New York Shitty Day Ender: People In My Neighborhood, Dog Days

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Nassau Avenue

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Norman Avenue

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Driggs Avenue

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Not everyone has benefited from the luxurification along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Take this man tired after collecting cans resting under it, for example.

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On a more “up” note,  I encountered this young man on Greenpoint Avenue. This gent, Jared, was headed over to Van Gogh’s Radio to hang his art work. You can read more about him here. (Click this link— you know you want to!)

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This gaggle of Greenpointers hail from Kent Street. I do not know the woman to the right. I want to: she is always dressed to the nines and has a knack for color coordination.

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In weather such as this it is always good to wear a hat, like this woman in front of Cafecito Bogota.

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One need not sacrifice style to beat the heat. The woman clad in the striped blouse always sports red lipstick to match her cap. She knows how to coordinate: her outfits are always painstakingly coordinated with her sneakers. Madison Avenue meet Manhattan Avenue: where natty practicality rules!

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I’m not too sure what this guy is doing. But he’s doing it in the middle of Manhattan Avenue— and no one seems to mind.

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Bedbug King, meet the Mayor of India Street and Manhattan Avenue!

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And lastly, my favorite Manhattan Avenue dude: Ziiggyy. The previous is no typo. That’s his name! He didn’t know what to make of me at first— in fact he was suspicious.

I asked:

Can I take a picture of your guitar?

To wit he replied:

Only if you give me $1,000.

If I had $1,000 I’d keep $500 and give the other $500 to you!

I replied. He laughed. The ice being broken, we talked shop while he shopped for a new pair of sunglasses— a task which he saw fit to enlist my assistance. I gladly obliged. The blue sunglasses didn’t suit Ziiggyy so we searched for an alternative. And talked about life— and sunglasses.

Me: So you don’t like the blue ones. Why?
Zig (for short): I don’t like them. They just aren’t right for me.
Me: So you want glasses with rims?

(Zig sorts through the glasses, puts on a green pair— replete with green lenses.)

Zig: I like these but who wants to see the world green?
Me: There’s a reason for the term “seeing the world in rose-colored glasses”. This is Greenpoint— green lenses aren’t going to make it look any better. Only worse. What about this purple pair?
Zig: But they’re rimless— you said we should look for rimmed glasses!
Me: Yeah, but I think these might just be it.
Zig: (trying them on) They do match my shirt…
Me: And your earring, that’s amethyst right?
Zig: That’s my birthstone!
Me: So you were born in February? I was born in January!

(high five)

Long story made short, Ziiggyy bought the glasses. Upon parting ways I said:

I consider myself to be very lucky to have met you.

To wit he replied:

I do not believe in luck. To believe in luck is to believe in good luck and bad luck. I believe in God’s will. That’ why I do not worry (about luck): it’s out of my hands. I’m happy.

Me (stunned):

Well, thank you for humoring me.

Ziiggyy:

That’s what I do: humor people. Make them laugh, make them cry and…

Me:

make them think!

He nodded in agreement and we parted ways. You can learn more about Ziiggyy and his guitar by clicking here.

Miss Heather

P.S.: This post is for all the “Ziiggyys” in the world. We need you.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Juxtaposition

August 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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Greenpoint Avenue at McGuinness Boulevard, 11222

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Fort Hamilton Parkway at 63rd Street, 11219

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: A very special New York Shitty thank you goes out to my buddy down at Best View In Brooklyn for forwarding me the latter photograph (which she thoughtfully entitled “Hemorrhoidal Dreams”). It made my day!

New York Shitty Day Ender: Empire State

August 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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From the “interim” WNYC Transmitter Park.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Loses One Of Its Own

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Many of you are undoubtedly familiar with delightfully old school storefront at 155 Greenpoint Avenue: H. Temkin Carpets & Linoleum.

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If so, you will undoubtedly recognize this lovely lass: she frequented the windows of this establishment.*

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Her name was Noel and after “14-15” years of gracing the Garden Spot with her stately presence, I am sad to report she is no longer with us. Per Noel’s “person”, Allan**, she had cancer and went into a steep decline the last two weeks of her life. He did assure me, however, that he did everything in his power to make sure her last days were as painless and comfortable as possible.

Goodbye, Noel. You will be missed.

