Upcoming Newtown Creek Boat Tours

July 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Williamsburg 

As my colleague at the Gowanus Lounge noted yesterday, the Brooklyn Center for The Urban Environment will be conducting a boat tour of Newtown Creek July 13 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For those of you who are unable to attend this event (or simply wish to avoid the heat), the Newtown Creek Alliance will be conducting another boat tour Sunday, September 14th.

I took this tour last year and I plan to do so again this year. Believe you me, it is an experience you will not soon forget. Those of you who wish to make reservations or want to learn more should contact the Newtown Creek Alliance at:

info(at)newtowncreekalliance(dot)org

Be sure to indicate you are interested in the “Creek Cruise” in the subject line.

Regardless of which tour you take, if you live in Greenpoint, “East Williamsburg” or western Queens and really want to know the environmental issues in your ‘hood, you must see (and smell) Newtown Creek yourself. Not only will you truly comprehend how big of an environmental disaster Newtown Creek is, but it will also make you wonder why no effective measures have been taken to remediate it.

I once overheard a father giving his daughter a piece of advice on the E train. It was as follows:

The most patriotic thing you can do is tell your government they’re wrong.

Make your reservation, pack your cooler, see for yourself and be a “patriot”.

Miss Heather

My Visit To Green Tree

July 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Yesterday at long last Green Tree’s business hours and my leisure time coincided.

Intrigued to see what they had in the way of merchandise I went inside.

I was amazed by the assortment of neat stuff they had, much of which was very reasonably priced.

Speaking as a crafter and history dork, I really liked these old flag swatches. Be advised that Ireland, “Hayti”, France and Mexico are no longer in the offering: they’re mine!

Green Tree
95 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

To see more of what Green Tree has to offer (including biodegradable golf tees and guitar picks— who knew?!?) click here.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photo Pool: Red, White & Blue

July 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Greenpoint Magic 

This great mural may not hail from Greenpoint, but I felt it was appropriate given that today is America’s birthday. It comes courtesy of galvarez51, who has a number of outstanding photographs awaiting your viewing pleasure on flickr. Do give them a look.

For those of you who want to see some murals hailing a little closer to home click here and check out what’s shaking over at And I Am Not Lying! You will not be disappointed.

Miss Heather

Movies At McCarren Park!

July 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Town Square is hosting a series of movies this summer at McCarren Park. I cannot say I am too pleased by the sponsors, among whom are Forest City Ratner and Greenpoint Landing “A Park Tower Development” (which sounds ominous. Whatever it is, I am certain we’ll have the pleasure of finding out soon enough.*), but the line-up looks decent.** Of particular interest to yours truly is July 30th: “Country Night” whose cinematic feature will be Blazing Saddles, arguably the best Mel Brooks film ever made.

As Town Square’s poster indicates, the festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with “Children’s Hour”. This is followed by live music at 7:30 p.m. and movies at sunset— so whip out your lawn chairs!

Miss Heather

*If anyone knows what this is, please enlighten me.

**”Girlz Night” features a Tomb Raider sequel because, you know, us “girls” are into that sort of thing.

Lola Is Lost!

July 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

I found this flier today at the intersection of Nassau and Kingsland Avenue. If any of you have seen Lola, please contact her owner Tadeusz at the above telephone number. Let’s help this lovely little lady find her way home!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Baltika 7

July 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Thought Of The Day

July 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

From today’s edition of the New York Times:

And now comes the first medi spa in Manhattan wholly dedicated to strengthening and grooming a woman’s genital area. Phit, short for “pelvic health integrated techniques” is to open this month on East 58th Street.

With all the explicit and downright gross advertisements to be found in/on our rapid transit system nowadays, I suspect (or more accurately, hope) it is only a matter of time before we find ads for Phit gracing the platforms along Lexington Avenue line.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Special thanks go to Queens Crap for bringing this gem to my attention. It was just what I needed to get motivated today.

Welcome To Brooklyn, Welcome To Life

July 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who want to see one of the most novel uses of a construction fence I have ever seen, head over Huron just east of West Street.

There you will find nine separate panels. Each has the same character, albeit saying slightly different things (click on the above image and read for yourself). A few panels are indecipherable but the message comes across loud and clear.

Birth announcement a la construction fence. If any of you are wondering what is slated to be built at this site, it will be a six story apartment building. Obviously they are in the process of demolition— or should I say were? 160 West Street was served with a Stop Order last month. Not that there is a Stop Work Order to be found on this fence, mind you. Someone was thoughtful enough to remove it.

Welcome to life in Brooklyn Greenpoint.

Miss Heather

Kosciuszko Bridge Photos du Jour: Sunset

July 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City 

Greenpoint and Manhattan as seen from Dutch Kills, Queens.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Don’t Believe The Hype

July 2, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Thanks to the alarmist article published by am New York today, the guys at Alphabeta have had the pleasure of hosting not one, but TWO television crews. The latter, from WNBC, made sure to interview some neighborhood youngsters before departing. Amusingly enough they didn’t seem the least bit interested in asking me, a boring old grown-up, what I thought. Go figure.

Those of you who have not read this article, please do so. Among other things you will learn that Peter Vallone Jr. (who does not even represent our district) has set his sights on this store and a graffiti artist is described as using spray paint “outside” Alphabeta. While this statement is technically true, it is also incredibly deceptive: the gentleman in questions was using spray paint ON THE PREMISES behind said store.

What’s the difference, you ask? Very simple: the wording of the am New York article insinuates that this gentleman is painting someone else’s property, e.g.; he is committing a crime. Sorry to disappoint all the folks who were put in a dither by this misleading statement, painting one’s own walls is not against the law— and if it ever is, we’ll probably be kissing many more of our civil liberties goodbye. I don’t know about you, but that is not the kind of world I want to live in.

Speaking for myself, I fail to see what the issue is. If someone is going to use spray paint for illegal purposes, (like this delightful example from the St. Alphonsus School I shot today)

…they are going to do it— and I seriously doubt Alphabeta is going to be the either the instigator or enabler*. In fact, by providing a space for artists to create and show their work, this establishment might actually be part of the solution, not the problem. Seriously. The fact this piece of rubbish is supposed to pass as “news” absolutely boggles my mind. It sounds more like a politician doing a little rabble rousing in the hopes of getting some free publicity to me.

Miss Heather

*Back in 1996 I knew a guy who “accidentally” got a pencil stuck up his ass. I was even there when the emergency room doctor asked him how it got there, which was sort of uncomfortable. Does this mean we should go after the business who sold this chap said pencil? If you follow Mr. Vallone’s line of “reasoning”, the answer would be yes.