Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Morgan Avenue

March 24, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Rude System of Towing, Inc.

This of course begs the question as to whether there is a polite approach to towing.

Miss Heather

So It Goes…

March 24, 2008 ·
Filed under: Asshole, Greenpoint Magic 

Xtra Discount Deceased

as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

Greenpoint lost a much-needed houseware store.

Woo Hoo WaMu!

And by all appearances, it would appear a bank is slated to take its place. This will make three banks on one block: CitiBank, Dime Bank and WaMu. Needless to say this achievement will be duly noted on Gentrification Bingo.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Could someone please explain to me why banks have not seen fit to open shop north of Greenpoint Avenue?

Happy Easter From 110 Green Street!

March 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

HE HAS RISEN!

TEAMWORK MAGIC JOHNSON STYLE

No, it was not Jesus seeking egress from Hell. It was this guy seeking entrance to 110 Green.

The above photograph was taken today, March 23, at 12:53 p.m. The two gentleman in front of the trailer had just completed lifting the third chap (who can be seen peeking over the scaffolding) on top of the trailer so he could access the work site.

That’s what I call team work!

Miss Heather

P.S.: When Mr. Heather and I walked by there later (1:30 p.m.) they were busy at work.

CEMENT from 110 Green

We also took note that Magic Johnson’s crew saw fit to dump/pump their concrete detritus on Green Street for all to enjoy. Imagine what wonders this will do for our sewer system!

State Funds Allocated For Brownfield Study

March 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Williamsburg 

Yummy

Last week I received a press release from the Newtown Creek Alliance announcing that they, the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center and Riverkeeper have been awarded a New York State Brownfields Opportunity (! — Ed. Note) Area grant in the amount of $625,545. What is a “BOA Grant” you ask? Here is a brief synopsis from the aforementioned press release:

The BOA program, created in 2003 along with the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, is an innovative planning program that provides communities with financial assistance to facilitate the collection of basic information about an area blighted with brownfields. The program provides assistance to identify, prepare, create, develop, and assemble information to be included in an application to “nominate” an area as a BOA. The program also provides financial assistance for site assessments performed in designated BOAs.

Designation of an area as a BOA can provide other benefits. For example, projects located within the BOA can receive priority and preference when considered for financial assistance under some State, federal or local programs, and may receive preference in infrastructure improvements. A BOA designation is likely to help attract redevelopment interest because of the community support that underlies a BOA plan.

The funds for studying Newtown Creek will be used in manifold number of ways. Among them are:

…to assess redevelopment opportunities for contaminated sites along the Creek pursuant to intensive community input, emphasizing high-performance, environmentally sustainable industrial uses, parks and wetlands creation, and improved environmental infrastructure. The study will examine the watershed as a whole in an effort to improve the environmental condition of both the land and water. The Newtown Creek study area includes portions of Long Island City, Maspeth, Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, and Bushwick.

Those of you who are interested in getting the full scoop (or simply want to savor sound bites from numerous public officials) click here and you will be directed to the press release on Riverkeeper’s web site. Be advised this item is in PDF format.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Say What On Havemeyer Street

March 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

C-Town Special

I didn’t know you could purchase this at the local grocery store. God I love New York City! Only in the Big Apple can you get this service delivered right to your front door. Literally.
Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Rebecca11222

Easter Photo du Jour: Bushwick

March 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick 

Generation Trash

From Broadway.

Miss Heather

Happy Easter From Greenpoint!

March 23, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Russell Street

Watch out for those chocolate bunnies, they’ll get ya!

Norman Avenue

This cute little guy has a basket full of tasty treats!

Russell Street Two

As does this dapper fellow on Russell Street. I wonder why these eggs are so big— maybe it has something to do with the sewage treatment plant?

Manhattan Avenue

This delectable rabbit is certain to tickle many a sweet tooth today.

Manhattan Avenue 2

Even the blood pressure monitors on Manhattan Avenue are feeling the holiday spirit!

Greenpoint Avenue G

Happy Easter from New York Shitty!

Miss Heather

Just In Time For Easter!

March 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Porky Pooper

I found this item at The Garden yesterday as I was doing a little grocery shopping. For the paltry asking price of $3.99 I couldn’t resist picking one up for Mr. Heather.

Instructions

He can’t open it until tomorrow (after the Easter bunny gives it to him), so in the meantime he’ll have to be content with savoring its rather amusing instructions. Why not be your own bunny, outlay four bucks and get a pooper of your own? Greenpoint can never have enough poop!

The Garden
921 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Those of you who prefer bovines over swine will be pleased as punch to know they also have cow poopers! You can find them by the deli section.

Miss Heather

Sign-Making Tip From Bed-Stuy

March 22, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bed-Stuy 

No parkin

Always make sure you have plenty of spray paint.

Miss Heather

The Kosciuszko Bridge

March 21, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Kbridge

I am certain a number of my fellow Greenpointers are relieved to learn that yesterday the State Siting Board unanimously voted against TGE’s proposal to build a power plant at Bushwick Inlet. What might have fallen under your radar, however, is the Kosciuszko Bridge was denied landmarking and its days are numbered. I cannot honestly say I am surprised by this development, but nonetheless I do feel a sense of loss. In honor of this much-maligned bridge I have pulled an article from the September 23, 1940 edition of New York Times about its naming. Here it is.

9/23/1940 NYT

Once this bridge is rendered into so much scrap metal its legacy will live on in the minds of many a movie enthusiast. Anyone familiar with the movie The Godfather will know exactly what I am talking about*.

Miss Heather

*This movie also features another ghost of Greenpoint’s past. Care to guess what it is? Click here for the reveal.