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

Introducing The Newtown Pentacle

waxmanLast night I had the damnedest time falling asleep. At 2:00 a.m. I found myself tossing and turning so I decided to get a glass of milk and poke around on the computer. I am glad I did because I came across a pingback from a new site called The Newtown Pentacle. Intrigued I checked it out. Although only a handful of posts strong I have to admit this site looks very promising. As for what it is about I’ll let the author, Mitch Waxman, do the talking (from his inaugural post dating from May 29, 2009):

The colonial era towns of Green Point, Brooklyn and the Queens towns of Astoria, Ravenswood, Hunter’s Point, Bowery Bay, and Middletown were called Newtown in Dutch and English times. In the early 19th century, the Queens villages combined to form Long Island City. The industrial center of the area was and still is Newtown Creek. The most polluted body of water on earth, this ancient inlet was once home to the Maspaetche Indians. Dutch Orchards and English farms gave way to Yankee rail and then Standard Oil as time went by. Today, its waters are a curious shade of copper green, and the largest oil spill in history gurgles back and forth through deep subterranean channels between Green Point and Long Island City.  The architecture of the place is disturbingly heterogeneous. A rough tumble of styles are represented in this area — 19th century wrought iron row houses predominate, but 18th century warehouses are still on active duty in some places. Near Hunter’s Point and in Old Astoria, Antebellum mansions abut hideous Le Corbusier-influenced modernism. To the south and the east can be found some of the most interesting stone work in New York City as one explores the cemetery belt along the Brooklyn and Queens border.
Three million New Yorkers lie in Calvary cemetery alone. In this, the Necropolis of New York City, the living population of Queens is outnumbered three to one.

After a health scare a couple of years ago, my doctors recommended a course of clean living and regimen of physical exercise as the best curative. An amateur antiquarian and connoisseur of odd information, I elected to use my prescriptive exertions as an opportunity to explore and record. I toured crumbling Long Island City, the tree lined lanes of Victorian Astoria, and rusty coastlines of foetid Newtown Creek. Headphones on, camera in hand. The journey has taken me to many odd and forgotten places, and led me to discover a fascinating group of people. Follow me on these long walks, I promise you’ll see something amazing.

The previous isn’t just a bunch of verbiage either: Mr. Waxman delivers. Do give this site a whirl. It’s fascinating.

Miss Heather

Photo Credit: Mitch Waxman

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