Quicklink: Much Ado About Blog Poaching

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: Plagiarism 


Remember how hot and bothered I got when I received what essentially amounted to an admission from one of the New York Post’s reporters stating that they do, in fact, use blogs for news leads without crediting them? Mr. Ginsberg called it “amplifying”. I call it bullshit.

It would appear I am not the only one who feels this way. Read it and weep, folks.

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Bows

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 


When I stumbled this novel solution to Greenpoint’s crack problem* (which hails from Meserole Avenue and comes courtesy of Cafe Grumpy) on Flickr I simply had to post it here. So I asked for permission to use it and they were kind enough to oblige. Thanks guys (and gals!)— this really made my day!

Miss Heather

*Which appears to have been at one time a kite.

Southside Smash & Grab: Reward Offered

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Criminal Activity, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


I found a great many of these fliers on Havemeyer Street this afternoon. Am I the only person who has noticed that smash and grabs seem to be becoming more and more common? If there is a lesson to be learned from this flier it is this: store your valuables outside of eye shot of would-be thieves. Keep them in your trunk— or better yet— secure them in your apartment.

In any case, it goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway) that if you know anything about the whereabouts of this person’s purloined belongings please contact him or her at the above telephone number. Better yet, contact the 90th Precinct. Thanks!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Southside Duet

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit Signage, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


Kent Avenue


South 6 Street

Miss Heather

Happy Yom Kippur From New York Shitty!

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Yesterday I racked my brain trying to find a lighthearted, fun way to wish my Jewish friends a happy Yom Kippur. I failed miserably in this endeavor. Thankfully today went for a walk.


I have no idea what this says (or the what, if any, significance underlies the use of rubber chickens) but it made me smile and I hope it did the same for you. Happy Yom Kippur everybody!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Here’s Johnny!

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


This wonderful portrait of Jack Nicholson can be found in the valet parking booth at Bamonte’s*. Although you cannot see it in the above photograph, Jack has Danny DeVito to keep him company.

Miss Heather

*Whose blueberry cream pie is absolutely amazing. Give it a try. You won’t regret it!

New York Shitty Day Starter: Manhattan Avenue Is The Pits!

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Last weekend was a busy one for yours truly (hence why today’s postings are delayed: I slept for twelve hours last night. I suppose I was tired.) However, I was not so harried as to fail that something is afoot with north Greenpoint’s tree pits— such as this faux stone and tulip number as seen above (and can be found north of Eagle Street). This suspicion was confirmed when I patronized the local liquor store at 1071 Manhattan Avenue.


I wrote about this, a most amazing tree pit, back in June. In the elapsing months it would appear my tome came to community’s attention.



I have known the proprietor of this store, Ada, for years. So you can imagine her surprise when I told her I was the person who wrote this. She immediately grabbed the man who made this and gave him the good news. He did not want me to publish his name, but agreed that I could call him “Anonymous Plumber”. Follow are a few things “Anonymous Plumber” had to say about Greenpoint’s most famous tree pit:

  1. He was the one who designed and fabricated it.
  2. It is constructed entirely of wood he and his neighbors had laying around. He stripped it and varnished it. How’s that for resourceful!
  3. He didn’t understand what the big deal was— but did note that after his pit garnered so much attention the bodega across the street decided to follow suit.


Could this be the beginning of a Greenpoint tree pit war? Although our newest tree pit protector/street seating is more Spartan (Modern?) than its predecessor, it is a most welcome addition to the neighborhood. Inasmuch as I rail against the pervasive sense of apathy which plagues my community this is a (very welcome) reminder that some people do in fact care— and are willing to invest some time and elbow grease to make the Garden Spot a nicer place. Way to go guys!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Highlights From The Robot Monkey World Chimpionship

September 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


It took me awhile to get them uploaded (YouTube has been malfunctioning) but here they are. My stunning defeat and the final match of this weekend’s Robot Monkey World Chimpionship. Who won, you ask? You’ll have to watch to find out. Enjoy!

New York Shitty Loses, Part I

New York Shitty Loses, Part II

Finals, Part I

Finals, Part II

And The Winner Is!

And that’s all she wrote!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Sunset

September 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Taken September 24, 2009.

Miss Heather

The Purrrrfect Halloween Kitty: Greenpoint Grace

September 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn 


Remember Ving? If you don’t the following passage might refresh your memory. On June 2, 2009 I wrote:

…Someone, for reasons only known to him, saw fit to shave him: ear hair, whiskers and all.

We eventually drifted onto the subject of what to name this handsome chap. Lisa suggested that since he has been shorn we name him after a famous bald person. I immediately thought of Ving Rhames, as just like in the movie Pulp Fiction this little guy has had an encounter with someone he would just as well forget (WARNING: previous link is very NSFW) and quite frankly, whoever that person is, I too would very much like to go medieval on his ass.

Well, he is a she. Ving is Grace, she’s recovered (under Lisacat’s care) and is downright GORGEOUS!


Grace (and a few of her friends) will be holding court at Muddy Paws today starting at 2:00 p.m. She’s been spayed, vaccinated and is feline Leukemia and FIV free.  All she needs is a home— maybe yours?

North Brooklyn Cats Adoption Event
September 27, 2009 starting at 2:00 p.m.
Muddy Paws
447 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

You’ll get nothing but good luck allowing this adoptable cutie cross your path!

Miss Heather

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