From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Riders Alliance Happy Hour



This comes courtesy of one of this event’s MC’s/hosts: Karen Nieves. She writes:

Please join me on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 for a happy hour to support the Riders Alliance, a new grass-roots membership organization of subway and bus riders, working to improve public transit in New York.
The Riders Alliance is a new organization that’s on the ground, organizing transit riders into a political constituency—to stop the destructive cycle of fare hikes, service cuts and longer, more uncomfortable commutes for us and millions of other people who ride the buses and trains.
I am a member of the organization and have been involved in our campaign to improve the G train working for better service, more free transfers and better communication with riders.  I believe deeply in what we are setting out to do — to empower ordinary subway riders throughout New York to take leadership in improving the subway system.
Please RSVP that you’ll join us on May 14th at Red Star for drinks, snacks and a spirited discussion with Senior Organizer Rebecca Bailin about the Riders Alliance and our campaign to improve the G train.
Of course, we’ll ask you for support at the event, but there’s no charge to attend, and we’ll serve plenty of food and drink!
For more information RSVP here. 
Happy Hour to support the Riders Alliance
Tuesday, May 14th
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Red Star located on 37 Greenpoint Avenue (corner of West Street)
RSVP online today at!
 We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 14th!
So there you go!


REMINDER: Greenpoint Neighbors For Lincoln Restler!

May 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Just a quick reminder that this upcoming Thursday, May 17th, a rally to re-elect Lincoln Restler will come to pass right here in Greenpoint at Red Star Bar. Check it out!

Greenpoint Neighbors For Lincoln Restler
May 17, 2012 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Suggested Donation: (outlined above)
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Those interested in attending can RSVP by clicking here.

As Promised…

May 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Here are the details for Lincoln Rester’s rally right here in Greenpoint! (As gleaned from his Facebook event page):

Join Lincoln Restler for a neighborhood fundraiser in support of reelection campaign. Skip the line at the door and contribute in advance:

Lincoln Restler won an insurgent campaign for State Committee / District Leader in 2010. He has been a forceful and effective advocate for the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Greenpoint.

He is facing a tough reelection campaign against a challenger recruited by the Brooklyn Democratic machine. Please join us at a fundraiser in his honor at Red Star in Greenpoint.

Red Star
Thursday, May 17
37 Greenpoint Avenue at West Street

Suggested Contribution Levels: Supporter: $25, Friend: $50, Advocated: $100, Reformer: $250.

Please consider making an online contribution:

Thank you!

Be there!

TODAY: Hunter/Gatherer At Booklyn

July 9, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item hails from the New York Shitty inbox courtesy of a chap named Jason. He writes:

I have been putting together some new pieces over the past few months and this show is the perfect opportunity for you to check them out! They will look something like this. It will also be a great chance to catch up and drink some beer…

I’m really excited to be showing with this group in this space, it would be lovely to see you there on Saturday night!

You can get the full run-down on this event by clicking here.

Hunter/Gatherer Opening Reception
July 9, 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m.
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Those of you who have not seen the really nifty place/space that is Booklyn really should take this opportunity to do so!

Miss Heather


From The New York Shitty Inbox: Green Sweep Greenpoint

June 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of my buddy (proprietor of Red Star Bar and Greenpoint Business Alliance Co-Chair) Eric Hall. He writes:

This is the flyer for this Sunday’s “Green Sweep” , neighborhood clean up.  If you could show us some love and post it on your blog, it would be much appreciated.

Gladly done! Those of you who would rather Greenpoint be the Garden Spot instead of the Garbage Spot mark your calendars, roll up your sleeves and be ready to get dirty for a good cause. Hey, you’ll even get a free lunch out of the deal!

Green Sweep Greenpoint
June 5, 2011 starting at 9:00 a.m.
Meet at Red Star Bar
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: An Incident At West Street & Greenpoint Avenue

A person we’ll call “A” writes:

Figured you might find this story amusing, useful or be totally pissed like I was!

I was enjoying some refreshments at one of my neighborhood faves, Red Star, Monday night when my alcoholic interlude was interrupted by a voice blasting over a loud speaker in the street “Move these cars or we will move them for you”.  Everyone in the bar had the same puzzled look on their faces.  Again we here this voice “Anyone on West Street move your car or lose it”.

