Chinatown Photo du Jour: SPAM!

August 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

From Bayard Street.

Miss “Egg, Spam, Spam, Spam, Ramen & Spam” Heather

Amazing. Simply Amazing.

August 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Williamsburg 

That’s all I can say about the work they are doing at Empty Cages Collective. After reading this wonderful piece by mihow I swung by to administer a little “hands on” kitten therapy this week. It was then that I met Lucy.

She might look an ordinary (and cute) kitten but I assure you she is not. Lisacat writes:

Lucy is a kitten caught in Brooklyn during a trap-neuter-return project by Empty Cages Collective volunteers. She had a deep abscess on her jaw and needed emergency veterinary care to close the wound. The vet is concerned that there is not enough tissue for her to heal properly, so we have to get her to a dental specialist for evaluation. She is still fearful and a little hissy, but is eating well and starting to enjoy being handled a bit.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again: the best way to judge a society is how they treat those who are the least able to defend themselves. The fact Lucy is still alive is a testament to her tenacity; she wants to live. The great pains Empty Cages Collective has taken to get Lucy the medical treatment she so desperately needs is a telling example of how dedicated they are to caring for those who cannot speak for themselves. Those (who like Lucy) suffer in silence.

I would strongly advise any of you with a little money or time to spare to make a donation to Empty Cages Collective or better yet— volunteer!

Who knows, you might make a new friend. Or two!

Miss Heather

L.E.S. Photo du Jour: Oliver Street

August 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

This block was eerily silent. Go figure.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For MTV

August 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This was the sight which awaited the Mister and I as we walked home Tuesday evening: a film crew practicing its dark craft in front of none other than Greenpoint’s very own Corner Frenzy.

In keeping with the Garden Spot way of life, this event garnered a number of onlookers —myself included. I wondered exactly what these people were up to but promptly forgot about it (as I am prone to do). Until today.

It would appear that MTV has turned its lenses to Greenpoint.

And we Greenpointers made sure they felt right at home.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Flourish!

August 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Flourishing in a new space

From the Pulaski Bridge.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Photos du Jour: Angry At The MTA

August 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Long Island City, Queens 

Lest this or this post has not made it clear: certain parts of Long Island City are rather— how shall we say— colorful. This goes double for 28 Street. For those of you who are not in the know, this is where the Q101 bus begins its journey to Riker’s Island. It has been my experience that there are always interesting people to be found on this street. And being the very interesting people they are, they often have rather interesting things to say.

And sometimes they even see fit to air their views on garbage cans.

I have no idea what this missive is about other than its author appears to have a beef with the MTA (and “white men”). Join the club, kiddo.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Photos du Jour: Welcome To Queensbridge

August 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Long Island City, Queens 

I found an incredibly wild mural just across the street from the 59th Street Bridge recently and simply HAD to share it here. Ready to see some seriously fierce stuff? Here we go!

Meet the Wall Nuts.

I’m not going to lie: I have always found this part of Queens incredibly seedy. It is not a place I would like to find myself at 2:00 or 3:00 o’clock in the morning.

But my concern was always with the ladies of the evening and ex-cons trolling the area. I never knew Satan himself called this neighborhood home.

This blond beauty really took me by surprise. If you cannot shake the feeling you have seen this lovely face before, chances are you have. Click here for the reveal!

Miss Heather

Interesting Landlord Rant

August 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This angry communique comes from the wailing wall of the New York Shitty collective consciousness. In other words it can be found on the Craigslist online real estate classifieds. Diana G (who found this missive) writes:

I am astounded by the real estate taxes in particular that have skyrocketed so high and wondering if that is true about the developers.

My answer: it probably is. Property taxes are such that many mom and pop landlords in Greenpoint are now “property rich” but cash poor. The most troublesome thing is this landlord’s woes are hardly over. When all the condos being built here (with the help of major tax bennies) start getting dumped into the rental market (and they will) this man could very well lose his shirt.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Sunset

August 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Mr. Heather's Kamera Korner 

From Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: scoker3

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: North 12th Street

August 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Quid Pro Quo:

In legal usage, quid pro quo indicates that an item or a service has been traded in return for something of value, usually when the propriety or equity of the transaction is in question. For example, under the common law (except in Scotland), a binding contract must involve consideration: that is, the exchange of something of value for something else of economic value. If the exchange appears excessively one sided, courts in some jurisdictions may question whether a quid pro quo did not actually exist and the contract may be voidable..*

Latin is the new black in Williamsburg. Pile drivers included.

Miss Heather

*Wikipedia.