Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Calyer Street

October 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

…Took her out and tried to win her
had a laugh and over dinner
Told her I would really like to see her again
Got the bill and Rita paid it
Took her home and nearly made it
Sitting on a sofa with a sister or two

Lovely Rita meter maid
where would I be without you
give us a wink and make me think of you

Lovely meter maid
Rita meter maid
oh, Lovely Rita meter, meter maid

Some people will do anything to get out of a parking ticket.

Miss Heather

TODAY: Ghoulish Greenpoint Fun

October 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The list of Halloween events going down today are far too many to relate here. There’s a costume party (with a $100 prize!) at The Habitat starting at sundown. Cafecito Bogota (at 1015 Manhattan Avenue) will be getting festive as well. Then of course there is the Zombie Crawl and East Coast Aliens appears to be hosting a haunted dungeon. Or something. Dandy wine will be hosting a pared down wine tasting tonight starting at 6:00 p.m.:

I didn’t invite a wine rep this week, because Greenpoint can get pretty scary around Halloween time, you dig?… I didn’t want to trick them away for good, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have wine and cheese available as treats for you. I personally scanned my shelves this morning for some frightening good wine.

Ghost Pines Chardonnay and Baroncelli “Note di Sole” will be among the offerings. The store’s incredibly friendly and helpful proprietress, Lily, will be dressed up as a bottle of champange but don’t tell her I told you so!

Dandy Wine
153 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Just down from the street from Dandy Wine Casa Mon Amour will be offering up $5.00 absinthe cocktails from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The list goes on and on. Which brings me to this.

The following missive found its way into my inbox recently. Given that I am a Misfits fan I feel compelled (or would that be forced) to pass it along.

Denise wrote:

Do you remember…dead cats hanging from poles, little dead out in groves?*

Because we do!
Josh and Denise are throwing a scary
Halloween Party
The scary part is that it’s at Tommy’s Tavern!
In Greenpoint!

Friday Night
9/10 on.

*Yes, there will be a massive Misfits/Samhain/Danzig block.

How the hell can you argue with that? Although to be perfectly frank I am more of a Die, Die My Darling kind of gal.

Josh & Denise’s Halloween Party
Tommy’s Tavern
1041 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Happy haunting and zombie crawling Greenpointers!

Miss Heather

Vollies Needed

October 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Bad News: Lest you are not already aware this upcoming Sunday the NYC Marathon will plough its way through our neighborhood leaving yet another layer of debris on our already less than tidy streets.

Good News: The Greenpoint Reformed Church will be hosting a bake sale whose proceeds will benefit their increasingly popular Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry.

Ann Kansfield writes:

We are taking advantage of the fact that the New York City marathon runs virtually in front of the church by hosting a bake sale to benefit our hunger programs on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.  Greenpoint is a popular marathon watching spot and we plan on a significant turn out.  Someone has generously offered to loan us a booth tent, so we will be there rain or shine.

Here’s how you can help:

Come to the church on Saturday 3- 5pm to help us ice and bag the 200 or so cookies we will have made for the bake sale.

Bake something yourself and drop off your donation on Saturday 3-5pm or early Sunday morning at the church.

Work the bake sale booth.  We need two people for each of the following shifts: 9-11am (set up will happen between 9 and 10), 11am-12:30pm, 12:30-2pm.  Of course, those of us who are a part of a church community that worships on Sundays will have a hard time working the 10am to 12pm shift, so we are particularly in need of volunteers for that shift.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Ann at pastor (at) greenpointreformedchurch (dot) org.

Miss Heather

Fedders Friday: Short & Sweet

October 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

When I walked by this house something struck me as being odd.

If you guessed two McCain * Palin posters you are only half correct.

If you noticed this shabbily chic vintage Fedders box, mazel tov! You are a true Fedderista! It has been my observation that Fedders boxes bear an uncanny likeness to their owners. As you can clearly see here this one leans distinctly to the right.

Miss Heather

Happy Halloween From New York Shitty!

October 31, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

I can think of no better way to celebrate this —my favorite day of the year— than to share some very special Halloween decor from good ol’ North Brooklyn.


Chairman Mao a la Metropolitan Avenue.

Ad hoc Abu Ghraib re-enactment: South 2nd Street.


Barack Obama spreading hope on Lorimer Street.

Dismembered dolls, body parts and Teletubbies (!) courtesy of Noble Street.

And last but hardly least this choice specimen from Guernsey Street.

A “hot kielbasa” lovin’ pumpkin! I wonder what kind of candy these folks will be handing out tonight — Pixie Stix, perhaps?

Happy Halloween folks!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Finger

October 30, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Frost Street.

Miss Heather

Thought Of The Day

October 30, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Yesterday afternoon  I was walking along Commercial Street as the clouds were rolling in. When I reached Franklin Street I stopped and looked up. What I beheld was quite amazing.

