Mr. Heather’s New Toy

July 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Mr. Heather's Kamera Korner 

Last night the Mister arrived home with a great big bag with “Camera Land” emblazoned on it. Its contents were easy enough to deduce: a brand new digital camera. Last night he put this new toy to good use by taking some killer photographs of fireworks. Great shot!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Taking It Uzi

July 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Monitor Street.

Miss Heather

July 4th Fireworks, Chez Shitty Style

July 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Sometimes Mr. Heather forgets that when I am filming my camera is not simply recording images, but also sound. As a reult the above short film not only touts some absolutely stunning imagery, but you also get the added value of listening to the Mister discuss the state of A-Rod’s marriage! If you watch very carefully you will notice the camera jerks ever so slightly at one point. This is because I am kicking Mr. Heather in the hopes he will shut up. Either he is acclimatized to being pommeled or is simply oblivious (I’m putting my money on the latter) because it didn’t work. Enjoy!

And of course here is the grand finale of last night’s fireworks display. As you will see, the festivities in Greenpoint were quite lively this year. If you want to see some seriously amazing photographs from last night’s event, be sure to check out my mini-photo set on flickr!

Miss Heather

Happy 4th Of July From Greenpoint!

July 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The above image hails from Hausman Street, which is without argument the most patriotic block in Greenpoint. My initial plan was to create a photo set of this lovely block for everyone’s enjoyment, but photographs hardly do it justice. To this end I decided to film a walk down the block. It is hardly Academy Award winning footage, but it gives you a better idea of the pure Americana to be found on Hausman. Enjoy!

Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to savor some tofu dogs. Yeah, I’m a vegetarian, but I’m also an American!

Happy July 4th everybody!

Miss Heather

While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

Eugene V. Debs

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