From The New York Shitty Inbox: Two Degrees of Separation

December 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

Today, as you are all well aware, is the day my show goes up at t.b.d. I mention this because was disappointed to learn that a frequent contributor to this site and all around nice guy, Tony Luib, will not be able to attend. This is because he will be having an opening of his own tonight!


Here’s a basic rundown of what this group show is about per Gallery Satori’s web site:

Gallery SATORI is pleased to present “Two Degrees of Separation,” a group exhibition with ninety artists to be held in the Project Space and Lounge. The artwork ranges widely from intimate paintings to delicate paper sculptures to videos on minute monitors to a ceramic soccer/bowling ball. The show investigates the web-like interrelationship between many of the artists working in New York as well as a few artists working in London, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Sydney who have connections to the artists based in New York.

If you happen to be in the Lower East Side this evening swing by and say hi!

Two Degrees of Separation
December 9, 2009 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Satori
164 Stanton Street
New York, New York 10002

Tony writes:

…If anything come out to see my rarely seen shaved face!

Same goes here, dude!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Mystery Train

Yesterday I finally met up with a very nice reporter. She is working on article which will hit the stands next year (January 2010). Among the numerous questions she asked me while taking in the marvel that is a very packed junk shop was one regarding what I like to collect. This was a very prescient question given that anyone I’ve ever known who worked at a thrift store is invariably a “collector” of one thing or another. I am no exception— but do try to keep my acquisitions as portable (and cat proof) as possible. I stick to photographs nowadays. I have acquired quite a collection over the years. Many are of a highly “adult” nature and as such are unsuitable to publish here. But some are. Like the following negative that I managed to finesse into a positive last night.

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14th Street Local with two proud employees. I’m guessing this is the L train— but who knows? I’ll leave it to you, dear readers, to render a verdict. To this end I will leave with a slide show of my mystery train and mystery men. Enjoy!

You can see the above images in larger format by clicking here.

Miss Heather

P.S.: In my research I stumbled upon this map of featuring the pride of the New York City subway system: the Crosstown Local. If you thought service was limited now, you should see it what it was like in 1939!

Williamsburg Pay Phone Du Jour: Concerned Yet Indifferent


From Roebling Street.

Miss Heather

P.S.: This post goes out to Posterchild. It would appear I have become his muse.


In regards to the above opus he wrote:

In the course of researching this work, I discovered that machines like the one I’m describing already exist. They are known as “Reverse Vending Machines” and I think that they are an absolutely outstanding idea!

Special thanks to Miss Heather of New York Shitty for inspiring this piece; she wrote to me: “You should hit some of the pay phones in my hood. They’re usually employed as trash receptacles for empty fifths of vodka and/or brandy. Among other things.”

Thanks for getting me thinking about how people really use these payphones, and sorry that this didn’t make it’s way out to Greenpoint!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Take The Bodega Challenge!

sandaTHUMBThis item comes courtesy of L Magazine’s publicist: a gentleman named Dan. He writes:

Us here at Electric Orange are fellow Greenpointers, and check out NY Shitty on daily basis.  We do a lot of stuff online with development, promotions and such, but our favorite work tends to be around the neighborhood. One of our local clients (The L Magazine) has a pretty rad promotion going on right now that I wanted to tell you about. It centers around the local bodega, and they are going to be crowning the best reader submitted NYC bodega come December. The person who submits the winning entry will get their favorite beer hand-delivered to them by The L, from their bodega, for a week.

We have so many great bodegas in Greenpoint, so I wanted to pass this along to you and your readers.

Indeed. What’s more, 42 bottles of beer is pretty darned sweet way to kick of the holiday season! You can learn more about this contest by pointing and clicking your way to L Magazine’s web site. NOTE: the deadline for submissions is December 17th.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Obey

November 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: East Village, Manhattan, New York City, Street Art 


From East 5 Street, East Village.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Bad Kitty!

November 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: East Village, Manhattan, New York City, Street Art 


From East 3rd Street, East Village.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Street Art Du Jour: Freephone!

