Manhattan Photo du Jour: Fulton Street

June 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Crazy People 

Before I experienced the utter hell that is the South Street Seaport yesterday I happened upon this piece of commentary.

And I rather liked it.

Miss Heather

Crosstown Local Photo du Jour: Solid As A Rock

June 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Or not.

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Miss Heather’s Bon Voyage

June 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

Yesterday’s cruise netted (between the Mister and I) 600+ photographs to sort. I am currently on 116. Yup, it looks like it will be a long night for yours truly.

That said, I took a moment from my (admittedly) excessive shutter-bugging to recreate an old photograph I acquired several months ago. It dates from 1943 and was taken from the Staten Island Ferry. My impostor was taken from the American Princess as I was trying to keep my 110-115 pound person grounded while she negotiated choppy water. Nonetheless the similarity is striking.

Inasmuch as things may seem different (from 65 years ago) they are— for the most part— pretty much the same.

Dramamine, anyone?

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Keep Warm!

June 8, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Green Street.

In closing, today’s offerings we be lite because I am going on a four hour “railmarine cruise” conducted by the Working Harbor Committee of New York and New Jersey. I have been told that Greenpoint will be prominently featured. Naturally you can expect to read about my experience right here on New York Shitty.

Miss Heather

Happy Puerto Rican Day From New York Shitty!

June 8, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This one goes out to the great Boriquen neighbors I have here at Chateau de Shitty. You’re great folks and I love ya. This one’s for you!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos du Jour: Lock ‘n’ Load

June 8, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Attention hipsters, slipsters, scenesters, strollerati, condorati, wannabes, could have beens, might bes and never wases. There’s a new sheriff on Grand Street.

His name is Dick and he’s got a gun.

My advice: lose the trucker hats, ankle boots and 80′s sunglasses and invest in some Kevlar.

PULL!

Miss Heather

Noble Yoga: R.I.P.

June 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

As some of you might have noticed, the Yoga studio at the corner of Noble Street and Manhattan Avenue has folded. This came to my attention not because I am a yoga maven (I’m not), but because the mural on the first floor advertising their services (which I sort of liked) has been effectively eradicated. Here is what has taken its place.

I am by education and avocation an artist. For this reason I place a very high premium on visual aesthetics. I am also of the belief that people respond to the environment around them. Conversely, one can tell a lot about an entity —be it private of public —by what they put into community “space”. This is why I rail against Feddertecture, Karl Fischer and the deplorable state of the public space available to my fellow Greenpointers. Each of the previous in its own inimitable way says “you don’t matter.” The fact that more attention has been lavished upon making our local sewage treatment plant pleasing to the eye than the so-called “luxury” housing being built in the Garden Spot only drives the point home. But I digress. Let’s just say that I find the above melange displeasing.

Granted, the Noble Yoga mural was an advertisement. The two elephants that once graced this wall were a bit crude, but they did have their charm. They were a lot easier on the eyes than this.

You and me both, honey. You and me both. But the above missive was not the only criticism of the new “art work” to be found at Noble Yoga’s former digs.

:) My sentiments exactly. :)

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Reflecting Jesus

June 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Withers Street.

Miss Heather

Open For Business!

June 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Last night as the Mister and I were headed to Brooklyn Label we made a most auspicious discovery: the wine store at 153 Franklin Street is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Being the oenophiles booze hounds we are, we went inside to take a look.

As you can see, things still look a little rough but that is to be expected. This was their first day in business, after all.

This is Bonita. She watches over the inventory with a very keen eye.

This cart features wines for $12.00 or less. All in all, I am very pleased with what I found. The selection was good, the prices reasonable and the service very friendly.

I adored these candles. They are made by the owner’s mother. If you look carefully on the second shelf to the right you’ll see the Flatiron Building.

“Dandelion Wine” (as it is tentatively called, you will learn why in a minute) is slated to be open seven days a week from noon until 10:00 p.m.* Diners at Brooklyn Label (which is located across the street and is still awaiting their liquor license) will be given a 10% discount for the purchase of wine to accompany their meal.

Dandelion Wine
153 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Lastly, here’s the scoop regarding this business’s name: the owner is tired of it and wishes to use something different. Although she has several candidates, she is open to suggestions. If any of you have an idea for the name of this new wine shop shoot your suggestions to: lilyecho (at) gmail (dot) com.

Miss Heather

*REVISED! Here are the new hours:

Monday: 2:00  – 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday & Thursday: 2:00  – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00 p.m.  – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.

P.S.: You can see more pix of this new store on my Flickr page.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Jenga!

June 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Green Street.

Miss Heather