August 5, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

(and a Good Samaritan!)


If you happen to be or happen to know the above-listed person please contact the very kind soul who has seen fit to post these fliers on Manhattan Avenue.


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Made In The Shade

August 5, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Ever had one of those moments when you find yourself saying:

Gee, I wish I had thought of that!

I’ve been having a number of those lately. Yesterday it was discovering (and partaking of) the genius that is donut ice cream sandwich. Today it is this.


This just goes to show that Greenpointers exercise considerable resourcefulness and imagination when it comes to enjoying a New York Shitty summer afternoon. No trees, no problem: this chap has it made in the shade! Bravo, Green Street hammock man! You are an inspiration to us all!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: From Greenpoint With Love

August 5, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Notes From The Falafel Front

August 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

gbdeliMy friend (and fellow Greenpointer) Neighborhood Threat writes (in an email entitled new in the Greenpoint falafel wars):

The God Bless Deli Grocery now has felafel and shwarma! I had the felafel Friday night. It was in a lafa and not a pita bread, but it was delicious. I would have had the schwarma today but they were down to almost nothing. They’ve got a menu now and are really picking up their game.

They’re good guys and they are open 24/7.

When I walked by today, sure enough, falafel was advertised on the God Bless Deli’s front door.

For the very affordable price of $3.49, no less.


And— not be outdone— Greenpoint’s newest sandwich shop, “SUBS UR WAY” (which is located just across the street), has also entered the falafel fray.


As for which one offers better fare, that remains to be determined. I have heard mixed reviews about God Bless Deli. And as for SUBS UR WAY, well, I learned last weekend a simple (and pretty small) scoop of chocolate mint ice cream in a sugar cone will set you back $2.70. OUCH.

God Bless Deli
818 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

821 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

For those of you who are keeping track, this brings the number of establishments in Greenpoint that now serve or in the near future will serve these bits of chickpea-filled goodness to— not three, not four, not five— BUT SIX.


The red “F”s indicate where falafel is currently being served, the blue “F”s indicate establishments where falafel will eventually be offered.

Bon appetit!

Miss Heather

Consumer Product Review: Donut Ice Cream Sandwich

August 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

ppthumbOn Saturday, August 1, I wrote (in this post about Peter Pan’s newest culinary offering, the donut ice cream sandwich):

Methinks I will have to give this, the newest gustatory item to grace the Garden Spot, a whirl. Stay tuned— a product review will be forthcoming!

Sugar coma notwithstanding.

Today, dear readers, was that day.

This morning was pretty much like the (numerous) others which have preceded it: I awakened to find myself hungry. Very hungry. Not knowing what to eat I knocked back a couple cups of coffee. This was an unwise decision— but not an uncommon one for yours truly; although I like food— a lot— selecting what to eat on any given occasion is a source of considerable internal debate. In fact, I’d go so far to say peace treaties, cease fires, and U.N. interventions have come to pass in less time than it takes for me to select what I want for breakfast. Today was no exception.

After getting (more than) my fill of caffeine, I applied a little logic to my quandary:

  1. I am hungry.
  2. I need to eat breakfast.
  3. It is hot outside.
  4. Given points 1-3 I came to the conclusion a donut ice cream sandwich was just the ticket.

I headed to the Peter Pan Bakery without delay.

Upon entering I asked the incredibly nice waitress behind the counter if they had donut ice cream sandwiches for sale. She answered to the affirmative. I then asked her what “flavors” of this product they had on hand. This required summoning the manager, a very kindly lady, from whom I learned the protocol of donut ice cream sandwich construction:

  1. Donut ice cream sandwiches are to be made with unglazed donuts only.
  2. Although she recommended their red velvet cake donut paired with strawberry or vanilla ice cream, alas they were out of unglazed red velvet cake donuts*. Therefore…
  3. she recommended their old-fashioned cake donut with cookies and cream ice cream.
  4. I said “bring it on”.

My enthusiasm was met with a great deal of curiosity by the staff.

How did you learn about our donut ice cream sandwiches?

The waitress asked. To wit I replied:

I saw the sign in the window stating you are now selling ice cream. When my husband and I walked by last weekend I pointed this out to him. In turn, he noticed you were selling donut ice cream sandwiches— I didn’t catch this.

It’s pretty small writing.

She said.

My husband has an eye (or would that be stomach?) for this kind of thing.

I replied. After a quick consultation with the manager an unglazed donut was summoned and my waitress was given the scoop. She doled out a heaping helping of cookies and cream. She awaited further instructions.

There’s a special way to put it together.

She told me. When her co-worker, who has experience in this matter, came over she noticed my waitress had used the large scoop instead of the small one:

You’re supposed to use the small one.

She said, to wit her compatriot replied:

She (pointing to the manager) told me to use the large one.

Once this minor breach of donut ice cream sandwich craftsmanship was addressed, then came the big question:

How do I put it together?

Mash it.

Her confectionery comrade in arms replied.

The final product elicited a great deal of interest from fellow Peter Pan patrons. An older gentleman asked me if he could look at it. I gladly obliged him. The manager asked me if I wanted powdered sugar on top. I politely refused: there was already enough sugar in this sandwich to make me bounce off the walls for several hours. (And it did.)

But I have made you, dear readers, wait long enough. You want to see what all the fuss was about. Here it is.


After I took the above photograph a passerby asked:

Good enough to take a picture, eh?

I quickly called this chap on his impertinence:

This is no mere ice cream sandwich. It is a DONUT ice cream sandwich. They’re selling them at Peter Pan Bakery. They usually put powdered sugar on top but I declined. I thought that would be decadent.