November 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: East Village, Manhattan, New York City, Street Art 


From Second Avenue at East 6 Street, East Village.

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Edie’s Big Adventure!

November 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 





Okay, this has nothing to do with north Brooklyn per se but when I saw these shots of Edie the strap-hanging hamster enjoying a ride on the 4 train I went into an extreme fit of cute overload. Wanting— no make that NEEDING— to know the story behind these I shot an email to Edie’s “person”, Victoria. Here’s the scoop:

I’m a photographer for the DA’s office and there is a women there who makes these models (trains, apts, buildings, etc) for court cases, as a visual aid for the jury. The train is perfectly hamster sized so I brought my super tame hamster into work yesterday for a little photo shoot. They came out better than expected. I’m really excited about them.

Well done, Victoria! I can only hope Edie will go on more adventures in the near future. Perhaps next time she can ride the G train or drive one of those new buses with fellow rodentia in tow?* In any case, you can see more of Edie and her introduction to the joy that is mass transit by clicking here. WARNING: by clicking the aforementioned you will view images that are mind-blowingly adorable!

Miss Heather

*Replete passengers sporting earbuds, i-Pods, and and i-Phones.

New York Shitty Slide Show du Jour: Manhattan Selections

November 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

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Yesterday the Mister and I made a late afternoon trek to Manhattan. It had been a good while since I had knocked around 14th Street. Boy has it changed! Follows is a mini slide show of some of the more noteworthy items I saw while pounding around the East and West Village and places in between. Enjoy!

On that note, I’m off to enjoy this lovely day. If what I have heard is true it will almost the 70 degree mark. The heat at Chez Shitty is on full blast and we once again have no hot water.

Just felt like sharing. More later.

Miss Heather


RRlogoYesterday upon learning the horrible news about the rape which came to pass at Nassau Avenue and Diamond Street earlier this week I posted it here on New York Shitty to make you, dear readers, aware. Later in the day I was reminded (by buddy d of pointgreen) of a service unescorted women (and many more— as I learned) out late at night can and should use. It is called RightRides and I am going to dedicate this post to giving you the 411 about this organization.

To get the ball rolling, here’s an excerpt from their “About” page to give you a general idea of their mission:

The mission of RightRides For Women’s Safety, Inc. is to build safer communities by ending gender-based harassment and sexual assault. We work towards this by community organizing and offering direct service, safety education and advocacy programs.

In our RightRides program, we offer women, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming individuals a free, late-night ride home to ensure their safe commute to or through high-risk areas.

In our Safe Walk program, we offer walking escorts for any one who doesn’t want to walk alone.

We are also a founding member of New Yorkers for Safe Transit, which will pursue coalition building and policy change work to increase safety in mass transit…


Very simple: if you are out and about Friday and/or Saturday night (11:59 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.) and am in need of a safe ride (or escort) home you call either of these two telephone numbers

  • (718) 964-7781
  • (888) 215-7233 (SAFE)

and they will dispatch a driver to pick you up. CAVEAT/POSSIBLE CATCH: your person and destination must be within their “service area”. Follow are their service maps for Friday and Saturday.




As you can see I have not included the key for this map. This is because it is too extensive for me to screencap and publish here. You can view this map (along with the key) by clicking on the above image or clicking here.


RightRides welcomes donations, fund raising events and volunteers. You can learn more about how you can help this wonderful organization by clicking here. On that note, the peeps at RightRides will be hosting a series of fund raisers at the Parkside Lounge starting this evening at 8:00 p.m.


Professor Von Awesome’s Traveling Caravan of Cautionary Warnings
October 23, 24, 30, and 31, 2009 starting at 8:00 p.m.
Cost of admission: $15.00 (a portion of the proceeds go to Rightrides)
Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
New York, New York 10002

In closing (and for those who are interested) you can receive a quarterly e-newsletter from RightRides by clicking here.

Stay safe!

Miss Heather

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