From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Message From Con Ed


NEW YORK – Con Edison is urging all customers in the neighborhoods of Greepoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on the area electrical cables can be resolved.

There are no outages in the area at this time and this conservation request is precautionary designed to take pressure off the electrical system in these neighborhoods, while crews are repairing equipment.

The affected area includes approximately 90,000 customers, and is bounded by Newtown Creek on the north, Graham and Throop Avenues on the east, Fulton and Pacific Streets on the south, and the East River on the west.

Company crews are working to repair the problem.  Con Edison has asked customers in these neighborhoods not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the cable equipment problems are resolved.

The cable equipment problems in the above mentioned neighborhoods have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system.  Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants.  The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

Con Edison urges customers to call 1-800-75-CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.  Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems, as well as view service restoration information online at, and on their cell phones and PDAs.

A number of people have brought this missive to my attention. Among them is a woman named Donna who writes:

Have you received a message from Con Ed about difficulties with the power in our area?… It says due to unusually high consumption shut off all non essential items, including Air Conditioners!!!….(and computers!!)

My lights are all very dim and my fan is barely working. ( the AC just stopped, I thought it broke)… This happened last summer. My sister said she read somewhere that the population of Greenpoint has increased somewhere in the 22,000 people range or some other riduculously large number. Why do they keep cramming more people here and completely ignoring the infrastructure…. The entire Eastern grid going down during the last blackout should have opened up a few eyes don’t you think??…. Not to mention when it rains heavily, the shit tits can’t process all the overflow…. And don’t get me started on the reduced public transportation. More people than ever here and less / shorter trains , reduced service and some lines cut out completely!!!!! . New York City is really falling apart….
But, they just keep building luxury condos!!! …. AAAAAARGH!!
Donna has a point. I had never thought about it before but the areas effected ARE where a lot of high density developments have been built.  Not only has the lack of proper preparation created nightmarish commutes in he communities in question but it may very be pushing our electrical grid to brink as well. This is municipal planning at its very finest folks. Or will at least give someone who paid $500,000 – $1,000,000 for a condo something to think about if/when there’s a black out.
Miss Heather

Bed-Stuy Photos Du Jour: Jellyfish

June 16, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn 

When I saw this delightful mural (which graces a school on Nostrand Avenue) I simply couldn’t resist posting it here. Two words: love it!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Smile!

June 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn 

Yesterday I commented to my husband that some incredibly talented people have joined my photo pool of late. He agreed. In fact, I’m finding it very difficult to choose among all the great images I am seeing! For this reason I am going with this image from carnade to kick off the day. Why, you ask? Because who can resist smiling back at this beautiful face? Love it!

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: The Brooklyn Shillfest, Part II

June 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Park Slope 

Remember the quicklink I posted earlier? Well, Atlantic Yards Report has gotten to the bottom of this web of intrigue courtesy of an anonymous tipster. How much does Absolut think infotising on Brooklyn blogs is worth? Apparently a Flipcam among other things. Read it and weep.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, June 9, 2010: Norman Oder, the author of Atlantic Yards Report has posited some very interesting questions to Ms. Crawford, Cityroom’s choice of “expert blogger” you can read them by clicking here. In addition Brownstoner has written an excellent Op Ed about the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Absolut Blogfest Shillfest. You can read it by clicking here.

P.S.: By the way, the FTC (fairly) recently ruled that bloggers are to disclose the freebies they receive. You can get the full 411 courtesy of Wired by clicking here.

Quicklink: Shillfest? Absolutly!

June 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11205, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill 

This item comes courtesy of Atlantic Yards Report. Speaking as someone who has:

1. received the press release about Absolut’s generous donation of $50,000 to Habitat For Humanity (which is chump change, I can assure you) and 2. lives in a community which rates among the city’s highest for alcoholism I found their critique of this company’s cynical exploitation of the sad state of affordable housing in north Brooklyn— and the Brooklyn blogosphere in general— rather compelling. You can read AYR’s tome by clicking here.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Bedbug Blues

This item comes from a Brooklynite who, for reasons you can understand would like to remain anonymous. He/she writes:

Hi Miss Heather,

We’re having a problem: we were exposed to bed bugs on a recent trip and despite doing everything in our power to avoid bringing them home, we’re concerned that we did nonetheless.

Since then I’ve been scratching non-existent welts and searching the web for information on how to eradicate them in case we do discover them.  Problem is: we have pets.  Do you know of anyone who successfully used an extermination service that was safe for animals?  Any information would be enormously appreciated.