It was at that moment I realized I don’t care what people say. Greenpoint is beautiful.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: STOP

October 30, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

You know what they say:

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again!

Or better yet just correct your errant Spanish with a different shade of spray paint. As with any choice find such as this one (which hails from Clay Street) the true Greenpoint glory is to be found in the details.

The above caveat reads as follows:

!!! Be careful !!! There may be a booby trap on this door!!

Please accept my sincerest apologies, dear readers, for the poor quality of the second image. For reasons I suspect you can understand I didn’t want to get too close to this gent’s “shit”.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Lest any of you are wondering what “puto” means click here.

Choice Pickin’s From The Greenpoint Grapevine

October 30, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

A good friend of mine recently asked me if I had seen this. In fact, I had. But the Gowanus Lounge beat me to the punch writing an angry missive about it. Nonetheless my favorite passage from David Yassky’s apologia for selling us out reads as follows:

In the supermarket, a few days before the vote, an older man approached me, told me he had voted for me, and told me he didn’t like the term limits extension. But then he said: “Whatever you do, I trust you to do the right thing”.

“Older men” in “supermarkets” do not a constituency make, Dave. I find the previous variety of pedantic and paternalistic pud-yanking not only self-indulgent but also condescending. Politicos who rattle off such rhetoric do not engender my trust. I am not an “older man” in your “supermarket.” I am an angry 30-something broad in Greenpoint. I seriously doubt you’d rub elbows with the like of me. Do you remember Greenpoint, Yassky? What about 184 Kent Street in Williamsburg? Or did Ken Fisher and 184 Kent Avenue Associates help you to forget? In any case, I haven’t.

The fact of the matter is I do not have a set opinion on term limits for the simple reason it is dependent on whose term one seeks to limit. Incompetent and/or corrupt officials should be disposed of post haste; good ones should have a shot at a third term. It’s the way Bloomie, you, et. al. went about it that irks me, Dave.

But I do know that we are in a period of extraordinary challenge, and that voters may well value stability and experience in the City government.

Cloaking one’s hypocrisy with self-righteous rhetoric and trumping the “fear” card only pisses me off more. What’s more, I am not alone. This city will go on without you.

Anonymous writes:

I’m writing you because I got a crazy idea in my head last week: I’m going to run for the city’s 33rd council seat (Yassky’s). I’m openly pandering for a Newyorkshitty endorsement. I honestly think that if I lined up the support of bloggers from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Heights, I might have a snowball’s chance of unseating a two term incumbent.*

The petition to get on the democratic ticket will not be circulated until next June, so I’ve got some time to line up support and I’m starting with you. As for a platform, I’m going to be running on my unequaled building code and zoning expertise. Considering the rampant development in CC District 33, I think I’m the best person to reign in development in the ‘hood…

I will not divulge the identity of this pretender to David Yassky’s throne but I will toss out a few deets:

  1. He/she is a Greenpointer.
  2. He/she is qualified to hold his office.
  3. He/she is sick of Yassky’s shit.

As am I. How about you?

Miss Heather

*Or give Yassky the hell he so richly deserves.

P.S.: Those of you who are interested to know how Wolf Block/Ken Fisher has played for pay in this city (and beyond) should click here. It ain’t just north Brooklyn kiddos! Ken’s one busy boy!

Halloween Video du Jour: Miss Heather Goes To Clinton Hill

October 30, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Greenpoint Magic, Vomit 

Yesterday it came to my attention via Gothamist that some folks had the temerity to say Greenpoint Halloween goodness is second to that to be found in Clinton Hill. hulaedwyn wrote:

This is pretty great, but IMHO, the house at 313 Clinton Ave in Brooklyn is better. And they have a show.

rarelement kicks it up a notch by stating:

This is NOTHING. Come to Clinton Avenue between DeKalb and Lafayette in Brooklyn on Halloween night…

Sure, Clinton Hill may roll out a good show come Halloween— but what about decapitated heads puking up blood? Satanic clowns? Or green vomit? This is the stuff the Garden Spot of the Universe is made of dear readers —and not exclusively on October 31 either! In my fair burgh every day is Halloween.

To this end I whipped out my Metrocard and headed down to Clinton Hill to see what all the fuss was about.

It is not my wish to diss my fellow G train travelers to the south. Rather, I suspect they espouse a different philosophy than we do up north. Namely, they think Halloween is for kids.

chuzzlewit got it right when she wrote about the above menagerie:

we live close to here, every october my daughter wants to move. we spend the whole month talking her down.

Night terrors and bed-wetting are what Halloween is really about. To Greenpoint adults, anyway.

Humor your neighbors to the north, Clinton Hill. We have beheld the true face of terror: it has six legs and a taste for blood!

Miss Heather

P.S.: You can see pix from my brief Clinton Hill excursion by clicking here.