Halloween Photo du Jour: Mr. Pumpkin Head

October 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Who can’t crack a smile on this dreary day after looking at this happy fella? Today’s offering hails from The Garden, an establishment that always comes up with amazing window displays. Their groceries don’t suck either. Kudos guys (and gals)!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Rock Lobster!

October 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Greenpoint Avenue.

Miss Heather

Disconnected: The Verizon Rant

October 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

A couple weeks ago I had lunch with a fellow Greenpointer. At one point we talked blog shop. Here was my take on New York Shitty:

I started it because I needed to blow off steam. Then people started reading it. I never knew there were so many people who would find my fucked up fascinations so interesting. Go figure.

In the clarity of hindsight I realize I do not exclusively chronicle my magnificent obsessions on this blog. It serves also as a diary of sorts. On that note earlier today I wrote:

Have you ever been told that your Internet service cannot be restored until a fucking bar opens— and then was assured that this kind of thing is “pretty common in Greenpoint”? I have. On October 28, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. to be exact. When this iron-curtain-customer-service-meets-Preston-Sturges-comedy-of-errors morality tale is over you can be good and damned sure I am going to write about it. And oh, what I story I have to tell!

That time has come, kids. Before I proceed I’d like to state there are a number of morals to this story. Here are a couple:

  1. If you are making reference to a “bar down the street” in Greenpoint be very specific because…
  2. the Garden Spot has a shitload of bars. Too many, if you ask me —but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

As I awoke Saturday morning Mr. Heather quietly whispered to me:

Our Internet is down. I have contacted Verizon.

I suspect the Mister broke the news in this manner because he feared if told me such a thing when I was in a total state of consciousness I would flip out— and he was probably correct. You see, Verizon has this nasty habit of disconnecting our service (be it telephone and/or Internet) when they endeavor to hook up someone else’s phone line. This has happened four or five times. This phenomenon is one (of the many reasons) I dread the occupation of the Viridian by fresh-faced condo-goers. One man’s 130 unit luxury complex replete with concierge, gazing pool and virtual golf is another woman’s 130 potential disconnections by Verizon. But I digress.

Once I came to and grabbed a cup of coffee I shuffled into the living and asked:

So when is it supposed to be back up?

Mr. Heather: Monday.
Me (hardly surprised but nonetheless irked): Great.

Over the weekend I managed to rattle off a few posts via the Mister’s Blackberry in preparation for Monday: the day our service was ostensibly going to be restored. I thought I was well-rested and ready. I wasn’t.

Monday, October 20, 2008 at 11:15 a.m. the phone rings:

It’s Verizon.

Miss Heather: Cool, I’ll be right down.

I let the repairman into our apartment and show him our set-up. He asks:

Is your phone working?

Mind you, this gentleman just dialed our land line less than a minute ago — and I answered said call. I thought to myself:

This is not a good sign.

Me: Yes, our phone line is working. We have no Internet. See the dsl router? It hooks up to this thing over here. The line is dead.

He went out to the pole and poked around. After about 15 minutes he returned.:

I have to wait until the bar down the street opens. The box I need to access is located behind it.

He said and assured me this was not at all unusual in Greenpoint. Puzzled but finding this entirely plausible (because the neighborhood I call home sports quite a number of drinking establishments) I asked for some clarification:

Which bar, (bar #1) or (bar #2)?

After some discussion we established it was bar #2. Then we both concluded there was no way he could access this property until it opened. The nice thing about living in a neighborhood riven with alcoholism is the bars tend to open early. I smugly thought to myself:

This should be resolved by 4:00 p.m. or so.

and went about doing some much-needed housecleaning to while away the time.

ASIDE: My husband always promises to help with the tidying up the house. He does not do this out of the kindness of his own heart. Rather, he knows if I do it I will get very, very angry. At him. Yesterday was no exception. After finding a dirty spoon tucked away under some books (why God, why?) and slamming my foot against a skillet he somehow saw fit to place on the kitchen floor I encountered the straw that broke the my camel’s back: a cache of mustard packets buried under a pile of papers in the living room.

Just last week— standing right in front of this hitherto unknown cache of condiment goodness— the Mister threw a tantrum about the local Chinese restaurant trying to charge him 25 cents for mustard. This was his rationale for refusing to buy his dinner from said establishment. Thinking this was one of the stupidest things I have ever heard in my life (because it is) I said:

Why didn’t just buy the fucking meal? We have, like, at least twenty of those fucking packets lying around here.

Obviously I was correct. And now I was getting pissed.

At 3:30 p.m. the Mister called:


Mr. Heather: How are you doing?
Me: You don’t want to ask that question right now.
Mr. Heather: Speakeasy says the Internet should be restored by 4:00 o’clock.
Me: Cool. I’m going to run.

4:00 p.m. comes and goes. The Mister calls again.

Me: Yeah.
Mr. Heather: Is the Internet back up yet?

I replied “Of course not” and hung up. I was growing tired of housework. I was also growing tired of waiting for this bar to open so I decided that “happy hour” at Chez Shitty was going to kick off a tad early. You know what they say:

It’s always 5:00 o’clock somewhere.

So I hit the local wine store. AS I was returning home I had an epiphany:

I bet it was the OTHER fucking bar. SHIT.

I run home only two encounter two chaps claiming to be from Con Edison wanting access to our building. Knowing full well who they really are, I refuse. I make a beeline to my apartment and grab my cell phone so I can call my husband and tell him about my hunch. In the meantime the Con Ed con artists are hitting all the buzzers repeatedly in the hopes someone will let them in. I am getting rattled. After three tries I finally dialed the Mister’s number correctly.

