From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Christmas Card Inquiry

(Or would that be a Hannukah quandary?) My friend Amy from Assemblyman’s Joe Lentol’s office writes:

Hey Heather, We are trying to come up with a creative idea for holiday cards for Assemblyman Lentol… One idea we have is putting a Christmas outfit- ok really just a hat- on the office cat, Brooke (whom we adopted from BARC) and take a picture and make that our office holiday card.  But another is buy holiday cards from a local— READ: Greenpoint, Williamsburg or Fort Greene artist.  However, try as we might we cant find an artist who makes holiday cards.  Any suggestions?

I have to be honest: I drew a blank. I have to confess the holiday season is most decidedly not my thing. However, I know damned well somewhere in points ‘Burg, Green and Greene there is an immensely talented individual (we have many) who has created a card that fits the bill! You can tender your product/portfolio/suggestions via email to:

AssemblymanJoe (at) gmail (dot) com

NOTE: this is a temporary email address erected for just this purpose. If you have constituency issues to take up with Joe you can and should do so here.

Thanks— and good luck!

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Katie Sokoler


New York Shitty Day Starter: Been There, Done That

October 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Clinton Hill 

Taken October 13, 2010.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Robot Invasion

September 5, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, 11206, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill 

Robot Invasion

Taken by Justin Mair.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Lights Of Classon Avenue

August 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Clinton Hill 

The Lights of Classon Avenue

Taken by Justin Mair.

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: The Clitlist

July 6, 2010 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Crosstown Local, Ft. Greene 

This item was forwarded to me by a chap named Charlie and hails from the Fulton Street stop of our very own Crosstown Local. Nice find!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Message From Con Ed

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN GREENPOINT, WILLIAMSBURG, FORT GREENE, CLINTON HILL & BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

NEW YORK – Con Edison is urging all customers in the neighborhoods of Greepoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on the area electrical cables can be resolved.

There are no outages in the area at this time and this conservation request is precautionary designed to take pressure off the electrical system in these neighborhoods, while crews are repairing equipment.

The affected area includes approximately 90,000 customers, and is bounded by Newtown Creek on the north, Graham and Throop Avenues on the east, Fulton and Pacific Streets on the south, and the East River on the west.

Company crews are working to repair the problem.  Con Edison has asked customers in these neighborhoods not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the cable equipment problems are resolved.

The cable equipment problems in the above mentioned neighborhoods have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system.  Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants.  The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

Con Edison urges customers to call 1-800-75-CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.  Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems, as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com, and on their cell phones and PDAs.

A number of people have brought this missive to my attention. Among them is a woman named Donna who writes:

Have you received a message from Con Ed about difficulties with the power in our area?… It says due to unusually high consumption shut off all non essential items, including Air Conditioners!!!….(and computers!!)

My lights are all very dim and my fan is barely working. ( the AC just stopped, I thought it broke)… This happened last summer. My sister said she read somewhere that the population of Greenpoint has increased somewhere in the 22,000 people range or some other riduculously large number. Why do they keep cramming more people here and completely ignoring the infrastructure…. The entire Eastern grid going down during the last blackout should have opened up a few eyes don’t you think??…. Not to mention when it rains heavily, the shit tits can’t process all the overflow…. And don’t get me started on the reduced public transportation. More people than ever here and less / shorter trains , reduced service and some lines cut out completely!!!!! . New York City is really falling apart….
But, they just keep building luxury condos!!! …. AAAAAARGH!!
Donna has a point. I had never thought about it before but the areas effected ARE where a lot of high density developments have been built.  Not only has the lack of proper preparation created nightmarish commutes in he communities in question but it may very be pushing our electrical grid to brink as well. This is municipal planning at its very finest folks. Or will at least give someone who paid $500,000 – $1,000,000 for a condo something to think about if/when there’s a black out.
Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Monsterman’s Loose!

June 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, Clinton Hill, Crazy Cat Lady 

This item (which hails from Hall Street and DeKalb Avenue) comes from a man we’ll call Clinton. He writes:

I thought this was funny and would send it your way. Don’t know if this qualifies for your blog, It was found outside of the Pratt Campus in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. The name monster man is classic as well as the picture!

If any of my friends/readers in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill have seen Monsterman or know of his whereabouts please contact his keepers at the above-listed telephone number. Thanks!

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: The Brooklyn Shillfest, Part II

June 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Park Slope 

Remember the quicklink I posted earlier? Well, Atlantic Yards Report has gotten to the bottom of this web of intrigue courtesy of an anonymous tipster. How much does Absolut think infotising on Brooklyn blogs is worth? Apparently a Flipcam among other things. Read it and weep.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, June 9, 2010: Norman Oder, the author of Atlantic Yards Report has posited some very interesting questions to Ms. Crawford, Cityroom’s choice of “expert blogger” you can read them by clicking here. In addition Brownstoner has written an excellent Op Ed about the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Absolut Blogfest Shillfest. You can read it by clicking here.

P.S.: By the way, the FTC (fairly) recently ruled that bloggers are to disclose the freebies they receive. You can get the full 411 courtesy of Wired by clicking here.

Quicklink: Shillfest? Absolutly!

June 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill 

This item comes courtesy of Atlantic Yards Report. Speaking as someone who has:

1. received the press release about Absolut’s generous donation of $50,000 to Habitat For Humanity (which is chump change, I can assure you) and 2. lives in a community which rates among the city’s highest for alcoholism I found their critique of this company’s cynical exploitation of the sad state of affordable housing in north Brooklyn— and the Brooklyn blogosphere in general— rather compelling. You can read AYR’s tome by clicking here.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: R

April 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Street Art 

From Franklin Avenue.

Miss Heather

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