Miss Heather

*Who, Allen attests, “knew” when a funeral was going to happen next door. How, you ask? Very simple: on the day of any given funeral Noel could be found in the window, laying on her back “playing dead”.

**Who is an amazingly nice and very interesting guy. As you can see.

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Black Rabbit

July 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Street Art 

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From Eagle Street.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Speaking of Black Rabbits, I’ve been meaning to pass along an amusing tale of petty larceny that came to pass at our local watering hole by the same name.

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I am certain a number of you who have patronized this establishment have noticed the above card holder. It was a “housewarming” gift to the proprietor, Kent, from his wife. What you might not have noticed was around this time last year it went MIA. Well, one day this spring when Kent was opening shop he spied something in the mailbox. Whoever had filched this item experienced remorse (or found this item not to jibe with his— or her— home decor) and saw fit to return it. If this humble card holder could talk I bet it would have a very interesting story to tell about its nine month hiatus!

Greenpoint (Avenue) Photos Du Jour: The Fat Zone

July 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

On July 17, 2009 Tony From Kent Street wrote (in regards to this post*):

Okay, you can’t blame this one on hipsters!

Yep, it’s those hardworking natives of Brooklyn that love to eat the worst possible food you can put in your body.

If someone was opening a restaurant to cater towards those good for nothing hipsters, we would probably all get excited about something new, interesting and potentially healthy.

Just sayin’

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To wit I replied:

Now let’s give credit where it is truly due, Tony: most people in this COUNTRY like to eat shitty food. Recently my parents went to Texas to visit my aunt and uncle. My mother ordered a Caesar salad. When it came it had a piece of toast on top of it.

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Maybe Texas should get a few of these?

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Miss Heather

*It would appear that 159 Greenpoint Avenue is slated to be a “Spanish” restaurant. See Ms. Nomer’s comments for the scoop!

People In Our Neighborhood: Summertime

July 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

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Keap Street

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South 4 Street

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Bedford Avenue

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Grand Street

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North 5 Street

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Nassau Avenue

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Manhattan Avenue

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Franklin Street

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Greenpoint Avenue

Miss Heather

Way To Go, Le Grenier!

July 14, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

mayaALEXANDROMARTINENGOthumbHaving the pleasure of knowing Ms. Marzolf (she is a very nice and witty woman) and all the hard work she put into this establishment you can imagine my delight when I noticed she is featured on Gothamist today!

Check it out— and congratulations, Maya!

Le Grenier
19 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Phone: (718) 569-0111

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Alexandro Martinengo, Gothamist

New York Shitty PSA: Cat Killer On The Loose?

July 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

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…Too many cats keep getting shot in this neighborhood. It is punishable by law.

This is not the first time I have such fliers in this area (Greenpoint Avenue between Eckford and McGuinness Boulevard) and I doubt it will be the last. If anyone reading this has a feline companion please keep him or her indoors! To everyone else: if you see anyone mistreating an animal— ANY ANIMAL— please report them to the ASPCA and/or the police department STAT.

American Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New York City Hotline: 212 876-7700, ext. 4450*
94th Precinct, N.Y.P.D.: 718 383-3879

Miss Heather

*You can also contact the ASPCA via email at: humanel (at) aspca (dot) org

NEXT WEEK: A Ribbon Cutting With Mayor Mike!

July 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

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Some of you probably know ground has been broken for the new soccer field which will grace Bushwick Inlet Park. What you probably do not know is (per a most curious anonymous source) I have been told there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with none other than our fair Mayor as well as “other elected officials and Commissioner Benepe” this upcoming Monday, July 6, 2009! The festivities will kick off at either 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. (I am awaiting confirmation for all of this— if/when I get a firm time and date I will post them here.) Let’s celebrate!

Or not.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For the New Soccer Field At Bushwick Inlet Park
Monday, July 6, 2009
Time: Either 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. (time and date to be confirmed) 11:00 a.m.
Kent Avenue between North 11 & 12 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
*

Why hasn’t this event been announced to the general public, you ask? That’s an excellent question! Why not pop by on Monday and ask Mayor Mike and/or Mr. Benepe in person?

Miss Heather

*Or would that be WNYC Transmitter Park? As you can see in the following photographs (taken at 7:30 this evening) the stage is being set for something to go down there. Soon.

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This is a fucking joke.

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