From The New York Shitty Inbox: In A Different Light

April 19, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

One of the joys of the junk shop (and there are many) is it has enabled me to meet lots of people. One such individual is a chap named Joe. A few weeks ago struck up a conversation with my boss (and buddy) Larry about monster movie hosts. As the conversation progressed he made it known that he was in the neighborhood taking photographs and wanted advice as to what to shoot. Without hesitation Larry and I said:

The Shit Tits.

We are of the belief that no visit to Greenpoint is complete without viewing this landmark in its resplendent bullet bra glory. Like it or hate it one had to admit it is one of the defining characteristics of our fair burgh. What’s more, I think it is pretty neat! Anyhoo, Joe and I exchanged information, I got busy and forgot about it. Until yesterday when Joe dropped me a line. He writes:

I was talking to Larry and you about Monster Movie hosts. After I wandered through Greenpoint and across to Queens, taking pictures all the way. Here’s the link.

Click the link I did. What I found was pretty darned cool!

A pair of Garden Spot sneaks.

Children at play.

And of course, our beloved Shit Tits.

All in all I found it refreshing to see our neighborhood from another person’s eyes. Those of you who have a moment should click here and peruse Joe’s photo set from his sojourn in the Garden Spot. It’s really neat!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Ice

T writes:

Hi, Miss Heather…I live on Eagle Street… between Franklin and Manhattan.  Last night, while simply trying to drive a single block to move my car for alternate side parking, I nearly killed a pedestrian while driving about 5 miles an hour.  You see, no one has seen fit to either salt, sand or plow Eagle Street, nor any of the other cross streets above Greenpoint Ave, so far as I can tell.  While there is about 4 inches of slushy snow on the street, I found out very quickly that there is about an inch of black ice under it all.  I noticed the same issue during the last snow storm.  Manhattan Ave and Franklin seem to be adequately plowed/salted.  What the hell is the deal with the cross streets??  It’s dangerous and annoying.  I called 311 and filed a complete with the Department of Sanitation, but I’ve only lived here for a year and a half (two winters…last winter was barely snowy), so I have no idea if this is a historical problem or if it’s the result of budget cuts do to the economy.  So I was curious – am I over-reacting to a one time problem, or is this something that you and others, having lived here for much longer, have witnessed and are familiar with?  If so, is it a ‘(people) don’t complain to the city so we don’t care’ issue?  Is it a budget/resources issue?  Before I go ape shit with the Dept of Sanitation I was hoping for some input from wiser, calmer souls.  Any thoughts or interest at all on this issue?

One thing I have observed the last couple of weeks is the Department of Sanitation appears to have gone on a ticketing blitz mostly directed at residential properties which have not kept their sidewalks clean and clear. I have seen literally dozens of tickets, so obviously some kind of enforcement is being implemented. That said— and speaking as a pedestrian— what rankles me is the number of derelict construction sites whose sidewalks (if indeed they exist— many have been smashed to smithereens) have been rendered impassable due to piles of snow and black ice. CASES IN POINT:

544 Union Avenue

This property has been ticketed by the DOS…

for litter! Given this lot is covered in some areas with as much as two feet of snow I find this fascinating.

1059 Manhattan Avenue


This one is a big, BIG bee in my bonnet. I have lived in Greenpoint for ten years. This sidewalk has been a disaster area for as long as I can remember. In fairer weather it is a pockmarked gauntlet of rubble, in the winter it is downright dangerous. In either case it poses a problem for the many elderly people who live around the corner at Mary D’s Senior Center. You see, in order to purchase groceries (or pretty much anything else for that matter) they have to negotiate this death trap. Some in fact, do this. Most don’t: they walk in the street instead. They way I see it, it is only a matter a time before someone breaks his/her hip at this site. Perhaps after this grisly scenario comes to pass the city will finally do something? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

In the meantime call 311 and complain, complain, COMPLAIN! I outline the exactly how you should go about this in this post. Read it, learn it, live it!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Juxtaposition

February 19, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Eagle Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Off Roadin’

February 17, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Eagle Dupont Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: A Street Fair on Manhattan Avenue?

January 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although this is (obviously) a ways off I wanted to bring it to your attention anyway: any and all who would like to see a street fair this summer should head to 1018 Manhattan Avenue (AKA: The Greenpoint Grocery) and sign the petition. The proposed date for the “Greenpoint Hispanic Festival” is August 8, 2010 and the location will be Manhattan Avenue between Green and Dupont Street. I for one would love to see this happen. If you do too head over to 1018 and grace this petition with your John Hancock!

Greenpoint Hispanic Festival Petition
1018 Manhattan Avenue (Greenpoint Grocery)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Polar Bear Love

December 31, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

bear

From Eagle Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Post-Holiday Malaise

December 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Eagle Street

eagle

Freeman Street

freeman

cap

Green Street

hummer

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Closed

December 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

closed

From Eagle Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: WTF On West Street

December 7, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

WTF

WTF2

Jay Lombard (who took the above photographs) writes:

Unidentified slimy substance on west St btw eagle and Freeman! Look like fish eggs from a giant newtown creek carp. And that plastic thing in the middle is a salad fork in case you were wondering. Check it out and see if you can figure out what it is.

This afternoon I went headed to West Street to see this phenomenon in person. Sure enough, after a little field-testing they proved to be very gelatinous.

If I had to hazard a guess as to that these things are I’d say they are bath beads. I for one like how someone was even kind enough to leave a spoon so passersby can scoop some up, take them home (or for the more adventurous: the East River or Newtown Creek) and enjoy a nice winter time bath on this dreary day. That’s what I call holiday cheer…

Greenpoint style!

Miss Heather

A North Greenpoint PSA: The Indian Groceries Are In!

November 30, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Last night I took the Mister to see the marvel that is the Mini Mart Deli Grocery. True to the proprietor’s word, there was a slew of Indian delicacies awaiting our perusal.

spices

Spices!

morespices

Indian food fixins’.

microcurry

And for the less culinary inclined: Micro Curry!

food

All in all I was very impressed with all the foodstuffs they have managed to cram inside and outside this establishment. Not only are the usual suspects (such as tomatoes, which truth be told didn’t look so great.) in abundance but there was more exotic fare such as okra, ginger (some of the best I have seen hereabouts) and culantro (albeit labeled as “spinach”) for the picking. Make no mistake about it dear readers: I am very excited about this!

Mini Mart Deli Grocery
1068 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

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