TOMORROW: Horror For The Masses

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

No, I am not talking about another Presidential debate. Rather I speak of this.

Blue Gate Movies will be screening a different horror movie each and every Friday night starting tomorrow!

Blue Gate Movies
112 Meserole Avenue
(between Manhattan Avenue & Leonard Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

What’s more, admission is absolutely free! Who can argue with that?

Miss Heather

Has Anyone Seen Lily?

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

Suzy O writes:

My 16 year old cat has gone missing as of Tuesday. There is construction going on directly next door; perhaps that spooked her. I live on Monitor between Nassau and Norman. I would be so grateful if you could post this on your site; I’m worried sick. Her name is Lily, and she is very gentle and friendly. She is also perfectly healthy, no diseases.

If you have seen Lily please contact Suzy via email at suzyo (at) nyc (dot) rr (dot) com. You can see the ad she has posted on Craigslist by clicking here.


Miss Heather

Free Market Capitalism At Its Very Finest

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

If there is one word I would use to describe the Greenpoint entrepreneur it would be “innovator”. Where else in this city (and perhaps the world) can you find a graffiti store just down the block from a business that makes sorbet out of wine which in turn is just a hop-skip away from a shop which has shackles and a $400 muskrat for sale? Don’t everyone speak up at once now.

Yes sir, the Garden Spot of the Universe is a very special place and I just learned it is set to become even more special.

As I walking home from getting my hair cut at Zoe’s Beauty Spa & Salon (Anna gives great cuts, by the way) I spied these chaps working on this lovely old garage on Greenpoint Avenue. I was delighted to see this nifty building getting a face lift and decided to tell them so.

Miss Heather: I’m really happy to see someone is finally doing something with this building. What’s it going to be? A restaurant?
Man: A beer spa.
Miss Heather: A… beer… spa?
Man: Yes, a beer spa. Greenpoint has enough bars. We’re selling boutique beer. You’ll be able to knock back a beer and get a nice massage.
Miss Heather: You’re serious?
Man: Of course I am! See that van over there?

Miss Heather: Yes.
Man: That’s my business. You like beer?
Miss Heather: Mostly in the summer —although I’ve been known to like a nice amber ale in cooler months.
Man: We’ll be selling those, so be sure to check us out!
Miss Heather: Will do.

So there have you folks. I suspect I speak for many of my fellow Greenpointers when I say I hope this (unfolding) story has a happy ending!

Miss Heather

Halloween Photos du Jour: Dead Man’s Ship

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Russell Street.

From Humboldt Street.

Is it just me or does the chap on the right bear a striking resemblance to Tommy Lee?

Miss Heather

ALPHABETA: Beautifying Greenpoint…

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

one magic bus at a time!

Earlier this week I noticed the boys at Alphabeta busy at work*. I simply had to see what they were up to so I went in for a closer look.

Man overbored!

See what happens when you give a bunch of kids spray paint? Little pink bunny rabbits and canine delinquency…

…art work where none used to be…

and motor vehicles powered by veggie oil.

Miss Heather

*In our new bike lane. Tut, tut…

Happy Feral Cat Day!

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Williamsburg 

It’s been awhile since I have featured the lovely, loving, UBER-adorable and eminently ADOPTABLE kittens at Empty Cages Collective. Since today is indeed “Feral Cat Day”* I thought I’d share this hilarious video of Giselle (a feral momma) and her “Tiny Dancers” by Lisacat. Enjoy!

Mikhail (the grey cat) is quite the ham but I assure you Twyla and Margot are equally charming (if a little more subdued). If you’re looking for a roommate of the four-legged variety why not make an appointment to meet the tiny dancers? They’ll steal your heart!

Empty Cages Collective
emptycagescollective (at) gmail (dot) com

Miss Heather

*It’s also National Bosses Day. Coincidence? I think not.

THIS WEEKEND: Open House At Morgan Fine Arts

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This Saturday, October 18, the Morgan Fine Arts Building will be conducting its annual Fall Studio Open House from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Just as last year this event is totally free to the public. So why not spend this upcoming Saturday night checking out the work of twenty five up-and-coming Garden Spot artists?

Morgan Fine Arts Building
649 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Joe The Plumber

October 16, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This may look like something from Texas but it most assuredly is not. It hails from none other than Greenpoint’s “Park Avenue” (McGuinness Boulevard) where Jay (the person who was kind enough to forward me these photographs) writes:

I came across this sign during my morning walk… with my dogs. They wanted to take a dump in this guy’s yard but I was afraid they’d get shot. I call this “Shoot First; Figure Out How To Run The Country Later”,

Indeed. The more eagle-eyed among you might have noticed the Fedders Box gracing the top left-hand corner of the first image! I mention this because tomorrow is going to be an extra special “Fedders Friday”. Stay tuned!

Miss Heather

UPDATE: This was just forwarded to me by Mr. Heather. Amusing stuff, although I’d recommend:

  • Joe The Plumber Knocked Up my Teenaged Daughter.
  • Joe The Plumber Gave Me The Clap.
  • Joe The Plumber Flushed Out My Pipes.
  • Joe The Plumber Lays Good Pipe.
  • Joe The Plumber Knows What A Woman Likes.
  • I F*cked Joe The Plumber & All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.
  • Joe The Plumber Will Have to Pay More Taxes Under The Obama Plan If You Buy This Shirt.

Halloween Photo du Jour: Turn Back!

October 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Apollo Street.

Miss Heather

Great Moments In Aluminum Siding Volume XVIII

October 15, 2008 ·
Filed under: Articles of Fedderization, Vinyl Siding 

Aluminum siding exposure is to a Greenpointer what arsenic poisoning was to a Victorian: after time (and repeated exposure) one builds up a resistance. Thereafter more siding (or arsenic) is necessary for the desired effect to take effect. I beg to differ. Sometimes “less” is more. I like my siding with a “twist”.

CASE IN POINT: This house in Sunset Park I call “Right Eye”.

This gem would be overlooked by a mere siding dilettante. Not me. I’m a professional.

What we have here is classic case of L.S.F.B.V.G.S.:

  • Low siding (not related to low riding)
  • Fedders boxes (in this case two)
  • Vandalism with gratuitous signage

I’ll tackle the second point first.

This is classic Fedders heraldry. You don’t see beauties like this much anymore. Please download this image so your children (and grandchildren) can enjoy the glory that is nascent Fedderization.

Low siding, vandalism and gratuitous signage

Note how the heraldry motif (From the Fedders boxes) is carried over to the garage door. (Of questionable taste to some but consistent!) A garage door, I will add, that is obstructed by a great deal of aluminum siding. Whoever owns this house loves him (or her) some siding. They deserve to be an honorary Greenpointer!

The gratuitous signage is pure gravy.

Thank you Sunset Park for the best “fix” of aluminum siding goodness I have seen in months!

Miss Heather