New York Shitty Day Starter: Mixed Signals

January 4, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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This, one of Greenpoint’s more delightfully eccentric edifices, hails from Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Bea’s

January 3, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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From Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

Much Ado About the Gowanus Lounge

January 3, 2010 ·
Filed under: Area 51 

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It has been brought to my attention that there has been much speculation about what happened to the Gowanus Lounge. Ben Muessig of Gothamist writes:

Less than a year after the death of blogger Bob Guskind, someone has apparently acquired his acclaimed Gowanus Lounge website and changed its focus. Sources close to the deal told Gothamist that Guskind’s wife was approached by a company interested in paying $7,500 to purchase the domain where the journalist once detailed Brooklyn development and neighborhood minutia…

I have a creeping suspicion who the aforementioned “source” is. It is none other than yours truly. It is in the interest of staving off even more speculation that I am writing this post. Last December my husband, who is the admin for the Gowanus Lounge, was contacted by a gentleman who was interested in purchasing the site: url, content, everything. My husband forwarded this offer to Bob’s widow, Olivia, as it is her property.

After much discussion, soliciting of advice and tough choices a compromise was reached: the url would be sold, but Bob’s work would be migrated to a different site: www.bobguskind.com. This has been done. I will not disclose what was paid for the Gowanus Lounge’s url. This is because it nobody’s business but Olivia’s and the purchaser’s. I will point out, however, that Olivia offered my husband and I a portion of the proceeds as way of saying “thanks”. We turned it down. As far as we are concerned it was the least we could do for a good friend. I hope this clears up any confusion.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: 189 Green Street Revisited

January 3, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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As you can see, the Christmas display at 189 Green Street is even more spectacular in day light.

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In fact, I’d go so far to say they have a jump on this year’s tree!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: So Long to the Holidays

January 3, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: B61 R.I.P.

You may be gone, B61, but you will not be forgotten.

This post goes out to Bed-Stuy Banana and Best View in Brooklyn. Not only are you among the most wonderful, intelligent and downright nice people I have met via the Interwebs but you ran kick-ass blogs about kick-ass neighborhoods. I miss you and I suspect the greater “Brooklyn Blogosphere” will as well.

Take care and please keep in touch, BSB and BVIB. I love you both! I’ll darken your respective doorsteps come spring. Perhaps earlier.

Consider your respective persons warned! 🙂

Miss Heather

Reader Tip Du Jour: Three Kings

(OR: King of Kings, King of Beers & King’s County)

Jay Lombard (of Dog Habitat) writes:

189 green St. Fire escape. Check out the aluminum tree. Gives new meaning to Christmas cheer.

Needless to say I had to investigate this matter immediately. Here’s what I found.

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I realize the above image is a bit lacking in terms of quality so I will describe it to you. It is a Christmas tree lovingly erected in the honor of the King of Kings. It is constructed of 12 ounce cans of Budweiser (the King of Beers)  and topped with a bow. It is located at 189 Green Street; Greenpoint, Brooklyn U.S.A.: the County of Kings!  As a very kindly chap across the street noted as I was taking the above photographs:

Pretty cool, eh? She even taped it so it would not fall over!

An opus as this deserves recognition. I don’t care if Christmas is last week’s news. This is Greenpoint Glory at its very finest!

189 Green Street, I salute you!*

Miss Heather

*Chez Shitty is a Budweiser and Miller High Life household. Brooklyn Beer does not inhabit our fridge. The reasons for this are numerous, but I’ll tender two:

  1. The political leanings of Brooklyn Brewery’s owner, Steve Hindy. This gent is decidedly pro-Atlantic Yards.
  2. Most of “Brooklyn Beer” is not made in Brooklyn. It is made in Utica.

Mostly the first point.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Garden Spot Gnome

January 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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From Clay Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Fifth Annual Memorial Ride & Walk

January 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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This item comes courtesy of a lady named Leah of Ghostbikes. Follows is a general rundown what this event is about per Ghostbike’s press release:

The Annual Memorial Ride and Walk brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year.  This will mark the 5th year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists, installed in 2009, then join the Memorial Walk in Greenpoint.  Please join us for this important event.  Louisville, KY cyclists will be riding in solidarity with us to remember their own losses.

Date: Sunday, January 3, 2010
Ride Start: West 145th Street and Convent Avenue, Harlem, Manhattan; 10:00 a.m.
Walk Start: Manhattan Avenue and Milton Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 4:30 p.m.
Event End: Greenpoint Reformed Church, 136 Milton Street, Greenpoint,
Brooklyn
, 5:00 p.m.

Those of you who wish to get more information about this, the Fifth Annual Memorial Ride & Walk, should (in light of the inclement weather) peruse the “day of” schedule by clicking here. You can also view a full itinerary by clicking here.

Bundle up— and please stay safe, folks!

Miss Heather

Urban Gravestones: Solange

January 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

McGuinness Boulevard

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Nassau Avenue

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Taken January 1, 2010.

Miss Heather

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