievous looking beaver for a mascot it is sheathed in a bizarre arrangement of black brick and yellow tiles and touts a “five star view”.

Sadly the same cannot be said of its neighbor.

Darth Vader slept here.

This is just plain wrong.

This hails from the bridge over the Battery Tunnel.

And last but hardly least, what would a journey through one of the biggest tourist traps in Manhattan be without a nod to the visitors to our fair city? The Mister hates them. I, on the other hand, do not really mind. I like to photograph them.

Especially when they do goofy stuff like this.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Skyline With Pylons

July 13, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Crosstown Local Cavalcade XIII: Fear & Loathing

July 13, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

The mighty G train may very well sport some extra cars and extended rounds this weekend, but little can be said in terms of service. It is abysmal as always. Friday night the Mister decided to sojourn to Long Island City for a steak supper. All went well until it came time to go home: this task entailed a 45 minute wait. The next morning I asked him why he was out so late. The Mister’s answer was as follows:

The G train.

That was all that had to be said. It was understood. I care not to be an enabler but if someone wanted to cheat on his or her significant other, the Crosstown Local offers one of the best excuses for unaccounted time I can think of. Let our wait be your alibi!

And wait we do. Often.

Thankfully God has seen fit to create Sharpie Markers. Thus enabling us to while away the time by indulging in a little social commentary…

or critiquing the angry missives left by our predecessors. Of course not everyone has the privilege of having a marker at his or her disposal.

In which case a ballpoint pen, a willing partner and a little imagination will suffice.

Miss Heather