Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Urban Fur




South 5 Street



Manhattan Avenue


Lorimer Street


Clifford Place


Meserole Avenue

In closing, here’s an item that might be of interest to you dog lovers out there: Dog Habitat’s Black Friday Adoption Event!


Jay Lombard (of Dog Habitat, who sent me the above image) writes:

Hey lady! We wanted to invite you to visit our adoption event tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. Eight rescue dogs available for adoption from puppies to adolescent age. Pure breeds and brooklyn mutts. Please help us find homes for these beautiful pups!

I was initially confused by Jay’s missive. There are no ladies at New York Shitty. But I do appreciate the sentiment and will certainly make it a point to swing by and say “hi” these lovely pups. You should too.

November 27, 2009; 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Dog Habitat/Unleash Brooklyn
216 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

In closing this post goes out to Lisacat who did her best to assuage the suffering of an auto shop cat named Bondo. I am certain wherever he is (junkyard cat heaven?) he is grateful for your hard work. I know I am.

Miss Heather

P.S.: While I am (ostensibly) on the subject of fur, I discovered something on Manhattan Avenue today that really bothered me.


The above photograph graces Forgotten-NY’s Greenpoint page. Regarding this wonderful example of old school signage Kevin Walsh writes:

When you’ve got a good sign, you don’t need to ever replace it. The old school phone number, probably EVergreen, is still there too.


That is, of course, unless you are Belvedere Partners Corporation. In which case you drill a “For Sale” sign on top of it. I can’t honestly say I am surprised that they saw fit to do this. These folks have been peppering north Brooklyn with balconized Neoclassical crap for years. One of their latest opuses graces Skillman Avenue. It’s a real beauty. It goes without saying you can look forward to seeing it on New York Shitty. Soon.


6 Comments on Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Urban Fur

  1. SGI on Thu, 26th Nov 2009 9:54 pm
  2. How about the community doing something about Belvedere? Couldn’t we do something with more bite than merely symbolic gestures of our disdain and disgust of what these creeps have done to destroy the landscape of Greenpoint with their numbered monstrosities? Manhattan Furriers has been operated by the same family for 96 years. It’s the longest, continually operated retail business in Greenpoint. A pox on Belvedere and its bleak, Soviet-era architecture.

  3. SGI on Thu, 26th Nov 2009 9:59 pm
  4. Another thought:

    Is there a way that we could petition LPC and the DOB (and other related agencies) to force these goons to construct buildings that, at least, conform to the architectual forms already extant in the area? Is this a pipe dream?

  5. SGI on Thu, 26th Nov 2009 10:04 pm
  6. I guess Manhattan 3 Decker Restaurant’s days might also be numbered.

  7. Long-time Local Girl on Fri, 27th Nov 2009 12:15 am
  8. Sad news – not just the loss of the sign – the loss of another piece of Greenpoint. Did shop owner retire – or pass away? Great article on the place in May 09 Gazette – http://www.greenpointnews.com/news/behind-the-window-the-remarkable-life-of-the-manhattan-furrier.

  9. missheather on Fri, 27th Nov 2009 12:37 am
  10. I intend to find out, Long-time Local Girl!

    Otherwise, Belvedere et. al. could have placed their “For Sale” sign in any number of places. The fact they defaced a great piece of old signage is indicative of their attitude regarding the “character” of this neighborhood. The sad thing is their work (the Belvederes and their various clones/knock-offs), will in all likelihood, be quaint— if not downright charming compared to some of the UBER-crap slated for Greenpoint’s waterfront.

  11. bitchcakes on Sat, 28th Nov 2009 12:30 pm
  12. I loved seeing the cat photos, then chucked at “asshat” but then was totally disheartened by the placement of that sign too. Who would do that?! Belvedere, of course. Unbelievable.

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