It sounded like the cops, so a bunch of us went outside to see what was going on.  Much to our surprise, not cops but trucks with a fleet of WIDE LOAD cars, complete with yellow sirens and obviously a PA system.  There were three MAASIVE trucks with crane equipment on them trying to make the turn from Greenpoint Avenue on to West Street.

A bunch of guys started yelling to the people who had come out of the bar “You can’t park on this street! If these cars belong to you, move them or we’re going to hit them!”

We were all shocked.  #1 There were no signs saying that parking on the street wasn’t allowed. #2 It was 12:30am at night and these guys were yelling through a PA system. #3 The few people from the bar who went to move their cars were told to “Hurry the fuck up” #4 While all this was going on, one guy was cutting down the street signs on West Street with some kind of a saw!

Most of the cars were moved but 2 remained.  One of the guys with the trucking company came into the bar and started yelling “Move your fucking cars! We can’t get the trucks by!”

Eric, the owner, happened to come down to see what all the ruckus was about.  And walked right into this guy yelling.  I don’t know if you know Eric or not?  He’s a really cool dude, totally a Brooklyn kid and that being said, not the type of guy I’d want to be yelling at.

“Can I ask why you’re in here yelling at my customers?” Eric asked the guy.  “Who the fuck are you?”  the neanderthal replied.  “I’m the guy that’s going to drag you the fuck out of here by your ankles if you keep yelling at my customers.  And why are you screaming profanity through a mega phone at 1am.  People live on this block.”  Eric fired back while getting right in the truck drivers face.  “We’re from Bay Crane and we’re doing a big job.  We don’t have time for this shit, tell these assholes to move their cars.”  says the truck driver.

This was a classic Brooklyn style stare down!  It was actually kind of amusing.  Eric was about two inches from the truck drivers face and just calmly replied “So your business is more important than mine?  Your business is more important than my neighbors quality of life?.  Do me a favor?  Leave now!  Or shall I show you the door?” The truck driver just turned and walked out. Everyone in the bar started clapping!

What transpired next was just truly amazing to me! There were two cars left parked on the street.  Everyone else had moved. These guys from the trucking company then started to pry the car doors open with some sort of a lock picking device.  In the process they cracked one of the cars windows!  Once they got the car doors open, they put them in neutral and pushed them down the street!  UNREAL!  Like they owned the streets!

A group of us were outside watching this entire shit show transpire.  The trucks then proceeded to make the turn onto West Street.  These MASSIVE vehicles, had to drive up on to thesidewalk to make the turn.  You could hear the sidewalks cracking under the weight of the trucks.

I filmed most of it on my Iphone, but unfortunately it was way too dark and the video is pretty much black.

Sometime during the caravan of trucks passing, Eric came outside.  A guy who appeared to be in charge, came over and started asking him if the security cameras outside Red Star work.  “Of course they work and they’re filming everything you’re doing!”  The man in charge seemed more than a little irritated.  “You guys are really
unbelievable.  You broke the sidewalks, cut down the street signs and broke into these people cars! What gives you the right to do that?”  Eric asked the man.  “I’m with Bay Crane.  We have insurance, we can do whatever we want. Fuck off!”  was the reply. I really thought the guy was going to get punched in the face at that point, but Eric just pointed to the cameras and went back inside the bar.

After the trucks passed, these guys pushed the cars back.  One was left halfway on the sidewalk and the other was left with the broken window.  They obviously broke the locks on the other car because I could hear one guy saying “These locks won’t lock”  The reply he got from the guy in charge was “Who gives a fuck. Too bad for him. Leave it and let’s go”  and they jumped in their cars and sped off down West Street.

I really couldn’t believe what I saw.  Who do these guys think they are?  Yelling and screaming in the street at 1am.  Destroying city property. Breaking into and destroying private property and just being generally rude and disrespectful of anyone and everyone who wasn’t in their group.

The cops even came by, talked to these guys for a minute or two and then just left! AMAZING!

