A New Restaurant In Greenpoint?

April 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

If an email received from a reader is true, this storefront at Meserole Avenue and Leonard Street is going to be just that! Kate writes:

i live on meserole ave and they’re putting in a new restaurant at the corner of meserole and leonard, across the street from eat records. would you happen to know what it is going to be? it’s awfully sweet looking at the moment, with large glass windows and some copper on the little awning/overhang. i understand you must be busy, but if you have a moment and happen to know what i’m talking about, i’d love to know what’s the haps.

I had noticed that this storefront was (finally) getting a much-needed makeover. I did not know it was going to be a restaurant. Anyone have an idea what it is going to be? The next time I swing by this intersection I’ll be sure to ask around.

Miss Heather

The Greenpoint Lofts

April 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

It has been several months since I have lavished attention upon the above-mentioned “business ready condos” so on a lark I swung by 231 Norman Avenue to see what’s shaking.

Because, you know, nothing says getting down to business like a fitness center and panoramic city views*. Don’t believe this flier actually possesses this advertising copy? Click here and see an unannotated copy of it for yourself.

Miss Heather

*Mark my words: People will be living in this building before you can say 600 square feet for $255,000.

Crosstown Local Cavalcade Volume XI: REPENT!

April 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This week I decided to see what was shaking at the Nassau Avenue stop of the G train. It has been my experience that this station sports some of the more provocative subway poster desecration to be found in Brooklyn —and very well— the city at large. What I found was interesting alright, but not in the manner I have grown to expect.

I have seen a lot of missives scrawled on this poster. Most of them lament the erosion of our civil liberties. This poster too sports a lamentation. Albeit one of a slightly different caliber.

I call this piece “Of Love And The D.E.A.”

This isn’t to suggest there wasn’t any anti-corporate rhetoric to be found. There was.

And last up, what would getting religion on the Crosstown Local be without a mention of the Dark Prince? It doesn’t strike me as being a very effective policy to admonish people about the anti-Christ on the G line. Even if we were disposed to do something about him, it would take us too long to get moving.

Or maybe that is the point? This poster actually reads “GGG”!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Clay Street

April 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I was recently asked by a reporter what my favorite things in Greenpoint were. I rattled off the old Meserole Theater on Manhattan Avenue, the bath house on Huron Street, the glory that is the Beadel Street House of Leopard Print and this.

When I first moved to Greenpoint I lived on Clay Street. I always loved looking at this sign as I was coming or going from my apartment.

I have tried to learn more about this organization but information seems to be pretty scant. I can state, however, that per the Department of Buildings there was a “club” located on the first floor of this building. One would presume that it was the Russian People’s Home of Greenpoint. This space has since become an art studio for some lucky person, but I am glad to see that the owner of this property has seen fit not to remove this lovely old sign. Go down to 106 Clay Street and check it out yourself!

While you’re at it, swing by Huron Street and look at this lovely old advertisement before it is bricked over by (undoubtedly) a steaming pile of Fedders crap.

Miss Heather

Clinton Hill: No Pissin’

April 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

It had been way too long since I have beheld some premium handmade signage admonishing people to abstain from anti-social behavior.

Therefore you can imagine my glee when I found not just one, but two such signs on Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill!

I was always under the impression that Clinton Hill was a nice (and by “nice” I mean it sports lovely architecture and is a bit on the dull side for yours truly) neighborhood. It would appear that I have grossly underestimated this neighborhood. It is much livelier than I thought.

Except for the “no smoking” proviso (and the lack of physical threats), this looks like something straight out of Greenpoint. Clinton Hill: they’re just like us!

In closing I’d like to give a shout-out to my colleagues down at Clinton Hill Blog. Please do not take offense at my gentle ribbing; I actually had a lot of fun knocking around in your fine ‘nabe. In fact, I suspect you guys (and gals) might be seeing me a little more often. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to mind my P’s and Q’s now that I know the rules:

NO PISSIN

Miss Heather

Bed Stuy Photo du Jour: Madison Street

April 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

I have no idea whatsoever what these flowers are, but I love ‘em.

Miss Heather

NEXT WEEK: Transmitter Park Meeting

April 10, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Next week, April 14, GWAPP will be hosting the first meeting regarding Transmitter Park. For those of you who are not in the know, this is the park slated to grace the western terminus of Greenpoint Avenue and several million dollars has reputedly been earmarked towards its creation. The purpose of this gathering is to give “interested community residents” to an opportunity to “discuss the park’s design, construction and timetable, and create a park ‘friends’ group for this new soon-to-be jewel on the waterfront”.

I strongly recommend that any and all who have the time attend this meeting. I have do doubt it will be very interesting and am personally very curious to see an up-to-date rendering of what this park will look like.

Transmitter Park Meeting
April 14, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Red Star Bar
37 Greenpoint Ave (between Franklin & West Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

To RSVP, please shoot GWAPP an email at info (at) gwapp (dot) org.

See you there!

Miss Heather

Bed Stuy Photos du Jour: Relax

April 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

I discovered the above tableau on Herkimer Street yesterday afternoon. On top of being a colossal eyesore (and a rather nifty playground for the local feral felines), I have little doubt this is also a serious fire hazard.

But why should I worry? As the sticker on the front door clearly reads, I should relax. God is in tha house!

Come to think of it, it looks more like he invoked his wrath on this house instead.

Miss Heather

The Parks Department Has Gone To The Dogs

April 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

Literally.

I made the acquaintance of Yogi, the Parks Department’s smallest— and perhaps most handsome— employee on India Street recently. He was busy overseeing some tree planting, but was nice enough to let me take a nice head shot.

Who could argue with a face like this? PLANT MORE TREES!

Miss Heather

143 Huron Blooms!

April 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I’m not too sure what “look” this architect was trying achieve. If I had to take a guess I’d say Imperial Storm Trooper meets Jawa Sandcrawler with a dash of Mondrian thrown in for good measure.

As you can see 143 Huron fits in seamlessly with its neighbors: a three story house with chartreuse aluminum siding and a Neoclassical bath house dating from 1903.

I suppose that’s why I listened to the workers at 143 Huron hammer away until 8:30 last night. I could call 311, but that would only be, well…

Seemless.

Miss Heather

P.S.: I love it when the workers from this site hang out in front of Bagel On The Run and throw bottles onto the street just (as Johnny Cash would say) to watch them die.