PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

June 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Asshole, Greenpoint Magic 

If you see a truck with “National Grid” emblazoned upon it on your block and chaps jackhammering up your sidewalk, BEWARE. The odds are they are going to turn your gas off. This means NO USING YOUR STOVE TO COOK OR HAVING HOT WATER TO BATHE IN folks.

And no, they will not give you warning. How do I know this? I have been without hot water since 7:45 this morning.

Miss “would really like to take a bath” Heather

UPDATE: As of 9:54 a.m. June 13, 2008 my apartment building still does not have hot water.

4:53 p.m. June 13, 2008: WE HAVE HOT WATER. Hallelujah!

TOMORROW: ALPHABETA Grand Opening

June 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

What does this flier…

and this cutie pie (named Bianca) have in common?

Both belong to ALPHABETA, a new shop selling “old school” hip apparel and professional graffiti supplies slated to open tomorrow, Friday the 13th! I’ll probably swing by and give the store a look-see, if for no other reason to check out their selection of shirts. I really loved the one they had in the window.

ALPHABETA
70 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Festivities start at 8:00 p.m. and include music and live art. Be advised that there is $5.00 admission fee.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: FREE

June 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

Stood Up By Studio B

June 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Last night Community Board 1 conducted their monthly meeting at the “Swing 60′s Community Center”. Among the (numerous) items to be discussed (READ: open to public soap boxing) was Studio B’s application for a cabaret license. Sadly, this did not come to pass. I was told their application had been withdrawn from the hearing.

Maybe this is why? It would appear that Studio B was visited by the Department of Buildings last week. Click on the above image and read for yourself. But I realize many of you are too busy (trust me, I understand) so here is the rundown:

  1. On April 16, 2008 Studio B was served a Stop Work Order for “interior sheet rock part wall erected to create bar at second floor w/out permit.”
  2. Instead of complying with said Stop Work Order they ripped the notice off the door and continued working, hence this glorious citation less than a week later.
  3. Studio B keeps on working, publicizing their rooftop garden and opens it on schedule, with predictable results.
  4. And now this, the piece de resistance, dating from June 4, 2008:

Re: SWO ISSUED FOR WORK WITHOUT PERMIT AT 2ND FL.REPORTS ARESAYING WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETE AND IS BEING ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED AS ACABARET C/O STATES 2ND FL TO BE UNOCCUPIED, PLEASE INVESTIGATE

The “Emergency Response Team” was called in. Here are their findings, copied and pasted from the Department of Buildings web site:

06/05/2008 A1 VIOLATION SERVED 1760 MILLS 06/04/2008
ECB VIOLATION ISSUED FOR APPROVED PA PLANS NOT AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION
06/05/2008 G4 COMPLAINT REFERRED TO DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS 1760 MILLS 06/04/2008
REFER TO CONSUMER AFFAIRS IS REFERRED TO CONSUMER AFFAIR

Passing the buck. On the upshot, maybe the D.C.A. will do what the Department of Buildings has been unable or unwilling to do: enforce the law.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Dead Man

June 12, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From North 5th Street.

Miss Heather

Great Moments In Construction Safety: Franklin Street

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I had initially planned to give this photograph the title “The Thinker” because this gentleman is clearly in a state of deep thought.

But then it struck me that any thinking person would not be sitting in a window sill three stories up in the air with nothing whatsoever between him and the sidewalk below.

Semantics can be a royal pain in the ass sometimes.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Berry Street

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Trespassing is not allowed. All trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Public urination, however, is perfectly acceptable. Is it just me or is Williamsburg becoming more and more like Park Slope with each and every passing day?

Miss Heather

Some Advice For The Workers At 110 Green Street

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Asshole, Greenpoint Magic 

I would like to humbly suggest that you refrain from making kissing and hissing noises at female passersby (as two of your colleagues saw fit to do today). Saying “Hey Baby” and (after being ignored by said female) pushing the matter by continuing to verbally harass said woman will (as two of you learned today) not only net you being called an “asshole” in return, but the object of your misguided affection might have a camera…

and happen to be a blogger.

Oh yeah, and if you and yours make any more lewd comments to my upstairs neighbor’s teenage daughter her mother is calling the police.

Hugs,

Miss Heather

The Vargasmobile

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who didn’t follow the election in the Dominican Republic last month might be interested to know Lionel Fernandez, the incumbent, was elected to a third term.

I for one don’t really keep track of these things, but this van on Java Street reminded me.

The man whose face is plastered all over this motor vehicle is Miguel Vargas Maldonado. He was Mr. Fernandez’s opponent.

Mr. Vargas may have lost, but this great attempt at grassroots advertising makes him a winner in my book. This ride kicks the shit out of that Leviticus dude’s ride on Bedford Avenue. At first I found him amusing, now I think he just tries too hard.

Miss Heather

Mr. Heather’s Amazing Discovery

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Mr. Heather's Kamera Korner 

Yesterday we learned that there is a minuscule island in the East River dedicated to U Thant, the third Secretary General of the United Nations. Today, dear readers I wish to share with you whose visage graces the northern-most end of Governor’s Island.

The above mural reads “To The Struggle Against World Terrorism”. I’m not too sure who the gent to the left is, but the one to right was easy enough to identify.

Granted, the above image sucks (Mr. Heather has my old camera, which has seen much better days) but one can nonetheless discern who this chap is. It is none other than our fearless leader: George W. Bush. And he is keeping a taciturn eye on lower Manhattan.

Miss Heather