Poetry By Phil

June 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Given that today is the Mermaid Parade (and I have no intention of missing it!) today’s offerings will be exceptionally lite. However, I want to take this opportunity to showcase the work of one of my favorite Greenpointers, none other than the tremendously fabulous Phil! The following piece is entitled Thief. Enjoy!

The dog is at my door.
It won’t be long now.
It always happens when people
talk, when you get careless
close, or desperate or
WEAK. And worst of all
Unafraid when you don’t
See your shadow anymore
that angel that walks
besides you, protects you
Vanishes like mist
your old man, and you got holes
in your pocket where dreams
and wishes slip away into
the gutters you sip wine
on. You’re afraid to blink
and the scars on your body
become medals.

If you see Phil on the street, why not give him a kind word for sharing his deeply personal work with us? If you do, you’ll learn he is a tremendously intelligent and very nice guy!

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photo du Jour: Never Forget

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

From North 14th Street.

Miss Heather

REMINDER: Jason & The Argonauts

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This is quick reminder before I call it a day that Ray Harryhausen’s amazing film, Jason and the Argonauts, will be screened this evening at the American Playground for your absolutely FREE viewing pleasure. The festivities start at 8:00 p.m. so grab those your lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket and check it out. I have no doubt the trailers will be fantastic!

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo du Jour: WMD

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

From the intersection of Maujer and Leonard Street.

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Rebecca11211′s buddy Pam.

Fedders Friday: Luxury Friedrichs Edition

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Fedders Friday, Greenpoint Magic 

Earlier this week my buddy over at Queens Crap and I were talking about this nugget of joy entitled “Greenpoint Lacks Luxe Condos” from The Real Deal. Here’s a snippet:

Greenpoint is an outpost of under-developed space. The neighborhood has been left largely untouched by luxury developments and rents can be as low as $1,300 for a one-bedroom apartment. Houses can still be bought for under $600,000. However, a few luxury developments have made their way into the community, notably Magic Johnson’s Viridan…

Clearly whoever wrote this has not set foot in this neighborhood— or we have differing opinions as to what constitutes “under-developed”. Speaking for myself, I think the conversion of this distinctive neighborhood into some petit bourgeois bedroom community/resort is progressing quite nicely. It does not need any “help”, thank you very much. Just take a look at this beauty going up on Newel Street.

What was the architect thinking when he (or she) decided to pair red brick with olive green and pigeon shit gray stucco? Seriously. Is this person color blind or did he think employing this jarring combination of colors was making a “statement”? Note the patch of yellow paint on the first floor. I am hoping against hope this is primer of something, but my gut instinct tells me otherwise.

Perhaps what The Real Deal was trying to say was Greenpoint is lacking in tasteful development. In which case, yes, we are definitely slow on the uptake. As for a $1,300 a month one bedroom, I wish these guys would tell me where it is. I haven’t heard of an apartment going for that price in years.

Miss Heather

P.S.: What really gets me about the “tone” is this tome is The Real Deal makes it seem like having a dearth luxury condominiums is a bad thing. Not every neighborhood can or should become a playground for the affluent. Just ask the folks who earn the median income here: $30,000 per year.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: The Marlboro Man

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Herbert Street.

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: Greenpoint Tour

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This Saturday, June 21, Word Books will be hosting Adrienne Onofri, the author of Walking Brooklyn. Ms. Onofri is scheduled to conduct a free walking tour of Greenpoint! The tour starts at noon so be sure to get there on time.

Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Happy sightseeing!

Miss Heather

The Reign Of Advertising Terror Continues

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Not content with tormenting Crosstown Local patrons with images of deformed feet, the MTA has kicked it up a notch with this advertisement touting “Hongo Killer”. It is emblazoned on a B61 bus headed to Ikea Terminal.

This is Mr. Hongo. Or would that be Mr. Killer? This sexually ambiguous little character might be cute, but what he seeks to eradicate is most decidely not.

A one hour bus ride and negotiating swarms of errant house apes are child’s play compared to the horror that is el hongo. Ikea crazy Greenpointers have your Metrocards ready, your chariot to affordable Scandinavian style has arrived!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Walk, Don’t Climb

June 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Grand Street.

Miss Heather

It’s Official

June 19, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Papasito’s has taken over Ton Kao II’s space at 999 Manhattan Avenue. For those of you keeping track this space started out as San Diego Restaurant, then it became Toluca La Bella, Ton Kao came in last year and now it is back to serving Mexican food again.

I cannot honestly say Ton Kao II will be missed much by my fellow Greenpointers (we have plenty of other Thai options here). But that doesn’t mean they will be forgotten. Just today a woman told me about ordering a salad there back in November. Among the lettuce she found a piece of wire. For what’s worth, her dining companion had an even worse item laying in wait for her delictation: a used band aid.


Miss Heather