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

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Please Take One

June 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This whimsical bit of signage hails from Franklin at North 15th Street. The tab to the far left reads “Think for yourself”. Be sure to click on the above image and read the other tabs. They’re really sweet, if a little schmaltzy.

Miss Heather

Fedders Friday: Chinatown Style

June 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Fedders Friday 

I rarely go to Manhattan. Maybe once a month at best. I have made certain adjustments in my life that render the fairest of all New York Shitty’s boroughs irrelevant. But when I go there, I make it worth my while. Even if it involves forcing my mother to behold the utter ass that is being built in this city.

CASE IN POINT: this atrocity at 18 Eldridge Street

Here’s its neighbor. Note the craftsmanship. This was not only built to last, but it was also designed to please the eye.

This, on the other hand, was built to please the wallet. The developer’s wallet. Could someone please explain to me why they see fit to build balconies as minuscule as this, much less adorn them with excessive amounts of chrome? If this your idea of good taste and/or ample space*? If so, please speak up.

Here’s the top of the temple.

Here’s the top of 18 Eldridge. Note the use a decorative “keystone”. I have noticed that this is a common feature of Feddertecture.

And did I mention it also has Fedders boxes?

Oy vey!

Miss Heather

*Karen Carpenter excluded.

Break On Through To The Other Side!

June 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Williamsburg 

I have been doing a lot of research regarding Het Dorp and Peter Cooper’s glue factory of late (for a future post— stay tuned). Just when I thought I found what I was looking for my Internets upchucked and I (not having bookmarked anything) had to start all over again. It is by happy accident I found this gem via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle online archives. It dates from August 18, 1893 and involves man going where no man in his right mind would go: Newtown Creek. Unless of course, said person was totally blitzed. And naked. Thankfully the local constabulary was on the job.

If ever I was able to do a “scratch and sniff” blog post, this would be the one. Mr. Cassidy, after frolicking au naturel through the bucolic splendor that was (and is) Newtown Creek and kicking it at the local glue factory, undoubtedly picked an olfactory signature that was very difficult to ignore. I would hazard to guess Mr. Cassidy’s cell mates (god rest their souls) would agree.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Frigid

June 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Berry Street.

Miss Heather