Then there was a knock at my door. Hoping it was Verizon I hung up and opened it. Only to discover someone let these miscreants in our building:

What did I say to you a few minutes ago?!? NO THANKS!

I shit you not this pig fucker laughed as he walked away. Now I was getting super-pissed… and my cell phone rang.


Mr. Heather: I noticed you called. What’s going on?
Me: That IMBECILE got his information wrong. He meant bar #1. I could have given him access to that fucking pole via the back of our fucking apartment building and our fucking Internet would have been restored HOURS AGO
Mr. Heather: I don’t understand.

Losing patience, I took a deep breath and started to explain the curious case of transposed bars. Then there was another knock at the door. I open it. It was ANOTHER fucking dude from IDT claiming to be a Con Ed employee.

Me (in a low, even tone to Mr. Heather): hold on a minute.
Me (shouting at IDT employee):


Mr. Heather: What was that about?
Me: (sputtering very loud, VERY ANGRY profanity-laden incoherent gibberish).
Mr. Heather: I’m in the middle of a meeting right now. Can we talk about this later?

Long story made short my Internet access was not restored yesterday despite both bars in question being open as of 5:00 p.m. The Mister (very wisely I will add) decided to work late because he wanted to give me time to “cool off”. Eventually I did. Today at 9:00 a.m. a different Verizon employee arrived. He hit our buzzer and I let him in. In a much-needed instance of dumb luck it happened to the man who installed our Internet line. He knew exactly what to do, did it and profusely apologized for the bullshit I experienced yesterday.

Thank you Mr. Diaz. You are a fucking hero. And oh yeah:


Those of us who live between Green and Freeman Street and get our telephone/Internet service from Verizon need those bars open as early as possible! Preferably at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.— chop, chop! And for future reference to anyone who happens to live in the above-mentioned area: that fucking relay box is located behind the Mark Bar, not “The Murder Bar” (better known to arrivistes as “Tommy’s Tavern”).

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Rest In Pieces

October 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Boobification Photo du Jour: Teamwork

October 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

One of the joys of being a boobifier is one never knows when a very special opportunity will present itself. Case in point: last Friday night while walking with a friend on Dean Street.

Me (rustling through my backpack): I am so totally hitting this.
Friend & Mr. Heather: No, you need to shoot from this angle.
Miss Heather (tries said angle): No go.
Friend: You’re probably going to have to do this in the day time, the back lighting is messing with your light meter.
Mr. Heather: Here (futzes with camera) now point it at the tits.
Miss Heather: Ok. (takes picture)
Miss Heather: It’s out of focus. Wait a minute, I have an idea (futzes with camera and then takes ten steps back). IT WORKED!
Mr. Heather: Yeah, but you cut it off on the left hand corner.
Miss Heather: Okay I’ll try again. (tries again) That’s pretty good.
Friend: Yeah, but you need to do it again.
Miss Heather: Why?
Friend: You need to get the top of the dickhead’s head!

It took a couple more tries, but I finally achieved perfection.

What kind of a Brooklyn boobifier would I be without including our very own Borough President in my project? Sorry Marty, I take no prisoners! 😉

Miss Heather


October 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

That is the word, dear readers, that best describes how my Monday went. Has my Internet service been restored (its been down since late Friday)? NO. Will it be restored today? Possibly.

Have you ever been told that your Internet service cannot be restored until a fucking bar opens— and then was assured that this kind of thing is “pretty common in Greenpoint”? I have. On October 21, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. to be exact. When this iron-curtain-customer-service-meets-Preston-Sturges-comedy-of-errors morality tale is over you can be good and damned sure I am going to write about it. And oh, what I story I have to tell!

(This post comes courtesy of my husband’s fucking Blackberry.)

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Frightening Prospect

October 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Wythe Avenue.

Miss Heather

Halloween Photo du Jour: Not So Scary

October 20, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Monitor Street.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Today’s offerings will be delayed as Verizon was kind enough to accidently disconnect our Internet service over the weekend. As a result I will be spending the day waiting for them to come over and fix what they fucked up. Lucky me.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Acceptance

October 19, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

Halloween Photos du Jour: Joe The Plumber, R.I.P.

October 19, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg 

xdoobiex writes:

…in your halloween quest, you should check out 323 humboldt in e. williamsburg… its a different take on the whole scary thing. Wait until the afternoon, when they drag the coffin out.

Yesterday I walked down the valley of the shadow of dearth: 323 Humboldt Street. In the late afternoon, just as ordered…

and as promised they had the coffin out. Let’s see who is inside, shall we?

It’s Joe The Plumber! Guess he got bumped into a higher tax bracket after all. For shame.

Behold, the Wall Street Crematory!

All eyes are on Wall Street— or would that be Humboldt Street? Sarah Plain Palin where are you when you need us?

Don’t fear the Reaper!

Unless you happen to be “WaMu”.

I cannot explain why but I find this utterly hilarious. Perhaps it is because they’re the 7th or 8th (I can’t keep track anymore) bank to occupy Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint and Nassau Avenue. Replacing a much needed housewares store in the process. I still miss X-Tra Discount goddammit!

R.I.P.: A.I.G (?)

My eternal gratitude goes out to you, xdoobiex: you have, indeed, tipped me off to an whole new level of horror. The funny thing is no matter how rich this country has become I’ve always been poor. The nation’s top two percent do not seem to be very fond of sharing the wealth— socializing their bad debts, however, is another matter entirely.

Miss “Do You Want Fries With That” Heather