New York Shitty Day Starter: Easily Forgotten

August 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


From Driggs Avenue.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Ad Hoc Rock

Last Sunday afternoon I happened to find myself in Williamsburg. As I was approaching Kent Avenue I began to hear music. LOUD MUSIC.

What the fuck?

I asked myself. Sure enough, when I reached East River State Park I found my answer: they were having a concert event. I don’t think I have ever seen this park crawling with as many people as I did that day. Naturally I got the hell out of dodge STAT.

It’s not that I do not like music or concerts. I do. I simply do not like large crowds of people. I prefer my entertainment to be on a more intimate  scale. “Unplugged”, if you will. Which brings me to the following.

guitar park 01NYS

guitar park 02NYS

guitar park 03NYS

guitar park 04NYS

guitar park 05NYS

Tony (who took the above photographs) writes:

On the way to the farmer’s market we found quite a post-video-game-rock-out mess at the little park on Driggs & McGuinness.

A lot of Polish dudes sleep on cardboard inside there, but I doubt these have anything to do with them.

I most emphatically disagree. For all we know among this gaggle of Garden Spot guydom is the next Eddie Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Randy Rhaods, or— if we’re really lucky— Pete Townshend!

Miss Heather

THIS WEEK: Bike Love

July 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Those of you who want a little beefcake with your squeaky clean bike are in luck! Per this flier (which I found on Driggs Avenue) this Saturday, August 1, the Metropolitan Bar will be hosting a hose-down with a distinctly 11211 twist.


There’s no mention of price so I am guessing this service is gratis. As to whether or not the lad or lass lavishing love on your ride will seat-throat your Schwinn?


Well, I suppose you just have to go and find out. Only in Williamsburg, folks…

Bicycle Love Hose-Down
August 1, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Bar
559 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Street Art Du Jour: The Art Of Doing Nothing

July 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Street Art, Williamsburg 



After spending this lovely day doing absolutely nothing I couldn’t resist passing along this amusing juxtaposition from Driggs Avenue.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: They’re BAAACK!

July 6, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Tony (who took the following photographs) writes:

I saw those IDT energy scammers in my hood again. It’s because I heard a lady screaming that got my attention, telling these two guys to get the hell out of her building. I took some pictures as they left 66 Driggs today at 2pm. Watch out!





To read a true tale of woe about this organization’s tactics click here.

Miss Heather

North Brooklyn Street Art Du Jour: Mixed Bag

July 2, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Art, Williamsburg 

Lest the relative silence today on New York Shitty has not been an indication I am kicking off this 4th of July weekend early. Over the next several days I will be posting— albeit not as prolifically as usual. (Hey, even I need to take a vacation once in a while!) The previous having been written, here’s a cavalcade of street art to get the party rolling. Enjoy!


West Street


Franklin Street


Bedford Avenue


North 4th Street


North 6 Street



North 7 Street


Driggs Avenue

Miss Heather

TOMORROW: Brooklyn Record Riot

June 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Although I am not a LP enthusiast, I know many people reading this blog are. Therefore, I feel compelled bring it to their attention that tomorrow, yes June 28, the Brooklyn Record Riot will be in effect at the Garden Spot’s very own Warsaw. General admission starts at noon, runs until 8:00 p.m. and will only set you back a paltry $3.00. The more dedicated collectors among you can gain early entry at 10:00 a.m. for $20.00. LPs, 45s, EPs, and “”collectibles in genres ranging from soul, rock, jazz, country and dance are promised. The “dollar room” will be making its triumphant return as well. If you happen to be a north Brooklynite and vinyl is your thing, tomorrow’s your big day!

Brooklyn Record Riot
June 28, 2009 starting at noon
The Warsaw
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

For more information about this event (apparently there will be a number of live djs— women all— spinning as well) check out Record Riot’s web site.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Weekend Starter: People In My Neighborhood

June 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

After whiling this balmy afternoon by enjoying my first and very much-anticipated taste of summer I am going to kick off the weekend with some more people from the neighborhood. Enjoy!








Manhattan Avenue


Franklin Street


Norman Avenue



Driggs Avenue


Lee Avenue

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: More Criminal Activity?

June 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Man oh Manneschevitz, this is proving to be quite a week here in the Garden Spot! As if a suspicious drug-related death, what appears to be an INCREDIBLY SCARY car chase ending with a collision on Provost Street and belligerent drunks menacing a family at our new park are not enough, I now have two more tales from readers regarding recent hijinks in the neighborhood. I feel like my inbox has become the community crime blotter! Here it goes:

Lara writes (in an email entitled “High Speed Chase”):

My 2 year old daughter and I witnessed another high speed car chase on Franklin Street, it was approximately 2 weeks ago about 5 pm in the evening. I wish I remembered the date but alas I don’t, I believe it was the week before last on a Thursday.

We were coming out of our building on the corner of Franklin and Kent when an unmarked police car sped down Franklin street and turned right on Kent Street….HOWEVER, Con Ed just happened to be working on Kent Street and had erected orange cones blocking off Kent Street at Franklin….nevertheless, the unmarked police car ran over said cones and sped up Kent Street, they were followed by a regular cop car who swerved at the last minute to avoid the cones. The marked police car almost hit oncoming traffic on Franklin Street and a woman walking her dog in front of River Barrel ran to get out of the way!

The unmarked car being unable to pass the big Con Ed trucks decided to reverse at lightening speed back down Kent Street, run over the cones again and then peel out onto Franklin Street.  The driver and passenger in the unmarked car were frantically talking on the radio and seemed very upset. The police officer in the passenger seat was yelling “GO GO GO!”.

No police car came back to see if anyone was hurt. Passersby put the cones back.


Granted, she makes no mention of a car being “followed” but this incident is disturbing nonetheless. There are a lot of people out and about at 5:00 p.m. on a weekday— commuters mostly. Yikes!

Next up, we have a little armed robbery by McGolrick Park courtesy of Lucy. She writes:

I just moved into the neighborhood, and am so glad to have found your blog! Anyway, as a tip/inquiry, I was wondering if you knew about an armed robbery that happened last night, on Driggs Avenue? My roommate and I were in the middle of dealing with a leaky fridge when a dectective buzzed our doorbell to let us know that the deli downstairs had been robbed at gunpoint! I don’t know the exact name of the deli (like I said, I only just moved in), but it’s on Driggs, right by the corner of Driggs and Monitor. My roommate was the one who talked to the detective so I didn’t get the full scoop (and I was a bit distracted by the fridge), but apparently the people are ok, but possibly slightly beaten up? Sorry not to have more information, but I thought it was worth passing along.

If this is how June is shaping up it begs the question as to what  July and August (when it’s hot as hell, thus making people more inclined to start trouble) will be like. Sheesh.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Garden Spot Pastoral

June 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Furniture, Williamsburg 




From the Vincent V. Abate Playground.

Miss Heather

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