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

Home Sweet Home

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

After being tossed about on a boat for five hours last Sunday I did what any respectable mariner would do on shore leave: proceed directly to an establishment which serves margaritas by the pitcher. This entailed going Maryann’s D.F. on Second Avenue. Not only are their margaritas quite tasty, but it is a short distance from the L. It has been my experience that self-medicating before subjecting one’s person to the capricious nature of the G train makes the commute go by faster.

But there are other ways to seek bliss. Someone at the intersection of East 8th Street and Third Avenue advocates happiness via self-medication, albeit in powdered form.

Further down the block at 13th Street, “Core Emotional Release Work” saves the day.

I suppose it is easy to feel one’s aliveness when he (or she) is not dependent on the Crosstown Local to get home. I swear I have seen Dante and Virgil milling about the platform at Metropolitan Street on more than one occasion.

Miss Heather

Kill Devil Hill Revisited

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Yesterday I was able to check out the wares at Greenpoint’s newly opened Kill Devil Hill. I was amused and confounded by the incredibly eclectic variety of goods they have for sale. Trashy old novels, a pair of 19th century shackles, old tin types, “Music to Strip By” and a lovely pair of earrings made to look like Chinese lanterns are among the many curiosities to be found at this establishment. You can see more by clicking here— or better yet, go down in person and see for yourself.

That said, if any of you out there have been searching for a stuffed muskrat and have $400 to burn (and you know who you are) I have very good news.

Kill Devil Hill’s got you covered.

Miss Heather

From Bay Ridge To The Bronx

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Astoria, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Williamsburg 

As promised here is a slide show of my cruise up the East River from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Hunt’s Point, Bronx. There’s a little something for everybody but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that all you Red Hookers, Greenpointers, Roosevelt Islanders and Riker’s Island curiosity seekers out there will not be disappointed.

Enjoy!

Miss Heather

P.S.: You can see my complete Flickr set of South/Central Brooklyn by clicking here. Everything else (from the Brooklyn Navy Yard north to the Bronx) can be seen by clicking here. Scenic vistas of Manhattan and New Jersey (though incomplete as of the writing of this post) can be found here.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Partying On Franklin Street

June 11, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

It has been awhile since I have checked in on what I liked to call the House of the Ravaged Lemur. So against my better judgment, I trudged through yesterday’s infernal weather to see what’s shaking. I was not disappointed.

His wife Hill might have thrown in the towel, but as you can see that doesn’t keep Bill from having a good time. The party can and will go on.

Miss Heather

Subway Photo du Jour: Sean Bell

June 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

From the Brooklyn-bound platform of the L train at First Avenue.

Miss Heather

Meet U Thant Island

June 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Queens 

One of the really neat things about taking a cruise along New York City’s waterfront is it enables one to (re)discover many hidden treasures* that cannot be appreciated from dry land. Such is the case with the above little island nestled between Roosevelt Island, Long Island City and the U.N. in Manhattan.

It is unofficially named after the third Secretary General of the United Nations, U Thant. Here’s a little information about it courtesy of Wikipedia:

The island has its origins in the 1890s as a side-effect of William Steinway‘s construction of trolley tunnels under the river to link bustling Manhattan to his eponymous company town in Steinway, Queens. The island was built up on the existing granite outcrop Man-o’-War Reef using excess landfill from a shaft dug down the reef to the tunnels. Steinway died before his tunnels’ completion, and it was financier August Belmont, Jr. who finished the project in 1907, leaving the finished islet as a bonus.

The Steinway Tunnels are still in use as part of the 7-Flushing line in the New York Subway, and trains still pass directly beneath the island many times a day. Belmont Island, named after the financier, became the legal name of the island.

The small inconvenient island was unused and almost forgotten for nearly a century, until in 1977 it was adopted by employees at nearby UN headquarters following the guru Sri Chinmoy, who served as an interfaith chaplain there. The group, called Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations, leased the islet from New York State, greened its surface and unofficially renamed it after Burmese Buddhist United Nations Secretary General U Thant, a friend of Chinmoy. Although unofficial, U Thant Island has stuck as the common name for the island. The islet is now the site of a thirty-foot “oneness arch” preserving personal items of the island’s namesake

Be sure to check out Mr. Thant’s biography as well. It is fascinating, especially given the troubled state of Burma nowadays. Not only was he an adept peace maker and a Buddhist, but U Thant was a U.F.O. buff to boot!

Miss Heather

*Including a giant portrait of George W. Bush. As you will see.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Viridian Goes Green

June 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Who wouldn’t want to pay Williamsburg prices to live in G train digs after seeing a Sales Office entrance as classy as this one? To their credit, at least Magic Johnson’s funky bunch made some attempt at adding greenery to Green Street (which is decidedly not very green). Usually the peeps at the Viridian dump cement onto the street and leave garbage all over the place.

Miss Heather

Dog Bowl 2008

June 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Although this event is a ways off yet I wanted to pass along A.S.A.P for two reasons:

  1. Pre-registration is required.
  2. The proceeds of this benefit will go towards launching Dog Habitat, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to rehabilitate abandoned, abused and stray dogs.

Follows is a little information about Dog Habitat. It’s co-founders are Rob Maher and Jay Lombard, Greenpoint residents both. Ron Maher is probably better known to a number of you as the co-owner of District Dog, a canine “boutique” and “spa” located just a doggie dumplin’s throw away from McGolrick Park. Rounding out the organization is Denise Herman, a dog behaviorist and founder of Empire of the Dog.

Dog Habitat’s mission, in their own words:

…is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and ultimately re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. Our goal is to open one of metropolitan New York City’s largest canine rescue facilities by the end of 2008. DHR will operate as a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation under the auspices of Dog Habitat, Inc., a dog day care, veterinary clinic, training and boarding facility that will open in Brooklyn, NY in Fall 2008.

Those of you who are interested in attended their upcoming “Dog Bowl” fund raiser can pre-register online via Dog Habitat’s web site and by calling or swinging by District Dog.

District Dog
142 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(718) 290-7434

Individuals are requested to pay $30.00, a team of two will set you back $50.00. Also be sure to indicate which time slot you want: 6:00 – 7:00, 7:00 – 8:00 or 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Let’s bowl!

Miss Heather

THIS WEEK: Renegade Craft Fair

June 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

It has come to my attention that the Renegade Craft Fair is scheduled to throw another two day extravaganza at the McCarren Park Pool this upcoming weekend. Here is the rundown as gleaned from their web site:

It’s almost here – Brooklyn’s 4th Annual RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR!! This year’s event will be held June 14 + 15 from 11am – 7pm at the McCarren Park Pool!

Check out the Vendor List to get a sneak peak at who will be participating in this year’s event. Over 200 artists will be showing off their wares!

PLUS – Popshop DJ Squad will be playing tunes throughout the weekend and tasty treats will be provided by: Lefty’s Silver Cart, The Treats Truck, Wheeler’s Frozen Desserts, Fizzy Lizzy, 1 Bite 7 Days and Mr. Softy.

All this AND Mr. Softee?!? I am so totally there!

Renegade Craft Fair
McCarren Park Pool
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Hours: Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

Miss Heather