I walked by the scene of the crime this morning and the street signs are just laying on the side of the street, the sidewalk is cracked and there is broken auto glass in the street.  This really makes me sick.  How can these guys do this and just get away with it?  Now our tax dollars have to go to fix the signs and sidewalks? We can’t keep schools open but we should have to pay for a mess created by Bay Crane?  And how bout the people who’s property was damaged?  I guess they’re just screwed too?

I’m really pissed that I don’t have video for you!  But I did manage to get the names off the sides of the trucks.

Omnisource Transport, LLC
1610 N. Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana (IN) 46808

Gary’s Flag Car

I have a confession to make: this is one of the most unbelievable missives ever to make its way to my inbox. So much so I reached out to Eric of Red Star to get his take. Guess what? He corroborated it! He writes:


It seems the young lady has her facts correct!

This isn’t an isolated incident with these trucking companies.  It’s been going on for years. I’ve seen them hit cars, rip mirrors off,  use their trucks to push cars down the block/up on to the sidewalk, rip street signs down, crash into the light poles/telephone poles and tie up all traffic on both streets for an hour at a time.

Three years ago on Super Bowl Sunday a metal skid fell off one of the trucks and ripped the entire top of a BMW off.  The drivers don’t even stop!  They keep right on going!

One of these days they’ll eventually kill someone!  Seriously!  They drive way too fast down Greenpoint Ave., never stop at the stop sign and if they cause any damage…’s your problem not theirs!

I’ve had my basement doors broken twice by trucks driving on the sidewalk ($450 each time to replace).  I had to install a concrete pillar on the sidewalk to prevent it. (another $300 project)

If the trucks can’t make the corner because of parked cars, they just lean on their horn, no matter what time of day or night.  Sometimes it will go on for 30 or 40 mins at a time.

Sometimes they come into the bar yelling and screaming about cars parked on West Street. They’re not even polite about it.  They act as if people have no right to use the street for parking.

They’ll leave the truck idling all night in front of peoples houses. Horn honking. Loudspeakers. CB’s ….basically whatever the fuck they feel like doing.

Most of the trucks are from out of state, so I assume the drivers are too.  So they obviously could care less.

I’ve tried talking to them.  Called 311. Called DOT.  And all my neighbors have done the same.  Nobody seems to give a fuck  If you call the cops….the trucks are usually long gone before they get here. .

The only guy who really makes an effort to be considerate is Frank from Sky Lift across the street, at the end of Greenpoint Ave. He’s a really good guy and really goes out of his way to be courteous, safe and considerate.

Anyone headed down to the lots at the end of West, towards Eagle….doesn’t give two shits.

It really is infuriating to be honest.

Eric goes on to clarify:

The only thing I’m not too sure about is the young lady’s reference to Bay Crane.  None of the trucks, that I saw said Bay Crane on them.  Omni Source and Gary’s Flag yes……

He also assured me that the signs which were cut down are still there. They were tossed behind a fence. I have been promised photographs of this hilarity and will post it here upon receipt. without further ado, here they are along with some commentary from Eric (the chap who took them)!

Here’s one of the street signs they cut down.  The other was tossed over the fence into the empty lot.  Couldn’t get a pic of that one.

Here’s a pic of the concrete pillar I had to install by my basement doors to prevent trucks from driving over them.  If you notice they also cracked the sidewalk.  I’m sure I’ll end up being the one who gets ticketed for the placement of the pole….go figure huh?

In closing, I have reached out to our Community Board 1 Transportation whiz, Karen Nieves, in the hopes she can give us some guidance as to how to approach this clusterfuck. Methinks I will contact Deputy Inspector Hurson of the 94th Precinct as well.

Here’s the deal: Greenpoint’s waterfront is slowly— but surely— becoming more and more residential. Nonetheless, we still have a great deal of working waterfront and consequently more than our fair share of truck traffic. The operators of the latter motor vehicles need to become cognizant of their new neighbors and adjust their behavior accordingly. I honestly do not know what else to say about this other than I am appalled.

Miss Heather

P.S.: And to think the Department of Transportation last week proposed a complete overhaul of West Street!


