From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: Junot Diaz and Principal Santana

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

Junot Diaz and Principal Santana: Greenpoint Brooklyn

Ordinarily I refrain from posting more than one photo from a member of my photo pool in a single day. However, given that this hails from our very own Automotive High School I am making an exception. Chris Arnade (who took the above photograph) writes:

The writer Junot Diaz read from his book and did a great Q&A at a fund raiser for the Frances Perkins Academy, run by his old friend (and now Principal) Dr. Santana.

I was lucky enough to get this picture; two amazing people devoted to helping kids navigate a tough period.

This is a wonderful portrait of two very good friends. Great job, Chris!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Go Pistons!

Although I had to work today I simply had to swing by and see the Pistons play at their (ostensible) “home field”: McCarren Park. From what little I saw (30 minutes) it was an action-packed game. But before I proceed to the following (mini) slide show I feel compelled to make a couple of disclosures:

  1. I am not really into football. It is not my thing. But that wasn’t the point of the exercise. Rather, I enjoyed seeing these kids having fun and (along with some of my fellow Garden Spotters— and I suspect a few Williamsburgers) wanted to give them a little Greenpoint spirit! On a related note methinks the 7-8 of New York’s Finest stationed around the field had some fun as well.
  2. I am not a very good “sports” photographer by virtue of the previous point. Once again: I am not a “sports” person. At least regarding not the ones which do not involve drinking beer (READ: bowling and pool).

Without further ado, here it is. Enjoy!

As always you can view this slide show in larger format by clicking here. Otherwise you can see a full roster and schedule (!) for the Pistons 2010 season by clicking here.

Go Pistons!

Miss Heather

Vollies Needed At AutoGarden

Ever had something you have been meaning to get around to be keep forgetting to do? This post will (hopefully) address one of the the items that has long been on my “to do” list but has,  gotten lost in the shuffle— repeatedly. If you like what you have just seen please volunteer at this wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Let’s work together to help this much needed bit of greenery going in the Garden Spot of the Universe!

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Automotive High School Isn’t McCarren Park’s “Home Team”

When I read this article by the inimitable Aaron Short I became furious. Not only do I find the fact these youths have to travel one mile (and purchase their own Metrocards) for the pleasure of playing football when there’s a field across the street utterly ludicrous, but I cannot shake the nagging suspicion that race— or at least class— has something to do with this. These suspicions are not in the least bit assuaged when I read a quote like this, which comes from a Department of Education Spokesperson:

It creates too many obstacles and we don’t want to have any kind of furious accidents there.

Perhaps Ms. Feinberg would be kind enough to explain to me exactly what constitutes a “furious accident”? God only knows I have seen my fair share (and then some) of unsavory activity at McCarren Park. I fail to see how a high school football game could possibly make the situation any worse. If anything watching these games would, in all probability, be a source of enjoyment for many in our community. But of course, youth football games do not make money. Which brings me to the Parks Department’s rationalization for this farce:

…A Parks Department spokesman added that the athletic league’s rules state that the games must be played in places that are not open to the public. Four years ago, the Parks Department actually issued permits for two Pistons games in McCarren Park, but the city reversed course, citing security concerns…

Yet, these very same people have no problem whatsoever taking much-needed playground space (READ: Barge Park) to throw carpet-bagging fund raisers. Events, which I can assure you, are of negligible interest to the people who use said park(s). Here’s the deal:

In the 10+ years I have lived here I have seen nothing but good things happening at the Automotive High School. It has come a long way. The Automotive High School’s students have treated me with nothing but respect. When they have bumped into me on Bedford Avenue (as excited gaggles of teenagers often do after school— we are talking about kids, after all) they have always said “excuse me”. This cannot be said of many folk who populate Bedford Avenue nowadays. Why is it so difficult for this city to— instead of blame-tossing— afford these youths a little respect and consideration? They deserve it. In closing here are a few vintage shots of football at McCarren Park.

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: The image at the beginning of this post was taken by Aaron Short.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Rock & Grow High School

June 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

(Or, Looking Good In The Neighborhood!)

I’ve noticed a number of changes at Greenpoint’s very own Automotive High School over the years. First there were musicals (Guys & Dolls). Last year they started a garden. That was pretty cool— but it is nothing in comparison to what they have created this year!

Raised beds with every imaginable herb, fruit and vegetable imaginable. Pumpkins, tomatoes, sage; you name it!

What I particularly adored was the furniture these youths created to accompany this much-needed (re)greening of Greenpoint. The above bench reads: AUTOHS.

And a rocker fit for a queen.

Or perhaps a king? In any case I cannot do justice to what this creation. See it for yourself!

Automotive High School Garden
50 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: In Bloom At The Automotive High School


From Bedford Avenue.

Miss Heather

TONIGHT: Concert For A Cause

April 30, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Tonight our very own Automotive High School will be hosting a fundraiser to raise money for their upcoming production of Guys And Dolls. Not only will the $10.00 price of admission buy you an evening of musical entertainment, but you will also have a chance to win prizes from such local businesses as The Bee Hive, Teddy’s, and much, much more. Check it out!

April 28, 2009 (that’s today!), doors open at 7:00 p.m. the show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Automotive High School Auditorium
50 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

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