From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Christmas Card Inquiry

(Or would that be a Hannukah quandary?) My friend Amy from Assemblyman’s Joe Lentol’s office writes:

Hey Heather, We are trying to come up with a creative idea for holiday cards for Assemblyman Lentol… One idea we have is putting a Christmas outfit- ok really just a hat- on the office cat, Brooke (whom we adopted from BARC) and take a picture and make that our office holiday card.  But another is buy holiday cards from a local— READ: Greenpoint, Williamsburg or Fort Greene artist.  However, try as we might we cant find an artist who makes holiday cards.  Any suggestions?

I have to be honest: I drew a blank. I have to confess the holiday season is most decidedly not my thing. However, I know damned well somewhere in points ‘Burg, Green and Greene there is an immensely talented individual (we have many) who has created a card that fits the bill! You can tender your product/portfolio/suggestions via email to:

AssemblymanJoe (at) gmail (dot) com

NOTE: this is a temporary email address erected for just this purpose. If you have constituency issues to take up with Joe you can and should do so here.

Thanks— and good luck!

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Katie Sokoler


From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Escape

August 5, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11217, Brooklyn, Subway 

Escape

This nifty shot comes courtesy of the newest member of my photo pool: drbooks!

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: The Clitlist

July 6, 2010 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Crosstown Local, Ft. Greene 

This item was forwarded to me by a chap named Charlie and hails from the Fulton Street stop of our very own Crosstown Local. Nice find!

Miss Heather

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

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN GREENPOINT, WILLIAMSBURG, FORT GREENE, CLINTON HILL & BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
TO REDUCE THEIR USE OF ELECTRICITY

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 www.conEd.com, 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

Last Gasp: DISGUSTING

June 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Greenpoint Magic 

239 Myrtle

Well, it did fall.

The previous slide show beautifully illustrates the ineptitude of the Department of Buildings (lest I have not made it clear already*) comes courtesy of Lesterhead. With public servants like this, who needs enemies?

You can peruse complaints leading up to this incident including these gems dating from May 1, 2009

crackkillsNYS

ECBviolation293myrtleavenue

by clicking here and here. And do check out Clinton Hill Blog for the full scoop.

Miss Heather

*And of course there is my personal favorite: 156 India Street. You were (and are) really on top of that one, Department of Buildings! Hence why the Red Cross was brought in.

P.S.: For those of you who are curious (or homeless as a consequence of this) 493 Myrtle Avenue LLC can be reached here.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday And Beyond!

November 27, 2008 ·
Filed under: Clinton Hill, Ft. Greene, Greenpoint Magic 

First off, busy or forgetful oenophiles in Greenpoint will be happy to know Dandelion Wine will be open today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to serve your vino needs!

Dandy Wine
153 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

I don’t know about you, but the one thing I really love about New York City on a holiday weekend is the peace and quiet: e.g.; the two percenters are out of town! What’s more, there’s no need to go to Manhattan to do your holiday shopping this weekend. There’s plenty of action here in north(ish) Brooklyn. Fuck chain stores! Here are a couple (more) places you can get your gift-giving on. And benefit small businesses to boot!

Miss Wit (the brains behind this shirt and bona fide Sunset Parker to boot) will be at large at the ‘Flea this Sunday. Or you can make her acquaintance the previous day in *sniff* Manhattan.

If it doesn’t involve riding the G train I am not interested. 99.44% of what’s worthwhile in life is the journey, not the destination. Anyone who has patronized the Crosstown Local as long (or longer) than I have will tell you this.

The Brooklyn Flea
Sunday, November 30, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
357 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11238

Last— but hardly least— Greenpoint’s very own Dalaga is having a sale. With champagne, no less! Per their press release:

Come on in and don’t worry about the cold… we will be serving champagne Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to warm you up. Let’s get this gorgeous holiday started!

Indeed.

Dalaga
150 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 1122
2

Free champagne = I’m there!

Miss Heather

Dangerous Buildings, Places And Things, Oh My!

November 24, 2007 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 

My buddy over at Bad Advice has been experiencing a very bad problem lately. The fly in Dategirl’s proverbial ointment is the rather fast and loose demolition being conducted next door to her property. The author of the aforementioned affliction is MMG Construction. Ms. Grasso and her funky bunch sure seem to get around.

In the wee hours of Thursday, November, 15, 2007 Dategirl wrote:

I’m really freaked out about what’s going on next door. They’ve knocked out my phone (the lines are laying on the ground across N. 11th!), the cable TV/internet and the building is rocking like, uh, a building is NOT supposed to when they’re working. Thank christ Con Ed and the water supply is underground. I’ve spoken to Marie Grasso (of MMG Construction— Ed. Note) several times. As you might imagine, she’s not been terribly helpful, though she did demand that the backhoe operator repair my cable tv with a roll of electrical tape. (Shockingly, that didn’t work.) I am losing my fucking mind over here

Later the same day The Gowanus Lounge wrote a post about her woes. I, on the other hand, contacted our State Assemblyman, Joseph Lentol via his web page. MMG was tendered a Stop Work Order that same afternoon.

Oh my!

And shortly thereafter someone saw fit to rip it down. Please click on the previous link: if for no other reason so you can behold the following turd of a comment for firsthand:

Anonymous said…

I really enjoy reading your site, as well as the other sites that like to whine and complain about development. Where do you get your information? It is pure fiction!

1. The contractor was never violated (!!!— Ed. Note) for an illegal mechanical demolition. You made that up.

2. The SWO sticker was taken down because the SWO was partially lifted.

You should get your facts straight before bashing people.

Actually “Anonymous” (if that is your real name), the contractors (and the developers who hired them) do most of the violatin’ hereabouts. The area in question, which I recently heard referred to (albeit mockingly, but I am certain you will pick it up as a new piece of sexy real estate jargon) as “McCarren Heights”, is being thoroughly sacked by space pirates. But unlike most corsairs (historically speaking) these privateers for the privileged (because there are simply not enough luxury condos to house them, poor dears) are operating with tacit written approval from a government. Our government, which brings me to this.

Lentol Letter

I received this in the mail today. WAY TO GO JOE!

Those of you who might be interested to know what Mr. Lentol’s district looks like prepare to be enlightened, because here it is.

50th Assembly District

The more astute observers among you might notice that the area highlighted in pink is experiencing a number of*, uh, growing pains*. If you live in the above pinkified area and gentrification is literally knocking at/beating down your front door, I would advise you to contact Mr. Lentol via snail mail at:

District Office
619 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-383-7474

Or send him an email (like I did) at:

lentolj (at) assembly.state.ny.us

In terms of constituent services, Lentol is the best. What’s more he really seems to care. Write him.

Miss Heather

*It’s amazing how much outrage MMG Construction elicits from the media when her idiots bust up something a rich neighborhood. Can someone please explain to me why this woman is still in business? Who is she paying off and for how much? My curiosity is killing me.

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