Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Bedford Avenue

April 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

When people hear “Bedford Avenue” more often than not they think of Williamsburg. This is a shame as this thoroughfare (Brooklyn’s longest at 10.2 miles) cuts through a number of other very interesting neighborhoods. More importantly (to us Greenpointers anyway) is the fact it starts right here in the Garden Spot. Which brings me to today’s installment of Greenpoint goodness from back in the day.

Although it has gotten a major face lift One Bedford Avenue is still more or less recognizable. I would have loved to have seen the interior of “Dreams” night club. It looks like it was one swinging place!

Miss Heather

From The Lehrer News Hour

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

I have a confession to make: I detest Mrs. Clinton. With a passion. That said, I care not to use my blog as a soap box for pillorying Hillary.

What more, with supporters like this why should I?

I just about shot my dinner (a grilled cheese sandwich) through my nose when I saw this woman extol upon the benefits of Hillary Rodham Clinton on national television with a sticker affixed— UPSIDE DOWN— to her forehead. Did someone in the Obama campaign pay this woman to do this or is using senior citizens as walking billboards some hitherto unknown component of Hillary’s new campaign strategy?

Miss Heather

Another Night Club Ingratiates Itself To The Community

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Although this meeting has come to pass I simply had to pass this along. Does anyone out there have the 411 about this alleged shooting? If so, please share.

Miss Heather

Hard Hat Hannah For Buildings Commish!

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

As some of you might have read on Cityroom, the unthinkable has indeed happened: Patricia Lancaster has resigned from the Department of Buildings!

Knowing that our fine city will need someone to fill this position STAT, Hard Hat Hannah has graciously offered to shoulder this onerous responsibility! Hard Hat Hannah for Buildings Commissioner!

Hannah’s only a puppet to be certain— but even a piece of cloth with a fist shoved up its ass would be hard-pressed to fail as miserably as the human who preceded her.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Bronx Cheer

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

Last Sunday I swung by the site of one of my favorite feral cat colonies. True to form, a very cute tortie was there having a little lunch. I motioned for her to look up so I could get a picture of her. She looked up and I snapped away. When I got home and uploaded my photographs I made an interesting discovery.

That little minx stuck her tongue out at me!

This post is dedicated to the kind-hearted culinary genius (and fellow feline enthusiast) Jen Blossom of Last Night’s Dinner. I wish her and hers a safe move to Rhode Island. She will be missed.

Miss Heather

Sullen Scribblings of Revolt On The G Train

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

You know a situation has gotten WAY out of hand when someone sees fit to write a poem about it.

And this is exactly what I found on the Crosstown Local platform at Greenpoint Avenue last night: a poem about our very own G train. Featuring Ashley Tisdale, no less.

Presenting testimonials about sub-standard service (my husband and I had to wait OVER 20 MINUTES for a train last night, by the way) at City Hall didn’t work. Maybe hosting a G train poetry night (with the President of the MTA as the guest of honor) would get the point across? Anyone up for writing a Crosstown couplet

or two?

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Broadway

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

One of the reason I carry my camera with me everywhere I go is I never know when I’ll see something interesting. This is what I love about New York City: there is much treasure waiting to be (re?)discovered.

Case in point: this old Subway Sun advertisement at the Broadway stop of the G train.

Ironically enough, this sign could use a little cleaning up too! Here’s a little background information about the Subway Sun from the MTA’s web site:

As New York’s first subway entered its second decade of operation, it faced many new problems, including competition from a rival system, the BMT. In 1916, to meet these challenges, the IRT hired Ivy Lee, one of the leading public relations specialists in the country, to handle its account. Under Ivy Lee’s direction, the IRT took an innovative approach – to communicate directly with its passengers, through pamphlets, brochures, and special poster series. Lee created The Subway Sun and The Elevated Express which fast became New York City institutions, depicting New York City life in the 1920s and 30s…

The MTA also has a nifty online “Gallery Talk” entitled The World’s Safest Railroad which discusses these advertisements. Check it out! (CAVEAT: it is pretty long.)

Miss Heather

A Very Greenpoint Stoop Sale

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Last weekend’s lovely weather ushered in one of Miss Heather’s favorite things: stoop sales. And there were quite a few for the taking here last weekend. The following one, by far, was the most intriguing.

One has to wonder how effective this novel approach to shilling one’s old stuff is. Not only was nothing priced (leaving it to the customer’s discretion as to how much he or she wishes to pay for, for example, a colander containing sea biscuits), but there was no one around to safe guard against theft. Undying trust in one’s fellow man or sheer laziness? Only the person hawking these wares knows for certain.

Although I didn’t find anything that tickled my fancy, the assortment of wares for sale was in and of itself interesting enough to merit highlighting. Here are some selections.

One Bad Company record.

A hard back copy of Hand To Mouth by Paul Auster.

A mesh bag with bits of paper in it.

And of course, a colander with sea biscuits.

Miss Heather

Bed Stuy Photo du Jour: Springtime Tulips

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

From Hancock Street.

Miss Heather

Subway Poster du Jour: Lorimer Street

April 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

What do you get when you…

take this Murakami poster…

a Coors light advertisement, that Spike T.V. poster pitching Star Wars and throw in one very resourceful L train rider?

One hard-partying Lord of the Sith, that’s what!

ROCK ON, DARTH!

Miss Heather