Greenpoint Street Seating Du Jour: Rode Hard & Put Away Wet

From 1059 Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Feels Like Spring!

March 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This cheery tableau (and one of the most ingenious uses of Bloomblight— in this case a derelict construction fence— yours truly has ever seen) hails from Metropolitan Avenue.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Photos Du Jour: Purves Street

Taken March 2, 2010.

Miss Heather

Southside Street Seating Du Jour: Detritus

February 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Street Furniture, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Dunham Place.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: All You Need Is Love

From 11 Orient Avenue, 11211.

Miss Heather

Daily Bloomblight: Thank You For Not Smoking

January 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Methinks maintaining a smoke-free environment is the least of this property’s (which is located at 164 West Street) problems.

Miss Heather

P.S.: The sun is out and it’s a balmy 46 degrees. I am going for a walk. More later.

Today’s Bit o’ Bloomblight: 11 Orient Avenue

January 6, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Today I woke up in a rotten mood. This is not necessarily unheard of this time of year; there’s something about the short days and long cold nights I find unsettling. Wishing to be alone, I decided to go for a walk. My logic for doing so was as follows: I would probably find an object for my anger. I did.

This is the sight which awaited me when I rounded the corner from Metropolitan Avenue onto Orient Avenue. The address is 11 Orient Avenue. For those of you who are wondering, here’s what this property looked like in May 2008.

While hardly easy on the eyes, it is better than the following.

A colossal pile of dirt and rubbish.

As it would happen I encountered a very kindly old lady walking by this delightful sight. I asked her what happened. She was unable to pinpoint an exact date, but told me it happened last week when the winds were particularly strong. The fence simply collapsed. As you can see, this lot is now open for any and all to exploit as they see fit. Currently it appears to be a garbage disposal area. I have little doubt it will be inhabited in the near future. Albeit not by tenants of a more affluent persuasion, who were undoubtedly was the demographic the developer and Robert Scarano, architect, had in mind when these plans were filed in 2007. So it goes.

I have written this before and I will write it again:

I strongly believe people respond to the environment around them. This is why I am a big fan of public art especially in our subway system. Gestures as grand as a mosaic or as simple as keeping public facilities neat and clean send a positive message. The vigilance (or this case, lack thereof) with which our municipal government enforces the laws put in place to preserve our, the citizenry’s, quality of life speaks volumes about their attitude as public servants.

This is unacceptable. No one should have to live with this.

Miss Heather

Audience Participation Time: Lipstick on a Pig

December 15, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

caution2THUMBI concluded the yesterday’s postage with a rather lengthy screed about derelict construction sites in Williamsburg and our city’s inability and/or unwillingness to police them. As you can probably deduce from said post, I have been stewing over this phenomenon for some time. I will not lie to you: it felt good to finally “get it out”. What’s more, I really enjoyed one of the comments left on the aforementioned post.

Xris of Flatbush Gardener writes:

It’s not a sidewalk, it’s a promenade.
It’s not graffito, it’s a fresco.
It’s not a vacant lot, it’s an atrium.
It’s not an abandoned foundation, it’s a sunken garden.

The real estate moguls just need to turn that thing around and put lipstick on that pig!

I have given Xris’s proposition considerable thought and have decided that we, the residents of north Brooklyn, should lend a hand in this sterling endeavor. Which brings me to this.

XXX

I found this “enhanced beverage” at North 12 Street between Bedford and Driggs Avenue yesterday afternoon. I find many such specimens in north Brooklyn— usually at failed construction sites. They are known in some circles as “trucker bombs”. Per the Urban Dictionary:

A plastic container (could be a milk jug or a water bottle) that a trucker pisses in while he is driving his truck. Then he throws it out of the window so that he does not have to stop to relieve the call of nature. Can also be a plastic bag and feces may be involved. “Don’t get hit with that trucker-bomb”

This terminology may suit middle-America but it simply too pedestrian for the upscale haven that is Williamsburg (which, it should be noted, has reduced truck traffic). A neighborhood where a one bedroom apartment can run you anywhere from $2,000 a month and up deserves better. So far the best re-branding I have come up with for this human by-product is “McCarren Kombucha”. Certainly a better name can be found. This is where you come in: can you think of a snappy new name for this urban artifact? If so, please leave it in the comments.

Thanks!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: The Unbearable Blightness of Being

December 14, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Culture War, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

As I mentioned previously, the online and offline zeitgeist in north Brooklyn— be it northside, southside or even Greenpoint was on decidedly on the surly side today. I have spent a great deal of my day patiently listening to people complain about one thing or another that pisses them off. Now it is my turn.

218 North 9 Street

unpoliced

I have no idea who inscribed this on the rapidly deteriorating construction fence which graces this site, but he or she hit the nail on the proverbial head. Follows are a few amenities you can find at this property located in the heart of fashionable Williamsburg.

garbage

Pockmarked sidewalks and garbage.

moregarbage

LOTS OF GARBAGE.

fence

As the previous photograph indicates, this open air loft has an open door fence policy. Any and all are welcome to come on over, sit a spell and hang their hat.

coat

Or in this case, a coat.

lot1

Who wouldn’t want a balcony looking at this?

lot2

Or this?

184 North 8 Street

anymore1214

I have written about this site on a number of occasions. They have since sealed off the garage door which had been pried open. With predictable results.

welcomemate

CANT STOP US WELCOME MATE

236 North 7 Street

north7

But Bloomblight isn’t just about derelict lots. Just take this, for example.

sidewalkshed

The above summons is for a defective sidewalk shed. Somehow the heap of garbage (which includes a suitcase) was overlooked.

And last, but hardly least…

north6

This failed attempt at public safety hails from North 6 Street just west of Wythe Avenue.

caution

caution2

caution3

Lest I have not made it clear already I strongly believe people respond to the environment around them. This is why I am a big fan of public art— especially in our subway system. Gestures as grand as a mosaic or as simple as keeping public facilities neat and clean send a positive message. The vigilance (or this case, lack thereof) with which our municipal government enforces the laws put in place to preserve our, the citizenry’s, quality of life speaks volumes about their attitude as public servants.

This is unacceptable. No one should have to live with this.

Miss Heather

P.S.: All the above photographs were taken December 14, 2009.

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: 184 North 8 Street

November 30, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

184c

184b

184d

184a

anymore

Taken November 30, 2009.

Miss Heather

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