Lest you think you think you have little to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day my fellow Greenpointers, life could be much, much worse. The Garden Spot of the Universe did not have a very happy turkey day 125 years ago. Don’t believe me? Read this article from the November 29, 1883 edition Brooklyn Daily Eagle and see for yourself.
What constituted “Dangertown” here in 11222, you ask? I’m saving that for an extra juicy post! Otherwise lest any of you are wondering “Crow Hill” is now known as Crown Heights. It was given this moniker because it was an African-American community. And next year we will have an African-American president. How times have changed— for the better!
Be kind to your neighbors today. Love them for who they are, not what they are. We’re all in this together.
From Franklin Avenue.
153 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
I don’t know about you, but the one thing I really love about New York City on a holiday weekend is the peace and quiet: e.g.; the two percenters are out of town! What’s more, there’s no need to go to Manhattan to do your holiday shopping this weekend. There’s plenty of action here in north(ish) Brooklyn. Fuck chain stores! Here are a couple (more) places you can get your gift-giving on. And benefit small businesses to boot!
Miss Wit (the brains behind this shirt and bona fide Sunset Parker to boot) will be at large at the ‘Flea this Sunday. Or you can make her acquaintance the previous day in *sniff* Manhattan.
If it doesn’t involve riding the G train I am not interested. 99.44% of what’s worthwhile in life is the journey, not the destination. Anyone who has patronized the Crosstown Local as long (or longer) than I have will tell you this.
Last— but hardly least— Greenpoint’s very own Dalaga is having a sale. With champagne, no less! Per their press release:
Come on in and don’t worry about the cold… we will be serving champagne Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to warm you up. Let’s get this gorgeous holiday started!
Free champagne = I’m there!
Here are some bits of Greenpoint goodness for this Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
It is the stroke of midnight and I’m still cookin’ and a cleanin’. I was chopping up jalapenos earlier this evening and listening to the Beastie Boys. That’s when it hit me: the following song would be the perfect way to usher in this Thanksgiving Day. Gratitude: Brooklyn style!
More Turkey Day goodness to come. Now if you don’t mind I’m going to tend my beans.
On Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 11:45 a.m. I wrote:
After serving up free samples of soup last year and months of inactivity, something appears to be happening at 1013 Manhattan Avenue. Will Ichiran be opening for business soon? If so, will it be a ramen shop? I do not know. But this storefront has been open the last three days and signs of human activity have been noted…
Check out this post on Williamsburg Is Dead. It looks like Ichiran will be gracing us with its presence. And soon!
Well it’s three months later and it would appear they have taken another (albeit odd) baby step towards opening.
It just gets curiouser and curiouser. In any case anyone interested in registering should make their way down to 1013 Manhattan Avenue without delay and fill out a registration form.
Filed under: Area 51
Speaking as someone who operates a blog I can safely assert that while I might shoulder some of the burdens shared by my friends in the print (READ: legit) media the same cannot be said about the benefits. I have been grilled by the police for taking photographs of Christmas decorations (of all things). A number of my colleagues (both in print and online) use my site as a source for news leads without citing it. Others filch images and/or intellectual property from New York Shitty and shill it as if they were their own. The previous know who they are and I see no need to mention them here.
In any case, there are a couple of blog-related items I have been meaning to pass along. First up this item I received from Queens Crap:
ChangeNYC.Org, a new grassroots action network, was formed in part to empower New York City’s blogging community. We feel that as citizen journalists of the New Media, bloggers do a better job covering their neighborhoods, community issues, and local politics than the mainstream media. We are on the ground – in the grassroots – instantly reporting the news as we see it, free of corporate bias and control.
That’s why ChangeNYC.Org is taking a strong stand to support a lawsuit brought by civil rights attorney Norman Siegel on behalf of a City Hall blogger and two other online journalists denied press passes by New York City. We have just begun an online petition calling on the City to reform its press credentialing system to assert and protect the First Amendment rights of bloggers.
Please sign the petition below and post a link to it on your blogs, so we can show the City just how many people depend upon the work that you do:
For more information on this lawsuit and the plaintiffs involved, check out this link:
I have signed this petition. If you value reading (or writing) online content you should as well.
Last up, I have long mulled over creating a blog whose sole purpose is calling out miscreants for intellectual property theft and plagiarism. Obviously I have never gotten around to this. I’m a busy Greenpointer. Thankfully I do not need to: someone has already done it.
The site is called You Thought We’d Wouldn’t Notice…but we did and while its primary emphasis seems to be things artistic the above item should be of interest to anyone who has had their online images appropriated without their permission. Do give it a read. Those of you who wish to make a submission can learn how by clicking here.
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
When it comes bad Photoshoppery I am not the most observant person. This goes double when it comes to spying such specimens in our city’s subway system; I am more intent on not touching anything than calling out some nameless, faceless graphic designer for his or her misdeeds. The previous having been said I feel compelled to pass this item along.
This poster graces the Queens-bound platform of the Crosstown Local at Greenpoint Avenue. While I have not seen this movie I can deduce (from this poster) that it involves large quantities of stuff being blown up or otherwise rendered fucked up beyond recognition.
Except for these light fixtures. As you can see despite not being affixed to anything they’re fighting gravity quite admirably.
You can even see where the fixtures used to be here. Whoops.
After spending at least five hours in the kitchen yesterday and knowing full well I will be doing the same today suffice it to say yours truly is more than a little unmotivated. In any case follows are few upcoming holiday shopping events which might be of interest.
I have been long remiss in giving Tommy and Roy (AKA: the Alter boys) a shout out. Today I wish to correct this egregious oversight on my part by passing along the deets about their upcoming “Thanksgiving Weekend Sale”. And oh yeah, pointing out that I am totally in love with this item which I found on their web site. Check it out!
20% Off Sale At Alter
November 28-30th, 2008
140 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
This item comes courtesy of Bitchcakes. Cafe Grumpy will be hosting another “Hearts & Crafts” affair this holiday season. Hopefully I’ll make it to this one. If the wares for sale are even a fraction as nifty as their flier I am certain I will NOT be disappointed!
Hearts & Crafts Affair
December 6 & 7, 2008, Noon – 6:00 p.m.
193 Meserole Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
theheartsandcraftsaffair (at) hotmail (dot) com
But back to events I have attended in previous years.
I purchased some incredibly fun items last year’s holiday craft fair. I will probably do so again this year. Take my word for it: this event is worth schlepping over to 195 Morgan Avenue.
Last up, the Gift On Grand will be throwing another giftstravaganza at Secret Project Robot. My advice about this event: ARRIVE EARLY. It gets packed.
Secret Santa Project
December 13, 2008, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Secret Project Robot
210 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Now back to the kitchen I go…
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
The above assortment of products hail from the bodega at the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and Franklin Street.
A number of aromas come to mind when I hear the word “baby”. None of them are particularly appetizing.