Presenting Sack Lunch Mondays

October 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

After rattling off this post in a pique of self-righteous (and very tired but nonetheless justified) rage I was pleasantly surprised by the attention it received. Not only did the fine folks at Curbed, Daily Intel and The New York Observer* link to this tome, but I got something even better: people asking me via comments and email what they can do to help the Greenpoint Reformed Church and its Soup Kitchen. My answer is twofold:

1. Organize a letter campaign/petition drive
2. Donate and volunteer.

The previous point will take some time to organize and implement. The latter can be done as easily as this (per the church’s newsletter):

Our church’s efforts to combat hunger in Greenpoint over the last eleven months have been a great success, but they have also shed light upon the tremendous need here in our community. Beginning this next Monday, October 6th we will be distributing sandwich bags to hungry Greenpointers on Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint Avenue and McCarren Park.  This is a joint venture with the two Lutheran churches in Greenpoint, St. John’s and Messiah.

Our church will prepare the sandwich bags at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month and distribute the bags each Monday between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  If you are interested in helping please speak with Amil Gehrke or Pastor Jen or just show up on Sundays or Mondays.

We are also in need of additional help with the second shift at the soup kitchen.  If you are able to help with clean up on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 or 8pm, please stop by.

Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: (718) 383-5941
Email: pastor (at) greenpointchurch (dot) org

Miss Heather

*I will give you guys (and gals) a good-natured thump on the nose, tho: one crazy neighbor does not “public rancor” against a soup kitchen make. Milton Street has no bigger a public urination problem than anywhere else in Greenpoint (or New York City, for that matter)— not that I suppose that’s really saying anything. ;)

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Norman Avenue

October 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Who says mom’s trip to the beauty parlor can’t be fun? This young gentleman (who I have dubbed “Roller Finger”) has the right attitude!

Miss Heather

P.S.: Years ago I made the mistake of having my best friend from high school be my college roommate. Before our friendship went to hell in a hand basket (as a consequence) we’d do things together. Lighting “jumping jacks”, tossing them in the toilet and photographing the results was my favorite avocation; shopping at Victoria’s Secret was hers. “Mickey” took her femininity very seriously. I seriously couldn’t give a shit. Hellraising is much more fun. But I digress.

One day I found myself at a Victoria’s Secret store in some nameless, faceless mall in north Texas.

ASIDE: I find Frederick’s of Hollywood charming in a kitschy kind of way. At least they acknowledge the life blood of their business: sex. Victoria’s Secret by comparison is, well, VICTORIAN. Patrolled by Frau Bluckeresque saleswomen who’d probably beat you with a ruler if given half the chance.

But back to my story.

Nary a pasty, flavored lube or a pair of men’s “novelty underwear” (usually involving elephants or giraffes) was to be found that day. I had to find another avenue for entertainment. Interesting things happen when I get bored. In this case I decided to find the biggest bra they had in stock. Hilarity ensued.

Saleswoman: Excuse me, can I help you?
Miss Heather: No, I’m alright.
Salewoman: The bras “in your size” are over there (pointing to the “pirate’s delight”* section).
Miss Heather: I know. I just want to see the biggest boulder holder you have in stock.

She left me alone after that. I later told “Mickey” what I did. She didn’t think it was very funny.

*Sunken chest.


October 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


Sarah Palin may not care too much for the east coast but someone on the east coast cares for her (business, anyway): The Edge.

Not only can Sarah watch Wall Street from her new swanktastic apartment, but she’ll be able to watch Poland. Greenpoint: AKA, “Little Poland”, that is. Maybe we could exchange recipe tips and stuff. That’d be nice.

Miss Heather

BIG PROPS/Photo Creds: Williamsburg Is Dead. After running around like a madwoman Friday: errands, working and running MORE errands afterward your post gave me a MUCH NEEDED laugh. Thanks!

Williamsburg Photos du Jour: Foliage

October 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Leave it up to the folks on Grand Street to create a genus of cacti I can’t kill!

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: The Greenpoint 100

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Today I finally delivered my submission (an 8″ by 10″ print of the above image) to the Greenpoint 100 which is set to kick off at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. To refresh everyone’s memory, this is an annual fundraiser for the Greenpoint Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library; 100 people contribute art work which will in turn be sold for $25.00 a pop. Last year there were some absolutely breathtaking submissions. I have no doubt this year will be no different. Be sure to arrive early.

Greenpoint 100
October 4, 2008 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library
107 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

They’ll also be conducting a bake sale. Yum!

Miss Heather

NEXT WEEK: Barack The Vote

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

David (the gentleman who brought this event to my attention) writes:

Brooklyn Royalty will be releasing a capsule collection of hand-screened Obama tees, as well as holding a silent auction to benefit Barack Obama’s campaign for President. At what other dance party can you register to vote, donate to the campaign and learn how to get more involved?

Very true. This isn’t your grandpa’s fundraiser!* Check it out!

Barack The Vote
Le Royale
21 7th Avenue South
New York, New York 10014

Miss Heather

*That is best left to (ideological and actual) dinosaurs like Palin and McCain. Shuffleboard, anyone?

Anybody Want Three Issues Of Polish Playboy*?

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

If so head down to the northwestern corner of Meserole and Manhattan Avenue. As of 4:15 p.m. today your free (still in the shrink wrap with accompanying VIDEO) ticket to Five Knuckle Shuffleville awaits!

But it’s in POLISH!

My English-speaking Greenpoint conrades protest.

We (women) all know you don’t really buy this periodical for the articles, gents. You’re not fooling anyone.

Miss Heather

*Be advised they’re all March 2008.

Bushwick Photo du Jour: Mixed Signals

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick 

There is a fine line between love and hate in Bushwick and its name is Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Faile On Meserole Avenue

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Looks like there are signs of life at this beautiful old storefront. What’s more I was delighted to see a man picking up his dog’s shit. While talking on a cell phone no less. That’s what I call “multi-tasking”!

Miss Heather

Something Neat

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy, Bushwick 

Earlier this week I was knocking around Broadway. Upon reaching Stockton Street I noticed a series of murals gracing this metal fence. Delighted, I took pictures of them. Then I glanced across Broadway and realized I had hit the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

They continue across the street on Arion Place…

and there is much more artistic goodness to come!

If you happen to find your person in the “Bush-Stuy” area do check out this work in progress. It’s fantastic.

Stockton Street and Arion Place at Broadway
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Otherwise, you get a sneak peek by checking out my flickr set.

Miss Heather