Stuff The Makes Me Happy: This!

March 17, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


As filched screengrabbed from Greenpoint’s very own Word Books’s web site. Simply put: I think this is awesome. Let’s show our community’s littlest aspiring artists some love, Greenpointers!

Story Love: Volunteer Night
Word Books
April 3, 2013 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $5.00
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Oh yeah: you can learn more about The Story Pirates by clicking here.

Props go out to Briana Campbell for getting this on my radar!

TOMORROW: “The Astral” At Word Books!

June 13, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Tomorrow starting at 7:00 p.m. our very own Word Books will be celebrating the launch of Ms.  Christensen’s tome about one of Greenpoint’s more colorful edifices: the Astral! Not only will she read passages for everyone’s entertainment but my buddy Kevin Walsh of Forgotten-NY will be giving a ten minute presentation about the Garden Spot. Check it out!

Astral Launch Party
June 14, 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Something Neat: Past Objects

As some of you might recall a woman stated at last week’s 94th Precinct Community Council meeting (in regards to the proposed homeless shelter at 400 McGuinness Boulevard) that “Greenpoint has been dumped on for years”. What she probably didn’t realize at the time is in how very correct she was. In fact, it could be argued that Greenpoint is, quite literally, a dump: much of what we know as Garden Spot today is landfill. Landfill = someone else’s trash.

I was reminded about this when I perused through the above book: Past Objects. What is this tome, you ask? I will tell you: it is a rather lavish photo journal/diary of objects found by amateur archeologist Scott Jordan while excavating various sites around our fair city. This includes a formidable number of finds from the Garbage, um, Garden Spot (and yes, Williamsburg)! If you like “stuff” and New York City history (and I do) you may very well enjoy this book. Follows are a few shots to give you an idea of what you can expect.

Old Shoes

The old metal horse was found in Greenpoint!

These Revolutionary War era items were found in Manhattan.

And lots and lots of bottles.

All in all I really enjoyed this book— I am not just saying this because I got it for free from the publisher (I did). It should also be noted that the first copy I was mailed was stolen— and not returned (Yes, this has happened). So obviously somebody else in the Garden Spot likes it as well Those of you who are interested in perusing this book will be pleased to know I have spoken to Jen over at our very own Word Books and she has placed an order for two! They should arrive next Wednesday.

Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
(718) 383-0096

Miss Heather

P.S.: I also have word she will also be ordering copies of this! Go ahead and click— you know you want to. Here’s a hint!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Bookavore

November 28, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Emily Raw (who took the above photograph)) writes:

Stephanie Anderson is the manager of WORD, the ultimate local bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her blog/Twitter handle is “bookavore” so for her portrait we made it literal. The set & skirt I built from her discard piles of publisher’s proofs.

Great shot!

Miss Heather


July 30, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Many of the people reading this are probably aware that yours truly loves to read. In fact, it has become a bit of a problem: my house is overflowing with books! I am also a big fan of anything that benefits our local library. For these reasons (and more) I feel compelled to pass along that tomorrow, July 31st, Word Books will be having a book swap! Here’s the 411 per their web site:

Hey, we know you have too many books. It’s a common problem around these parts. But you still want more books. Because books are fantastic. And also you love libraries. Whatever can you do?

You can attend our first-ever book swap this Saturday, 7/31, from noon to 4pm!

As part of the Greenpoint Business Association’s Last Saturdays of Summer promotion, we’ll be hosting a book swap outside (if weather permits; if not, we’ll take it into our basement). Here’s the deal:

  • Bring up to five books
  • Take up to five books
  • Leave a suggested donation of $1 per book

All donated money will go directly to the Greenpoint Public Library, the better to help them when the re-open after their renovations are complete.

So spread the word! Especially amongst your friends with great book collections. If this one goes well, we will definitely have more in the future.

Book Swap
July 31, 2010 Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Two Fundraisers For Furkids

Both of these items come courtesy of the New York Shitty inbox.

First up, Empty Cages Collective will be having a rummage sale at The Gutter this upcoming Saturday, June 12, starting at 10:00 a.m. You buy, they thrive. Nothing more need be said!

Kickass Rummage Sale
June 12, 2010 starting at 10:00 a.m.
The Gutter
200 North 14 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

This next (and last) item comes courtesy of Jay Lombard of Dog Habitat. He writes:

Dog Habitat Rescue is so proud to join with 31 other animal charities nationwide to help launch New York Times bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron’s book  A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans. Because of the generosity of legendary independent booksellers all over the USA like our very own Word, each of these 31 charities will be getting a full 10% of the cover price for this book which is expected to be a big best seller, and is getting rave reviews from critics and animal advocates everywhere.  Just in this past week, these are the reviews that have come in.