Psychosomatically itchy

As it would happen I do know someone who has pets and has successfully fought the battle against these vermin from hell. We’ll call her J. I asked her for her take. Here it is:

Dear PI

If you did everything in your power to not bring the bugs home, then you can relax.  From personal experience and from talking to others in these situations, it is really common to get itchy due to anxiety.  Some of us even get anxiety-induced hives and that makes us even more anxious because it brings up the question—OMG, what if they’re bites?  The best thing you can do right now is relax.

However, to answer the question—my animals were FINE.  These are the guidelines I would recommend:

  • Natural remedies don’t’ work.  Don’t even bother researching neem or lavender.  If there were a natural remedy that really worked, it would be easy to get and well advertised.
  • Steaming is a lot of work and doesn’t get bugs that hide in the walls, so steaming the mattress once a week will help but it won’t take care of the whole problem.  If you get bugs, you WILL need to use chemicals.
  • Don’t hire a pco who wants to spray your entire floor boards.  It doesn’t work anyway, and you and your pets will be exposed to unnecessary chemicals.
  • Phantom is the chemical of choice these days.  The PCO should spray it around the baseboards and maybe on the walls where they meet the ceiling.
  • Your animals will need to be boarded during the treatment for usually about 5 hours, but ask your PCO what they think.
  • I was instructed to mop up any excess before bringing the animals back in.
  • My cat, upon returning from the catsitter’s, immediately ran and hid—right on top of a poison-treated area.  For hours.  And he was fine.  No illness whatsoever.  Not even any skin or eye irritation.
  • I used UMG Pest Control and they were very good.  I didn’t let them spray my mattress.  I steamed it myself once a week and the chemicals did the rest.
  • Go to for more information about preparation, washing, bagging, etc.

I also, as my friend suggested, asked my buddy “nobugs” from Bedbugger for her take. Here it is:

Hi Heather,

Licensed pest control firms will know how to treat safely with pets in the home.  We have heard cases where people were asked to remove the pet for several hours or even a day during treatment.  Birds are especially sensitive.  But people with pets get traditional pest control all the time.  It’s important to discuss the treatment with the pest firm, and ask what is done differently due to the presence of pets, or whether they need to be out for a period of time.

If you get an idiot treating your home, there is some danger.  One woman lost her dear parakeets.  Cats are very sensitive to pyrethrins.

If someone is particularly worried about pesticides, some firms use a combination of steam and dusts.

A really effective and chemical-free treatment (and one of the only one-shot options) is thermal treatment.  It can be costly but in the long run can work out the same as a prolonged battle with traditional sprays.  Pets and humans have to leave for less than a day only because the temps go up to 140 F.

One caveat: in an apartment or other multi-unit building, getting treatment without telling the landlord/building manager may backfire if the pests have spread to others in the building.

Hope this helps!

I want to thank my buddy J and Nobugs for taking the time to tender advice to PI. If you have advice to share please do so via comments or send them to me via email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire. Thanks!

And if you’re reading this, PI, it is my sincerest hope you do not have to use the information contained in this post.

Miss Heather

Bed-Stuy Photo Du Jour: Elephant

May 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn 

From Stockton Street.

Miss Heather

Found On Vernon Avenue: “Piggy”

May 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn 

When I spied this critter while walking down Vernon Avenue recently I did a double-take. As I learned from the gentlemen hanging out at this community garden this is not at all an uncommon occurrence.

A lot of new people like you who are moving into the neighborhood are fooled by her at first.

Moses (the gentleman at right) said and then he told me I was welcome to come by and hang out at his garden whenever I felt like it. I thanked him for his gracious offer and inquired as to his sow’s name. “Piggy” was his reply.

I mulled this over for a moment and made a recommendation:

Perhaps you should put on a sign on the fence saying “WARNING: Premises patrolled by an attack pig”. Moses and his companion (who I learned was once my neighbor, he lived at Box Street and Manhattan Avenue eight years ago) gave this matter some thought and agreed that this might be worth pursuing.

I have promised Moses to bring a portrait of Piggy to him the next time I am in the neighborhood. If you happen to be around 119 Vernon Avenue why now say hi to Piggy, Moses and his pals? They’re really nice guys.

Miss Heather

Bed Stuy Photos Du Jour: Truck

May 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Street Art 

From Stockton Street.

Miss Heather

Now Open On Stockton Street: Flt Fxt

May 25, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Bed-Stuy, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn 

Screw Madison Avenue. This is the most inspired ad campaign I have seen in a long, long time.

Miss Heather

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