NEXT WEEK: Barack The Vote

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

David (the gentleman who brought this event to my attention) writes:

Brooklyn Royalty will be releasing a capsule collection of hand-screened Obama tees, as well as holding a silent auction to benefit Barack Obama’s campaign for President. At what other dance party can you register to vote, donate to the campaign and learn how to get more involved?

Very true. This isn’t your grandpa’s fundraiser!* Check it out!

Barack The Vote
Le Royale
21 7th Avenue South
New York, New York 10014

Miss Heather

*That is best left to (ideological and actual) dinosaurs like Palin and McCain. Shuffleboard, anyone?

Anybody Want Three Issues Of Polish Playboy*?

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

If so head down to the northwestern corner of Meserole and Manhattan Avenue. As of 4:15 p.m. today your free (still in the shrink wrap with accompanying VIDEO) ticket to Five Knuckle Shuffleville awaits!

But it’s in POLISH!

My English-speaking Greenpoint conrades protest.

We (women) all know you don’t really buy this periodical for the articles, gents. You’re not fooling anyone.

Miss Heather

*Be advised they’re all March 2008.

Bushwick Photo du Jour: Mixed Signals

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick 

There is a fine line between love and hate in Bushwick and its name is Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Faile On Meserole Avenue

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Looks like there are signs of life at this beautiful old storefront. What’s more I was delighted to see a man picking up his dog’s shit. While talking on a cell phone no less. That’s what I call “multi-tasking”!

Miss Heather

Something Neat

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy, Bushwick 

Earlier this week I was knocking around Broadway. Upon reaching Stockton Street I noticed a series of murals gracing this metal fence. Delighted, I took pictures of them. Then I glanced across Broadway and realized I had hit the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

They continue across the street on Arion Place…

and there is much more artistic goodness to come!

If you happen to find your person in the “Bush-Stuy” area do check out this work in progress. It’s fantastic.

Stockton Street and Arion Place at Broadway
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Otherwise, you get a sneak peek by checking out my flickr set.

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: Square Dancing In Greenpoint

October 3, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I cannot honestly say I can muster much enthusiasm for this event. This is probably because (I shit you not) square dancing was part of the curriculum in Phys. Ed. at my elementary school. We all hated it when it was “Square Dancing Day” because it entailed:

  1. Touching the opposite sex (and thus possibly getting “cooties”)
  2. It meant we were not going to play dodgeball (preferably with the big rubber balls because they inflict more pain upon impact— Nerf balls are for wimps)

Nonetheless I realize that someone out there might be interested so here it is:

Come shake a leg and celebrate Fall in Greenpoint at the Greenpoint Autumn Square Dance on Saturday, October 4th at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah on McGolrick Park in Brooklyn.  East Kentucky’s Clack Mountain String Band and Virginia dance caller Julie Shepherd are coming north for a night of lively old-time music, dancing, hot cider and donuts. On the forefront of a diverse and blossoming music scene in Morehead, Kentucky, Clack Mountain String Band consists of four core members; Karly Higgins, Jesse Wells, J.T. Cure and Brett Ratliff.   CSMB is vastly influenced by the mountains and rolling hills of East Kentucky and old-time master musicians like Lee Sexton, George Gibson, and their dear friend, the late fiddler Art Stamper.  MC and caller Julie Shepherd is an accomplished dancer and banjo player currently residing in Staunton, VA.

For more information, e-mail greenpointsquaredance (at) gmail (dot) com.

The Greenpoint Autumn Square Dance
The Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Be sure to bring your own cooties.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Levity On Franklin Street

October 2, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The text on Kill Devil Hill’s window reads as follows:

Our bank went under last night. Mark got out his grandpa’s still. Not to worry, we’ll be first with the moonshine.

Miss Heather

Bushwick Photo du Jour: Myrtle Avenue

October 2, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick 

Bushwick: 1
New Bike Rack: 0

Miss Heather

Battle of the Band (Names): M.T.G.H.W.T.K.Y.M.

October 2, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

You can always rely upon Williamsburg to proffer interesting band fliers. Here are two choice specimens I spied on Graham Avenue yesterday.