“I loved this book and could not put it down.” –Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author Animals Make Us Human

“Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays With Morrie” –Kirkus Reviews

As great as the book is, we at Dog Habitat Rescue are even more proud to join with so many amazing animal advocates in this unique nationwide fundraiser.  Among us people training guide and companion dogs, caring for retired K9 officers (yes, the dogs are called officers!) rescuing abandoned and abused animals, providing essential spaying and neutering services, helping financially troubled families obtain pet food in these tough times, providing pet bereavement counseling, and much more.

We hope that you will consider pre-ordering this book today to benefit Dog Habitat Rescue, which you can so easily do by phone (718-383-0096) or by using the store’s web site or, of course, by visiting the independent bookseller at:

Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Remember, this offer only lasts until July 1, when the book goes on sale everywhere.  Since world famous animal advocate Dr. Temple Grandin loved this book, and could not put it down, we’re guessing that you will love it too.  If you order today, you can also help us do our work, for no extra cost to you.

It’s a great book, from a great bookstore, for a great cause.  We’re proud to be part of it.

So there have you: two great ways to help our furry friends while keeping it “local”!

Miss Heather

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: TNR Workshop

Anyone who has read this site for any appreciable period of time knows that I have a fondness for cats. Conversely, a significant amount of my readership are animal lovers of one stripe or another. One question I am often asked about the stray cat problem in Greenpoint (and beyond) is:

How can I help?

The following is a start.

On Saturday, May 8, starting at noon Greenpoint’s own Word Books will be hosting a Trap Neuter and Return Workshop. Among the numerous topics to be covered are:

  • How to handle and trap feral cats
  • Arranging veterinary care
  • How to set up and maintain a feral cat colony
  • Raising awareness about the various resources available to you in creating and maintaining a feral cat colony

Upon completing this workshop attendees will be TNR certified and as such will have access to low cost spay and neutering services, traps and equipment. If you are concerned about feline overpopulation in your community and to do something about it I strongly advise you attend this work shop. You can register for this via email at: lois (at) nycferalcat (dot) org (be sure to indicate Brooklyn TNR Workshop in the subject line) or telephone at (212) 662 – 5761.

TNR Workshop
May 8, 2010 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!
Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

For more information about TNR click here to be directed to Neighborhood Catss web site.

Miss Heather

Nifty Consumer Item of The Day: Subway (He)art

February 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: New York City, Subway 

When I saw this delightfully frivolous and fun item— a heart-shaped map of the New York City subway system— on the Subway Art Blog* yesterday it was love at first sight. So you can imagine my disappointment when I learned it is not available in the United States… yet. Today I was informed by the owner of Greenpoint’s very own Word Books (who saw them at the recent gift show at the Javits Center) that she will be selling them once they get a U.S. distributor. I can hardly wait!

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Zero Per Zero via Subway Art Blog

*Which is really nifty. I highly recommend you check it out.

TOMORROW: Black Friday Sale At Dalaga & More!

November 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do on “Black Friday” is go to Manhattan. I would not go so far as to I am anti-social. I’m not. I like people. I just don’t like being around so damned many of them feverishly fighting over discounted goods. I get enough of that on the job. What’s more, there is no need to go to Manhattan when there are so many great places to buy gifts right here in Greenpoint. CASE IN POINT:


I have the pleasure of calling co-proprietors of this business neighbors. They’re not only great folks but their offerings are quite lovely and reasonably priced. Check it out!

November 27, 2009; 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.
150 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

While you’re on Franklin be sure to pay a visit to the many wonderful businesses located there. To name a few: Tommy and Roy, my favorite Alter boys; Word Books, Pentatonic Music, Permanent Records and Kill Devil Hill. Be sure not to overlook Manhattan Avenue while you’re at it. Franklin Street does not great Greenpoint holiday shopping in its entirety make.

Do your part to help the Garden Spot’s indie/mom and pop businesses thrive: buy local this holiday season!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Essays Wanted

November 2, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


I got word about this today from Greenpoint’s very own Word Books. What is your favorite neighborhood in New York Shitty? Tell the peeps at Word in 1000 words or less and you might win a free autographed copy of State By State and a chance to share your ‘nabe love with fellow Brooklynites!

Miss Heather

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