THIS WEEK: Williamsburg-Greenpoint Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

November 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

In addition to the numerous volunteer opportunities at the Greenpoint Reformed Church* those of you who want to put the “thanks” back into Thanksgiving might be interested in attending the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service at Congregation Ahavas Israel right here in Greenpoint! This year’s service (a yearly joint collaboration of Congregation Ahavas Israel, the Greenpoint Reformed Church, the Greenpoint Islamic Center, the Church of the Ascension, St. Anthony’s, St. Stanislaw’s and the St. John’s Lutheran Church) will feature a sermon by Rabbi Avi Weiss, Dean of the Open Orthodox Yeshiva Chovoveih Torah*. Refreshments will follow.

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Ahavas Israel
108 Noble Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

In closing I feel compelled to pass along another albeit highly secular reason to attend this event: I have it on good word the interior of this otherwise ordinary looking synagogue is absolutely breathtaking. Check it out!

Miss Heather

*Whose Christmas wishlist you can see here.

**Who apparently is ranked one of “America’s Top 50 Rabbis” by Newsweek

A Queens Cat

November 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Queens 

Those of you who had the pleasure of going out yesterday probably noticed that it was cold as fuck. Mr. Heather was smart enough to stay indoors. I, on the other hand, was not so lucky: I had to work. The previous having been said New York Shitty’s bipeds were not the only ones wise enough to know that a roof over one’s head was much preferable than toughing it out on the mean streets yesterday.

c wrote:

Last night …I came home from dinner and …as I opened the door in marched a cat. She’s parked in front of an upstairs radiator right now after having spent the night.  Let me know if you’re interested in taking this one off my hands.  She’s a pretty quiet one.  At least I think it’s a “she”.  Kind of small – probably only a few months old.

This Queens cat is no dummy. (S)he knows that being in a nice warm home is much better than toughing it out sub-freezing weather. Anyone interested making the acquaintance of this street savvy chat should contact c at:

cardiaccath1103 (at) aol (dot) com


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: HELLO

November 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Question Of The Day

November 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This is the storefront at 881 Manhattan Avenue. As my colleague over at Brooklyn11222 noted earlier this year this delectable bit of early 1960’s style (and its neighbors to the north) have been vacant for some time. On May 27 she wrote:

…Tonight, getting off the G train, we ran into a local couple who were complaining about the same thing we were, and overheard them say, “And Duane Reade, here we come.” They confirmed that it was going to be a Duane Reade, taking over the candy store on the very corner, the upstairs and the downstairs of the building, and that the buildings between it and the corner of Milton (except for the bank-now-medical-clinic) were going to be torn down and a highrise was going in.

This explains the businesses moving around, and the continual empty storefronts – who wants to move in if you’re going to have to close up shop soon?

Confirmations and/or denials appreciated.

As you can see as of November 22, 2008 there is no highrise —and given the way the economy is going I doubt there will be one in the foreseeable future.

In the meantime this property has become a popular spot for the local homeless population to take a nap. It also serves nicely as an ad hoc garbage can and (as we have seen already) space to post advertisements. Which brings me to this.

It would appear that I am not the only person who finds the deplorable condition of this property irritating.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photo du Jour: FREE

November 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

I kicked off my morning with this image (by marcus_in_ny) and I thought you should as well. I can envision a man in a trench coat hanging around this tree and hissing at passersby:

PSSSSST—Any of youse guys wanna squirrel? I got ’em. Cheap.

Miss Heather

Brooklyn Photo du Jour: Gollum

November 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Clinton Hill 

From Dekalb Avenue.

Miss Heather

A Year In The Life Of Lee Fisher Part 3: The End

November 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

The last time we checked on Mr. Fisher he was beating the heat and took a month-long vacation to the country (imagine doing that today). When he doesn’t mention is America’s entry in World War I. After the draft was instituted in September the “Great War” as some call it is clearly on Lee’s mind as he mentions seeing his friends off and mulls over enlisting (over his family’s objections). But this is not to suggest everything was gloom and doom. Life for Mr. Fisher is pretty much “business as usual”— with a trip to the south to boot. Enjoy!

September 2, 1917

After breakfast went to Coney. Stayed at Sarah’s all day. At night came Alex. family. Left them at 8 PM. Come home to bed at 9.

September 10, 1917

In store until 9 P.M.. Came home, had supper & heard the heart-breaking news about Gertie & her house, Played the violin. Read a book. To bed.

(You can read his diary entries for September by clicking here.)

October 1 & 2, 1917

This morning I registered to enlist in the U.S.A. Had some dinner. Mother & I saw Yiddish play. Stayed home at night. Read a book. To bed.

This morning I passed my physical exam for the U.S.A. Had dinner. B.A. & I saw a vaud. show. The family greatly disapproves & B.A. cried before me. Attended a concert at night. To bed.

(You can read his diary entries for October 1- November 5 by clicking here.)

November 10, 1917

Had supper with the engineer on board the Alabama. Met the whole crew. Rec’d an invitation for cousin Id’as wedding. To bed at 10.

(You can read his diary entries for November 6 – December 5 by clicking here.)

December 31, 1917

Up at 11. After dinner saw a burlesque show with M.C. After supper played pool, read and redressed for work. I was fined for sleeping while at work.

Fining someone for goofing off on New Year’s Eve?!? That’s pretty damned cold if you ask me. You can read Lee Fisher’s diary entries for December 6 – 31 by clicking here. I suppose this pretty much end our acquaintance with Lee Fisher— or does it? Methinks when I have a chance I’ll peruse the 1910 and 1920 Census data and try to learn what happened to him. In any case I hope he had a happy and healthy new year.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint After Dark

November 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I was pleased as punch this week to discover that the Professor has posted some new snaps of Garden Spot taken long after dark. Follow are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Behold the Manhattan Avenue “Meat People”!

Methinks this might be the only time I have seen the C-Town without a checkout line a mile long.

Without out argument this one (taken of the Thai Cafe) is my favorite.

And how about a muffin (or two) for dessert?

You can see the above images and many more great nighttime shots of Greenpoint over at Kitchen Prof’s flickr page. Check ’em out!

Miss Heather

Stoop Sale Alert: 103 Greenpoint Avenue

November 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Even though “prime” stoop sale season has since left us I felt this was worth passing along. Not only will free coffee be served but “good music” is also in the offering. Check it out!

Noverber 22, 2008 (no times given)
103 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

TODAY: Adoption Event At

November 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Although my colleague over at The Gowanus Lounge has already brought attention to this event I feel compelled to post here anyway. Those of you who will be braving the cold today down on Bedford Avenue should swing by NYCPet and say “Hi” to some of the sweetest kitties in north Brooklyn. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new friend to share some Thanksgiving turkey with!

Empty Cages Collective Adoption Day
November 22, 2008 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
241 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn. New York 11211

To get everyone in the adoption spirit, I am going to close with a video shot by Lisacat featuring some “outtakes” from the photo shoot where the above-depicted image came from. Enjoy!

It just goes to show if you think herding cats is bad, wrangling kittens is worse!

Miss Heather

Photo/Video Credits: Lisacat