New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Tally-Ho!

From Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo du Jour: School’s Out!

From Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

Bushwick Street Art Du Jour: Over Under

December 21, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn, Street Art 

From Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Ride!

From Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

Bushwick Photo Du Jour: 1890.

March 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, 11237, Bushwick, Bushwick Brooklyn 

From Jefferson Street.

Miss Heather

North Brooklyn’s Newest Park!

June 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

(Or: A Modest Proposal)

An area I am particularly fond of knocking around in East Williamsburg  is the Grand Street stop of the L. This isn’t because it is particularly nice (it isn’t). Rather, I find the industrial and residential patchwork of this community fascinating. I never know what I’ll find. This was especially true of my last trip down Grand Street. It was at 910 (just east of Bushwick Avenue) where I found the following.

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Hmm, this must be some of that affordable housing I have heard so much about?

I thought to myself.

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It isn’t.

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It’s a park.

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And a pretty nice one at that!

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There was nary a dog turd, drunken horde of rowdy teens or trace of corporate sponsorship to be found. In regards to the latter most, maybe there should be? A number of you, dear readers, are probably aware that the Parks Department is in dire financial straits nowadays. This is one of the reasons why they’re trying to sell the naming rights to the McCarren Park Pool. Some of my fellow citizens have cried foul over this. I say the Parks Department is not going far enough.

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I would like to humbly recommend that our fair city enlist some corporate sponsors partners to build a dozen of these bad boys and station them around north Brooklyn. Hell, the Transmitter Park site is available and 65 Commercial Street, being a parking lot, would be ideally suited for one or two of these portable oases. The possibilities for directly advertising services of special interest to the residents of 11222, 11211 and 11206 are endless! 1-888-bunion-1, bedbug extermination services and of course my good friend Hongo Killer immediately come to mind.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Signs Of The Times

June 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Bushwick, Recession, Williamsburg 

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From the 8th Avenue bound platform of the L train at Montrose Avenue.

Miss Heather

North Brooklyn Street Art Du Jour: Supply & Demand

June 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Street Art, Williamsburg 

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From Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

Pugilism In Greenpoint?

May 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

streetfightthumbAfter watching this amazing video yesterday of two youths having an impromptu boxing match on Grand Street (and getting over the What The Fuck factor) my mind has been abuzz with pugilistic thoughts. Namely the following question:

Was boxing a popular sport in north Brooklyn 100+ years ago?

To sate my need to know I pointed and clicked my way over to the Brooklyn Public Library’s online archive of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and did a little searching. It didn’t take me long to get my answer either:

ABSOLUTELY.

Follow are a few articles I found regarding the Greenpoint Sporting Club. Not really being “into” boxing myself what I find of interest is the arcane language (e.g.; “mixing it up in a lively fashion”) and the “monikers” some of these guys have. Politically correct 1890’s Greenpoint was most decidedly not. Enjoy!

August 31, 1897

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October 19, 1897

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December 21, 1897

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December 23, 1897

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Both started in lovely, Burns playing havoc with Kelly’s nose…

Nope, they just don’t write ’em like they used to!

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg PSA: Punk Is Not Dead

February 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Williamsburg 

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As you can clearly see from this photograph taken yesterday* punk is alive and well on Bushwick Avenue.

Miss Heather

*February 2, 2009: twenty years to the day John Simon Ritchie— better known as Sid Vicious— died.

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