Newtown Creek Mapping Workshop

October 8, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Queens, Williamsburg 

A reader named Amanda passed this along to me and I, in turn am going to pass it along to you as it sounds very interesting

In partnership with the Newtown Creek Alliance, HabitatMap invites you to participate in a community mapping workshop at LaGuardia Community College on the evening of Monday, October 20th from 6:30-8:30… At the Newtown Creek Neighborhoods Community Mapping Workshop participants will:

  • discover how web-based tools can magnify the impact of community organizing campaigns;
  • hear from experienced organizers who have been active in the Newtown Creek Neighborhoods for decades; and
  • learn how to navigate and mine city, state, and federal databases for information relevant to their own personal health and the health of their families and communities.

Participants should come prepared to begin mapping their neighborhoods so bring any relevant documents and photos but most importantly, bring your ideas.

The Newtown Creek Neighborhoods Community Mapping Workshop will be held at LaGuardia Community College, building E, room 228… The entrance to building E is located at 31-10 Thomson Ave. between 31st St. and Van Dam St.

Those of you who are interested in checking this workshop out should be advised that there is limited space so be sure to RSVP at your earliest convenience by clicking here.

Miss Heather

Reader Question Of The Week: The Chimes

October 8, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Karyn (from Diamond and Norman) writes:

I have been stumped, and now I am moving into madness.  For MONTHS now, every couple hours (sometimes more) I hear a “chime” go off in Greenpoint. It repeats itself maybe 4 times in a row, and goes away-  whole event lasting less than a minute, then, silence.

Suddenly, and without warning, nor pattern, it begins again.

Sometimes an hour later, sometimes longer.  WHY!??!  I have asked many Greenpointers and all we can agree on is that it is making us bonkers. Is this the point?

Help us.

Anyone have a theory about the source of this mystery noise? Perhaps it is coming from a church? Thoughts, anyone?

Miss Heather

Bed-Stuy Photo du Jour: What It Is

October 8, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

From Broadway.

Miss Heather

This Is Really Cool

October 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The Greenpoint Reformed Church’s lovely old fireplace has merited the attention of the New York Times! This is a really interesting little article —by all means do give it a read!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: He’s Baaaack!

October 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

From Leonard Street.

Miss Heather

Sick Of Williamsburg?

October 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51, Queens, Williamsburg 

If so an oasis beckons you at the Jackson Street stop of the B43. Only 10% down, no board approval.

The catch: it’s in Kew Garden Hills Flushing. Where the heart of Queens is purported to beat.

Who can argue with this?*

Miss Heather

*Queens Crap hopefully. I eagerly anticipate his take on “Kew Gardens Hills”! Whatever the fuck that is. Is it like “East Williamsburg”, Crappy? Enquiring minds want to know!

Atlantic Antic Wrap-up Part III: Afterbirth

October 7, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

Someone somewhere in Brooklyn “gets it”:

Lollipops good, unplanned pregnancy bad.

Thank god.

Miss Heather

P.S.: You can find them online here!

Dear Department Of Homeland Security

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

False alarm. Please refrain from casing or otherwise harassing the patrons of the Russian Orthodox Church at 228 North 12th Street, Williamsburg (if you are engaged in such activities, like I’d know). It’s not their fault they were labeled as being a Mosque on this handbag.

Anyone who has walked around McCarren Park knows this edifice (which sports a number of crosses gracing its “onion domes”) as the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Crosses = Christianity. Minarets = Muslims. This church was retrofitted with minarets.

This church, our church, wasn’t. Muslims (many of whom I call neighbors and friends) refrain from this kind of showmanship. That’s the way they are. The above-depicted crosses are a uniquely Orthodox kind of thing. Saw it in Astoria, see it here. To each their own.

I honestly don’t care what (if any) god my neighbors worship: good people are good people— and I have the pleasure of knowing a lot of good people here in Greenpoint. That said, I prefer the company of those savvy enough to decipher an Orthodox Church from a Mosque. If you’re going to profit off my neighborhood get it right. This is not rocket science.

Miss Heather

BIG PROPS for this post: al oof

…have you seen the williamsburg tote bag? there is so much not to like about it, but the main things that stick out to me are the misuse of the term ‘greater’ (to mean a little bit more than) in reference to Greenpoint (it’s all of Greenpoint, but only some of Williamsburg) and the mislabeling of the Russian orthodox church on McCarren park as “The Mosque”.

P.S.: This church is technically in Williamsburg. But their P.O. Box is in Greenpoint — or would that be “Greater Williamsburg”? ;)

Pulaski Day Post Script

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

Earlier today Joey Arak (of Curbed) insinuated that Greenpoint wasn’t cool enough for t-shirt status. I agree. Greenpoint is most decidedly UNCOOL: mine is a community of non-joiners and misfits. Nonetheless The Garden Spot of the Universe should have its own damned t-shirt anyway. Here’s why:

  1. We have the most beautiful sewage treatment plant in the history of man.*
  2. The digester tanks (at the aforementioned plant) look like boobies and glow in a blue hue at night.
  3. Where else in Brooklyn (or New York Shitty in general) are you gonna see (and hear) shit like this?

This cavalcade of Polish pride tore by my apartment last night at 9:00 p.m. It took the Mister by surprise. I was prepared. George W. Bush II would have been proud.

Mr. Heather: (WTF)
Miss Heather:
You forgot Poland.
Mr. Heather: What the New York Times wrote was true. There were at least twice as many SUV’s last year.

Miss Heather

Video Credit: The Gowanus Lounge.

*One which also happens to handle Stuyvesant Town’s crap. ;)

Atlantic Antic Wrap-up Part II: Greenpoint Represents!

October 6, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

So today we have learned that my fair burgh (in the eyes of one t-shirt company staffed by INCREDIBLY NICE PEOPLE) doesn’t merit inclusion on a piece of apparel outlining the neighborhoods of Brooklyn. No worries, we Greenpointers made our presence known. I was not only accompanied on my foray to Atlantic Avenue goodness by the ever-lovely (and hilarious) Bitchcakes and a very talented friend of mine named Rowan (you can see their pix from the Antic by clicking here and here) but a couple members of Greenpoint’s business community were present as well.

True to form Bret was busy slinging Wine Cellar sorbet to hungry (or would that be thirsty?) street fair goers. For those of you who are not in the know, Wine Cellar Sorbets is located on Kent Street just west of Franklin Street. Their delicious products can be purchased at The Garden. Try the Rose, it is delicious!

Wine Cellar Sorbets
(via The Garden)
921 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Contrary to what the content of this blog might suggest I take great delight in beautiful things. More specifically: I LOVE orchids. If I thought such a delicate plant would stand a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving my horticultural skills (and cats) my apartment would be teeming with them. I stick with the artificial kind instead. The previous having been said you can imagine my glee when I saw this.



And these.

Those are real flowers. Smitten (and financially “light” after making a very carefully considered sock monkey acquisition*), I made a mad dash for the stack of business cards gracing this booth. When I did I made a very interesting discovery.

This lovely jewelry is made in none other than the Garden Spot of the Universe: Greenpoint!

I spoke briefly with the founder of this company: Andrzej Bialuski. He’s a really nice guy. Those of you interested in purchasing one of his lovely creations can do so via Hanami’s web site, Etsy or at the Christmas Fair at Union Square later this year.

214 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Prices start at ~$45.00, which when you consider labor and the cost of materials (resin is expensive and a pain to work with kids— I speak from experience when I write this) that’s pretty darned cheap!

Miss Heather

*I had to settle for a bottle “Greenpoint Grape” soda instead.