Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Aftermath

July 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Today I finally got around to checking out the site of our latest auto(mobile) de fe. Tammy Jez did an excellent job documenting the incinerated truck. Follows are a few photographs I took of the property damage.

It was one HELL of a fire. It even blew out the windows on the first floor of this house.

Its neighbor received a more Salvador Dali-esque treatment.

You can even see where the mattress was placed.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Kent Avenue

July 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

…And your ass will follow!

Miss Heather

Urban Gravestones: L’il Rich

July 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Since my buddy over at Bed-Stuy Banana is cavorting around Canada right now I thought I would hit you up with an urban gravestone, north Brooklyn style. Those of you who live or have visited the Southside lately have probably noticed a couple of things:

  1. A seriously elevated police presence
  2. The above flier

I found this one on South 3rd Street along with newest urban gravestone to grace the Southside.

It features none other than L’il Rich himself.

Curious to know what happened, I asked a young man busy lighting candles to Rich’s memory what happened. His answer was as follows:

He died.

Was L’il Rich the victim of the latest wave of violence to blight the Southside? Perhaps. What people (myself included) tend to forget while reading about the latest shooting or stabbing is the human cost. While the victims may be nameless and faceless to you and me, they are and will continue to be sorely missed by their friends and loved ones. Nowhere else has this become so apparent to me than the outpouring grief over the death of L’il Rich. Whether he died from natural causes or otherwise is immaterial: he was clearly loved by his friends and neighbors. May he rest in peace.

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: Paws & Whiskers Edition

July 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady 

This Saturday, July 26, District Dog will be hosting a sidewalk sale to benefit the McGolrick Park Dog Run from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. They will be accepting donations for this fundraiser as well, so if you have a box of knick-knacks sitting around, swing by early and drop ‘em off!

District Dog
142 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

On the other end of the Garden Spot Animal Planet will be hosting an adoption event featuring the felines of Linda’s Feral Cat Assistance from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. I have no word what the resident shop kitten, Kobe (depicted at right) thinks about this, but I suspect he will be none too happy about sharing his domain.

Animal Planet
1084 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

For more information about this event check out Linda’s web site.

Miss Heather

The Bombing Of South 4th Street

July 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit Signage, Williamsburg 

If you want to see one of the most innovative and (reputedly) effective anti-dog doo signs in north Brooklyn, head over to South 4th Street just east of Kent Avenue.

This discovery comes courtesy of my colleague over at Brooklyn11211. He writes:

Amazingly, there was very little poop on the sidewalk here (and usually it is strewn with poop).

I have no idea why this method appears to work while so many others have failed before. Is it the catchy graphics? The rather explicit manner in which it depicts the behavior it wishes to eliminate? The evocation of the Domino Sugar Factory?

Or maybe it is because there are no less than four of these signs gracing this strip.

Miss Heather

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!