Total Hook Up City

Con: Porno images are SO TOTALLY 2006
Pro: the placement of “Beavis” “Butthead” over said beaver is mildly amusing.


Pro: Major points for creativity.
Con: Makes me think of Sarah Palin.

Miss Heather

The New Face Of Need In Greenpoint

October 2, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Yesterday I spent much of my day with Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church. I called her (after my latest trip to the dentist) because I wanted to make sure she heard the latest “buzz” about the Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen. She said she needed to go to Bed-Stuy to apply for emergency funding for the Soup Kitchen. I told her I planned to walk around Bed-Stuy anyway. So off to Bed-Stuy we went and while doing so we talked. She told me that they’re seeing more “non-homeless” people needing assistance. I believed her.

But seeing truly is believing so I swung by the soup kitchen. Do these people look “homeless” to you?

These women look like typical Greenpointers to me: people I would otherwise see in the local grocery store or bodega, not the “drunks”, “bums” and “derelicts” (READ: undesirables) one would usually associate with a soup kitchen. Although to be “fair and balanced” journalistically speaking— not that I am now now nor care to ever be a journo— the latter were present as well. In large numbers.

At what point are we as a people going to overcome the Victorian concept of “worthy” versus “unworthy” poor”?  Or that poverty is a sickness?* Soon enough I suspect. If what I saw at the soup kitchen last night (and our “economy”) is any indication, we are in for a serious reckoning.

In the meantime someone Milton is doing his best to shut this soup kitchen down. Sometimes he walks across the street and yells at the soup kitchen patrons**, usually he calls the police instead. Because (*gasp*) someone has pissed on his block.

Hence the lecture soup kitchen patrons received tonight.

I know, I am just as outraged as you. Public urination (sex and masturbation) were unheard of in Greenpoint before the soup kitchen came. Homeless people didn’t blight our neighborhood until this soup kitchen was started. It’s TOTALLY the soup kitchen’s fault, folks.

This disgruntled chap may very well get the soup kitchen shut down because it is a “public nuisance”. While Club Exit has had three incidences of gun play this year and is still in business and Studio B is re-opening on the presumption they’ll have all their paper work in order. They don’t.

Anonymous tipster:

Looks like they’ve been doing what they need to get sign offs to get a TCO and the subsequent PA permit (the cabaret license is contingent on those two items).  They’ll have zoning use group 12 on the CO (which is the cabaret designation, but it won’t be legal to use it as such until they get the cabaret.  Read: they’ll be legal but can’t dance).

They got final electrical and plumbing sign offs this month.  That’s 50% of the TCO requirements.  The remaining 50% breaks down like this: 25% elevator sign off (slam dunk cause there are no elevators–I assume); the last 25% is passing the construction inspection. This link is under the “items required” tab under the Alt 1 (CO amendment application) BIS page. They’re banking that they can finish that, get the TCO and PA permit before the 12th or whatever the date is.  Can they do it?  Meh, that’s a real push.

There is something amiss I noticed.  There is no CO application on file under the Alt 1.  That’s weird because it should be there and they shouldn’t have been able to get the electrical and plumbing sign offs without it on file.

And probably won’t —but will probably “re-open” anyway. Hell, they’re open already.

I am not so simple-minded as to think this is a total sum game, e.g.; attention directed to Studio B should be redirected to Club Exit or vice versa. Rather, I’d like to shed light on priorities:

  • A soup kitchen dedicated to feeding the needy (housed, unhoused and the elderly— Polish mostly) merits police scrutiny because it is a “public nuisance” while
  • Club Exit remains open after incidences involving “gun play”
  • Studio B has shown nothing but contempt for the law. They were shut down in August— but after one month they’re back at it. And publicizing themselves like a $2.00 whore.

Which of the three previous is the highest “risk” to public safety? To pick over the differences between Studio B and Club Exit is like arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin: fruitless. They both should be shut down. Period.

Not a soup kitchen serving our neighborhood’s (increasingly needy) population. One whose Co-pastors have made every effort to work with the police.

Miss Heather

*In one way it is: teenage mothers tend to beget more teenage mothers. Teenage mothers tend to live in poverty. Tell that to Sarah Palin— or better yet, John “Life Happens” McCain.

**Purportedly while intoxicated.