Torch Of Suffrage

July 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This is 619 Manhattan Avenue. It is currently the home of the Brooklyn Slavic American Citizen Club. On any given weekend when I walk by it is teeming with men socializing and watching television. Therefore, I found it very interesting to learn it was not the first social organization to grace this building. Just under 100 years ago it was the home of the Woman’s Suffrage Party, as you will learn from this great old story from the December 20, 1909 edition of the New York Times. Enjoy!

Feminists and Socialists in Greenpoint?!? Believe it or not, this is not as far-fetched as it seems. Greenpoint has a very long history of being a progressive burgh. Take day care for working mothers, for example. Our humble neighborhood had it long before it became “mainstream”. The Garden Spot of the Universe keeps getting more —not less— interesting the more I research it!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Kent Avenue

July 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

What you do with your dick afterwards is your own damned business.

Miss Heather

The Rat King Residence Is Dead

July 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Or at least dying, anyway. Ben writes:

The home of the Rat King is officially coming down. I took this one last Friday… and they’re a bit further along today.  My guess is that it’ll be gone by the end of the week.  Not sure where he’s living these days, but I have seen him walking around in the neighborhood the past few days.

What will take the place of this house, you ask? It is rather hard to tell. Plans were filed to build a six story condominium but the Department of Buildings said, no, no, no!

And no once more for good measure.

I suppose we will have to wait and see. What I want to know is what the Rat King thinks of all of this.*

Miss Heather

*No need! Check out the comment left by bellario!

Photo Credits: Ben L.

Ugly Made Fugly

July 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

When I looked up at this building (located at the intersection of Roebling and Broadway) I thought to myself:

Wow, that’s really ugly!

Yes, I realize that this building is probably being designed with the needs of Hasidim in mind, but what is up with this?

Of course the first two floors being bombed by “Katsu” and others does not help matters.

Could someone please explain to me why someone would do this? And by “this” I mean going to the trouble of filling a fire extinguisher with paint and going to the intersection of Roebling and Broadway to deface a new building? Yes, the above edifice is hideous. BUTand this is a big but— “bombing” some old industrial building in Billyburg or Greenpoint is one thing, defacing the soon-to-be-home for people you don’t even know is different.

Is this really necessary?

Miss Heather

Live Like A Hipster King!

July 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

I have become magnificently obsessed with the illegal hotel hostel at 249 Varet Street. I’m serious. I almost want to go down there and spend the night so as to assure myself the New York Loft Hostel is, indeed, for real. When I find advertising copy like the following (from hostelworld.com) it only fans the flames of my burning curiosity.

Ten minutes to Union Square? From Morgan Avenue?!? What the hell are these people smoking? But I guess time doesn’t matter if there is no curfew. That’s what being a “Hipster King” is all about!

You know, when my husband and I eloped we never had a honeymoon. We just ate lunch at Fernando’s Foccaceria, hopped on the G train and went back home. Methinks an extended conjugal visit at the “Mixed Dorm Ensuite”* is just the thing to put the fire back into our marriage!

Miss Heather

*With shower/toilet facilities in room. Showers (be they yellow or otherwise) for the masses! Hallelujah!

Subway Poster du Jour: Nassau Avenue, Part II

July 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From the Smith – 9th Street bound platform of the Crosstown Local.

Miss Heather

Cleanpoint!

July 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Wishing to steer clear of the downright nasty heat today I have whiled away the afternoon by knocking around the apartment doing housework and perusing the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives. Mostly the latter— which is where I found this plum of story from the June 9, 1896 edition which proposes that our fair burg might soon be re-christened Cleanpoint. With a hefty helping of patriotism and child labor, naturally.

112 Years Later: July 19, 2008, 239 Banker Street

Looks like we still have a ways to go.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos du Jour: Gentrification

July 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From South 2nd Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Back In The Day: Peter Pan Bakery

July 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Anyone worth his (or her) Greenpoint salt is familiar with the Peter Pan Bakery. Not only is it the home of some of the best damned donuts in the city, but to go inside makes one feel like he (or she) has entered a time warp. If any of you, dear readers, have ever felt this way (I know I have) don’t worry: the feeling is well warranted.

When I showed the above photograph to an employee of this establishment this morning it created quite a stir. Even the owner was shocked at how little Peter Pan has changed over the last thirty years and gladly gave me permission to take another, newer photograph of her establishment as it looks today. Here it is.

As you can see very little has changed. All the way down to the lovely uniformed waitresses manning the counter and children eagerly awaiting tasty treats, Peter Pan is more or less the same now as it was thirty years ago.

The addition of a few scantily clad staffers notwithstanding.

Miss Heather

P.S.: I want to give a big New York Shitty shout-out to the ladies of Peter Pan for allowing me to photograph the interior of their establishment. Thanks!

HOLY SH*T!

July 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I just received the above photograph from a fellow Greenpointer named Tammy Jez. She writes:

this may look like a war zone, but nope, it’s in front of my apartment on newell street and norman avenue in greenpoint brooklyn. i came home last night from a weekend getaway… to find my place of residence had barely survived a three story high fiery explosion. according to a neighbor, around 2am saturday night (sunday morning) some youths set fire to a mattress, pushed it under a pickup truck, and the effect is shown in the attached photos. check out the melted siding !!! its a miracle no-one got hurt. definitely a close call. unfortunately, to my knowledge the youths have not been identified.

Damn.

From what I can tell the 94th Precinct had a very busy weekend. The very same morning this truck was torched New York’s Finest took down a pit bull in the middle of Huron Street. Sheesh.

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Tammy Jez