Crosstown Local Photos Du Jour: January 18, 2009

January 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Queens 







From the Greenpoint Avenue & Court Square stops of the G train.

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: G Is For…


This evening I received a most curious email from a gentleman named Angel. It was entitled “A step up from Dog Shit, as seen on the G on Court Sq.” and it read as follows:

Here’s my 2 cents for before 08 comes to an end…

Me and my family saw this (and laughed hard as I took out the camera without hesitation) on our way into the first G car on Court Sq. (headed towards Greenpoint of course) First thing that came to my mind. “This is so material”

Intrigued, I clicked my way over to Gubatron’s flickr page. The following is what awaited my delectation.

I have to confess: this image gave me goosebumps. They were not of the warm and fuzzy “I just had my first kiss” variety. Rather, it was more like the onset of a case of stomach flu —which I suspect is what the person who left this, the most piquant and direct critique of Crosstown Local service I have ever beheld, was probably experiencing. What’s more, it is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on the G train. And for the record, that includes two subway masturbators and this.


The next time, dear readers, you get angry because you didn’t get a seat while commuting on our very own G train think of the above image. Sometimes it’s just better to stand.

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Gubatron

Location, Location, Location…

December 4, 2008 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Williamsburg 

The one thing I am going to miss now that the real estate boom is over is the mind-bogglingly bad locations being shilled as quite “livable” by developers. Let’s take the L Haus, for example.

Nestled next to Brooklyn’s Eighth Wonder Of The World (that being the Pulaski Bridge) this phlegm-hued architectural marvel makes me think of many things. Livability is not one of them. But believe it or not I discovered recently locations can come worse. Where did I have this epiphany, you ask? Where else: Greenpoint. Albeit by a nose.

Behold 20 Division Place.

Located at the bucolic paradise that is the intersection of Division Place and Debevoise Avenue, this lot not only sits atop the Meeker Avenue plume, but it is also been approved by the Board Of Standards and Appeals (in their nothing less than Solomon-like wisdom) for six condominium units and four garages! I know you are all reaching for check books about now so I have been kind enough to share the scenic vistas which await the person lucky enough to call this Valhalla home.

Here’s Debevoise Avenue looking north.

Division Place facing east.

Debevoise Avenue facing south.

If you lived here these shoes could be yours!

And of course Division Place facing west. I am certain there’s a nice view of Manhattan to be had here if exercise enough imagination.

And while you’re there why not say hello to some of your new neighbors?

The folks in apartment two seem like normal enough folks to me.

Miss Heather

Pay Phone du Jour: 37th Avenue

December 2, 2008 ·
Filed under: Long Island City, Queens 

It’s been awhile since I have found some quality public pay phone desecration. Fortunately I found this specimen in Jackson Heights. It rather tickled my fancy.

Unlike the general trend of mindless destruction I usually find, the defiler of this device took only the parts he/she needed. I for one think this was very kind of them: it leaves something for everyone else! To close on a (somewhat) related note. This weekend (as I stayed up until the wee hours watching a Planet of The Apes marathon) it came to my attention that jacked up pay phones in Queens has a little cinematic provenance.

If you think finding an operative pay phone in 2008 is bad, I assure in 3955 it is most assuredly worse. Note: the above model is a rotary phone. Oh, the humanity! Where is this item located, you ask?

Where most of the finer things in the county of Queens are to be found: Queensboro Plaza.

Dude. I don’t think I’d be laying my hands on this if I were you.

Miss Heather

Christmas Comes Early To Long Island City

November 30, 2008 ·
Filed under: Long Island City 

It would appear that Santa and his little helpers are busy dismantling what is arguably the ugliest building in Queens and possibly the entire city. I suspect I speak for many when I say goodbye and good riddance.

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution du Jour: THANK YOU

November 28, 2008 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit Signage, Long Island City 

This choice morsel of post-Turkey Day goodness hails from across the pond in Long Island City. Randy writes:

I am a regular reader of your blog who lives in LIC.  As I was out walking with my neighbors last week we came across this wonderful example of crap I thought you might be interested in.  Aside from the obvious recycleable items reaching over the top of the leaky bin, I found it interesting what they did NOT want to be deposited inside.  Maybe the owner prefers that the dog shit is left on the OUTSIDE for everyone to enjoy…..

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Right back at ya, Randy. Great find!

Miss Heather

Long Island City Photo du Jour: Asma

November 9, 2008 ·
Filed under: Long Island City 

Those of you who are suffering from “asma” or “colestoral” can find a cure at the intersection of Queens Plaza North and East!

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Kitchen Prof

Nydia Velazquez Rocks!

November 1, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Queens, Williamsburg 

This video (which I learned about via Queens Crap) does not pertain to Brooklyn per se, but it all too eloquently explains how eminent domain abuse and excessive (and contextually inappropriate) development harms working class neighborhoods and small business owners.

The building boom is over. How can this city’s officials honestly purport that ousting businesses at Willet’s Point and razing it to the ground (in the hopes that someone develops it) is progress? Really? What’s happening in my neighborhood and in Williamsburg* should be a sobering testament to the contrary.

Miss Heather

*Both of which are located in her district. See for yourself!


October 25, 2008 ·
Filed under: Crazy People, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City 

Earlier this week we learned that a Williamsburger named Sal has a very special secret admirer who is into Lucha lovin’ a la upstate New York. Today October 25, 2008 I regret to inform you, dear readers that the unfathomable has indeed come to pass: someone has been deflowered on the Crosstown Local. I suppose $2.00 subway fare is still cheaper than a no-tell motel— although the more economical subway sybarite might consider purchasing an unlimited ride Metrocard instead.

You can get all the sordid deets (with visuals) over at Bitchcakes Commutes as she had the pleasure of discovering the artifacts and braggadocio from this dirty deed done dirt cheap.


Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Bitchcakes

Newtown Creek Mapping Workshop

October 8, 2008 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Queens, Williamsburg 

A reader named Amanda passed this along to me and I, in turn am going to pass it along to you as it sounds very interesting

In partnership with the Newtown Creek Alliance, HabitatMap invites you to participate in a community mapping workshop at LaGuardia Community College on the evening of Monday, October 20th from 6:30-8:30… At the Newtown Creek Neighborhoods Community Mapping Workshop participants will:

  • discover how web-based tools can magnify the impact of community organizing campaigns;
  • hear from experienced organizers who have been active in the Newtown Creek Neighborhoods for decades; and
  • learn how to navigate and mine city, state, and federal databases for information relevant to their own personal health and the health of their families and communities.

Participants should come prepared to begin mapping their neighborhoods so bring any relevant documents and photos but most importantly, bring your ideas.

The Newtown Creek Neighborhoods Community Mapping Workshop will be held at LaGuardia Community College, building E, room 228… The entrance to building E is located at 31-10 Thomson Ave. between 31st St. and Van Dam St.

Those of you who are interested in checking this workshop out should be advised that there is limited space so be sure to RSVP at your earliest convenience by clicking here.

Miss Heather

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