Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Golly Jeepers!

August 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Street Art

August 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I am certain by now you all are familiar with this guy. He is a regular in front of Christina’s Restaurant on Manhattan Avenue.

Well, recently I happened upon him around the corner on Noble. Feeling cheeky, I asked him what gives. He told me that he likes to start works of art and have other people finish them.

Artist: Would you like to work on one?
Miss Heather: Sorry, we’re headed out to dinner.
Artist: What’s your name?
Miss Heather: Heather.
Artist (waving arms): BEAUTIFUL name!
Miss Heather: What’s your name?
Artist: Auf Wiedersehen!
Miss Heather: What the fuck is up with that? Was your mother German or something?
Artist: (laughter)
Artist’s Friend: His name is Joseph.
Miss Heather: Nice to meet you Joseph!
Artist/Joseph: Nice to meet you!

It was at this point that Joseph (AKA Auf Wiedersehen) asked me if I would like a painting. I tried to politely decline. I told him we had so much art I had no idea where we could possibly hang it (which is true). He wouldn’t hear it.

Simply put, now Chez Shitty has a brand new painting to add to its ever-expanding collection of curiosities.

I cannot honestly profess that this painting is my cup of tea, but our resident calico cat Uni finds it compelling. You know what they say: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’ll find a place for it. Probably in our kitchen. That’s where things I honestly do not know what to do with tend to go. In the humble confines of this 100 square foot room (with mercifully high ceilings) this memento of a classic Greenpoint moment will have great company.

Consider this post to be both an amusing anecdote and a warning, dear readers: if you strike up a conversation with Joseph you might walk away with more than just memories!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: North 9th Street

August 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Not to be confused with friendly bedbugs.

Miss Heather

CB 1 Says No Again

August 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Although this should hardly be surprising news, here it is anyway…

In a very brief (or as Mr. Heather put it “cut and dry”) meeting this evening, the Executive Committee of Community Board 1 voted unanimously (7-0) against recommending that Studio B be granted a Cabaret license by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Fisheye View

August 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This nifty photo was taken in front of the Ashbox Cafe and comes courtesy of Eva101, a regular (and very talented) contributor to the New York Shitty photo pool!

Miss Heather

Garden Spot = The Next Garden Of Eden?

August 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

If this flier (posted in front of our local grocery store, The Garden) is any indication, that might just be the case. Anyone interested in recreating the bucolic splendor of Genesis right here in Greenpoint should contact the poster at:

post (dot) domesticated (at) gmail (dot com

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Finger

August 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

From Metropolitan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Introducing Neighborhood Watch

August 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

No, not that Neighborhood Watch (as enjoyable as it can be). I’m talking about the new blog set up by Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (or NAG). I finally was able to give it a looksee last night and I have to confess that I found a number of very interesting items. Among my personal favorites are this post about the service industry encroaching upon north Brooklyn’s Industrial business zones and an update regarding the troubled Moore Street Market. If what they have written (regarding the latter) does indeed come to pass, it looks like it will get a reprieve!

Do add this site to your “to read” list. You will learn a lot about what’s going on here in north Brooklyn from it! I know I have.

Miss Heather

St. Cyrils & Me(thodius)

August 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Last weekend I strolled by one of my favorite buildings in north Greenpoint: the old St Cyril’s & Methodius Parochial School. Located on Dupont Street, it doesn’t really get a lot of attention. This is shame. It is a very lovely building.

My favorite details are to be found on the Romanesque columns gracing the main entrance. The little creature to the right appears to be a lion. With all the demolition that has come to pass in Greenpoint, I am glad this building has not met with the wrecking ball. If ever there was a structure crying out to become a(n AFFORDABLE) residential conversion, this one is the one folks. But I digress.

Curious to learn a little more about the history of this building, I did a little poking around online. I haven’t found much in the way of historical material (yet) but I did find an amusing story from the New York Times. It is entitled “The Mayor Looked for Problems, and He Found Him” and dates from June 8, 1967. Enjoy!

Poor Mayor Lindsay. The man really did have it rough. How many grown men do you know who have been dissed by precocious twelve year school children?

Ouch.

Miss Heather

Frivolous… But Fun!

August 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

If any of you happen to be near the intersection of Meserole and Manhattan Avenue (especially at night), here’s something fun to check out.

Nearby you will find this installation in the storefront window of 118 Meserole. I realize this photograph is difficult to make out, so I will describe what you are looking at. A bunch of extension cords with nightlights plugged into them have been suspended from the ceiling. Behind this installation there is an oscillating fan which makes these cords move ever so gently. It’s hard to describe, but pretty neat to watch. Go down and see for yourself!

Miss Heather