Street Art

August 7, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

I am certain by now you all are familiar with this guy. He is a regular in front of Christina’s Restaurant on Manhattan Avenue.

Well, recently I happened upon him around the corner on Noble. Feeling cheeky, I asked him what gives. He told me that he likes to start works of art and have other people finish them.

Artist: Would you like to work on one?
Miss Heather: Sorry, we’re headed out to dinner.
Artist: What’s your name?
Miss Heather: Heather.
Artist (waving arms): BEAUTIFUL name!
Miss Heather: What’s your name?
Artist: Auf Wiedersehen!
Miss Heather: What the fuck is up with that? Was your mother German or something?
Artist: (laughter)
Artist’s Friend: His name is Joseph.
Miss Heather: Nice to meet you Joseph!
Artist/Joseph: Nice to meet you!

It was at this point that Joseph (AKA Auf Wiedersehen) asked me if I would like a painting. I tried to politely decline. I told him we had so much art I had no idea where we could possibly hang it (which is true). He wouldn’t hear it.

Simply put, now Chez Shitty has a brand new painting to add to its ever-expanding collection of curiosities.

I cannot honestly profess that this painting is my cup of tea, but our resident calico cat Uni finds it compelling. You know what they say: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’ll find a place for it. Probably in our kitchen. That’s where things I honestly do not know what to do with tend to go. In the humble confines of this 100 square foot room (with mercifully high ceilings) this memento of a classic Greenpoint moment will have great company.

Consider this post to be both an amusing anecdote and a warning, dear readers: if you strike up a conversation with Joseph you might walk away with more than just memories!

Miss Heather


5 Comments on Street Art

  1. digitalfront on Thu, 7th Aug 2008 10:19 am
  2. Joseph also likes to hit on the girls at the Garden and invite them to private parties. I regret that I have not yet been invited to one his parties. Yet.

  3. Jimmy Legs on Thu, 7th Aug 2008 11:14 am
  4. are you sure the cat isn’t trying to tell you the painting is upside down?

  5. bitchcakes on Thu, 7th Aug 2008 11:55 am
  6. He told me his name was something else that despite repeated attempts to pronounce, I only remember it started with an H and had a K towards the end.

    I, too, have a painting at home with no place to hang it. And have been encouraged to attend a “free jazz event” on Saturday nights (I forget where).

  7. missheather on Thu, 7th Aug 2008 12:11 pm
  8. Bitchcakes: Lucky you.

    Although I think we should consider going down there one Sunday and working on paintings with him. Could be fun!

  9. rowan on Thu, 7th Aug 2008 5:16 pm
  10. i’ve seen this guy when walking across the street. have yet to approach him. perhaps i will join you ladies for an impromptu art session?

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