THIS WEEK: Vollies Needed For Green Sweep Greenpoint

May 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of the Greenpoint Business Alliance (of which, it should be noted, yours truly is a member!). We all know parts of the Garden Spot which are (sorely) in need of some sprucing up. Yours truly finds Dupont Street west of Franklin Street to be particularly offensive. If this kind of thing bothers you, gentle readers, as much as it does me and you want to lend a hand why not check out this meeting at the Red Star Bar? You can also volunteer via the email address listed on the above flier. Let’s make this happen!

Information Session Regarding Green Sweep Greenpoint
Wednesday, May 18, 2001 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Red Star Bar
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Live From Last Night’s Meeting Regarding The Brooklyn Night Bazaar

March 29, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Yours truly did not being along her FlipCam to last night’s meeting. In the clarity of hindsight this was a mistake: this meeting lasted approximately two hours. However, a great deal of the people who spoke made points that were rather redundant. The general sentiments of the attendees essentially boiled down to two statements:

  1. I do not want this in my back yard.
  2. The organizer of this event is a liar.

I care not to attest to the veracity of the latter statement. I am merely reporting what appeared to be the sentiments of the people present. In any case the co-chairs of the Greenpoint Business Alliance did a wonderful job keeping last night’s public forum civilized. There was no profanity of any kind to be heard. One citizen seemed to have had problems comprehending points #3 and #4; he was shouted down. Without further ado follows is some footage I shot from last night’s proceedings. Pay particular attention to the revised “plan” for this event. Enjoy!

It was at this point my camera ran out of memory! Nonetheless here’s New York Shitty analysis/a VERY brief synopsis of what followed:

  1. I find the prospect of 27 West Street being sublet during the week for events troublesome.
  2. I find the Open Space Alliance’s opposition to this event intriguing. As an entity which outlays a substantial amount of its resources on conducting concerts in our public parks, one would presume they would be behind this endeavor. This is not the case. This would lead one to wonder if the prospect of having “competition” in this arena (remember: they do more or less have a monopoly on such events hereabouts) is the real matter at hand. A fellow attendee, the fabulous Tommy of Alter did in a manner of speaking bring this to the table. The answer he received was at best evasive. He was told, among other things that concerts should be held in one place. That one place was, by implication, East River State Park. I want you to think about this and what happened to JellyNYC for a moment.*
  3. A handful of people present pressed the Greenpoint Business Alliance to take a position on this bazaar. It was emphasized by the co-chairs that this event places them in a rather difficult position: while some businesses may possibly benefit from the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, others may not.
  4. Building upon point #4, Eric of the Red Star Bar brought up a very prescient point: is the lack of local involvement in terms of organizing said Bazaar an issue? Methinks it most assuredly is. As he plainly stated local businesses are stake-holders in the community and as such have to be very cognizant about being good neighbors. Someone who is operating an event here for four months does not.
  5. The plans for this bazaar seem to be changing on a daily basis and this makes it difficult to draw any reasonable, informed conclusion.
  6. Arguably the highlight of the evening was when the inimitable Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church spoke. She not only admonished her fellow Greenpointers to refrain from further in-fighting and other UN-neighborly behavior but reminded us to be thankful for the the G train; if it has service interruptions of the summer this will cut down on the attendance of this bazaar significantly!

Regardless of where you may stand on this issue, I think we can all agree that it is great that the folks of the Greenpoint Business Alliance were thoughtful enough to organize last night’s hearing for the general public. Thanks guys/gals!

Miss Heather

*Here’s an intriguing two cents regarding OSA’s opposition to this bazaar I received from an anonymous tipster:

osa opposition to this bazaar … could it have something to do with one of their board members is the co-owner of artists and fleas … was osa opposed to brooklyn flea heading over to the edge?   this really seems wrong on osa’s part as the fundraising arm for north brooklyn parks.   they supported the bring the night event.   it is an interesting choice for them and full conflict of interest.

Tonight: Greenpoint Business Alliance Holiday Cocktail Party

January 27, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

At the last Community Council meeting I had the pleasure of meeting the proprietor of the Red Star Bar. He was a very nice chap and brought the above item to my attention. Not only do I think it is great that members of our business community have banded together to discuss and address issues in our fair burgh, but who can argue with a two hour open bar? This IS Greenpoint we’re talking about after all!

Greenpoint Business Alliance Holiday Cocktail Party
January 27, 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Red Star Bar
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

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