New York Shitty Video Du Jour: St. Mark’s Place Fashion Watch

March 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: East Village, East Village Manhattan, Manhattan, New York City 

As many of you have noticed the weather has been quite nasty the last few days. So much so that yours truly has been staying indoors. I can handle rain or even snow. But traipsing around in nature’s post-nasal drip leaves much to be desired. Unless, as I learned this weekend, it is done with style.

Saturday night I had to attend a birthday party for a good friend in Manhattan. Given this person is one of my best friends (hell, she was the “best woman” at our wedding) attendance was mandatory. So I bundled up: out came the thermal underwear, heavy coat I had put away only a week ago and so forth. I hardly cut a dashing figure— but that wasn’t the objective. I was more concerned with keeping dry. Unfortunately I neglected to bring an umbrella so all my preparations were rendered moot. If I had to describe the result it would run along the lines of American Playground homeless. It was on St. Mark’s Place that I learned the error of my ways. I should have put on my slinkiest dress, fishnets and stratospheric pumps.

You gotta love New Yorkers. Nothing— not even such a triviality as a flash flood— gets in the way of us promenading and having a good time on a Saturday night. It is yours truly’s sincerest hope this Minnie Pearl look catches on with our fair city’s youth. Umbrellas are for wimps. On that note, dear readers, I am off for a little walk. If tragedy strikes I will endeavor to steal something casual.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Chinatown

March 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

Taken March 13, 2010.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Lost & Found In Translation

March 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City, Subway 

From Mott Street, Manhattan


This (which hails from the Canal Street stop of the 6 train in Manhattan) is bona fide proof that New York City is still an international city— if not in subway service, at least in anger directed at lack of said subway service. Only the MTA could make this kind of racial/ethnic unity (albeit while employing profanity) happen. Mazel tov!

The use of sarcastic quotation marks is a nice touch.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Can anyone give me a translation of the Chinese annotation on this flier? My curiousity is driving me crazy.

LAST GASP: From The New York Shitty Photo Pool

February 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

Okay, I said I was signing off earlier. Then I saw this lovely photo by the incredibly talented (and it should be noted, fellow Greenpointer) Victoria Belanger. Not only does this image hail from one of my favorite non-Brooklyn places (Chinatown) but it showcases one of favorite storefronts EVER: Nam Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street! Needless to say I had to share it STAT.

See y’all tomorrow.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Old As Hills

February 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

From Delancey Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Urban Fur

Bedford Avenue

North 8 Street

Dunham Place


Oak Street

Nassau Avenue

Manhattan Avenue


East 2 Street

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Life Is Beautiful

February 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City, Street Art 

From Mott Street.

Miss Heather

Lower East Side Photo Du Jour: HOPE

February 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: East Village, East Village Manhattan, Manhattan, New York City, Street Art 

From East First Street.

Miss Heather

Now On The Blog Roll Of Gowanus Lounge Dot Com: IDT Energy

In regards to Bob Guskind (to whom they have dedicated a page) they write:

Bob Guskind was a unique man, and his writing will forever stand as a testament to the person that he was.

While we’ve bought the site Gowanus Lounge, we are not trying to replicate or replace his work or his spirit.  We intend to continue to explore issues that are important to the people of New York, while also addressing topics of concern to other markets and communities.

Bob Guskind’s work has been moved to another location where fans can continue to read his prose and benefit from the wisdom that he provided.

Speaking as someone who has had the benefit of Bob’s wisdom I found Gowanus Lounge 2.0’s linkage to “Energy Savings” and “IDT Energy” of particular interest. The Mister and I pointed and clicked. Here’s what we found:

Energy Savings

The IDT Energy Store (You can see the registration info by clicking here). When you click on “Company” here’s what you’ll find:

Yup, the same people who saw fit to plague my community with people hitting our buzzers— REPEATEDLY— stating they were from Con Ed and that they wanted to review our energy bills. Time and time again. This is not purely Greenpoint phenomenon either. You can read other accounts/musings/ranting regarding IDT’s chicanery by clicking on any of the following links:

But I do not want to suggest IDT has plied its dubious trade solely in the county of Kings. No sir, their nefarious reach goes much further. Which brings me to this delightful video submitted from a reader in Harlem.

Needless to say after the aforementioned barrage of negative publicity IDT has seen fit to retool its image. In the 20th century the last refuge for a scoundrel was religion. In the 21st Century miscreants and ne’er do wells go “green”…

and operate blogs: idtenergy.wordpress.com

In closing, I leave you with this choice morsel from Gowanus Lounge 1.0 dating from January 28, 2009. Note the comments (and all caps abuse). Here’s my favorite segment from someone who calls himself IDT EMPLOYEE:

PS: THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIM THEY GOT SCAMMED ARE IGNORANT & NEEDS TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND THEM. TO THOSE WHO DID NOT CHOSE THEIR ESCO HAVE FUN PAYING THOSE 3 EXTRA TAXES THAT IDT MEMBERS DO NOT PAY…

Can a leopard change its spots? I’ll leave it up to you, dear readers, to make the call All I ask is please be an informed consumer and do not take this businesses promises at face value. Exercise due diligence!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Roommate Wanted

February 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

Last night Roommates Wanted NYC’s first roommate mixer came to pass at the DuckDuck Bar in East Willie. I did not attend. I had other plans and have no need for a roommate anyway. Regardless, I would love to hear from anyone who went to this event. As always tips are always welcome at New York Shitty and your identity will be kept confidential if you so desire.

The previous having been written— and while I am titularly on the subject of roommates— I found a most intriguing solicitation for a roommate/apartment share Eighth Avenue across the street from The Happy Store in Chelsea yesterday.*

Simply knowing there is an establishment in our fair city called The Happy Store makes me, well, happy! Knowing there is a “young” 50 year old “Irish American” who cooks and is “open minded” is pure gravy. I like this guy.

Miss Heather

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