Astoria Photo Du Jour: Are You Experienced?

September 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11106, Astoria, Astoria Queens 

Where do you start with this? Yes, it is pretty sexist for starters. But quite frankly yours truly is plenty content to chuckle at this establishment’s rather odd (or perhaps spot on?) ad copy. If you are an “experienced girl” who would like to make juice for pay get your resume and/or CV in order and head down to Y & Y Green. Oh yeah: don’t tell them Miss Heather sent you!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Collect All Ten!

September 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11110, Astoria, Astoria Queens 

After work I knocked around Astoria a bit with my buddy carnade. That is where we found this, one of the most fascinating “gumball” machines I have encountered in a very, VERY long time. There’s no indication who patron saint #10 is. I’m guessing he (or she) is a special prize. Yours truly tried her luck and got St. Christopher. Carnade got St. Francis. We made a trade and are very pleased with our mutual 50 cent investments!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Triborough

September 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11102, Astoria, Astoria Queens 

Astoria 1

Taken by jeffcl612.

Miss Heather

Quicklink: Pistilli’s House Of Horrors

July 28, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, 11222, Astoria, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I was recently contacted by a reporter from the New York Daily News. She was interested in writing a story about Pistilli Realty (which as some of you know own and manage the Astral Apartments). As some of you can probably imagine, I had a few things to say about them. Regrettably they did not make it to print. However, this story is definitely worth a read. Check it out!

Miss Heather

Quicklink: The Truth About Pistilli Riverview East

June 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: Astoria, Queens 

(Or: keep your expectations low & you’ll always be satisfied)

This site was brought to my attention via the New York Shitty inbox and courtesy of someone who calls himself (or herself) “Pistilli’s Least Favorite Tenant”. What can you expect from TTAPRE, you ask? Well, the “About” page pretty much says it all:

I moved into Pistilli Riverview East in Astoria on October 20, 2009. My apartment began leaking four days later on October 24, 2009. My apartment still leaks to this day. My landlord, Parkview Building Associates, LLC. is operated by Pistilli Realty. The way they manage this building is despicable and unacceptable. I’m not griping about cheap appliances or cabinetry. Those things are what they are and I willingly and knowingly entered into my lease having seen the cheap appliances and cabinetry. I did not knowingly and willingly enter into my lease to live in an apartment that constantly and persistently leaks and is covered in toxic black mold.

At a mere two posts long this blog sports moldering and disintegrating ceilings (as seen at left), some kind brown ooze gracing the window sills of the laundry room and allegations that the doorman is refusing admittance to census workers. One can only imagine what will happen next. Check it out!

Miss Heather

Snapshots From Astoria

September 15, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11101, Astoria, Bum Shit, Dung of the Day, Other Shit, Queens 

Yesterday evening the Mister and I ventured to Astoria to support our buddy Kevin Walsh, who happens to have a show of his photography at the Greater Astoria Historical Society.  For those of you keeping count, this is the second day in a row we have ventured to the county of Queens. Anyhoo, it has been awhile I have been to my former stomping grounds (I lived in Astoria briefly during graduate school) so I brought along my camera and took a few photographs. Follow are some highlights. Enjoy!


What Elvira and Marilyn Monroe have to do with shoes I do not know. Regardless I found this display charming.


Change may have come to America but it’s still business as usual at this storefront. Despite his odious politics the man behind this missive is— believe it or not— a very nice guy. I have spoken to him.


I did a double take at this. Something else the greater Steinway Street and Broadway area sports are really cool old-school storefronts.


Like this…


and this.


A little ennui over pizza. And last— but hardly least—


my visit to Astoria taught me why I should never, EVER patronize a public pay phone again.



Miss Heather

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