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

Fed Up On Roebling

June 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit Signage, Williamsburg 

Today I received the above (and quite wonderful) submission from a reader called madboyelroy. He writes:

…roebling between grand and metropolitan is a war zone of crap. they even bag it and drop it on the sidewalk. these guys clearly are FED up and done with this shit… literally…

My advice to any and all of you who happen to live in this area and have a canine companion: do the right thing and dispose of your doggie dumplings properly. If common courtesy is not a sufficient motivator, consider your own self-preservation. It is very clear these guys (or gals) mean business.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Pay Phone du Jour: Manhattan Avenue

June 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I found this pay phone in front of the Pay-O-Matic Check Cashing establishment on Manhattan Avenue this week. Looks like someone lost his (or her) patience waiting for their economic stimulus check. Whatever the case, the gentleman to the right wisely opted to send a text message instead of attempting to use it.

Miss Heather

Brooklyn Photo du Jour: Who Loves You, Baby?

June 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

If this image (courtesy of Google Maps) is any indication, Brooklyn does! I happened upon this missive as I was fact-checking my post about Het Dorp. It is located at Morgan Avenue and Withers Street and really brightened up my day. I hope it does the same for you!

Miss Heather

NEXT WEEK: Tree Care Workshop

June 5, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

So now Greenpoint has a bevy of new trees that have been planted by the city. That’s all well and good, but what next? I suppose you could post signs on them calling your neighbors “slobs” and “sluts” (as this property owner has done*) or you can attend the tree care workshop being hosted next week at the Green Oaks Club.

Per the notification I received, in this workshop you will:

…learn to care for young street trees, receive free tools, and get a Parks Volunteer Permit, which will allow you to care for street trees and greenstreets. Advance registration is required; space is limited.

There are still slots left, so if you are interested in attending please register by sending an email to channaly.oum(at)parks.nyc(dot)gov or call (212) 676-1929. Be sure to provide your name, email address and/or phone number.

Tree Care Workshop
June 11, 2008 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Green Oaks Club
179 Green Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

This workshop is being hosted by GWAPP’s North Brooklyn Tree Project and will be conducted by the New York Tree Trust.

Miss Heather

*This property is for sale as a “development site”.

Given its prime location— and by “prime” I mean McGuinness Boulevard facing the Pulaski Bridge, one can only hope it is razed to build (more) luxury condominiums.