Bushwick Photo du Jour: Halsey Street

February 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick 

Spy F*cking Spy

Well alrighty then!

Miss Heather

Brace Your Balconies, Greenpoint!

February 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

607-609 Manhattan Avenue

The fine folks behind the architectural splendor that is Belvedere gave us Garden Spotters a very special Valentine’s Day present recently: demolition permits for 607 – 609 Manhattan Avenue! No word on what Belvedere VII will look like (no plans are posted on Belvedere Partners web site), but I can only hope it looks like its cousins over on Powers Street: Belvederes III and V.

Belvedere III

I don’t know about you, but how can eight units of paltry rental property possibly compare to having your very own phat balcony overlooking Manhattan Avenue and quaffing automotive exhaust from passing B61 and B43 buses?

Belvedere III door

I mean just look at the challenging piece of fine art that graces the front door of Belvedere III. I simply must get me some of that. This folks is what I call LUXURY!

Miss Heather

Bed-Stuy Photo du Jour: By Any Means Necessary

February 29, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

By Any Means Necessary

With today being the last day of Black History month I thought it would be nice to feature this great painting of Malcolm X from (where else) Malcolm X Boulevard.

If you want to see some more Bedford Stuyvesant mural goodness be sure to point and click your way over to Bed-Stuy Banana’s wonderful post entitled “Heroes and Sheroes”. While you’re there be sure to check out her newer posts and see for yourself why this blog is rapidly becoming one of my favorites.

Miss Heather

Dung Of The Day: West Street

February 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit, Dung of the Day 

 Lassie!

Lassie, don’t come home!

Miss Heather

Go Green Greenpoint!

February 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Go Green Greenpoint!

Given that our fair burgh is teeming with fabulously creative people I thought I’d you, dear readers, a head’s up about the upcoming Earth Day Festival at McCarren Park. Those of you who are interested in participating (or simply want more information) should contact Caroline at:

caroline_nasson (at) hotmail (dot) com

or via the telephone number listed on the above flier.

I don’t know about you, but I find the promised “creative writing contest” of particular interest.

Miss Heather

Crosstown Local Cavalcade Volume IX: High Society

February 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

A stroll around the Nassau Avenue Stop of the G has yet to disappoint yours truly. My latest sojourn there was no exception. In fact, if you happen to be a Frank Sinatra fan, I have very good news.

High Society

There’s a rather sizable cache of his films to be had on the Smith-9th bound platform. Maybe this person finally converted his (or her collection) over to DVD? I cannot profess of being a big fan of good ol’ Blue Eyes. But that’s okay, there is still ample entertainment to be had for your $2.00 fare.

Just Like a Pimp

You can sell your soul.

Responsible Blood

While I’m on the subject of bloodsuckers, if you are so inclined please drink responsibly.

2 for 3

For only $3.00 more you can get a super-sized side order of cancer to go.

Ma deek

Above all, while you’re patronizing the Crosstown Local be sure to observe proper subway safety.  Accidents can or will happen if you don’t.

Please keep your barn door closed gents.

Miss Heather

Bed-Stuy Speaks Out About Gentrification

February 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

Marcy Avenue sports some of the niftiest buildings this borough has to offer. When I knocked around there recently I found a real beauty at Hancock Street.

Hancock and Marcy Avenue

After I took the above photograph I noticed a flier affixed to the light pole next to me. Intrigued, I went in for a closer look.

Be a true hipster

Ah progress! The next thing you know they’ll be complaining about homeless boogeymen. Come to think of it, I did see a pair of police officers there roust a derelict from a park there once.

Congratulations Bed-Stuy, you have arrived!

Miss Heather

Pay Phone Pop Quiz

February 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy, Crap Map, Greenpoint Magic 

Question: Other than reading the signs how can you tell the following pay phone is not located in Greenpoint?

Pay Phone with Bag

The answer should be obvious to any Greenpointer worth his salt: if it was someone would be rummaging through the bag dangling from the receiver. After checking the change slot for any errant quarters, naturally.

Miss Heather

Fight The Power

February 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

Plant, that is.

Power Plant

As was mentioned at last month’s Town Hall Meeting, the power plant proposed to grace Bushwick Inlet is not exactly alive— but more disturbingly it isn’t dead. Next month the Siting Board meets in Albany to determine the future of this project. Which brings me an email I recently received from GWAPP:

…A vote of NO to TGE will clear the way for our 28 acre waterfront park. GWAPP urgently needs volunteers in the weeks leading up to the meeting. There are jobs big and small for anyone with some time and energy to contribute (flyers to pass out, phone calls to make, e-mails to send – easy stuff!)

PLEASE HELP!

If having a nice big power plant on the waterfront is not your cup of tea, mark your calendars: tomorrow, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. GWAPP will be conducting a brief meeting for interested volunteers. To get the full run down as to where this meeting will be conducted please shoot them an email at:

info@gwapp.org

and help put an end to this insanity once and for all.

Miss Heather

Bed-Stuy Rolls Out Their Three “R’s”

February 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

It has often been said that the children are our future. Albeit trite sounding this is in fact true; we can best safeguard our future by preparing the youngsters of today for the challenges they will face as adults. The problem is that no one seems to agree upon what the aforementioned preparation entails. Hence endless tests and statistics are employed to measure a student’s “progress”. I may not be getting any younger, but I sure as hell do not envy today’s children. Theirs is a brave new world I cannot begin to comprehend.

For example:

David Ruggles

This David Ruggles Elementary School. Not unlike Iraq, this institution is comprised of numerous “zones”.

Drug Free Zone

First off, you have the “drug free” zone.

Success Zone

Then you have the:

  • reading zone
  • word zone
  • spelling zone and
  • success zone.

“Sheesh, that sure is a lot of zones” I thought to myself when I gazed upon the above window “but what about the arithmetic zone? How can one possibly succeed in life without knowing his (or her) numbers?” Then I proceeded around the corner and learned everything was under control.

123456

You know what? Methinks this younger generation is going to turn out just fine. In fact, I can even tell you who wrote the above rhyming couplet: in 40 years we’ll be calling him Mr. President.

Miss Heather