He laughed.

New York Shitty analysis:

  1. At $3.50 a pop this may not be the most recession-friendly product to hit the Greenpoint dining scene.
  2. However, you get a lot for your money— and the people at Peter Pan are great. They really care about their customers.
  3. Whatever you do, eat this product on the premises: the summer heat (as I learned) will quickly render it into the following unsightly (and very sticky) mess.


Closing thoughts/caveats: I am not big on sweets— but I enjoyed it. Moving forward methinks I would probably have preferred the red velvet cake/strawberry ice cream pairing better. But that will have to wait for another day. Check it out!

Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Old fashioned donut with cookies and cream ice cream
  • Chocolate donut with vanilla ice cream (highly recommended by the manager who said “it’s like eating an Oreo”)
  • Red velvet donut* with strawberry or vanilla ice cream

Peter Pan Bakery
727 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

UPDATE, August 5, 2009 4:55 p.m.: It would appear the good news about donut ice cream sandwiches has found its way onto Williamsboard— with (overall) very enthusiastic feedback! Just take what “SHIIIITBALLS” has to say, for example:

i’m going to fuck this ice cream sandwich

Move over Michelin, why should we give a shit about your five stars when we can have a five knuckle shuffle instead? With this sandwich.

*A new product!


Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Summer In The Shitty


Huron Street


Manhattan Avenue


North 7 Street


Driggs Avenue


Bedford Avenue



Calyer Street


Java Street

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Dyspepsia

August 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 


As some of you might have noticed today’s offerings were a bit— how should we say— delayed? This is because yesterday the Mister finally succumbed to the lovely stomach ailment that seems to be making the rounds hereabouts. As for who gave him this delightful gift keeps on giving? Well, that was yours truly of course! Marriage is, after all, all about sharing.

This one’s for you, Mister Heather.

Miss Heather

THIS WEEK: Meet Jo Anne Simon

jo anne simon

This item comes courtesy of Teresa Toro, who writes:

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

As you know, I am strongly and proudly supporting Jo Anne Simon in her campaign to be our next City Councilmember.  Jo Anne’s years of experience as an effective community leader, on issues ranging from affordable housing to accountable government, to truck traffic and parking reform, make her the best possible representative for us.

But why listen to me?

Come meet Jo Anne this Wednesday, August 5th.  We’ll be at The Gibson (Bedford Avenue and North 11th Street) from 7pm.  You can ask her your tough questions about why she’s the best person to represent us, and learn more about why she is running for the seat…

I encourage each and every one of you who is interested in the 33rd District City Council race to attend this event. And, dear readers, you should be interested: whoever is elected to fill David Yassky’s vacant seat will have serious ramifications for north Brooklyn. Any and all interested in this opportunity to meet Jo Anne Simon (who, it should be noted, is the only female candidate in this packed race) can RSVP via email at: contact (at) joanneforcouncil (dot) com.

Let’s give Ms. Simon a hearty Greenpoint welcome!

Meet Jo Anne Simon
August 5, 2009 starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Gibson
108 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Otherwise, those of you who cannot attend this “meet and greet” can learn more about Ms. Simon by clicking here.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: High Times At the Greenpoint Hotel

August 2, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

You can always leave it to the good ol’ Greenpoint Hotel to liven up an otherwise dull— if cloyingly muggy— Sunday afternoon in the Garden Spot of the Universe.







The above photographs were taken today at 5:50 p.m. After asking a few bystanders what happened (none knew) I finally spoke to a gentleman standing in front of the San Diego Laundromat (which is located on the corner of Clay Street and Manhattan Avenue in the armpit of this flophouse megaplex). Here’s what he had to say:

…It’s the guys next door. (pointing to the Greenpoint Hotel) This happens about five times a month. Always a false alarm. That’s why we don’t worry about it. Maybe one day when they come it will be for real?

I told him I hope that never happens— but who knows?


Not that this incident appears to have negatively impacted interest in the “warm*, cozy, cheap” rooms this establishment is offering. Why outlay money for cable to watch “Cops” or “Rescue Me” when you can live it?

For only $500.00 a month.

Miss Heather

*Per someone who is currently living there these “cozy” rooms are stiflingly warm— and stuffy. It IS August after all.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: New & Noteworthy

August 2, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Today, as has often been the case this summer, I had planned to go out and do a little urban exploring only to be foiled by rain. I suspect I speak for my fellow sunshine lovers when I write that I am more than a little nonplussed by this year’s Seattle-esque weather. What to do on a dreary day such this? Well, you could do some much-needed housecleaning and get caught up on email (which is what I will probably be doing) OR you could grab a bowl of popcorn and curl up to watch a good movie. Which brings me to this.


Geoff writes:

Dear Miss Heather,

As a regular reader (and big fan) of your blog I just wanted to say thanks for the great work you do on documenting Greenpoint’s many sights sounds smells and happenings. I’ve lived in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg area since 1997 and here on Eagle St for 4-5 years. I wish there had been blogs like yours 12 years ago when i first moved here, but then again, we had fun walking the area and learning about the neighborhoods of new york on our own too I suppose. But you have the best news source in our beautiful (sic) neighborhood going.

Since June I have recently been writing a very small film blog called the Ojos de Aguila Film Review, that generally tends towards unknown or under-known or under-appreciated or obscure or hard to find films. It is a strictly not for profit blog and perhaps you or your readers may be interested in some of the postings…

I checked out this site and it looks very promising. If you, dear readers, have the time this afternoon I’d encourage you to do the same. Who knows? It might help you to pick a flick to while away this rainy day.

Miss Heather

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