TOMORROW: Public Information Session Regarding Newtown Creek Superfund


Tomorrow, December 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. at our very own Automotive High School the Mayor’s office will be conducting a public information meeting regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to designate Newtown Creek as a superfund site. Among the items on the agenda for this public forum are a presentation and “question and answer” session.

Having been to such gatherings before, I prognosticate that one or two agitators/community cranks will show up, shout irrelevant/impertinent gibberish and generally annoy the piss out everyone else in attendance. I have seen this happen before and I see no reason why it will not happen this time around. Suffice it to say, dear readers, you can probably anticipate an evening that is both informative and entertaining.

Public Information Session
December 8, 2009 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Automotive High School
50 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Free Coffee This Week at Sweetleaf!

December 6, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Queens 


This item comes courtesy of Greenpoint’s very own commuting queen and coffee aficionado, Bitchcakes. She writes:

I spotted this flyer last night when waiting for the B61 @ Jackson Ave: FREE COFFEE @ Sweetleaf next week! They serve Stumptown, which is my favorite coffee and I highly recommend it. Thought you might want to pass it along. If you don’t, that’s fine too. But I know I will be there!!

I am certain many of you, dear readers, would love to get a free fix of quality caffeinated products. If so, your golden parachute has arrived courtesy of our friends across the creek at Sweetleaf. Don’t let the bikes run you over as you cross the Pulaski!

Free Coffee!
December 7- 13, 2009
10-93 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, New York 11101

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: Free Admission at Cityice Pavilion

Greenoint Residents December 4th

This item comes courtesy of Joel Arberman of Ekstein Development. He writes:

I am not sure if this would be of interest to you and your readers, but we are offering Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents free admission to the City Ice Pavilion this weekend. That’s a $6 savings…

I know a number of you readers like freebies/cheapies. This sound like a splendid way to while away a Saturday afternoon. Check it out!

Free Admission for Williamspoint Residents
December 4, 5:30 to 8:20; December 5, 12:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m., 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.; December 6, 12:00 – 2:20 p.m.
cityice Pavillion
47-32 32 Place
Long Island City, New York 11101

For more information about this promotion click here and here.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: More Ado About Tree Poop


My buddy Bitchcakes (who took the above photograph) writes in an email entitled “UGH”:

Have you seen this craptacular mess on the Pulaski Bridge? I don’t know when it went up, but I saw it today and I HATE IT!!!!!

To answer your question, yes I have seen this “craptacular mess”. It would appear a number of people have. Many have questions about it, but few seem to like it. Blair comments (in this post I published November 19):

Well, I got an answer sooner than anticipated. After repeated calls to 311 and cruising the DOT website, I was lucky enough to look out my window and see the grafitti artist/stencil man at work on the south end of the Pulaski Bridge. I asked him if he and his gang of artists were also responsible for the wood bench tabletop gymnasium. He said yes. I asked how long it will remain up. He said 11 months. He asked if i liked it. I said I did not because it is cumbersome looking and looks as if only a person two feet tall could sit on it comfortably. But, I noted, others did like it. His response, “Well, that’s the point. You either like it or you don’t.”

So, there you go, the mystery of tree poop solved.



So there have you. For more reading about this piece of public art (and the testament to ineptitude that is the Pulaski bike lane “plan”) I heartily encourage you to read Restless’s post on the subject. You can do so by clicking here.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: More About The Pulaski Bridge


Blair (who took the above photograph) writes:

Hi, I love your photos of the Pulaski you took yesterday.  I am not sure if this is a permanent installation or “street art” or what.. but my friend described it as looking like  tree poop.  The photo was taken at 10:30am Tuesday morning.. and that wood was bolted into the ground.

I noticed this piece of public seating (or “tree poop”— take your pick) last night. I even took several photographs of it, but none of them came out. I for one like it— but have no idea who (or what) is behind it. Anyone out there have the 411? If so, please share via comments.


Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Pulaski Bridge










Taken November 17, 2009.

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Newtown Creek Oil Watch

The Seine of north Brooklyn was particularly repulsive today. And Laura Hofmann and Christine Holowicz (who shot the above video footage) tendered the bad news to the DEC hotline. Laura has assured me that she has never before received the rude treatment she got today by the operator. The first (and last time) I called the DEP I faced an inquisition.

How do you know it is oil?

I was asked, among similar crass questions. I grew up with gearheads. In my car-owning days I never once had to pay for an oil change— a six pack of beer sufficed. I live in Greenpoint. I know petroleum when I see (or smell) it.

Regardless of what this is, it is GROSS.

Miss Heather

P.S.: On that note, here’s more reading about the Newtown Creek Experience from north Brooklyn’s very own Aaron Short.

Blissville Photo du Jour: Who’s The Man?

November 5, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Queens 


What does one say about something like this (other than perhaps chanting REEM-UR over and over for everyone’s edification)? Absolutely nothing, that’s what! You merely bask in its sublimity. Speaking of which, if you’re wondering what Reamir & Company is about click here. NOTE: turn the volume down on your computer first.

Miss Heather

Found In Blissville, Made In Greenpoint!


I found the above at the Van Dam Street yesterday. Needless to say I found its use (abuse) of grammar amusing. Upon closer inspection I found a nugget of Greenpoint goodness.


BROOKLYN VAULT LIGHT CO. 262 Monitor St. Brooklyn, N.Y.

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten my Greenpoint geek on. Today I did. Here’s what 262 Monitor Street looks like nowadays.


To say the least I was disappointed.* But I did find a few nifty items about Brooklyn Vault Light Company online. Here they are:

Industrial Progress

The above hails from the 120th Volume of American Architect. It would appear that I have stumbled upon a state-of-the-art coal hole cover! By 1921 standards, anyway.


This classy piece of correspondence comes courtesy of

And last, but hardly least, what would a piece of Greenpoint history be without a lawsuit? Involving high society, no less! From the March 13, 1921 edition of the New York Times:


To get a peek of Mrs. Vanderbilt’s digs click here.

To see what has happened to Mrs. Vanderbilt’s manse (666 Fifth Avenue) click here.

Miss Heather

*There are no sidewalks to speak of on Monitor between Greenpoint Avenue and Norman Avenue. Just a bunch of pot holes and a bunch of parked/idling cars mostly. Northside Car Service seems to be particularly fond of parking/hanging out on the “sidewalk” in this area.

Blissville Photos du Jour: Autumn on 31st Place

November 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City 






Taken November 3, 2009.

Miss Heather

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